Click image to watch Pharrell interview Usher Raymond as apart of the Artist Talk series
Continuing with the Artist Talk series, Pharrell sits down with Usher Raymond in the latest episode. Starting from the beginning, the two talk about Usher’s start in church and moving onto talent shows, how moving to Atlanta and doing Star Search led to meeting L.A. Reid and being signed on the spot, working with Diddy and his “flavor camp” in NY, keeping R&B music alive, how he has been serving as a mentor to Justin Bieber, and Pharrell introduces his artist Leah LaBell and the three discuss what artists and producers must do to connect and make great records.
OS REWIND: Artist Talk: Pharrell vs. Henry Rollins
OS REWIND: Daft Punk – Get Lucky (feat. Pharrell & Nile Rodgers)
Producer: Statik Selektah
Album: Doe Or Die II
Label: Quiet Money
The return of AZ has been something that we’ve been looking forward to for quite some time. After giving us several teasers over the past few months, the Brooklyn rapper keeps our hopes alive with the very first single “We Movin” from his new album, showing many signs of success over exceptional production from Statik Selektah. We’re definitely feeling the direction that AZ is looking for on his latest work, with his upcoming Doe Or Die II album due out later this year.
OS REWIND: AZ – Thank You [Music Video]
OS REWIND: Raekwon – 86′ (Remix) (feat. AZ & Altrina Renee)
Recalling an unimpressive track from Reks this year has been pretty much impossible, and he continues his run of form with even more material to add to his growing catalog. The Massachusetts rapper links with affiliated producer Numonics for his latest single titled “Flags,” as he discusses the matter of gang warfare and class in terms of his personal thoughts. Those who have been waiting for Reks’ Revolution Cocktail throughout its delay will be pleased to finally hear the project on July 2nd.
Download after the jump.
OS REWIND: Reks – Mighty Mouse Trap Rap
OS REWIND: Reks – Caged Bird (feat. EzDread)
Click image to stream The-Dream “IV Play” album.
One of the year’s most anticipated releases is finally upon us. With less than a week to go before the official release date, The-Dream decides to make his brand new album IV Play available to stream in its entirety. The project boasts collaborations with huge names such as Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, Beyoncé, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Fabolous and Gary Clark Jr. You can pre-order the album on iTunes ahead of its release on May 28th.
Stream the full album after the jump.
OS REWIND: The-Dream – Where Have You Been (feat. Kelly Rowland)
OS REWIND: The-Dream – High Art (feat. Jay-Z)
Click image to watch Hit-Boy “Fan” music video
After releasing the single as part of HS87′s All I’ve Ever Dreamed Of album back in March, Hit-Boy returns to release the official video for “Fan.” The 2 Chainz-featured single appears to be the track that is being put forward to the masses ahead of the original, with the pair showing us the life of being live on set with all the luxuries that come with it. And of course, it wouldn’t be the same without a fine woman at arm’s reach. We wouldn’t be surprised if this had a placement on a forthcoming Hit-Boy studio album.
OS REWIND: HS87 – Nothin’ (feat. Hit-Boy, B Mac The Queen & Audio Push) [Music Video]
OS REWIND: Hit-Boy & HS87 “All I Ever Dreamed Of” In-Store Recap
Photo Credit: Alexander Richter
If Biggie, Jigga and Makaveli all formed one collective; we would get the Wavy formula of Max Biggavelli. Some would think that’s one of most blasphemous and cockiest things to say for an unsigned artist or a cat fresh into the game, but Max B was putting out mixtapes and compilations better than most rappers discographies. Obtaining co-signs from the kid 50 Cent and most recently, last year with Jay-Z on “3 Kings,” Max B was every street cat’s favorite rapper and had an even bigger fan base with the ladies.
In his 2008-2009 run, Max B was essentially the King of NY in the underground scene and could’ve been mainstream if certain events didn’t take place legally or contractually. His music still lives in some of our favorite rappers melodies and music stylings of today. From the wave and his originality making himself standout from different artist, we witnessed history with the Sliver Surfer.
Max B turns 35 years of age today and is still behind the G-wall, continuing to fight for his life after receiving a maximum sentence of 75 years (with parole set for 2042). While he’s trying to regain his freedom through the appeal systems, we’re taking a moment to spread positivity through a playlist. Max put a lot of smiles on people’s faces in their worst of times, so it’s only right we return the favor.
In 2007, we were one of the first blogs on the Wave and in our throwback interview, we shot Max at the old Dipset Compound on Lenox. We forgot the exact project building because we’re not Uptown cats, but shout outs to Duke Da God for making that happen.
You can hit the jump to listen to some classics from the Boss Don, Max Biggaveli.
When Nayborhood Nipsey Hu$$le returned with “Smoking With My Stylist,” we were skeptical the Crenshaw emcee was just releasing some material just to have it out. Earlier today he announced on twitter, if he got another 2,000 followers we would see another leak, as he’s unleashed another track. Here, we get the 9th Wonder-produced cut entitled “Face The World” with Nip getting on his RNS one time to spit some meaning lyrics. This track serves as the next leak from his upcoming mixtape “TM3: Victory Lap,” which you can lookout for his debut “¡Hussle” coming soon.
All Money In, No Money Out.
