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Evidence Drops A New Instrumental Album. Check Out 26 Beats From A Proven Master

Nearly 25 years into his career, Evidence’s music continues to get better and better. That says a lot for an artist who took audiences by storm with the Dilated Peoples across several albums since the late 1990s. However, in the solo department, releases like last year’s Weather Or Not offer tremendous depth to the man and the artist. It was voted the best LP of 2018 by the readers of Ambrosia For Heads. Although Evidence is “Step Brothers” with Alchemist, he’s made incredible songs with DJ Premier, Kanye West, and Kutmasta Kurt (to just name a few), Evidence is a highly-accomplished producer. Outside of his crew, E-V has made songs for ‘Ye, Raekwon, Sean Price, Westside Gunn, and Vince Staples. In the last month, Evidence laced a surprise Brother Ali album (Secrets & Escapes), which also packs an exceptional feature across the two Rhymesayers label-mates. Evidence Explains How Weather Or Not Is A Personal & Therapeutic Album (AFH TV Video) In the midst of that, a recent Step Brothers two-pack (Burnt Tree), and touring (dates embedded below), Evidence releases Squirrel Tape Instrumentals Vol. 1. The 26-song Instrumental Hip-Hop album (“beat tape” doesn’t quite seem to do  it justice) follows in the tradition of Evidence’s Tape series (where he released batches of beats as Yellow, Red, Purple, and Green) between 2004 and 2008. Highlights within the collection include the harmonic vocal opener “Real Diamonds 93706,” the depth-charge fuzz of “Pocket Full Of Empty,” and the plush ’70s velour-sounding “Tuff Gong.” A few beat titles within the batch hint at the MCs they were made from “Eligh” to “Mach.” Throughout the collection, Evidence cues up references to squirrels making this more than just a studio dump. The Los Angeles, California veteran has many styles, and he’s happy to show them to the fans on their own. Alchemist & Evidence Reunite The Step Brothers & Bring Big Bars To Calabasas At AFH TV, there is a video interview with Evidence. We are currently offering free 7-day trial subscriptions. Press photograph by Stephen Vanasco provided by Rhymesayers Entertainment. 9th Wonder Closes Out An Incredible Year With More Than 40 Beats & Songs #BonusBeat: Evidence and Brother Ali’s current tour dates:

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Doja Cat Announces Sophomore LP ‘Hot Pink’ Dropping November 7

Doja Cat announced on Friday that she is dropping her second album this month. The “Tia Tamera” rapper is dropping Hot Pink on November 7th.

She also released the tracklist for the LP which will give fans 12 new songs with features from Tyga and Smino. Doja has one other feature on the album but it is blurred out.

“My heart is f—ing pounding and I know a lot of these song titles aren’t ones you guys are familiar with. You know I love teasing stuff but I wanted to surprise you so here it is,” Doja wrote on Instagram. Doja Cat dropped the visual for her song “Rules” late October and currently has more than 7 million views on YouTube.

The Los Angeles born rapper blew up in 2018 with her viral song “Mooo” that currently has 57 million views on YouTube. The song’s comedic element turned Doja into a viral sensation, but a year later she’s still thriving making music.

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Gang Starr’s Album Is Here & It’s One Of The Best Yet (Audio)

