We all listen to music differently. What we hear is shaded by our history, our knowledge, our equipment, our mood, our taste. But every year there are moments when everybody who lives and breathes hip-hop is talking about the same thing.In June, when Jay’s Samsung/Magna Carta Holy Grail ad aired during game 5 of the NBA Finals. A Thursday in April when Pusha T’s “Numbers on the Boards” dropped. A Friday night in May, when Kanye’s face appeared on buildings all over the country. The middle of September, when Drake’s Nothing Was the Same leaked. The evening in August when Funkmaster Flex dropped — complete with bomb sound — Kendrick Lamar’s verse on Big Sean’s “Control.”
This episode of Microphone Check co-hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley are joined by their social media manager, Cedric Shine. All three of them experienced those disruptions differently — and their opinions of both their meaning and the quality of the music at their root are not unanimous. The conversation ranges from Ali’s inside track on Magna Carta to Troy Ave, ASAP Ferg, music journalism’s involvement in Kanye’s year and how the quality of life in New York City is affecting the music being made there.
Kanin and Kendrick have come along way since rapping together in the 7th Grade. Here, the two old friends link up for “Winners Circle.” Kanin’s project, Old School New Sense is available with a “name your price” option on Bandcamp
Straight outta Compton. As one of GQ’s Men of the Year, Kendrick Lamar shares his struggles with this year, speaks of good kid, m.A.A.d city to “Control”, early beginnings and everything in between. GQ always does a great job classing it up, as we see Lamar sporting patterned designer shirts and other great trends this season. Hit the jump for our affordable alternatives and be sure to read the full article here.
LA singer and song writer has been making waves lately with a variety of features and a recent collaboration with Childish Gambino in preparation for her upcoming project, Sail Out. Here, she links up with Kendrick Lamar for “Stay Ready (What A Life).” Prep yourself for the beat switch-up.
Fredo Santana lets go of Jealous featuring Kendrick Lamar, off of his upcoming Trappin Ain’t Dead mixtape.
The October/November issue of XXL features original Top Dawg Entertainment members; Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q. With Jonathon Mannion behind the lens, the issue hits stores October 29th.
Check out TDE’s cypher featuring a nice introduction of Isaiah Rashad, during the BET Hip-Hop Awards after the jump
Probably one of the best tracks off Pusha’s solo debut album, My Name Is My Name. Grimey hip-hop at its best, taken to the (eerily empty) streets of Compton with resident Kendrick Lamar, single-shot black and white video – all the parallels line up. MNIMN is due out October 8th.
Words by Evan Marshall. Photography by Azeez Bakare
In the first installment of what might potentially be an annual two part two city music festival. Whose theme is to breakaway form the trials and tribulations of life and just let loose. Breakaway Festival Columbus was a rousing success. As a a team we here at IMF have covered numerous music festivals for you over the past few months. From the numerous ones here in Chicago to Tennessee to Michigan we decided this time around we wanted to check out the first go around of a music festival trying to carve out its niche here in the midwest.
Therefore we headed to Columbus, Ohio home of the Buckeyes, Victoria Secret, Twenty One Pilots, and Columbus Crew. The Columbus Crew whose home field Crew Stadium happened to be the venue of Breakaway Festival was our humble abode this past Saturday and I should say it was quite the host. Last week we provided you with 15 reasons to be excited for Breakaway Fest. This week we bring you are full recap of the event and why we encourage you to attend next year.