Tuesday, November 19, 2013
To say that this has been the year of the SZA is an understatement. After gaining more momentum from her S EP, the songstress inked a deal with TDE, released "Teen Spirit" and hit the road with Little Dragon.
She's already collaborated with fellow TDE newbie Isaiah Rashad on "The Antydote" and now SZA links with soul brother #2 Ab-Soul on the rework of "ICE.MOON," kit with new lyrics. Enjoy below, and hit the jump for the visuals to the original!
ScHoolboy Q's album Oxymoron has been the next to drop for some time now, and while I'm growing impatient, I'm glad that TDE decided to share a morsel of the project with us in the form of "Man Of The Year." Stay tuned. The release date for Oxymoron is set to be released next week.
Previously: [VIDEO] ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, N.O.R.E. & More Remember Wu-Tang's ' Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)' Album
Thanks to my love for all things Neptunes related, I've been a fan of Kenna since Chad Hugo produced his 2001 album New Sacred Cow. I'm glad to see that the Virginia Beach bred musician is still going strong as he released the visuals to the Rick James inspired "Relations." Check the visuals below, which feature a verse for Because The Internet emcee Childish Gambino, and click HERE to learn more about Kenna's latest EP series, Land 2 Air Chronicles II: Imitation is Suicide.
Previously: Jhené Aiko ft. Childish Gambino - "Bed Peace"
For once, I'm glad to see Chris Brown's name in a headline for his music instead of for his legal woes and other controversy. With his album X pushed back to 2014, Breezy holds his fans over with the 6 track mixtape X-Files. The 6 track EP features collaborations with Busta Rhymes, Ludacris and Kid Ink. Enjoy below, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts!
Previously: [Music Video] Chris Brown - "Fine China" + Hot 97 Interview With Angie Martinez [Video]
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Just as Rihanna closed out her Diamonds World Tour, she releases the visuals to Unapologetic's 5th single "What Now."
“It’s gonna be kinda eery, very creepy because ‘What Now’ is one of those songs that you can get really boring with the visual. Everybody’s probably expecting like a narrative type of video, a love story of some sorts, something really soft and pretty. It is pretty and kinda soft, but it’s really a little demented.” --Rihanna
Directed by The Uprising Creative
Previously: Wale - "Bad" (Remix) ft. Rihanna
Timbaland's had a busy year assisting on Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail and both of Justin Timberlake's platinum The 20/20 Experience releases. Now, the legendary producer has taken the time to share what he's got planned for his next solo project, Textbook Timbo, as he premiered new track "Know Bout Me" featuring Drake and Fauntleroy. Don't get too excited about "Ft. Jay Z..."His contribution to the record includes a few leftover ad-libs, not a hot 16.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
While "Hold On We're Going Home" and "All Me" might be the radio darlings of Drake's Nothing Was The Same, "Worst Behavior" is arguably the fan favorite. Apparently the DJ DAHI produced track is near and dear to Drizzy as well, since he and Director X crafted a 10+ minute visual for the track.
While I felt the urge to fast forward through the unfunny and unnecessarily long skit in the middle, the rest of the "Worst Behavior" video is pretty entertaining. Catch cameos from Juicy J, Project Pat, and Drake's father in this homage to Memphis below.
Previously: Drake - 'Nothing Was The Same'
Monday, November 11, 2013
I spent my entire shift at the good ol' 9 to 5 playing Jhené Aiko's new EP Sail Out, and I'm happy to see that it's doing extremely well on iTunes. Sail Out is currently in the top 3 albums overall and is currently king of the R&B charts.
To make things even better, Jhené offered up dramatic visuals to "The Worst," one of Sail Out's darker compositions. Perhaps we'll see her on season 2 of Orange Is The New Black? (Probably not, but definitely catch her alongside Drake, Miguel and Future on the remaining stops of Would You Like A Tour?)
Purchase Sail Out on iTunes HERE! It's also available for stream on Spotify.
Props to Noisey for the premiere, and head there to catch an exclusive interview with Ms. Aiko!
