If you don’t know who Adele is by now, it may be time to crawl from under that rock you’ve been living under for the past year. Last year, the British vocalist sold over 15 million copies worldwide of her latest album, 25, while taking the queen of the hill spot with a 7-week reign at number one. Adele’s “Hello” single leaped on to Billboard’s charts, ultimately ending Drake’s chances of getting his first-ever Billboard Hot 100 #1. Although, Adele is actually a fan of Drizzy’s. One could say she is even a fan of Hip Hop.
In the clip below Adele linked up with Carpool Karaoke host James Corden for some good laughs and karaoke singing. Watch as Adele flawlessly spits Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” verse toward the end of the clip.
Pittsburgh native and emcee Mac Miller drops the visual to his latest single, “Weekend,” featuring Miguel. The track is from Mac’s third album and major label debut, GO:OD AM. In the video you can catch Miller vibing to the possibilities of what the “Weekend” may bring. As Mac looks on to the “Weekend” he brings Miguel along for the ride. Watch as the two take on the “Weekend” and ride out on the city together. You also have to peep Mac in the hallway with the trippy women whose faces are covered.
Steve Harvey has received more than his fair share of criticism for his mistake at the Miss Universe pageant, where he crowned the wrong contestant the winner. At last night’s Golden Globes, Foxx decided to up the ante as he presented for Best Original Score in a Motion Picture award, for which scores from Creed, The Hateful Eight, Steve Jobs, Carol, and The Danish Girl were nominated.
Foxx looked deep into the crowd with his all jokes aside face and named F. Gary Gray‘s box office hit Straight Outta Compton the winner, even though the movie wasn’t even nominated. He then, with no hesitation, impersonated Harvey’s recoup, saying that it’s “right here on the card” and apologizing to “everybody in Compton.”
Rock Hill, South Carolina native Chris Buxton hits the music scene with his highly anticipated project Stages. After releasing a few standout singles and generating a buzz through college blogs and Soundcloud, the 19 year old artist has established a solid fan base from bloggers and Hip Hop heads alike. Although the project consists of only 8 songs, Stages is a well rounded body of work. This mixtape is rich with relatable subject matter and top-notch production from Canis Major, Ryan Brammier and Quinzy Sousa.
Timbaland and 2 Chainz linked up to drop the first banger of the new year entitled, “This Me, F*ck It.” The new track was posted on 2 Chainz Soundcloud, so it is still unclear what project, if any, it will appear on. However, what we do know at this point is that the new single is 🔥 🔥 🔥.
Now that 2015 is all wrapped up, it is now time to reassess and discuss the best of Hip Hop in 2015. One of the many big debates this year was “Who had the hottest album?” This is always a great debate, however, to eliminate the heated arguments and back & forth bickering we can look directly at sales numbers. As a wise man once said, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.” So let’s take a look at Billboard’s Top Ten Rap Albums of 2015.
With 2015 all finished up, it’s the perfect time to recap the year with Uncle Murda. His new track, “Rap Up 2015” is a year-in-review record that speaks on the year’s hottest topics. The New York emcee drops bars on topics that include Drake’s battle with Meek, Game’s run-in with Stitches, Tyga’s relationship with Kylie Jenner, and much more.
If you want a fresh review of 2015 or in need of a good laugh, press play below.
Brooklyn bred emcee Fabolous dropped The Young OG Project last year on Christmas, his first studio album since 2009. This year for the holidays he drops the visual to one of the album’s hottest tracks, “She Wildin.” This remake of Nas’ “Oochie Wally,” featuring Chris Brown, is a passion themed track with a House Party themed visual.
This House Party vibe is just in time for the New Year celebration. The Gerard Victor-directed video has a dope 90’s throwback feel to it and is sure to get you on your feet.
Watch the new video below and be on the lookout for The Young OG Project 2, dropping in February.
Western Pennsylvania emcee Jay La’Mont is a young man with a very wise mentality. The 20 year old rapper knows that it is going to take more than just some clever bars to take him to the next level. The Johnstown native is working hard to not only create great music, but to build his Genius Society movement as well. Jay recently dropped his Before The Genius EP which was well received. Below you can watch a video to one of the standout tracks from the EP, “Stay Positive.”
Jay is known for his trippy lyrics and positive vibes, but many don’t realize that he is also the guy behind many of the beats that he is dropping 16’s on. His Kanye West like talents have already placed him in a lane of his own. With that being said, it is not a real shocker that Kanye is one of Jay’s musical influences. However, Jay La’Mont’s musical influences are very broad, which is another great example of why his music does not fit in any particular niche. His wide-ranging influences include artists like Kanye West, Travis Scott, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Snoop Dogg, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles. You can also catch him on any given day vibing to the sounds of George Clinton, Prince, and Eric Clapton. “I’m into music period. All of it is incorporated into my music,” said Jay. “It’s hard to really define my sound because it is so diverse.”
The Before The Genius EP is definitely an eargasm waiting to happen. The 12-track EP features production by Jay and it includes dope tracks like “Fly Away,” “Said And Done,” and “Open Your Mind.”
“I wanted to create music that would reflect the brand,” said Jay, “Before The Genius is the beginning of our story, from there I am going to continue to build on this. Soon I’ll be dropping the next chapters to the story.” “This is going to be crazy, almost like a movie.”
Stream Before The Genius by Jay La’Mont below. Also, if you are in the Pittsburgh area, be on the lookout for a special event featuring Jay, details are listed below.
Money being a main motivator in life is a common mindset and a frequently depicted topic in all forms of music. This subject matter is given an experimental twist in becoming the centerpiece of “The Mentality,” a new promotional single from Boston artist/producer Latrell James. After giving his fans some time to delve into the coming of age concept of his well-received debut project, Twelve, James kicks off his next chapter of music with an offering that makes its monetary-focused intentions engagingly clear. Backed by the simplistic yet gleaming self-production (alongside his brother Tedd Boyd), James utilizes a laid back flow to express his infectious “when that money dialing in I should go” message and as the delivery speeds up, James offers wise words on how people’s assumptions and attitudes come into play when the almighty dollar is at stake.