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Chance The Rapper and Jeremih are Making A Christmas Album Together

Chance teamed with Jeremih last December for a holiday mixtape titled Merry Christmas Lil Mama. The nine-track project featured production by Bongo, Zaytoven and C-Sick among others.

According to Bongo, the Chicago duo’s new Christmas album will feature a mix of remakes and original songs.

“It’s gonna be a little bit of both, but pretty much, it’s gonna be a completion of that project,” he said. “We just put it out for the culture, for the fans and stuff. Now, we’re really finishing it up and we’re gonna put it out right. It’s gonna have new music. It’s gonna be mixed and mastered and everything.”

Before Chance delivers his musical gifts for Christmas time, he’ll be hosting Saturday Night Live on November 18. The episode will be a Hip Hop-centric affair since Eminem is the show’s musical guest.

The Best Hip-Hop Protest Songs Ever

When Eminem released his freestyle as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ annual cypher, it turned out to be a 4-plus-minute a capella tirade against President Donald Trump. He indicted the president for his most egregious transgressions: perpetuating racism, emboldening white supremacy, his irresponsibility with North Korea, the attacks on black NFL players, his abandonment of Puerto Rico. The list goes on.

Hip-hop fans, athletes, and mainstream media, praised the lukewarm freestyle as urgent, necessary, powerful and genius. “After 27 years of doubts about rap I am now a fan,” sports and political commentator Keith Olberman tweeted. “Best political writing of the year, period.”

To suggest that Eminem’s mediocre bars were anything other than tepid demonstrates a a shamefully low bar for the craft of hip-hop and for what constitutes bravery. To declare that Eminem’s freestyle about Trump is a turning point in hip-hop is lazy, uninformed. That’s not surprising, though. White artists are often lauded for their courage in speaking out against injustice, while black artists are often overlooked or penalized for the same actions. When Beyoncé showed up to the Superbowl in an outfit that honored the Black Panthers, conservatives slammed her and the police union called for a boycott of her subsequent world tour.

The reality is, rappers have been criticizing the government, picking apart systems of oppression and addressing the pervasiveness of police brutality in black communities since the art form’s inception. It’s why rapper and Public Enemy member Chuck D famously dubbed hip-hop “the black CNN” decades ago.

“To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar, 2015

“Changes,” 2Pac, 1992

“Georgia… Bush,” Lil Wayne2006

“Be Free,” J. Cole2014

“Untitled,” Nas2008

“Fuck the Police,” NWA1988

“Fight the Power,” Public Enemy1989

“A Song for Assata,” Common2000

“Police State,” Dead Prez2000

“Revolution,” Arrested Development1992

“Reagan,” Killer Mike2012

“The Point of No Return,” Geto Boys1996

“Words I Never Said,” Lupe Fiasco2011

“The Message,” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1982

“Sound of Da Police,” KRS-One1993

“Bin Laden,” Immortal Technique feat. Yasiin Bey, Jadakiss, Eminem2005

Eminem Signs Compton Rapper Boogie To Shady Records

What, you thought Eminem would let all the attention from a blistering, anti-Donald Trump freestyle go to waste? Em has signed Compton-born rapper Boogie to Shady Records. 

“Boogie is everything I look for in an MC,” said Eminem via a press release. “Unique voice and point of view combined with crazy wordplay. This is a great fit and I’m excited for what’s to come.”

Boogie has released a series of mixtapes, including 2015’s The Reach, that got the attention of Interscope Records before Em’s label came in to seal the deal.

Shady’s current roster includes D12, Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf and Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5′ 9″). Boogie is now at work on his debut album.

http://hiphopwired.com/556117/eminem-signs-compton-rapper-boogie-shady-records/

Eminem’s Battle Rap Movie “Bodied” Is A Hit

Battle rap satire Bodied premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night (September 7), packing a 1,200-seat auditorium with festival-goers, film critics and diehard fans of the battle scene.

In his introduction at the highly anticipated world premiere, director Joseph Khan cracked that the controversial film could possibly sink his career, as well as that of anyone involved in bringing it to the festival. But throughout the Eminem-produced film’s two-hour running time, a diverse cast of characters (many of them renowned battlers playing on archetypes from the actual subculture) spat what seemed like every racist, homophobic and misogynistic slur on Urban Dictionary, and somehow managed not to offend anyone.

Initial reviews from fans and critics have been overwhelmingly positive.

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How Hip-Hop Found a Home on Daytime TV

“Performing for the first time on daytime television … ” is an introduction Ellen DeGeneres uses often on her syndicated talk show. And in the past two years, the phrase has preceded appearances by such hip-hop heavyweights as Kendrick Lamar, Future, Migos, Travis Scott and Chance the Rapper, among others. Like many a TV marriage, it may be unlikely, but it works.

“Other shows put on music to fill a hole,” says co-executive producer Jonathan Norman, who oversees music bookings (season 15 premieres Sept. 5, with Pink appearing the next day). But DeGeneres targeted big stars. “When we launched ‘Ellen,’ she wanted Eminem, Bono and Justin Timberlake.” (Timberlake would appear on the show’s second episode in 2003.) The rise in hip-hop bookings, he adds, “stems, first and foremost, from Ellen’s love of the genre and those artists.” Second, “hip-hop is ever-present.”

