Since the beginning of 2014 Trae Tha Truth has garnered notable success with singles like, "Danny Glover" and "Reckless.” The Houston rapper continues to climb up the success ladder with his latest single "Breathe Easy" freestyle, featuring Brooklyn's Troy Ave and L.A.'s Problem. Each verse delivered by the three emcees complements one another over a DJ Cardiak produced beat, which includes a sample of Jay Z's "Breathe Easy (Lyrical Exercise)". The hook on the freestyle is also an interpolation of Jay's original from his sixth studio album, The Blueprint. Although rumors have surfaced that Truth's debut album Banned, will be released under Grand Hustle later in 2014; a set date for the album's release has not yet been confirmed. Give the "Breathe Easy" freestyle a listen and let us know what you think.
The buzz around Future's upcoming album, Honest, has been trending hard, with track leaks and previews popping up all over the web. This is because Future has quickly become one of the most popular names in hip hop, having been featured on countless hits throughout the past year.
Now he's got his very own album and it features a bunch of big names, such as Kanye West, Pharrell, Drake, Wiz Khalifa, and Lil Wayne. The 16 track album can be streamed now before its release next Tuesday, April 22nd.
Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, breaks bread with his alter-ego at a diner in the music video for "Sweatpants.” In the video, Gambino leave the restaurant for a bit and comes back to find everyone there to be a version of himself. If you'd like to find out more about the background of the video check out the blog dedicated to Gambino's debut album, which consists of a script and video clips which narrate the backstory of Because The Internet.
If you’re looking for something to do this Saturday that involves tattoos and catchy hip-hop, House of Blues Boston has you covered with their Kid Ink show! This tatt-addicted rapper got his start as a producer before deciding to pursue rapping full-time when he was just 22 years old.
After releasing 3 mixtapes under the music label, The Alumni Group, Kid Ink released his first independent album in 2012, which hit #20 on the Billboard 200 in its first week. In 2013, he signed a deal with RCA Records, and later that same year released the first single off his second album, a sexy, mellow track called Show Me, which features Chris Brown.
Brooklyn’s own Troy Ave has just released the visual for single, "Piggy Bank,” produced by Harry Fraud, just days after delivering his freestyle to Future’s hustle anthem, “Move That Dope.” The video, directed by DBC, features Troy relaxing amidst luscious palm trees and sunny skies in the Caribbean while he rhymes about the everyday life of a hustler. "Piggy Bank" is featured on Troy’s debut studio album, New York City: The Album, released by on November, 13th , 2013 on Def Jam Records.
Up and coming Chicago based emcee, Katie Got Bandz, brings freestyle to Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Herb’s "Chi-Raq.” The self-proclaimed queen of drill, a sub-genre of hip-hop which was first introduced to main stream in 2012 by fellow Chicago rapper Chief Keef, spits quick paced bars about her acquired wealth whilst warning enemies that she is not one to be reckoned with. The "Chi-Raq" freestyle is featured on KGB’s upcoming EP Drillary Clinton 2, which is scheduled to be released on April 15th.
Bronx native, Fred the Godson aka Fat Boy Fresh, released his version of the "Draft Day" freestyle, only a few days after Drake debuted with the original. The single samples Lauryn Hill's "That Thing (Doo Wop)" from Hill's 1998 debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Given that hip-hop is a naturally competitive platform that is influenced by swollen egos, it is more than likely that Godson will not be the first or last emcee to challenge Drizzy’s verse. Let the onslaught of "Draft Day" freestyles begin! Tune into the audio below!
Upcoming hip hop duo, The Wow, consisting of DJ Balthazar Getty and KO The Legend, delivers their latest single, “Masterpiece.” The track features veteran emcee and Wu Tang Clan front man, Method Man. On the single, produced by Getty, Method Man delivers solid rhymes with his signature raspy flow, “I’m a real man feed my family then feed my dogs/nothing left but humble pie and them haters could eat it all/Play rough when I ball but smoother than raw silk/ Meth shoot it at ya here in the booth, no John Welsh.” Method’s verse is the best one and the track and is a special treat for hip-hop fans who can appreciate music that's reminiscent of hip-hop’s 2nd golden era. The single is from The Wow's self-titled debut album which is to be released in May 2014.