Macklemore Explains Why Ryan Lewis Isn’t Producing “Gemini” Album

September 16th, 2017

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Ahead of next week’s release of his sophomore solo album Gemini, Macklemore stopped by Sway in the Morning to explain why his long-time producing partner Ryan Lewis is absent from the upcoming project.

The pair amicably parted ways earlier in the summer, having previously collaborated on a handful of projects, including 2012’s Grammy-winning album The Heist and last year’s follow-up, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.

“It was a decision that we both came to,” he said. “I think with the last album and how intense it was at times – particularly making ‘White Privilege II,’ that was an intense, as it should have been, song to write … I think it was really heavy to make a nine-minute song about race. And again, it should be heavy. You can’t even scrape the surface on it.”

Although it was ultimately a mutual decision, Macklemore did reveal that it was Lewis who first proposed the idea of them going their separate ways following the release of their last album.

“I think with that and just other songs that we did, it was time to step back a little bit,” Macklemore continued. “And Ryan was the one that actually brought it up to me and I was like, ‘Yo, let’s do an EP.’ And he was like, ‘I feel like I would be the worst producer for you right now.’ I’ma give you guys the hundo version. I think that that was the best thing that he could have said because we needed that space. You need space to appreciate somebody. We’ve been working together nine years. We’re best friends. We worked together every single day; music videos, in the studio, all that stuff. I heard that and at first I was like, ‘Damn, music without Ryan’ and then I was like, ‘You know what? He’s right, we need a break.’ It was very much mutual. He was the person that put it out there first. And there’s no love lost. Ryan and I will make music together in the future.”

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Eminem Is Producing a Comedy Movie about Rap Battles

eminem-cool-phoaperlepiBodied’ marks Mathers’ return to the silver screen.

Eminem is returning to the movie business with a producer credit on the new comedy movie Bodied which follows the story of a university student that writes a controversial thesis on the rap battle scene.

The movie is currently in post-production but we know that Em has been producing the movie alongside music director Joseph Kahn.

Bodied was an official selection this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released this September. The movie examines race relations and the moral panic surrounding hip hop’s place in society, specifically battle rapping, according to HipHopDX.

Joseph Khan makes his feature film debut with Bodied having spent most of his career directing music videos for Dr. Dre, U2, Lady Gaga and Missy Elliot.

Eminem is returning to the movie business with a producer credit on the new comedy movie Bodied which follows the story of a university student that writes a controversial thesis on the rap battle scene.

The movie is currently in post-production but we know that Em has been producing the movie alongside music director Joseph Kahn.

Bodied was an official selection this year at the Toronto International Film Festival and will be released this September. The movie examines race relations and the moral panic surrounding hip hop’s place in society, specifically battle rapping, according to HipHopDX.

Joseph Khan makes his feature film debut with Bodied having spent most of his career directing music videos for Dr. Dre, U2, Lady Gaga and Missy Elliot.

Recently, Eminem and Dr Dre recalled the first time they ever met – as well as telling the story behind the subsequent recording of Eminem’s solo single ‘My Name Is’ – for the new HBO documentary series The Defiant Ones.

Speaking in the new documentary, Eminem recalled being starstruck by Dre on their first meeting. “I’m looking at Dre like: ‘Dude I see you on TV all the time – you one of my biggest influences ever in life.”

Dre then remembered how the pair put together ‘My Name Is’, with archive footage of the two in Dre’s home studio also shown. The producer also revealed that the single started to come together during their first few minutes in the studio.

DJ Khaled Scores First No. 1 On R&B Charts With “Wild Thoughts”

djkhaledDJ Khaled gets another chart-topper.
DJ Khaled didn’t necessarily need ANOTHER ONE, but he got one.

As per Billboard, the hit-making producer has scored his first No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart with “Wild Thoughts,” his collab with Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. It’s also Tiller’s first R&B chart-topper but it’s RiRi’s fifth (!), setting a new record for her.

“Thoughts” has also hit new peaks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, sitting in the second position, while it goes to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 (No. 3). Khaled’s other hit song, “I’m the One,” which features Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, stays at the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for a fourth week. With other tracks from Grateful gaining steam, it’s unlikely Khaled will see a dip in this trend anytime soon.

Prodigy from rap group Mobb Deep has died aged 42 after performing in Las Vegas

prodigy_750400Prodigy from hip-hop duo Mobb Deep has died.

The 42-year-old had sickle cell anaemia and was admitted to hospital a few days ago while in Las Vegas for a performance.

Nicki Minaj, Nas, Lil Wayne and 50 Cent are among those who have paid tribute to the rapper.

Mobb Deep were one of the most successful hip-hop acts of all time, and released eight albums between 1993 and 2014.

Bandmate Havoc posted photos of the duo to his Instagram following the announcement of Prodigy’s death.

