With the release date for their upcoming album Numbers approaching, Odd Future duo MellowHype have decided to dub today as the start of “MellowHypeWeek.” Gearing to release a new track for seven days straight, Hodgy Beats and Left Brain treat fans to the first track titled “Decoy.” Hodgy shared the tune via his Twitter account, and you can stream it now down below. For those interested in downloading the track, you can do so by clicking here. Enjoy.
Last Wednesday Sept 5th — French Montana traveled with his ladies from NYC for an International “Pop That” contest at LA’s “Sin City” King of Diamonds. Fans and VIPs filled the club (music provided by LA LEAKERS) to watch French’s ALL STAR team of girls “Pop That” for a chance to be the “Poppin'” queen! Check out the exclusive look at what went down at the club!
The streets are talking: French Montana is one of the hottest rappers in the game right now. And what the streets want, the streets shall get.
The Bronx representing rapper waded through a fierce bidding war when several labels began taking interest. Among these, were Def Jam, Warner Bros. and Kanye Wests G.O.O.D. Music. Yet, when all was said and done, Montana came afloat announcing that he was ready to ride the wave with hip hop impresario Sean Diddy Combs Bad Boy Records (via Interscope Records).
The partnership, made possible due to Bad Boy president Harve Pierre, makes perfect sense. The label has earned a reputation of igniting the careers of bubbling street artists, transforming them into steaming hot hip hop game changers; a path which fit into French Montanas vision.
Born Karim Kharbouch in Casablanca, Morocco, Montana immigrated to New York City with his family at age 13. His parents, seeking greater opportunity than what they could find in their native land, settled in The Bronx. While fluent in French and Arabic, Montana spoke only a small bit of English. However, he quickly became acclimated to Bronx culture, partly through his infatuation for hip-hop; an obsession which would later become his profession.
I just love hip-hop. [At first] the rapping was just a hobby, explains Montana. I figured out it was a career when I got my first check, [after] I came out with the Cocaine City DVD. It was a winner from the jump. Winning, it was; but Montana is no new jack that got lucky. This shot caller’s come up dates back almost a decade. When street DVD’s were king, Montana’s Cocaine City series, which he began dropping in 2002, were grassroots video royalty. Featuring raw and uncut interviews with both up-and-coming and established artists like Jadakiss, 50 Cent and Young Jeezy, each volume was also interspersed with music from Montana himself. The DVDs were always the plan for me to get on as far as rapping, says Montana. It was a platform. It was a stepping stone.
The next step in his journey to rap riches was solidifying his growing fanbase by dropping great music. Acclaimed projects including his Mac & Cheese and Coke Wave series of mixtapes established his rep as a hustler with legit rhyme skills that listeners could steadily gravitate to. Mixtapes, viral videos and songs like Choppa Choppa Down, featuring Waka Flocka Flame, only heightened Montanas buzz.
That buzz was amplified with the release of his single, Shot Caller, in 2011. The song became a runaway smash, earning major airplay across the nation and certifying Montana as the next big rapper out of NYC. I just caught on fire. They say every couple of years someone comes and sweeps the streets, says Montana. First it was DMX, then it was 50. I guess its my turn now.
His decade long journey to the top has not come without its own set of trials and tribulationsthe greatest of these, a late night shooting of which Montana fell victim. All of his struggle, as well as success, will no doubt come to light on his debut album, Excuse My French, which is due out this year.
The album, which is being executive produced by Diddy and Rick Ross, with Harve Pierre serving as co-executive producer, has already been named by Complex Magazine as one of the most anticipated albums of 2012. The project features several guest appearances, including: Max B, Drake, Rick Ross (and the rest of the Maybach Music Group), Bad Boy and of course his Coke Boys crew (Chinx Drugz, Charlie Rock, Cheeze and Flip). Production will be handled mostly by longtime collaborator Harry Fraud (Shot Caller).
While the streets patiently await Montanas highly anticipated official debut, he continues to stay in the mix. Having become highly sought after as a guest artist, he has lent his talents to Rick Ross’ smash street single, “Stay Schemin,” as well as Akon’s, Hurt Somebody. XXL Magazine recognized and placed Montana on the magazines annual Freshman Class list which highlights rappers on the rise. And recently, Montana dropped yet another fiery mixtape, Coke Boys 3. He plans to drop Mac & Cheese 3 in the near future.
Following through on the enormous expectations he has built up for himself is a matter of keeping his ear to the streets. I just pay attention to what people say, offers Montana, who is currently a featured act on Drakes Club Paradise Tour. The people chose me. You cant come out and say you hot. The people gotta choose you.
The people have spoken. Now please, excuse French Montana as he cooks up more hits.
