Twitter has been an integral part of hip hop over the last few years. Naturally, in a genre as competitive as hip hop, you expect beefs. Beef that has taken the stage on Twitter. Take for instance last week. Keyshia Cole and Lil Kim exchanged words on the great social platform over friendship. Yes, friendship. Dead End Hip Hop takes a look this week at Twitter and it’s impact on hip hop.
Archives for May 2011
Dead End Hip Hop | Webisode 16: Un (Common) White House Visit
Common was at the White House for the “Evening of Poetry” last week amid a lot of controversy. Or, simply put, Fox News took shots. As hip hop heads, you all know that Common is not a vile rapper as he was portrayed on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly, and Sean Hannity.
Dead End Hip Hop takes a look at this invitation, the choice of Common, and Fox News point of view of Common even after they honored him a few years back. Hip Hop is not beyond politics as the culture has always been socially conscious and uplifting. Common has been one of those champions
Video | Tyler the Creator Album Review [Dead End Hip Hop]
Mixtape | Elzhi-Elmatic
Elzhi dropped this anticipate live instruments album of Nas’s classic Illmatic. Download this dopeness. Now.
01 The Genesis
02 Detroit State of Mind (Houseshoes Shout)
04 Memory Lane
05 The World Is Yours
07 Life’s A !! (ft. Royce Da 5’9″ & Stokley Williams of Mint Condition)
08 One Love
09 It Ain’t Hard To Tell [Pete Rock Shout]
10 Pete Rock Shout
DOWNLOAD: eLZhi – ELmatic (Mixtape) [via XXL]
Video | Dead End Hip Hop Webisode 15: XXL 2011 Freshman Picks
This weeks Dead End Hip Hop show takes a look at the 2011 XXL Freshman Class and Dead End Hip Hop give you their picks on who stays and who goes. After a few months worth of mixtapes and songs dropping, Dead End Hip Hop evaluates who we think will still be around come 2012.
Artwork and Tracklist | Random Axe [Black Milk x Guilty Simpson x Sean Price]
Artwork and tracklist for the upcoming Random Axe album. Drops June 14th.
1. Zoo Drugs
2. Random Call
3. Black Ops (ft. Fat Ray)
4. Chewbacca (ft. Roc Marciano)
5. The Hex
6. Understand This
7. Everybody, Nobody, Somebody
8. Jahphy Joe (ft. Melanie Rutherford & Danny Brown)
9. The Karate Kid
10. Never Back Down
11. Monster Babies
12. Shirley C (ft. Fatt Father)
13. Another One (ft. Rock & Trick Trick)
14. 4 In The Box
15. Outro Smoutro
Music | Tha Deen-Blue Ruby x Father and Son x Know That Time
Check out the tracks dropped by Tha Deen. This was sent a while back and I’m playing catch up. Tha Deen is from Philadelphia, PA. Nice work. Download links below.
Download: Tha Deen-Blue Ruby x Father and Son x Know That Time
Music Stream | Savant-State Bar AZ Cypher [Prod. by Marvel76]
This was sent to me in March but I was crazy busy. I finally listened to it and I’m loving it. It’s from Savant who hooked up with Donuts & Milk for this joint called “State Bar AZ Cypher“. Marvel76 produced this track. It’s hot. Check out the stream below.
State Bar AZ Cypher (prod. by Marvel76) by Savant aka Stanstro
Video | Dead End Hip Hop | Webisode 14: The (Odd Future) of Hip Hop
Hip hop is an interesting place. On one end you have Lil B. On the other end you have Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All or OFWGKTA. Each are on different end of the hip hop spectrum. This week, Dead End Hip Hop continues their look at some of hip hop’s newest buzz acts with Odd Future.
Odd Future burst on the scene out of seemingly nowhere beefing with entities such as 2dopeboyz, B.o.B. and Steve Harvey. For whatever reason. Led by Tyler the Creator, now they are everywhere appearing in mainstream publications such as the New York Times, Pitchfork, and Rolling Stone. They are not mainstream.
They have recently started their own label, Odd Future Records, in which the own complete control and direction distributed through Red Distribution, a Sony company. It only makes sense since they have such a different style that if a corporation was to attempt to mess with their “secret sauce”, Odd Future wouldn’t have one. Check out Dead End Hip Hop on Odd Future.
Music | Joe Budden-Ordinary Love Sh*t Pt. 3 (Closure)
Joe Budden presents part 3 to his “Ordinary Love“ series. This one over some beef on Twitter. Budden goes in on the Frank Ocean’s “Novacane” instrumental. Props to HHNM for the linkage. Video and download link below.