New Drake EP

Last night, Drizzy Drake released an EP, Scary Hours, which comprises of two tracks.

 

The first song, “God’s Plan,” has all the aspects of a Drake song that you’d expect. The second, “Diplomatic Immunity,” has more of an orchestral vibe to it. I’m not a huge fan of Drake because he usually doesn’t put much thought into his lyrics, but “Diplomatic Immunity” pleasantly surprised me. It’s basically four and a half minutes of Drake venting over a well-made instrumental.

 

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New Russ Track “Alone”

Russ is kicking off the new year the right way. After releasing a new music video last week for “Flip” (which I wasn’t a fan of), Russ comes through with another track. This time, the song’s production was handled by frequent collaborator, Scott Storch.

The retro, 80’s, synthesizer euro-pop style instrumental pairs perfectly with Russ’s signature vocals creating a sort of etherial electronic pop sound.

 

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#TBT: “All My Life [Ghetto]” (by Jay Rock)

Jay Rock’s 2008 debut single featuring Lil Wayne and will.i.am is still a classic track. The video also has cameo appearances from then-unknown TDE label-mates, Kendrick Lamar and Ab-Soul.

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Lloyd Banks “Sugar Hill” Freestyle

This is the 6th installment in a 10-part weekly freestyle series called “At Your Request,” in which the G-Unit rapper freestyles over popular instrumentals. This week, Banks jumps on AZ’s 1995 classic hit “Sugar Hill.”

 

Listen below and keep an eye out for another freestyle next week.

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Dave East Releases “Paranoia 2”

After much anticipation, Harlem rapper, Dave East, comes through with the sequel to his Paranoia project.

 

Last year, he released Paranoia: A True Story. Three months later, he gave us another mixtape, titled Karma. This year, Dave East’s keeping the momentum going by dropping Paranoia 2 (along with announcing an accompanying tour).

 

The album features appearances from Tory Lanez, T.I., Lloyd Banks, and many more. I definitely think this is his strongest project yet. Standout tracks include “Talk to Big”, “Corey”, “Thank You”, “What Made Me”, “Never Been”, and “Grateful” (although some other songs were amazing too). East’s harsh vocals and fantastic storytelling ability remind me of legends like 50 Cent and Game.

 

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Worst Hip Hop Fashion Trends

Hip hop fashion complements the expressions and attitudes of hip hop culture in general. Over the years, styles have changed (like any fashion) but I’d like to point out some of the worst fashion statements made by rappers.

 

  1. Oversized Clothing

It just doesn’t make any sense. If you’re a famous rapper, you think you’d be able to afford clothing that fits. Thanks a lot JNCO.

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  1. Bling Bling

A little ice is nice but overdoing it isn’t all right. Sometimes, rappers wear so much bling that they look like walking jewelry stores. It’s like wearing a sign that reads, “Please rob me.”

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  1. Sagging

Larry Platt said it best: “Pants on the Ground, Pants on the Ground. Lookin’ like a fool
With your pants on the Ground.”

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  1. Flavor Flav

Flavor Flav’s set the standard for ridiculous outfits.

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  1. Cam’ron

Spending $5,000 to have a candy pink mink coat made is a little much. Why pay that much to look like a giant Kirby.

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  1. Grills

Lil Wayne paid $150,000 to have diamonds installed in his teeth… Why?

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  1. Notorious Lil Uzi Vert Photo

I’ll let the picture do the talking.

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  1. Gucci Mane’s Face Tattoo

Why does he have an ice cream cone on his cheek?

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  1. T-Pain’s Top Hats

I’m a huge fan of T-Pain but his top hat collection is over the top (pun intended). He does look fancy, though.

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  1. Kanye’s leather Kilt

Kanye has made some strange fashion choices over the years but his leather Givenchy kilt definitely one of the most notable. With his Gaelic heritage, it is probably more of a cultural thing than a fashion statement.

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New Song From “Black Panther” Soundtrack

Last week, we heard the first single from TDE’s upcoming Black Panther soundtrack, titled “All the Stars”. Now, we have the second pre-order track from the project. “King’s Dead” features Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and James Blake. 

 

I’m excited to see what other collaborations will be on this project. With a budget this big, TDE and Marvel Studios can probably afford a featured verse from any artist they want.

 

Listen to “King’s Dead” below:

 

What collaboration tracks would you like to see on the upcoming tape?

My fingers are still crossed for a Black Hippy track.

 

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