It’s safe to say the days of the Rick Ross-led Maybach Music Group dominance has ended. Recent singles like ‘No Games’ off Ross’ upcoming ‘Mastermind’ made very little splash and the ‘Self Made, Vol. 3’ album came and went. The end of MMG’s reign was essentially marked by Meek Mill’s presence last year, not that the label’s decline is necessarily his fault.
The story leading up to Earl Sweatshirt’s debut album, ‘Doris,’ sounds something like an aborted movie storyline. A 16-year-old showcases ridiculously prodigious talent on his debut mixtape, but gets sent to a Samoan retreat after substance abuse issues and writing obscene songs.
He inadvertently starts a movement calling for his return because he’s just that lyrically skilled. Then, soon enough, he comes back and lays one of the best verses of the year (‘Oldie’) and subsequently starts working on his debut album.
In the latest attempt to bridge the gap between hip-hop and the elderly, senior citizens recite the lines to A$AP Rocky's 'Houston Old Head' -- a cut from the rapper's breakout 2011 mixtape, 'Live.Love.A$AP.' We're not sure if this actually helped mend the gap, but the results are still pretty hilarious.
Trinidad Jame$ embarks on the post-‘All Gold Everything’ portion of his career with a new mixtape, ’10 Pc. Mild,’ the follow-up to last year's ‘Don’t Be S.A.F.E.’ He released the tracklist last week and revealed features ranging from trap artists like Gucci Mane to wordsmiths Danny Brown and Childish Gambino. However, the question remains if Jame$ can handle an entire mixtape without the lightning in a bottle that blew up his career.
A commercial during the MTV Video Music Awards featured a sample of Eminem's new single. The clip offered a listen of a throwback, rock-rap sound, and last night (Aug. 26) fans got the track in full. 'Berzerk,' the rapper's first single off his upcoming 'Marshall Mathers LP 2,' has arrived.
'N Sync was a multi-platinum boy band back in the late '90s. When they went on a "temporary hiatus" after their 2001 album, 'Celebrity,' many wondered who was going to be the first breakout solo success from the group. Well, we all know it was Justin Timberlake. Now, after the singer released the double platinum-selling 'The 20/20 Experience,' he's rumored to be reuniting with his former groupmates.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the famous Birmingham Civil Rights movement, where Martin Luther King Jr. -- one of the movement's defining figures -- penned his highly regarded 'Letter from Birmingham Jail.' The BBVA Compass Concert for Human Rights will be held in Birmingham to help commemorate the event, and the star-studded concert will be hosted by Jamie Foxx.
Last night's OVO Fest was a big success for the city of Toronto, Drake's fans and, of course, Drake himself, considering the hype surround his upcoming LP, 'Nothing Was the Same,' -- it's steadily nearing fever pitch. One of the event's biggest moments was another Kanye West surprise appearance.
When you really think about it, Rick Ross probably isn't that rare of a name. There's surely plenty more less famous, more svelte people who share the moniker beside famed drug trafficker "Freeway" Ricky Ross, the man who inspired the rapper's alias. A Tumblr web site picked up on that, and the result is hilarious.
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