Less than six weeks ago, Hip-Hop Heads suddenly learned that a Gang Starr album was on its way. DJ Premier had spent more than a year producing songs around previously unreleased vocals from his longtime creative partner, Guru. The MC/producer had passed away in 2010, nearly seven years removed from the duo’s previous LP, The Ownerz. Now, approaching a decade since Guru departed, Gang Starr’s legacy lives on through One Of The Best Yet. The new collection of songs and interludes involves some of the group’s closest affiliates, along with some noteworthy Rap peers that stand for the duo’s everlasting message. Earlier this week, a New York Times report by Paul Cantor revealed that this TTT/Gang Starr Enterprises LP may be the first of two potential albums from the group. Regardless of when and where these verses were recorded, O.O.T.B.Y. has messages that feel destined for the Rap group that Guru (as “Keithy E”) had co-founded in 1980s. The J. Cole-assisted “Family And Loyalty” plays like a decree to the Gang Starr brotherhood, complete with Big Shug in the video (as well as Guru’s son). Shug was with Guru back in the first iteration of Gang Starr, in mid-1980s Boston. He remained a fixture in Gang Starr Foundation after Premier and Guru had carried on the group together, meeting in New York City later in the decade. A New Report Details How DJ Premier Rescued Guru’s Lost Recordings Like “Family And Loyalty,” album closer “Bless The Mic” is another prophetic reminder of the Gang Starr bond. “Whether wrong or right / A lot of people fight / But I’m here the mic,Guru raps in what has become the chorus. Those words carry perspective for a complicated period between 2003 and 2010 for the two men. Guru’s verses flaunt the kind of wisdom that Elam loved serving “dumb rappers” on songs like “Speak Ya Clout” and “Just To Get A Rep.” For this listener, it is hard to imagine the song recorded to any other beat. It has that tailor-made chemistry that outlasted trends in Hip-Hop, a changing business model, and so much more that the industry witnessed between 1989 and 2010. Through their respective mediums, these men are communicating with each other, getting the last word to their brilliant history. One Of The Best Yet also allows proper sendoffs from affiliates like Jeru The Damja and Group Home. These artists became Gang Starr’s proteges, eventually stepping away on later albums. “What’s Real” with Lil Dap and Melachi The Nutcracker has that trip down the New York back-streets. Royce 5’9 joins the moment, a disciple from the dark imagery of Group Home, and Preemo’s more recent beneficiary, thanks to PRhyme. As he did so well during the mid-1990s, Jeru hits the pocket of “From A Distance” with his nimble flow and distinct brand of lyrical substance. Billy Danze and Lil Fame give the M.O.P.-assisted “Lights Out” two shining verses. Freddie Foxxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles) and Shug honor “The Militia” series with a fourth installment, with some fresh raw denim bars, over-top some crisp scratches and pounding percussion. Gang Starr’s New Video With J. Cole Keeps Guru’s Legacy Alive (Video) Pre-album single “Bad Name” stands tall within this body of work. Guru’s love for Hip-Hop culture permeated everything he did. Repping for fallen comrades Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur, Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal’s call for better behavior in the community sounds brand new and relatable. Those sentiments echo on “So Many Rappers,” as well as the brief-but-potent “Bring It Back Here.” So many of these songs defy feeling 10-plus years old, a testament to Guru’s pen and plausibly, the behind-the-scenes surgery of Premier. This group had intricate ways of making its albums in Calliope and D&D Studios from the very beginning. Now, with Guru’s ashes at the control panel, that chemistry still bubbles at Queens’ HeadQCourterz, named after another fallen Gang Starr family member. Gang Starr’s impact on Hip-Hop cannot be understated; DJ Premier and Guru’s love and brotherhood can never be undone. Heads have known these facts for decades. One Of The Best Yet is a pleasant reminder for your speakers. DJ Premier Discusses The Making Of Gang Starr’s Hard To Earn 25 Years Later At AFH TV, DJ Premier provided a 20th-anniversary “Making The Music” in-depth interview regarding Gang Starr’s Moment Of Truth. There are other videos related to Preemo and Nas. We are currently offering free 7-day trials. “Bad Name” and “Family and Loyalty” are presently included on the official AFH Playlist. Gang Starr Press photo (by Chi Modu) provided by TTT.

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Teyana Taylor Says She is Dropping Her New Album December 6

Teyana Taylor lowkey dropped a bombshell on Twitter Tuesday declaring she’s dropping her new album on December 6. Taylor dropped this news responding to a fan’s meme about a lack of new music from the G.O.O.D. Music artist.

Teyana Taylor’s latest single “How You Want It” featuring King Combs charted on Billboard peaking at #28 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The “Rose in Harlem” performer is also still riding the wave of her album, K.T.S.E., a long-awaited project entirely produced by Kanye West.

