Future has unveiled a video for his single "I Won" alongside Kanye West. Yeezy and Future are using the song to celebrate their more-than-significant others. Neither Kim K nor Ciara pops up in the clip, but there's sufficient eye candy, as you can glean from the screenshot. Watch and bob along below, if you're feeling victorious.
Heads want to know who's the richest rapper in the game. Forbes comes through once again with the vitals stats. The Forbes Five is a list of the five wealthiest hip-hop artists around. Really, the list shouldn't surprise anyone who has been following the Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings series, which debuted in 2007.
This is horrible news. Christ Bearer, a member of the Wu-Tang-affiliated rap group Northstar, allegedly attempted suicide by jumping off a balcony. He may have also dismembered himself, according to various news reports. TMZ claims that the rapper born Andre Johnson jumped off a balcony of his apartment and critically injured himself. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
The LA Weekly adds that LAPD responded to the residence in the 4500 block of Colfax Avenue around midnight where Bearer attempted suicide. Police also reported an unspecified medical emergency at the location.
Here's a video of Black Knights members Rugged Monk and Crisis Tha Sharpshooter vaguely describing the incident.
Christ Bearer is part of the duo Northstar, which also includes Mek the Pharoah. Northstar was once part of a supergroup with fellow Wu affiliates Black Knights, collectively known as Northstar of the Black Knights. Northstar broke off and debuted in 2004 with Bobby Digital Presents Northstar, produced entirely by Wu-Tang founder The RZA. Their second album, West Coast Killa Beez, arrived in 2005.
Meanwhile, Wu-Tang Clan is now denying ties with Bearer. The statement on Wu's website reads: "Parental Advisory: Don't Believe The HYPE. This Mother F*cker Ain't Got Sh*t to do with The WUTANG Brand."
Christ Bearer and Rugged Monk released a video for their song "OOOH" just 24 hours before the incident.
Allow me to nerd out for a minute. Nas is my favorite rapper. Illmatic is my favorite hip-hop album. Illmatic turns 20 on April 19, which also happens to be Record Store Day. It sounds like it was released yesterday. I own 3 copies of Illmatic: the standard edition, the 10th anniversary platinum edition and a vinyl record I've never opened. That's how much I love Nas' first album.
Google Play just gave me a new excuse to look back at Illmatic. As anticipation mounts for the 20th anniversary edition of Illmatic, Google Play has released a fine feature to mark the occasion. The video features interviews with the likes of Tech N9ne, Schoolboy Q, Peter Rosenberg, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar. Lamar in particular credits Illmatic for inspiring his excellent debut, good kid, mAAd city. There's a cute quote from Nas who tells a story about hearing Sting describe Illmatic as a "jazz album."
- Watch the Google Play feature here.
- Go listen to Illmatic from front to back.
- Pre-order the 20th anniversary edition of Illmatic here.
Someone recently pointed out that my 100 Greatest Hip-Hop Albums list is missing those words that typically accompany lists. So I added words--4,546 of them to be exact. I also seized the opportunity to update the art and move a few things around. Take a gander at the revised version and see how your list compares to mine. Here it is: The 100 Greatest Rap Albums
Blu is one of the few rappers I stan for, so imagine my excitement when I learned that he's back on the saddle for a new go-round. The west coast emcee is set to release Good To Be Home, his first double album. Good to Be Home features a host of west coast hip-hop luminaries, including The Alchemist, Evidence, Planet Asia, Krondon, and Phil da Agony.
Good To Be Home hits stores on May 20th, 2014 via Nature Sounds and New World Color. You can skip the line and pre-order it now on CD, limited-edition gold vinyl, or cassette. The deluxe version includes all three formats, plus a T-shirt, poster, stickers, matches, 7" vinyl single, and other goodies.
Peep the full Good To Be Home tracklist below.
2. The Return
3. Back Home Again
4. Boyz N The Hood (ft. Fashawn, Like and BeYoung from Pac Div)
5. Whip Creme (Part One) (ft. Definite, Big Dame, Co$$, and Swt Pea)
6. The West
7. The 50z
8. The LA (ft. Secret Service Agents)
9. Summer Time (ft. Bombay and Arima Ederra)
10. The Summer / (bonus) Angel Dust (ft. LMNO and 2Mex of The Visionaries and Imani of The Pharcyde)
1. Rap Dope
2. Dre Day
3. Red & Gold (ft. Prodigy of Mobb Deep, Mitchy Slick and Phil Da Agony from Strong Arm Steady)
4. Child Support
5. Well Fare (ft. Thurz and Casey Veggies)
6. He Man
7. Brown Sugar (ft. MED and Oh No)
8. Bobby Brown (ft. Clutch, Mic Holden, and Definite)
9. Can't Stop, Won't Stop (ft. Alchemist, Evidence, Tristate, Planet Asia, Donel Smokes, Chace Infinite, and Krondon)
10. The West (Part Two)
Lloimincia Hall blows up everyone's idea of what the perfect gymnast looks like. Jezebel dubbed her a perfect 10 for her hip-hop-inspired floor routine. The 21 year-old, 4'11" LSU gymnast has the Internet going gaga, thanks to a viral video of her flawless floor exercise. She's simultaneously fierce and nimble and smiles through the whole routine like it's ice water (here's a more intelligent analysis of her performance). Hall has scored a perfect 10 on three occasions, and I suspect she'll do so again. Lloimincia Hall. Spell her name right.
Hot damn hoe here we go again. Profanity in rap is no new topic, but the site Best Tickets has found a new way to highlight it. The blog has released a scientific, statistical analysis of graphic lyrics in rap since 1985.
The analysis features the most popular rap albums released between 1985 and 2013. Best Tickets combed through 145 mainstream hip-hop albums and found 31,564 cuss words. Too $hort leads the field (surprise, surprise) as the most profane rapper. Tupac's All Eyez on Me and Until the End of Time were the most profane albums. 2001 was rap's sweariest year, according to the study.
Peep the full study here.(Photo © Michael Buckner/Getty)
From CunninLynguist's crowd-sourced album to Iggy Azalea's long-awaited debut, here are 10 new rap albums to check for this month.
It was only a matter of time. LeBron James is Jay Z's homie. He's been featured on the cover of XXL magazine. He recently curated a playlist for Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine's Beats Music app. And now Bron Bron has officially entered the rap game with a studio freestyle over Jay Z's "F*ckwithmeyouknowigotit." James would be wise to maintain a firm grip on his day job, though.
Hear the joint below, if you're brave enough:
(Photo © Kevork Djansezian/Getty)