TDE Producing “Black Panther” Soundtrack

King Kendrick Lamar’s producing the score for the upcoming Marvel film, Black Panther.


Kendrick, along with TDE’s Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, are working closely with the production crew to deliver what will surely be a crazy soundtrack.

“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director,” Kendrick said in a press release, via The Verge. “The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.”

Today, the first single from Black Panther: The Album arrived. The track features TDE labelmates SZA and Kendrick Lamar working with the type of flawless chemistry that only Top Dawg artists are capable of. Hopefully, this is only one of many Top Dawg Entertainment collaborations on the soundtrack. I’d love to see a Black Hippy track on the album.


In 2003, Eminem became the first-ever MC to take home an Oscar for Best Original Song. Since then, fewer than 10 rap artists have taken their victory lap on the Academy Awards stage. We all know that TDE’s no stranger to awards and recognition so maybe this soundtrack will join the ranks.


Listen to the new single “All The Stars” below and check out Black Panther when it hits theaters on February 16th.

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Next Big New York Rap Duo

20-year-old E-Class and his 12-year-old brother, Young Poppa, have grown a strong social media presence rapping as The Hoodies. The two young rappers went viral with a video of them freestyling in a car, racking up over 3 million views within a month.

The Hoodies. “[The name] stems from the stereotype of young minorities in hoodies or kids from a certain area in the world that are viewed as some type of suspicious individual,” E-Class explains. “I feel like our clothes, environment, or things that we had to live through shouldn’t be the cause of our demise or the reason we are harassed or judged. We call ourselves The Hoodies for people like Trayvon Martin who couldn’t live to his 21st birthday.”


Last month, it was announced that the duo signed a deal with 50 Cent, rumored to be worth well over a few million dollars, which officially adds them to the G Unit roster.


I’m excited to see where rap takes these two. Their chemistry is great, their flow and timing has fantastic give-and-take, and they’re insanely marketable… Two young brothers who can rap like a couple of old-school legends? I could sell that idea.


Check out the video from The Hoodies’ performance on Flex Hot 95 below:

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Jon Connor’s Debut Album Update

Dr. Dre’s newest protégé, Jon Connor, has been hard at work preparing his debut album. Vehicle City doesn’t have a release date yet, however, Connor tweeted a picture of the final product. Now we know that the project’s completely finished and mastered.

I hope it comes early in 2018 because I’d love to hear it!


If you’re not familiar with the rising star, check out my article about Jon Connor below:


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2018 Grammy Predictions

The Grammys will air live on CBS from Madison Square Garden in New York City on Sunday, Jan. 28. This year, I thought I’d share my predictions for the results of the award show.

Below, I’ve italicized the nominee I think will win.


Record Of The Year:
“Redbone” — Childish Gambino
“Despacito” — Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story Of O.J.” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“24K Magic” — Bruno Mars  

Album Of The Year:
“Awaken, My Love!” — Childish Gambino
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Melodrama — Lorde
24K Magic — Bruno Mars

Song Of The Year:
“Despacito” — Ramón Ayala, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender, Luis Fonsi & Marty James Garton, songwriters (Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber)
“4:44” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)
“Issues” — Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Julia Michaels & Justin Drew Tranter, songwriters (Julia Michaels)
“1-800-273-8255” — Alessia Caracciolo, Sir Robert Bryson Hall II, Arjun Ivatury & Khalid Robinson, songwriters (Logic Featuring Alessia Cara & Khalid)
“That’s What I Like” — Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip, songwriters (Bruno Mars)

Best New Artist:
Alessia Cara
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels



Best Rap Performance:
“Bounce Back” — Big Sean
“Bodak Yellow” — Cardi B
“4:44” — Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” — Kendrick Lamar
“Bad And Boujee” — Migos Featuring Lil Uzi Vert

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
“Crew” — Goldlink Featuring Brent Faiyaz & Shy Glizzy
“Family Feud” — Jay-Z Featuring Beyoncé
“LOYALTY.” — Kendrick Lamar Featuring Rihanna
“Love Galore” — SZA Featuring Travis Scott

Best Rap Song:
“Bodak Yellow” — Dieuson Octave, Klenord Raphael, Shaftizm, Jordan Thorpe, Washpoppin & J White, songwriters (Cardi B)
“Chase Me” — Judah Bauer, Brian Burton, Hector Delgado, Jaime Meline, Antwan Patton, Michael Render, Russell Simins & Jon Spencer,
songwriters (Danger Mouse Featuring Run The Jewels & Big Boi)
“HUMBLE.” — Duckworth, Asheton Hogan & M. Williams II, songwriters (Kendrick Lamar)
“Sassy” — Gabouer & M. Evans, songwriters (Rapsody)
“The Story Of O.J.” — Shawn Carter & Dion Wilson, songwriters (Jay-Z)

Best Rap Album:
4:44 — Jay-Z
DAMN. — Kendrick Lamar
Culture — Migos
Laila’s Wisdom — Rapsody
Flower Boy — Tyler, The Creator


What are your predictions?

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Bad, Bhad Bhabie

As 2017 is almost over, I look back at this past year and can’t help but wonder… How is Bhad Bhabie famous?


The Rap genre’s had some truly untalented people garner attention over the years but, honestly, I can’t think of anybody who’s worse than Bhad Bhabie a.k.a Danielle Bregoli a.k.a Cash Me Ousside girl.


She’s a 14-year-old girl who became famous after her appearance on Dr. Phil… Bregoli’s mother was out of answers regarding what to do about her out-of-control daughter, so, naturally, she turned to a television show for help. Society allowed this happen. Danielle grew up seeing people like ‘New York’ from Flava of Love get famous and thought “maybe I could do that.”


Then, I found out that Danielle Bregoli signed a record deal… That’s when I lost my faith in humanity. I’m partially outraged but the other part of me feels sorry for this girl. She’s so damn stupid that she thinks her actions are consequence-free and it doesn’t matter how she behaves or what she says. She shouldn’t be allowed to leave the house dressed like that as a 14-year-old.


For now, it seems that all we can do is sit back and watch as America does to Bhad Bhabie exactly what it did to Honey BooBoo… I just hope someone teaches Danielle how to spell correctly.


Check out a couple of her latest tracks below.

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Kendrick Lamar Re-releases “Damn.”

Today, K. Dot released the Collectors Edition of his recent album, Damn.. The only difference between the new version and the original is that the tracklist has been reversed.


If you didn’t already know this, the album was originally intended to be played both ways. The normal song order tells the story of a sinner finding redemption. When reversed, the album tells the story of one man’s fall from grace, ultimately leading to his demise.


I think it’s a cool idea to re-release it in the reversed order, but the only people this actually affects are vinyl collectors. Now, fans can have two separate records telling two different stories. People who don’t buy physical copies of music can simply reverse the order in their libraries. So far, it doesn’t look like the new edition is even available in vinyl form, which surprises me. However, I bet that is soon to come probably.


Which way do you prefer the album? Do you think it plays better in reverse or in the original order?


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T-Pain Sets the Record Straight

So, apparently, we’ve been misquoting T-Pain for years… He recently revealed some commonly misunderstood lyrics in his songs.

That one blew my mind. Can you hear it?

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