Damn. All we can say is, damn. Beyoncé shook up the world in the wee hours of Friday morning (Dec. 13) when she released her self-titled visual album Beyoncé featuring 14 new songs and 17 accompanying music videos -- how's that for #NewRules?
Proclaiming oneself the king of anything can be problematic. Doing so invites all types of contention and controversy. That goes double for anyone in hip-hop claiming to hold the crown of a major music city -- just ask Kendrick Lamar. But Yo Gotti isn't concerned about any of that. When asked if he's the king of his hometown, Memphis, Tenn., he responds confidently and matter-of-factly. "I am. There're no question."
Remember the clothing line Lemar & Dauley from the early 2000s? What started as a small t-shirt company with cool graphic tees featuring the likenesses of Notorious B.I.G. and interpolations of album cover art from groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called grew into a full-fledged brand -- and then they just kinda disappeared. Now after a too-long hiatus Lemar & Dauley is back and fresh for fall 2013.
Judging by social media chatter and IM buddies messaging us like, "Yo, you got that?" it's safe to say that Eminem's upcoming 'Marshall Mathers LP 2' has leaked unfortunately. And now thanks to ravenous bloggers, Eminem's collab with Kendrick Lamar, 'Love Game,' is now available for your streaming pleasure. But is at good as you though it would be?
Before major record labels realized they could cash in on hip-hop music it was underground. Rap no matter how benign was considered "street music" and sold on cassettes and vinyl at mom and pop record shops, swap meets, hand to hand and out of the trunks of cars. Small independent labels took the do-it-yourself approach to manufacturing, distribution, marketing and promotion and made their artists local celebrities (and fortunes for themselves.) Even now in 2013, after rap music has become part of the mainstream and a cash cow for major labels, the independent spirit hip-hop started with still prevails.
Years ago, before Danny Brown decided to be a rapper full time he was your not-so-friendly neighborhood street pharmacist in his native Detroit--and he hated. In the video for 'Dope Song' Brown returns to his Linwood hood in the Motor City to turn up with some of his Bruiser Brigade homies and to officially kiss the dope game behind.
As if the world wasn't already reeling from 'Wu-Tang Forever'Drake made an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to debut a new song called 'Too Much' featuring U.K. singer and producer Sampha Sisay.
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