Previously: Jhené Aiko ft. Childish Gambino - "Bed Peace"
The Port representative and Gs staple Quent Young is easily one of the freshest emcees representing my hometown of Charlotte, NC. After building his repertoire with Conscious Thoughts, The Basquiat & Laid Back, it's clear Quent has found the best Southern-laced sound for his distinctly deep delivery on The Dream State.
Stream + download The Dream State after the jump, and check out the visuals for the catchy yet mellow standout, "Hippy Chick" featuring Nandi JOAL.
Directed by Lone Ranger Productions
Last year, Omarion solidified his status on the MMG roster with his impressive EP Care Package, and now that he's earned his stripes, he presents the Don Cannon hosted sequel. Stream and download Care Package 2 below, which features Audio Push, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, and Czar.
Hourglass Picks: "Leave You Alone," "Know You Better," "Diamonds & Hennessey"
[VIDEO] Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, N.O.R.E. & More Remember Wu-Tang's ' Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers)' Album
Saturday, November 9th marked the 20th anniversay of Wu-Tang Clan's debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). While I was only 4 years old when it dropped, I still remember the impact the album had on me growing up thanks to my sister blasting it constantly. Once I'd matured and was able to appreciate it for myself, I went back to form my own love for the 9 man army.
Like myself and millions of others, today's upper echelon of emcees have also been inspired by the work and accomplishments of Wu-Tang. In a special Rap Fix Live moment with MTV's Sway, members U-God, Masta Killa and honorary member Cappadonna were presented with a video compilation of clips from N.O.R.E., DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, Big Sean and A$AP Rocky-- all expressing their gratitude for the Wu-Tang movement.
If you're looking to dig deeper into Enter The Wu-Tang, check out Rolling Stone's latest feature HERE.
Previously: The RZA - Blowin In The Wind
Friday, October 11, 2013
Janelle Monae's new album The Electric Lady is full of amazing records, but the Miguel featured "Primetime"seems to be the current fan favorite.
Thankfully, the sexy duet is Electric Lady's next official single, and "Q.U.E.E.N." director Alan Ferguson delivers an equally impressive visual as the
The Electric Lady is well worth the coins, so be sure to go out and support Wondaland's movement. To hear the entire project in full before you buy, hit the jump for Atlantic Record's official stream!
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Although the South is home to many heralded and extremely talented rap groups (Outkast, Goodie Mob, Youngbloodz, Eightball & MJG, and Three 6 Mafia just to name a few), Alabama talent has noticeably been absent from that roster--until now.
Straight outta Birmingham, trio K.L.U.B. Monsta is waiting for the perfect time to release Canvas, their DJ Wally Sparks hosted follow up to the acclaimed Separate But Sequel. I've been privy to quite a few joints from Canvas and all I have to say is get ready to hear the name K.L.U.B Monsta A LOT more in the near future.
Stream + download KLUB Monsta's latest offering, "Chauvinist Clap" below, produced by my main man Anthem, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts.
Canvas hosted by DJ Wally Sparks is coming soon!
Previously: Anthem x B.o.B x Nicki Minaj - "oUt OF mY mInD" (Remix)
Monday, October 7, 2013
On October 15th, Cali slick talker Dom Kennedy will release his album Get Home Safely on iTunes as well as at Best Buy stores nationwide. Dom's got quite the repertoire, so the fact that he considers GSH is best body of work means that the Yellow Album followup should be well worth the coins.
Stream the Drewbyrd produced "Dominic" below, and hit the jump for the full track list for Get Home Safely!
Backed by the ever-passionate Kanye West, Pusha T's solo debut album My Name Is My Name will finally be upon us tomorrow, October 8th. Despite King Push claiming that his rival Drake is no competition, I have no doubt that his rival's Nothing Was The Same will be a major point of reference for most when critiquing MNIMN.
Stream My Name Is My Name below courtesy of Myspace, and hit the jump to catch the visuals to the Kendrick Lamar featured "Nosetalgia."
