Posts Tagged ‘ Hip Hop ’

The DJ Earworm Addresses The United States Of Pop…. 2018.


For more than a decade, DJ Earworm has been blending the year’s top songs into a massive “United States of Pop” mashup at the end of each year. He began the series in 2007, kicking off with a combo of songs from Soulja Boy, Akon, Avril Lavigne, Rihanna, Fergie, and more. It’s been 11 years since that inaugural mashup, and Earworm hasn’t slowed down in the slightest.  His 2018 edition just made its YouTube debut on December 4, highlighted by tracks from Ariana Grande, Post Malone, Zedd, Childish Gambino, Marshmello, and more.

The four-minute mashup kicks off with songs from Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line, and Maroon 5 and Cardi B, before cycling through Drake‘s iconic “In My Feelings,” Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse,” Travis Scott and Drake’s “Sicko Mode,” and dozens others.  Regardless of your personal taste in music, any TRUE DJ has to admit that this is an impressive feat to accomplish.  Take a listen.

If Marvel Comic Heroes Were Rappers (Vol 2).


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As promised, here is volume 2. of the Marvel Hip Hop Variant cover series.  If you (somehow) missed the first collection, just click here for the full story.  And to save on space, we found a new way of demonstrating the cover art.  If you want to get a close look at these covers, and many more Marvel will give away a 32-page comic book that features 14 of the variant covers.  Check the method.

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If Marvel Comic Heroes Were Rappers (Vol. 1).


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Marvel Comics, has been knocking pretty much anything they do out of the park over recent years, be it movies, comic re-telling, and now marketing.  It would be a bit difficult to conceive of Marvel heroes crossing into the rap game, but Axel Alonso, editor in chief of Marvel, and his team of artists conceived of variant covers in order to generate buzz for over fifty No.1 issues that Marvel started releasing last month.  These cover take popular and iconic hip hop covers, and give them a Marvel twist.  Check the method, and NOTE: The collection is so vast, we had to split this up into two posts.

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History of Rap 6 (Jimmy Fallon & Justin Timberlake)


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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon perform a medley of hip hop classics on the History of Rap 6. Watch the video below and check out the track list after the jump.

 

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The Birth of Hip Hop Fashion.


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Today, hip-hop and fashion go together like Kanye and Versace, but urban hip-hop style — think Adidas, tanks and oversized pants — didn’t always have a home in the mainstream. In Fresh Dressed, a CNN Films production, director Sacha Jenkins chronicles the evolution of “fresh” style and rappers’ transition from Armani suits to b-boy chic on stage.

“Hip-hop fashion was derived through the music,” explains Carl Banks in an exclusive clip from the documentary. “It was a ‘we’re not gonna follow the rules’ mentality, both in music and in fashion.” The “rewrite the rules” vibe was definitely one that resonated with young audiences, launching the hip-hop subculture from South Bronx to the forefront of popular fashions.

The energetic film, which features in-depth interviews with familiar faces of industry insiders like Pharrell Williams and Andre Leon Talley, premiered at Sundance on Jan. 24. Be prepared to feel a wave of nostalgia for your boombox and Puma tracksuit.

A Brilliant Recap Of 2014… In Rap.


skillzIt’s the 3rd day of 2015, and some people are still stuck in last year.  But Skillz has given folks a way to look back at 2014 in his now traditional “Wrap Up”.  Starting in 2002, and “ending” in 2012, a 1 year hiatus was enough, and Skillz is back with his legendary track, summarizing the previous year. Other artists have attempted to do their own “rap ups”, but Skillz is still the most thorough, funny, and all encompassing version.  Check the method below.

