The music industry hasn’t been the same since female rapper Eve removed herself to pursue acting. It’s been almost 10 years now since the “Love is Blind” lyricist started her female empowerment movement in hip hop and she’s back to give listeners a little lip service on May 14th with her latest album “Lip Lock”. According to Eve…she’s “a new artist at a new place in her life” so don’t expect the uber aggressive lyrics from her Ruff Ryder Days. The 12-song track list features appearances from both old friends, such as Missy Elliot, Snoop Dogg, Swizz Beatz, and new friends like Cobra Starship’s Gabe Saporta. “Make it Out This Town” was chosen as the lead single after Eve became the US female ambassador for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of America and shows her personal and professional growth. The rapper hopes fans will be open to discovering “the new Eve,” but promises Ruff Ryder’s first lady lyrics isn’t too far away.
When Jay Z tunes in to CNN to find out that the controversy over his trip to Cuba was the lead story over an international crisis like the North Korea Political Threat…he gets mad! But how does he get even? He teams up with Beat Slayers like Swizz Beats and Timbaland and records an impromptu song at 9pm on Wednesday night in New York City and calls it his “Open Letter”. Lately, Jay Z has been surrounded by rumors and controversies from his recent trip with his wife Beyonce to Havana Cuba, to his stake value in the Brooklyn Net’s now that he’s selling his share to gain his sports agency accreditation.
In his rebuttal song, the self-proclaimed “Bob Dylan of rap music” slams his critics and diffuses all talks about him abandoning the Brooklyn nets:
“Y’all buy that expletive. Y’all better keep y’all receipt.
Obama said chill you gonna get me impeached, You don’t need this expletive anyway. You can chill with me on the beach.Would have brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free. Except I made millions off you expletive dweebs.
I still own the building. I’m still keeping my seat…”
(Warning: This audio clip contains language that may be offensive to some listeners.)
Coachella kicks off in LA this weekend and it looks to be bigger and badder than ever before. The festival has been taking place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio California since 1999 and has grown into one of the coolest music festivals on the planet.
Last year the world saw a first of it’s kind live performance of a Hologram of the late Tupac Shakur which was nothing short of incredible. Watch it for yourself and tell me what you think (assuming you live under a rock and havent already seen it of course!) I wonder if they can top it this year?
It’s been almost 4 years since the passing of the Legendary Michael Jackson who gave us hits like Thriller, Bad and even more so…amazing choreographed visuals that kept us glued to the screen. Videos today lack the basic elements that Michael Jackson brought every time…a Storyline…and Dance Moves. Chris Brown who’s been under media scrutiny for just as long is back in a “BIG” way with his latest video “Fine China”. Not only does he invoke the Legendary “Jackson” on this one (think “Smooth Criminal”)…he makes it his own and keeps you watching. In the new visual, he plays a guy that’s smitten with an Asian girl with a royal background and her family isn’t having it. He takes her to the underground where he is from, meanwhile, the Chinese triads, led by her father, are out for his blood. The video ends with his fate up in the air…almost implicating that there will be a part II…something we’ll definitely be looking forward to. Chris brown seems to have come 360, with a more mature vibe that is sure to please young and old alike. Take a look and listen…and let us know if this latest hit from Chris Brown’s upcoming new album “X” is worth it like “Fine China”.
After Lana Del Rey’s incredible set up for her latest video Ride, she goes Japanese? From waving an American flag in the freest way to the porcelain doll like fashion shots Lana is gorgeous! Check out her new spread in NumeroTOKYO’s March issue online here. Buy it here.
Don’t forget how darling Americas sweetheart is. Listen to the intro of Lana Del Rey’s Ride, so vulnerable yet not naive but rather pure honesty. Pouring her heart out to whoever may hear. Do you hear her? Can you relate to her? Does she inspire you?
