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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon:
By making a sequel to one of the most successful albums ever (until Adele this year it held the record for all time fastest selling album at retail) Eminem found his creative drive again. He went back even further than that though thanks to Rick Rubin - all the way to 1981 to sample Billy Squier's hard rock anthem "The Stroke."
It's hardly new for rappers to jam to Squier given that "The Big Beat" is one of the most sampled songs ever, but in doing so Eminem re-established the rap tradition of making rock into hip-hop.
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Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon:
Even though Eminem didn't "fall off" in a technical sense, as he continued to be a worldwide hip-hop star and pop culture icon, there's a perception out there that "Relapse" was a creative low for Marshall Mathers. The title alone suggested that Eminem was falling back into old habits that weren't healthy, and perhaps that reflected his approach to music as well - rehashing old ideas that didn't progress him forward as an artist.
The funny thing is that "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" represented an even bigger step backward, yet simultaneously became a huge step forward.
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It's time for another edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #353 is called Rap Is Built 4 Eternity! Enjoy new music from Apathy, Serge Severe, Branden Vader and Dugee F Buller among others! Follow us @RapReviews so you never miss a new podsafe free show.
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Mixtape: K Dash - "Trap Or Struggle 2"
M.T.: Presented by 63 ENT Chicago rapper K Dash has released his the video to his single "Average" and long-awaited underground mixtape "Trap or Struggle 2." A street-styled soundtrack based on his life and emerging rap career - K Dash’s music is an insightful, reality-based presentation showing you what it’s like to walk in his shoes.
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Mixtape: Joe Black - "A Dollar & A Dream"
DMV: The talented DC emcee Joe Black (@Black3Hill) just dropped his debut mixtape on us, "A Dollar & A Dream". He delivers a razor-sharp mixtape full of quality music for the streets and the masses. Hosted by DJ Dirty Yella, the mixtape is packed with quality production, countless features, and a string of singles which are being featured on DMV LIFE Radio. Check out the mixtape and be on the lookout for big things to come from Joe Black in the future!
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Ja Rule on Drake Ghostwriting Rumors: We're in a New Era
http://www.vladtv.com - Slim Jesus has garnered a lot of attention in the hip-hop world and Ja Rule weighed in on the Ohio rapper telling VladTV that he doesn't live the life that he raps about. The Queens artist told us that he thinks people should just focus on the "Drill Time" rapper's music and not his street cred, adding, "What difference does it make if Slim Jesus busts his gun?"
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Video: DJ Yella Talks Suge Knight, Eazy-E, Death Rumors, The Porn Industry and NWA Biopic
D.M.: DJ Yella sits with Arab Joe from Real Talk Hip Hop while he was in Windsor, ON to talk about NWA, Eazy E’s death from AIDS, going into and changing the Porn film industry and making “Straight Outta Compton”.
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Video: Prof - Liability Tour Recap - Milwaukee, WI
Catch Prof on the Liability Tour this fall, with special guests Nacho Picasso and DJ Fundo! You won't want to miss this.
Get your tickets now: http://bit.ly/LiabilityTour .
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Audio: AZ's Exclusive DJ Absolut Freestyle
BOSS: EXCLUSIVE AZ FREESTYLE !!!!!!
"DJ Absolut Freestyle" !!
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Video: Migos Say Slim Jesus Will Get Tested Over Lyrics
http://www.vladtv.com - Atlanta's own Migos talks to DJ Vlad about their involvement in Noisey Atlanta, a 10-part series regarding the popularity of the city's hip-hop scene and culture. Both Quavo and Takeoff address previous statements that the docu-series had been scripted with scenes showing off some pretty serious assault rifles. "They shot a hell of a movie. That was a nice movie... I ain't never shot reality TV," Quavo belies.
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