John Legend's new album Love In The Future has proven itself to be one of my most valuable purchases this year. While the project is near and dear to my heart, I can only imagine what it means to Mr. Legend and his beautiful wife Chrissy Teigen.
"All Of Me" was written entirely by John as a tribute to Chrissy, and after performing the song at his own wedding, John brings us into their world with the visuals to the timeless standout. Watch the intimate music video below and click HERE to purchase Love In The Future now on iTunes.
Previously: John Legend ft. Rick Ross - "Who Do We Think We Are"
Friday, September 20, 2013
Led by "Take Back The Night," Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is set to hit iTunes September 30. It's safe to say that this album release doesn't quite have the momentum of its "Suit & Tie" predecessor, but maybe the Timbaland produced "TKO" will change that. Take a listen below, and let me know what you think!
Purchase: Justin Timberlake - "TKO" (iTunes)
Previously: [Music Video] Jay-Z ft. Justin Timberlake - "Holy Grail"
While out on a promo tour for her new (INCREDIBLE!) album The Electric Lady, Janelle Monae stopped by the always candid Breakfast Club. Watch below as Charlemagne fawns over her while she discussed her relationship with Prince, the premise behind Cindi Mayweather, her business partnership with Diddy, as well as her upbringing.
Congrats to Janelle and the rest of Wondaland on yet another inspiring work of art!
Previously: Janelle Monae ft. Miguel - "Primetime"
Never in my 24 years did I think I'll ever see Bun B doing choreography with Solange. That alone (plus Mannie Fresh's cameo) is enough to make you press play, but the fact that "Lovers In The Parking Lot" is a great song with a fun and extremely random visual is the real kicker. Laundromats, semi-abandoned malls, beauty supply stores... what's next, Solange?
The True EP is in stores now!
Previously: Solange Knowles ft. Kendrick Lamar - "Looks Good With Trouble" (Remix)
The video for "Power Trip" set the tone for J. Cole to take an abstract approach with each of the visuals from Born Sinner, and "Crooked Smile" is no exception. Dedicated to Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7 year old who was killed in a Detroit drug raid in 2010, Cole urges the country to reconsider its war on drugs.
A Short Film by Sheldon Candis
Previously: Nas - "#MadeNasProud" (J. Cole Response)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
While we wait for Jhené Aiko's debut album Souled Out to hit stores next year, we will be treated with Sail Out on
Check out the chilled out first single, "Bed Peace" featuring Childish Gambino, below, and hit the jump to learn more about the Sail Out EP!
Monday, September 16, 2013
After a season of ups and downs--beginning with more than impressive opening sales for J. Cole (297k), Kanye (327k), Jay-Z (Platinum), and Wale (152k) and ending with very lackluster openings for 2 Chainz (55-65k projected), Big Sean (72k), and Juicy J (64k)-- summer is officially coming to an end.
While things have been looking surprisingly dreary lately, the new season brings a new hope that Hip Hop will hit another high. With Drake's Nothing Was The Same is set for release on September 24th, odds are pretty great that hip hop will dominate Billboard yet again.
Boasting hit singles "Hold On We're Going Home" and "Started From The Bottom," along with highly controversial "Wu Tang Forever," Nothing Was The Same seems to have the makings of another polarizing yet Grammy award winning project.
Update: Now that the album's in stores, hit the comments with your thoughts on NWTS!
Sales figures & Projections via HNHH
Previously: Drake Drops 4 New Tracks & Reveals 'Nothing Was The Same' Release Date
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Kanye's album Yeezus has had quite the polarizing response, but there's a common consensus on one thing: the man puts on a hell of a show.
To make things even more exciting, Ye is hitting the road with the self-proclaimed "King of New York" and my personal favorite emcee, Kendrick Lamar Check out the dates below, and be sure to stay tuned to GUE or KanyeWest.com to find out when tickets go on sale. Who's coming with me to the ATL show?!
# = Kendrick Lamar
^ = special guest to be announcedPreviously:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake have collaborated quite a bit this year--from "Suit & Tie," the Legends Of The Summer tour, a soon to be released track on Justin's The 20/20 Experience: Part 2 Of 2, to Jay-Z's MCHG opener "Holy Grail."
