Jumpoff Joey takes a break from his podcast to drop this no nonsense joint simply to remind us that No Love Lost will eventually come out.
Chris Rivers and Termanology connect to catch wreck over Big Daddy Kane’s classic.
Maticulous delivers the disgustingly grimy backdrop for Lil Fame and Rah Digga to flex their lyrical muscle over. Maticulous’ self-title LP drops on July 14th.
On July 24, the official soundtrack for the film Southpaw will be released on Shady Records. Executive produced by Eminem, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a lot of new music from the likes of Eminem, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and more. But for you PRhyme fans out there, there’s a new joint titled “Mode” that features Logic. All we can say is, your ears better be ready for this one.
Check out the track listing for Southpaw, tweeted out by DJ Premier, below.
CNN punches you in the face with “In The 1st” off of their upcoming album Lessons dropping July 24.
The emcee formally known as Crooked I drops the BTS visuals for “Ashamed” feat Mike Smith and DJ Revolution, produced by Jonathan Hay, Mike Smith and King Tech. This is from the album “When Music Worlds Collide.”
Sheek Louch takes a stroll through NYC for his latest drop before Silverback Gorilla 2 hits the pavement in September.
The latest installment of “Magnum Opus” from good folks at Complex covers the making of Gang Starr’s legendary “Mass Appeal.” With input from the likes of DJ Premier, Big Shug, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Stretch Armstrong, journalists Chairman Mao and Noah Callahan-Bever as well as managers Patrick Moxey and Phat Gary, you’ll get the full story of one of hip hop’s classic records.
There are few rap acts that stuck to their guns quite like Gang Starr. Comprised of DJ Premier the late, great Guru, the duo’s sound came to define the purist hip-hop standard of the ’90s. They crafted a style that was true to New York despite the fact that neither of them actually hailed from New York. The duo never sold millions and millions of records, but they never made a bad album either. While they made plenty of great songs, in 1994 they released “Mass Appeal”—the quintessential Gang Starr record and a song truly worthy of a Magnum Opus treatment.
We got with DJ Premier, Guru’s close friend Big Shug of Gang Starr Foundation, and the group’s managers Patrick Moxey and Phat Gary to talk about the making of the song. What we found out is that despite the fact that the song made fun of rappers who aspired for mass appeal, Guru’s actually aspired for commercial relevance himself. But, of course, the group never abandoned their aesthetic. Ironically, “Mass Appeal” became the group’s biggest hit thanks in part to Premier’s hypnotic beat.
We also talked to Fat Joe, Jadakiss, and Stretch Armstrong about the group’s lasting impact and legacy. And to round things out, veteran hip-hop journalist Chairman Mao and Complex’s own Editor-In-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever explained how Gang Starr took the road less taken to achieve their legendary status.
RIP Keith “Guru” Elam.
Listen to Ali Vegas’ album in its entirety that features the likes of Big Noyd and Nature.