R.I.P. Mac Miller (Malcolm James McCormick) 1/19/92 - 9/07/18
Sadly we have another death to report in hip-hop today as rap artist Mac Miller (real name Malcolm James McCormick) was found dead in his California home of an apparent overdose. McCormick was only 26 years old at the time of his death.
Mac Miller started rapping in back in the 2000's, at which time he was known by the moniker EZ Mac. He had already released his first mixtape "But My Mackin' Ain't Easy" by the age of 15 and joined rap group The Ill Spoken. His true ascent to fame came after he signed with a label founded in his hometown of Pittsburgh - Rostrum Records. Taking advantage of the nascent promise of YouTube, Miller's video for "Donald Trump" seems eerily prescient in hindsight.
When his first studio album came out the song was notable by its absence, although Miller's profile continued to rise with the popularity of the "Party on 5th Ave." single which sampled heavily from 45 King's "900 Number" of Ed Lover dance fame. Miller's star was clearly on the rise.
Despite a tendency toward rivalry between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Flyers actually took Mac Miller's pre-Trump single "Knock Knock" and turned it into a recognizable anthem for the team and legions of fans.
As I once noted in a 2013 review there was more to Mac Miller than meets the eye but sadly his death curtails the potential to show us even more of what he was capable of. My condolences to his family, friends, and the hip-hop community as a whole. Maybe at some point we will finally address the epidemic of rap and rock superstars who overdose at a young age, but I've been following the music scene since the 1980's and nothing ever seems to change.
Chris: Mass duo W.O.K.E. (Oblivious & Lateb) call on the Boston syllable slinger M-Dot to help them take off on their New Single "Up Up and Away" produced by Jon Glass & IV the Polymath. Look for the single on their upcoming self-titled project coming later this year.
JK: From their new collaborative EP “I’m Good Luv, Enjoy.” The EP follows up their 2017 full length album “The Fiasco.”
Von Pea, of the group Tanya Morgan, is also joined by fellow Tanya Morgan member Donwill alongside Lessondary Crew member Rob Cave. The 5 song EP is also accompanied by instrumental versions for each track.
PR: 'Questlove Supreme' Debuts 100th Episode on Pandora Featuring Steve Stoute
Upcoming Episodes Include Michael Che, Patrice Rushen, Linda Perry, Bobby Brown & More
NEW YORK, NY -- Today, Questlove Supreme celebrates a special milestone, airing its 100th episode on Pandora (NYSE: P), the largest music streaming service in the U.S. At 1 p.m. EST / 10 a.m. PST, the centennial episode will feature special guest Steve Stoute, aka The Commissioner, Record Label Executive and CEO of marketing agency the Translation. This is a landmark moment for the weekly show available exclusively on Pandora and hosted by Questlove, four-time GRAMMY winner, member of The Roots, and music director of NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Like a trip to your favorite independent record store or as the iconic founder once described it, "a black nerd version of NPR," Questlove Supreme has enlightened, enriched, and engaged millions with smart, slick, and sharp commentary on all things music, pop culture, and beyond since it launched on Pandora in 2016. The format spans personal musical selections courtesy of the show’s namesake, provocative conversations, and in-depth and intimate interviews.
The dialogue unfolds as a fast-paced crossfire between Questlove and an equally intriguing cast of cohosts: GRAMMY Award-nominated rapper/singer Phonte Coleman, music aficionado "Boss" Bill Johnson, renowned on-air personality, music commentator, and pop culture expert Laiya St. Clair, GRAMMY, Tony and Emmy Award-winning music director "Unpaid" Bill Sherman, and engineer for Questlove, The Roots, The Tonight Show and Elvis Costello "Sugar" Steve Mandel. Along the way, the program has welcomed everyone from Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and the legendary Spike Lee to comedy titan Chris Rock, and music legends such as Lenny Kravitz, Jermaine Dupri, Babyface, Jack White, and many more.
Next up, Questlove Supreme will host additional guests including Michael Che, Patrice Rushen, Linda Perry, and Bobby Brown among other luminaries in the coming weeks. Be sure to tune in and go back to the archive to listen to past episodes you may have missed!
To date, more than 5 million Pandora listeners have added the Questlove Supreme station. Listeners can access the program in a chapter format, allowing them to revisit and pause favorite segments on www.pandora.com/questlovesupreme.
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Drummer, DJ, producer, culinary entrepreneur, James Beard award nominee, New York Times best-selling author, and member of The Roots - Questlove, is the unmistakable heartbeat of Philadelphia’s most influential hip-hop group. He is the Musical Director for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where his beloved Roots crew serves as house band. Beyond that, this 4-time GRAMMY Award winning musician's indisputable reputation has landed him musical directing positions with everyone from D'Angelo to Eminem to Jay-Z. Questlove has also released three books including the New York Times bestseller Mo’ Meta Blues, Soul Train: The Music, Dance and Style of a Generation. His latest endeavors include serving as the Executive Music Producer and Composer on the A&E Mini Series "Roots," scoring Chris Rock’s film, Top Five and co-produced the GRAMMY Award winning Original Broadway Cast Recording of Hamilton. Questlove is a Celebrity Ambassador for Food Bank For New York City, is on the City Harvest Food Council, a board member of Edible Schoolyard, and the first Artist-in-Residence at the Made in NY Media Center. Most recently, Questlove and The Roots announced that they are developing an animated children’s series, along with a live action children series, in partnership with Amazon. Questlove is also a Founding Member of the CAPA Foundation in Philadelphia and is also on the board for WNYC/New York Public Radio.
