Watch out for DJ Spintelect's forthcoming "Support Your African" project.
Even though Kendrck Lamar was snubbed at the 2014 Grammy Awards, fans can look forward to his next project being another culture-shifting body of music. During the red carpet at Music's Biggest Night, VIBE spoke to good kid, m.A.A.d. city producers Scoop Deville, DJ Dahi and production duo THC about the early stages of the album. "We're in the lab right now and we're creating music," Scoop Deville tells VIBE. "I'm working hard on making a sound for [Kendrick] that is definitely going to take him where he needs to be—musically, sonically—the people are going to feel it. That's what we do it for—we're not trying to make hit records." Scoop also says that K. Dot has been recording demos to some of his beats and DJ Dahi, Alex Foley and Rockie also confirmed that they have started working on Kendrick's next album.
Vice President & M.B.D.R. artist Roc Marciano releases the "Slingers" music video from the mixtape "The Pimpire Strikes Back". The song produced by Roc and also features long time collaborator Knowledge The Pirate. The video is directed by Roc & R.M.L and was shot on a 5D Mark III by J. Grove. Edited by R.M.L. Make sure to check out Roc's "The Pimpire Strikes Back" & "Marci Beaucoup".
Last night, Maino held a private listening session for his upcoming EP 'King Of Brooklyn' in New York. Amongst those in attendance were Uncle Murda and Fred The Godson. Besides previewing the entire project, he talks about the heavy street influence, working with producer Reefa, being labeled a bully, calling himself the King Of Brooklyn, being respected and more. Here is a recap of the night. The EP is set to be released on February 4th.
Maino talks about calling himself "The King of Brooklyn" below.
Tall Tale Medicine Machine is "a constantly evolving ensemble of performers and visual artists" fronted by composer/producer BlacktopMegaphone. This cut actually serves as the title track for their upcoming LP, which features Dirty Science affiliate/DopeHouse mainstay Denmark.
DJ Mathematics of the legendary Wu-Tang Clan chops it up with DJ Eclipse on Rap Is Outta Control. Part 2 after the jump.
Nick Huff Barili of Hard Knock TV, in collaboration with GRAMMY.com, sits down with Producer of the Year Pharrell Williams for in-depth interview. In part 1, Pharrell recalls how Sugarhill Gang, Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock and Nile Rodgers all played into his early music memories. Pharrell explains how he's always felt a "little left of center". He adds that "I think music helped me and other people make sense of it. You are only crazy when there is nothing to go along with it...When you have these eccentric characteristics, its more accepted and understood when there is some sort of skill-set attached to it...For example Jay Z mumbles when he writes his songs, he mumbles for 10-15 minutes, then he comes back with like 16 bars of one of the most comprehensive verses you have heard in a long time. He does it every time. But again, there is some sort of skill-set to accompany his madness...Music was my inner sanctum, that's where I found my peace." As the interview continues Nick ask's Pharrell about his creative process when he goes in the studio with an artist and what his thought process was going into the making of Blurred Lines. You don't want to miss what he has to say about that plus how he thinks artists like Lorde, Kendrick Lamar and Ed Sheeran are changing the game by making meaningful music and letting the people speak for them instead of record labels executives.