The VMA aftermath was quite a messy one, but after the empty cups have been swept up and I’ve seen enough Miley Cyrus GIFS to question my existence, it’s time for us to get back to some real music.
Last week was full of hits, releases and news in Hip-Hop and if like Kanye you were out performing for the Kazakhstan President, you might not have had time to keep up. If your excuse isn’t quite as grandeur (maybe it was only the head of Belarus), don’t worry, we won’t judge, we are however on hand to help as we stack up the top 5 moments in Hip-Hop of the week gone by.
It’s been a story of impressive beginnings last week as both A$AP Ferg and Earl Sweatshirt posted up on the charts.
Ferg’s debut Trap Lord was rewarded with a deserved number 8 spot and 31,830 units sold while Earl’s first studio outing Doris found a place at number 5 with 48,552 sold. Promising numbers for both those two as well as the genre. And that’s without even mentioning Macklemore & Ryan Lewis going platinum with The Heist.
1. Luke Bryan – Crash My Party (158,810)
2. John Mayer – Paradise Valley (145,560)
3. TGT – Three Kings (70,195)
4. Jimmy Buffett – Songs From St Somewhere (60,388)
5. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris (48,552)
6. Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines (46,158)
7. Now 47 (32,202)
8. A$AP Ferg – Trap Lord (31,830)
9. Teen Beach Soundtrack (31,522)
10. Jay Z – Magna Carta… Holy Grail (28,849)
As Pusha’s highly anticipated debut edges closer and closer we were gifted a sneak peak of what’s to come.
First off Pusha grabbed Chris Brown and a monochromatic crocodile for a “Sweet Serenade” over a spotless Swizz Beatz beat. So basically Chris and Pusha rounded up their hate of Drake to make a Drake song. Works for me.
Next Kanye took to twitter to premiere artwork for My Name Is My Name which was designed by ‘Ye’s own gang of international designers of mystery, DONDA. Distinct, clean and understated; now let’s just wait for the music.
As the excitement of Jay’s Magna Carta Holy Grail slowly vacated it was time for the usual arbitrary visual. However that usual, arbitrary visual was actually pretty good.
With Anthony Mandler behind the scope, “Holy Grail” was chopped, screwed, given Mike Tyson highlights and enough gold jewellery to buy Greece so that we could have one of the most impressive videos of the year thus far.
‘I did enough codeine to knock Future into tomorrow..’
Marshall is back but unfortunately he didn’t leave his shrieking flows or bad career choices at home, for he brought “Berzerk.” The 10-year-old inside me wants the old Em back, but the 40-year-old in this track wants to bring real hip-hop back. I must have been elsewhere in-between “97 Bonnie & Clyde” and “Kim” when he was making that real hip-hop but its going to take more than Rick Rubin and a Beastie Boys sample to muffle Marshall’s cries for relevance.
Sorry guys, someone had to say it.
So things kind of escalated. If you can get Cassidy and Papoose to make music, you really have stepped over the line. Well that was the view by many artists and spectators on Kendrick’s verse off Big Sean’s “Control“.
Seemingly everybody had something to say but Kendrick. However, the dust finally settled and K.Dot paid Paul Rosenberg a visit to let a few things be known. And after all that, the man himself pleaded ignorance; “Honestly I didn’t know it would be so much speculation—I just wanted to rap. If anybody knows me doing music, I wanna just rap… Maybe I should just dumb down my lyrics just a little bit.”
Catch the full interview below.
So it turns out we don’t need a former child star with questionable morals to make music news for it seems Hip-Hop – as it always does – did just fine by itself.