Indeed, according to the 2017 mid-year report by music analytics firm BuzzAngle, hip-hop/rap is the top genre in overall song consumption, accounting for 21% of listening (pop is a distant second, at 14.3%), and has grown 48.6% compared with the same six-month period in 2016. And as acts like Lamar, Scott, French Montana, Big Sean, and DJ Khaled cross over to pop on terrestrial and satellite radio and via popular streaming playlists, it would stand to reason that mainstream programs, even those that air when the sun is out, would embrace the genre too.

Yet “Ellen,” which averaged 2.9 million viewers in its 14th season in 2016-17, seems to be the outlier — or the trailblazer — on daytime. That’s partly due to the sheer volume of music on the show per season. Norman cites that number at between 100 and 110 performances annually, and adds, “Nobody on daytime has that many.”

“Moms are getting hipper to the music earlier.
JOIE MANDA, INTERSCOPE GEFFEN A&M

 

http://variety.com/2017/music/news/hip-hop-daytime-tv-ellen-1202547947/

Eminem’s Manager Paul Rosenberg Named CEO Of Def Jam

Eminem‘s friend and longtime manager Paul Rosenberg has been named CEO of Def Jam records. Aside from managing one of the biggest artists in the world, Rosenberg is also responsible for co-founding Shady Records and heading Goliath Artist Management. Paul is set to officially kick off his new position in January of 2018, replacing former CEO Steve Bartels.

http://www.hotnewhiphop.com/eminems-manager-paul-rosenberg-named-ceo-of-def-jam-news.35828.html

Eminem To Release New Album This Fall

Eminem‘s follow up to 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP II may arrive in a few months time. Eminem is expected to release his 9th studio album this fall. While there has been little to no official updates on Em’s next project, last month an UPROXX interview with The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes revealed that Dr. Dre was currently working on music for the rapper’s impending album.

U.K. Rapper Aims To Beat Eminem “Rap God” Record

27-year-old rapper, named Luke “HYBRiD” Settle, is looking to beat the record for the song with the most lyrics in it. That record is currently held by Eminem’s 2013 track “Rap God,” which features a staggering 1,560 words, and lasts six minutes and four seconds. Those numbers put “Rap God” at 4.28 words per second.

Another U.K. rapper, Harry Shotta, put out a song in 2015 with 1,771 words over the course of six minutes and 23 seconds, but Guinness still recognizes Em as the record-holder, which is for Most Words In a Hit Single. (“Hit” being the operative word there, since Em’s track debuted at #7 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and well, Shotta’s didn’t)

“Untouchable,” the record HYBRiD plans to record, will last approximately six minutes and will pack in 1,700 words (which, notably, is still fewer than Shotta’s).

“As it stands there are 1,700 lyrics in my song ‘Untouchable’ which should have a run time of six minutes which equals 4.7 words a second,” HYBRiD said while speaking with Spalding Today. “Obviously this could change during the recording process and that could mean that I increase the amount of words rapped per second to even five or more.”

Earlier in the month, HYBRiD shared about a minute’s worth of audio from “Untouchable” via Twitter.

“I’m looking forward to #recording more of this #track over the #weekend With an estimated 1,700 #lyrics to #record I’ll be very busy!,” he tweeted on July 14.

http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.44153/title.u-k-rapper-hybrid-aims-to-outrap-eminem-by-beating-rap-god-record

Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine ‘The Defiant Ones’ Doc to Air on HBO

HBO will premiere The Defiant Ones‘ first episode on July 9th, with subsequent episodes premiering on July 10th, 11th and 12th.

HBO has announced it will be airing a four-part documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which chronicles their divergent roots and their unlikely partnership as well as addresses the moguls’ influence and impact on pop culture. Directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society), The Defiant Ones features in-depth interviews with Dre and Iovine along with many diverse artists.

The pair have worked together successfully for decades. Interscope Records, cofounded by Iovine, marketed and distributed Dre and Suge Knight’s Death Row Records in the early Nineties. By the end of that decade Iovine and Dre partnered for Dre’s own label, Aftermath. In 2006, Iovine and Dre teamed again to create Beats by Dre and they debuted their first product two years later. Apple purchased the company in 2014 for $3 billion.

The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story – drama and humor, tragedy and triumph,” Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming said in a statement, via Complex. “Allen Hughes takes you on a journey through some of the most important flash points of popular culture, and I’m delighted we can bring this unforgettable saga to our viewers.”

Hughes filmed Dre and Iovine over the course of three years. In addition to their candid interviews, the documentary houses interviews with Bono, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Trent Reznor and others. It also features behind-the-scenes recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more footage that has not been previously seen.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/dr-dre-jimmy-iovine-the-defiant-ones-doc-to-air-on-hbo-w454821

Chris Brown Just Joined Eminem, Nicki Minaj & Wiz Khalifa In Hip Hop YouTube’s Diamond Club

Brown announced his induction into the Diamond Club by posting an official letter sent to him by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. In the note, Wojcicki praised his channel for becoming a “movement” and awarded him the Diamond Play Button.

PewDiePie sits atop the proverbial throne with the most subscribers on YouTube. The Swedish comedian currently has over 55 million subscribers.

The digital reach of Brown is a huge asset for promoting his music, including the upcoming double album Heartbreak on a Full Moon. Two weeks ago, CB unveiled the tracklist for the 40-track project, which is expected to drop later this year.

Check out article below.  http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.43457/title.chris-brown-just-joined-eminem-nicki-minaj-wiz-khalifa-in-hip-hop-youtubes-diamond-club