“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary NY rap duo Mobb Deep,” Prodigy’s publicist Roberta Magrini said in a statement sent to Newsbeat.

She said the exact cause of the rapper’s death was “yet to be confirmed”.

5 Under-The-Radar Albums You Don’t Want To Miss

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Some choice upcoming releases: Brockhampton, Joyner Lucas, Terrace Martin, & more.

SZA, 2 Chainz, Vince Staples, and DJ Khaled are all about to release albums sure to dominate headlines and charts in the coming weeks. We’d like to draw your attention to a handful of upcoming releases that may not crack the Billboard Top 200, but are worth a listen from the discerning hip hop fan. And given that every hip hop fan considers herself discerning, everyone ought to bump these albums.

About SZA

Being the only woman on the artist roster of the most dominant label in hip-hop would be an intimidating experience for basically anyone. That is unless you’re as insanely talented as SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment’s PBR&B super villain. The Maplewood, NJ-songstress signed with Black Hippy’s label in July 2013, less than a year after she self-released her first project, See.SZA.Run. A few months after the signing, SZA released another free EP called S to rave reviews, followed by Z in 2014, her first project sold on iTunes. More recently, SZA was featured on “Consideration,” the excellent first track on Rihanna’s blockbuster album Anti.

About 2 Chainz

The artist formerly known as Tity Boi spent more than a decade in limbo before reinventing himself and breaking into the mainstream in 2012, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after features in the game (despite his alleged $100,000 verse fee).

Throughout his 15-year career, he’s collaborated with the likes of Cam’ron, Pusha T, Nelly, The Game, Travis Porter, B.o.B., T.I., Sean Kingston, Juicy J, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Young Buck, Chrisette Michelle, Kanye West, The-Dream, Beyonce, J. Cole, E-40, Jeezy, Rocko, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Meek Mill, French Montana, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Timbaland, Fall Out Boy and more, appearing on more than 50 different tracks throughout 2013 alone.

Unfortunately, he’s recently been dealing with some legal issues stemming from various drug charges, although he did perform at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party. Regardless, he’s currently working on his third studio album, and is preparing for the “2 Good To Be T.R.U.” tour with Pusha T, August Alsina and Cap 1, which is scheduled to unfold in February and March of 2014. Oh yeah – his latest album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, is nominated for Best Rap Album at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

About Vince Staples

Vince Staples is an emerging emcee from Long Beach, California, part of the Cutthroat Boys alongside Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts and a frequent Odd Future collaborator. Throughout his young career, he’s released three mixtapes, having collaborated with Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Casey Veggies, Mike G, Jhene Aiko, Michael Uzowuru, Childish Major, No ID, Evidence, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Da$H, Hardo, Claton Samus, Domo Genesis, Cashius Green, The Jet Age Of Tomorrow and more. Most recently, there’ve been talks of an upcoming collaboration with Common, and he inked a deal with Def Jam Recordings as well. He’s currently… working on a new mixtape titled Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 (the sequel to his debut mixtape), which is scheduled to drop in early 2014. Stay tuned.

About DJ Khaled

Hate it or love it, DJ Khaled is an undeniable presence in the rap game, both for his inescapable “we the best” ad-lib and his tendency to bring superstars together on hit records. On top of managing his We The Best record label (home to Ace Hood, Mavado and Vado), he’s also a radio host on Miami’s urban music radio station WEDR as well as Terror Squad’s official DJ.

Throughout the course of his career, he’s worked with Kanye West, T-Pain, Akon, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Dr. Dre, Nas, Plies, The Game, Rick Ross, Ma$e, Wale, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Jim Jones, Brisco, T.I., Fat Joe, Jadakiss, John Legend, Bun B, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Lil Boosie, Trick Daddy, Young Jeezy and more, and has organized countless posse cuts, which is perhaps what he’s best known for.

Most recently, he released his album Suffering From Success, which met with lukewarm reviews and sales (having been preceded by an elaborate publicity stunt, that being his marriage proposal to Nicki Minaj). Despite this, he continues to strive to be the absolute best, and we’d expect nothing less.

Quavo Was The Most Streamed Rap Artist On Spotify Today-Video

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Quavo was third overall behind Ed Sheeran & Daddy Yankee.

According to a tweet & report from reputable site DJ Booth, Migos rapper Quavo was the #1 most streamed rap artist on Spotify today, and 3rd overall behind Ed Sheeran & Daddy Yankee.

Quavo himself posted a screenshot of the report on his IG page Tuesday night, showing the results of the streams with Kendrick Lamar coming in at second, Drake third, Future fourth, & Lil Wayne fifth.

The report surfaces just 24 hours or so before we get to hear Quavo on an upcoming Major Lazer song with Travis Scott & Camila Cabello, which will continue to help his rise to superstardom & those streaming numbers.

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