We guess one easy to way to grab the attention of a rapper (or in this case, a rapper-slash-NBA legend) is to name yourself after them. That plan's obviously worked out for budding Toronto MC ShaqIsDope, who's lured out the realShaquille O'Neal from his rap retirement to help him remix Future's 'Karate Chop' smash.
Nipsey Hussle linked up with Dom Kennedy for two tracks off his new $100 mixtape, 'Crenshaw,' that he released yesterday (for the record, he sold every last physical copy, proving the doubters wrong while pocketing a cool $100k in the process). Returning the favor, Neighborhood Nip guests on a cut off Dom's own upcoming project, 'Get Home Safely.'
Now that 'U.O.E.N.O.,' 'Open Letter' and 'Control' have all been recycled to death, Drake's 'Pound Cake' looks to be the hot beat that every rapper thinks people want to hear them freestyle over right now (or for the next two weeks, at least).
At this point, the Nas-DJ Premier album might as well exist in rap folklore alongside Dr. Dre's 'Detox' and Jay Electronica's 'Act II: Patents Of Nobility (The Turn).' But after years of speculation -- two since their last collaboration, 2011's 'Regeneration' -- the legendary producer has given new hope to hip-hop heads by confirming the project (well, sorta).
Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy are looking like L.A.'s deadliest duo right about now. After linking up for the cruising-down-the-highway-at-120 anthem, 'Checc Me Out,' the Crenshaw and Leimert Park natives take things down a notch on their newest collaboration, 'Don't Forget Us.'
First off, we feel like we owe Topaz Jones a public apology for sleeping on him for so long. Upon a little digging in the crates blogs, we've already come across an excellent EP called '106 Miles to Chicago' that he did with MC $tan Ro$$ and his high school homie/producer on-the-rise Thelonious Martin.
Less than 24 hours before 'My Name Is My Name' arrives on shelves, Pusha T gives his debut solo album one last, uh um, push by dropping the video to his Chris Brown-assisted, Swizz Beatz-produced single, 'Sweet Serenade.'
The lead double-single from his upcoming album, 'No Poison No Paradise' (due Oct. 15) and one of the most acclaimed releases of the year so far, Black Milk's 'Sunday's Best / Monday's Worst' receives the raw and powerful visual makeover it required.
Talib Kweli released his fifth solo album and first in two years, 'Prisoner of Conscious,' back in May, but already he's looking ahead to the sixth in his catalog. The Brooklyn lyricist announced via KweliClub.com that he'll drop a new LP titled 'Gravitas' on Dec. 15.
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