Added: November 2nd, 2013 | Categories: News

Eminem is scheduled to tour Australia and New Zealand with J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar in February. The Detroit rapper says what his Aftermath Entertainment labelmate has been able to accomplish is remarkable.

“What he’s doing right now, it’s pretty fucking incredible,” Eminem says of Lamar during an interview with Billboard. “He seems like this kid that’s just full of life and happy to be here. The impact he’s had over just the last couple of years, it’s been really fun for me to watch.”

Fans are watching as Eminem prepares for the impending release of Eminem’s next album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is scheduled for a November 5 release and is scheduled to include “Love Game,” an Eminem collaboration with Kendrick Lamar.

In the Billboard interview, Eminem says that he knew that making a sequel to his best-selling album (2000’s The Marshall Mathers LP sold 10.8 million copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan, Billboard says), would be tough.

“I knew that it would have to match a certain intensity and vibe and feel in order to call it [The Marshall Mathers LP 2],” Eminem says. “I want to say I’m confident that I’ve done that, but it’s up to the listener to decide.”

Eminem also says that he wanted his listeners to think of his early material when they listened to The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

“One of the things I thought might be cool to try to accomplish was to see if I could bring it back and remind people of the first time they ever heard me on a record,” Eminem says. “I wanted to try and recapture that nostalgic feeling.”

Though he is aiming for nostalgia, Eminem says he does not plan to make a third installment of The Marshall Mathers LP.

“I hope not,” Eminem says. “I don’t know what I’ll be doing as far as whether I’ll still be making music. I’d like to keep doing it as long as I still have the passion for it. But I hope to always be involved in hip-hop in one form or another. Because when it comes down to it, this is really all I know.”

The interview is set to appear in Billboard’s upcoming November issue, which is set to feature Eminem on its cover, as reported yesterday (October 31).


Added: November 2nd, 2013 | Categories: News

Nasir Jones is often mentioned in any conversation about the greatest emcees of all time and his mark on the culture is permanently stamped in history. The Queens, New York native is now helping to ensure that the study of Hip Hop and its cultural value endures as well.

Nas teamed with the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute’s Henry Louis Gates and Hip Hop Archive and Research Institute’s Marcyliena Morgan to create the Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship. The Harvard University program provides opportunities for students to research and develop Hip Hop centered projects like performance pieces, curriculum planning, and exhibition preparation.

From its earliest days Hip Hop has served as not just an outlet of artistic expression but also as a vehicle to transport knowledge to its listeners. While Nas never completed high school the exceptional lyricist recently spoke with Rolling Stone about how Hip Hop was an early form of education for him.

“One thing that drew me to Hip Hop was the things Kurtis Blow was saying, the  things Melle Mel was saying,” shared Nas who also revealed he had dreams of attending North Carolina State University. “I would ask my folks, ‘What do Run-D.M.C. or Rakim mean by this?’”

The creator of classic rap albums like Illmatic and It Was Written also talked about how Hip Hop and other forms of music shed a light on the thoughts and feelings of young people.

“Hip Hop is important like computer science,” he added. “The world is changing. If you want to understand the youth, listen to the music. This is what’s happening right underneath your nose.”


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Added: November 1st, 2013 | Categories: News

Eminem is slated to appear on an upcoming issue of Billboard magazine.

The cover was released today (October 31).

Eminem appears on the cover wearing a plain T-shirt and jeans. He is photographed in black and white, standing in front of a red background.

The cover line reads: “The Making And Marketing Of A Rap God’s Return,” as per missinfo.tv.

The article is set to be based around the making and marketing of The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem’s upcoming release.

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is slated to be released November 5. The issue of Billboard is scheduled to hit stores and newsstands November 9.

Eminem has spoken little about the upcoming album. Recently he said that the project is not a continuation of the first The Marshall Mathers LP.

“So there’s not gonna be, like, continuations of every old song on there or anything like that,” Eminem said in a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “To me, it’s more about the vibe, and it’s more about the nostalgia.”

