When Port Arthur, Texas rapper Pimp C passed away in 2007, he left behind a legacy spanning over two decades. During his time in UGK, Pimp rapped and produced some of the group’s most memorable songs; from their watershed 1996 album Ridin’ Dirty to “International Players Anthem (I Choose You)” in 2007 — the year of his untimely death — his music will certainly live on forever. All things considered, it’s only right for a posthumous Pimp album to ultimately manifest today. “This album is the culmination of years of work from not just me, but also the amazing artists and producers who contributed to make it happen,” his widow Chinara Butler says of Long Live the Pimp. “It combines several of the ideas and projects my husband began before his untimely passing. We hope the Trill fans enjoy it.” And with guests that include Bun B, Nas, T.I., Juicy J, A$AP Rocky, Slim Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, and many more, Long Live the Pimp is a 17-track long effort that will not only keep long time fans of Pimp C (and UGK) satisfied but give new listeners a taste of what made him so special to the rap game. Stream Pimp C’s posthumous Long Live the Pimp after the jump.
Rapper LE$ is sharing the visuals for “UGK’z,” a tribute to the extraordinary legacy of acclaimed hip hop duo UGK. And it’s only fitting that he’s joined by one half of that duo, Uncle Bun. Additionally, Curren$y stops by to lay down a verse. The track is said to be on LE$’ forthcoming Steak X Shrimp 2 project, dropping this Sunday (November 22nd). In the meantime, check out the visuals for “UGK’z” after the jump.
Whoa! Get a look at that feature list! Legends, bruh. LEGENDS. Statik Selektah is joined by Sean Price, Bun B and Styles P for “Top Tier,” an accurately named track. The track will also be featured on Statik’s Lucky 7 album. Peep “Top Tier” after the jump.
Once a year, Austin, TX transforms into a hotbed for fans to witness some of the greatest music showcases on earth during the annual SXSW Music Festival. This year was no exception as fans in attendance were able to see a myriad of live performances each day across all genres of music. iHipHop was on-hand to capture photos from some of the most monumental performances and parties throughout the city this year. For your viewing pleasure, click through this exclusive slideshow to check out photos from this year’s SXSW Music Festival. All photos by W. Suarez (MosiacNewYork).
Detroit’s Black Milk is due to release his new album, If There’s a Hell Below October 28th and he has taken the time off his busy schedule to share a single from the forthcoming release. “Gold Piece” features Houston legend, the Trill OG, Bun B. If There’s a Hell will also feature the likes of Pete Rock, Blu, and Random Axe. Check out “Gold Piece” after the jump.
After releasing numerous tracks from the project, producers Sean C & LV finally let go of their Loud Dreams Vol. 1 mixtape, which features bars from Dom Kennedy, Pusha T, A$AP Ferg, Raekwon, Smoke DZA, Fabolous and more.
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The Mobb has unveiled the official tracklisting for their double-disc The Infamous Mobb Deep LP, which will include 14 unreleased tracks as well as 17 new tracks. Features include Nas, Mack Wilds, Juicy J, and Bun B, and Snoop Dogg with production from the likes of Illmind, Boi-1da, Alchemist and more. Hit the jump for the complete tracklisting.
The elder statesmen and cultural ambassador Bun B take his legacy a step higher. Here he performs with a symphony at a benefit concert, and we’re all made more classy for it.
Some young upstarts and a true blue vet graced the MTV stage. Here is the video of the freestylish result.
OG Trilla Bun B stops by Sway’s show to drop gems all over the place.
the unofficial tag-team is one of hip-hop’s quiet victories over other forms of music. while rock and jazz and r&b is often replete with dual acts like the singer and the drummer, or the keyboard player and the bassist, hip-hop tends to thrive on the power of the individual voice.
recently, lifehacker reported on the jobs with the best career outlook over the long-term. among them: bio-engineers, elementary school teachers…and, to the delight of every working girl, strippers. here’s a short list of the rappers who will be sponsoring the next generation’s best and brightest. merry christmas everyone!