For two decades MC Eiht has been one of hip-hop’s most recognizable voices in hip-hop; and undisputedly one of Compton’s finest originators and emcees.
A straight menace, MC Eiht burst onto the scene with Compton’s Most Wanted Music To Driveby. Released just months after the LA Riots, Music To Driveby was a manifesto for the nihilism, frustration and anger that permeated the region and is universally hailed as a Gangsta Rap classic.
Similarly, Eiht also contributed vital components and compositions to genre defining movies, offering the chilling “Growin’ Up In The Hood” to Boyz N The Hood and following up Music To Driveby with a star turn as A-Wax in Menace 2 Society, which included his stand-out contribution (“Streight Up Menace”) to the movies soundtrack.
Though accredited as MC Eiht featuring Compton’s Most Wanted, Eiht took on a more singular role with We Come Strapped, which was certified Gold and peaked at #1 on the Billboard charts and his sophomore solo project Death Threatz which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Charts.
While Eiht has always remained active; including an EP release (Keep It Hood), his scene-stealing appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City (“m.A.A.d City”) and his recent contribution (“Central Ave”) to DJ Quik & Problem’s Rosecrans album (which officially ended his vicious feud with Quik) Eiht gallantly returns with his first solo-album in a decade, Which Way Iz West, which will be released on 6-9-17 and aligns him with DJ Premier, who executive produced the project and also produces four tracks as well (Eiht’s long-time collaborator Brenk Sinatra produced the rest of the project). Featured guests on Which Way Iz West include WC, B-Real, Xzibit, Kurupt, Lady Of Rage, MayLAy, Big Mike, The Outlawz, Bumpy Knuckles (AKA Freddie Foxxx) and Compton’s Most Wanted.
The union of these two legends will be released conjunctly by Eiht’s Blue Stamp label and Preemo’s Year Round Records imprint.
Today, Eiht shares the first single from Which Way Iz West, “Represent Like This” featuring WC and DJ Premier via an exclusive Hiphopdx premiere.
“I decided to release the Dub C track first as an ode to true west coast music and because Dub is a true west coast originator” Eiht stated. “I wanted to give fans a familiar taste of what were about and due to Crazy Toones passing away, it just seemed like the appropriate way to honor my cuzzins as they were one of the first artists I had the honor of rocking with early in my career. This is for the west coast and our heritage and it was only right to Represent Like This.”
Listen to MC Eiht f/ WC & DJ Premier “Represent Like This” (Produced by Brenk Sinatra):
MC Eiht’s New Album, Which Way Iz West, Executive Produced By DJ Premier Will Be Released On 6-9-17.
Tracklisting & Credits For MC Eiht’s Which Way Iz West:
1.) “Shut ‘Em Down” f/ The Outlawz
2.) “Represent Like This” f/ WC & DJ Premier
3.) “Compton Zoo”
4.) “Heart Cold” f/ Lady Of Rage
5.) “Pass Me By” f/ B-Real
6.) “Runn The Blocc” f/ MayLAy (produced by DJ Premier)
7.) “Gangsta Gangsta” f/ Kurupt
8.) “Got That”
9.) “Medicate” f/ Xzibit
10.) “Born To Hustle” f/ Big Mike
11.) “Sittin’ Around Smokin’”
12.) “As I Proceed”
13.) “Last Ones Left” (f/ Compton’s Most Wanted & DJ Premier (produced by DJ Premier)
14.” “4 Tha OG’z” f/ Bumpy Knuckles (Produced by DJ Premier)
15.) “You Nia’z”
When you mention Indie artists buzzing from the Northeast you almost have to mention RRose RRome. He’s worked side by side with legendary artists like Chris Brown, Jadakiss and more. Major outlets and publications have shown support; such as Major FM, Almost Daily, Music Choice, MTV and etc… RRome drops his new audio “All Year” to pretty much sums up his grind in a few words. Check out “All Year” now!
A Conversation With Stro On Paying Homage To Legends, The Dumbing Down Of Music & Advice For Aspiring Artists
Although we are highly anticipating Lil Uzi Vert’s debut album, Luv is Rage 2, the rapper continues to find ways to hold us over satisfying us with new visuals, a tracklist, and even cover art for the upcoming project. Nonetheless, Lil Uzi Vert is still making noise from his most recent mixtape release, Perfect Luv Tape, as he dropped visuals for the popular song ‘Do What I Want’.
