This past Saturday (November 9) was the 20th anniversary of Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, undoubtedly one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time and the launching pad for nine of Shaolin’s finest. Grounded by RZA’s sample-heavy and dirty production (as well as his drive to make the business side work), the Wu-Tang movement took a ramshackle collection of up-and-coming MCs and morphed them into… Read more »
On this day, November 6, in hip-hop history… 2007: Released less than a year after Kingdom Come, American Gangster became Jay- Z’s tenth solo album to be certified platinum in the U.S. The critically-acclaimed album helped to solidify him as one of the best in the game not only in just the eyes of his fans but the industry as well. As Jay’s first concept album, American Gangster was named after the 2007 biopic… Read more »
As tomorrow brings upon the release of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the project marks Eminem’s 8th studio album and also means the Detroit spitter has been in the rap game for well over 15 years now. Looking back over the rapper’s career, dating back to The Slim Shady LP, XXL could help but realize this man has hardly aged since breaking out onto the hip-hop scene and looks almost identical to… Read more »
Happy Halloween! Here your chance to see Rick Ross with the 1500 or Nothing Band for the Mastermind Tour that starts Tuesday November 15 at the Beacon Theatre in NYC and ends Saturday November 23, 2013 at James L. Knight Center in Miami, FL. Tickets On Sale Now! More Info: http://www.aeglive.com/artists/view/251430/ XXL is offering a fans the chance to win a pair of tickets to select dates to see Rick Ross with the 1500 or Nothin Band…. Read more »
Ed. Note: The following interview with Ab-Soul and Jay Rock is pulled from the outtakes from XXL‘s TDE cover story in our upcoming Oct/Nov issue. There was no real rhyme or reason to how we grabbed the members of TDE for conversations during the photo shoot for our Oct/Nov cover story. We pulled who we could, when we could and let whatever order could come present itself. So it’s telling that… Read more »
The Anaheim tour stop on Kanye West’s “Yeezus” tour is being postponed and rescheduled until December 13. Anaheim’s Honda Center announced via Twitter that Kanye’s stop at the arena will be postponed, citing production logistics that would prevent the tour from making its scheduled appearance on November 1. The Honda Center announced that it will be honoring all tickets for the original date so fans who paid will be able… Read more »
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Seth Narley drops “Vanity” for his fans today. The super smooth track illustrates a picture of the NYC rapper’s road-to-riches. This song is so ill and takes you to Cloud Nine instantly. It almost induces the listener into a high like its audio dope. He is a fresh new talent preparing to release his forthcoming mixtape, CHANEL RAP, which will arrive later this spring. Take a listen below.
Listen to Eve's Self-Titled Track Featuring Miss Kitty
E-V-E is back and is reclaiming the crown. Eve releases the self titled track “Eve” featuring Miss Kitty today. It always good to hear the Philly native’s music, and this song is classic Eve of Destruction. It’s in your face and gritty with the bravado a standout veteran should have. This is off her upcoming album Lip Lock, which hit stores May 14. Manny, our guy who writes our bangers, dig the reggae feel. Listen to the track courtesy of Rolling Stone.
Just when we thought we’d heard the last of her, V-Nasty manages to snake her way back into the limelight. According to reports, the controversial former White Girl Mob rapper has inked a $750,000 deal with Las Vegas indie label Pinnacle Records.
$750K. Just let that sink in for a second.
V-Nasty told LA Weekly in a recent interview that she’s signed a three-year contract Pinnacle for nearly a million dollars. According to the Oakland rapper, the deal affords her a level of freedom few labels offer.
“It’s an independent deal. I don’t really know how to explain it, it’s independent as far as working with each other,” she said. “It’s for three years of music and shit, but I’m ready to just keep going with them. Of course, we’re gonna get more artists and shit. It’s big. It’s not no regular Warner Bros., but I feel I’m in a better position. More freedom.”
Our site is acting janky again. It’s mid-afternoon and we needed a pick-me-up to get us through the frustrations. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, French Montana dropped his “Freaks (Remix)” that feature DJ Khaled, Mavado, Rick Ross, Wale and Nicki Minaj. The horn-laden instrumental with fresh new verses from each artist is bouncy and effective. Thank god for Frenchie. Give it a listen and grab Excuse My French on May 21.
Today, our website experienced some difficulties, but we’re still looking out. We gathered the top stories in hip-hop to keep you up to speed. From Drake releasing his highly anticipated single on Grammy night to JoJo Simmons throwing shots at Juelz Santana, read on to see what you might have missed.
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Drake Dropping New Single on Grammy Night
The Grammys just got interesting. Drizzy says he is planning on releasing his highly anticipated single on February 10. While the title is still unconfirmed, you can expect it to be “Started From the Bottom.” It’ll most likely be released after the awards show. [via Billboard]
JoJo Simmons Goes After Juelz Santana in New Diss Track
Juelz went after Rev Run’s son on “Soft.” It seemed like JoJo didn’t take that too kindly and decided to release a diss record called “Holy Water.” Diggy, where you at to solve this? [via YHTN]
Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange” Certified Gold
The Odd Future member’s debut reached a new achievement by going Gold, selling more than 500,000 copies. Ocean is nominated for six awards at the Grammys, including Best New Album and Record of the Year with “Thinkin’ Bout You.” [via HipHop-N-More]
Pusha T’s Mom Asked If He Was in the Illuminati
This is just funny. All those rumors about Kanye West in some type of Illuminati elite rubbed off on Pusha. During his interview with Sway, they spoke about how his mom questioned him about being in the Illuminati. [via Sway’s Universe]
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” Goes Double Platinum
Props for the young guys out of Seattle. Billboard reports that their single “Thrift Shop” off The Heist went double platinum with 2.3 million digital downloads. “I’m gonna pop some tags…” [via Billboard]
Donald Trump Threatens to Sue Mac Miller Over “Donald Trump” Song
Trump wants to add more dollars to that bank account of his. Earlier today, he sent some tweets at Mac Miller about his song “Donald Trump,” which is now certified Gold. He isn’t too happy with the fact that Mac used his name without his permission. From his tweets, Trump wants Mac to cut the check. [via HipHopDX]
The Game Starts an Online Petition for G-Unit Reunion
First So-So Def, now G-Unit. You think Game can pull this off? [via RapRadar]
Big Boi Hints at 20th Anniversary OutKast Plans?
Big Boi and Andre 3000 haven’t seen eye-to-eye when it comes to anything related to OutKast. But, in this new interview Power 106, Daddy Fat Sax hints that they are building something together. Please, let it be a new album. [via Complex]