Catch up on the week that was in music on this festive Thanksgiving holiday! First, Eminem dropped a really cool visual for his well-liked 6 minutes of bars proclaiming himself the "Rap God". Watch that above and get in tune with some of the week's biggest songs below.
New B.o.B & Childish Gambino singles, a Pusha T feature on the debut single from Chicago singer Chris James, Joey Bada$$ over some unreleased J Dilla, and a standout from Trae Tha Truth's new mixtape, I Am King, featuring Lupe Fiasco. Enjoy!
I was curious to hear Asher Roth's response to the direct shot Eminem took on "A$$hole" featuring Skylar Grey on the new MMLP2 album, and Peter Rosenberg & Cipha Sounds asked that burning question for their new episode of the Juan Epstein podcast. Asher was pretty fine with it — after all the "Rap God" is name-dropping him and the diss wasn't even over something that serious. See above to also hear the original diss in case you missed it, and browse below for the fresh new videos from both artists including Eminem's "Rap God" earlier today.
How about a new live performance of one of the best songs ever? Happy Friday! Eminem delivers "Stan" as his week with BBC Radio 1 concludes the proper way. I love the live vocalist on the hook and the slightly more upbeat groove that the production gets. Em also keeps it current with a performance of "Berzerk" (below), but it's the always chill-inducing "Stan" I was more tuned into above. #Classic
Alas, and as expected, here's part 4 of Eminem's interview with Zane Lowe. They close the discussion on topics ranging from Eminem's hometown and life on the road to Em's retirement thoughts. And as any keen listener of MMLP2 can assume, that word strikes a certain chord with the hip hop legend. Watch and enjoy above!
I made mention of it earlier today in the Pt. 3 post of the Eminem x Zane Lowe interview, but this one's worthy of its own post as Em just released this pic of he and Rihanna on set of "The Monster" today. Always cool to see stars of such high magnitude together, especially these two after "Love The Way You Lie" and now the soon to be #1 hit. I'm sure it'll jump past Lorde's "Royals" to that spot once the video is released (but maybe even sooner).
Part 2 of 4 of the Eminem Zane Lowe interview and it's starting to get really good. They first discuss Em's return to producing for this album and his passion for hip hop in general. Why he loves it is simple: beats and rhymes as a form of expression. If you're reading this right now, I think you'd nod your head too.
Another highlight of this one for me was Eminem talking about the oxymoron of "My Name Is" becoming a big pop song and propelling his career as a music icon. Stay tuned through the end of this one, check out part 1, and come back tomorrow and Thursday for the conclusion.