Naledge Is Power coming soon.
Previously: Naledge – No Fu-Fu
Naledge Is Power coming soon.
Previously: Naledge – No Fu-Fu
Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)
The marrying of hip-hop and sports has a storied history. From St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason and his dad (Maseo of De La Soul) to (formerly) 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather, sports and hip-hop have been infused for the longest. Heck, look no further than ESPN’s recent screening of “The U Part II,” a 30 for 30 documentary representing the University of Miami’s second wave of success in football. During their reign of dominance it was Trick Daddy’s hometown mix of www.thug.com and Book of Thugs providing melodic fuel for the turn of the century ‘Canes.
Speaking of ESPN, there are fewer, albeit sporadic, instances of the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network meshing with urban culture. Lately though, they’ve attempted to rectify that. Nicki Minaj appeared on Sportscenter as recently as last week to plug her forthcoming album and toss the pigskin around. There has however, always been a hip-hop mainstay at the network and it isn’t an emcee, producer or even a misplaced figurative rap correspondent. It’s Sportscenter anchor John Buccigross and his informed yet eerily nuanced on-air shoutouts referencing everyone from Mobb Deep to 9th Wonder.
The self-proclaimed Bucci Mane and his hip-hop allusions during highlights are nothing new. He says it’s something he’s done even previous to joining ESPN in the mid-90s. It all stems from his love of the culture–something that began long before his anchoring days. Nah Right recently asked Buccigross about the on air rap references, his love of hip-hop and how it all started. What Darryl McDaniels is to Run-DMC, John Buccigross is to Sportscenter. Literally.
DeJ Loaf certainly isn’t the first artist from Detroit who’s a little out-of-pocket. The 23-year-old rapper, singer and songwriter’s buzz has skyrocketed as of late particularly due to her deviant clash of eccentric yet catchy melodies and the rough realities of where she came from. It’s the Motor City’s Eastside that claims home to DeJ. It’s there where she experienced the hard-knock detriment of being raised in a single parent household and witnessing how past struggle constructed present disadvantage.
“I came from a rough place. Everyone knows Detroit is a tough place to come from as a young child trying to survive. It definitely plays a big role.” The D is where the start and almost end of DeJ’s days as an artist lie. Before releasing her breakout song “Try Me,” her internal clock and will were coming to a standstill.
“I was in a dark place and I was on the verge of giving up musically. I was like, ‘Man I don’t know what I’m going to do, what is going on?’ I was just going to put my music out weekly and that’s how ‘Try Me’ came out because it was one of the first… Once ‘Try Me’ was going crazy I was like, ‘Oh wow!’ I’m onto something. People just love the song.” Giving up is far from what’s on DeJ Loaf’s agenda now. Recently appearing on 106 & Park and even performing in front of an impressed Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show, Loaf and her ascend have provided her new life. A couple of other hometown heroes would help with the process as well.
Last month Loaf, amongst other luminaries from her native land, released “Detroit vs. Everybody,” a six-minute deluge of illustrious savagery repping all relevant in the city. Royce Da 5’9 would be the one to reach out to DeJ to appear on the track featuring everyone from Eminem to Big Sean. And while she’s never spoken to Em, it would be surprising if this turns out to be their only collaboration on wax.
“When I was in New York signing my deal with Columbia I got a call from Paul Rosenberg and [he] was telling me that Eminem was wanting to get into the studio and write with me and I was like, ‘Wow, really, that’s crazy!?’ I’m sure we’ll work out something in the future.” Currently DeJ Loaf is working on her debut album. It’s through that fans and media alike will really find out what the young and unique girl from Detroit is all about.
“I’m definitely going to put an album out top of the year… well not top of the year but like spring. I’m working on that for sure and that’s what I’m really ready to buckle down and do because I’ve been on the road doing shows.
“There’s no limit to the things I can do or get myself into. Music is just a foot in the door for me so you never know. I want to be legendary. I want to be one of the best to ever do it… I feel like I have the whole package. Not all female rappers have the whole package, which is why female rap hasn’t been poppin’ in so long, aside from Nicki Minaj. [It’s] ‘cause they don’t have that ‘it’ factor and that whole package and I feel like I do and I’m confident in that.”
- Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)
Banner photo via DeJ Loaf’s Instagram
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Droog makes his Hot 97 debut with a Rosenberg sitdown. He speaks on his dedication to Tamron Hall, performing in Europe, his new LP, Nas comparisons, future plans and more. At around 10 and a half minutes in he goes in with a freestyle.
Here’s a hard new joint from Wara From the NBHD called “Brockett Road Rage” after the block in Georgia where he grew up. Produced by Wara and Henry Shoultz, this will appear on the If Guns Could Speak EP, which drops on January 26th.
“Brockett Road is the street that I grew up on,” explains Wara From the NBHD. “It’s literally 15 minutes outside of Atlanta on the Eastside in the city of Clarkston. I’ve seen everything from robbing to shooting to crackheads, literally everything, and a lot of it is the typical low income situation in black communities, but what im talking about is just the tipping point of the subject matter on If Guns Could Speak and where my future content is headed.”
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Here’s the DMX cameo from Chris Rock’s new film, Top Five, in which Rock plays a fictional version of himself: a successful comedian from Brooklyn. In the clip, Rock’s character finds himself in a holding cell for some reason and ends up bumping into the perpetually imprisoned X, who commends him for not letting the industry put him in a box and expresses his desire to explore other forms of expression outside of Rap. Mild spoilers, obviously.
French Montana gets us ready for the upcoming Mac & Cheese album by teaming up with Harry Fraud for The Appetizer EP, which contains 7 new records.
Tracklist and download link below.