During the 1990s, Stretch and Bobbito introduced the world to an unsigned Nas, Biggie, Wu-Tang, and Big Pun as well as an unknown Jay-Z, Eminem, and The Fugees. The total record sales for all the artists that premiered on their radio show exceed 300 million. The late night program had a cult following in the art/fashion world and prison population as well. All would loyally tune in for the humor just as much for the exclusive tunes. Stretch and Bobbito brought a unique audience together, and created a platform that changed music forever.
In what was a pure act of comedy and fun for the local London kids involved, Pharrell hosted a press conference for his new book, Happy! that will be released via Penguin Random House Children's. The song was a hit selling over 12 million copies and generated roughly 630 million views on YouTube. In the clip, the kids ask him questions about his favorite book, what he gets in a Happy Meal from McDonald's and host of other funny questions.
The book itself is a picture book featuring photographs of children across the world celebrating what it means to be happy. The book will be released under the Puffin imprint simultaneously with the US publisher, Putnam, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers on today (October 6th)
Last week we posted Harlem native Dave East's Gangsta Grillz project dubbed, Hate Me Know. Signed to Nas' Mass Appeal imprint along with West Coaster Fashawn, Dave East is carrying the torch for the East Coast so to speak. With the Queens Bridge legend's blessing a feature on the project ("Forbes") we are starting to notice that Dave may have a chance at longevity if he can keep this up. Take a look at some visuals from his most recent effort below. The emotional video brings East to a cemetery, where he reflects on his past and remembers his lost loved ones throughout his life. Hate Me Now features Nas, Rico Love, Pusha T, Styles P, Jadakiss, Mack Wilds and more. You can now download the project on Datpiff and iTunes!
Killa Kyleon and video director David Stunts keep it gritty as they take on "Breathe Easy" from Jay-Z's The Blueprint album. "Breathe Easy" appears on Killa Kyleon's summer freestyle compilation, #30Days30Deaths
Oh wowww. Rolls-Royce's Dawn convertible is cool; like a sunset dip in a beachfront infinity pool (see the promo video to know how cool that can be people). That's a mighty sexy, luxurious good look... you know, for those of you who are into drooling over high-end vehicles. Yeah, that's you... you will be drooling over this. The leather looks so butter soft... and the finish and... Just watch, please, watch above.
Striking. Sensuous. Endlessly sociable. Dawn marks the arrival of open-top driving as you've never experienced it before.
Whaaaat the...??? They're talking about using this as a fashion show runway and a bungee jump. Man, y'all can have that sh!t. A glass-bottomed bridge that stretches more than a quarter-mile: I get dizzy just thinking about being up on it.
Zhangjiajie, a scenic national park in the country's Hunan province, is set to open the world's longest and highest glass-bottomed bridge in July.
And it's a footbridge that can support 800 people? Wow, now China is just stuntin' on fools. Check out the news clip above.
Even though Rick Ross just dropped his mixtape Black Dollar last month, he is looking to put off another project before the year's end. During a visit to Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, he revealed that his next album, Black Market, will be released on Dec. 4th.
[ALSO READ: Rick Ross Believes 50 Cent Is Connected To Groundskeeper's Assault Claims] Despite him preparing himself to release his eighth album, Rozay is still on home confinement. The Miami native was recently sued by an unidentified woman who accused one of his acquaintances of raping her. Ross says it's an "unfortunate situation" but feels like the woman filed a lawsuit against him "just to get a check." The MMG general is also facing charges after a groundskeeper accused him of kidnapping and assaulting him. The groundskeeper, Jonathan Zamudio, was recently seen on Instagram with Ross' arch nemesis 50 Cent, who he referred to as "two losers."
[ALSO READ: Rick Ross Responds To Rape Allegations] "It really isn't personal at all with me," Ross said about his beef with 50. "I just feel homie [is] a shallow, weak dude. And you gotta be shallow at this point. I would probably be in my emotions too if my first album was titled Get Rich or Die Tryin' and I filed bankruptcy."
Watch the interview below to see him speak about Meek Mill's beef with Drake, leaving Def Jam and more.