“Inertia,” Hussein Chalayan‘s previous Spring/Summer 2009 collection, provided the reference point for the Urban Swift, his collaborative footwear effort with PUMA. In that collection, Chalayan used moulded latex dresses that looked to be frozen in motion, a commentary on “the speed of our lives and how it can only result in a crash.” The designer, ever engaged in deeper thought and symbolism, used that notion for the PUMA by Hussein Chalayan Urban Swift, which features a sculpted back panel and mimics motion even with its wearer at a complete standstill. In perhaps its last season, the previously-released avant-garde sneaker is now available in bright citron and gray through PUMA Black Label retailers worldwide.
Producer/rapper Hit-Boy links with his HS87 label act Audio Push for a new track titled “The Long Way.” The collaborative cut sees the California hip-hop collective throwing down a few bars, while Hit-Boy himself assists with some lyricism as well as on the production, alongside Ray Reel. Enjoy the joint effort via the stream below and be sure to let us know how you feel about it.
With the upcoming album Free the Universe originally set for release on November 6, Major Lazer’s sophomore project has been pushed back to early next year. Set to feature artists such as Ezra Koenig (Vampire Weekend), Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors; on “Get Free“), Tyga, Flux Pavilion, Bruno Mars, Wyclef Jean, Shaggy, Wynter Gordon, Dev, and more, the album is now set to hit shelves on February 19 via ia Mad Decent/Downtown.
With the freshly released Danny Brown animated short still providing some laughter, we bring you some additional Danny Brown, in the form of a new track. Titled “Change,” the song is set to appear on Danny’s upcoming album Danny Johnson, entirely produced by (Blu & Mainframe). The song is a previously unreleased track, that’s been floating around the net, and today the New World Color label, has officially released it for fans to enjoy. In a recent sit down interview with Potholes In My Blog, rapper/producer Blu spoke about the Danny Johnson album and shared the following:
The purple baby. Yes, the Danny Johnson album will be one of the six that are coming out on New World Color. Hells yeah. We’re just got production on it. Yeah, Johnson&Jonson produced it and it’s all Danny’s raps.
After coming into the game under the moniker Mos Def, the Brooklyn-born emcee has now taken on the stage name of Yasiin Bey, and in a recent interview with GQ, the artist formally known as Mos shed some light on the change.
I began to fear that Mos Def was being treated as a product, not a person, so I’ve been going by Yasiin since ’99. At first it was just for friends and family, but now I’m declaring it openly.
The man of many talents not only commands ears through rhyme, but also can be seen flexing his acting gift on “Dexter,” as well as on Broadway (in “A Free Man of Color”), and making waves in the fashion industry. GQ caught up with Yasiin Bey to talk about his style, hear how he’s preserving hip-hop through fashion, and more. You can check a few excerpts of the interview down below, as well as a short piece put together titled “I Am Yasiin Bey” up above.
On Paying Homage:
When my paternal grandfather passed a few years back, I started to wear a shirt and tie every day, like he did. Michael Jackson’s death had a big impact on me, too. Right before the Ecstatic tour in 2009, I began wearing loafers and high-waisted pants. And that’s where my look started.
On Honest Goods:
Hip-hop is the last true folk art. I got involved with Ale et Ange because it represents hip-hop in a way that isn’t pandering. It’s nice to see something that’s elegant, skillful, and raw.
Enjoy the full interview over at GQ by clicking here.
With some of the Fall pieces first dropping last week (featured here), we were excited to get in another batch of G.P.P.R. goods in to stack our showroom with.
Every t-shirt here is an absolute banger, and I can’t say enough about the classiness and comfort of both colors of the “Lou Speckled Crewneck”. As leaves start to fall and the temperature starts to chill, I’m finding the need for a jacket, exactly like this “Tracy Woven Jacket” to be copped immediately. Luckily it is here…to enjoy in all it’s waxed cotton and buttery brown leather patched glory.
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Although the practice of tattooing appears to many as an exercise in vanity, the art form dates back centuries and often holds added significance for a variety of cultures and peoples. Filmmakers Maellyn Macintosh and Andy Pinkney recently documented their trip around the world as they traveled to the likes of Amsterdam, Africa, India, Indonesia and South America to highlight the last traditional forms of the body modification and to uncover the ideas of healing, protection, identity, pain and spirituality that are embodied by the completed pieces. Previewed here, the “Sacred Skin” series will also feature segments on piercing, pain rituals, scarification and more as Macintosh and Pinkey spotlight the essence of the traditions.
Initially introduced as The Beast Camo Mid back in June, Puma presents its latest colorway to the newly dubbed The Bharrington Mid “Camo.” In an exceptional blend of multiple footwear subdivisions, the storied shoemaker formulates a sneaker with outdoorsmen specifications, comfort and support found in athletic shoes and trendy streetwear aesthetics. This black, orange and navy rendition offers a mixture of leather, synthetic fibers, a contrasting white rubber outsole and a unique camouflage print. Currently available at Overkill, the PUMA The Bharrington Mid “Camo” comes with a price tag of $192 USD.