While the song itself is big, the visuals by Anthony Mandler take record to another level. Magna Carta... Holy Grail is in stores now!
Monday, August 19, 2013
After revealing the upbeat yet socially aware singles "Q.U.E.E.N." and "Dance Apocalyptic," Janelle Monae reveals a smoother side of her forthcoming album The Electric Lady with the Miguel duet "Primetime." As two artists who are highly influenced and in awe of Prince, I'm almost sure this is a track he'd be proud of.
Stream "PrimeTime" below, and hit the jump to view The Electric Lady's official album cover and track list!
After Kendrick Lamar stole the show on Big Sean's "Control," it's good to see that Sean is returning the the focus back to promoting his singles that will land on August 27's Hall Of Fame. Check out the trippy visuals to the Lil Wayne and Jhené Aiko featured "Beware" below, and hit the jump to catch Sean and Jhené's recent performance of the track on Jimmy Kimmel live.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
I'm not one to vocally deem myself an avid fan of Odd Future, but my CD collection from the past year begs to differ. After streaming Earl Sweatshirt's new album, I'm positive that my physical copies of Frank Ocean's Channel Orange and Tyler, The Creator's Wolf will soon be joined by Doris.
Now that the "Where's Earl?" phenomenon has ended and the shock value surrounding Odd Future has calmed down a bit, it's time to see if the nineteen-year old emcee is really the prodigy he's been proclaimed to be. Stream Doris courtesy of Odd Future's Souncloud HERE, and check out the visuals to the Tyler, The Creator featured "Whoa" below. Be sure to cop on August 20th if you like what you hear!
Previously: Earl Sweatshirt ft. Frank Ocean - "Sunday"
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
I say this too often... Faith Evans had some of the best hip hop beats on her R&B albums!! Finally, an emcee worthy of "You Used To Love Me" greatness takes on the classic record.
Listen to "Memoirs of Her" below as Rickie Jacobs reminisces over somebody that he used to know.
This song is based on true events, me trying to get over a woman that's moved on to other things, me on the other hand is still dealing with the fact that she's never coming back. - Rickie
Previously: Rickie Jacobs - "Millionaire" (Prod. by YOG$) + #HeresYourAnswer (Reebok Classics Commercial)
|Artwork By: Ladale Ally|
!llmind is one of my favorite producers of all time. When I met him awhile back at the Skyzoo "Frisbees" video shoot, I remember inquiring about some production and him stating something about a budget. However, at the time I hadn't even put out my first mixtape yet and was clueless to what a budget was. When a friend of mine played the production on #BFKW I was blown away and felt the need to pay homage to one of the greatest to ever do it. Thank you !llmindHourglass Picks: "Rolling Stones," "Fast Forward," "Accept Us," "Mr. Blog[*ahem* wom]an"
Earl Sweatshirt was the sole rap feature on Frank Ocean's debut album channel ORANGE, and the favor's been returned as the singer-songwriter morphs into an emcee on "Sunday." Frank's half of the record is an added bonus to Earl's well-crafted verse as Odd Future's most skilled lyricist takes on the simplistically intricate self-produced track.
Stream "Sunday" below, and hit the jump to see Earl's television debut as he took to Late Night Jimmy Fallon to premiere "Burgundy" with The Roots. Doris hits shelves August 20th,
Earl Sweatshirt - "Sunday" ft. Frank Ocean Lyrics
Did you catch that Chris Brown shade?
This week is "very special" for K. Michelle, so why not drop the remix?
The Love & Hip Hop diva is one of the few cast members with legitimate talent who positively capitalized from reality stardom, and she now has the album to show for it. In celebration of yesterday's release of Rebellious Soul, K. Michelle premieres the remix of the project's lead single "V.S.O.P." featuring Young Jeezy.
Purchase Rebellious Soul on iTunes now!
