Ever had a significant other meet you halfway? Well S-8ighty somehow found a way to get Wayne to rap on the remix about just that. Check out the EMD friendly and upbeat track that carries an island vibe to it. No wonder its doing well in New Orleans generating over 59,753 streams on Spotify.
Bigal Harrison is in a race to become a legend. The mass communications major emerged from New York's Sullivan County to earn a track scholarship to Virginia State University, but Bigal's ultimate goal is to stamp his name among the list of celebrated emcees.
The Harlem born artist first fell in love with Hip Hop in 2003 after hearing 50 Cent's classic album Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Other East Coast rap icons such as Ma$e, DMX, Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Z, and Nas provided inspiration for the aspiring rhymer to pick up a microphone as well.
While he was honored as a 2015 First-Team All-American at VSU, Bigal also released 845: The Hometown Project last year. With song titles like "Legendary" and "Ambitious," the 21-year-old is brazenly forecasting his future spot in the culture.
In addition, Bigal's second official mixtape served as an homage to his hometown of Loch Sheldrake, New York. 845 is more than just a musical presentation. The project is a physical representation for the youth of Sullivan County that no matter your life circumstances, you can live out your dreams.
AllHipHop.com spoke with Bigal Harrison for the "Three Questions" interview series. The C.O.N.T.R.O.L. Hip Hop Collective member breaks down why he is destined to be legendary.
If you could achieve only one of the following milestones in your life, which one would you choose: winning a gold medal at the Olympics or earning a platinum album plaque?
What's more realistic to me now? Both are hard to accomplish, but if I was to choose one, I would probably say the platinum plaque. Not a lot of people go platinum. It's rare. Especially rappers in this era. If you're in that platinum range, you're really one of those top dudes. So definitely that platinum album. I feel once I get that first platinum album the only way is up.
If you had to pick a 5-man Hip Hop team to represent New York right now, who would you pick?
I would pick Jay Z, Joey Bada$$, Jadakiss, Fab, and Styles P.
You have a project called Young Legend and a song called "Legendary." How would you define what it means to be a legend?
I feel like I was born into it. You can make yourself a legend from how hard you work, but I speak things into existence. So if I'm saying I'm a legend, then it's going to eventually come. I know I'm on the way to becoming it, but I got to accomplish more. My pops did a lot of crazy stuff. My sister is an Olympian right now. I think my path is on that way to becoming a legend. That's why I speak it into existence, and eventually it will come.
Jay Z and Beyonce' have had a week full of politically charged statements, charitable donations, and public backlash. This is in stark contrast to what many criticized as silence and seeming disinterest from hip hop's first couple. Jay Z, however, has been making quite a few moves behind the scenes dating all the way back to Tidal's first concert in October 2015.
Remember that huge Tidal concert on 10/20 that caused scrutiny towards Jay Z and his latest musical venture? Well if you payed for the concert, good for you! Turns out, $1.5 million of the proceeds from that concert is going to to #BlackLivesMatter and other social organizations and activist groups. The concert featured major acts and Tidal co-owners such as Beyonce', Nicki Minaj, and Jay-Z.
Paired with Beyonce's visual for her latest drop, "Formation" and controversial Super Bowl performance, the couple are making dynamic statements within the hip hop community regarding the importance and necessity of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and social change. It all begs the question, 'Are we ushering in the latest era of hip hop'? You know. The one where artists embody change and bring awareness to the current social climate as it relates to minorities. Is this the second coming of a conscious movement?
Righteously expressive and unique, the hip hop world is taking on a voice mastered into trap beats and culminated by true tales of Black life in its wholeness and eccentricity. We must honor the many voices of our music as it is today and give praise to those who do use their platforms to convey the messages that make it no further than our respective Twitter feeds. The only wrong answer is non at all.
"If you are silent about your pain, they'll kill you and say you enjoyed it."
Best Rap Album is a fierce category this year and the conversations are being had, as the 58th Grammy Award approach on February 15, 2016. J. Cole, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Nicki Minaj will all try to take home the gold. The question is: who deserves it? A special video was shot at "In The Cut" barbershop in North Hollywood and the gentlemen get groomed as they ponder who the winner should be.
