Looks like No Malice will return to the rap game July 2nd with Hear Ye Him.
B.o.B. gets into an off the air discussion with Ebro and Peter Rosenberg of New York’s Hot 97 on the topic of crossing over and trying to come back home. What are your thoughts Moguls?
One things for sure, Mr. Snoop Lion sure gets it in doesn’t he??
This week Terrace Martin and Chanel West Coast stop by to talk about their upcoming mix tapes. Oh and there’s a hell of a storm coming.
We finally get some Goodie Mob that doesn’t sound like Cee-Lo Green and The Goodie Mob. Or Goodie Mob featuring Cee-Lo Green. Or Cee-Lo and The Mob. I think you get the idea. This track Special Education features Janelle Monae and gives all of the Dirty South Vets a moment to shine on. Now hopefully the album will sound more like this and less of the singalong Cee-Lo Green hour.
Jay Electronica is an interesting mc who seems to cherish the fact that he hasn’t dropped an album yet. I have been waiting for ole boy album so long that I now have no anticipation for it whatsoever. By now the Nawlins native should be on his second major album release. But in the Lamnd of Make Believe the homie is nowhere to be found. In fact after getting a deal with ROC Nation his output has slowed down to a trickle.
So when this file came across my internets I decided to share it with you fellow Moguls, after all this may be all we get from the Whirl Wind Pyramid.
It consists of 93 total tracks, including 68 solo tracks and 25 features. The 68 solo tracks also include some rough quality releases, a couple freestyles, and abridged versions of Act I, broken down in several ways as you will see in the tracklist. The 25 features also includes abridged versions of many tracks, where I’ve cut the song to only have Jay Electronica’s verse and the chorus to the track, for people like me who only want to hear Jay Elect.
Tracklist and download link after the jump. Continue reading
Is finally coming out. The duo announced that the album The H drops May 23rd. That joint was supposed to hit back in 2008, but for some reason it never did. I wonder if anyone still cares?
Not often do we get to see rappers breaking down each other’s rhymes. So it is a treat to see a lyrical beast such as Talib Kweli deciphering a Jay-Z lyric.
Hip-hop and corporate America have maintained a relatively healthy marriage over the years, but recent debacles between brands and their musical associates suggest a divorce could be looming in the near future. At the very least, a more restrictive pre-nup is in order.
In the past month, the iron fist of big business struck down on rappers to satisfy public outcry. Rick Ross lost his contract with Reebok over a date rape lyric; Mountain Dew similarly dropped Lil Wayne for a line in one of his songs slandering Emmett Till; and Tyler the Creator’s latest digital advertisement for the soft drink was removed after it caused uproar over offensive messaging.
While theses differences of opinion may not completely dissuade brands from signing endorsement deals with rappers moving forward, some marketing executives feel they will inspire stricter contracts.
“When you’re looking at potentially partnering with an artist, every brand needs to know there is inherent risk,” Patience Ramsey, Vice President and Account Director of Sponsorships at Translation, tells theGrio. “As a brand, you have to know what your trigger points are and what’s acceptable and what’s not. If you haven’t thought about that, and you jump into a relationship with an artist, you may be caught off guard…I don’t think these instances are going to make hip-hop artists untouchable to brands, you just really need to make sure that when you’re looking at the type of artist you want to partner with, there must be some kind of shared values system in place.” Continue reading
Curren$y – Kingpin
B.O.B. x Young Jeezy x Young Dro x Yo Gotti – We Still In This
Lauryn Hill - Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)
You know it is good whenever we can hear the god Rakim Allah speak to us. A jewel is bound to drop.
Hip hop’s golden age began in 1986, the day Rakim stepped to a microphone to record “Eric B Is President.” Only 18 years old (though he sounded considerably more worldly), Rakim (real name William Griffin) had a smooth, effortless flow that brought a cool melodicism and high intelligence to the MC game—he gave both fire and ice, set within the wiry frame of his serious features. Even those who didn’t get the Five Percenter reference wouldn’t have bridled at his nickname, God. His partnership with his DJ, Eric B, yielded four great albums and numerous classic singles before Rakim split for a solo career. Despite initial success with 1997’s The 18th Letter, he endured several frustratingly fruitless years signed to Dr Dre’s Aftermath, working on an album that never came. Now Rakim back in his native New York, the city where his immense influence is most clearly audible, notably in other NYC wordsmiths such as Nas. As recently as 2012, The Source named him the greatest MC of all time.
LL Cool J is back ladies and gentlemen and this time around it is “Authentic”. The veteran speaks on his new album and why he went the route he went this time around. He talks about how he has grown, his upcoming tour, and his 14th album.
Authentic in stores April 30th.
Scarface wonders the same thing that I have been asking for years….. who stole Hip Hop’s soul?
Pharrell Williams stopped by to see Angie Martinez at Hot 97.