Previously: Young Jeezy - "R.I.P." (Remix) ft. YG, Kendrick Lamar & Chris Brown
|Levels to this $hit|
Catch cameos from T.I., Irv Gotti, DJ Clue, DJ Khaled, DJ Drama, Rick Ross, and more below, and hit the jump for Meek's response to Kendrick's controversial verse on "Control."
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
While his breakthrough single "I Want You" proved without a doubt that he had some of the best male vocals in the industry right now, Luke James initially presented a very clean cut image. Thanks to the success of his 2012 mixtape Whispers In The Dark and his role as Beyonce's opening act for her European and U.S. Mrs. Carter Show tour dates, people are finally seeing that the New Orleans singer's got just the right amount of edge.
Peep a cameo from Kevin Cossom below as you tune in to the visuals for "Oh God" featuring Hit-Boy, my favorite Luke James track. Also and prepare yourself for his film debut in November's Black Nativity as well as his N.A.R.S/Def Jam debut album Made To Love!
Joell Ortiz & B.o.B (And Now Fred The Godson): The First To Respond To Kendrick Lamar's Game Shaking "Control" Verse
Unless you've been on a social media or Internet fast, you've been unable to escape the Hip Hop world's reaction to Kendrick Lamar's verse on the Big Sean record "Control."
If you need a reminder, peep a selection of the lyrics courtesy of Rap Genius:
I'm Makaveli's offspring, I'm the king of New YorkWhile many rappers have taken to Twitter to make a few comments on Kendrick's bold claim of the throne, Joell Ortiz was the first to take his response to the booth. Listen below as Joell helps bring back the sport of battle rap to the forefront, and hit the jump for B.o.B's response to "Control."
King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both
I heard the barbershops spittin' great debates all the time
Bout who's the best MC? Kendrick, Jigga and Nas
Eminem, Andre 3000, the rest of y'all
New niggas just new niggas, don't get involved
I'm usually homeboys with the same niggas I'm rhymin' wit
But this is hip hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They dont wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas
What is competition?
Update: Fred The Godson responds (8/13, 9:05 PM)
The moral of this story: Never underestimate the little guys...
As a bonus, hit the jump to catch Just Blaze's recent interview with Power 105's The Breakfast Club!
Terrace Martin is one of the rare musicians who possesses the ultimate respect of the leaders in a variety of circles, from the jazz world to the Hip Hop community. Terrace Martin combines these worlds seamlessly with his new self-produced album 3ChordFold as he calls upon Kendrick Lamar, Robert Glasper, Ab-Soul, Musiq Soulchild, James Fauntleroy, Wiz Khalifa, Lalah Hathaway, Snoop Dogg and more to make the project complete.
Purchase the album on iTunes HERE, but get a sample of 3ChordFold below by checking out "Triangleship" featuring Kendrick and "No Wrong No Right" featuring James Fauntleroy and Robert Glasper.
I just left Brooklyn last week, but I'm already looking to cop a plane ticket back thanks to this new video from The Koolest. The Durham, NC duo take us back to the golden era of Hip Hop with "1995," a cut that is set to appear on their forthcoming LP Nerds At The Kool Table.
Watch below as GUE favorite Napoleon Da Legend keeps it fresh with Dan The Don and Dinero P, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts on "1995!"
Previously: Napoleon Da Legend - Junk Yard Dog [Music Video]
A few weeks before ForteBowie's Vice Haus EP dropped and "Gucci Mayne" debuted (sans the "y"), I had an inkling that the single would be a breakthrough moment for the Atlanta musician. It's only a matter of time at this point as he plans to release Vice Haus: Deluxe Edition.
Peep the video for "Gucci Mayne" below, which serves as an authentic yet intricate introduction to the ATLien known as ForteBowie.
Premiered by Complex.
Previously: [New Mixtape] ForteBowie - 'Vice Haus'
Monday, August 12, 2013
The fact that Big Sean got Jay Electronica to step outside of the Rothchild Estate to lay a verse is enough of a reason to press play... Add the fact that Kendrick Lamar reveals his Hip Hop hit list and the track is produced by Sean's legendary mentor No I.D. and you've got no excuses. "Control" won't land on Hall Of Fame when it hits the shelves August 27, but trust me-- you need this one in your collection.
