“Take your hoodie off / Why you hide your face from me?
Make your fucking mind up / I am sick of waiting patiently.
How come you the best to me? / I know you the worst for me.
Boy, you sweet as sugar; diabetic to the first degree.”
The opening bars from Tyler, The Creator’s latest single “A BOY IS A GUN*” are clearly about a male lover, but it’s his new music video for the IGOR album cut that visually confirms his stance on same-sex relationships.
After rapping about “kissing white boys since 2004” on the Flower Boy standout “I Ain’t Got Time!,” the debate on Tyler’s actual sexuality has been a topic of discussion by his global fanbase and the industry alike. However, whether he’s trolling to challenge the epidemic of homosexuality in Hip-Hop or he’s actually somewhere on the spectrum, the truth is that he’s one of the biggest advocates for LGBTQ representation in rap and his support doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon based off his new WOLF HALEY-directed (aka himself) music video. The cinematography overall is rooted in a ’60s-style aesthetic, from the retro ‘fits and dream-like filter to Tyler’s Twiggy-inspired blonde wig. From the artsy vibes to the inclusive narrative, we say he nailed it with this one.
Watch the new music video for “A BOY IS A GUN*” by Tyler, The Creator above, and stream IGOR right now on all streaming platforms.
Our love for The The Notorious B.I.G. will always be just that — big! Who would’ve thought that 25 years ago, a guy self-described as “Black and ugly as ever” would go on to become one of the most revered emcees to ever touch a mic by kicking off his career with a debut album we all know and love as Ready To Die. The LP was universally acclaimed from jump — we even had to bump it up from our original 4.5 rating in ’94 to a perfect Five Mics score back in ’02! — and the appreciation hasn’t faltered in the time since its release.
Now, Amazon Music is taking time to show Biggie’s arrival album its proper dues with a mini doc that you can watch right now.
The doc includes words and recollections from those who were there from the beginning, including Mister Cee who submitted BIG’s first mixtape to The Source‘s former “Unsigned Hype” editor Matty C. The rest is of course history, leading to a feature in our March 1992 publication (Issue #30) that would go on to officially put him on the rap map and, well, a legend was born!
The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die is narrated in part by the slain rapper himself, and even comes with an extra Amazon Music component that you can activate by saying “Alexa, play ‘The Birth of Biggie.’” Technology, man!
Watch The Birth of Biggie: 25 Years of Ready To Die by Amazon Music above. R.I.P forever, B.I.G.!
When news broke last month that Kanye West was building dome-like concept homes in his Calabasas neighborhood, the idea seemed pretty neat and innovative overall at the time. However, it now looks like the whole thing was ill-fated from the beginning and has since been demolished for the most part by the City of Los Angeles.
TMZ, who also broke the original story, now reports that noise complaints from neighbors and the “minor” fact that ‘Ye never got the proper permits to start building in the first place led to the downfall of his otherwise genius idea. As of now, only one tower is still standing, as seen above in the video report by CBS LA, and even that one will have to be torn down before the September 15 deadline put in place by the L.A. County Department of Public Works.
In addition to regulation violations, Kanye and crew were reportedly doing construction for more than 12 hours on Saturdays — it’s against the area’s 8AM – 5PM building policy — and even working on Sundays, which isn’t allowed at all. Hey, maybe the new Wyoming property he just bought will be the new home for his dome community.
Do you think Kanye West is getting unfair treatment for a plan that could change the community, or did he bring this on himself for not following the proper procedure? Let us know your thoughts over on Facebook and Twitter!
Dave East is winning from now. Not only is he receiving critical acclaim acting as Method Man on the Hulu mini-series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, but the streets are feeling his new two new singles, “Everyday” featuring Gunna and “Wanna Be G” featuring Max B. Both songs make up his recently released Survival Pacc mixtape.
But even with that seems to be a busy schedule, the Harlem emcee takes time out to invest in what is important. For him, it is no secret that the most important thing to him is his daughter, Kairi Chanel Brewster. The first time dad loves his new role as father.
