Friday, March 31, 2017
Mass Appeal catches up with Raekwon at Carmine Street Comics in the West Village to talk about his appreciation for the genre and how his comic book inspired artwork for The Wild came about on this new episode of Shop Talk. The cover was designed by artist and former Staten Island resident Dan Lish under Rae’s direction and the Chef points out some of the details that you may have overlooked at a glance. Watch below.
Gangsta Gibbs makes his triumphant return to music after a very eventful 2016. Weighing in at just 8-tracks, lead by the singles “Crushed Glass” and “Alexys”, Gibbs keeps it tight on his comeback project with no guest appearances.
Kodak Black is currently incarcerated because as far as I can tell, he’s not too bright and doesn’t understand that maybe you shouldn't violate probation when you’re on the cusp of fame and fortune. Also, he might be a rapist. That said, he’s got some joints and a bunch of notable features on his new album Painting Pictures, including Bun B, Future, Young Thug, Jeezy and A Boogie.
Check it out below.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Calvin Harris brings together Young Thug, Pharrell and Ariana Grande on his next sure-to-be-monster single “Heatstroke”.
As promised, Killa delivers his new single “10,000 Miles” and the song’s accompanying music video/short film. The track features a prominent sample of Vanessa Carlton’s 2000 hit “A Thousand Miles” and as we saw in the preview, it details Cam and a young lady’s tumultuous relationship.
Look out for the new mixtape The Program to arrive in May.
Mary J Blige recently sat down with Flex for one of his in-depth #WeGotAStoryToTell interviews and she spoke on a few notable subjects, including the new record she has with Kanye West (Flex says it’s super hard), the history of the “Who Shot Ya” beat and how she personally brought the LOX demo tape to Puff. Beyond that, she speaks very candidly about her recent divorce, LA Reid coming to Schlobohm projects in Yonkers to try and get her to sign a deal, her still living there when “You Remind Me” popped off, attending parties at iconic Yonkers Hip-Hop institution School 12, her relationship with Faith during the Bad Boy era and much more.
A Tribe Called Quest just released a dope new video for “Dis Generation”, off their final album, We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service. The black and white clip features Q-Tip, Ali and Jarobi performing the track as an infinitely scrolling camera shot progresses.
Watch below and check out Tip’s interview with VICE about the video, the camaraderie he feels with other artists, maintaining the spirit of Hip-Hop even as the sound progresses, the strong political message associated with the album, Busta’s “Agent Orange” comment at the Grammys and much more.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Cam’ron is getting ready to release his new film 10,000 Miles and the accompanying single, which is set to drop this Friday. Today he provides another teaser trailer and a snippet of the track which samples Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”.
Friday, March 24, 2017
A new report from Variety reveals that Jay Z, in conjunction his new partners at The Weinstein Company, is planning both a narrative film and a separate documentary television series about the life and death of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin. Jay recently acquired the rights to two books about Martin’s 2012 murder by George Zimmerman: Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin, written by Trayvon’s parents Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, and Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It by NBC correspondent Lisa Bloom, which will form the basis for the film and the series. While both projects appear to still be in the preliminary stages, with deals being negotiated as recently as last month’s Oscars weekend, the TV series will apparently be a 6-episode limited run similar to the Kalief Browder series that Jay and the Weinsteins produced and which is currently airing on the Spike network.
Here’s the first trailer for J.Cole’s just announced new HBO documentary J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only, A Dreamville Film. The doc will be Cole’s second with the cable network following last year’s Forest Hills Drive piece and is set to premiere on April 15th. In addition to Cole performances, the film will document the stories of African-Americans in communities including Baton Rouge, LA; Atlanta, GA; Ferguson, MI; Cole’s hometown of Fayetteville, NC and his own father’s hometown of Jonesboro, AR. Watch the trailer above to get a sense of the themes they will be exploring. Cole co-directed 4 Your Eyez Only with Scott Lazer.
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Mike WiLL Made-It is one of the most talented elite producers in contemporary Hip-Hop and he’s at the top of his game on his new Ransom 2 project. We know this because he’s been hitting us in the head with tracks from the album at an alarming rate over the last couple of weeks. On pretty much each one, Mike’s production helps to highlight and enhance the best qualities of the artists he’s working with, from Future’s melodic growls on “Razzle Dazzle” to the unlikely marriage of Chief Keef and Rae Sremmurd’s disparate talents on “Come Down”. Hell, he even has Pharrell spitting that dope boy fresh shit on their amazing collaboration “Aries (Yugo)”, which is a side of P we don’t get to hear too much of these days. Yessir, it appears Mike WiLL went and made the hell out of this album.
Stream in full below now.
Kendrick Lamar delivers his flaming new single “The Heart Part 4”. This starts out one way and then goes somewhere else entirely. Over the course of 5-minutes and several beat switches, Kendrick shares truths, goes at the throats of unnamed peers whose identity we can all probably speculate on and namechecks Donald Trump as well as his all but certain Russia ties. Stay tuned for more info on whatever is coming next from K.Dot in April.