2014 Forest Hills Drive J. Cole Label: Roc Nation/Columbia Records
Compton Dr. Dre Label: Aftermath/Interscope
If Youre Reading This Its Too Late Drake Label: Cash Money/Young Money
To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar Label: Top Dawg Entertainment/Aftermath Records/Interscope Records
The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj Label: Young Money/Cash Money
CanadianDope.com partners up with Hip Hop journalist "Zo Duro" for this exclusive interview with Waka Flocka's bodyguard, Juice. This conversation takes place before Waka Flocka Flame performs at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles, California. This is a completely unscripted interview where they touch on several topics such as the difference between a fan [...]
West Coast meets East Coast on the forthcoming collaborative album Statik KXNG. The 10-track project features California lyricist Kxng Crooked delivering rhymes over production by Massachusetts board master Statik Selektah.
Of course this is not the first time the two Hip Hop representatives partnered with other artists for a joint musical effort. Statik's discography includes complete bodies of work with Termanology, Freddie Gibbs, and Action Bronson. Crooked joined forces with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce da 5'9" to form the rap supergroup Slaughterhouse.
While Royce recently linked up with DJ Premier for PRhyme and Joell collaborated with Illmind for Human, the rapper-producer tandem of Crooked and Statik has created its own unique presentation. Statik KXNG is rooted in a traditional Hip Hop soundbed with superior bars about the traps of fame, confronting social injustice, and other topics viewed through the eyes of the Long Beach wordsmith.
Kxng Crooked spoke with AllHipHop.com about his new LP with Statik Selektah. Part one of the conversation also includes the "Dead Or In Jail" spitter sharing his thoughts on modern-day battles, his home state's rap scene, and current Hip Hop culture.
Whose idea was it to team up for a full joint album?
Statik hit me with the idea. We always talk about doing some sh*t. One day we were at the PRhyme concert, and we said, "Yeah, it might be that time."
Knowing how Hip Hop fans are, it's likely Statik KXNG is going to get compared to what Royce and Premo did with PRhyme or what Joell and Illmind did with Human. I know that's your team, but is there ever any friendly competition when it comes to these collaborative projects?
I told Statik we should start a beef with PRhyme. [laughs] You know how it goes. The fans and supporters will have their opinions, and they'll be vocal about it online. For us, it's just about making a dope project that makes an impact. I would actually like to do a tour with PRhyme, Joell & Illmind, and ourselves.
I know you were joking about beefing, but that's been in the news a lot recently. The Game put up a post where he suggested battles in Hip Hop have become too much of a thing that happens on social media as opposed to being a lyrical competition. Do you think the culture will ever go back to focusing on lyrics when talking about who's the best or who came out the winner in a battle?
Unfortunately, it's almost like if you can make the best meme, you won the battle. It needs to get back to [being about lyrics]. I think that the power is in the people's hands. This new generation of fans need to really understand the history of Hip Hop. I think once they open their minds to the way the culture started, they can begin to understand why a meme shouldn't decide the battle.
You would think that in today's industry, where you have the reemergence of battle rap, you would think it would be, "Okay, let's listen to the lyrics. Who has the best lyrics?" You have all these dudes out here - Loaded Lux, Murda Mook, Arsonal - all these guys out here battling and getting millions of views on YouTube.
It's almost like that's a totally separate world then when two guys are beefing on wax. It's really not. It comes from the same place. I just want to hear some dope sh*t. I'm hearing people's diss records, and the sh*t sounds horrible.
I think they did a cool job. At the end of the day, Horseshoe Gang is hungry. We are all. We pride ourselves on being hungary lyricists. Horseshoe was ready to go in and do a whole mixtape. I was like, "Nah, y'all ain't got to do that." But that's just how hungry they are, they don't give a f*ck. If you call them to make a Funk Volume diss for tomorrow, you'd have that sh*t tonight.
I thought the Hopsin sh*t was cool. Right now, I'm tripping on the fact that Hopsin and Funk Volume is supposedly breaking up. I don't know if I really believe it. I don't know what the issue really is. But if it's not too crazy, if I'm Hopsin, then I would just try to get past it.