Check him out as he takes he babygirl to her first day of school.
For those that loved Kanye West’s ye album from last year, you might agree that he does some of his best work while being isolated in the far out lands of Wyoming. Thankfully for Team Yeezy, it looks like the Chicago-bred rap king will be spending way more time out there to record new music as he reportedly just bought a massive property located in the city of Cody.
Jetting around on ATVs a few days ago, as seen in the clip above, Kanye seems to be getting more in tuned with being a man of the mountains. The property that he purchased is called Monster Lake Ranch, and comes with eight lodging units, a pair of freshwater lakes, a restaurant, event center and meeting facilities for all those important DONDA meetings, as TMZ exclusively reports. The specs are spacious to say the least: more than 9,000 acres make up the property, with 4,500 of those that Kanye can now claim as his own and the remaining being leased from the federal government. Reportedly, Ye didn’t even have to pay the full $14 million USD that Monster Lake Ranch is worth. Steal!
Kanye West’s new Wyoming residence is reportedly where he’ll be finishing up his new album, Jesus Is King. Let’s pray for another banger this time around!
That was the first thing that Ovalord, winner of the Rémy Producers Season 6 East Regional showdown in NYC last night, had to say exclusively to The Source about coming out on top in the competition. He expressed his gratitude even further to us by stating, “It’s an inspiration seeing all these major producers like TRAKGIRL, Boi-1da, Illmind and even MILO giving me respect — it’s just dope. Rémy Producers has something great going on; it’s one of those platforms that gives producers the biggest spotlight and the ultimate support. I appreciate everything!”
The night capped off at PHD Lounge in NYC’s Meatpacking District last night (September 4), where droves of influencers and Downtown dwellers got an early start to their NYFW festivities by coming through to hear some fire beats. As Ovalord mentioned above, the night was spearheaded by super producer Boi-1da, who served as a judge alongside fellow renowned beat maker TRAKGIRL and Season Five winner MILO. Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club host DJ Envy served as host of the night, particularly when it came time to judge the finalists.
The prize included an opportunity to compete in the national finale in ATL, where all the regional winners will go head-to-head for the grand prize: a producers deal with So-So Def Records’ own Jermaine Dupri. Ovalord performed in front of a pretty tough crowd, which included Angela Simmons, comedian Gary Owen and singer Elle Varner.
We also got a chance to chop it up with Boi-1da after it was all said and done, and he broke down the competition as a whole and what exactly went into choosing the big winner of the night. Take a look below at what he had to say:
“I am excited to be a part of the 6th season of Rémy Producers. Serving as a Super Producer allows me to meet new talent and encourage them to strengthen their craft. It was the perfect opportunity to serve as a mentor, and I salute Rémy Martin’s commitment to the next generation. We were looking for beats that were unique, innovative, and hard-hitting, which is what tonight’s winner Ovalord brought to the competition. We want to hear originality and creativity; beats that we can feel confident about.”
Stay tuned for more information on Rémy Producers and the big finale event later this month by heading over to producers.remymartin.com. Check out the quick photo recap below, and as always drink responsibly if you’re legally able to do so:
After turning heads with her live performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, pop/soul sensation Lizzo is capping off her summer with a bang by landing the number one spot this week on the Billboard Hot 100 with her two-year-old viral hit “Truth Hurts.”
The song’s release history plays out like a “little engine that could” tale. Actually, “Truth Hurts” didn’t even chart when it was first released back in 2017; the song resurfaced on the charts earlier this year after a surge in popularity following the success of her hit 2019 album Cuz I Love You. The song was then put on the deluxe version of the album as a bonus track, and over the past few months has become an anthem for anyone that enjoys feel-good music and aligns themselves with Lizzo’s overall positivity initiative. Lizzo herself was ecstatic about the feat, writing on IG in all caps, “THIS IS A W FOR ALL OF US. ANYBODY WHO EVER FELT LIKE THEY VOICE WASN’T HEARD. ANYBODY WHO FELT LIKE THEY WEREN’T GOOD ENOUGH. YOU ARE. WE ARE. CHAMPIONS.”
