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New Music: CyHi the Prynce - "100 Bottles" (F/ Chris Brown + Big Sean)

 

100 bottles Cover

While he's getting ready to release his new mixtape, CyHi the Prynce drops this teaser song "100 Bottles," which features Chris Brown (aka MC Breezy) and Big Sean. The celebratory track samples Breezy’s song of the same name off his 2011 mixtape Boy in Detention. It's kind of ironic that Brown is rapping about poppin' bottles when he was ALLEGEDLY tossing champagne bottles at Drake during a brawl at a New York nightclub. But I digress...

CyHi's mixtape Ivy League Club is expected to hit the Internet(s) on July 17. The collection should hold fans over until the G.O.O.D. Music compilation album Cruel Summer arrives in stores on Aug. 7.





New Video: The Sean Price Rap Clinic

 

Class Is In Session: Sean Price

 

Check out this hilarious video of Sean Price trying to help these amateur rappers improve on their lyrical skills.

Here's the video synopsis:

Sean Price opens a rap clinic after a tragic accident effects his vocal cords. He is now forced to train up-and-coming rappers, or as he likes to call them, “popcorn fuckheads.” To help prepare them for the overly critical rap world, Sean P uses brash verbal abuse to single out their many weaknesses.

Honestly, some of your favorite rappers need to go to rap boot camp so they can learn how to spit better rhymes and create dope hip-hop songs. #imjustsayin




New Video: Murs - "Animal Style"

 

Rapper Murs

 

 

Murs' video for "Animal Style" couldn't come at a better time. With Frank Ocean making the news with his open letter revealing an old love affair with a man, the issue of homophobia in hip-hop reared its ugly head again.

In Murs' inventive clip, he narrates a love story between two young men Johnathan and Roderick (played by Murs, himself) and the complexities of their secretive relationship.

It's a powerful visual and very much needed in hip-hop.

 

I'll let Murs explain the song and video:

"Animal Style is a song I did for many reasons. The first was to be an advocate for people close to me who are out, and those who have yet to come out. It's also a love song, which is nothing new for me. But with this one I wanted to challenge the listener to ask themselves: Is the love shared by two people of the same gender, really that different than the love I have for my partner of the opposite sex?

And finally, I just felt it was crucial for some of us in the hip hop community to speak up on the issues of teen suicide, bullying, and the overall anti-homosexual sentiment that exist within hip hop culture. I felt so strongly about these issues and this song that I had to do a video that would command some attention, even if it makes some viewers uncomfortable. Even if it came at the cost of my own comfort."




New Music: Nas - "Bye Baby" (Prod. By Salaam Remi & Noah "40" Shebib)

 

Living the Good 'Life': Rapper Nas

As I previously reported, one of my favorite tracks on Nas' upcoming album Life is Good is the kiss-off ballad "Bye Baby." And sure enough, Nas released the track today (July 9) for public consumption. The song samples Guy's break-up song "Goodbye Love" from their classic self-titled 1988 album, which ushered in the New Jack Swing sound.

On "Bye Baby," which was produced by Salaam Remi and Noah "40" Shebib, Nas reflects on his 4-year marriage to R&B singer Kelis. Their divorce was finalized in 2010, but not before the couple engaged in a bitter legal battle over child support for their son Knight. The New York rapper paints a vivid picture of love and then loss but, in the end, life is still good for him.

"Listen, could you imagine writing your deposition? / Divorce Lawyer telling you how this thing gonna be ending? / 'With you paying out the ass, and I’m talking half Not some but half. No serious, half' / Half of your soul, half of your heart you leaving behind / It’s either that or die, I wanted peace of mind," he raps.

Nas' tenth album Life Is Good is shaping up to be one of the best rap albums of the summer. Don't forget to cop it on July 17.




**BONUS**:

Guy -- "Goodbye Love"




R.I.P. To A Hustler: KMG of Above the Law Passes Away

 

'Law' Men: A.T.L.'s Cold 187um and KMG

Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .

Rapper KMG (real name Kevin Michael Gulley) of the legendary rap group Above the Law who died early Saturday morning (July 7) in California. HipHop DX reported the sad news and A.T.L. associate Kokane confirmed it on his Twitter account on Saturday. "1 of the greatest MCz on da West has passed! My heart hurt so bad!" he tweeted. "On my life, I will keep his legacy Alive!! I'll miss U forever... RIP KMG."

While the cause of death is not known as of yet, fellow west coast rappers went on Twitter to express their condolences and thoughts on KMG. "Respect to 'Above The Law' Back when Hip Hop was gangsta...," tweeted rap icon Ice-T. Rapper MC Ren of NWA wrote, "One of the best. Dope mc and a good good brotha. Long live KMG."

 

KMG (the Illustrator) was a member of the west coast rap group Above the Law with Cold 187um (aka Big Hutch), Go Mack and DJ Total K-Oss. As Above the Law, the group recorded eight albums, including their classic 1990 debut LP Livin' Like Hustlers on Ruthless Records. Arguably, the album's sonics pre-dated the innovative G-Funk sounds on Dr. Dre's 1992 masterpiece The Chronic. Livin' Like Hustlers was a solid album of get-money anthems, black pride and hardcore gangsta raps. Among the standout tracks on the collection include "Untouchable," "Murder Rap" and "Freedom of Speech."

Over the course of their 22-year career, Above The Law was signed to Ruthless Records, Tommy Boy Records and Death Row Records. Both Livin' Like Hustlers and their third album Black Mafia Life (1993) received gold certification for shipping 500,000 copies in the United States.

After recording two modestly successful albums -- Time Will Reveal and Legends -- for Tommy Boy Records, Above the Law left in 2000 and signed with Death Row Records. At the label, Big Hutch became the new in-house producer and worked on various projects, including the debut album by Crooked I. Subsequently, after numerous album delays at Death Row, A.T.L. disbanded.

KMG released several singles on his own as an independent artist and worked closely with rapper Kokane. Most recently, KMG appeared on Kokane's single, "Doja" from his album The Legend Continues.

 

 

 



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