OS REWIND: Nipsey Hussle – Smoking With My Stylist
OS REWIND: A Salute To Nipsey Hu$$le’s R&B Remixes
OS REWIND: Rockie Fresh – Life Long (feat. Rick Ross & Nipsey Hussle) [Music Video]
It’s been nearly two months since we’ve seen solo material from the Banco Populair himself, Sir Michael Rocks. While his upcoming “Banco” has been one of our most personal most anticipated projects for the year so far, he releases a properly-titled track “In a Minute” as an appetizer while you wait.
With Ab-Soul & Dash adding in some bars with Michael Rocks, Larry Fisherman lays out a hard beat for the three to shine on. Stay tuned for that “Banco” EP coming in the near future and check after the jump for a download of the track.
OS REWIND: Sir Michael Rocks – Lookin For Da Cuff
OS REWIND: Sir Michael Rocks – Money Came
OS REWIND: Ab-Soul – The End Is Near (feat. Mac Miller)
Click image to watch The-Dream “Where Have You Been” Live On Jay Leno.
Yesterday, The-Dream released his latest single “Where Have You Been” featuring his Kelly Rowland, as a sample for the fans with the two set to embark on a 10-city promo tour starting this Friday. Coincidentally, the two were scheduled to perform the single on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” which was another treat with the track still being fresh in everyone’s minds. The-Dream’s forthcoming project “IV Play” hits stores and iTunes next Tuesday on May 28st, as you can check after the jump to watch their live performance.
OS REWIND: Kelly Rowland – Dirty Laundry
OS REWIND: The-Dream – IV Play (Artwork x Tracklist)
OS REWIND: The-Dream – IV Play [Music Video]
A few months ago, Lupe Fiasco announced at the GRAMMY Awards he would be releasing his fifth studio album “Tetsuo & Youth” this year. While details other than the announcement haven’t surfaced at the moment, the ChiRaq legend releases some new material to layout some bars that hopefully don’t fly over your head, or you’ll be essentially part of the “Animal Farm.” After you listen, hit the jump to download the track.
OS REWIND: Lupe Fiasco – Jonylah Forever
OS REWIND: Lupe Fiasco – Light Blue
OS REWIND: Written In The Stars: Examining Where Lupe Fiasco’s Erratic Behavior May Stem From
Click image to watch Batman: Arkham Origins official trailer.
Fresh out the Batcave and on to the internet we have an exciting trailer to The Batman’s amazing story. This prequel clip to the already legendary franchise that fans all around the world have come to enjoy, has just gotten even more action packed. As the video take place and Queen Industries ship dock, Batman dukes it out with none other than Deathstroke.
The two tries to finish off each other in the blizzard snow, there is also another enemy just waiting for his chance to get a shot at the World’s Greatest Detective as well? In recent news Deathstroke will also be a playable character, choose your side. As October 25th creeps around the corner for the release date, which dark side will you take?
Check out the video after the jump if you need to see it to believe.
OS REWIND: “Batman: Arkham Origins” Teaser Trailer
Click image to watch HS87 “Nothin’” music video.
HS87 is back with some brand new material tonight and their video for “Nothin’” featuring Hit-Boy, B Mac The Queen & Audio Push. This song is extremely dope and has an awesome visual to go behind it. Hit and the crew have plenty more in store where this came from as well, as it is sure to be another great year for them.
OS REWIND: HS87 – All I Ever Dreamed Of [Album]
OS REWIND: Hit-Boy & HS87 “All I Ever Dreamed Of” In-Store Recap
OS REWIND: Behind The Boards With Hit-Boy
We first heard this new Beyonce track during her recent Pepsi commercial and now we get the full version. This song will undoubtedly send the Bey Hive into a frenzy and we really can’t blame them as this song is very catchy. This is just the kind of up-tempo track that Bey wants on the radio heading into the summer.
OS REWIND: Beyonce – Bow Down/I Been On
OS REWIND: Beyonce x Pepsi
Click image to watch T.I. “Wit Me” music video.
As promised, T.I. releases his new video teaming up with his America’s Most Wanted tour mate Lil Wayne for “Wit Me” his latest single which dropped earlier today. In the new video the TIP and Tune hit the streets of Miami in their fast cars with the law on their tail as they make their big escape, but not without causing chaos throughout the city first. The new single is something to hold us over til the two kick off their music festival later this Summer on July 9th with special guests 2 Chainz and French Montana.
Directed by PhillyFlyBoy.
OS REWIND: Hustle Gang – G.D.O.D. [Mixtape]
OS REWIND: T.I. – Memories Back Then (feat. Kendrick Lamar, B.o.B & Kris Stephens) [Music Video]
Wale decides to treat his fans today with the official artwork to his upcoming album The Gifted, which will hit stores on June 25. Wale has a lot of strong momentum leading up to this album, as his single “Bad” has been tearing up the charts and radio since it dropped. Expect him to keep the heat coming with these releases in the coming week as well.
This cover, though.
UPDATE: The iTunes pre-order link is here and the tracklist has been revealed minus the features. Check it out after the jump
OS REWIND: Wale – Bad (feat. Tiara Thomas) [Music Video]
OS REWIND: Wale – The Gifted Series [Episode 2]