[Funk Volume co-founder] Dame [Ritter] is a very smart and savvy dude. I think they made a good team. Hop might check out of there, and it could be hard to find another partner like that.
The West Coast movement is really rising. What are your thoughts about what's happening in the Hip Hop scene out there right now?
It's cool. I see people doing their thing. I went to the A$AP Yams Day event, and I saw my homie Joey Fatts from Long Beach there. It's always good to see people move around and leave the city.
I know so many underground lyricists that my challenge is how do we get the spotlight on these dudes. The guys we got going - great, you're doing your thing, feeding your families, living your dreams. That's dope. But what about all these cats in the underground that are ridiculous with rhymes? It's always part of my fight to bring those people to the spotlight, because I don't think the world has seen the best of the West Coast yet.
You talked before about how the fans need to take a bit more control over the direction of the culture. When it comes to the type of rap music that's currently being promoted the most, do you think that promotion is mostly because of what's happening with the labels, the media, the fans, or the artists themselves?
I think we all share a little blame. For a corporation, it's great for them. Eighty percent of the major labels' music is going to be some sh*t that's not thought provoking at all. When you have people turning up and living in this haze of clubbing, getting high, f*cking b*tches, and repeat - they're not keeping their eyes on everything going on in the business. For the labels, that's cool. They love that type of sh*t.
On a conspiracy theory level, are they trying to keep the music dumbed down so they can control a generation of Hip Hop fans and keep them distracted? That could be. On a fan level, it's all good to turn up. I alway say when I go into a strip club, I don't want to hear Slaughterhouse.
At the end of the day, artists are supposed to have some sort of voice, and the music is supposed to reflect the times. So when you have all these protests over kids getting killed by police officers, the terrorism, and all this sh*t going on, and none of the Hip Hop music reflects the times - if you put it in a time capsule, no one would know what the f*ck what was going on in 2015-2016.
If they just listened to today's music, they wouldn't know what the f*ck was really happening in the world at this point. So yeah, I think the fans got to take control. We can't lean on labels to do sh*t, because all they care about is the numbers. I get that, that's business.
We got to take control of this sh*t. But from an artist standpoint, we got to refuse to do certain things. I refuse to do certain sh*t. I've been offered all types of songs with crazy Auto-Tune hooks and sh*t that would probably make me more relevant to a certain crowd. But I turned that sh*t down.
I felt like one of the themes presented on Statik KXNG was the idea of you not being willing to sell your soul. Can you explain what the idea of selling your soul means to you?
I think you sell your soul when you do something that goes against everything you believed in for money or fame. That's when your soul is gone. That's when you've sold it.
I believe in raw rhymes, raw beats, b-boying, graffiti, the pillars of Hip Hop. These are things I grew up wanting to be part of. I believe in studying your craft, because that's what the founding fathers did. It means something to be good.
I hate when people say "I'm not a rapper" or "I'm just a street dude with a talent." Well, if you're not a rapper then get the f*ck out of Hip Hop. I won't compromise those things I believe in and stand for when I'm making music, even to my own detriment sometimes. But it is what it is. I'm not going to do it.
Statik KXNG is like, "Yo, we got to stop being so sensitive out here in Hip Hop." It's a lot of wack sh*t. Everybody's trying to be super sensitive when they're doing interviews or speaking their minds on the current state of Hip Hop.
I do believe in focusing on the positive. I don't like being the bearer of bad news. But guess what? It's a lot of wack sh*t that's going to spawn new wack sh*t, because the kids listening to the wack sh*t thinks this is the way to craft his own sh*t. So now I'm listening to 16 and 17 year olds' Soundcloud pages, and they sound wack. It's a domino effect that needs to be stopped.
Some say he's crazy, some say he's as real as it gets. You got both sides, but when it all comes down to it, Kevin Gates is on his own side, he's Kevin Gates and he's remaining true to how he feels. Check it out below as DJ Smallz (Southern Smoke and Yo Gotti's Official DJ) speaks with Gates about why he chose to go at this project alone with no features.
