There have been rap camps before. In the sessions for his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West famously flew basically all the artists he liked out to Hawaii, hung a “What would Mobb Deep Do?” sign on the studio wall, and tried to figure out whether he could create any magic. He could. More »
There’s a scene in the 1985 movie Krush Groove, the fictionalized version of Def Jam’s rise, where a teenage LL Cool J barges into the Def Jam label office and demands an audition. The guys in the office try to kick him out, but LL bellows the word “box!” and then spends the next few … More »
J. Cole has been teasing his new Dreamville compilation, Revenge Of The Dreamers III, for a while now. He shared the LP’s first two singles, “Down Bad” and “Got Me,” last month. Tonight, he released two more tracks along with the album release date. Revenge Of The Dreamers III is out this Friday, … More »
The two-day Moonrise Festival at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course will return for its sixth installment Aug. 10-11 with a wave of diversity in its lineup.
Streaming services are breaching new territory on the genre side of things, with viral charts becoming largely saturated by hip-hop acts. This festival season is starting to reflect these changes, with a prime example in Moonrise Festival. The genre-led ripple effect brings rappers 21 Savage and Smokepurpp, among others, to a largely electronic-based lineup at the race track’s infield.
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“No moshpit etiquette.” That was Rico Nasty giving instructions to anyone coming to her set at the second Coachella weekend earlier this month. That’s the kind of thing I used to hear from punk and metal frontmen who were trying to sound tough: “Don’t be a pussy! If somebody falls down, kick ’em!” It sounded … More »
Boys Noize and Kenny Beats may have more in common than meets the eye. Both have a background in creating raucous electronic tunes (genre aside), as well as a penchant for hip-hop production. Just as Boys Noize dropped collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Gizzle, Kenny Beats has left his position with LOUDPVCK to try his hand at hip-hop production. Becoming one of the hottest producers in hip-hop, Kenny Beats has worked with Rico Nasty, JPEGMAFIA, and now, teaming up with Boys Noize, has produced the beat to Smokepurpp‘s new track, “Repeat.”
Fitted with Kenny Beats’ signature bass-heavy swing, the two producers conjure a beat with room for Smokepurpp to belt out his jarring vocals. Clocking in at two minutes, the track fits into the hard-hitting, fast-paced production style that has brought Kenny Beats to the top.
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North American Gucci Mane fans will want to clear their fall calendars as the “I Get The Bag” rapper prepares to embark on a 12-date tour. The “Unusual Suspects” Tour will kick off on November 7 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and will take Gucci through a number of U.S. cities, including Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, and more.
Carnage and Smokepurpp will provide support for all dates, but attendees can expect some additional fanfare during Gucci’s December 27 stop at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre. Duly the one show set in Gucci’s hometown and the tour’s finale, the Atlanta date will see a number of surprise guests join the rapper to close out the “Unusual Suspects” tour, given the show’s “Gucci Mane & Friends” titling. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on September 28 at 10 AM EST, and can be purchased here.
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Brockhampton have been calling themselves a boy band for years; that term is central to their self-presentation. It’s an inside joke. It’s a way to set the group apart from every other rap collective. It’s a way for the group to encourage the personality-cults that have emerged around all the vastly different Brockhampton members, some … More »
Think of it as “The Symphony” for the face-tattoo set. The LA rapper Desto Dubb has rounded up quite a lineup of guests on the new track “Bankteller.” The song features newly minted pop star Lil Uzi Vert, Florida SoundCloud-rap insurgents Lil Pump and Smokepurpp, and 03 Greedo, the bugged-out LA rap eccentric who recently … More »
It’s no secret that NGHTMRE stormed the music scene ever since his release of “Street,” where he showed his creativity by sampling a pan and turning it into one of the biggest trap songs of 2015. Since then he has seen massive success from his own headline tours to more hard hitting originals and of course remixes.
Now, the producer is back with another face melter in the form of a remix for Flosstradamus and Smokepurpp’s “MVP.” The original was enough to get us bouncing and singing along, however NGHTMRE adds his special touch and turns it into a song that you are now aggressively dancing to and probably uncontrollably shouting lyrics in your friends face.
With the heaviest of synths, punchy kicks and crispy snares, NGHTMRE welcomes you into the weekend.