Recent Posts in hiphop
March 7, 2014
It's the 25th anniversary of Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, and FACT points to a list Billboard posted of the all-time top 100 rap tracks since the chart's inception. Seven of the top 10 tracks come from rap's "golden era" of the '90s, but very depressingly, Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" comes in at #1 OF ALL TIME. He's also got "Can't Hold Us" at #4. Kanye is tight.
The full 100 is at Billboard. Browse the top 10, along with a disclaimer of how the list was calculated, below...
As promised, the official Game of Thrones hip-hop mixtape, Catch the Throne, was released this morning. Featuring such rappers as Big Boi, Bodega Bamz, Common, and Wale, the tracks were made from samples from the insanely popular HBO fantasy series. You can stream it below.
March 5, 2014
Jazz hop trio BADBADNOTGOOD have announced they'll release a new album, III, on May 6 via their new label home, Innovative Leisure (Bass Drum of Death, Classixx). You can get a taste of the new album with first single, "Can't Leave the Night," which is streaming below.
The trio first caught our ears partially because of their covers of Odd Future, James Blake, My Bloody Valentine and more, in addition to collaborations with Odd Future. Those collaborations haven't stopped (they produced a track on Earl Sweatshirt's 2013 album, Doris), and they'll be joined by Tyler, the Creator as a special guest when they play the BrooklynVegan SXSW day party at Red 7 on Thursday, March 18. BBNG have other SXSW shows too, and their whole schedule is below. Stay tuned for BrooklynVegan's full SXSW day party lineups.
by Bill Pearis
HBO's fantasy megahit Game of Thrones will return for Season 4 on Sunday, April 6 and hype is ramping up...and expanding into new areas. On Friday (3/7) they're releasing an ice-and-fire-themed mixtape titled Catch the Throne, featuring Big Boi, Common, Wale, Bodega Bamz, and more. The mixtape features beats made out of music from the show, plus dialogue samples. Says Common in a promo video, "Game of Thrones centers around battles for power, and rap is definitely a battle for power." You can get a preview of the mixtape via that promo video below.
While the nature of the series doesn't allow for as much modern pop to be used in it as, say, True Detective, Game of Thrones does still work it in where applicable. Songs exist within the world of George RR Martin's novels that the show is based on, and The National and The Hold Steady have recorded versions of Westeros' two biggest hits, "The Rains of Castamere" and "The Bear and the Maiden Fair," respectively. And there have been cameos: Will Champion of Coldplay was in the "Red Wedding" band, and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody was in S3 as well. Sigur Ros' Jónsi, Georg Hólm, and Orri Páll Dýrason will all cameo in S4.
Meanwhile, the new trailer for Season 4 (which is based on the second half of Martin's action-packed A Storm of Swords) uses The Everlove's cover of Siouxsie & the Banshees' "Cities and Dust" and you can watch that below as well...
March 4, 2014
De La Soul recently gave away their entire catalog for free download in celebration of the 25th anniversary of 3 Feet High and Rising, and they'll continue that celebration with more new material, including a mixtape, Smell the D.A.I.S.Y., which will have all beats by the late, great J Dilla. They recently released one of those, "Dilla Plugged In" (which reworks "Plug Tunin'"), which you can listen to below.
Dilla will also be celebrated in NYC with the inaugural "NY Loves Dilla" concert at Marlin Room at Webster Hall on March 23. The show will be headlined by Talib Kweli, and also features sets from Phony PPL and YC the Cynic, with host Maureen "Ma Dukes" Yancey. TIckets for that show are on sale now.
That's one of three NYC shows the busy Talib Kweli is taking part in that week. He'll also be at a special edition of Soulive's 8-night Bowlive at Brooklyn Bowl on March 20. Also appearing that day is DMC of Run DMC, The Shady Horns and Alan Evans Trio (tickets). Talib then does a free in-store and signing at Rough Trade NYC on March 22.
Stream the De La Soul/Dilla song, with a message from De La on the upcoming material, below...
We just posted about Shlohmo's tour, and now here's an announcement that his fellow Wedidit Collective member RL Grime will be heading out on the road this year too. The trap producer will return to NYC to headline his largest show here yet on May 6 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (3/7) at noon. A couple of the Texas dates that happen a few days prior are with his pal Baauer, but no other acts announced for the NYC show yet. All dates are listed below.
Speaking of Baauer, he made a track with A$AP Rocky called "Riot Rave" for Rocky's upcoming instrumental album, Beauty N the Beast: Slowed Down Sessions Chapter 1. Check it out, with a couple RL Grime streams and his list of dates, below...
February 28, 2014
A$AP Rocky at Made In America 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky and French dance producer Gesaffelstein joined forces for "In Distress," which appears on the upcoming soundtrack to Divergent (due out 3/11), along with tracks from Tame Impala & Kendrick Lamar, M83, Chance the Rapper & Pia Mia and more. Check it out, via Complex, below...
Today in "You Can't Make This Stuff Up," Public Enemy's Flavor Flav fronts a new band called the FlavorTronZ, who "cover hit songs from the '70s thru the '90s [...] from such greats like Wild Cherry, Sly & The Family Stone, Elton John, Led Zeppelin, The Gap Band and many others." Their first show was opening for Public Enemy in Las Vegas in 2012, and though they've pretty much remained quiet since then... they're back. The band will make their Iridium debut on April 2 in NYC with two headlining shows at the venue (8:30 PM & 10:30 PM). Tickets for those shows go on sale today (2/28) at 10:10 AM.
You can watch a video with clips of Flavor Flav and the band doing some of those covers and a trailer video introducing the band and its members, below...
Action Bronson royalty portrait (by Amar Stewart)
This Saturday (3/1) from 7 PM to 11 PM, Williamsburg gallery Cotton Candy Machine (S 1st St) will hold its first artist residency with painter Amar Stewart, whose series, "Hip-Hop Royalty," includes 17th century royalty style portraits of rappers like Action Bronson (pictured above), Jay Z, Biggie, Eminem, Tupac, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and more. Preview more of the portraits at Bedford & Bowery.
There's also been some more recently announced hip hop shows in NYC, including Odd Future's The Internet, who play SOB's on March 16. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Bronx crew B.I.C. (Bitches Is Crazy), who released the free 4/20 album Influence last year, play SOB's on March 20 with CJ Fly of Pro Era, Quincy Vidal and S.I.T.H. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Long-running Brooklyn rapper Sean Price plays SOB's on April 24 with special guests. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Slick Rick celebrates the 25th anniversary of his 1988 debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick, at BB King's on May 7 with a live backing band. Tickets are on sale now.
Iggy Azalea plays Irving Plaza on May 5. Tickets for that show go on sale today (2/28) at 10 AM.
February 27, 2014
After a few years of releasing mixtapes, Compton rapper YG is set to release his debut album, My Krazy Life, on March 18 via Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam. He's got some big name guests lined up for it, including Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q and Drake, plus newer-comers RIch Homie Quan and Ty Dolla $ign. Many of the tracks were produced by frequent collaborator DJ Mustard, who's also behind big tracks for 2 Chainz, Tyga, and others. You can watch the videos for "Left, Right" and "My Nigga" (and its remix featuring Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj), and stream the Drake-featuring "Why Do You Love?" below.
YG and DJ Mustard will support the new album by going out on a tour together this spring. That tour brings them to NYC on April 27 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/28) at 10 AM, and they're currently on Citi Cardmember/Live Nation/Music Geeks presales. All tour dates haven't been revealed yet, but you can check out the list of currently announced dates below...