Flex bombs for now... Update: CDQ courtesy of 2DB
"I specialize in raps that mean something."
It's been a while since Memphis emcee Skewby came through with a project, and now couldn't be a better time. If you're in need of something refreshing to get you through the Monday blues, hit play and spread the word about Wishful Thinking.
Production comes from Skewby himself, Mindlabs, Thelonius Martin, and Charlie White. Skewby also rhymes over borrowed tracks from Black Milk, Tae Beast and Like.
Previously: Skewby - "When I Ride" (Prod. by Mindlabs & Skewby)
Sunday, August 11, 2013
I was fortunate enough to get a front row view of Clear Soul Forces at last year's A3C Festival, and while I was already a fan of the music, their energy on stage is what really sold me.
On September 17th, the foursome plans to drop their sophomore solo project Gold PP7s worldwide via Fatbeats Records, but for now enjoy the visuals to "Ain't Playin" as E-Fav, L.A.Z., Noveliss, and Ilajide continue Detroit's tradition of greatness.
Previously: Sound & Vision Episode 2: "Clear Soul Forces" (Documentary)
With one iconic producer in her corner already, Rapsody upped the ante for She Got Game and got her hand on a new beat from the legendary DJ Premier. Stream a radio rip of her latest leak "Kingship" below and get ready for the DJ Drama hosted mixtape to hit the net on August 20th.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
With the surprise smash single "Gangsta" introducing Kat Dahlia as one of music's next up, the Miami bred beauty continues to build momentum with the Salaam Remi produced "Clocks." While I'm usually an Hourglass girl myself, I'm making an exception for this track which shows off a lighter yet equally edgy side of Kat. Stream the track below, and look out for her debut album My Garden which will be released via Epic Record's Vested In Culture label.
Hit the jump to stream and download "Fireman," a freebie for the fans!
Count on Ryshon Jones to come through with a narrative that completely invades your train of thought. In Theory out now; Track 15 up next!
This song was inspired by an old relationship and as artist we use music as a platform to express things we experience.The song is about a female suffering from a bipolar disorder and going through many things in life and through it all she uses sex as a remedy to cover up what she's scared to reveal.I wanted to release this as a "single" so to say in light of the video I have coming very soon for this song. --Ryshon
Ryshon Jones - "Her Remedy" Lyrics
Previously: Ryshon Jones - "Underdog Theme Music" (Prod. by Rollin Mills)
Out of all of the Maybach Music stars on the roster, Stalley is the artist whose development has remained indie and has progressed at a more natural rate. After breaking out with his independent success Lincoln Way Nights in 2011, he's expanded his fan base with the release of Savage Journey To The American Dream as well as his Songs By Me, Stalley series.
Supported by the release of the Scarface backed "Swangin," Stalley finally let loose his latest effort, Honest Cowboy. Stream + download the project below, which features a verse from ScHoolboy Q and showcases production from Rashad, Terrace Martin, Block Beattaz, and more.
Hourglass Picks: Samson, Swangin, NineteenEighty7
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Rapsody already has quite the catalog as the head soldier in 9th Wonder's Jamla Army, but the North Carolina emcee's forthcoming Gangsta Grillz mixtape She Got Game with DJ Drama has great expectations. Mac Miller and Jared Evan assist Rapsody on the project's second reveal, "Generation," which features production from the general himself.
Stream the track below, and hit the jump to hear the mixtape's first offering, "Dark Knights" with Wale. She Got Game, August 20th.
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
For most of the music heads out there, Chance The Rapper still holds the title for best mixtape of the year with his breakout project Acid Rap as we head towards the third quarter. In case you need a reminder of what the Chicago bred golden boy has to offer, or if this is your official introduction to Chance The Rapper, check out the galactic visuals for "Everybody's Something" below.
Directed by Austin Vesely
Previously: [New Mixtape] Chance The Rapper - 'Acid Rap'