This release does just that with three contrasting shades of brown. Naturally this model stays in line with Pusha’s love of luxury with fish-scale leather on the quarter panel and heel stabilizer. Additionally we get a plush Primeknit upper and Boost technology throughout the midsole. Lastly King Push branding is found on the shoelace tag.
Public Enemy founder Chuck D rarely needs an introduction — the politically-minded MC has been an integral part of Hip Hop culture since emerging in the ’80s. On October 10, fans will be able to dive into the mind of the Fear Of A Black Planet architect and get a first-hand account of his experience in the culture thanks to his new book, Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History.
Described as “one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written,” the book is assembled by Chuck and includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present, as well as portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture for over 40 years.
The anthology opens with a house party with DJ Kool Herc on August 11, 1973 and follows the art form through more than four decades, examining key players and historical moments.
Kendrick Lamar voiced his thoughts on the book in a press release. “If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” he said. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!”
LL Cool J added, “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again.”
The book also includes over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in Hip Hop created by artists Shepard Fairey (who wrote the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) unit has made the big of infiltrating the South Korean market with BET and will reach a large audience almost right away. Available to residents as of today (September 26th), the move is made possible through a partnership with a paid TV entity called SK Broadband, which already has 4.2 million subscribers. Any hip-hop and R&B fans in that part of the world will be able to watch on B tv, SK’s linear service, as well as oksusu, the equivalent streaming service.
“South Korea is the first Asia market to launch BET, the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for people that want to know what’s hot, what’s next and what matters in urban black culture,” Viacom said in a statement. “The introduction of the BET channel in Asia is a key step in strengthening our presence both in South Korea and in Asia, while expanding our portfolio of adult-targeted brands,” said Paras Sharma, senior VP and general manager for the Southeast Asia leg of VIMN. He’s also the head of digital media, Asia, for the company. “It will not only add content diversity to Korean pay TV but offer top-quality general entertainment, music and news for audiences interested in urban culture.”
It’s a sure sign that the hip-hop market in South Korea and, by extension, Asia in general, has grown significantly in recent years. In fact, this year’s BET Awards marked the first time that an Asian artist was nominated, with South Korean performer Changmo getting a nod in the International Viewers’ Choice Award category. The show will air on BET Korea on October 14th. BET is already recognized as a global brand as well, having already set up shop in more than 125 million homes in over 60 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Africa and the Caribbean, just to name a few. There’s no word on if there will be more locally-focused music programming coming to BET Korea.
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Fans will be reminded that Wu-Tang’s forever next month. RZA announced an October 13 release for the groundbreaking group’s new compilation album, Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues, which he recently called a “masterpiece.”
The official cover art and tracklist were also unveiled, giving Hip Hop heads a clearer picture of what to expect on the LP. The project is another compilation LP in the same vein as 2009’sChamber Music and 2011’s Legendary Weapons.
1. Wu-Tang the Saga Continues Intro f. RZA
2. Lesson Learn’d f. Inspectah Deck and Redman
3. Fast and Furious f. Hue Hef and Raekwon
4. Famous Fighters (Skit)
5. If Time is Money (Fly Navigation) f. Method Man
6. Frozen f. Method Man, Killah Priest and Chris Rivers
7. Berto and the Fiend”(Skit) f. Ghostface Killah
8. Pearl Harbor f. Ghostface Killah, Method Man, RZA and Sean Price
9. People Say f. Wu-Tang Clan and Redman
10. Family (Skit)
11. Why Why Why f. RZA and Swnkah
12. G’d Up f. Method Man, R-Mean and Mzee Jones
13. If What You Say is True f. Wu-Tang Clan and Streetlife
14. Saga (Skit) feat. RZA
15. Hood Go Bang! f. Method Man and Redman
16. My Only One feat. Ghostface Killah, RZA, Cappadonna and Steven Latorre
18. The Saga Continues Outro f. RZA
According to Billboard, while hanging at the Made in America festival in Philadelphia earlier this month, Cardi B got to spend time with one of music’s biggest stars: Beyoncé. When asked how it felt to meet Queen B, Cardi was, to say the least, ecstatic. “I’m surprised Beyonce liked me,” Cardi B. squealed. “I met Beyonce! It’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ That’s how it feels like. I can’t talk, I can’t breathe.” Not conincidentally, Bey’s hubby Jay-Z was one of Made in America’s headliners this year. He’ll soon be embarking on an expansive North American tour throughout the fall months.
Her meeting with Beyoncé wasn’t the only exciting news Cardi had for her fans. “I have an album coming. It will be dropping in October. I’m an October baby,” Cardi B said in a recent interview. “I’m a little nervous to put the project out, but I think it’s going to be pretty good.” The young rapper will be turning 25 next month. She admits that there’s “a lot of pressure” on her to live up to the success of “Bodak Yellow,” which is currently No. 2 on the Hot 100 chart, trailing only Taylor Swift’s comeback hit “Look What You Made Me Do.”
“Everybody’s waiting to see what I’m going to have next and it’s like, ‘…I hope people love it,'” she added. “But I have confidence. I really do.” “Bodak” has helped her become one of the few female stars in what is still a male-dominated genre landscape. She says it feels “amazing [and] overwhelming. It’s like, it fills me up with lot of happiness and a lot of joy,” she added. “It’s just like unbelievable. I’ve been through so many things and I worked so hard for me to be here, and it’s like I’m finally here getting what I wanted, (and getting) the respect from other artists and from everybody.”
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.
50’s latest remarks symbolize a change in direction from the antagonistic comments he’s made about the network on social media.
In late July, 50 threatened to leave Power for the second time after the show’s creator, Courtney A. Kemp, revealed that some of the storylines for the fourth season had to be cut since STARZ refused to greenlight two extra episodes, despite Kemp’s wishes.
How much of 50’s antics are just part of his well-known troll persona on social media is still up for debate, but either way, he knows how to stir up interest in the show.
Despite the seemingly hostile relationship between 50 Cent and STARZ, Power continues to be a hit with audiences across the country. Earlier this year it was revealed that Power was second only to HBO’s flagship show Game of Thrones in terms of premium cable show ratings. The premiere episode of Power’s third season racked up 2.26 million viewers — the highest ever for the STARZ network.
In a description for the sale, Shkreli referenced his issues with those in Wu-Tang.
He also claims that before the sale is final, he might end up breaking Once Upon A Time In Shaolin out of pure frustration.
“I decided to purchase this album as a gift to the Wu-Tang Clan for their tremendous musical output,” Shkreli wrote. “Instead I received scorn from at least one of their (least-intelligent) members, and the world at large failed to see my purpose of putting a serious value behind music. I will be curious to see if the world values music nearly as much as I have…At any time I may cancel this sale and I may even break this album in frustration.”
Given that Shkreli first garnered notoriety for hiking the price of an HIV drug, there is some irony in the fact that he plans to donate half of the proceeds from the sale of Once Upon A Time In Shaolin to medical research.
“I will donate half of the sale proceeds to medical research,” he wrote. “I am not selling to raise cash—my companies and I have record amounts of cash on hand. I hope someone with a bigger heart for music can be found for this one-of-a-kind piece and makes it available for the world to hear.”
This latest news surrounding Once Upon A Time In Shaolin comes weeks after Shkreli played a portion of the album during a livestream.
Martin Shkreli’s eBay auction is scheduled to end September 15.
He’s awaiting sentencing after being convicted of fraud charges in August.
As the decades come and go there are only a few who can withstand the ever-changing industry that is hip-hop, and unsurprisingly, DJ Premier continues to prove he has no trouble fitting the bill.
The legendary producer was invited to host NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series recently, and notably became the first DJ to ever do so. Backed by his tour musicians, The Badder Band—comprised of Brady Watt, Mark Williams, Lenny “The Ox” Reece and Jonathan Powell— Premo provided a few lucky journalists their best lunch on the job yet, opening his set up with KRS-One’s “KRS-One Attacks” and concluding with the Gang Starr classic “Moment of Truth.” If you thought listening to these tracks through your speakers was major, just wait until you hear them with some extra bass, drums and horns. Watch Premier and The Badder Band perform Nas’ “Nas Is Like,” Royce 5’9″‘s “Boom” and more in the video below.
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Lil Peep has been catching a lot of attention this year. Between dropping a lot of music and garnering loads of attention in the underground, Lil Peep has many people wondering what he’s about to do. Unfortunately, while many anticipated the release of his upcoming album Come Over When You’re Sober, which was supposed to be released tomorrow, he has unfortunately had to push the album back a few weeks to September 1st. While many of his fans are probably bummed out that they wouldn’t have a new Lil Peep album to be bumpin’ at midnight, there’s definitely a good reason for it. Either way, hopefully it doesn’t end up getting pushed back again.