Joell Ortiz drops some bars for those that have supported him over the years.
It’s hard to believe that it has been a quarter century since N.W.A. changed the landscape of music forever. On August 14, the film about the collective will finally hit theaters and here is the red band trailer with an intro from Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar and Game.
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.
With what would have been J Dilla’s 41st birthday being on February 7 and Dilla Weekend in Miami kicking off at the same time, it’s only appropriate that the DJ trio of Manuvers, Sharpsound and LouiArson put together this instrumental mixtape of Dilla beats.
Seemingly out of nowhere, Statik Selektah announced on his Showoff radio show that he’ll be dropping a joint project with KXNG Crooked in the very near future titled Statik KXNG. Listen to the two discuss the project.
The Pro Era emcee takes his talents to France to perform a track off of his recently released album for a bunch of fans who probably have no idea what he’s talking about. He still killed it though.
Hip-Hop as a tool for education? That’s exactly what the documentary focusing on producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University explores.
The Hip-Hop Fellow is a 78-minute documentary following Grammy Award winning producer 9th Wonder’s tenure at Harvard University as he teaches ‘The Standards of Hip-Hop’ course, conducts research for his thesis and explores hip-hop’s history, culture and role in academia.
The film centers on the emerging significance of incorporating hip-hop studies into academic curriculum and spotlights the scholars and musicians at the forefront of preserving 40 years of hip-hop culture.
Interviewees include Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Kendrick Lamar, Young Guru, Dr. Mark Anthony Neal, Phonte, Dr. Marcyliena Morgan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Ab-Soul, Rapper Big Pooh and DJ Premier.
The young rhymeslinger jumps on the Swedish band’s single for a little remix treatment.
Here’s a rule of thumb: Don’t ever heckle an emcee that everyone adores in an intimate setting because bad things will happen. This fan didn’t realize that giving the middle finger to Ghostface would result in getting his ass kicked but that’s exactly what happened in Texas. Not smart.
Detroit’s V Stylez drops the visuals for the J Dilla produced heat rock “Rough, Rugged & Raw” that features KXNG Crooked and Bumpy Knuckles. Off of his recently released At Odds Til I’m Even album.
Mike and El-P head to Graffiti’s SWAG Shop in Atlanta, Georgia and talk to four kids about real shit: girls vs. boys’ intelligence, Iggy Azalea, non-violent drug offenses, and more. Don’t sleep on the wisdom of the youth.