It has been a year since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis came through and shook the walls of Hip Hop (Picture Snoop Dogg in the “New York, New York” video). After selling over 13 million units of their three hit singles, snagging Grammy Awards, and pissing part of Hip Hop off, the duo is back to drop a new jewel that comes as a visual. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ new track is titled “Downtown” and features Hip Hop pioneers Grandmaster Caz, Mellie Mel and Kool Moe Dee.
The new “Downtown” track almost sounds like a mashup of “Thrift Shop” and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk”. Listen to the new track below and let us know what you think. “Pump It or Dump It?”
In the “Downtown” video below you can watch Macklemore & Ryan Lewis exploit showcase Hip Hop legends Kool Moe Dee, Grandmaster Caz, and Mellie Mel as they hit the downtown streets of Anytown, USA. Be on the lookout for the duo and “friends” to take over the stage at this Sunday’s MTV VMAs.
Is this really Hip Hop?
Is that Ken Griffey at the 4:00 minute mark?
So many questions…. Answers? Comment below and let’s talk about this one.
Western Pennsylvania has been on Hip Hop’s radar ever since Wiz Khalifa put on for his city. The city of Pittsburgh is home to some of the most talented emcees you will ever come across. The city’s underground movement is where you can discover the genre’s next ‘big thing’. To showcase this talent, DJ Afterthought presents “King Of The Burgh 5.” This event will give 19 emcees an opportunity to perform and make their claim for the crown. The winner of the competition will be taking a seat at the city’s throne and also be awarded over $5k in cash and prizes. Pittsburgh’s DJ Afterthought is delivering what may be one of the city’s biggest events this summer.
“It’s a platform for artists to go on and showcase their stuff in front of actual fans,” said DJ Afterthought. “I encourage every entity of Hip Hop music to come out and network and meet people. It’s really an opportunity for everyone and anybody.” Afterthought also mentioned how the prizes can truly help the artist. Studio time with ID Labs, promotion, merchandise, and much more are all bundled into the prize. “It gives me satisfaction to see good people get an opportunity,” said Afterthought.
Pittsburgh Emcee Cory Eaux is excited about the upcoming the event. He is one of the 19 rappers who will be hitting the stage on September 5th. “I love performing. I usually don’t enter too many competitions, but I feel that this one will be beneficial for me. There’s actually fans at these shows. Usually at showcases you end up just rapping for a bunch of rappers, but with this one you are going to have at least a couple hundred people there. So there’s actually an opportunity to gain some fans,” said Cory Eaux. “Winning would be nice, but that’s not why I’m doing it. I’m doing it because this is an opportunity to get in front of a receptive crowd, a crowd that is there to hear some real Hip Hop.”
Also gracing the stage will be western Pennsylvania emcee Chris DeVille. “For me, it is an opportunity to showcase my talents in front of a demographic that’s not familiar with my music,” said DeVille. “I’m excited and looking forward to the show. I plan on bringing a lot of energy. I also want to show my versatility when it comes to my music.”
DeVille’s goal is simple. “I want the crown, and the title ‘King Of The Burgh,’ but I’m also looking forward to the opportunity the show itself presents. Whether it be new collabs new fans, etc.,” said Chris DeVille. It’s going to be an epic night, I think everybody should want to be a part of it. This night could be the reason a star is born.”
“King Of The Burgh 5″ will be going down Saturday, September 5th at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh. Doors open at 8 pm and you can catch performances by Cory Eaux, Chris DeVille, Army Strong Music, District 9, Vorpy D, OSFM LOLO, Pure Fuckery, Matty C, Ramaj Oei, Seymour Banks, Shul Z, Grady Gill, Padgelek Productions, Gwappo, GP is Going Places, Aaron Romeo, Mike Tomlin, Born Ready, Billy Wolfe, and H & T.
Check out the “KOTB5” promo below and click here for ticket information.
