Complex grabs Rick Rubin, Russell Simmons and everyone involved in the making of LL Cool J’s historic “Rock The Bells” to discuss the song’s origins and significance.
Talk about a throwback. A young Jay Z appeared alongside Big Daddy Kane on an episode of Rap City in 1990 where young Hov spit his doubletime rap. Interestingly enough, the host never even said his name. I guess he didn’t have a clue that Jay would become what he is today.
After treating you to a snippet, Big Shug drops the full version of the DJ Premier produced “Off Rip” alongside Termanology and Singapore Kane.
Kanye West was joined by Sia and Vic Mensa for a special performance of his new single “Wolves” at the Saturday Night Live 40th anniversary show.
Kanye West premiered a new track from his upcoming album during the adidas Originals x Kanye West line unveiling in NYC that features Vic Mensa and Sia. It’s cut from the 808’s & Heartbreak cloth and may or may not be indicative of how his album will sound. Thoughts?
Go to the 8:27 mark for the song.
NBA All Star weekend festivities kicked off righteously in New York City as Hot 97’s All Star Weekend Tipoff show with Diddy and Snoop Dogg turned into a rousing party as the likes of Dr. Dre, Nas, The LOX, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, 112, ILOVEMAKONNEN and Keyshia Cole to the stage. Check out the highlights.
Things get real in this video for the Jay Dee and The Roots produced cut off of Joey Bada$$’ recently released B4.Da.$$ album.
DJ Eclipse unearths a session from 1996 with Lord Finesse dropping jewels at Fat Beats.
Here’s another performance clip from Fat Beats grand opening day of the 6th Ave location. Lord Finesse on the mic and DJ Three on the wheels. You even see the owner of the store Joseph Abajian pop back behind the tables for a minute to talk to Three. Finesse killed these two verses and had the crowd oohing and ahhing with his punchlines. It meant a lot to us that Finesse came by because he was the biggest name we had come through all day. And once again you get a glimpse of some of the other people in the store who were just vibing out to the sounds or waiting their turn to get on the mic.
Some dope emcees gather to kick some dope rhymes on Tony Touch’s dope show. Dopeness ensues.