Get your drinks in the air – we’re celebrating the biggest and baddest rappers in the game. This mix features some of the hottest names in hip-hop, alongside rising OurStage rappers Jitta On The Track, Will Brennan and The Niceguys. Enjoy!
Maybach Music Group member Meek Mill has released the official music video for his Big Sean-assisted single, “Burn.” The video was directed by DRE Films, and serves as the latest promotional vehicle for Mill’s forthcoming album, Dreams And Nightmares (Out October 30th). You can view the video below:
If “Burn” sounds familiar to you, it may be because the song originally appeared on Mill’s Dreamchasers 2 mixtape which hit streets just before Summer.
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G.O.O.D. Music artist Big Sean has released his highly-anticipated Detroit mixtape following weeks of heavy promotion. The release, which serves as Sean’s first since his debut album, Finally Famous, arrived last year, features 17 new tracks and guest appearances from a plethora of hip-hop heavyweights. The full tracklisting can be viewed below:
1. Higher (Prod. by Key Wane)
2. 24 Karats of Gold ft J. Cole (Prod. by Key Wane)
3. Story By Common
4. How It Feel (Prod by Million $ Mano)
5. Woke Up ft Sayitainttone, Early Mac, Mike Posner & James Fauntleroy (Prod. by BP, Young Chip & Key Wane)
6. Experimental ft Juicy J & King Chip (Prod. By Rami & Dez)
7. Mula ft French Montana (Prod. By Young Chip)
8. Story by Young Jeezy
9. 100 ft Royca Da 5’9″, Kendrick Lamar & James Fauntleroy (Prod by Don Cannon)
10. Sellin’ Dreams ft Chris Brown (Prod by Da Internz)
11. I’m Gonna Be (ft Jhene Aiko) Prod By Key Wane
12. FFOE (Prod By Lex Luger)
12. Do What I Gotta Do ft Tyga Prod By Million $ Mano, The Olympicks & Rob Kinelski)
14. Story by Snoop Lion
15. RWT (Prod By Stateside)
16. Once Bitten, Twice Shy (Prod by Hit-boy)
17. Bonus Track
Detroit originally premiered on Datpiff and LiveMixtapes, but is now available for stream and download right here on OurStage. Click through to hear the mixtape, and click here to download a copy for yourself. Continue reading ‘Big Sean Releases “Detroit” Mixtape’
The 2012 BET Awards were held Sunday night in Los Angeles, setting the tone for a sizzling summer of new music from some of hip-hop’s biggest names. Beyoncé took home the trophy for Best Female R&B Artist while Nicki Minaj nabbed Best Female Hip Hop Artist for the third year in a row.
Whitney Houston was given one final farewell from a group of very talented loved ones including her mother, Cissy Houston, who sang “Bridge Over Troubled Water” to a sobbing crowd. Mariah Carey and Angela Bassett, along with the rest of Houston’s Waiting To Exhale cast mates, also delivered heartfelt tributes.
Performances from Chris Brown, D’Angelo, and Kanye West provided previews for some of this season’s most anticipated releases. Brown’s album, Fortune, was just released on July 3. Last weekend, Brown was honored at the 2012 BET Awards winning Best Male R&B Artist after he gave a power-packed performance of “Turn Up The Music” and “Don’t Wake Me Up” to a turned up crowd who can’t help but be mesmerized by his unrivaled dance moves and brightly painted bare chest. His newest singles dropped last week and included one Drake diss and two crazy collaborations; “ Mirage” featuring Nas and “Get Down” featuring B.o.B., as well as one stellar solo offering, “Trumpet Lights”. Continue reading ‘Soundcheck: Hot Summer Hip-Hop’
Just last month, his single, “I Don’t Like” shot up the charts after Kanye West added himself, Big Sean, Pusha T, and Jadakiss to the remix. Within days, a bidding war ensued and the youngster was trying to choose between his three front-runners; YMB, CME, and Atlantic among others.
Now, it looks like the new teen dream has finally chosen a home at a major label, making his announcement last week.
“I’ve been talkin’ to a lot of labels, but I just noticed that Interscope got people like 50, Eminem,” he said. “They was talkin’ like I was talkin’ and I liked that. All these other labels, I was talkin’ to ‘em, but it’s time anyway for me and I’m goin’ with Interscope.”
Other interested parties put up a good fight, with heavy hitters like Birdman and T.I. clamoring to sign the sixteen-year-old Chicagoan. Last month, Birdman sounded confident that he would sign Keef to Cash Money Records.