Congratulations, Lizzo! Watch the video for “Truth Hurts” below if you haven’t already, and go listen to Cuz I Love You on all streaming platforms:
Since 2001, this day has marked the anniversary since our beloved Princess of R&B and Queen of Urban Pop was killed in a plane crash after filming the music video for “Rock the Boat” off her perfect self-titled album, Aaliyah. The serenity of the beat paired with her light-as-a-feather vocals, even with its suggestively coy lyrics, have stood the test of time as one of the most beautiful R&B videos of all time, while also being one of the most heartbreaking as well.
Granted, she was a beast on the soul tip, but Baby Girl was also one of the premiere R&B divas who had no problem riding a Hip-Hop beat with syncopated bliss. Much like her ’90s predecessors Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey, Aaliyah brought out the softer side of the street and could hold her own next to some of the hardest rappers during her era of reign. So, while we’ll always remember her for being a soul siren with the voice of an angel, The Source decided to take the 18th anniversary of Aaliyah’s untimely passing to give you all 25 of her illest rap collabs and remixes.
From making sure DMX made it back in one piece, to getting a fresh-out-of-jail Slick Rick on a Marvin Gaye cover, let’s look back at Aaliyah as a Hip-Hop star:
Hot like fire: Aaliyah (circa 1997) recording the “Night Riders” remix with Boot Camp Clik members Tek & Steele of Smif-N-Wessun and Buckshot.
25. “If Your Girl Only Knew” (The New Remix) [featuring Missy Elliott]
A good argument for why it made perfect sense in the ’90s to buy both the album and single releases. This ‘Missy mix’ of Aaliyah’s chart-topping 1996 hit record absolutely slaps.
24. “At Your Best (You Are Love)” (Stepper’s Ball Remix) [feat. R. Kelly]
It’s a bit tough to get through the Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number era without mentioning R. Kelly, given all that’s come to light this year, but it just doesn’t make sense to ignore Aaliyah’s musical legacy from her beginning years in order to #MuteRKelly. Some songs, like this deep cut remix, prove that she’s so much greater than the producer behind and on the record.
23. “Man Undercover” – Timbaland and Magoo (feat. Aaliyah)
Silky and smooth vocals from the queen, paired with a few bars by Timbo to give the hard-hitting beat a proper rap component. This was always a sweet spot for the “Timbaliyah” duo.
22. “Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number” (Linslee Remix) [featuring Cash Rex]
Here’s a G-funk remix by British producer Linslee Campbell that most fans have probably never even heard. Yeah, you’re welcome!
21. “Enough Said” (featuring Drake)
Yep, we took it there! As the sole posthumously-released collaboration on this list, we had to show “Enough Said” and Drizzy some love for keeping Baby Girl’s legacy alive over a decade after her death.
20. “John Blaze” (featuring Missy Elliott)
When Missy and Aaliyah jumped on a track together, it always resulted in a smooth banger. This cut off Timbaland’s 1998 album Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment proved to be no different.
19. “Girlfriends” – Yaushameen Michael (feat. Aaliyah)
This unreleased collab has reached almost mythical status. Even though most people have no idea who Yaushameen Michael is — she was a minor member of the Bassment Crew that even landed a feature on Tim’s Bio: Life from da Bassment (1998) — it didn’t stop Aaliyah from getting on a record with the unsung femcee. “Girlfriends” was originally recorded for Aaliyah’s 2001 self-titled album as a way for her to officially introduce the world to Yaushameen. Due to many circumstances, the ultimate one being Aaliyah’s passing, this collab never saw the light of day until it leaked back in 2006.
18. “Back and Forth” (featuring R. Kelly)
Nothing beats the first time! On her debut single, which topped the R&B chart and peaked at no. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, Aaliyah proved from the beginning that she was a b-girl at heart.
