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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Over time, hip-hop has become a popular scapegoat when incidents involving gun violence get national attention.
Odd Future fans finally got the news they have been waiting for from the group’s lead man, Tyler the Creator, for more than two years.
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.
Although the long wait was the biggest complaint about A$AP Rocky’s major label debut, “Long. Live.
Action Bronson opens up his single, “The Symbol,” off his mix tape collaboration with The Alchemist, “Rare Chandeliers,” with the bold, yet true, statement that crowned him a vet in the hip-hop game after just one year. Technically more of a sophomore, Bronson continues where he left off on his 2011 classic, “Blue Chips,” on “Rare Chandeliers.” After listening to both, one could believe he has been doing it since day one, not that he was just a chef turned rapper after an injury took him out of the kitchen. Action cooked up another classic with legendary producer The Alchemist.
The Alchemist is a California native producer/rapper who has been responsible for some of the best hip-hop collaborations in the past 20 years. Producing for Evidence, a childhood friend, helped The Alchemist gain recognition with other West Coast artists in the ’90s.
It is tough for any artist to compare to Kendrick Lamar’s hype right now, but just before “good kid, m.A.A.d city” dropped, Brooklyn rapper, Joey Bada$$ was the one catching most of the attention in the hip-hop world. Joey Bada$$ is a 17-year-old emcee who has wowed hip-hop fans with his first mixtape, “1999.” Joey has counteracted the reemergence of the West Coast by paying a tribute to what he believes to be the roots of hip-hop.
Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” (“G.K.M.C.”) is a short film about a Compton youth trying to find his way in a city infamous for its gang presence. “G.K.M.C.” has already been declared a classic within the first week of its release.