Wowww... is that the dude that played Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) in the "Boardwalk Empire" series?
"Vinyl," a new drama series from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, debuts in January 2016 on HBO.
Ah ha, knew it! Scorsese and Winter were head honchos for "Boardwalk Empire" on HBO. So, they're trying to bring that kinda of power to the '70s rock and records scene? Interesting. Watch the trailer for "Vinyl" above.
Oh yeah! And just like that, we get visuals for the new Term banger (produced by 9th Wonder, scratches by Statik Selektah) entitled "Grade A." The full-length with this single on it, "Term Brady," will be out October 9, 2015.
(AllHipHop News) Will Smith is officially ready to jump back into the rap arena. After adding a verse to Bomba Estéreo's "Fiesta," the Philadelphia native revealed he recorded 30 new songs with six or seven he really like.
"I'm pretty much popping in the studio everyday. I'm looking for artists to collaborate with. I'm still trying to find that voice," said Smith. "I have so many things I want to say. I'm struggling with saying them in a way that fits the flavor of music I tend to like."
The 47-year-old actor/rapper was also asked about other older rap acts achieving success in this era. Big Willie responded by stating he plans to continue making music well into his elderly years.
"This is like the first real generation of Hip Hop artists that are turning 40 and 50 and want to keep spitting," stated Smith. "I guess 40 is the new 30 at least. Maybe 50 is the new 30 right now... I'm going to keep giving it a shot up until I'm 70/80 years old."
Fans of the Oscar-nominated star can see him in the upcoming films Concussion and Suicide Squad. His most recent movie, Focus, opened at #1 in March. Smith's last studio album was 2005's Lost And Found. He is also looking to go on his first world tour next summer.
(AllHipHop News) Ten years ago Queens emcee Nas released the song "Just A Moment" which featured his then protégé Quan. The L.E.S.-produced track was one of the standout cuts on Street's Disciple, and it helped introduce the man also known as Don Ferquan to the public.
[ALSO READ: Nas To Receive W.E.B DuBois Medal From Harvard University] Quan recently sat down with Mikey T The Movie Star to discuss his past business relationship with Nas. The Connecticut/Virginia bred singer/rapper explained why he signed a production deal with Esco but decided against inking with his mentor as an artist.
"I didn't like the relationship that Nas had with Sony. I knew he was going to leave, so I opted to go with Atlantic. Plus, they were willing to pay me a whole other check on top of everything else they were willing to pay already," said Quan. "They wanted to piggyback me behind Nas on his promotion. Nas is a great artist, but he's not a great businessman. This is where different fallouts happen."
According to Quan, he and Nas were always fine on a personal level, but business caused them to part ways. His Atlantic deal was supposedly for $2.2 million, and Nas earned $220,000 from the signing. Quan also claims his former mentor wanted him to sign a 7-album deal and was trying to secure 50% of his publishing.
"I remember us beefing over that," Quan added. "'No, you're not getting 50% of my publishing. You shouldn't get none of my motherf*cking publishing. I just sold you a hit record. I didn't cost nobody no money. I made money for everybody. The f*ck you mean you want 50% of my publishing. N*gga, you crazy.'"
Eric Bellinger is on that 300 Ent label so this is a natural look for his movement joining with Fetty and 2Chainz. Eric recently kicked off the release of the single with a party at the world-famous Playhouse in Hollywood. When it's all said and done Eric is on one of the hottest labels in the country and his potential for blowing up is widely recognized. Adding to his momentum Eric kicks off his tour on November 12 in Seattle, WA making stops in San Diego, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York City and others.
Jack Thriller brings AR-AB and Dark Lo along with the OBH-Goonie Gang movement to perform at his 16 Or Better Competition Show. Mikey T The Movie Star touches on the movement being the most gangster since the beginnings of 50 Cent and G-Unit, official members including Stack Ruega, No Brakes Bras, Kylledge, Stogs and Reed took the stage...stay tuned for more from OBH Front Line as AR-AB explains there working on a upcoming mixtape.