Today marked the return of Rap City as BET brought back host Big Tigger for a special episode with, you guessed it, Eminem. As with all of his interviews this week, Em discusses all things MMLP2 and all things Kendrick Lamar & Rihanna. This interview also touches on his past albums and also looking ahead at his career. Navigate the video player above for the interview, and hopefully some raps as well.
UPDATE: Here's that freestyle! Em & Slaughterhouse with Just Blaze.
And some thoughts... it goes without saying that all emcees did their thing. No shots, but I liked Royce & Crooked's another level above Joe & Joell's. Crooked's "Ooh Kill 'Em" punchline to conclude was my favorite punchline of 'em all, including Em (it may be that I'm partial to hilarious "Ooh Kill Em" Vines, but it's dope for anyone who isn't). Slaughterhouse was naturally the undercard for Eminem. Em asked Just to cut the beat and delivered such elite wordplay that I really felt it was on its own tier. I'll leave it at that. Take 10 minutes away from whatever you're doing now and press play below.
Wired, the technology magazine, has a really fascinating interview up with Just Blaze in which he talks about his beginnings as a ringtone programmer, before ringtones really even existed.
Turns out, Just is quite a technology whiz, and has been pretty much his whole life. He attended Rutgers for three years to study computer science before it became "boring" for him. At the same time, he got an internship at local music studio The Cutting Room in NYC, and that's where he began honing his craft and making his foray into the music industry. Sounds like he could've been just as successful without music, though.
Hip-Hop is everywhere from commercials to movies and video games. Just Blaze has aligned himself to produce the score for the upcoming TMNT: Out Of The Shadows video game that will be releasing on Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Windows PCs in late August. In the video Just Blaze talks about his infancy, growing up on the Ninja Turtles, and his nostalgic look on how the latest TMNT game reminds him of the old 80's game he played.
Priority Records, the old home of artists like Snoop Dogg, N.W.A. and Dr. Dre, have relaunched their label with a joint merger between Capital Records and Insurgency Music (home of the artist Baauer). With Hip hop hot shots Just Blaze & Henry Fraud contributing to the label, the new Priority Records will commence August 13th with the release of a track entitled "Higher", by Just Blaze & Baauer featuring Jay Z. Henry Fraud, the producer of tracks from French Montana, Wiz Khalifa, Rick Ross and Henry Sweatshirt, also signed a deal with Priority Records for his Surf School label. Although Fraud stated as an artist and producer he is not signed to a label yet, he went on to twitter to say, "For the label I am looking to create partnerships with other independent minded artists and release wavy music. Its not about signing people". The construction continues for the label since providing distribution over the years for other rap labels such as Wu-Tang Records, Rap-A-Lot Records and Ruthless Records. Who will the label acquire next?
One more preview off Tony Touch's upcoming album, Piecemaker 3: Return of the 50 MC's, which DJ Booth has available for full stream here.
Just Blaze producing this one (and exec. producing the whole Slaughterhouse album). Royce wins out as my favorite verse with clever bball references to Derrick Rose and Jeremy Lin. Not near the top tier of Just Blaze beats though. Tune in!