If you're not already excited by the title, maybe the fact that this is thirteen minutes long will get you to that appropriate level. Or maybe this gem of a first thought, as Kanye kicks it off with this:
"It's the dream, it's Kobe and Jordan on the same team in the best prime of they game in the same Kanye"
Tim Westwood unearthed a true Kanye West freestyle off the top as we go back to 2005 circa Late Registration. The beats are all Kanye West productions — Game's "Dreams" (one of my all-time favorite songs by Game), Jay-Z's "Encore", and Common's "The Corner". With this being a legit freestyle off the top, these 13 minutes showcase Kanye's quick-wit and bravado throughout. A few LOL moments naturally ensue, including 'Ye rapping about a message sent into the station around the 7 minute mark (I can't type it out, 'Ye's delivery does it justice, you'll have to hear it) and some off-the-cuff instructions to rappers on how not to sound like everyone else and how not to rhyme about everything else. Damn, I just wish his bluntness and brashness didn't get interrupted when the beat ended. Would have loved to hear him keep flowing at that moment and just more bars on this in general.
This takes you back, huh? A must-watch above for any Kanye fan. Keep up on Kanye's latest in the past week, INCYMI below.
Pretty soon, these 3 will be more than photoshopped together... they'll be on the same record!
In a new interview with BBC's Charlie Sloth, a slightly reluctant J. Cole revealed a new collab to expect on the upcoming album, Born Sinner, and that's one with TLC! Given the latter's new return to music, this song will instantly be one to check for come June 18th. In addition, J. Cole added "It's crazy. No one's rapping on the album." OK, I like that, J. As Charlie said, I agree that he can carry the album by himself. One more fun topic of convo in the interview (listen in full below, spotted at Vibe): Paris Hilton signing to Cash Money. Cole's reaction was priceless: "It's awesome... It's just gonna make for great jokes and great entertainment." Ha!
UPDATE: Peter Rosenberg drops another piece of insight, saying that J. Cole disappointed Nas and wrote a song about it for the album. This... is also intriguing.
Once again, Born Sinner drops June 18th, and ICYMI the other night, watch J. Cole's impressive performance of "Power Trip" with The Roots LIVE on Fallon.
UPDATE 2: A new interview with Fuse below talking about how J. Cole linked up with TLC.
In a new interview with Montreality, DJ Jazzy Jeff shed some new light on the interactions between Will Smith and Eminem from 15 years ago. Here are some quotables from Jazz:
"I was a big fan of Eminem's—you know, especially of his super early stuff. I just kinda reached out to him, 'Yo man, big fan. Would love to do some stuff.' And he ended up comin' to Philly and we went in the studio, and just knocked out some stuff. It was crazy, because that was one of the times that Will [Smith] was in town. Will walked into the room, and I think I played Will 'Just The Two Of Us.'" The 1997 song would appear on The Slim Shady EP, believed to be interpolating the Will Smith Big Willie Style song of the same name. "Will listened to it, and Will looked at him and said, 'You're either gonna be the biggest flop in Hip Hop, or you're gonna be the biggest thing that we've ever seen in Hip Hop. And [Eminem] never forgot that."
As for Eminem's "f*** you" to Will Smith on "Real Slim Shady":
That kinda stuff, he just brushes off. The funny thing was, I ended up deejaying at an Em show in Detroit. And when I went in there, he kinda came to me and was like, 'Yo man, when I said that stuff about Will, he wasn't mad?' I said, 'Nah, he doesn't care about that stuff.' [Eminem added], 'That was just me stickin' up for [Dr.] Dre and that point in time (referring to Will Smith's Grammy speech, with Dre present, about no need for profanity in hip hop and a slight at the gangsta rap genre.
Wow, how on point was Will Smith? Crazy to imagine the two superstars in the studio together at that point in their careers 15 years ago. Plus, where is this 'stuff' that Eminem & DJ Jazzy Jeff did? Would love to hear that released some day.
Proceed to watch the rest of the in-depth interview for more Will Smith talk from Jazz, including the possibility of new music, favorite "Fresh Prince" memories, and more fun facts on Jazz himself. Fun interview inspiring a lot of "What if's?"!
