This year is special to a number of hip-hop artists. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep are all celebrating their 20th anniversary in the game. Prodigy and Havoc have solidified themselves as one of the best duos to ever come out of New York and in hip-hop period. Aside ...
"If it ain't my time, then who's time is it?" Dizzy Wright raps this and embeds it into the mind of the listener of his motivationally great "Still Movin'" single. This was shortly after it was revealed that the Las Vegas native and Funk Volume-signed rapper had gotten the opportunity ...
Rittz might be experiencing one of his best weeks in his career thus far. His debut album, The Life & Times Of Jonny Valiant, dropped this past Tuesday. While that's something to be proud of, the album went and soared up the iTunes chart to achieve the #1 spot for ...
YG had a lot to prove in rap during the last four years. His biggest single, "Toot It & Boot It" would've labeled him a one-hit-wonder, but he silenced any naysayers with a strong work ethic. Introducing DJ Mustard to the world, he took to the mixtape scene heavy and ...
Raekwon is a legend in the rap game that still spits with the hunger of a freshmen and has the grind of a man who has something to prove. This is why there will be no shortage of material from the Chef in 2013. He started things off with his ...
This year is special to a number of hip-hop artists. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Wu-Tang Clan and Mobb Deep are all celebrating their 20th anniversary in the game. Prodigy and Havoc have solidified themselves as one of the best duos to ever come out of New York and in hip-hop period. Aside from seven albums together, the two Queensbridge natives have dropped several solo albums that have resonated with the fans just as much as their Mobb work. With Havoc’s 13 and Prodigy’s upcoming Albert Einstein albums kicking off their 20th anniversary, the big treat will be in the form of first Mobb Deep album in over seven years (note: they did drop the Black Cocaine EP in 2011).
While on their tour in Seattle at The Crocodile, Sermon’s Domain got the opportunity to sit down with Mobb Deep. In our interview, we talk about how it feels to be active and relevant still, Havoc’s favorite usage of the number 13, the meaning behind Prodigy’s Albert Einstein title, Prodigy’s upcoming book, Havoc revealing his first book and the title, The Silent Partner, the sound of the new Mobb album, their legacy and more. Shot by Ralph Madison.
The Cleveland, Ohio-based NVRCH crew continues to make their mark in 2013. Similar to his past tracks “Blunted,” and “Black Limos,” Ben West sticks to what he knows, very grimy, dark sounding production. For “BENZ,” Ben picks up a very dark beat from LA producer Z-Quizzy and kills it with a slow flow. Continuing on the path of mystery it should be interesting to see what else is in-store from the 17 year old Cleveland-native. White Lies is coming soon.
Also look out for a video from NVRCH’s R&B/soul artist Lorine Chia.
While out on tour with Mobb Deep, Boogz Boogetz stopped in Seattle to perform at The Crocodile with the legendary duo. After the show, Boogz wanted to shoot a little video blog while out here. Shot by myself, he runs into local rapper AyeLogics, chops it up with a random guy driving by and turns up on stage. Typical rapper ish that’s fun to watch.
Ludacris is planning on winning big on May 24. Not only does Fast & Furious 6 drop, his new mixtape, I Don’t Give A Fuck, does too. It means we can hop in the car and bump Ludacris on the way to see the movie. For the fifth, and most likely final, week of his series, Ludacris re-links with an old pal named Bangladesh and gets out of his mind, saying what he wants and not giving a damn what anybody thinks.
Fat Joe, Wiz Khalifa and Teyana Taylor put the ball in their court with “Ballin’.” The metaphoric record wouldn’t be complete without some grade A stunting in the video. We see expensive planes, exotic liquors, a lavish mansion and more. Directed by Eif Rivera. Pick up the single on iTunes now.
Warn the people early: the Wu-Tang Clan is coming. And they’ve brought Samurai swords, straps and coat hangers that have been on stove for, like, 40 minutes. “Execution In Autumn” is an unreleased record featuring Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, RZA and U-God that serves as a teaser for A Better Tomorrow. Since Soul Temple Records love the customers, you can cop a vinyl of this single for next to nothing via their site. So many casualties.
The Weeknd never hypes himself up, so, as expected, the supposed first single (or at least first taste) from Kiss Land arrives without warning. At over seven minutes, this track falls into the category of a two-in-one record switching up halfway through. As for the subject matter, Abel sticks to what he knows best in the beginning half and reflects (a bit) on his travels around the world, thinking he found God and getting drugs from his doctor in the second part (which is supposed titled “John Carpenter”). A lot of high thoughts pouring out. Hopefully this means a summer release of the album is imminent.
Crazy Mike and Juicy J prove once again why they are a great duo on the production. The two have made sure that they create diverse beats that are not only dope but showcase Juicy’s abilities to rhyme over a wide range of sounds. “Boss Nigga” has the spirit of an old Three 6 Mafia track with the street boss-like antics from the Juice man. Stay Trippy coming later this summer.
This is that special time of year where a lot of upcoming rappers finish up their semester and start dropping new music. It’s even more special for the Jersey homie MoRuf. He just Graduated from Kean University today and decides to celebrate by releasing a new gem. “Dodging Dark Clouds” is a laid-back track produced by Lab Ox and has the emcee reflecting on his life over some very dope instrumentation. Look for this on his Shades.Of.Moo project, coming soon. Shouts to FS.
This track as a celebration of life, graduation, next level. It’s only right I release new vibes on such a significant day. Vibe out. Shades.Of.Moo on thee way. #LOE
They’re going in for the kill. “Kill Bill” is the third single from Nacho Picasso and Avatar Darko’s upcoming Vampsterdam album. A release date still hasn’t been placed, but word around town is that it’ll be available before the summer starts. They’ve been consistent with tough lyrics and ill notable names on the production side.