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Next Up: Astro

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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New artists and styles come and go with each passing year. That new wave you thought was poppin’ just six months ago has already been replaced by a new sound (or something rehashed). Producers have become the hit-makers and rarely does an act or group claim the attention of hip-hop’s audience for very long. It’s the reality of the music business these days and in the age of the Internet rapper there’s so much to pay attention to.

It ain’t like it used to be. And at least one rapper kind of wishes it was. Actually, we know thousands of rappers and fans who wish hip-hop would go back to the good ol’ days but we typically think of those people as old. Well, here’s a twist. What if one of those people was born after hip-hop’s Golden Age? That’s Astro.

The 18-year-old Brooklyn native wasn’t even alive before some of his favorite albums were released but that isn’t stopping him from finding what he likes. That same Internet that has clouded the airwaves of hip-hop is simultaneously responsible for educating younger fans who thirst for that old fashioned quality. It’s evident in his music too. Dissatisfied with what was available to him during the time he became a rapper, Astro went back in time and found something he loved.

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Alchemist on How “Keep It Thoro” Took Him to Another Level

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

After filming his Smokebox segment with B-Real and Action Bronson, Alc explained to B-Real TV how his classic instrumental for Prodigy’s “Keep It Thoro” had the phones ringing after its release. Look out for a Bam Bam cameo at the very end.

Previously: Action Bronson & Alchemist in The Smokebox with B-Real

Video: Action Bronson Interview w/ The Breakfast Club

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Action Bronson makes his way to Power 105′s The Breakfast Club and speaks on Mr. Wonderful LP, new single “Actin Crazy”, cooking, “Easy Rider” video, influences and more.

Previously: Action Bronson – Funkmaster Flex Freestyle

J. Cole & Dale Earnhardt Jr. Cover ESPN: The Magazine

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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If you were baffled by the Dale Earnhardt Jr. shoutout at the end of J. Cole’s 2014 Forest Hills Drive LP, don’t worry about a thing, ESPN: The Magazine is on the case. As it turns out, the NASCAR star is a big fan of Jermaine’s. Who knew right?

Cole explains:

It all started when I missed the deadline for the physical CD album credits, so I decided to put them on a song and basically shout out everybody who had something to do with the album. I’d been working on the album for a year, and I was in such an ecstatic mood — I felt like I won. So while I’m shouting out everybody, I was like, “I may as well pretend a shoutout, somebody I have no idea who they are, just as a joke.”

There was an interview Dale Jr. did that asked him what he plays before races, and he said “J. Cole ‘Power Trip,’” which freaked me out! What is Dale Earnhardt Jr. doing playing my shit? How did he even find out about it? You don’t think somebody on that level would ever hear your stuff. From there, I never forgot. I was always like, “Yo, I ride with Dale Earnhardt Jr.” So when I was picking a name, I chose his. And it worked out crazy. Everywhere I go now — the airport, the store — people say, “Yo, Cole, I love that album, bro, it’s a classic!” And Dale Earnhardt Jr., it’s the first thing they bring up! It’s already a thing in hip-hop, already an inside joke that’s going to live forever.

Continue below for some footage of Cole and Dale shooting the cover, and click through to ESPN to read their joint Q&A in its entirety.

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GQ Spends 13 Hours with Pharrell

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

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Pharrell will grace the cover of GQ‘s February 2015 issue. The cover itself is yet to surface (UPDATED: cover added above), but the magazine has made the profile by Devin Friedman avaialble for your perusal. Friedman spent 13 hours with P in LA, shadowing him as he travelled from a charity event at Uniqlo, to the NBC studios to record an episode of The Voice, to a pre-taping of his New Year’s Eve performance with Gwen Stefani and finally to the recording studio. Along the way, he consults with his music manager (presumably) via a phone call that will probably impact the career trajectories of at least two superstars and completes a beat for Big Sean (which he describes as “ghost-of-Shaka-Zulu hard”), all in the company of  his gaggle of female assistants.

Read the full story here and hit the jump for a video of P ruminating on the impact of “Happy”.

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Video: Joey Bada$$ Interview & Freestyle with Rosenberg

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Joey Bada$$ sits down with Rosenberg on Hot 97 to talk about his growth, B4.DA.$$ album, the New York sound and much more. He then proceeds to drop a lengthy freestyle.

Previously: Joey Bada$$ Interview w/ Ebro In The Morning (Video)

Next Up: Dave East

Friday, January 16th, 2015

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With the West Coast resurgence happening in full bloom as of late and the south cranking out hits left and right many have been looking to New York for that next BIG thing.

The conversation is becomes controversial when you start to discuss talent or even the city’s own radio stations showing little in the way of love for local artists. If a rapper takes a more traditional, Big Apple route when it comes to sonics he/she often gets labelled as a “nostalgia” act. It’s as if New York sound is something that should be left in the past. Some artists like the A$AP Mob or even French Montana steer clear of sounding like their backyard, for better or worse. And then there’re guys like Dave East.

The 26-year-old emcee isn’t your garden variety New York rapper. He isn’t the stereotypical boom bap seeking backpacker so many newer artists are sometimes shamed out of being. He’s just him and it’s starting to pay dividends. Growing up in Harlem but spending a lot of time on the 41st side of things, Dave and his affiliation with Queensbridge and Ravenswood landed him a lot of relationships aside from music. Those relationships culminated in a large co-sign, but it would be his music that ultimately attracted the attention of one of the city’s legends.

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Video: Joey Bada$$ Interview w/ Ebro In The Morning

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Joey Bada$$ makes his way to Hot 97 to appear on Ebro In The Morning and talk about his new album B4.DA.$$, the state of Hip Hop, Kendrick Lamar, the Malia Obama selfie, the death of Junior B and more.

Previously: Joey Bada$$ ft. Action Bronson & Elle Varner – Run Up On Ya

Video: Warren G Walks Us Through “Regulate”

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

In this new clip from Funny or Die, Warren G walks us through some of the major plot points of his iconic track “Regulate”.

Previously: Warren G Reads Warren G. Harding’s Love Letters

Video: 2 Chainz & Nancy Grace Debate Marijuana Legalization

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

LOL, Nancy Grace is the absolute worst. She’s a total fucking caricature of everything that is wrong with 24 hour cable news. All Tauheed had to tell her was: alcohol. That should have been the answer to every single question she posed. Well what about alcohol? Because you can swap alcohol for weed in every scenario she mentioned and argue that alcohol shouldn’t be legal either.

Previously: 2 Chainz ft. Young Dolph & Cap 1 – Trap House Stalkin