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N.W.A Covers The Hollywood Reporter

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015


N.W.A, both the actual founding members (well, two of them at least) and their on-screen counterparts, grace the cover of this week’s issue of The Hollywood Reporter. The industry trade spoke with all 4 surviving members of the group about the new biopic Straight Outta Compton, the long road they took to get it greenlit and the murder charge Suge Knight picked up during the filming of a promo clip in Compton.

Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, both integral members of the group and hands-on producers of the film, opened up about the multiple incarnations of the script and the early struggles to get the notoriously wary Hollywood establishment on board with such a controversial story. Writer Tatiana Siegel also spoke with Cube’s son (who plays him in the film) about filling his famous father’s shoes, and director F.Gary Gray on how he got inside the minds of the group members.

On the Suge incident, after explaining that he wasn’t on set at the time, Dre offers:

“I heard about it over the phone. Everybody was supportive everywhere we went, and we didn’t have one issue throughout the entire filming of the movie. It’s crazy that this happened during the f—ing filming of the commercial.”

“It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” says Dre. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”

Read the full profile here and catch Straight Outta Compton in theaters on August 14th.

Previously: Behind the Scenes of Straight Outta Compton with Fab Five Freddy & N.W.A

Ghostface Doesn’t Accept Action Bronson’s Apology

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Asked by Revolt last night if he accepted Action Bronson’s apology for a shot he took at Starks on ESPN’s Sports Nation, Ghostface gave them a simple one word answer. Come on Ghost, let’s keep this shit moving.

Previously: Ghostface Killah Disses Action Bronson

Loop Library with El RTNC

Friday, July 17th, 2015


Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Last April when I first heard Your Old Droog’s “Nutty Bars,” my initial reaction was, “Yo, who is this dude? He’s nice!” My second reaction, which came almost simultaneously, was, “Yo, who did this beat? Shit is sick!” Turns out the man responsible for lacing Droog up with the ill sounds for not only “Nutty Bars” but his entire debut EP was El RTNC (above left). And quiet as kept, he’s also been producing heat for a host of other popular New York MCs for a minute now (Action Bronson, De La Soul, Mos Def, Homeboy Sandman, Timeless Truth, etc.)

As El RTNC continues to prove he’s one of the dopest sample-based producers in the Big Apple right now through not only his beats for Droog (cop The Nicest EP out now and check out “Have a Nice Day”) but also with his recent slew of instrumental releases, we thought it would be appropriate to feature him for our latest Loop Library. So we reached out to give him a chance to showcase his eclectic ear and keen sampling skills (note—he makes all his beats start to finish in Pro Tools) as well as share some personal stories and perspectives. Read and listen below as RTNC walks us through five choice samples—and yes, expect the unexpected.

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Future – Like I Never Left Pt. 5 (Documentary)

Friday, July 17th, 2015

It’s Future’s world right now, the rest of us are just trying to live in it. The new album Dirty Sprite 2 hit the market early this morning and is available to stream in full below and to purchase at your favorite digital retailer. Personally, I’ve had “Serve The Base” in heavy rotation since last night. Check out the 5th (and final?) installment of his Like I Never Left documentary series above.

If you missed the previous installments, you can watch the entire doc in full below.

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In The Lab with Papoose

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Words by Eric Diep
Images by Lauren Gesswein

DJ Premier’s new producer home is in the deep depths of Kaufman Astoria Studios, a historic lot in Queens, New York, where they filmed classics like Goodfellas and Carlito’s Way. Inside the basement of one of the stage buildings, it’s decorated with movie posters worthy of display: Men in Black 3 and The Accidental Husband are just a few wall ornaments that complement movie paraphernalia in the hallways. Navigating through requires careful directions from security on the grounds, but once you reach Preemo’s studio it’s everything you would imagine. The space is adorned with plaques from iconic projects by Gang Starr, Big L and The Notorious B.I.G. Other plaques from Death Row Records and Roc-A-Fella Records are also on display to show the longevity of his career that’s still very active to this day.

While Brooklyn vets like Jay Z, Fabolous and Talib Kweli get a lot of respect for their contributions to the culture, there’s a fighting spirit within Papoose that many don’t give him credit for. The 37-year-old MC gets more press for what he says publicly about younger MCs (Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar) and rap at large than his music, but that’s because what he says isn’t too far from the truth. Shamele Mackie has been a student of the game ever since he picked up a mic and impressed everyone with his wordplay on “Alphabetical Slaughter.” As his career progressed through the years, he cared less about what people think and focused more on delivering music to supporters who’ve been there since his start. You Can’t Stop Destiny, his follow-up to The Nacirema Dream, sums up his whole mantra: No matter who brings you down, you can’t stop what’s aligned in the stars. For him, it’s being the top MC of the world.

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Watch Isaiah Rashad’s Obey Your Thirst Profile

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

In the fourth and final clip from FADER and Sprite’s Obey Your Thirst campaign, we head to Chattanooga, TN with TDE’s Isaiah Rashad where he introduces us to his mom and some of his childhood friends.

Previousl profiles: Nas | Drake | Vince Staples

Previously: Benny Cassette ft. Isaiah Rashad – Virgo Season

Future – Like I Never Left Pt. 3 (Documentary)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

In part 3 of his Like I Never Left documentary series, Future and DJ Esco speak on their relationship and he heads to Zona Man’s house in Chicago to lay some vocals down.

Dirty Sprite 2 drops this Friday, July 17th. Hit the jump for the full album tracklist.

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Video: 2 Chainz Checks Out a $14K Chair

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

In the latest episode of GQ’s Most Expensivest Shit, 2 Chainz sits down with renowned furniture maker Christopher Guy and learns about his $14,000 Coco Chanel inspired, handmade mahogany chair.

Previously: 2 Chainz Checks Out a $500K DeLorean

Future – Like I Never Left Pt. 2 (Documentary)

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

In part 2 of his Like I Never Left documentary series, Future heads to Noah “40″ Shebib’s studio in Toronto to work on music for Dirty Sprite 2, which is out this Friday. He also speaks to Elliott Wilson about maintaining his buzz through mixtapes like Monster, Beast Mode and 56 Nights.

Watch part 1 here.

Previously: Casino ft. Future & Young Scooter – El Chapo

Video: Kendrick Lamar Interview with Peter Rosenberg

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Rosenberg sits down with K.Dot at Wireless Festival to talk about To Pimp A Butterfly‘s lack of commercial appeal, the reception the album has gotten from the youth, “These Walls”, what’s next for him creatively and working with Snoop.

Previously: Kendrick Lamar’s Red & Blue Reebok Ventilators