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Kanye West-Produced Teyana Taylor “K.T.S.E.” Album

Teyana Taylor caps off the run of the five Yeezy-helmed projects with her offering, K.T.S.E. The G.O.O.D. Music singer’s sophomore album arrives four years after her debut, VII.

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Kanye West’s entire album hits the Top 40

All seven tracks on the controversial rapper’s “Ye” album debuted on Billboard’s Top 40 chart this week.
The song “Yikes” came in the highest, charting at No. 8 on the Top 10.
“All Mine” just missed that list, coming in at No. 11. “Ghost Town” debuted at No. 16, “Wouldn’t Leave” at No. 25, “Violent Crimes” at No. 27, “I Thought About Killing You” at No. 28, and “No Mistakes” at No. 36.

Kanye West Reveals Tracklist For Nas’ New Album

Nas‘ long-awaited new album is due to drop this Friday. Most details are still locked away, though we know Kanye West produced it. And thanks to Kanye, we now know its tracklist.  Following the likes of DAYTONAYe, & Kids See Ghosts, the next project from Kanye’s month-long rollout is about to come from Nas, who’ll be releasing the follow up to 2012’s Good Lifethis Friday, June 15th.

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Earlier in the day, Kanye tweeted out a list of “7 deadly sins,” which people thought was a hint at the direction of Nas’ album, but it’s tough to tell simply off these titles. There are some similarities between the two, but not enough to verify that’s what Kanye was hinting at us earlier.

Top 5 EDM/Rap Collaborations Of All Time

EDM and rap have been flirting with each other for decades. Countless EDM remixes of rap songs exist, and producers like Just Blaze and Kanye West have incorporated elements of electronic music into rap. Still, true collaborations between the two genres have been few and far between–until recently.

With Lil Jon and DJ Snake’‘s “Turn Down for What” thumping out of every speaker — and the coming of Diddy and Guy Gerberr’s 11 11, plus Waka Flocka Flame and Steve Aokii’s Turn Up Good collaborative albums — we’ve ranked the top 10 EDM/rap collaborations to date.

EDM and rap have been flirting with each other for decades. Countless EDM remixes of rap songs exist, and producers like Just Blaze and Kanye West have incorporated elements of electronic music into rap. Still, true collaborations between the two genres have been few and far between–until recently.

With Lil Jon and DJ Snake’‘s “Turn Down for What” thumping out of every speaker — and the coming of Diddy and Guy Gerberr’s 11 11, plus Waka Flocka Flame and Steve Aokii’s Turn Up Good collaborative albums — we’ve ranked the top 10 EDM/rap collaborations to date.

10. Gesaffelstein & A$AP Rocky, “In Distress” (February 28, 2014)

9. Guy Gerber & Puff Daddy, “My Heart” (July 7, 2014)

8. Bassnectar & Lupe Fiasco, “Vava Voom” (April 10, 2012)

7. Stefan Ponce & Vic Mensa, “Down on My Luck” (April 29, 2014)

6. Flux Pavilion & Childish Gambino, “Do or Die” (January 28, 2013)

5. Daft Punk & Kanye West, “On Sight” (June 18, 2013)

4. Machinedrum & Azealia Banks, “1991” (May 29, 2012)

3. Darq E Freaker & Danny Brown, “Blueberry (Pills & Cocaine)” (April 30, 2012)

2. Skrillex & A$AP Rocky, “Wild for the Night” (January 15, 2013)

1. DJ Snake & Lil Jon, “Turn Down for What” (December 18, 2013)


New “Soft Ass Rappers” Hip-Hop Pillows

Sleeping with your favorite rapper just got a little easier, thanks to this unique and somewhat bizarre brand of hip-hop inspired pillows. A company with the hilarious name of “Soft Ass Rappers” has come up with a custom series of hip-hop themed pillows, each of which boast the face of one of the game’s best and brightest. For $75 dollars, you can get your hands on one of ten pillows, featuring the likenesses of Drake, 21 Savage, Lil Uzi Vert, Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Young ThugGucci ManeFrank Ocean and Rihanna. With the exception of the Drizzy edition, which features a rendition of the infamous “Crying Drake” meme, each pillow is designed to copy the artist’s signature facial expression.

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Hip-Hop Family Tree: Featuring Nicki Minaj

R&B group and production team responsible for hits by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, James Brown, UTFO and many others. She briefly performed in Hood$tars, a pop-rap group led by Full Force member Bowlegged Lou’s son, Lou$tar. (It’s also where she met her former fiancée, Safaree Samuels.) She built her reputation through rugged freestyle performances on hood platforms like Smack DVD and The Come Up. It was on the latter where Lil Wayne discovered her, and he began mentoring her.

Nicki Minaj spent the next two years honing her style and image. She spit rhymes alongside street acts like Maino, Hell Rell, Red Café, Ransom, Jadakiss, Ron Browz, Stack Bundles, French Montana, and Gravy. She traveled to Atlanta and recorded songs with Gucci Mane, an experience she’d later say was crucial to her development, as well as Soulja Boy, Yung Joc. In the process, she evolved from a hardcore New York spitter to a polymorphous, unpredictable artist that experiments with vocal tone and multiple identities. Her breakthrough arrived with her third mixtape, 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty, which generated her first Billboard charting hit, “I Get Crazy,” and found her working with Lil Wayne’s Young Money team like Drake, Jae Millz, and Weezy himself. An appearance on Birdman’s Priceless paired her with the pioneering rapper Lil Kim.

