Tuesday, July 31, 2012

All Hail The King: Jay-Z



All Hail The King: Jay-Z
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Friday, July 27, 2012

Telli ft. Asher Roth – High and Paid


 
Telli ft. Asher Roth – High and Paid
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Telli of Ninjasonik gets busy with Asher on this first leak from his upcoming solo project, #2Legit, which drops at the end of August.

Produced by Roofeeo.

Previously: Telli of Ninjasonik x Skrillex – Tellex (Mixtape)




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Thursday, July 26, 2012

What Does Nas Having The Number One Album In The Country Mean For Hip-Hop?


 
What Does Nas Having The Number One Album In The Country Mean For Hip-Hop?

Nas' tenth studio album, Life is Good, will debut at number one on the Billboard charts this week, an honor that is now considered more symbolic than anything.

The business of selling music is still in a state of shambles, as we try to figure out how to effectively transition from the ancient practice of peddling CDs to selling music online. Sales are at an all-time low.

At one time, having the number one album meant you were pushing at least 400K. Now, you're pushing 400K only if the last five letters in your name is eiber.

Just look at it like this: Nas' Life is Good sold 139,000 copies and is debuting at number one; ten years ago, God Son, Nas' sixth LP, sold 156,000 copies, and debuted at number 18. 

Murky, murky stuff for the music biz.

However, there is good news for Nas and rap artists like him. Let me explain. 

The thing with Nas is, while skilled and greatly beloved in rap circles, he was never a huge selling artist, like a Jay-Z or Eminem.

Nas' top selling project was his sophomore LP, It Was Written. That album sold three million copies, with 266,000 of those copies coming in the first week.

While Nas has had big first weeks (his I Am… album did almost 500K) most of the rapper's albums hover in the 100 to 200K sales range. 

So what does that mean, exactly?

It means that Nas, an artist who's been releasing albums for 18 years now, is as relevant as ever, which is a good thing for hip-hop.

Since Frank Ocean came out as a bisexual, a lot has been made of hip-hop's homophobic culture. Yet, something that rarely gets reported is the fact that for years, hip-hop's other great sin has been ageism.

For ages, rap fans have been guilty of spitting out the rap legends that laid the groundwork for the culture like discarded meat. The heroes of the '80s like RakimKool G. RapBig Daddy Kane and EPMD essentially flamed out once the mid-'90s hit, despite the fact that they were still willing and able to put out quality music. 

We're not seeing that as much anymore. 

Legends from the '90s like Nas, Jay-Z, Bun B, The Roots, Common, Cee-Lo, Andre 3000 and Eminem are as anticipated and fawned over as ever.

Even with all that young blood out there, nothing gets the Internet moving like Jay-Z doing, well, anything, even if it's as benign as walking out of a building in Brooklyn.

Hip-hop is always evolving and that's a good thing. As rap reaches this new place, a place where the music is colorful and versatile, prejudices are being shred. 

Congrats to Nas for being as hot as he was back in 1996. And congrats to hip-hop for letting him.

Dimas S.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The Problem With Hip-Hop in 2012: Not Enough Street Rap!



The Problem With Hip-Hop in 2012: Not Enough Street Rap!
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Amy Winehouse: A Year Of Tributes



Amy Winehouse: A Year Of Tributes
MTV NEWSROOM | JULY 23, 2012
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Sunday, July 22, 2012

Lloyd Banks – V6: The Gift (Track List)


 
Lloyd Banks – V6: The Gift (Track List)
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Here is a look at the 15 tracks that will appear on Lloyd Banks' V6: The Gift mixtape dropping July 24th. Includes appearances by Jadakiss, ScHoolboy Q, Fabolous, Vado and Young Chris.

Previously: Lloyd Banks ft. Fabolous – Bring It Back




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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Heartbreaker! The Tragic Love Stories In Lana Del Rey Videos (LIST)


 
Heartbreaker! The Tragic Love Stories In Lana Del Rey Videos (LIST)

 

There is no artist in the game right now who does videos like Lana Del Rey. #Fact.

The super talented singer released her debut solo album, Born to Die, in January, and she has already dropped videos for half of the album's 12 songs. 

VIDEO: Lana Del Rey "Summertime Sadness" 

All of her videos are stunning and unique in their own individual way. Sometimes the videos have a storyline and sometimes the visuals are just a collection of abstract images.

However, the theme that is prevalent throughout all of her movies is love ending tragically. 

PHOTOS: First Look! Lana Del Rey Is The New Face Of H&M

Don't know what we mean? Look though the pages and see the various tragic love stories Lana has told with her videos.

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Song: "Born To Die" 

Directed By: Yoann Lemoine

Lana's Love Interest: Bradley Soileau as her nameless tattooed boyfriend

Synopsis: Even though "Video Games" was Lana's official first video, "Born to Die" is the first set of visuals to feature storytelling elements. The video features an unhappy-looking Lana in a volatile relationship with a character played by model Bradley Soileau. The two love hard; and they die hard, too.

