Gathering of the Juggalos 2014

Some of you are busy arguing about whether Jay and Beyonce are on the rocks. Some of you are up in arms about whether Nicki Minaj’s thong is going to end up getting your daughter pregnant. Some of you are mad at Childish Gambino for acting like a rapper by trash talking the competition during his rap concert. I’m mad that folks are so busy being mad at Stephen A. Smith for saying some really dumb shxt about women “provoking” domestic violence…that they’re distracted from the larger issue, that the NFL punished Ray Rice less for knocking out his (then) fiancee than if he had been caught smoking weed or selling his autograph before going pro.

But here’s something to stop all our yammering for a hot second.
A horrible terrible twerk team moment from this year’s Gathering of the Juggalos bizarro scary people convention in Thornville, Ohio.
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Past rap foes go to war together in “Vietnam,” a new record from Slaughterhouse’s own Joe Budden. Backed by a soulful sample and gritty soundtrack provided by DJ Pain, Jumpoff Joe reconnects with Duffle Bag Ransom on one lyrical collaboration that reminds fans of the good old days Desert Storm days from early-mid 2000s.

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Lil’ Wayne heads to the Psych Ward in the upcoming video “Krazy.” Directed by Colin Tilley, MTV takes us on set of Weezy’s new visual in support of Tha Carter V. “I’m not talking about being crazy in the song, I’m just talking about being me, and a lot of people view that as crazy so we just wanted to capture that and have fun with it,” says the face of Young Money, while laughing at himself.

We talked about putting Lil Wayne in a psych ward and I definitely took some inspiration from “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” just as far as the look and feel for it,” Tilley explains. “It’s more of the psychological trip that Lil Wayne’s going through in this place.”

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Singer Victoria Monét is has quietly made a name appearing on Nas’ Life Is Good LP, and more recently on T.I.’s latest song “Stay.” Monét is currently preparing the release of her Nightmares & Lullabies project due sometime this year, and gives listeners a preview of what to expect on “Made In China.” Produced by Tommy Brown, it features one of today’s most in-demand singer-songwriters in Ty Dolla $ign.

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After a few teasers, fans can enjoy the new single from British pop singer Jessie J alongside two of her fellow superstars Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, “Bang Bang.” Co-produced by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha and Ilya, the uptempo song is a girl-power triple-team dream. A video for the single, directed by Hannah Lux Davis has already been filmed as the collaboration serves as the first offering off Jessie J’s upcoming new album. “Bang Bang” will also appear on the deluxe edition of Grande’s My Everything sophomore LP.

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There’s a handful of Philly MCs that have been putting work in the city’s streets longer than guys like Gillie Da Kid and Beanie Sigel. Not to take anything away from the mentioned names, but Jakk Frost was doing it first and is the definition of a Philadelphia O.G. Though he never broke all the way into the mainstream, the veteran still has enough wordplay to hang with anyone today. Check out this underground heater the just dropped.

Listen to “Love Iz Strnge” below…

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A$AP Ant delivers a new movie from the Philly blocks on this Monday afternoon (July 28). Featuring newcomer Lil’ Uzi Vert, YG Addie lets us know what happens when an enemy comes around looking for trouble. Crime scene.

“187″ was featured on Ant’s latest mixtape release, Big Payback Vol. 2.

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Wiz Khalifa rounds up his Taylor Gang recruits for this new track, “Shell Shocked,” taken from the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle soundtrack. Kill The Noise and Madsonik supply the skull-shattering production while the TGOD trio reciprocate that with high-energy verses, sprinkling in TMNT references along the way. “Shell Shocked” hits iTunes tomorrow, while the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie lands in theaters August 8. Watch the official trailer here.

Update: the video has been added

Listen to “Shell Shocked” below…

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Thanks to Buzzfeed, we have a full stream of Diplo’s new complilation album, Random White Dude Be Everywhere, which all started with the photobomb above. After a Youtube commenter gave Diplo the name, he just ran with it and the rest is history. The project will be released everywhere tomorrow (July 29).

“From “Boy Oh Boy” in my studio in L.A. to “Revolution” I mixed in Miami to “Express Yourself” in New Orleans… I just did a bunch of stuff and wanted to give it out to people that might not know all these songs came out in the random fashion we work in. There’s so many different influences on here.”

Listen to the mix below…

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The campaign to rename the intersection of Ludlow and Rivington in Manhattan’s Lower East Side “Beastie Boys Square” may have been an unsuccessful one, but one fan paid her respects to the iconic hip-hop trio in a big way over the weekend.

Brooklyn artist Danielle Mastrion created a mural honoring the 25th anniversary of the Beasties’ sophomore LP, Paul’s Boutique, at the very location shown on the album cover, in the LES. The mural was completed in just one day, and was commissioned by LeRoy McCarthy, the man behind several successful campaigns to rename hip-hop landmarks throughout New York City.

Check out the finished piece above, plus a few shots of Mastrion’s work-in-progress below. RIP Adam “MCA” Yauch.

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