17. “Are You Feelin’ Me” (featuring Timbaland)
One of the hardest tracks off the Romeo Must Die soundtrack, “Are You Feelin’ Me” is still a peak Aaliyah/Timbaland era beat. This one just further solidifies the void in pop music we’ve been feeling for the past 18 years that only these two could fill.
16. “I Need You Tonight” – Junior M.A.F.I.A. (featuring Aaliyah)
Young Liyah with a baby-faced Kim and the Junior M.A.F.I.A. crew, who were also more than likely teenagers at the time. Young Nation, indeed!
15. “Hot Like Fire” (Feel My Horns Mix) [featuring Timbaland & Missy Elliott]
Aaliyah, Missy and Timbaland. Need we say more? Definitely blast this one at high volume!
14. “Try Again” (Timbaland Remix) [featuring Sabastian And Sin]
Even though Aaliyah’s vocals are carried over from the original Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 song, and the bars by Sabastian And Sin are a bit forgettable, Timbaland’s added extensions to the beat toward the beginning and end make up for the lyrical shortcomings.
13. “Down With The Clique” (feat. Tia “Second Chapter” Hawkins)
While the circumstances behind Tia Hawkins’ story are heartbreaking in itself to say the least, reflecting back on the good times will always soften the blow of hard times and tribulations. Her work as a rapper on “Down With The Clique,” in addition to many other songs on the Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number album, make for worthy recognition in a positive light. Wherever you are, we’re praying for you Tia!
12. “Ladies In Da House” (featuring Missy Elliott & Timbaland)
One of the chillest deep cuts off Aaliyah’s classic 1996 album One In a Million. Definitely something that both the ladies and fellas in the house can always groove to.
11. “Queen Bitch” – Lil’ Kim (featuring Aaliyah & The Notorious B.I.G.)
Even though Aaliyah and Biggie make light contributions to this Hard Core standout, it’s still dope to think that Kim had two music icons on a radio remix for the streets. Respect to the Queen!
10. “A Girl Like You” (featuring Treach)
The back-and-forth flow between these two made for a super fun record overall. Also, the fact that fellow Naughty By Nature member Kay-Gee produced this One In a Million album cut is an added bonus.
9. “Live and Die for Hip Hop” – Kris Kross (featuring Da Brat, Jermaine Dupri, Mr. Black, and Aaliyah)
Aaliyah is so silky on this record, even though she’s simply cooing on the chorus. This record will always make us wonder how she would’ve fit into the So So Def family if things had played out differently.
8. “We Need a Resolution” (featuring Timbaland)
Looking back, this song was the literal example of the term “ahead of its time.” It barely made a blip on the Hot 100 back in 2001 — it peaked at no. 59 — but “We Need a Resolution” would’ve been a surefire hit had it been released in today’s more experimental musical climate.
7. “Got To Give It Up” (featuring Slick Rick)
What’s interesting about this collaboration is that Slick Rick recorded this while on work release from prison, in addition to Aaliyah being brave enough to cover a ’70s soul classic with satisfying results. Now that’s gangsta!
6. “Stickin’ Chickens” – Missy Elliott (featuring Aaliyah and Da Brat)
The ultimate female empowerment record, done effortlessly by three Hip-Hop queens of the ’90s. There’s nothing better than hearing the union between women who rock with each other both on and off wax.
5. “Up Jumps da Boogie” – Timbaland & Magoo (featuring Missy Elliott and Aaliyah)
What a tune! As posse records go, this was an apex moment for the Bassment Crew. Everyone played their part perfectly, and the music video is still a great look at one of the best musical families to ever do it.
While Buckshot & Boogie Brown’s original remix for Boot Camp Clik’s 1997 album For the People was fire in itself, 9th Wonder absolutely laced this version. Aaliyah of course is as smooth as ever, proving yet again that she can hold her own with the hardest MCs.
