Recent Posts in hiphop

November 19, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

DJ Mustard

"Mustard on the beat, ho!" You can pretty much turn on rap radio at any time of the day and hear that multiple times -- between producing hits for YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Tyga and so many more, DJ Mustard is basically everywhere. And not for nothing, he knows his way around a beat. He also put out his proper debut album this year, 10 Summers, which was produced entirely by Mustard himself and featured contributions from plenty of big names likes YG, Jeezy, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nipsey Hussle, Iamsu!, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Dom Kennedy, Lil Boosie and more. You can preview the album and download it for cheap ($3.99) over at Google Play, and check out the video for the Ty Dolla $ign/2 Chainz-featuring "Down On Me" below.

DJ Mustard has a few shows coming up, including NYC TONIGHT (11/19) at Output with Nadus, Austin Millz and Jasonscott. Will any of his many collaborators show up? Tickets for tonight's show are available.

All dates (including the February Holy Ship! 2015) are listed, with that video, below...

Continue reading "DJ Mustard released a guest-filled debut LP, on tour, playing NYC tonight (dates, video)"

November 17, 2014

by Andrew Sacher


Canadian alt-rapper Shad will follow 2013's Flying Colours LP with the free Boarding Pass EP on December 1. Shad recorded the EP with longtime touring partner DJ T.Lo. We've got the premiere of first single "Hang On," which has a real golden era hip hop vibe. Here's what Shad and T.Lo had to say about it:

Shad states, "It's pretty straight-forward. Given the 'hang on' sample, I just knew I wanted to do something uplifting that reflected how I feel about these times." T.Lo adds, "The beat came together pretty quickly after a visit to Vancouver. As soon as I finished it, I knew it would be perfect for Shad."
Check that out below.

Shad also has a NYC one-off scheduled happening soon after the EP's release on December 4 at The Studio at Webster Hall with Kahli Abdu and Jay Wirth. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Show flyer, with the new song stream, below...

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November 14, 2014

photos by Tim Griffin


Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest wrapped up this past weekend with a variety of killer music across punk, metal, hip hop, indie, electronic and plenty of the in-between, plus comedy, wrestling, BMX competitions and more. The lineup spanned legends like Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Nas through great newer artists like Angel Olsen, Deafheaven and Courtney Barnett. We've already written plenty about it -- check out our reviews of day 1, day 2 and day 3 -- as well as posted pictures of Judas Priest, Gorilla Biscuits and Mineral.

Now we've got pics of the whole three days on BV Austin. Check out day 1 HERE, day 2 HERE and day 3 HERE.

November 13, 2014

Troy Ave

Plenty of rappers make huge claims, but Brooklyn's Troy Ave recently made one that seems, uh, especially far fetched. HipHopDX points to a tweet from the rapper where he claims to be the first Brooklyn rapper talking about drugs in his raps.

"1st nigga outta Brooklyn NYC talkin HEAVY drug talk in his raps ....... think about it! MY STORY CONSISTENT (the truth usually is)," he says. After others on Twitter immediately called him out on it, more tweets defending his claim followed:

would these guys have so much opinions if we met in person? because when I'm at events its smiles and handshakes. INTERNET NIGGAZ are PUSSY

THE STREETS GON ALWAYS REIGN SUPREME, remember it was Mad AFRO CENTRIC raps & digable Planets THEN BIGGIE CAME THRU! then it switched til 50

IF YOU TRYNA DEBATE OR DISAGREE WITH ANY OF THESE FACTS IM SAYING... U Cant Be Real With Me You AInt Even Real Wit Ya Self" #WC3 coning soon

He also posted a longer defense to Instagram:
BEEN TALKIN THAT DOPE BOY $HiT out the Gate! My story been consistent .... Others touch on it and mix it up with street shit like, robberies, killings, clubs, struggle life .... But the only 1 talking bout whole birds, "Heavy" from NYC and I mean HEAVY detailed descriptions not 28grams or 62's or 8 balls the only 1 talkin whole joints was yours truly! Since day 1 my story been the same .... The Real Ones snow the difference the ones who can't relate will debate! MAN U KNOW WHAT like @scstunna said "Fuk what a fake nigga say, it's bout what a real nigga say"
Earlier this year, he confirmed that he's no longer selling drugs thanks to his rap career, and he more recently guaranteed that since he doesn't do drugs himself ("besides light weed smoke") his money will always be straight.

