September 2013


The sequel to one of the biggest blockbusters of 2012, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, hits theaters on November 22. Almost as exciting, the accompanying soundtrack arrives just three days before and will include original music from an all-star cast including Coldplay, Santigold, Mikky Ekko, Ellie Goulding and Lorde. Australian songstress Sia and Kiss Land crooner The Weeknd also paired up like an all-star Karaoke team to sing their hearts out over some powerful Diplo production on “Elastic Heart.” Abel also contributes a solo cut called “Devil May Cry.”

Stream “Elastic Heart” and check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire tracklisting after the jump…



Wale takes it to church in the brand new video for “Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece),” off his summer LP, The Gifted. The MMG MC adds a powerful visual element to his narrative as we witness all sorts of sinning through the kaleidoscopic perspective of a blood diamond. We’ll let the man himself do the explaining:

Watch “Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)” after the jump…


big krit

Big K.R.I.T. took to Twitter earlier today to announce the title of his forthcoming sophomore album: Cadillactica. Just like his 2012 debut, Live From the Underground, the LP will be released through Cinematic Music Group/Def Jam. Speaking with HHS1987 at the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards over the weekend, Krizzle revealed that he won’t be handling the production by himself this time round, instead sourcing beats from the likes of DJ Dahi, Organized Noize, DJ Toomp, Jim Jonsin and Rico Love.

Watch Big K.R.I.T.’s interview after the jump…


toro y moi

Toro Y Moi is back with another brilliant video in support of his Anything In Return LP. For track number four, “Rose Quartz,” Chaz Bundick brings his synthpop sounds to life through the moving (that’s right, moving) oil paintings of Lauren Gregory. If this doesn’t persuade you to pick up a copy of Chaz’s album, I don’t know what will.

Watch “Rose Quartz” after the jump…


Drake Toronto Raptors

As an artist who reps his hometown to the fullest, this was a no-brainer. Earlier today, the Toronto Raptors named Drake as their new Global Ambassador. The OVO star spoke a few words on his new role at today’s press conference, which was held to officially announce Toronto as the host city of the 2016 NBA All-Star Game. With Jay Z giving up his stake in the Brooklyn Nets, it’ll be interesting to see what magic Drizzy can work to help the Raptors.

Watch Drake’s speech after the jump…



The man who helped TLC find their sound is back with an album of his own. While he’s been working closely with Mack Wilds, Salaam Remi has also been in the lab working on his own project. Featuring the likes of Akon, Ne-Yo, Stephen Marley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jordin Sparks, Estelle, CJ Hilton, Liam Bailey and Lemar, the project is a soulful ride through the mental of one of music’s underrated composers. Throw this on while you clean the crib on Sunday afternoon.

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Listen to Salaam Remi One: In The Chamber after the jump…


danny brown complex

Danny Brown has two reasons to celebrate today: his new album, Old, hit Spotify, and he’s also Complex‘s latest digital cover star. In Lauren Nostro‘s cover story, the Detroit rapper opens up like he’s never done before about his troubled life story, which has been dictated by drug dealing, drug taking and jail time. Danny also opens up about his struggles in music, like how 50 Cent denied him a deal back in the day because of his “look.” “50’s a good n***a,” he assures, though.

The Fool’s Gold star later addresses that whole getting-head-on-stage-incident last year and why rap artists, fans and journalists are like “high-school girls,” and explains why molly isn’t as bad as it’s made out to be:

Molly is to party — you’re having fun. You’re not even thinking about none of your problems. I hate when I see a video on WorldStar of some dude running in the street naked and they’re talking about he’s on molly. Even the Kendrick ‘Death to Molly’ thing, it’s just like, Why? I’m not about to be no drug junkie for molly. I’m tired of defending it at this point. We’re having fun. We’re having a good time. Why are you so mad? I’m not a molly rapper. Molly is just my alter ego; it brings out the person that wants to have fun.

Read more of Danny’s quotes after the jump…



After the 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards this past Saturday, Mike WiLL courted Usher, T.I. and Pharrell for an epic session in the A.

Studio Life: Mariah Carey, Nas & Jermaine Dupri
Studio Life: Mariah Carey, Mike WiLL Made It, Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins and Hit-Boy (Photo)

currensy jetflix

Curren$y has teamed up with for a new tour documentary titled Jetflix. Shot by CJ Wallis, the 20-minute film follows Spitta on his West Coast travels earlier this month, which included a performance at Rock the Bells, conversations with Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Cypress Hill’s B-Real and, of course, a crap load of chronic. Take the flight with the Jet Life pilot below.

Watch Jetflix after the jump…



While the 2013 BET Hip-Hop awards invaded ATL this weekend, streetwear brands Diamond Supply Co. and Crooks & Castles held their own rap-fueled shindig in L.A. Right on Fairfax,  the 1st annual Welcome To The Block Party hosted performers Pusha T, Nipsey Hussle, Casey Veggies, Hit-Boy, Ty Dolla $ign and more. Much like Soho/LES, the Fairfax area is the heart of the Los Angeles Streetwear community. The event was hosted by Ben Baller and Karen Civil.

Watch the clips after the jump…


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