Posts in Category: Rap Industry

De La Soul’s Latest Video Breaks Barriers

Hip-hop legends De La Soul recently recorded a track called “Drawn.” This song features Little Dragon, a critically acclaimed alternative R&B band. This song is highlighted by a wonderful performance from Yukimi Nagano, Little Dragon’s lead singer. Despite Nagano’s lush and beautiful vocal performance, this is a a fairly dark and experimental video. The video was directed by J. Anders Urmacher, an up-and-coming director who may achieve much over the course of his career. “Drawn” is the latest single from De La Soul’s most recent album, “And The Anonymous Nobody.” This classic hip-hop band is undertaking a fairly extensive tour over the summer and fall of 2017.

 

It is gratifying to see that De La Soul has continued to produce high-quality material. Fortunately, the activities of this group have been covered by a variety of mainstream music journalists. Without doubt, it seems that De La Soul is poised to continue achieving critical and commercial acclaim for many years to come. I believe this group has certainly earned its status as a deeply influential and well-respected musical act. This group first achieved massive success in the late 1980s when they released “3 Feet High And Rising,” a seminal 80s hip-hop record.

 

I must admit that De La Soul initially achieved recognition for their unusual fashion sense. Unlike most of their peers in rap, this group gravitated towards tie-dye, vibrant colors and imposing hats. Many people compared this group’s image to the colorful fashions of the 1960s and the aesthetic commonly called “flower power.” Fortunately, De La Soul went on to achieve enormous critical and commercial success. Indeed, this group is one of the most lyrically advanced groups in the history of this dynamic music genre. Besides simply representing a fine example for American rap artists, De La Soul is arguably a huge influence for hip-hop artists throughout the world.

 

Ice Cube Joins Interscope Records

As of yesterday, Ice Cube has joined Interscope Records. The rap symbol has marked an arrangement with Interscope Records, joining Dr. Dre as a business powerhouse. Ice Cube will keep on operating his Lench Mob Records freely, however, future tasks will have the sponsorship of Interscope. On Friday, his last three collections were discharged through the Lench Mob system after his takeoff from Priority Records. Ice Cube’s final outreach to Interscope will be the re-arrival of his great collection Death Certificate, which initially dropped in October 1991. The refreshed adaptation is being charged as a 25th-commemoration release and will incorporate three new tracks. The rapper says that there are great things in store for both him and the company. He is currently working on his final album that will mark an end of an era for his career. Once it is finished, he has plans to move on to other venues in the music industry. Signing with Interscope Records is an important piece of the puzzle that will lead to even more accomplishments. Over the past few years, Ice Cube has gone relatively unnoticed as he dealt with personal issues and collaborations with other musicians. This has given him time to find his inner self, The rapper claimed, “these projects…great stresses yet great sources of joy”. While many people attribute Ice Cube with fast paced lyrics and a raspy voice, the musician is also able to find peace with the industry. Interscope Records will give him a background to take steps and climb even higher.

 

Drake’s New Playlist Aims To Promote The Grime Genre

Recently, Drake released a playlist called “More Life,” which features some of the most talented artists in the British music genre called grime. Without doubt, the artists Drake selected for this playlist are among the most exciting artists working in Britain today. Grime is a very interesting form of music that combines rap and hip-hop with a hyperactive, electronic sound elements. Although grime was created in London, this genre is a multi-faceted form of music that can appeal to people from many countries.

Artists featured on “More Life” include Skepta, Sampha and Giggs. Though Drake has loved urban British music for quite some time, this is Drake’s most high-profile tribute to grime so far. If anyone has the star power to get America listening to a new type of urban music, it is Drake. Without doubt, Drake is enormously influential in modern popular music. Although some feel that Drake is a bit too emotional for his own good, I think that this artist is heartfelt enough to overcome his occasional tendency to overshare. It was an interesting choice for Drake to release a playlist instead of a mixtape. By releasing “More Life” as a playlist, Drake shows that he is willing to explore new territory when it comes to branding and categorization. Although Drake’s own music follows some very familiar patterns, the artists featured in “More Life” are bound to feel incredibly fresh and original to most American listeners.

This is far from the first time that influential people have tried to introduce grime to a broader American audience. During the 1990s, many music writers felt that grime artist Tricky was set to make it big in the United States. I sincerely hope that Drake’s new release will achieve mass appeal. Although many music journalists have expressed interest in “More Love,” the public might not follow suit.

Rapper Kodak Black Makes Video Under House Arrest

The young rapper Kodak Black made news recently. Just one week ago he was released from prison. In imitation of Gucci Mane, he created a music video while under house arrest. The name of the song featured in the video is “There He Go.” In the video, he is filmed hanging out with friends and dancing around. The 19 year old was born and raised In Pompano Beach, Florida. He appears happy in the video and uses provocative lines that surprise you.

