When Hip Hop icon Redman spit “your boombox better form a union ’cause I leave your circuits overworked,” who knew that 21 years later a new generation of cultural shifters may take the advice? Although in this instance, the boombox represents the producers behind some of the biggest and brightest upcoming acts being touted as leaders of the new school.
In many ways, French Montana’s sophomore LP Jungle Rules is a make or break album for the 32-year-old Morroco-born rap star. After a lot of build up, the album officially hit online streaming services this morning (July 14) at midnight.
“The Makaveli Book” by veteran Death Row Records engineer Tommy D. Daugherty reveals some amazing stories and in-studio moments from the music industry titan. Despite all those juicy details, the most fascinating tales are about the unique relationships artists often form with engineers who help bring their visions to life.
We’re already halfway through the year. So far, 2017 has brought with it some great music and huge milestones. Several major artists dropped projects that broke all types of records. For example, Drake racked up 89.9 million streams globally within the first 24 hours of More Life‘s release on Apple Music, setting a single-day record. This record was later broken by Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., which averaged 2,406, 568 per song.
Sort of quirky — and super unique — singer Shelita Burke is a singer I wrote about last year when she released her EP Transfixed and lead single “Belong,” which was produced by industry vet Bellringer. If you missed my previous piece (shame on you), I’ll give you a quick Cliff’s Notes on why you need to check Shelita Out.
Reminder, there’s no shame in not being the biggest fan of an artist. You’re also not under any moral obligation to fundamentally love every artist who ever died. Feels like that shouldn’t be a necessary reminder — except that it is.