As discussed, you can catch Troy Ave talking about drugs in NYC at Highline Ballroom on November 20. Funk Master Flex is on that show too and tickets are still available.

by Andrew Sacher


Tinashe first began picking up significant buzz earlier this year thanks to her Schoolboy Q-featuring, DJ Mustard-produced single "2 On," which later appeared on her debut album Aquarius which came out last month. The album -- also featuring guest spots from Dev Hynes, A$AP Rocky and Future, as well as production from Dev, Mike Will Made It, Evian Christ, Cashmere Cat, Boi-1da and others -- is mostly alt-R&B in the vein of The Weeknd or the self-titled Beyonce album. It's a sound that's been endlessly replicated over the past few years, but Aquarius is one of the better albums of this kind to come out this year. Watch the videos for "2 On" and the A$AP Rocky-featuring "Pretend," and stream the Dev Hynes-featuring "Bet," below.

Tinashe was recently in NYC for Power 105.1 Powerhouse, and she'll return for a headlining show on her North American tour in December. That tour hits Highline Ballroom on December 15. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the videos/stream, below...

Continue reading "Tinashe released an album ft. Schoolboy Q, A$AP Rocky, Dev Hynes & more, announces tour (dates & videos)"

November 12, 2014

Hail Mary Mallon

Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic's group with DJ Big Wiz, Hail Mary Mallon, released their second full length, Bestiary, this week via Rhymesayers. Now, Aesop and Rob have announced they'll be supporting the album on a winter tour in early 2015 with Homeboy Sandman opening. That tour hits NYC on February 14 at Gramercy Theatre. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (11/14) at 10 AM with Live Nation and Music Geeks presales starting today (11/12) at 10 AM.

All dates are listed, with a full stream of the new album, below...

Continue reading "Hail Mary Mallon released a new album; Aesop Rock & Rob Sonic touring w/ Homeboy Sandman (dates & LP stream)"

November 11, 2014

Big Big Hank (left) w/ Sugarhill Gang
Sugarhill Gang

Big Bank Hank (aka Hank Jackson) of The Sugarhill Gang, passed away this morning after suffering from cancer, TMZ reports. He was 57.

The Sugarhill Gang are best known for 1979's "Rapper's Delight," which is often considered the first single to popularize hip hop. The other two thirds of The Sugarhill Gang, Wonder Mike and Master Gee, told TMZ, "So sad to hear of our brother's passing. Rest in peace Big Bank."

Rest in peace, Hank. Watch the video for "Rapper's Delight" below...

Continue reading "Big Bank Hank of the Sugarhill Gang, RIP"

November 10, 2014

Jhene Aiko at ACL 2014 (more by Tim Griffin)
Jhene Aiko

Two airy R&B singers and fellow Schoolboy Q collaborators, Jhene Aiko and SZA, are going on tour together soon with Odd Future's The Internet (who, like SZA, are fresh off playing Fun Fun Fun Fest). Dubbed the 'Enter The Void Tour,' it hits NYC on December 3 at Best Buy Theater. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with videos of all three artists, below...

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November 9, 2014

Run the Jewels at FFF Fest (via BV Austin Instagram)

At Fun Fun Fun Fest on Friday (11/7), Run The Jewels were playing the Blue Stage simultaneous to Sun Kil Moon on the Black Stage, and during RTJ's set El-P took a minute to tell a story about how he loves Sun Kil Moon's song "The War On Drugs: Suck My Cock" ("I'm a rapper, we say shit like that") and that he introduced himself to Mark Kozelek before the show saying, "Hey, I'm a fan. We're the guys that are gonna be interrupting your set today with how loud our fucking crowd is." Then El continues, "And he said, 'what's your name' and I said 'Run the Jewels,' and I swear to god he said 'suck my dick Run the Jewels.' And I said "suck my dick Sun Kil Moon!'"

He then proceeded to ("with all due respect") get the crowd to chant "SUCK MY DICK SUN KIL MOON." Check out a video of that going down, below.

We didn't catch Sun Kil Moon's set, but according to The Austin Chronicle he said, "What's the name of that fucking band playing? Just kidding, whatever you're called, I love you guys."

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November 6, 2014


Remember how Azealia Banks was supposed to release her debut album two years ago and never happened? Well the LP, titled Broke with Expensive Tastes, has finally gotten a release date -- right now. Featuring "212," it's available on iTunes right now and should be up on Spotify soon. Meanwhile, check out cover art, tracklist and video for newish single "Heavy Metal and Reflective," below...

Continue reading "Azealia Banks finally released debut album (it's out now)"