He was released into house arrest after paying $100,000 in bail money to the state of South Carolina. The rapper says that he is happy to be home with his family and friends. He is grateful for the love and support of his fans and wants to focus on creating more music. He is eager for the chance to clear his name and do good work in the future. He has long said that his goal in life is to be the illest rapper alive. Fans can look to his Instagram account for news on a fresh tape that he will be releasing. He says that he is working tirelessly each day to put new music out there. He also stated that “If God Is With You Who Can Be Against You.” You can read more about Kodak Black and his music here.

Kanye West on an Odyssey to finish ‘The Saint Pablo’ Tour

It goes without saying that the last few months of 2016 were quite awful for Yeezy. The ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper had a year marred with personal mishaps which included his wife, Kim Kardashian West, being robbed in Paris in October. This was followed by an astounding cancellation of the eagerly awaited ‘Saint Pablo Tour’ in the United Kingdom. To cap it all off, Kanye West was hospitalized in Los Angeles and placed on a psychiatric hold in November. All I have to say is, ‘What a year!’

 

Kanye West has maintained an uncharacteristically low profile over the past few days. He asserted that he wants to focus on family and further mentioned that he prioritizes his children over any other thing. Yeezy looks forward to batten his parenting skills to a level as great as his lyrical prowess and become a good dad to his children.

 

Despite all the excruciating moments that 2016 had to proffer, Kanye West shook off the dust off his shirt and seems more vibrant, rejuvenated and exhilarated. Yeezy’s fans should be prospective of surprises from the Grammy Award Winner which would include more music and The Saint Pablo Tour. Kanye also intends to complete working on his fashion line.

 

Sources informed E! News that Kanye wants to finish the tour since he has a tremendous and inexplicable passion for it. Kanye shall hopefully make up for the time he missed during his hospitalization.

 

I remember being personally disappointed when the ‘Famous’ deacon of words cancelled the remaining dates of The Saint Pablo Tour; I would bet my life that virtually every Yeezy die-hard was equally disappointed. Well, Yeezy is back to give us all a treat! Buckle up, folks, this shall be epic!

Lil Wayne Considered Performing Christian Rap After Prison

Lil Wayne has recently launched his book, ‘Gone ‘Til November: A Journal of Rikers Island’. to the world, and in it he discussed how he had once considered performing Christian Hip Hop instead of the gangster-themed rap lyrics he spits now.

 

While serving his eight month prison sentence for weapons charges, the rapper said he was able to face many of the demons that were plaguing his mind. He used this time spent behind bars to help others and discover exactly where his creativity and music came from. In the end, it was not drugs or women that caused the young rapper to be so creative and have the ability to flow. Instead, it was all inside him, according to his book.

 

At first, during his stay at Rikers Island, Wayne was responsible for letting the local Correctional Officers know if anyone could be considered a danger to themselves or to others or were trying to commit suicide.

 

While battling with his own demons and focusing on improving his mental health, Wayne turned to faith behind the prison bars. In his new book, he writes about having received a letter from the church that urged him to use his music and art to preach the Holy Spirit.

 

“I would truly have the power of having pop culture turn to God,” Wayne said. “I would have straight killers in church every Sunday.”

 

Although Wayne did seriously consider this -transition into a role of faith and Christian rap lyrics- he felt that, in the end, where he was at his current time was all a part of the overall journey he was committed to taking through life.

This Savage Life

The meteoric ascent of Atlanta based rapper 21 Savage has been something to behold. A magnetic, albeit controversial figure, Savage never appears to be playing a character. His attitude in unflappable. In interviews he appears unsparingly honest, even vulnerable. Look no further then his interview with ‘The Breakfast Club’ as reviewed here: Your text to link… in which he delves into deeply personal, tragic events without pause. In an industry largely occupied by performers prone to self-aggrandizement and dramatization, 21 Savage is a breathe of fresh air. His tales of ‘trap life’ and the pitfalls of gun violence are anything but glamorous. If one were to compare him to another artist, he is something like DMX of the deep south. Like X, 21 Savage can stand alone. 21 Savage is the opposite of ‘thirsty’. He isn’t concerned whether you like him or not, nor is he concerned with the latest hip-hop trends or brand recognition. He doesn’t need the approval of the consumer. At no point does Savage feel the need to explain himself, to wax poetic about the trauma he’s endured. Most recently, he released his most powerful work to date, a nine-track album produced by Metro Boomin entitled ‘Savage Life’. A fierce piece of work that is unrepentant, occasionally tender and occasionally terrifying. The production suits 21 Savage’s delivery perfectly. The album is haunting and sparse, both infectious and ice-cold. The lyrics recount moments of horrific violence interspersed with heartbreak. Ultimately 21 Savage, no matter how you cut it, is an artist to be revered and recognized. He is a poet of the trap, a true original and ‘Savage Life’ is his opus.

