Like finding a golden tomb under the great pyramid, a previously unheard LL Cool J track was found behind a radiator this weekend. Recorded in 1994 during the “golden era” of rap music, it’s called Year of the Hip Hop and is now being sold in a limited edition vinyl. I need to be honest here. I was never a huge LL fan, but this jam is killing it!
Slice of Spice, the company that is now selling the record tells the backstory of the recording:
“Back in 1994 K-Def was working on some beats out of the B Room in Marly Marl’s House Of Hits when LL Cool J walked in on his session and said “let’s make some tracks together”. Uncle L had always wanted to rhyme on a track using the famous ESG breakbeat ‘UFO’, so he had Def lay it down with some scratches and then went to town with the mic. Both thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands but unfortunately it was never used.”
Do you remember when it was cool to call Hip Hop Rap? I do.
Heres a trailer for the new Bad Meets Evil album set to drop from Eminem and Royce 5’9. June 14th is a big day. Not only is it when this album will drop, but its also Flag Day, as well as our own Revelations bday. Eminem actually called the Zoot headquarters and told us he would be giving us a special bday present. We had no idea it would be the album of the year!
After a rough leak months ago, Kanye West’s official video for his single, “Monster,” has finally hit the web for real, and for better or worse, it was certainly worth the wait to see.
Yeezy is joined by his partner in crime and big brother, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, and the ohhhh so fine Nicki Minaj in a spooky, off-the-wall and semi-graphic video that, by its own admission, touches on the racy and controversial.
With an introductory disclaimer that reads, “The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and it shall be taken as such,” the video launches into women hanging by nooses, Kanye setting up a threesome with corpses, Jay-Z raps over dead women and evil Nicki Minaj busts out the S&M gear to torture her good self. Seriously. Nicki Minaj give HERSELF a lapdance. This cant get any better.
If you like hip hop, I am sure when you were younger you used to get excited for Freestyle Friday’s on BET, well at least I did, where they showcased the talent of Poster Boy, and Jin, but I havent seen a Freestyle Friday since 2004, real talk. Well I apparently have been missing out on some extreme talent, Blind Fury. If you can guess, he is a blind rapper, a white blind rapper, yes I said that correct. His real name is Steven Norris and he is from South Carolina. Blind Fury represents the evolution of the rap game that was born on the streets of the Bronx, NY. Born blind on October 10, 1984 in Camden South Carolina he had the world against him from day one. Below is a little mix of his battles coming up and they are pretty awesome, also below after the jump check out his first single, and also a short documentary of how he became what he is today. You can also hit up his website seen here for more information on his music.
“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller
More vids below including his first single.
Two weeks ago The Beastie Boys debuted their new trailer for the short film, Fight For Your Rights Revisited. Here is a 5 minute promo clip that aired last night, and just as in the trailer, the actual video is littered with celeb cameos. I love how it starts. “Tallyhoeee”.
The cover art for Lil Waynes upcoming album, The Carter IV just hit the internet. Im lovinggggg how he is keeping with the theme from The Carter III. That baby with the face tats pretty much inspired me to buy the album, and then influenced me to spend the next year stuck in Waynes world with the record on repeat. We will have to wait to see if the actual album is as good as the cover art, but if we know Weezy, and we do personally, we can all be assured that its going to be fire. What do you think of the cover art?
On March 9th, 1997, the world lost an icon, an entertainer, a father, a beloved member of the hip hop community, a visionary, a lyrical genius, and a true urban legend. That was the day Christopher George Latore Wallace, but known to many as Biggie Smalls, aka Frank White, aka the Notorious B.I.G. died and the hip hop world has not been the same since he left, but his legacy will live on forever. Two days ago was the anniversary and this should have been posted then, but it’s never too late for a Biggie post right? Every March 9th the real hip-hop heads sit back and reminisce the “Live from Bedford Stuyvesant The Livest one / Representing BK to the fullest / Gats I pull it bastards ducking when Big be bucking / Chickenheads be cluckin’ in my bathroom fuckin’ And those that rushes my clutches get put on crutches / Get smoked like Dutches from the master.” here are our top 10 Biggie tracks.
#10) “PARTY AND BULLSH*T”
This was the first time I heard Big, actually at one of our writers, k-bone, parties. It was on the “Who’s the Man?” soundtrack. Big was just raw back then. He was a SOURCE Unsigned Hype emcee who went from Uptown records w then A &R Sean “Puffy” Combs, over to Bad Boy Records, Combs label that he started once he left Uptown. “Party and Bullshit” was the first solo record that was released under his name.
#9) MACHINE GUN FUNK”
This is one of my favorite records off “Ready to Die.” “So you wanna be hardcore….” Is how the song starts with a beat that just gets you going. Produced by Easy Mo Bee, this is one of Big’s many lyrical gems.
Jam out and check the rest of the list below
I know what you are saying, who the hell is Childish Gambino? Well to start his real name is Donald Glover and he is an actor on the hit comedy series Community, and he is also a writer for the show 30 Rock, where he writes most of the material for Tracy Morgan’s character. He is also a comedian and a ton of other things but lets get back to the rapping thing. Childish Gambino is his rap alter ego and he has the rhyme talent that is refreshing to say the least. He is not your generic rapper, he has a hipster side to him mixed in with the swagger of the streets mixed with being a nerd who raps about girls, whiskey, and clothes. His music is the start of another movement, where he is making all the beats and doing the producing and mixing himself. Today he released his latest EP called just that, which included 5 brand new tracks available for FREE. Yes all his music is available for free which is even cooler. I promise if you download this CD and listen to the 5 songs you will understand why I believe he is going to be the next big thing in rap music. (Download the CD here)
Below are a few videos you will want to check out to get to know him a little bit more, and a few of my other favorite songs from his previous albums.
While it is a fact that Eminem has nothing to do with this mixtape being released, it is definitely worth posting for everyone’s enjoyment. The mixtape composed of 9 songs has some really old stuff, like Emulate with Obie, but it also has some unreleased tracks I am guessing are from the Relapse time, were released by Studioleaks.com. The CD has a horrible DJ on it who does a pretty bad job mixing the songs together but it is what it is. For the most part it is Eminem just spitting hard on some tracks, so take it for what it’s worth. My favorite song would probably be G.O.A.T.,
“So when Weezy says that he’s better than Jay-z
Please, be that just subliminally
Means he thinks Jigga’s the best and that he’s
The only one up in that league, see
And it’s easy just to consider me one of the greatest white rappers there is
Knowing god damn well that I’m one of the best motherfucking rappers who ever lived period.”