Touching down just in time for this month’s official start to fall is the Fall 2012 “Outta Bounds and Off Limits” collection from New York’s 10.Deep. Offering up a slew of streetwear staples like graphic tees, hoodies, button-downs, denim and rugged work pants alongside baseball- and hockey-inspired jerseys, satin ’80s dugout jackets, caps, bags and more, the line is highlighted by the predominance of camouflage and various ethnic-inspired prints throughout. The first delivery of 10.Deep’s latest designs is now available at select stockists and via the brand’s online store with additional drops slated for later in the season.
For Fall/Winter 2012 visvim presents their take on the classic white t-shirt – adding in dashes of tasseling for dramatic effect along the exterior and under arm of the shirt. Presented in grey, blue, green and red, the result is an upscale rendition of a tried-and-true piece of menswear. The PIZI SEAM TEE can be purchased online for $2,080 HKD (approximately $268 USD).
After dropping off three heralded mixtapes, Canadian singing sensation The Weeknd has finally inked a deal with Republic Records. And as has been talked about for some time now, the first order of business is to release Abel’s much-anticipated Trilogy, including mixed and mastered versions of the aforementioned projects, along with some new material. We can expect that to drop on November 13 of this year. But until then, congrats to both The Weeknd and Republic Records.
No, this isn’t a new, aptly titled video from Danny Brown. The folks at Pitchfork TV recently linked with the eccentric artist for an episode of Frames. The clip features an animated version of Brown as he is then telling a rather humorous story about being “Gypped by a Crackhead.” You’ll definitely want to see this one through until the end because the kicker is pretty hilarious.
South Carolina’s Danny Swain is returning this month with his much-anticipated Payback album, which will complete his highly favored concept trilogy. But before Danny! lets loose the September 25 release, the versatile artist now awards with this refreshing and eclectic compilation, titled The Best Of Danny!. The mix spans half-an hour as you can check it out for yourself via the player below.
Well, we’re now a week away, and for our previewing pleasure, 90-second snippets of each track from Cruel Summer have made their way online. So as we’ve already received several singles from the much-anticipated compilation album as well as seen the tracklist, we can now place moderate judgement on the G.O.O.D. Music project, thanks to the stream below as well as iTunes. Hit us with which song you think will be the standout and don’t forget to snag a copy on September 18.
1. “To the World” – Kanye West, R. Kelly
2. “Clique” – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Big Sean
3. “Mercy” – Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
4. “New God Flow” – Kanye West, Pusha T, Ghostface Killah
5. “The Morning” – Raekwon, Pusha T, Common, 2 Chainz, CyHi Da Prynce, Kid Cudi, D’Banj
6. “Cold” – DJ Khaled, Kanye West
7. “Higher” – The-Dream, Pusha T, Ma$e
8. “Sin City” – John Legend, Travi$ Scott, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce, Malik Yusef
9. “The One” – Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Marsha Ambrosius
10. “Creepers” – Kid Cudi
11. “Bliss” – John Legend, Teyana Taylor
12. “Don’t Like” – Kanye West, Chief Keef, Pusha T, Big Sean, Jadakiss
After getting a glimpse of the brands’ collaborative takes on the adidas ZX 5000 and Campus 80s comes a full look at the BAPE x UNDFTD collection for Fall/Winter 2012. Featuring the likes of graphic tees, sweats and a varsity jacket alongside bandanas, New Era 59Fifty fitted caps and Starter snapbacks, the collection makes use of A Bathing Ape’s signature 1ST CAMO print throughout and also includes appearances of a samurai-helmeted ape head logo adorned with UNDFTD’s Five Strikes branding. The entirety of the BAPE x UNDFTD Fall/Winter 2012 collection will be available soon from BAPE’s New York storefront and via the brand’s web shop.
With Atlanta’s Two-9 crew continuing to make waves throughout the south and beyond, today Retro Su$h! and Key! of the young collective let loose the visuals for “Stayin True.” The track accounts for one of the more recently popular songs from the Two-9 camp as we can expect it to be featured on the forthcoming Kung Fu In Japan mixtape, dropping on September 29. So while we eagerly await that project, enjoy the “Stayin True” aesthetics above.
As he is gearing up for the release of his latest EP, Stuart Howard awards with a free offering that won’t, however, appear on the upcoming effort. “The Hours” showcases Lapalux’s hazy and ambient production, which is becoming quite the popular play throughout various engineering circles. You can enjoy the atmospheric track via the stream below, which is fully equipped with a download option.
k-os appears to be done solely releasing singles and is now prepping the release of a new album. But before the versatile artist lets loose BLack On BLonde in November, Kevin Brereton blesses us with a new rock-esque delivery, titled “The Dog Is Mine.” Rumor has it that k-os will also be dropping off a variety of new material in addition to his November 27 release. Stay tuned.