Los Angeles has Coachella. Chicago has Lollapalooza. Yet somehow New York, home to theoriginal music festival – Woodstock – lacks a modern large-scale festival. But that could soon change, as The Governor’s Ball looks poised to fill that role. After a modest artist roster playing the event over the past two years, organizers have just released the massive lineup for the 2013 festival, which is topped by Kanye West and Kings of Leon, with a third headliner still to be announced. The festival also promises a solid undercard lineup including Kendrick Lamar, Cut Copy, Miguel, Alt-J, and Japandroids just to name a few. The 3-day event takes place on June 7, 8, and 9 on Randall’s Island, and tickets go on sale Friday, January 25 at 12:00 PM here.
LONG.LIVE.A$AP is the debut studio album by rapper A$AP Rocky, the smooth and breezy rapper who’s known to break traditional codes and ignore regional boundaries with his sometimes chopped and screwed sound and sometimes dank Midwest. Despite the album’s release date being pushed back several times keeping everyone on edge to see if there was truly a bite behind the buzz, it was finally released on January 15, 2013 worldwide via Polo Grounds Music and RCA Records. Well the day has finally come and one week later…A$AP Rocky bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart selling 139,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. So far…his current top five hit single on the R&B/Hip-Hop chart “F**kin’ Problems” featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar has sold 854,000 downloads…making his multi-million-dollar record deal — the kind that hasn’t been handed out since 50 Cent‘s heyday a decade ago, a worthwhile investment. Long Live A$AP Indeed!
If you haven’t heard the Monday Buzz …it’s time to shake off the weekend and get a listen to “Suit & Tie”…The latest from the singer responsible for bringing “Sexy Back”, co-starring Rapper Jay Z on his most recent up-tempo record laced with a bit of chopped and screwed. It’s definitely a smooth joint from the singer who decided to finally pick up the mic after 6 years and a new Wife. For his transition back to music…Justin Timberlake brought no other than his favorite producer “Timbaland”- the same hit maker on his last multiplatinum album “FutureSex/LoveSounds”. For those who didn’t see it coming…you must have also missed his open letter to his fans, revealing that his third solo album was underway and titled “The 20/20 Experience”. What do you think of the “Formal” comeback record? Listen and sound off below:
Russell Simmons, always the innovator, announced at CES last week that he is launching a new YouTube Network called “All Def Digital”. It will feature a variety of interests such as poetry, music and comedy. “Def” gonna check it out when it launched this coming Spring! Read about it here!
He is following the trail already blazed by artists like Jay-Z Pharrell and Snoop. Have you tuned in to theirs? Will you be tuning in to All Def? We will…
Multi-Platinum artist Nasir Jones aka Nas as we know him is back and “Life is Good”. In one of the most intimate interviews ever given, Nas shares his fears and his thoughts on his present which he says is a remix of his past in Huck’s magazine issue #036.
He tells us candidly that he did not appreciate his audience twenty years ago…but after learning the in’s and outs and understanding the industry he now considers himself a performer. When asked whom he wrote this album for his response was “the people from my era, early nineties”…he states that he wrote this album specifically for the 90’s because “there was nothing else out there like it” and we here most definitely agree. The album speaks back to his 1994 debut “Illmatic” but according to Nas the music is coming from “a different place now…the motivation is different”. He credits it to his upbringing in Queens , New York…the template for almost everything he puts out lyrically. According to Sony Music’s A&R Faith Newman who made a valid observation in Eric Michael Dyson’s Book “Born to Use Mics” :”I have never heard anybody express something so vividly and perfectly as Nas. It’s so effortless. You get his mental picture of where he’s coming from. It’s not gratuitously violent or sexist, it’s just real”.
Nas has always been a bit of an anomaly in a world where lyricism now takes backseat to celebrity, yet somehow he remains relevant. The desire to create possesses him with the same intensity as it did when he was a kid growing up in Queens bridge being one of the only 2 top 5 lyricist that’s still making music today. He delves into his personal life even more in this interview from his first rhyme, to how he feels about the direction of hip hop, to his public break up and his most recent financial issues with the IRS. Read more at http://www.huckmagazine.com/features/nas/.