R.I.P. Tupac Shakur (June 16, 1971 – September 13, 1996)


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On September 13, 1996, Tupac Shakur tragically passed away after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. At around 4:03 p.m., Tupac was declared dead after his body started hemorrhaging blood and doctors were unable to stop the internal bleeding. His mother, Afeni, ordered the doctors to stop after blood loss became too severe and ‘Pac was soon declared dead after living seven days in a medically-induced coma. The official cause of death was noted after an autopsy as respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary arrest in connection with multiple gunshot wounds. Shakur’s mother positively identified her son at the hospital after his death, the Clark County Coroner’s office certified the death certificate and, most disturbing, a photo from Shakur’s autopsy leaked out of the coroner’s office, showing the rapper laying with his upper chest sliced open and the first word of his “Thug Life” tattoo visible on his stomach. His remains were cremated at his mother’s request. During his brief life, Tupac was arguably the most revered and celebrated rapper to ever do it. In a career that stretched from his days as a background dancer for the Oakland-based hip-hop collective, Digital Underground, to acting in films and his celebrated run at Death Row Records, Tupac Shakur’s life and music touched the lives of millions of fans across the planet. Due to having one of the most extensive and exhaustive catalogs of music, Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide making him one of the most commercially successful musicians of all-time. His discography features some of hip-hop’s most enduring records including “California Love”, “I Get Around,” “Hail Mary,” “Dear Mama” and countless others. Stories that Shakur is still alive persist today, The details surrounding Tupac Shakur’s death have been recounted dozens of times in the nearly 18 years since the night he was shot in Las Vegas. Newspaper and magazine articles, books, documentaries and websites have recapped, analyzed, scrutinized and commodified the rapper and actor’s unsolved murder, ranging from sober accounts to wild-eyed conspiracy theories. There are even those who still hold onto the belief that Shakur is not really dead, with reports over the years having him living in Cuba, New Zealand, Tasmania or rural Pennsylvania.

Beats Powerbeats2 Wireless Earbuds


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While the media is still covering every angle of Apple’s $3 billion acquisition of Beats, the brand built by hip hop superstar Dr. Dre continues doing what they do best – building headphones that millions of people will want to buy. Introducing the Beats Powerbeats 2 Wireless Earbuds. Serving as the company’s first pair of wireless earbuds (they have already released wireless headphones), we imagine these will be a huge hit with avid gym goers and athletes everywhere. Each pair is completely wireless, and also completely sweat proof. A full charge will give you 6 hours of Bluetooth connectivity, while a quick 15 minute charge will give you enough juice for a 60 minute session. These lightweight earbuds were inspired by LeBron James, and have been packed with the power of dual-driver acoustics. These are the perfect companion to help you get back into shape this summer season.

Big Sean Ft. Miguel – Ashley


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Big Sean brings an eerie, dark vibe to his new music video for “Ashley,” his latest single featuring Miguel. The song is inspired by his ex-girlfriend/ high school sweetheart Ashley, however the visuals were made out of pure creativity.

Troy Ave ft. Lloyd Banks – My Style.


artworks-000068902988-dcqfhf-t500x500Troy Ave has been on a musical assault on the Hip Hop community, luckily with no end in sight.  His newest release features the lyrical stylings of Lloyd Banks.  Check the method below.

Colour Me Good Hip Hop Coloring Book


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It’s never too early to get the little ones into rap music. The Colour Me Good Hip Hop coloring book features 16 pages of classic MCs and DJs and other stars like Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, Lil’ Kim and Kid ‘n’ Play. Can’t you just imagine the fun they will have while trying to fill in Kid’s massive high top fade?

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Mike Posner – Top of the World ft. Big Sean


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Mike Posner may have been busy writing for Justin Bieber, but now he is back where he started and he is giving his fans a taste of what he has been working on with ‘Top of the World’ ft. Big Sean.

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Chris Brown Ft. Busta Rhymes – Sweet Caroline


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Here goes another brand new music from Chris Brown “Sweet Caroline” Ft. Busta Rhymes. Also from Chris Brown’s new EP “X Files”.