3. “You Won’t See Me Tonight”- Nas (featuring Aaliyah)
We still can’t believe this song didn’t get an official release with a proper music video! The God Nasir and the Queen Aaliyah make for a dream team on this I Am… standout cut, produced by none other than Timbo the King.
2. “Come Back In One Piece” (featuring DMX)
When considering joint albums by the likes of Jhené Aiko and Big Sean (Twenty88), or a more accurate comparison like The Carters themselvesJay-Z and Beyoncé, DMX and Aaliyah would’ve made a pretty solid collaborative LP had fate given us more time with Baby Girl. Given this classic cut off the soundtrack for Romeo Must Die, the 2000 film which stars both musicians, we can only assume that it would’ve been a definite hit.
1. “Are You That Somebody?” (Supafriendz Remix) [featuring Danja Mowf, Mad Skillz & Lonnie B.]
One of Aaliyah’s greatest rap moments ever was this massive remix to her even more massive 1998 hit record off the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack. The streets couldn’t get enough of this version, and Timbaland’s insanely iconic beat didn’t even need to be touched. Simply put, there will never be a singer that meshes so well with Hip-Hop quite like this dearly missed R&B queen.
Rest in peace forever, Aaliyah! Let us know how you’re remembering the dearly missed R&B icon today by letting us know over on our Facebook and Twitter!
We hope you all have been enjoying the SOURCE360 Festival so far, and the fun will continue this weekend with our annual Block Party. This year we’re setting up shop on the newly-renamed Christopher Wallace Way in Bedstuy, and we’ll be honoring Biggie’s legacy with many activations, a fashion show and few live performances that you won’t want to miss.
“I have so many Biggie memories. When he was ‘big,’ the Fugees were down ‘here’ — Editor’s Note: Wyclef speaks with his hands to show the tier level of success between the two now-iconic ’90s music acts — and we opened up for Biggie like three or four times. I remember coming from Jersey and going to Long Island where he was playing. We get there, and I remember Biggie coming to the dressing room because — ok, there was a myth about the Fugees: don’t play with the Fugees because, if they go before you, nine times out of 10 we’ll murder it [Laughs]! What I would always do with the performer that I’m playing before is do 20 seconds of their songs.
So yeah, we did a show with Biggie and Puff [Daddy], and I remember — Puffy knows this story, too! [Laughs] — they were amazed because they has never saw anything like that. Biggie comes in the dressing room and was like — Editor’s Note: it’s here where Wyclef uses in-person gestures yet again to describe the moment, hilariously mimicking BIG’s signature lisp — ‘Man, you motherfuckers go out there and y’all be bangin’ them symbols and shit! This shit is just not fair [Laughs]! Y’all motherfuckers are geniuses – I wish I cold play the instruments!’
[The Notorious B.I.G.] has always possessed a cuddly, teddy bear-like personality. He was very funny up the gazoo, and most importantly very real. I always say him and Pac got caught up in the ring and became casualties of war. They were like GoodFellas.”
If you’ll be joining us this week for the 6th annual SOURCE360 Festival, trust it’s about to be one for the books!
In addition to panels, a block party and even a showcase for Unsigned Hype, we’ll also be putting on a few parties to really get things popping on the nightlife tip. Following our block party on Saturday (August 17), we’re capping things off with a special ‘360 After Dark’ Afrobeat-themed party starting at 10PM. Sounds will be handled by a rotating set of the most talented and requested DJs in New York City, including DJ BAM, DJ Sydney Love and DJ Showoff. In addition to the music spinning at BK hotspot Basquiat’s Bottle, the night will also include live body painting in case you want to stand out in the crowd, performances that are sure to keep you entertained into the AM hours and more things that are probably best enjoyed when the lights go out.
Join us in Brooklyn this Saturday for the SOURCE360 Afro & Beats Hip-Hop Party, going down at Basquiat’s Bottle (1198 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216). Reserve your spot now by clicking here, along with our other planned events on the schedule below: