Editor, director, plus she’s her own boss, Kreayshawn sits down with Tumblr to perpetuate the oddball image for one of hip hop’s favorite white girls. Since adopting pre-teen pro skater Baby Scumbag as her new son (and one with which she discusses smoking weed openly), Kreayshawn has put out a new album and is looking to extend the fame that “Gucci Gucci” brought her. Being an LA resident from NorCal myself, I hear plenty of critique on the White Girl Mob and their hijinks, but it’s hard to deny that the rapper’s music is catchy as all hell and her personality is nothing if not large.
Fuse gets some great interviews from the most influential artists in their fields, and recently they sat down with Nas to discuss his game-changing album, the 1994 classic Illmatic. Just 20 upon its release, the artist firmly took hold of the rap game in the most competitive geographic location and during a time when lyricism was above all. His new album is titled Life is Good and can be picked up in stores now.
A$AP Rocky has moved from a place of name-dropping to a place of ironic name-dropping, hushing some critics while confusing some others. The artist is still planning to show off some flashy things - rocking everything from Jeremy Scott to Ace of Spades in his new video - but now when Pretty Flacko name-drops Cristal it’s because he is saying that drinking 40s taste better to get a rise out of rich folks.
The Rocky-styled and directed music video sees the rapper and his crewmate A$AP Yams driving an antique luxury car around Paris beneath the Eiffel Tower and Arc De Triomphe. It also sees quite a bit of a naked model.
“Basically the concept of the video is to be more flamboyant and just to showcase a lot of flashy luxury—old foreign cars and fashion models,” said Pretty Flacko, who directed and styled the video. “I need you to know this is all my idea. I’m the flyest motherfu**er you know.”
SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP DOCUMENTARY
DIrected by Ice-T, The Art of Rap brings together some of hip hop’s most important artists ever and offers a fresh perspective on the quickly evolving face of the rap game. Nearly every rapper you would want to see in a cumulative hip hop documentary makes an appearance, and with a purist like Ice-T at the helm, you can expect to get a genuine experience when the film drops on June 15th.
Trailer: Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap - Several rap icons and modern stars such as Kanye West come together to talk about the evolution and history of rap in this new flick directed by Ice-T. Though by now some are probably tired of the “rap documentaries” that come out every couple of years, the trailer does make this one seem a little fresh and engaging. In any case, it will hit theaters on June 15th.
Criticized by some as capitalizing on his legend, the Coachella performance by Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and the late Tupac Shakur blew minds even after the surprise had been spoiled during Radiohead’s set. While some may think the performance has overshadowed some greater ones - like a Nate Dogg tribute, help from Eminem, and a 50 Cent cameo that saw the artist performing some of his greatest hits - the Tupac display is certainly the talk of the town following Coachella’s first weekend.
The hip hop philosopher showed up in a hologram that looked incredibly realistic, right down to the abs that declared his thug life. Hologram Pac made an intro, outro, and performed two songs on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop, including a collaborative effort with the living Snoop in “Amerikaz Most Wanted.” Check out the video above and the full set here.
Snoop Dogg is a man known for escaping murder charges and smoking weed, not to mention daytime television on basic cable. But when it comes to hip hop, there are few who surpass the level of success Snoop has seen. If you want to absorb his greatness for a chance at reaching this notoriety yourself, what better way than to breathe in the lyrics of some of his most sellingest songs?
The Snoop Dogg Rolling Words book in promotion of the artist’s new rolling paper line allows for just that, putting his best song lyrics down in nontoxic ink on paper that is made to smoke, with a match striking surface on the spine. A video describes the book in fuller detail. You can pick up the book soon online or test it out with sample posters with detachable tabs at this year’s Coachella festival.
Probably the most brilliant interactive product tie-in of all time, to promote Snoop Dogg’s own brand of rolling papers, Pereira and O’Dell have rolled this excellent songbook made from hemp-related materials with the spine of the book acting as a match striking surface. Inside, each page is a rolling paper with Snoop’s greatest songs and lyrics written on them, in non-toxic ink, of course. Gotta be careful what you put in your lungs!
INTERVIEW: TYLER, THE CREATOR WITH OYSTER MAGAZINE “I HATE TUMBLR.”
Tyler, The Creator is a challenge that every interviewer in hip hop must attempt at one point or another, and Alexi Wasser from Oyster Magazine finds more success than most in this sit-down with the 21-year old rapper and entrepreneur behind the massively successful Odd Future. From music to drugs and Tyler’s refusal to take part in them, the interview spans a variety of topics and the hype hop star shines in one of his most transparent interviews to date. Check out a small sample from the interview below and the entire conversation here.
Do you meet girls on Twitter and Facebook? No, I don’t read my mentions on Twitter. I have Facebook, but it’s private, so only my friends can see anything I post. I hate Tumblr.
Why? Being in Europe for two months with a broken foot, and being on a tour bus with people who just smoke weed and sit on Tumblr all day and don’t go outside and do anything. It just made me hate that shit. I don’t have one.
Childish Gambino - who is known to many by his real name through a successful YouTube-turned-primetime-TV acting career - put out a new track this week that displays his signature refined delivery. Titled “Eat Your Vegetables,” the track is all at once fun and hyper yet relaxed and insightful. Find a mixture of politics and luxury rap in this track that is likely off of the upcoming mixtape from the rising star.
NICKI MINAJ FT. NAS, DRAKE, & YOUNG JEEZY - “CHAMPION”
Due on April 3rd, Nicki Minaj’s sophomore album has been building hype since “Stupid Hoe” and the title track featuring Lil Wayne, not to mention with teasers of tracks featuring everyone from Nas to David Guetta. Her latest and perhaps most widely anticipated track involves a team of superstars with Drake, Young Jeezy, and Nas putting in a few bars. Check out the track above and expect to hear a lot more of the Female Weezy in the coming weeks.
ODD FUTURE X THE INTERNET: PURPLE NAKED LADIES MINI DOCUMENTARY VIDEO
Making headlines throughout 2011 and starting out 2012 on the same path, hip hop problem-child group Odd Future has been creating an insane amount of content lately.
After a sexy girl-on-girl/bank heist music video for Fastlane, producer Syd the Kid and her sub-group The Internet teams up with Tyler, The Creator and others for PURPLE NAKED LADIES, which drops today and comes with a dope little documentary that you should check out.