Preach On, Sermon: Joey Bada$$, First Impressions & The Art Of Performing

Preach On, Sermon: Joey Bada$$, First Impressions & The Art Of Performing

“I think Joey [Bada$$] gets a lot of hate online,” Joey’s tour manager tells me as he hits the stage. And truer words haven’t been spoken about his career. As an artist, he’s amassed a huge underground following that doesn’t rely on co-signs from New York’s past or even the blog scene. The statement resonated with me throughout the night. I thought about what people hate about Joey’s music. Everybody who listens knows that Joey is a vicious spitter. That’s undeniable. However, the main criticism has been that he sounds like a throwback to the ‘90s NY sound, which isn’t… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (6-15 to 6-21)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (6-15 to 6-21)

What a week it’s been. We have industry plants, Troy Ave’s failure, reflecting on Young Jeezy’s influence 10 years ago, roles that Tupac could’ve played if he was alive, if The Weeknd can cross over into a Pop sensation, and much more. It’s a little light this week, but quality over quantity. Scroll on and check out some of the week’s best pieces. What If Lil Wayne Staged Those Leaks From The ‘Carter 3′ Era?: Is it acceptable to start off the Curation by plugging myself? It’s happening. I thought a lot about the leaks from the C3 era and… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Kidd Kidd

Freshmen 1st Class: Kidd Kidd

After Raury and Fetty Wap, where do we go from here? To New Orleans, of course. In a moment as historic as Shawn Michaels being in both D-Generation X and the N.W.O. in his career, Kidd Kidd is the only member to run with Lil Wayne’s Young Money and G-Unit. And somehow, someway, double Kidd was able to win the fan vote for this year’s XXL Freshmen. Surprised? So are Yoh, Sermon and Khari. Yoh: It’s Saturday afternoon, there’s a dusty Nintendo 64 sitting on my floor, Mario Kart is being played on a 55inch, overpriced television. The dining room table… continue reading

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The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (6-8 to 6-14)

The Sermon’s Curation: Best Reads of the Week (6-8 to 6-14)

In addition to this week’s curation, I started a weekly playlist over at Lunch N Leftovers featuring some of my favorite songs from the week, so check that out. This edition of the SD curation is stacked from floor to ceiling with content. We have interviews from Vince Staples and Father both worth reading, why Travi$ Scott’s debut album is a sequel to Yeezus, some little known facts about Mick Foley, the streaming wars and what it means for free music, and more. Vince Staples – The FADER Interview: As we await his debut album, Vince Staples dropped GEMS in… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Fetty Wap

Freshmen 1st Class: Fetty Wap

Welcome back to the second edition of the 2015 Freshmen 1st Class series. Quick course refresher for you newbies. Three writers (Khari, Yoh and Sermon) are here to break down each XXL Freshmen. After exploring the interesting dynamic of Raury, let’s take a trip up to New Jersey. He’s one of the most talked about freshmen (sorry, Kidd Kidd). That’s right, the one and only Fetty Wap. Khari: In July of 2014, Mister Cee spun a record that didn’t do anything particularly spectacular. The beat wasn’t extraordinary, the lyrics weren’t the product of a pen that’d been sharpened over time, and… continue reading

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Freshmen 1st Class: Raury

Freshmen 1st Class: Raury

Later than usual, XXL Freshmen ’15 issue has arrived. Last year, three writers teamed up to provide insight into the choices of each freshmen. Those three were Sermon, Yoh, and Khari. A lot has changed in a year. Some of last year’s freshmen aren’t relevant anymore, while a new batch is accepted into the light. For the first choice, Atlanta’s Raury. Sermon: When Kanye West is extending his co-sign in-directly through a photo and story that said artist was in the studio with him, why wouldn’t you give them a chance? ‘Ye doesn’t have a flawless history of co-signing artists,… continue reading

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