Thanks to Beam Me Up Scotty, as well as the Young Money crew album We Are Young Money, Nicki Minaj became one of the hottest rappers in the music industry. She landed big pop collaborations with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Usher, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, and Mariah Carey. But she also bolstered her hip-hop credentials with standout verses for Kanye West, Ludacris, Trina, Fabolous, and Big Sean. She released sonically diverse multi-platinum albums like Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and The Pinkprint, and held her own with Cam’ron and Nas. Like those two icons in their heyday, Nicki Minaj can make a claim to being the biggest rapper in New York, even though her successful forays into mainstream pop and EDM meant that she often doesn’t get proper recognition for her trailblazing hip-hop career.


Public Enemies: JAY-Z vs. Kanye West’

The rumored feud between JAY-Z and Kanye West is coming to U.K. television. A new documentary titled Public Enemies: JAY-Z vs. Kanye West will highlight the strained relationship between the Watch the Throne duo.

Set to premiere Monday on Channel 4 in the U.K., Public Enemies promises to provide “unseen footage and exclusive interviews.” In addition, the documentary will reveal “the story behind JAY-Z and Kanye West’s spectacular rise, their creative partnership and their colossal falling out.”

A 41-second trailer for Public Enemies was released Wednesday(July 26). The intro features West’s epic diatribe aimed at JAY-Z during his Life of Pablo Tour. “JAY-Z: Call me, bro. You still ain’t called me,” West says in the unforgettable clip. The release of the forthcoming documentary comes at an interesting time, considering tensions between both parties seemingly remain high.


Kanye West Reportedly Splits With TIDAL

Kanye West has decided to end his contract with TIDAL over what is reportedly millions of dollars owed to him by JAY-Z’s streaming music service. While some have speculated the row is over Hov’s recent jabs at Yeezy on 4:44, the tension has apparently been brewing behind the scenes for some time.

According to TMZ, West’s attorney sent a letter to TIDAL stating there was a breach of contract and announced a termination of the deal. West is reportedly owed more than $3 million and the parties attempted to work out a favorable deal. After weeks of haggling, West’s attorney sent another letter finalizing their decision that the deal was over.

While the timing of this revelation is curious given JAY-Z’s bars on the 4:44 opening track “Kill Jay Z,” which finds the business mogul taking sharp aim at his Watch The Throne collaborator, the legal maneuvers took place well before the release of the track and West reportedly knew nothing of the song prior to last Friday (June 30). (That said, album producer No I.D. told the New York Times that the album was only finished the day before its release, so it’s possible the inclusion of Jay’s barbs were a game-time decision.)

West’s desire to split also stems from the fact the exclusive TIDAL release of The Life of Pablo hauled in 1.5 million new subscriptions, which was supposed to earn him a bonus. West also said the service has failed to pay him back for videos he produced, but TIDAL fired back by saying West didn’t deliver on his end.

It appears TIDAL is preparing to sue if West takes his new music to another streaming service, which will undoubtedly spark a long legal battle.

As of publishing, West’s music is still available on TIDAL.


Reggae Icon Lee “Scratch” Perry Says Kanye West Sold His Soul

Reggae legend/innovative producer Lee “Scratch” Perry is 81 years old and gives notoriously off-kilter interviews. In fact, he once called Island Records head honcho Chris Blackwell a “vampire.”

His most recent chat with House of Strombo was no exception — only this time he touched on the subject of Hip Hop, which included his thoughts on rap gods Kanye West and Drake.When speaking on West, he said Yeezy has sold his soul and that of his late mother’s for wealth.

“Him sell his mother’s soul to get rich … To get rich, sell his soul to, sell his mother’s soul, sell his soul to get the American dollars that is going down,” Perry said in his thick Jamaican accent. “Why should I listen to somebody that is so perfect and so unperfect and so stupid?”

“I did not sell my soul,” he said. “I don’t need a bulletproof jacket. And I don’t have a woman with a real big batty because me is not afflicted by big batty. I am not addicted to big batty. And I am not addicted to Kim, with batty in front and behind. Kim has batty in front and batty behind. I am not addicted to girls with batty in front and batty behind. The girls I have is not too fat.”

Perry did conclude that Drake was alright in his book because he “moves like a snake” (whatever that means).

MULTIHOP.TV HIGHLIGHTS Brooklyn Museum’s “The Rise of Sneaker Culture” EXHIBIT


The exhibit features lots of sneakers — about 150 pairs from the mid-19th century to 2015 — and the show’s introductory text panel asks some good questions: “How have some sneakers come to be valued more highly than others? How have sneakers expressed both privilege and inclusion? How were specialized sports shoes transformed into staples of street fashion and, in turn, icons of masculinity? How is it that at a single glance, a pair of sneakers can reveal nuanced social information?”

The show was organized by the American Federation of Arts, a packager of traveling exhibitions, in partnership with the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, and its senior curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack. With footwear displayed in sleek vitrines, the installation looks as if it were sponsored by a major sneaker company. Nike certainly should be pleased: One of the six sections tracks the evolution of its immensely popular Air Jordan line of basketball shoes: 23 models in all, from 1984 to 2008. Adidas, Reebok, Saucony, Converse and Puma are among the other companies whose styles are well represented. A section called “Fresh” presents high-end, limited editions conceived by designers like Alexander McQueen, Jimmy Choo and Prada, as well as by celebrities like Kanye West.

“The Rise of Sneaker Culture” continues through Oct. 4 at the Brooklyn Museum; 718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org.