The video ends with a car crash, killing our songstress. One of the lasting images you see is Bradley holding a bloody Lana in his arms. Also seen in the video is Lana in a parallel universe, on her chair, wearing a crown, while standing next to a lion. 

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Song: "Blue Jeans" 

Directed By: Yoann Lemoine

Lana's Love Interest: Bradley Soileau as nameless, tattooed boyfriend (again)

Synopsis: Maybe Lana should just keep away from this Bradley Soileau character. And alligators. Oh, and pools, also.

A day trip in the pool turns into a nightmare, as Bradley drags Lana down in the water, in an alligator-infested pool. Combine that image with the haunting single cover, which features the singer unconscious, with a man's hand around her neck, and you have the ingredients for some creepy sh*t. 

 

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Song: "Carmen" 

Directed By: Not Available

Lana's Love Interest: Not Available

Synopsis: When Lana posted the video for "Carmen" on her YouTube page, the singer put in the description, "BIO PIC," (which may be the reason why she doesn't die in the video.) Like the earlier "Video Games" visuals, the video for "Carmen" is another montage, featuring various images of pop culture images mixed in with pictures of Lana herself. One of the images you see is Lana getting close to a unnamed blonde fella. The video ends with her dancing in the grass. Does that mean the video contains a happy ending? Maybe.

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Song: "National Anthem" 

Directed By: Anthony Mandler

Lana's Love Interest: A$AP Rocky as John F. Kennedy

Synopsis: The most visually stunning music video of the year is, without a doubt, Lana's "National Anthem" video. In it, Lana has two gigs as Marilyn Monroe and as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, while Harlem's A$AP Rocky plays iconic president JFK.

Of course, like in real life, the story ends tragically when president A$AP Rocky gets assassinated while riding in his drop top. 

To date, this is the only Lana video to be somewhat historically accurate. 

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Song: "Summertime Sadness"

Directed By: Kyle Newman, and Spencer Susser

Lana's Love Interest: Jaime King as her unnamed girlfriend

Synopsis: For Lana's latest video, the singer got inspiration from the book Super Sad True Love Story: A Novel. The book tells the story of lesbians in love who both decide to kill themselves. In the video, Lana and her lover, Jamie King, take a fatal plunge together. Things never seem to lighten up for good ol' Lana.




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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Beanie Sigel ft. State Property – The Reunion


 
Beanie Sigel ft. State Property – The Reunion
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Beanie Sigel links with Freeway, Young Chris, Peedi Crakk and Omillio Sparks for this new track off his upcoming album This Time.

Download: Link

Check out in-studio footage of the track being recorded below.

Previously: Beanie Sigel – This Time (Artwork)




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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Afrojack - "Rock The House" (Original Mix)



Afrojack - "Rock The House" (Original Mix)
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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' At Comic-Con: 5 Things We Learned



Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' At Comic-Con: 5 Things We Learned
MTV NEWS LATEST HEADLINES | JULY 14, 2012
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Director reveals Jonah Hill's role and hints at tie-in to his other films.By Kevin P. Sullivan Quentin Tarantino at the ... Read more

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Nas – Trust (Prod. by Boi-1da)


 
Nas – Trust (Prod. by Boi-1da)
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Here is the iTunes bonus track off Life Is Good, which is out in stores everywhere this Tuesday. What's the verdict on the album, for those who heard it already?

Previously: Nas Live @ the 2012 ESPY Awards




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"Channel Orange" Is The MOST Important R&B Album Since "Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"



"Channel Orange" Is The MOST Important R&B Album Since "Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill"
GLOBAL GRIND - THE WORLD ACCORDING TO HIP-POP | JULY 10, 2012
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Here's A Dramatic Reading Of R. Kelly's Autobiography 'Soulacoaster' By Gary Oldman



Here's A Dramatic Reading Of R. Kelly's Autobiography 'Soulacoaster' By Gary Oldman
MTV NEWSROOM | JULY 11, 2012
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Gary Oldman is one of the most respected actors on the planet. He's also one of the most serious-seeming guys around and has ... Read more

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Monday, July 9, 2012

More Posthumous Amy Winehouse Albums Announced As Nas Duet Premieres And One-Year Anniversary Of Death Nears



More Posthumous Amy Winehouse Albums Announced As Nas Duet Premieres And One-Year Anniversary Of Death Nears
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In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, said that fans should expect one or two more albums ... Read more

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Friday, July 6, 2012

Adele and Gotye Rule The Charts In The First Half of 2012



Adele and Gotye Rule The Charts In The First Half of 2012
MTV NEWSROOM | JULY 6, 2012
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By Meredith Goldberg-Morse As the first half of 2012 comes to a close (take a moment to let that sink in), Adele's 21 and ... Read more

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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Cultural Ties Between The World of Punk & The World Of Hip-Hop



The Cultural Ties Between The World of Punk & The World Of Hip-Hop
GLOBAL GRIND | JUNE 28, 2012
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One of my favorite albums of 2011 was La Dispute's Wildlife. This post-hardcore act, based in Grand Rapids, ... Read more

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