Republic: Multiplatinum-certified Portland, OR rapper Aminé shares the music video for his latest single “Reel It In.” The song is available on his brand new EpLpMixtapeAlbum entitled, ONEPOINTFIVE—out at all digital retailers now via Republic Records.
TEMG: Quentin Ballantino is the darker, more sullen version of Queens rapper Otis Clapp. The alter ego-- whose name merges the names of revered movie director, Quentin Tarantino, and Clapp's favorite beer, Ballantine --is at the fore of the title track from the emcee's new EP Quentin. Today (9/5/18), the song's visuals are relinquished via Northern Transmissions.
PR: Method Man's 'The Meth Lab II' to Drop November 13th
Watch the trailer: https://youtu.be/UyAdvm0LNcE
Hip-Hop legend and pop culture icon, Method Man has confirmed details of The Meth Lab II: The Lithium. Having previewed the project with the Method Man solo track Grand Prix last month, it has now been confirmed the project will now be released on Tuesday 13th November.
The project is a platform curated with friend and collaborator Hanz On that draws upon the Staten Island hip-hop community to put on other artists and up-and-coming rappers alongside some of Wu Tang's finest.
‘The Meth Lab II: The Lithium was recorded in Meth Lab Studios on Staten Island and will be released via Hanz On Music Entertainment (H.O.M.E.) / ONErpm.
The full track listing for the album is:
The Pilot – Intro
Episode 1 – Kill Different (Hanz On & Raekwon)
Episode 2 – Eastside (Intel & Snoop Dogg)
Commercial Break (Thotti Gotti)
Episode 3 – Grand Prix
Commercial Break (Impractical Jokers Pranks)
Episode 4 – Drunk Tunes (Noreaga, Joe Young, Mall G, Jessica Lee Lamberti, Deanna Hunt)
Emergency Forecast (Thotti Gotti Weather Report)
Episode 5 – Wild Cats (Redman, Streetlife & Hanz On)
Episode 6 – The Lab (Spank)
Episode 7 – Bridge Boys ( Roc 'Heltah Skeltah' & Kash Varrazano)
Episode 8 – Back Blockz (Freak, Cardi Express & Youngin)
Episode 9 – Ronin's (Hanz On, Cappadonna & Masta Killah)
Commercial Break (Impractical Jokes ”Torture”)
Episode 10 – Two More Mins
Commercial Break (Thotti Gotti “Pussy On Soundcloud”)
Episode 11 – SI Vs. Everybody (Apocalipps & Iron Mike)
Episode 12 – Lithium (Sheek Louch & Hanz On)
Episode 13 – P.L.O. Remix (Hanz On, Hue Hef, Streetlife & Lounge Lo)
Episode 14 – Killing The Game (Pretty Blanco)
Episode 15 – Yo (Hanz On, Streetlife & Apocalipps)
WATCH "GRAND PRIX" MUSIC VIDEO HERE: https://youtu.be/9XZ2zwDJ5-s
Read Method Man & Hanz On's exclusive Billboard interview
about The Meth Lab II: The Lithium’: http://bit.ly/2OoEaUn
Method Man, aka Clifford Smith, is one of the standout members of Hip-Hop's most celebrated collective the Wu-Tang Clan. With over two decades in the spotlight, he has become an entertainment icon - winning Grammy awards for his musical masterpieces and lending his acting skills to cult favourite films and TV shows. He's currently a series regular on HBO original program The Deuce’, host of TBS musical reality competition show Drop The Mic’, and was cast in the upcoming comedy Son of Shaft’.
HANZ ON / H.O.M.E.
Anthony Messado, better known by his stage name Hanz On or Hannibal The Great, is a former Ice Water Inc. emcee that has worked with hip-hop greats including Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Pimp C, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Method Man, and more. His label, Hanz On Music Entertainment (H.O.M.E.), released his final solo effort, BARCA, in March 2017 and will present the second installment of Method Man's Meth Lab series, The Meth Lab II: The Lithium’. The label has also signed several artist and producers with projects tentatively dropping towards the end of 2017.
ONErpm is a redefining force in the new music economy and one of today's fastest growing music companies. With offices and studios in New York City, Nashville, Miami, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Bogota, and Mexico City, ONErpm occupies a unique space between traditional record label and distribution company. They leverage proprietary technology, marketing, analytics, and localized support to deliver business solutions to over 120,000+ artists, music labels, and video creators worldwide. Home to over 2,500 YouTube channels that collectively generate 7 billion+ plays a month, ONErpm is also one of the world's largest YouTube Multi Channel Networks (MCN) specializing in music.
METHOD MAN ONLINE: