The latest video off of 808s & Heartbreak is directed by Spike Jonze and Jonathan Bensimon, and not at all strange like “The Coldest Winter.” Despite the other fan vids for “Street Lights,” this one seems to be the real deal with cuts of Tokyo and still shots brimming with memories of good times. As it strikes a chord of nostalgia and determination, just in time for a graduation song?
On March 30th 2010, Philidelphia based electronica label Ill Pill Records will be releasing their first compilation with ‘Ill Pill Records Volume 1″. Featuring artists Sleet Walker, Rickie Snice, Young Live, Computo, WildBoy, Jabwai and K.I.N.D., this will be the first helping of IPR and its sure to knock you back. Check a glimpse of the first round IPR shirts after the jump, as well as the blog!! Enjoy!
J.Cole, Pill, Nipsey Hu$$le, Wiz Khalifa, OJ Da Juiceman, Freddie Gibbs, Big Sean, Jay Rock, Fashawn, Donnis
March madness is in full swing. The XXL 10 Freshmen for ’10 issue is on stands now, the DJ Whoo Kid-hosted mixtape is available [download here] and the one-night only Freshmen 10 Concert is set for March 31 at the Highline Ballroom (NY) [cop tickets here]. Although it’s time for this year’s class to get their shine, we can’t forget the MCs that paved the way for this highly-anticipatedXXL cover.
Nipsey Hu$$le – The Hustle
Wiz Khalifa – G-d Up
Fashawn – I Need To Know
2009 Freshmen 10 List
Not saying that I know all, but I’m going to give what I see as far as progression for these selected artists.
I’ll start off with saying that Wale has done the most in the time since their listing in XXL. Wale, Asher Roth, Ace Hood, Kid Cudi and Mickey Facts released full album projects. Ace Hood had the most behind him pretty much like 2010′s list has Oj Da Juiceman, but still didn’t seem to catch the attention of the mass public. Curren$y teamed up with 2010 freshman Wiz Khalifa for songs as well as a complete project entitled ‘How Fly’. B.O.B has slowly but surely assigned a lane for himself releasing genre breaking music and a unique new sound that people are taking a liking to. You can see all of them still taking large part in national and international festivals as well as on tours of their own.
2008 Freshmen 10 List
Its hard for me to have a read on who made out the best (longevity as a rapper) from this group. I would put my vote on Lupe Fiasco, Young Dro or Joell Ortiz seeing as I didnt hear anything from Lupe’s ‘Lasers’ album. Artists like Rich Boy, Plies, Siagon and Gorilla Zoe seemed to stay in the same spot after minimal success of there releases. Lil Boosie made a great impact with the Down South music imprint but got his influence shortened by a four year prison sentence for violation of probation. Papoose went the opposite direction and (as rumor has it) lost a record deal with DJ Kay Slay. Crooked I is keeping on his battle style as him and Slaughter House have an ongoing beef with Benzino. Personally, I’d say that Lupe Fiasco or Young Dro made out best here.
Those with an ear for the music of Mulatu Astatke will probably have no trouble recognising where ‘As We Enter’ borrows it’s musical flavour from, with the Ethiopian jazz man’s classic cut ‘Yegelle Tezeta’ forming the backbone of the track.
Messrs Marley and Jones both sound energised on this cut, too, as they take turns blasting out some heavy rhymes. If they can keep this up, Distant Relatives is gonna be big, big, big.
The 320kbps CDQ explicit, no DJ tags.
LilWayneHQ says there’s a video coming sometime next week.
I expected alot of people to jump on Hovi’s single On To The Next One but some how it got over looked, well it doesn’t matter as BK rapper Joell Ortiz does his thing on this. This is just about a minute plus long, very short but he goes in on this just like everything else he has done in the past. It’s been a minute since the last Joell track so peep this via Nah Right until next time, oh yeah he’s working on his album dropping later this year.
Joell Ortiz -On To The Next One Freestyle (werd up to Ricky The Kidd)