Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole have had a silent but plausible rivalry since breaking into the Hip Hop scene. However, their friendship remains intact even after Kendrick’s “Control” record. The two emcees have even hinted at the idea of possibly collaborating on a joint project. Today’s new music by each artist further proves that a joint album will only make Hip Hop that much better.
Listen below as the emcees released remixes of the most popular track off each other’s albums. J. Cole took on Kendrick’s “Alright,” and Kendrick put his spin on J. Cole’s “Tale of 2 Citiez.”
The Wu Tang Clan’s Once Upon a Time in Shaolin has been purchased, according to reports. The one and only album was purchased by a “private American collector” for “millions” of dollars. The album comes with the hand-carved nickel silver box, a gold-leafed certificate of authenticity and a leather-bound book containing the one of a kind album’s lyrics and the “behind the song” stories. The purchase also included a pair of customized PMC MB2-XBD speakers worth $55,000, that had not been previously mentioned.
The album runs 128 minutes long and consists of a total of 31 tracks including skits. The kicker to all of this is the fact the owner is not allowed to release the music to the public for 88 years.
The artist formerly known as Diddy has Hip Hop heads applauding his most recent work. Earlier in the year we discovered that he is dropping his sequel to his 1997 debut. Since then, the Harlem entertainer has been putting that “work in.” A few days ago he released his mixtape MMM, which serves as an appetizer for No Way Out 2.
Money Makin Mitch is the soundtrack to the fictional character from the film Paid In Full. One of the toughest tracks on MMM is Diddy’s “Workin.” The mixtape’s version of the song features verses from Big Sean and Travi$ Scott. Check out the new visual to “Workin” below.
The city of Pittsburgh is emerging as an influential region in music. The voices of the city are getting louder and the onlookers are steadily increasing. Recently, Pittsburgh pop artist Jordan York has gained quite a buzz with his Steel City anthem, “Pittsburgh Song.” York’s ode to Pittsburgh has been featured on both radio and television. Currently the “Pittsburgh Song” video has over 24,000 views and counting since its release just three weeks ago.
The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with Jordan York in an attempt to get to know the man behind the “Pittsburgh Song.” We got together for a quick “Q & A” session. Below we have our questions and Jordan’s candid answers. Check it out and be sure to peep the “Pittsburgh Song” video further below.
The Roundtable Empire: “Are you originally from the Pittsburgh?”
Jordan York: “No, I was born in Miami, Florida but have lived in Pittsburgh since I was 2 years old.”
The Roundtable Empire: “When did you first hit the music scene?”
Jordan York: “I did my first show in 2010 at a club in the Strip District in Pittsburgh.”
The Roundtable Empire: “What was it about the music industry that lured you to it?”
Jordan York: “Just being able to express myself and the art of hip hop is an amazing thing.”
The Roundtable Empire: “How would you describe your sound?”
Jordan York: “I would say my style is unorthodox. I definitely listen to a lot of old school music.”
The Roundtable Empire: “Who are your musical influences?”
Jordan York: “I listen to the pioneers, ODB a lot of old school rock, I don’t really have influences I just try to make my own sound.”
The Roundtable Empire: “Why the Pittsburgh Song? What was the idea behind it?”
Jordan York: “The idea behind it was to tell a story about all the people that played/play a part in the Pittsburgh culture and history. Everyone wants to make a Pittsburgh anthem but I wanted to give a history lesson on everyone who is someone from our city.”
The Roundtable Empire: “How do you feel about the current state of Hip Hop in Pittsburgh?”
Jordan York: “It’s cool, a lot of talented artists in this city. With Wiz and Mac gaining national attention it really opens a lot of doors for artists.
The Roundtable Empire: “What’s next for Jordan York?”
Jordan York: “I don’t like to talk much, I just like to do, but I’ve got some movie I have a role in coming up called Hidden Agenda and working on my album as well as some big shows. So be on the look out for that!”
The return of Wu-Block is upon us. Sheek Louch’s new track “I Luv It” features Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah. The new banger drops as we await the release of Sheek’s anticipated Silverback Gorilla 2 LP.
Both Sheek and Ghost sound great together as their styles compliment one another. There’s a good chance you’re going to like this one by Sheek, but let us know if you love it by commenting below.
Pusha T has been teasing his sophomore studio album for quite some time now. With the recent news of Pusha being named the new president of G.O.O.D. Music, we could almost feel that something special was in the making. The wait is finally over. Pusha T recently got together with fellow Virginia native Timbaland to create a tough single titled “Untouchable.”
The new track highlights a sampling of the late great Notorious B.I.G.
Listen to the new track by Pusha T below and let us know if you think this emcee is as the title suggests, “Untouchable.”
Keystone State artist Ave. Amen has recently delivered his second project of the year. The State College, Pennsylvania rep is yet another fine example of the area’s driven talent. His latest project is titled The Ascension (A Keystone Story) and it is some of the artist’s best work to date. Ave. does everything from his own audio mixing to editing his own videos, but being able to tell his story and the stories of those around him is where his true passion has led him. “I was in and out of prison since I was a juvenile and I’ve done two state bids, but coming home the last time after doing four years I was like (boom) I got to get focus, this is my passion,” said Ave, “I just like making music, so I started recording like three years ago. At first it was just freestyles and then it turned into serious writing.”
“I call the mixtape The Ascension, because it’s like the start to rise. Im going up and The Ascension is the beginning to where I’m going,” said Ave. “I feel like I’m finding my sound and this is the direction I’m going. This project here will lead into my next project. It’s a growing process.”
Ave. Amen is an artist who is still discovering his sound, however his music is influenced by artists like Jay Z, Boot Camp Clik, Heltah Skeltah, and newer artists like Kendrick Lamar and Lupe Fiasco. Check out his latest mixtape The Ascension (A Keystone Story) above and his video for “Thinking Out Loud” below.
“In order for Hip Hop to thrive here it needs to be relevant. People have to be entertained; it has to be the culture. A consistent culture and a consistent reflection of the culture, especially in places that aren’t in the city. There has to be consistency within it and there has to be healthy competition like with any sport. That’s what catches people’s eyes. That’s what makes people want to write blogs on it, make people start watching videos of local artists; when it becomes a healthy competition. But when you’re just down there by yourself shooting at the hoop, no one cares.”
Ave. Amen is doing him while at the same time putting on for his area. Peep his movement and stay tuned for more from this up & coming artist.