The greatest rappers of all time are the ones who found ways to make the English language work for them. They have a story to tell that is entirely theirs and they’ll bend the basic understandings of rhyme and pronunciation to tell that tale exactly the way they feel it should be conveyed. It’s one of the most unique elements of hip-hop, even though it can be a journalist’s worst nightmare, and today T.I. is sharing another chapter of his story through a new song entitled “My Potna.”
Though T.I. has not released any official tracks or albums since the December 2012 debut of Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, he has spent the majority of 2013 making headlines for promotional singles, either his own or on tracks for other artists. “My Potna” was created for DJ Scream & DJ MLK, who have a new mixtape on the horizon called 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards that is expected to drop in the middle of October. The release supposedly features a number of exclusive tracks, including this one, but so far “My Potna” is the only track made available to the public. You can stream “My Potna” at the end of this post.
Like many urban artists, T.I. tends to keep his future plans closely guarded until he feels it’s time to make them public. We do not know what he has planned in the months ahead, but after “My Potna” gets around I’m sure there will be many fans like us eagerly waiting new developments. We’ll keep our eyes out for updates and bring you additional information as it becomes available. (more…)
Featuring a thick, funky bass line as its backbone, “Rick James” found its way online this morning thanks to our friends at HipHopDX. The track brings together Nelly and T.I. for a celebration the good life, with bottles in the air and dancing on the tables. The verses don’t hold much weight, but the hook won’t let up. You can stream the song below.
And of course the man who owns all modern Rick James references, Dave Chappelle, gets a sample, delivering his famous “I’m rich, bitch” before the chorus.
“Rick James” could easily make it at commercial radio. It falls in line between Justin Timberlake‘s “Take Back The Night” and Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines,” but is unique enough to stand on its own merit. Comment below and let us know your thoughts. (more…)
Set in black and white, the official video for “Check This, Dig That” ushers in a return to an earlier sense of self for T.I. The boy who became a man before our eyes delivers an ignorant jam filled with a love for snare that knows no end. Trae Tha Truth makes an appearance as well, but it’s nothing worth writing home about. You can stream the video for “Check This, Dig That” below. (more…)
Consider the first day of Spring was just around a week ago, it should come as no surprise that Summer tour announcements are already becoming a huge topic of discussion. Lil Wayne revealed his plans to take I Am Not A Human Being Part 2 on the road this Summer earlier today, and we have all the details you need.
Kicking off July 9 in Alabama, Lil Wayne’s ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tour will find the Young Money CEO criss-crossing the United States with support from T.I. and Future. The run last until September first and will feature 40 stops along the way. You can view the full routing below.
Wayne will follow the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ tour by embarking on his previously announced 2013 European Tour with Mac Miller, which kicks off in October. His new album, I Am Not A Human Being Part 2, hits stores tomorrow. Click here to read a review of the album. (more…)
Hitting Jimmy’s new Sony-sponsored stage last night, T.I. performed his Trouble Man single “Hello,” as well as the energetic cut “Ball.” Both performances were as energetic and exciting as televised sets from people not playing instruments can be, and T.I. never missed a line. You can view videos of both songs below. (more…)
Everyone wants to be a star. Especially rappers. While many brag about their ability to court members of the opposite sex, the wide breadth of their earthly possessions, their height of their stacks, and most importantly, swag, it all really boils down to status. Which, in turn, is attention. The higher one’s prestige, the greater their worth and the more eyeballs and ears they will attract.
Fortunately in hip-hop there is also a deep tradition of collaboration. Posse cuts are always dope. And a rapper without their beatmaker would just be a solo street accapellist. Spitting bars out in public, especially with a hardened affect while talking about violence and an ostentatious lifestyle, would not be a good look on anybody. Except maybe on this guy.
And you’re not him.
Which brings us to the topic of today’s piece, the feature rapper. When would the motivation to stand out ever be stronger then on someone else’s track? A game changing guest verse (or a couple hundred of them, in some rapper’s cases) has been enough in the past to launch careers much in the way a Top 40 charting single would. So here are some of our picks for the best feature rappers in the game right now. Please note that this list is objectively correct; we came to these rappers after a series of rigorous tests that followed the scientific method. Lab coats were worn while this list was put together.
What is it about musicians that constantly attracts the close observation of law enforcement? With bad habits and an even worse track record, musicians as a whole appear to be gifted rule breakers by nature. Perhaps there is rebellious mentality that not only inspires so much of their music, but also motivates the urge to push the boundaries set by “the man”. After all, that’s implied in the famous credo, sex drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll, which has become more of a manual than a general expression. At the rate some artists get in trouble, there’s bound to be a current case on trial at any given time. And, of course, there is. One specific case seems to have caught the attention of many and is making headlines around the world. Here’s a quick rundown of the dispute, and just a few of the various possible trends and examples that can be picked out from a long history of unruly artists.
We’ll stay away from some of the cases that have been more drama than jury, but instead we’ll talk about one particularly peculiar instance of band-fan interaction that has been making international headlines. We’re of course referring to the exchange between Randy Blythe of the metal band, Lamb Of God, and a disruptive show goer at a concert in Prague on May 24, 2010. Blythe had allegedly aided security in pushing the man off the stage who later died from head injuries sustained during the scuffle. On July 3, Blythe was called upon and jailed over two years after the event with no notification prior, and was ordered to serve a 10-day sentence in a Czech prison. The band issued a statement thanking fans for their support and assuring the front man’s innocence. Since then, however, further evidence has been raised in the case. A friend of former Daniel Nosek told The Prague Post that “He got up onstage only once, at the end of the concert. Randy was brutal, and pushed Dan down where nobody could catch him. I don’t think he meant to kill Dan. But I hope he will be punished.” As the investigation ensued and witnesses were questioned, officers reportedly uncovered a tape that shows Nosek onstage up to four times, interacting with the 41-year-old frontman on multiple occasions. It’s still unclear, however, as to whether Blythe is entirely accountable for the injuries that led to Nosek’s death a month later.
Just last month, his single, I Don’t Like shot up the charts after Kanye West added himself, Big Sean, Pusha T, and Jadakiss to the remix. Within days, a bidding war ensued and the youngster was trying to choose between his three front-runners; YMB, CME, and Atlantic among others.
Now, it looks like the new teen dream has finally chosen a home at a major label, making his announcement last week.
“I’ve been talkin’ to a lot of labels, but I just noticed that Interscope got people like 50, Eminem,” he said. “They was talkin’ like I was talkin’ and I liked that. All these other labels, I was talkin’ to ’em, but it’s time anyway for me and I’m goin’ with Interscope.”
Other interested parties put up a good fight, with heavy hitters like Birdman and T.I. clamoring to sign the sixteen-year-old Chicagoan. Last month, Birdman sounded confident that he would sign Keef to Cash Money Records.
“I like him, he kinda reminds me of us,” he told MTV News. [He’s] out the streets, I think he’s swagged up and I’m definitely talking to his people and I’d like to see if we can make it pop, see if I can see if I can get him to be down with the team.”
Like many others in the rap game, the YMCMG CEO seemed to be impressed by Keef’s youthful outlook.
Philly-based R&B / soul / pop songstress Suzann Christine is officially on her way to Miami. Christine was hand selected by the judges as the Grand Prize Winner of the Citi Trends “The Big Break Talent Search” Competition with her song “Closed Casket“, which ranked third out of over 1400 entries! She’ll be joining the official One Fest lineup in Miami on July 7, 2012 alongside T.I., Wale, Fat Joe, Waka Flocka Flame and Kirko Bangz. Check back to the OurStage Magazine for our recap of Suzann Christine’s performance at One Fest.