DJ Khaled, who is less of an actual disk jockey and more of a super-producer and social media star these days, recently revealed the tracklisting for his upcoming album Grateful. With an eclectic cast of both new and established superstars, the ambitious guest list had some wondering whether Khaled was indeed a genius or merely an over-paid opportunist shoving as many chart-topping artists as possible into records.
Today Hip Hop lost a real soldier of the game, Albert Johnson — better known as Prodigy. Half of the infamous Queens duo Mobb Deep, 42-year-old Prodigy was the epitome of the Hip Hop that real heads loved. He was really about that street shit, he came up in an era where skills reigned supreme, and he had a distinctive vocal tone and way with words that will ultimately help uphold his legacy, which is an untouchable catalog.
In the midst of being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this week, Jay Z took to Twitter for an 11-tweet salute to his many musical influences. Strikingly familiar to the homage he made on his 2009 song “A Star Is Born” featuring J. Cole, his shoutouts ranged from golden era rap-gods to the leaders of the new school, giving insight into not only what he’s listening to currently, but some of the artists that have helped to mold his sound.
June 11th marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Far-Rockaway Queens Rapper Rayquon Elliott, better known as Stack Bundles, who was murdered in his apartment lobby back in 2007. Affiliated with DJ Clue’s Desert Storm imprint, he was a star on the rise with a healthy mixtape run, and a spot on Jim Jones’ ByrdGang roster. He is often cited as an influential figure to many New York City MCs who witnessed his come up.
Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam event was filled with amazing moments in 2017, like DJ Khaled holding young Asahd up like Rafiki holding young Simba for an incredible photo op. There was Remy Ma as well, who brought out the likes of Lady Of Rage, Monie Love, and Queen Latifah before putting Nicki Minaj up on the screen and dropping her vicious “Shether” record. One moment that fans were anticipating, though, was a miraculous on-stage appearance by the incarcerated wave god Max B. That, sadly, never happened.
When it comes to Hip Hop’s first billion-dollar couple, people love a great “theory.” Proof of this was when Beyonce was recently spotted rocking the same earrings as she did in her “If I Was A Boy” music video — sparking rumors about the sex of her twins. While the intricacy of that is perhaps giving Bey and her marketing team way too much credit, this latest rumor, which centers around an alleged new Jigga album, seems a little more solid.