Legendary comedian Chris Rock is certainly no stranger to hip-hop. The South Carolina born, Brooklyn raised comedian has published a list on his website documenting his 25 favorite rap albums, cowrote and starred in the 1993 film CB4 which parodies gangsta rap, appeared on rap songs by Ludacris, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Ice Cube, and in the past has even criticized contemporary rap. But perhaps Chris Rock’s hip-hop pinnacle was reached in 2010 when he appeared on Kanye West’s now magnum opus album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Rock was asked by ‘Ye to appear on the song “Blame Game,” in which Rock provided an extended monologue. So maybe Rock is a little bit biased when he recently called Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as the “greatest hip-hop album of all-time” in a HOT 97 interview. Check out the full interview after the jump to see what else Chris Rock had to say.
Toronto’s experimental/jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD have just announced a new album called Sour Soul that features Ghostface Killah on every song. Yes, every single song. Excited? Well, turn up because there’s also a new track out. The track, entitled, “Gunshowers”, features Elzhi and will appear on the album Sour Soul which will be out February 17. Peep the new collabo track between BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah after the jump.
It’s safe to say that one of the most highly anticipated hip-hop albums of 2014 is Killer Mike and El-P’s second installment of their Run the Jewels collaboration. The rap duo has already shared two solid tracks from the upcoming project and today they’ve decided to share “Oh My Darling Don’t Cry”, their contribution to the Adult Swim Singles Series. The two have recruited Michael Winslow, also known as the “Man of 10,000 Sound Effects”, who is best remembered as Cadet Larvell Jones from the Police Academy series for the track. Listen after the jump.
Here’s a treat for hardcore hip-hop heads out there. Saigon, one of Brooklyn’s finest, has dropped a jewel on ya’ll. “Mechanical Animals” is a beast of a track, featuring a stacked lineup which includes the legendary Kool G. Rap, Marcy alumni Memphis Bleek, and Chiraq’s Lil Bibby. Safe to say you better brace yourself because all four MCs deliver stellar verses. Get at it after the jump.
A couple years back, everyone thought Joey Bada$$ was the one to watch from Brooklyn. He did Golden Era husky rap like few in his bracket. But then the Underachievers bombarded the scene with Indigoism showing shades of another great rap duo in Outkast but with the gruffness of Black Moon and Boot Camp. This is a preview of their soon-to-debut album. Listen after the jump.
Music and fashion walk hand in hand in pop culture, so it’s no surprise that fashion has influenced some of our favorite hip hop tracks. From sportswear lines like adidas to high-end couture like Versace, rappers are naming the brands they love, and sometimes even getting endorsement deals along the way. Here are 15 hip hop videos that celebrate love of fashion.
Avoiding fatal traps in the social minefield of the ghetto can be hazardous to your health, Smif N Wessun explain. The assist from JR Kelly make a yard-style Brooklyn reggae riff seem less drowsy at times than some hybrid tracks.
This kid is 15 and posted his video on Reddit. I found it and watched it. It was worth the time spent. I’m going to bypass the fact that his name is T.O.K.E.N. and commend his skills. Bravo.
In 1938, Alex Steinweiss, an art director for Columbia Records invented the concept of album cover art, making way for epic images that continuously influence pop culture. It’s different now that most listeners stream and download music, which has ignited a market for unique album artwork to differentiate one project from the next. Also, design software is much more accessible and apps like instagram are extremely popular. That accessibility has given artists a bevy of new media to expand greatly the idea of album covers. Artists can create several album covers with a mouse click, and with a simple QR code make them interactive, or create a vine video that gives the viewer a short film in lieu of a traditional static album cover.
So it’s no shock that this year is has delivered dope album covers.
Here is my list of 2013’s Five Best Hip Hop Album Covers, based on: visual aesthetic, concept in relation to album name and theme, and creative execution.