‘Do What I Want’ was released in July 2016 going as far as being the song of choice in a Jordan commercial for Russell Westbrook’s Jordan Westbrook 2.0 release back in November 2016. Almost nine months later, Lil Uzi decides to give our imaginations a break and finally blesses us with an official music video for ‘Do What I Want’ as a perfect jump start to his Do What I Want Tour kicking off on May 10th.
The video takes place in a beautiful Hawaii mansion right off the shoreline. Uzi and friends ride dirt bikes, and 4-wheelers, and do back flips into the swimming pool living life carefree. Check it out below.
A few weeks shy of a full year as the first ever African-American editor for Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth has solidified her position as the official Editor-In-Chief of the magazine. Welteroth was promoted to the title of editor last Spring in which she shared responsibilities with Teen Vogue’s digital director, Phillip Picardi and creative director, Marie Suter.
Since occupying such a demanding role, Welteroth has made some advancements to the Teen Vogue reportoire highlighting far much more than fashion and beauty topics, but even crossing over into risky territory of culture and political topics. Of course, with big risks come big rewards being that one particular political title, ‘Donald Trump is Gaslighting America’, increased Teen Vogue’s traffic to 7.7 million unique visitors in one month compared to roughly three million a year earlier. Since then the magazine’s traffic hit a high of 9.2 million unique views and is staying consistent with increase.
According to Anna Wintour, the editor in chief of Vogue, “Elaine is incredibly in tune with the Teen Vogue audience and has used that unique insight to engage and connect with her readers on a very personal level. Over the last year, she has demonstrated a fearless leadership in her pursuit to make Teen Vogue the voice of a new generation, and we look forward to all she will accomplish in her expanded role as Teen Vogue’s new editor in chief.”
Such a promotion seems well deserved. Congrats Elaine!
The ’47 Redesign fashion show took place on April 27th, 2017 from 7-10pm at Brooklyn’s National Sawdust, and showcased the ’47 Redesign top five students’ micro-collections inspired by ’47’s convergence of sports and lifestyle. Judges included Design duo and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Finalists, Rochambeau, Aluna Francis of musical duo AlunaGeorge, and Pratt faculty. One lucky student, Jun Young Woo was chosen as the winner, and will receive a scholarship and have her collection displayed at the ’47 flagship store.
Check out the highlight photos.
Carving out his own lane by gaining fans through honest songwriting and frequently experimenting with his sound, Rio Pourcel weaves the concept of loyalty into his latest single titled, “No Z’s”. Solely produced by TheInferno, the single finds the enigmatic artist delving into a pitch-black night surrounded by his so-called shooters that exemplify the importance of surrounding oneself with a strong backing to ensure the vision stays clear and attainable.
Rio singlehandedly proves that it’s possible to make nostalgic and distinct R&B sound icy. More raw, the single still encompasses twisty, head swaying lines, such as “catch no feelings cause that shit gets in the way / backwoods put emotions in the flames.” A single that is sure to lift any mood, it further demonstrates that Rio has the capability to paint vivid images through his lyricism. A track that is simple to relate to, the single is one that is breaking genres and boundaries.
Check out this fire single!
Today, MMG Rapper Wale drops his long-awaited “Shine” album. The project features majors like Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, WizKid, G-Eazy, Travis Scott, Chris Brown and more! Below is the full track list.
Wale’s Shine Tracklist
1. “Thank God”
2. “Running Back” (Feat. Lil Wayne)
3. “Scarface Rozay Gotti”
4. “My Love” (Feat. Major Lazer, WizKid & Dua Lipa)
5. “Fashion Week” (Feat. G-Eazy)
6. “Colombia Heights” (Te Llamo) [Feat. J Balvin]
7. “CC White”
9. “Fish n Grits” (Feat. Travis Scott)
10. “Fine Girl” (Feat. Davido & Olamide)
11. “Heaven on Earth” (Feat. Chris Brown)
12. “My PYT”
14. “Smile” (Feat. Phil Adé & Zyla Moon)
This album is Wale’s fifth studio album with Atlantic Records and Maybach Music Group. Check out the full project here: https://atlanti.cr/shine