Pretty much out of nowhere, J. Cole announces a new full length album titled 2014 Forest Hills Drive. The album, whose title is actually the address of Cole’s new home down in Fayetteville, North Carolina, drops on December 9th and was announced with a seven minute video that finds J. Cole living the common man’s life back in North Carolina.
While making an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Kendrick Lamar paid homage to Method Man and performed his new single “I” along with his guest appearance alongside Jay Rock on “Pay For It.”
Check out Hard Knock TV‘s exclusive in-depth interview with DJ Premier and Royce da 5’9″. In part 1, Nick Huff Barili sits down with both artists to talk about the formation of their new group PRhyme, their collaboration album coming out Dec 9th, their creative process, Eminem, Guru, Adrian Younge, and much more.
The Lox dropped in to Sway In The Morning to talk about living the underground life, the three projects they released, some of their favorite new artists.
Flying Lotus and Kendrick Lamar had collaborated on a song titled “Eyes Above” for Lotus’ You’re Dead but the song didn’t make the final cut for the album. But that hasn’t stopped FlyLo from playing it at his shows.
Ras Kass and Apollo Brown serve up some visuals to their song “How To Kill God.”
Directed by Jay Brown and shot in Detroit, “How To Kill God” captures some of the fallen bastions of America, while Ras & Apollo roam historic sites that have long since been abandoned (the original Model-T assembly line, the outside of a foreclosed Detroit Masonic Temple, and inside a since closed cathedral).
Ras Kass spits brutal bars that harken back to “Nature of the Threat” from his original classic “Soul On Ice.” Meanwhile Apollo Brown delivers soul stirring boom bap at it’s best for Ras to lay question after question, and bar after bar of articulate insight into historical facts too often ignored. Don’t let the title fool you, it’s not Ras & Apollo killing God, it’s them exposing the hypocrites standing behind empty dogma.
Detroit’s finest draw a line in the sand and dare anyone to cross it on this Statik Selektah track off of the Shady XV compilation that’s dropping on November 24th.