Rap Moguls Unite for Travis Scott’s New Album; Excitement Ensues

Much like Frank Ocean, fans of rapper, Travis Scott, are growing pretty tired waiting for him to release his new album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. With multiple probable release dates mentioned by the artist, including April, May, June, and July, fans quickly started to believe that Travis Scott is the new the boy who cried wolf. On August 12, 2016, Scott tweeted that the wait is officially rearing a close, and fans can expect his album to drop on August 26, 2016. Of course, he offered an apology as well and a promise that his fans will love him for the wait.

In addition to providing the launch date for his tape, the rapper also made mention as to who will be accompanying him on some of the tracks. Aside from remixing “In Common” by Alicia Keys with Kanye West, he will also be remaking “No Limit” by Usher. With big names such as Kid Cudi, Kanye, Alicia, Kendrick Lamar, and Cashmere Cat joining him on this tape, there is no denying that this will be one of the greatest albums of the decade. Of all of the artists expected to spew some awesome rhymes on this track, though, Kid Cudi seems to be the most excited.

“Amped for Travis album,” exclaimed The Kid on Twitter. If a captain of the industry declares his excitement so publicly, this album must be a real gem. Despite the intriguing information leaked in reference to it, though, some fans simply cannot understand why this took so long.

Simply enough, Travis Scott admits to not being a fan of releasing singles and he wants his fans to take this album in collectively for the ultimate experience. “Trust in the flame,” as he stated on Twitter. Your fans will surely give you another chance, Trav–especially if this album is as epic as you say it is!

The Threat Between Drake and Meek Mill Strengthens

Fans of the rap industry know about the feud between Drake and Meek Mill that has been taking place for over a year. Like all great rap battles, the two began throwing online digs at each other and calling each other out during interviews. From there, they both took it to the studio where they continuously exchanged lines about each other’s lives and what little respect they really have for one another. Though Meek Mill continuously held his own and offered his own insults back, the online community handed the title over to Drake for winning this battle. Regardless of the popular vote, however, Mill has his own deep-rooted opinion on the matter and even a subtle threat to Drake and his cronies.

In an interview with MyMixtapez, Mill exclaimed that he does not agree with the online community and he believes that this battle is far from over. Admitting that he has been in the studio working on some cut-throat tracks, the artist is more than ready for Drake this time. A comment recently made by Drake stating that Mill is simply accompanying his fiance, Nicki Minaj, on tour further fueled this industry fire. “I thought that was live for me to have a girl that get more money than me,” said Meek in response. Though Nicki and Drake are friends, this might be the straw that breaks Nicki’s back and has her ending this so called friendship.

In the interview, Mill also revealed that he received advice from Jay-Z, one of the greatest rappers of all time. With this advice and in regards to his upcoming mixtape, the rapper described that, “This is my reintroduction for the people that doubted me.” Well, Drake, your skills are great, but are they ready for what Meek has been cooking up?

The Game Serves Up Some Sauce to the Kardashian Clan

The rap industry would be nothing without the occasional throwing of digs towards other artists, but is there a line that should not be crossed? In a new song by The Game and DJ Khaled, that line was certainly jumped over if it exists, and it just might leave some other talented husbands a little peeved.

There is no denying that the Kardashian sisters have dated their fair share of rappers and other artists throughout the years; one of them is currently married to one and has two children with him. In a song entitled “Sauce,” The Game was introduced by DJ Khaled with a command of, “Eat all the shrimps and steaks you want.” Well, The Game took the bait and began rapping in his traditional, controversial style. Everything was great until the artist spewed a few lines about the Kardashian clan.

In a less than classy manner, the artist disclosed that he had been intimate with a few of the Kardashian sisters. Now, most know that he had a relationship with Khloe after her split from Lamar Odom and some even know that him and Kim dated briefly years ago, but his refusal to disclose who the third sister is was more silly than mysterious, simply because the only remaining sister with the Kardashian name is Kourtney. Alas, and in response to questions related to the song, the rapper simply said, “Some mysteries are probably left unsolved, just sayin’.”

Though the song is true to the rappers form and definitely worth bobbing your head to, it will be interesting to see if Kim’s legendary hubby, Kanye, will offer a response. It is not a secret that The Game has plenty of enemies within the industry, so time will only tell if he just earned himself another one by insulting Yeezy’s wife. That is the industry, though, and avid fans cannot get enough.