Want a fresh perspective on why Kanye says there will be no Watch The Throne 2 or Eminem’s new track? Here’s our take on some of the biggest stories of the past seven days.
TUPAC AND JANET JACKSON RECEIVE 2017 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME NOMS
With the All Eyez On Me biopic on the way, now comes news that ‘Pac has been nominated for the 2017 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with other legends Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan. Will he actually make the ballot? It’s hard to say. But as much impact as ‘Pac had in his short career, it would be hard to dismiss him. The latest trailer for the new Tupac movie is below:
KANYE WEST SAYS WATCH THE THRONE 2 WILL NEVER HAPPEN
Yeezus blames the beef between Apple and Tidal as the sole reason why a follow up to the 2011 smash will never happen. But this week proved that things might go deeper than that, as several news reports shed light on some rifts between Jay and ‘Ye. Publicity stunt? Possibly. Drama? Most definitely. Vintage Kanye? You betcha.
COMMON SET TO PRODUCE NEW FOX SITCOM 93 ‘TIL INFINITY
The new Fox sitcom will focus on a rapper who was successful in the 1990s but is not struggling to find his place in the world after that success has faded. And with the success of Atlanta on FX and The Breaks soon to come to VH1, this is as great a time as any for Common to throw his hat into the hip hop-centered TV campaign. Full story is here.
EMINEM DROPS NEW SONG “CAMPAIGN SPEECH”
Over a minimalist, bare-bones track, Eminem does his usual lyrical acrobatics in what sounds like a tune up for a new album. At this point, the track is still impressive but also expected from Em. Still, he’s set the lyrical bar pretty high for himself and everyone else, and we’re glad about it. Have a listen.
NEW ACTION BRONSON VIDEO “DURAG VS. HEADBAND”
Bronsolini has carved out a niche as one of the most inventive hip-hop video artists in the game. And “Durag vs. Headband” is the latest proof, because there really are no words for how insane, weird and fun it all is. Just watch the video for yourself, because there really are no words.
NATIVE TONGUES DOCUMENTARY COULD BE ON THE WAY
The documentary Speaking In Tongues: The Legend of the Native Tongues Posse has turned to Kickstarter to raise close to $50,000 to make it happen. Without a doubt, it’s one of the most important stories in hip-hop history yet to be told in full, giving birth to groups like De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest. Have a look at the trailer and support the campaign here.
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