The cover can be viewed below.0bww

Chance The Rapper has toured with Eminem, but he has yet to meet him.

“I’ve never met Eminem,” Chance The Rapper said during an interview with MTV’s Rap Fix. “You don’t meet Eminem. He has like his own secret service.”

Chance, who is slated to appear as an opener on Eminem’s “Rapture Tour” in February 2014, also said that he appreciates Em’s contributions to music.

“Eminem is one of my biggest influences in music,” Chance said. “Going to Europe with him was a great experience. Some of my friends were out there, Tyler[, the Creator], Earl [Sweatshirt], Kendrick [Lamar]. So it was a real good experience because that was my first time in Europe.”

Chance also complimented another Rap act that he’s toured with, praising Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

“They’re recreating the blueprint for being an artist right now,” Chance said. “They went from playing 400 and 500 capacity rooms straight into a full-fledged arena tour in Europe. That’s the same type of moves I’m trying to make.”


Added: November 1st, 2013 | Categories: News

It was just a few days ago when Canadian artist Drake kicked off his Would You Like A Tour? tour, and during a recent segment with Revolt TV, the Young Money singer/rapper shared a few details of his tour, specifically his interaction with fans.

While speaking on the tour, which is scheduled to make dozens of stops up until mid-December, Drake revealed his desire for every fan to leave his show feeling that they know the rapper.

“When I see people doing that it’s so crazy cause I’ve had that song for so long,” said Drake, while speaking on fans singing along to songs he’s had for quite some time. “That’s like one of the first songs that we did. And I was always like ‘Man, I’m telling you at the shows this part is gonna be crazy.’ And it’s just crazy to see how stuff comes to fruition…My brand of entertainment is like I’m gonna be the guy, like…I look at girls to the point that they’re like, ‘What the?’ They look away. They get weirded out. You know what I’m saying? I’m looking at you, I’m talking to you. I want you to leave here tonight like, ‘I didn’t just see Drake, I know Drake. I’m looking forward to seeing him the next time. I know that guy’…That’s the great thing about the show, is it’s engaging. I don’t want anybody to leave that building and feel like the building was too big.”

Drake’s Would You Like A Tour? tour comes on the heels of the release of his third studio album, Nothing Was The Same. The Young Money rapster also commented on his recent release and shared the reason why a record he recorded with rapper/producer Hit-Boy wasn’t featured on the LP.

According to Drake, he couldn’t quite get the hook on the song right and despite recruiting other artists, he didn’t want to release the record with another artist on the hook.

“I wouldn’t even call it a leftover,” said Drizzy. “It was definitely on the album. I know Hit-Boy’s gonna watch this and he’s gonna be like ‘psssh.’ It was definitely on the album. I’m not a just-throw-it-together kinda guy. And I had two different hooks on there. I didn’t like either of them. I just started sending it around and as great of a job as other people did, it didn’t sound right if I wasn’t on the hook. I always want to do my own hooks for the sake of my performances. I don’t like being off a hook because…I can’t really give you a moment if someone else is doing the hook, you know?”

In addition to the unreleased record with Hit-Boy, Drake says he also has a song with Compton rapper YG, a “Wu-Tang Forever (Remix),” and material on the late Aaliyah’s album.

“I got a lot of records that aren’t out yet,” said Drake. “We got like crazy joints. We got some stuff we did for the Aaliyah album that’s crazy. I got a record with YG that’s crazy. The ‘Wu-Tang Forever (Remix)” is sitting there.”

Drake previously spoke on working with producer and friend, Noah “40” Shebib on a posthumous album from Aaliyah; one he says was eventually scrapped.

“Before things went downhill with it, I was actually working with my dream collaboration,” said the rapper, during his CRWN interview last month. “Me and 40 were working on this Aaliyah album that kind of got blown out of proportion. There are records with me and Aaliyah that no one has ever heard and they’re really good… I think the press got out of hand. maybe just had a different vision for it. I’m not sure. It was sounding great to me. Whatever they end up doing with it, I wish them the best of luck. There might be a record with me on there. I’m not sure.”

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