N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” exceeds expectations and tops the U.S. box office last weekend with $60.2 million. The film, which tells the story of the legendary N.W.A. rap group, was originally projected to bring in closer to $25 million for its debut. However, the movie not only crushed that projection, it also more than doubled its production budget of $29 million.
The success of “Straight Outta Compton” represents a huge win for Hip Hop. As the culture takes strides toward gaining respect, “Compton” has the best selling R-rated movie opening ever. It appears that ticket sales will have a bigger impact than record sales on the genre this year.
This movie will surely go down as a classic, now sitting in the company of films like “Boyz n the Hood,” and “Menace II Society.”
“Straight Outta Compton” is definitely a must see, so do yourself a favor and be sure to check it out.
“Sometimes it can take a lifetime of trials and tribulations for a person realize their true aspirations. For me, the maturation of my artistic journey can be experienced in a span of twelve years.” Latrell James
With the release of his new project titled Twelve, Boston native Latrell James has chronicled his story through this personal collection which is self-produced alongside his brother Tedd Boyd. Following up a number of well-received singles such as “99 Altima” and “The Button,” James has worked tirelessly to provide a complete body of work which is powered by honest lyricism and smooth production.
Twelve is a representation of my life and the changes that occurred to me from age 12 to 24. This project is my journey from adolescence to adulthood and the main theme throughout is growth. To me, if something is not growing then it is dead. So ultimately, I hope this piece will inspire people and help them through whatever struggles they are experiencing.
Check out Latrell James’ Twelve album in its entirety below. Even further below you can watch the video to his single “The Button.”
Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is parting ways with his entire Yeezy collection. The standout receiver has decided to sell the collection right before the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 “Pirate Black” are released on August 22. Apparently the 5th year NFL vet is ‘done with Yeezy’s’ and will sell each pair of shoes from his collection with sizes ranging from 9.5 to 10.5.
Check out Hawkins’ Instagram post below announcing the selling of his Yeezy kicks.
Hip Hop has recently been mourning the death of legendary emcee Sean Price. Sean was a successful solo artist, but he was more commonly known as a key member of the Boot Camp Click and 1/2 of the critically acclaimed group Heltah Skeltah. In light of Sean’s passing, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller dug deep in his crates and released a new song with the late emcee titled “Pet Sounds.” Mac did not give too much information out about the track, however, he did tweet out a link where fans can donate money to help and support Price’s family.
With the lack of information we have on this song, we are not really sure when the track was actually recorded, but we do have “Pet Sounds” below for your listening pleasures. Sean is survived by his wife, and his three children. Donations can be made to Sean’s family here.
The Roundtable Empire recently caught up with Pittsburgh rap artist Lua Proc and we spoke about his passion for Hip Hop, his most recent experiences, and what is next for the talented emcee.
Paul “Lua Proc” Harris is a product of the Steel City. Born in the early 80’s, Proc has watched as the Rap scene has evolved over the years and now feels that he is what the game is missing.
In 1997, at the age of seventeen, Proc found himself as part of the street team for a local record label. “I was just doing everything I could to help that label,” said Lua Proc. “I wasn’t too much into the rapping then.” However, as things did not go as planned for Proc he decided to put his time and energy into creating his own path and started to push his own music. “My mom used to play all that music back in the day when I was a little kid. I’ve always loved poetry, so I was always a poet. I just always loved to make things rhyme and express how I felt about certain things. It was also a good way to tell my life story. That’s what made me really want to do it,” said Lua Proc.
Proc describes his sound as a combination of the streets, the trap, the club, and the radio. His musical influences are Tupac, the Notorious B.I.G., Rick Ross, and Kevin Gates.
The Pittsburgh Hip Hop scene is buzzing right now and Western Pennsylvania is currently on deck to hit the national rap scene hard. “It’s time for us all to get together and start making it happen,” said Proc.