Rick Ross Ft. Future – No Games (Official Video)


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Rick Ross’ affinity for drug lords has never been a secret. Recently, he appeared on the Starz network television series Magic City as Miami kingpin, “Butterball.” In his latest video “No Games”, Ross takes it a step further by comparing himself to Tony Montana. Though the song features Future (also known for a Scarface self-comparison) we don’t see him in the video. Instead, we get tons of Al Pacino, often humorously synced up to the lyrics, as though Future’s unmistakable voice flows from the Oscar winner.  “No Games” will appear on Ricky Rozay’s next album, Mastermind, currently without a release date.

Eminem – Rap God


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In the just-released six-minute-plus track, Eminem surveys his competition in the hip-hop world and, comparing himself to all others he concludes, “I’m beginning to feel like a rap God”.

Katy Perry Ft. Juicy J – Dark Horse


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Brand new single from Katy Perry “Dark Horse” Ft. Juicy J. This is from Katy Perry’s  upcoming album “Prism”, in stores October 22nd.

Busta Rhymes Ft. Vybz Kartel, Ne-Yo, T.I., Jeremih And French Montana – Twerk It (Remix)


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Busta Rhymes recruits Vybz Kartel, Ne-Yo, T.I., Jeremih andFrench Montana for an official remix of his single “Twerk It”, which previously featured Nicki Minaj. Produced by Pharrell.

ScHoolboy Q Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Collard Greens


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SchoolBoy Q is prepping his Oxymoron album for release this summer, and the latest single “Collard Greens” includes a feature from Kendrick Lamar, who even spits in Spanish for a bit.

Most Rappers Are Lying About Their Money


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From expensive clothes to gaudy chains and customized rides, wealth has always been a major talking point in the hip-hop community – especially in rap lyrics. As Jay-Z chides on Magna Carta… Holy Grail‘s “Versus” track, “The truth in my verses versus your metaphors about what your net worth is.” Thus, Businessweek recently launched an inside look into hip-hop’s dubious tales of extraordinary wealth. The results confirm Hov’s skepticism of rap’s tried-and-true rags-to-riches narrative – one in which Jay has taken part in the truest sense while others’ claims to a cache of prosperity are, in truth, mostly unrealized.Here, Businessweek hilariously ousts some of the industry’s worst offenders – and most “humble” lyricists – with a telling “Actual Wealth vs. Alleged Wealth” comparison.

T.I. Ft. Lil Wayne – Wit Me


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Brand new single from T.I. “Wit Me” Ft. Lil Wayne, check it out below.

Theophilus London – Rio


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Trinidad-born NYC rapper Theophilus London follows up on the release of his latest single “Rio” with this music video. A chilled out track that features The Menahan Street Band, “Rio” draws on London’s diverse musical influences that include non hip hop genres such as funk and jazz. The self-directed video is hazy and dreamlike, which pairs well with the laid-back groove of the back track.

The Cataracs – Alcohol (Remix) ft. Sky Blu


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Alcohol (Remix) is the first single by The Cataracs, Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar and David “Campa” Benjamin, from their upcoming album. This track is the first of five that’ll be released on a weekly basis from Berkeley hip-hop indie outfit.
The song features American singer, rapper, producer and DJ Sky Blu of LMFAO.

Raekwon Opens Up About Wu Tang Drama


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Raekwon shares his thoughts on the friction between Wu Tang group members before they dropped their last album “8 Diagrams,” revealing that personalities were just clashing, despite talent. Raekwon also details his new project “Lost Jewlry,” which is a compilation of past projects he’s resurrected and remastered, which features artists like Maino, Faith Evans, Freddie Gibbs and more.

Juicy J – She Dancin (Official Video)


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Juicy J drops an official video for his Lex Luger produced banger “She Dancin’“. This track is off his Blue Dream & Lean mixtape.  Directed by Jonathan Andrade.

Hoodie Allen – “No Interruption”


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No Interruption came out almost a year ago by the independent American hip-hop artist and rapper Hoodie Allen. He has come out with newer music since then but I always come back to this song. The chorus is pretty catchy while the video is entertaining to watch as well. Check out his method below.