“I like him, he kinda reminds me of us,” he told MTV News. “[He's] out the streets, I think he’s swagged up and I’m definitely talking to his people and I’d like to see if we can make it pop, see if I can see if I can get him to be down with the team.”
Like many others in the rap game, the YMCMG CEO seemed to be impressed by Keef’s youthful outlook.
Fight fight fight!
The problem seemingly started with the release of “Exodus 21:3,” the diss track from G.O.O.D. stable member and one half of the Clipse Pusha T. We covered the track and the subsequent reaction from YMCMB head honcho Lil Wayne. With one strongly worded tweet, the fight was on. But who, exactly, is fighting?
There’s been bad blood brewing between Wayne and Pusha T for years. The first sign of beef between the two rappers seems to extend all the way back to 2006 when the Clipse was still a going concern. MissInfo.tv has a great rundown of how the beef developed; Pusha takes some subliminal (read: perceived) jabs at Wayne in the video and in the verses for the track “Mr. Me Too.”
From there, Wayne and Pusha exchange shots through radio interviews and in soundbites. This round of the squabble came to a head with a contentious interview from Lil Wayne in Complex Magazine. Fortunately, things had become relatively calm since then. In 2011, Pusha T actually congratulated Wayne on his recent release from incarceration on his Fear Of God mixtape:
So all word of drama between the two rappers was squashed… until “Exodus 23:1″ dropped.
There’s definitely something going on between Wayne and Pusha, but whether they’ll be able to work through this most recent animus is anyone’s guess. So how have the rest of G.O.O.D. Music and YMCMB reacted? Are guns being drawn? Well, not really.
Drake, arguably the most popular and public face of the YMCMB brand has been relatively quiet compared to his mentor Wayne. Drake and Pusha have also traded barbs in the past few months—Pusha may have been going after Drake when he went over the beat from “Dreams Money Can Buy” for his track “Don’t Fuck With Me”—but the Canadian MC has only commented on the war of words once at an appearance in Washington, D.C. Other members of YMCMB haven’t really chimed in, with the exception of Young Money Entertainment President Mack Maine, who compared Pusha T to a gnat in an interview with MTV. Said Maine, “(s)ometimes you swat it and the gnat dies; sometimes it just go away.”
So, is there really a beef between the two labels? In that same interview, Maine denied any discord between the two groups. Indeed, G.O.O.D. Music member Big Sean is featured on Lil Wayne’s most recent single “My Homies Still.” Sean himself dismissed perceptions of contention between G.O.O.D. and YMCMB. G.O.O.D. boss Kanye West has made mention of the beef (he’s too busy playing “N***as in Paris” 11 times in a row at Watch The Throne shows). In fact, the only other G.O.O.D. music member to make reference to the beef was Kid Cudi. And his tweet in response to the growing rabble around Pusha T didn’t really cast any aspersions. The Cudder just wanted to know that he has his homie’s back.
What’s the deal then with the YMCMB/G.O.O.D. Music fight? In hindsight, it seems that brewing battle between G.O.O.D. Music and YMCMB is little more than media-generated hoopla. As for Pusha T and Lil Wayne’s continued bickering, Andy Milonakis put it best.
“My Homies Still,” which is rumored to be off Wayne’s forthcoming album I Am Not A Human Being 2, features the two twenty-something emcees going on about their ever-changing lives and serves as Wayne’s first official single of 2012. You can stream a rip of the song captured during its world premiere earlier this afternoon, below:
I Am Not A Human Being 2 currently has no release date, but is expected to drop before the end of 2012.
The 2011 BET Hip Hop Awards was filmed in Atlanta on October 1 and aired on BET last week. Packed with powerful performances and full of surprises, the show offered the world a glimpse of some of rap’s most promising up and comers through their nine cyphers, and gave some unexpected players a turn at the mic while other big names were noticeably MIA.
The show’s opening set the pace for the night. A fire-filled stage revealed Young Jeezy who spit some verses before throwing the mic to T.I. Making his triumphant return to the stage in his hometown of Atlanta, the recently–released rapper got straight to the point, spitting “I been out of sight/ been out of mind…another year of prison/ promise this is it for me/ trying to make it through the storm/ should be makin’ history. /No feeling sorry keep your pity and your sympathy/ good or bad take it like a man whatever’s meant to be.”
Hosted by Mike Epps, the show was light on awards. An hour into the show, they had only given out one. The night’s biggest winner was Chris Brown (who couldn’t be bothered to show up) for his hit, “Look At Me Now” featuring Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. The song nabbed a total of four awards including Best Hip-Hop Video, People’s Champ Award, Reese’s Perfect Combo Award and Best Featured Verse from Busta.