Kevin Gates & Lua Proc
Lua Proc has worked with many emcees both locally and nationally. He has worked with Pittsburgh rap artists like Owey and Asco. He has also been in the studio with nationally known artists such as Juvenile, B.G., Kevin Gates, and Young Buck. Hip Hop listeners can catch Lua Proc’s latest banger featuring Kevin Gates on Sirius’ Hip Hop Nation, cable television’s Music Choice, and it’s soon to be heard on Pandora. The track is titled “Work” and it is currently getting a lot of national attention. You may even catch the single on your local Hip Hop radio station. A visual for the record is soon to drop, but for now you can watch the trailer to “Work” below.
Most recently Proc has been working with Young Buck of the G-Unit. The two emcees collaborated on a track entitled “Retarded,” which will make its debut later in the year. A visual for the track has already been shot in Pittsburgh.
Lua Proc & Young Buck
As you can see, Lua Proc has been putting in work and it is only a matter of time before he turns his craft into a career. Be sure to check out Proc’s website luaproc.com to learn more about this up & coming emcee and to also listen to jams like “Lean,” “Stunt Hard,” “Good Life,” “Dopeman,” “King Kong,” and “Something On It.” Also be on the look out for Proc’s debut album Fish Tailing, which will be his first release off his newly acquired label High End Society.
“I’m just out here working and I ain’t stopping. I’m going to hold my city down,” said Lua Proc.
A couple decades later and the Wu-Tang Clan is still delivering those heaters like they never left the kitchen. Currently on deck is Method Man and today he drops a new track titled “The Purple Tape,” which features fellow clan members Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. Also featured on the new single is Meth’s son whose name is also Raekwon. Yes folks, one track…two Raekwons.
Meth’s album is scheduled to drop August 21 via Hanz On/Tommy Boy. You can pre-order the album here. For the emcees out there, the album also contains the instrumentals for every track listed. Check out the new one by Method Man and the Wu-Tang Clan below and be sure to let us know what you think.
50 Cent believes that Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj share the same exact opinions when it comes to Drake. Nicki hasn’t responded yet to the beef between Meek and Drake and it feels somewhat odd to 50.
“I think it’s really a Nicki [and] Drake thing going on,” 50 Cent says during an interview with St. Louis’ 104.1 FM. “I would think that he would be conscious of Nicki before he would just say something, when he knows Nicki and Drake have a relationship. Like, they’re down with each other. They’re in the same crew. Even if you just heard it randomly you would be talking to her before you say something publicly about it. Obviously she shares the same views, because she hasn’t really responded to it publicly.”
During the St. Louis 104.1 FM interview, 50 Cent spoke on his use of ghostwriters.
“I wrote everything,” 50 says. “One time I took a line [on] ‘Straight To The Bank.’ Because Kanye [did the chorus], while we were just chilling in the studio he said that. And then I copied the sound that he did—but we in the room, we playing around, we writing. That’s different to somebody writing your song.”
Deeper into the conversation, Fif also spoke about the beef between Wayne and Birdman.
“It just got crazier than I even imagined it could possibly be between the two of them,” 50 says. “They were like father and son relationship… I couldn’t see them actually trying to kill him. The stuff that I hear [going on with Young Thug], I don’t believe that. I can’t believe that he would actually want to kill him.”
50 also spoke on the beef between Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson.
“I don’t know why he said that stuff, man,” 50 Cent says. “I think Ghost gon’ catch him. I won’t lie, I really think he gon’ catch that kid.”
Aside from all the back and forth “he said, he said” beef, Drake finds his way to a visual thanks to his Compton comrade The Game. Game’s first single off his forthcoming TheDocumentary 2 album features the OVO chief and is titled “100“. The video is directed by Drake‘s personal tour photographer, Theo Skudra.
The “100” track is a salute to true friendship and it’s visual depicts that as you can catch Game and Drizzy take it to the streets of Compton where they find nothing but love. “100” marks the first time that Game and Drake have collaborated since 2011. This is perfect timing for the release of this video with all the drama that is surrounding Drake. Peep the new video below and be sure to always keep it 100!