The reviews for Shady Records’ Shady XV compilation have not been that great. The album’s current Metacritic rating is 59/100 signifying a mixed response from music critics. There also seems to be at least one rapper that is not too fond of the project either.
Tyler The Creator took to Twitter to expressed he was not feeling Eminem on Shady XV. The Odd Future frontman posted a tweet that read, “i love you marshall [Eminem], you are my favorite rapper but dude shadyxv is f**ing ASS hahaha why wont someone who loves him tell him NO.” He later deleted the tweet.
Like he mentioned in the post, Tyler has been a very vocal champion of Slim Shady throughout his career. The “Yonkers” performer called Eminem’s Relapse one of his favorite albums. He even opened for Em at London’s Wembley Stadium in July.
The Detroit emcee has expressed his appreciation for Tyler and OF too. Em spoke about the California collective with MTV’s Sway Calloway in 2011.
“I think that from the stuff that I’ve heard – I haven’t heard a lot from them, I still have to go check out everything that they’re doing, but I’ve heard enough to know that it feels like they’re pushing boundaries and buttons, and that’s definitely one of the things that I’m familiar with, especially when I first came out,” said Em. “I love it. I love the fact that they’re doing that. And the dudes can rhyme.”
Is Young Money rapper Lil Wayne now affiliated with the Universal Zulu Nation? According to a Twitter message from Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest that may be the case. Tip posted a tweet on November 26 that asked his followers to welcome Lil Tunechi (aka Wayne) to the Zulus.
The New York native has long been associated with the Hip Hop awareness group started by the legendary Afrika Bambaataa. Q-Tip’s next album is currently scheduled to be titled The Last Zulu.
If Wayne has teamed with the Zulu Nation, he joins other prominent rappers with close ties to the worldwide movement like Rakim, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, De La Soul, and many more.
Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, Big Sean headed back to his hometown of Detroit to make sure that the less fortunate were taken care of. Thanks to him and his nonprofit organization, the Sean Anderson Foundation, turkeys and canned goods were given to 1,000 people at Detroit’s River Rouge High School at their second annual turkey drive. From the looks of the pictures and video, Sean and co. put smiles on many people’s faces.
Exclusive: “I understand how people feel,” Ty Dolla $ign says. “That shit’s fucked up. It keeps on happening to us. Something’s gotta fucking give eventually.”
With communities across the country taking to the streets in protest of the recent non-indictment of police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson this past August, HipHopDX caught up with several artists to get their take on the news.
Reporting from the red carpet of a screening for YG’s new short film Blame It On The Streets, HipHopDX spoke with Ty Dolla $ign, Iamsu!, and Eric Bellinger about the news and recent demonstrations on the ground in Ferguson.
“My take on that is, damn man, it’s fucked up man,” Ty Dolla $ign said in a clip the premiered as a part of today’s DX Daily. “It’s very fucked up. I just don’t wanna see people fuck their own neighborhood up like we did ours here in South Central back in the day ‘cause it doesn’t make sense to fuck your own neighborhood up. But I understand how people feel. That shit’s fucked up. It keeps on happening to us. Something’s gotta fucking give eventually.”
Iamsu! said, “Honestly I’m really disappointed. It kind of made my stomach hurt a little bit. But I’m trying to get my mind off it. I’m here. See all these beautiful Black faces. We alive. We happy. We gotta show people how to stick together. But, I’m really disappointed by that verdict honestly.”
Eric Bellinger, a singer and songwriter affiliated with The Writing Camp, added his own thoughts.
“I think it’s just a crazy world that we live in,” he said. “I don’t think justice has been served in this particular situation.
Khalil Joseph’s 14-minute companion film to Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid m.A.A.d. city” will air at MOCA in the Spring of 2015.
The 14-minute documentary is a companion to Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d. city album and is the second of Khalil’s films to be honored at Sundance, the first of which was a collaboration with Flying Lotus called Until The Quiet Comes.
The film will air at MOCA between March 21 and July 27, 2015. The museum’s description of the project is available below.
“Kahlil Joseph’s double-screen projection m.A.A.d is a lush portrait of contemporary Los Angeles. From barbershops to marching bands, from homeboys drinking in the streets to the iconic carpet of shimmering lights, the camera in m.A.A.d sinuously glides through predominantly African American neighborhoods in Los Angeles catching a dizzying array of quotidian moments suffused with creativity, joy, and sadness. Joseph’s film is accompanied by a thick booming soundtrack provided by emerging hip-hop star Kendrick Lamar and indeed m.A.A.d is part of the title of Lamar’s highly acclaimed second album Good Kid m.A.A.d. City.”