Yesterday's MTV RapFix had a jam-packed show with guests French Montana and Fat Joe flanked by four freshman (yup, that alliteration was on purpose) — Action Bronson, Logic, Travi$ Scott, and Dizzy Wright. Those four proceeded to spit 30 seconds of quick-hitting bars to conclude the show. You could tell the "no cursing" rule messed up Action's rhymes, but he begun things pretty well. Logic was the best with his slick rhymes and the "p" alliteration I wish there was more of (that was fire). The first half of his rhymes were a written? No matter though, because he spit those raps confidently, which was what I was felt was lacking with Travi$ and Dizzy afterward. Maybe it's just their energy in general but both of them had a lifeless delivery that didn't match the energy of Logic's or of the environment and beat in general. Just a one-time critique though for me personally; not gonna let that carry over into my interpretation of their future music. What did you guys think?!
Paris Hilton and Lil Wayne are photoshopped to illustrate a typical male/female conversation
Let's begin this morning on a wacky note to continue the wackiness that was last night. Meaning that you may have noticed the site was down last night. Our server was temporarily down last night and as a result, we were inactive with the night's new music updates. We should be back up and running and so here's a quick rundown of what we missed!
First off, let's start with the wonderful couple above. I don't mean that romantically, but I do mean it in a business sense as Paris Hilton has signed a deal with Cash Money to release her second album. First off, WUT? Secondly, she has a first album? Third, ugh. I think I'll just move on.
Two big releases for May 21st with the more universal Daft PunkRandom Access Memories and French Montana's debut album Excuse My French. The first-week projections are in: Daft Punk slated for 300-325K and French with 45-50K. Solid numbers for Daft Punk. I think people may have expected more for French, but that sounds about right to me. (via HDD)
Geno Smith, rookie QB for the New York Jets, has signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports.
We also have new songs and videos comin' up on those respective pages from TDE, Usher, Melanie Fiona, and more, after leaving off with Joey Bada$$ announcing a new EP coming June 12th. Be sure to keep it locked for all the new music and updates today.. and beyond!
Epitome Boutique Inc. celebrated their 1 year anniversary with an exclusive "sip and shop" soiree at its new location in Chicago's versatile Bucktown area. Some of the city's most valuable movers and shakers were in attendance to help 'turn up' with the fabulous owner, Laricia (la*ree*sha) Chandler. Rapper Mikkey Halsted, VH1's Basketball Wives Malaysia Pargo, nightlife promoter Anthony Lindsey of A&O promotions, Pastor Charles Jenkins and the 1st lady of Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church and Theus Griffith of Litehouse Whole Food Grill just to name a few. Being the consummate hostess, Laricia aka "FabRicia" kept the Grey Goose and Cherry Noir flowing and everyone's hands filled with her personal picks of chic designs.
Conveniently located right off the expressway, every females dream closet sits along North Avenue and Hermitage Street. The boutique's fly black and white glam decor includes rich leather and crystal tufted shelf displays, spacious well-lit dressing rooms and tons of all the proper accoutrements to complete any look. The store is simplistic but ritzy without being overdone or overwhelming. Quickly rising to social media fame via MySpace, Twitter and Instagram with her followers craving to cop her swag, FabRicia decided instead of just having a website that she wanted a boutique as well and did just that. But don't get caught lackin' and miss out because pieces go fast!
"I put things up on Instagram and it's gone in 2 hours! I have to really keep up the inventory a lot. I order new stuff every week because a lot of times people order stuff off the website or call over the phone to order and we're shipping it out faster than people are able to make it in!"
- Laricia Chandler
Without further ado, some of the dope fashions I peeped during my visit listed in order of flexin' probability from "Oh yeah, I'll kill that!" to "Oh fo sho, I’ll totally merk that! U.E.N.O.!!!" When you think of Epitome Boutique...picture Nicki Minaj meets Marilyn Monroe: gutsy and sexy with the panache of class and grace...fearlessness! Chandler said, "I select pieces that are kind of trendy, but classic...pieces that you will have forever." I also noted the fine construction of each garment, its' design and use of quality materials and fabrics, which sets this boutique apart from the competition. Epitome has it all from easy wear to club attire, offering edgy leggings, daring custom dresses and playful shirts moderately priced from $35-$150.
I have come to the conclusion that Epitome Boutique Inc. should be every woman’s first stop shop to find all things fabulous. No matter what the occasion – lunch with the girls or rooftop listening party, transform your look and be the epitome of the crowd. Fellas, don’t feel left out because there is plenty of seating to lounge while your lady shops and if you come alone looking for that special gift, Laricia will help you find the perfect surprise!