Taylor also teased a collab in the works with Kehlani that is expected to be on the currently untitled album. Taylor told fans on social media that they’re shooting a video for the track on Friday.

 

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Tekashi 6ix9ine is Reportedly Working on a New Album Already

It’s hard to tell where Tekashi 6ix9ine will be on this day next year, but he’s hoping that it’ll be out of jail and he’s already working on his DUMMY BOY follow-up.

We recently reported that his sentence date was pushed up to December of this year, so the disgraced rapper may be home in time for Christmas. He allegedly declined witness protection to continue his music career, and these recent reports suggests that it’s true.

Page Six said 6ix9ine has been reaching out to music producers, as per a music industry source. The Brooklyn native is in talks with a rising New York producer and someone from his team paid for two exclusive beats. “It looks like he will be making music right away when he comes home,” the source said.

Do you think Tekashi 6ix9ine will be able to pick up where he left off after being labeled a rat?

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ScHoolboy Q Announces Release Date and Tracklist for Third Album ‘CrasH Talk’

It’s been more than two years since ScHoolboy Q dropped his Sophomore LP Blankface but now the Hoover Street representative is returning with his new LP, CrasH Talk.

Groovy Q took to social media to reveal the artwork and release date for the album that was jumpstarted with his single “Numb Numb Juice” and followed up with the Travis Scott assisted single “CHopstix.” The album is scheduled to drop April 26th.

The Los Angeles native has a lot to talk about on this album given the recent tragedies in Hip-Hop. The “THat Part” rapper delayed working on music after the passing of his close friend and fellow rap artist Mac Miller last year and Nipsey Hussle who was shot late last month.

Q released a preview of the new album on Monday but waited until Thursday to reveal the tracklist. The 14-track Top Dawg Produced album features Lil Baby, YG, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, 6Lack, Ty Dolla Sign and 21 Savage.

 

 

 

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Lil Kim Announces First Studio Album In 14 Years [Photos]

Sean Combs and Lil Kim

Source: photo: WENN.com

The Queen Bee is back to assume her throne. Lil Kim has announced that a new project is on the way.

As spotted on HipHopDX the legendary rapper has confirmed that she has a new album slotted the summer. She made it official on her Instagram account. “Drip Too Hard,” she wrote. “My boo @beatbytwiggy @danteblandshaw @shanejustin | ‘Go Awff’ Video out Friday | New Album ‘9’ drops May 17th #goawff.”

Titled this is the first studio album Kimmie Blanco has released since The Naked Truth in 2005. 9 was originally supposed to drop in late 2018 but was pushed back as the lead track “Nasty One” didn’t connect with the masses. Thus far Rick Ross is the only confirmed guest appearance.

A video for her new single “Go Awff” will be released this week. You can listen to it below.

Photo: Greg Doherty / Getty Images

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The 2019 Grammy Nominations Are in and Hip-Hop Dominates

The 2019 Grammy nominees are in and Hip-Hop is dominating, again. It’s that time of year where music’s brightest stars from all genres get judged for the music they put out this year by the one and only Recording Academy. It’s up to those voting members to see who is the best of the best, of course, by their “standards.”

In the decades Hip-Hop has been around, only twice did artists within the Hip-Hop community win album of the year. In 1999, Lauryn Hill won for The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and 2004 was  OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below, which are both very deserving albums. Hip-Hop is more in the mainstream each day, evident by the chart positioning of Astroworld, Dummy Boy and Scorpion all ruling Billboard’s Top-10. I mean who other than maybe Ariana Grande has had a bigger year than Travis Scott? Or how about Drake just becoming the number one selling artist in the U.S. of all-time according to RIAA. The Recording Academy better put some respect on our name. Whether people want to admit or not, Hip-Hop IS popular music and we should hope that the coveted Grammy awards recognize this, which means a lot of our artists should take home some mini-gold phonographs for their mantles.

