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DJ Premier x Gangstarr – True Heads Merch Mix

Friday, October 24th, 2014


Today DJ Premier announces the launch of the Gangtarr online webshop, which features a bunch of items from the official merch line of one of the greatest Rap duos in history. Click here to peruse the stock. In honor of the launch, he put together The True Heads Merch Mix, a collection of Gangstarr standouts and rarities assembled by the very man who laid the tracks.

Listen below.

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At Least One Unreleased Jay-Z, DMX & Ja-Rule Song Exists

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Speaking to Rob Markman for MTV News at last week’s Def Jam 30th anniversary show in Brooklyn, Ja Rule spoke on one of the most legendary false starts in modern Rap history: the trio of himself, Jay-Z and DMX under the Murder Inc moniker. In June 1999, the three MCs graced the cover of XXL magazine in what turned out to be a cruel tease for unwitting Hip-Hop fans as the group would eventually fall apart before it ever had a chance to get started. This was going to be Rap’s most visible supergroup to date, with each of the three principals at (or nearing) the peaks of their respective careers. I distinctly remember wondering why in the world X and Jay want to be in a group with Ja Rule of all people, but that’s neither here nor there.

Of course it never happened, and all three of these guys ended up on vastly divergent roads in the decade that followed. Even though we never got a proper Murder Inc album from Jay, X and Rule, we did get a couple of tracks: “Mudergram” and “It’s Murda”, both of which stand as underground classics and fine examples of what could have been. But it appears that may not be the end of the story. At the end of the video clip above, Rob asks Ja if there is any unreleased music from the trio that may be stashed away somewhere. His reply? “I think there might be one or two joints that are still out there that ya’ll haven’t heard”. Hold up, what?! Somebody (I’m looking at you Irv) needs to come up off that shit post haste.

In related news, Jay-Z Recorded a Verse for Kanye’s “Guilt Trip”.

Previously: Ja Rule & Irv Gotti on Juan Epstein

Pharrell & Lil Wayne’s Managers Partner with Guy Oseary to Launch Maverick Management Group

Friday, October 17th, 2014


This morning Billboard broke the news that some of the most powerful music managers in the world, including reps for Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Pharrell and Alicia Keys, are forming like Voltron to launch a new venture called Maverick. Lead by Guy Oseary, who has guided the careers of superstars like Madonna, U2 and Keys, the new company is a partnership with concert behemoth Live Nation. Maverick will look to take advantage of the resurgence in popularity of live events and new technological advancements to create business opportunities for their clients and change the direction of the music industry.

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King Louie – Drilluminati 3: God Of Drill (Artwork)

Friday, October 10th, 2014


King Louie has announced the title of his next project, and it’s going to be the 3rd installment of his Drilluminati series. FSD has the science.

Previously: King Louie – Try Me | King Louie – Live & Die In Chicago (Video)

Waka Flocka Arrested with Gun at Atlanta Airport

Friday, October 10th, 2014


Waka Flocka was arrested this morning when he tried to board a plane with a loaded firearm at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According to reports, the pistol was discovered during a routine scan of his carry-on bag. He did not have a permit for the weapon. How high or oblivious do you have to be to, not only show up at a U.S. airport with a loaded gun, but have it in your carry-on bag which you know you have to submit for a security check? Pretty fucking high I would imagine. Waka was taken to Clayton County jail and is apparently still in custody.

UPDATED: Waka’s mom and representative Debra Antney offered the following explanation to TMZ:

Waka’s rep, Debra Antney, tells TMZ … it was all a big mistake … he accidentally grabbed his fiance’s bag — which contained the gun. She explains … they’re in the process of moving and all their stuff got mixed up in the move … which is how the gun ended up in the bag.

Previously: Waka Flocka – Fuck You (Remix)

Malik Yusef Describes New Kanye Album

Monday, October 6th, 2014


It’s YEEZY ALBUM SEASON and Kanye is being as Kanye as he can possibly be about the new project, revealing very little and letting the speculation machine do his marketing for him. There is a small group of human beings (VIPs if you will) spread across the globe (I’m assuming) that have heard a preliminary version of the album, but nobody is really talking about it. And so the internet is left to disect passing comments and tidbits from people in the know, because that’s just what the internet does.

Longtime collaborator, G.O.O.D. Music co-architect and ‘Ye muse Malik Yusef recently offered some insight into the new album to Rolling Stone. He likened to a pair of boots:

“This album is different. It’s like a pair of Timberlands; like how Timberlands are not quite leather and not quite suede. It’s not the smooth, slick Chicago music sound we have right now and it’s not the ruggedness of just ‘hip-hop hip-hop hip-hop.’ We’re still working like a motherfucker. We’ve been all around the world [recording].”

He went on to say that although he and Kanye didn’t exactly see eye to eye on the creative direction of Yeezus, they’re getting along swimmingly during these new sessions and confirmed that ‘Ye does have about 20 songs finished.

Previously: Kanye Played His New Album in Paris Last Night

Prodigy & Boogz Boogetz – Young Rollin Stonerz (Artwork)

Friday, October 3rd, 2014


Prodigy’s Infamous Records imprint today announced the release of Young Rollin Stonerz, a new collaborative album from P and Boogz Boogetz. The project, along with Sam Scarfo’s new solo album, 5 Million Stories Vol. 1 & 2 (which was produced entirely by Ski Beatz), will be available for purchase on November 25th.

Check out the Scarfo artwork below.

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Video: Raekwon & RZA on Settling Their Differences

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

MTV New spoke to Raekwon, RZA and Ghostface about the pair’s disagreement about, among other things, the creative direction of the new Wu-Tang album A Better Tomorrow and how they eventually came to see eye to eye.

The album now has a release date of December 2nd and will be distributed by Warner Bros. RZA recently announced a partnership with speaker company Boombotix that will produce a special edition Bluetooth speaker thyat bears the Wu branding and ships with 8 songs from the LP.

Previously: Wu-Tang Clan – Ron O’Neal

Kanye Played His New Album in Paris Last Night

Thursday, September 25th, 2014


According to an Instagram post from Theophilus London, Kanye teased his new album at a private event in Paris last night for an audience of about 20 or so people.

The caption on the pic above reads:

So shortly after this picture I Only remember kanye playing his new album 3 times in a dark room of 20 people last night and moshing drunk with mad babes haha. VIBES ALBUM RELEASE PARTY LATER TODAY. Same place same vibe courtesy of @virgilabloh

So to recap, there are at least 20 people in the world that have heard the new ‘Ye album in its entirety. Meanwhile, we don’t even have a confirmed title. #NEWPARIS

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Royce Da 5’9 & DJ Premier Reveal PRhyme LP

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014


Following the teaser video that they dropped last week, Royce and Preemo have revealed the PRhyme project to be a full length collaborative LP. The album will feature guest appearances from the likes of ScHoolBoy Q, Jay Electronica, Ab-Soul, Mac Miller and Killer Mike, with Preemo handling all production. Additionally, all of the samples Premier utilized have been taken from Adrian Younge tracks.

Royce told XXL:

“I want people to appreciate the fact that we didn’t compromise in lieu of the environment. In order to try to change the way that people digest music, we had to take a leap of faith”

Previously: DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9 – PRhyme (Teaser)