Drake and Rihanna were spotted working outside the Real Jerk restaurant in Riverdale hot on the heels of the release of Work, the track that pays homage to Riri's Caribbean roots. The Toronto rapper was seen leaving the restaurant with his mother around midnight before heading into trailers parked across the street at Gerrard Street East and [...]
The G.O.O.D Music president helped get 2,000 cases of water to the city on two semi-trucks to assistant with Flint residents being affected by the water crisis.
FLINT, MI - W.I. James left Norfolk, Va. for his 830-mile trip to Flint on Wednesday morning with a boatload of water cases on his Kenworth W900 truck.
Little did he know, his trip was sponsored through hip-hop star Terrence "Pusha T" Thornton.
"I knew who was bringing water, but I didn't know who was actually shipping it," James said. "All I know is that it was donated."
The G.O.O.D Music president helped get 2,000 cases of water to the city on two semi-trucks to assistant with Flint residents being affected by the water crisis.
He connected with the Virginia-based Partners in the Community organization to personally deliver the waters on Thursday, starting at the Slidell Senior Residence Apartments on W. Carpenter Road.
Pusha T initially didn't want the news to be leaked, according to Lakeesha Atkinson of Partners in the Community.
"He's very humble," Atkinson said. "He doesn't do anything for recognition or for the spotlight."
Atkinson started the mission through a Facebook post and local community leader Kimberly Wimbish, founder of KMK Productions, jumped on board.
Pusha T sponsored one of the trucks and Dr. Melvin O. Marriner of Grove Baptist Church in Virginia paid for the second truck.
Bishop Kim W. Brown of The Mount church in Virginia also assisted with travel and expenses. Portsmouth NCAACP donated to the cause as well.
Within three days, the water was collected through the Hampton Roads area.
"We didn't want to do a drop off location," said Atkinson. "We wanted to come out and give it to places in the community that may have had trouble with transportation that a lot of donations, per media, were not hitting."
Atlanta rapper Rick Ross recently added Jamaican singer Kris Kelli to his arsenal of artists on his Maybach Music Group record label. Kris Kelli is a veteran artist from Jamaica. She released her first album in 2003 and has collaborated with major acts like Vybz Kartel, Wayne Marshall and others. Kris Kelli recently moved to Atlanta and signed through Russell "Block" Spencer's Block Entertainment.
Check out this single, as well as this clip of Rick Ross and Kris Kelli at Rozay's Atlanta mansion, where they discuss
Along with the several stars that will be possibly included in Kanye West's album Waves, Jeremih might be added to the already extensive (still active) list. In a recent interview with Billboard, the "Late Nights" artist had claimed that he worked with Kanye as well as Nicki Minaj.
"For the last week we've been doing some writing for Nicki [Minaj], for Kanye [West]."
Although Jeremih has done some writing for the rap star, it's not official their latest work will be included on Waves. However, Jeremih plans on using it if it is not included on the highly anticipated project.
"I'm not sure really where he's at with his album right now, or if he's actually going to use the work that we've done - but if he doesn't use it, I sure will."
Young Thug never stops making music. The Atlanta rapper recently released his latest mixtape I'm Up, but has already managed announce that his sequel to Slime Season is still in the works. According to P&P, Thugga informed fans the news via Instagram, post a selfie of himself with a caption about his new project.
A photo posted by CESAR THE APE!!!!!!! (@thuggerthugger1) on Feb 5, 2016 at 8:26am PST
Young Thug is also planning to have some big name artists on Slime Season 3. The "Best Friend" rapper stated that Kanye West and Drake would appear on his new project. Although Thugga made the two bug announcements, some people still seem to believe that Slime Season 3 is actually I'm Up. However, Thug's crew ironed out the details for fans, claiming that both projects are completely different.
It's probably been in the "works" for a while, but musicians Drake and Rihanna created a buzz in Toronto's east end on Friday as the Caribbean eatery "The Real Jerk" was used as a setting for their music video "Work." The two music superstars began filming the video in early January and an open casting [...]