So who are some of top nominee’s?
For category 1 – “Record Of The Year”, five of the eight nominees are hip-hop acts. That includes Childish Gambino for This is America,” Cardi B, J. Balvin and Bad Bunny for I Like It, Drake for God’s Plan,” Post Malone’s Rockstar, featuring 21 Savage and Kendrick Lamar and SZA for All The Stars.”

“Album Of The Year”, again we have five artists from the hip-hop community, six if you count Janelle Monáe as part of our community, out of the eight acts nominated. Nominees include Drake for Scorpion, Cardi B for Invasion of Privacy, Post Malone Beer Bongs And Bentleys, H.E.R. for her self-titled debut album and lastly, the Black Panther soundtrack which comprises mostly of Hip-Hop.

“Song Of The Year” which is the songwriters biggest award, we hold four of the eight spots for nominee’s including Childish Gambino for This is America,” Ella Mai for “Boo’d Up,” “God’s Plan” by Drake and again, “All The Stars” from K. Dot and Miss SZA.  Some other notables in the Hip-Hop/Rap specific categories are SICKO MODE for “Best Rap Song,” Swimming by Mac Miller, Victory Lap by Nipsey Hussle, Daytona by Pusha T, Invasion of Privacy by Cardi B and Astroworld by Travis Scott, are atop the nominees for “Best Rap Album.”  6lack and J. Cole even got a nod for best rap performance with “Pretty Little Fears.”

Hip-Hop is absolutely dominating the general field at the upcoming Grammy awards, and we should be damn proud about it. We have come along way from not being considered a genre, to most likely dominating the whole show in 2019. People often state that the Grammy’s are based on politics and not generally the best music that’s out there. It’s been said that you need a lot of working parts to win such a prestigious award; like major label support (unless you’re Chance The Rapper), millions and millions of streams and downloads, major placements in film and TV and you have got to have the right relationships in place. Either way, we’re glad to have a seat at the table, kicking our feet up, and being offered seconds and thirds to eat and we even brought the desert ourselves. We’re killing sh*t, let’s be honest and I’m sure Hip-Hop acts will win multiple awards this year. Who do you think will take home the most awards come Grammy season? Let us know on Twitter at http://twitter.com/thesource

 

 

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Announces New Project Slated to Drop on Black Friday

Regardless of his inability to dodge controversy, Tekashi 6ix9ine is still putting out new music and has recently teamed up with behind the boards veteran Scott Storch.

Tekashi took to IG to post some footage of him and the “Lean Back” producer putting in work when he announced that his new album would be released on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the first day for Christmas shoppers.

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Solange Covers ‘T’ Mag, New Album Dropping Any Day Now?

SOLANGE FOR T MAGAZINE

Source: Collier Schorr / Collier Schorr / T Magazine

Fans can stop speculating and confidently rejoice in Solange returning to music. She is dropping a follow up to her A Seat At The Table this week.

As Vulture noted the singer is releasing a new album any day now as per her recent interview in New York Times’ T Magazine. According to the lengthy feature, the new project will “likely arrive into the world fully formed at some mysterious and unexpected moment”. Her description of the direction is just as complex. “There is a lot of jazz at the core. But with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle” she explains.

SOLANGE FOR T MAGAZINE

Source: Collier Schorr / Collier Schorr / T Magazine

The “Cranes In The Sky” singer also detailed how she is trying to take a step back from being the protagonist of her material. “I realize how much wider, figuratively and literally, my work could be if I took myself away as subject.” Her unique and very lengthy recording process is also revealed. “I like to be able to tell the story in 13 different ways, then I like to edit.” The Times reports that each song for A Seat At The Table were all 15 minutes or longer and then she trimmed them down.

Along with lightly touching on the yet to be named LP she also discussed her creative aspirations from as a child (“My dream was to go to Juilliard”) and shares how even with her popularity she still gets nervous about releasing her projects (“I have this fear living in my body about releasing work”).

Check out the cover on the flip. You can read the rest of the feature here.

Photo: Collier Schorr courtesy of T Magazine

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