Hip-Hop Happenings

by Britton Kosier


Rap Renaissance

There is an evident renaissance taking place in hip-hop right now and it is being led by groups of young, hungry emcees who make up the modern-day (b)east coast.

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Hip-Hop Happenings Wu-Tang clan is here to stay

“Wu-Tang is here forever,” Ol’ Dirty Bastard said in one of Wu-Tang Clan’s popular singles, “Triumph.” The iconic, Staten Island legends announced it will release its first album in six years this summer, 20 years after the release of its celebrated debut album, “Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers).” The album titled “A Better Tomorrow” is slated for a July release and will mark the group’s sixth album as an entire collective. The news of a new Wu-Tang album came just days after group member Ghostface Killah announced an April 16 collaborative-album release, “Twelve Reasons to Die,” with Los Angeles producer Adrian Younge and Wu-Tang member and legendary producer RZA.

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ScHoolboy Q

The 26-year-old ScHoolboy Q was included as part of the XXL Magazine’s 2013 Freshman Class, released last week, but the sought-after honor may be a year overdue. The Los Angeles rapper has been outspoken about the fact that he should have been included on the 2012 list after the release of his 2011mixtape, “Setbacks,” and the emergence of his super group, Black Hippy, led by the commercial success of Kendrick Lamar.

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Where is Earl Sweatshirt?

XXL Magazine released its annual freshman class for 2013 this week with the question, “Best ever?” on the cover. The 19-year-old Odd Future artist rose to fame as sort of a mystery after Tyler, The Creator’s stardom brought attention to the group, but there was one problem —nobody could find Sweatshirt.

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Hip-Hop Happenings: The Most Dope Family

Hip-hop ruled the television airwaves last week as Mac Miller premiered his reality show on MTV2 and late-night performances from Tyler, The Creator and Kendrick Lamar impressed viewers and bloggers everywhere. The first episode of “Mac Miller and The Most Dope Family,” which aired Feb.

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Got Rich

Feb. 6, marked the 10-year anniversary of the release of 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin’,” one of hip-hop’s most significant albums. 50 Cent put the rap game in a stranglehold in 2003 after his “In Da Club” single helped sell more than 6 million copies of the album by the end of the year, and by selling 872,000 copies in its first week.

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