Based on a T.R.U. Story is the debut studio album by Atlanta rapper Tauheed Epps better known by his stage name 2 Chainz, released through Def Jam Recordings via Universal Music Group back during August 2012. The album features several guest appearances from fellow rappers Lil Wayne, Drake, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj and Playaz Circle cohort Dolla Boy along with singer-songwriters, producers The-Dream, Mike Posner, The Weeknd and Chris Brown. The album’s unique production was handled by Brick Squad Monopoly‘s Southside, Mike WiLL Made It, Sonny Digital, Kanye West, Hit-Boy, Drumma Boy, DJ Mustard, Mr. Bangladesh and DJ Spinz, among many others. A little background on the artist shows 2 Chainz began releasing solo material in 2007, while still in Playaz Circle with Dolla Boy, releasing a mixtape that year titled Me Against the World!, during the time, under his former stage name Tity Boi. It wasn’t until early 2011, when he changed his moniker to 2 Chainz, as he perceived it to be more “family friendly,” that his career began to take off and he started getting more songs with more well known featured artists within the industry. “This isn’t an image for me,” says 2 Chainz, as he talks about his highly stylized couture type profile. He reveals saying back, “in ’07 I was saying, ‘Walk into the Gucci store, honey, I’m home.’ That’s just who I am. I just feel like fashion has been a part of my artistic expression as well as my wordplay. I’m just enjoying life. I’m getting people to actually smile when they listen to my music.” Check out his new video for Extremely Blessed featuring The Dream » Read more..
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Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is the upcoming second solo studio album by rapper and OutKast memberAntwan André Patton better known by his stage name as Big Boi. The solo album is set to release this coming December 11, on Purple Ribbon Records and Def Jam Recordings. The album features artists and several guest appearances from Sleepy Brown, Phantogram, T.I., Ludacris, Kid Cudi, Little Dragon, Killer Mike, Kelly Rowland, A$AP Rocky, B.o.B, Wavves, Mouche, Scar, Bosko, Jai Paul, UGK, Big K.R.I.T., Theophilus London and Tre Luce. The album was noticeably lacking from any Andre 3000 features with Big Boi saying he had sent Dre over 5 songs he could’ve got on but “contractual obligations” kept him from doing them. Early this week Big Boi officially released the music video for “Mama Told Me.” The track off of his highly anticipated “Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors“ album that features Kelly Rowland. However, when Big Boi previewed his second album in July 2012, Swedish synth-poppers Little Dragon were also featured as the guests on the single. Little Dragon had performed the song with while the were in Austin, Texas, at an event hosted by Vitamin Water and The Fader this past August 2012. Unfortunately, Little Dragon couldn’t officially be on the main single anymore. The group explained to The Fader why they got booted off of “Mama Told Me”, in favor of the former Destiny’s Child singer due to “business terms out of our control.” Watch the music video below after the jump… » Read more..
In preparation for the album’s release “Trouble Man,” T.I. released a promotional mixtape titled “Fuck Da City Up,” in January 2012. “Trouble Man” is the upcoming eighth studio album by rapper T.I.. The album is tentatively due out sometime in Summer 2012. “Fuck Da City Up“ is out now for your listening pleasure. It has some featured guests on it such as Young Dro, Travis Porter, Too Short, Pimp C, Nelly, Future, Pusha T and many others. T.I. revealed to Billboard the title of the album, “Trouble Man.” The album was partly inspired by Marvin Gaye’s 1972 song of the same name. In a previous interview with Rolling Stone, he said he was debating between two titles, Trouble and Kill the King. Most recording of the album was showcased on T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle. The album is also rumored to include a collaboration with R&B superstar, Brandy Norwood and We the Best Music Group artist Ace Hood. The first official single will feature Usher. This song is produced by Rico Love. “We Don’t Get Down Like Y’all”, featuring Grand Hustle recording artist B.o.B was the first official promotional single to be released from T.I. after his 11 month prison sentence. It released to iTunes in August 2011. The second promotional single, “I’m Flexin’“ featuring Big K.R.I.T. was released in October 2011. The third promotional single, “Here Ye, Hear Ye“ featuring Pharrell under the alias Sk8brd. Check out the official music video below after the jump… » Read more..
Cold Day In Hell is a mixtape by rapper Freddie Gibbs. It was recorded between 2009-2011 with stops and assistance by Young Jeezy‘s Corporate Thugz. It was released on October 31, confirmed features by Young Jeezy, Dom Kennedy, Freeway, Juicy J, Sly Polaroid, Alley Boy, 2 Chainz and Scrilla. Here is a recent write up from Pitchfork Media talking about Freddie Gibbs‘ latest mixtape: It leaked during a 48-hour-period in which new hip-hop tapes were dropping every five minutes. More than a few of these artists were capitalizing off the hype that surrounded A$AP Rocky‘s debut record LiveLoveA$AP, a release the internet noise machine took up as its latest cause. Freddie Gibbs may remember that honeymoon period well; a couple of years back, he was the focus of this ruthless media blitz, an artist who rocketed suddenly from major-label reject to being mentioned in The New Yorker. It was an odd position for a rapper whose persona often felt like a simple amalgamation of 1990s Rap-A-Lot Records. One of the unfortunate things about this hype cycle is its obsession with novelty at the expense of quality; Gibbs isn’t a new artist any more, but Cold Day in Hell is arguably his most well-rounded, accomplished offering. He is definitely getting it in. Check out his new video after the jump… » Read more..
Rick Ross released his highly anticipated mixtape “Rich Forever” in January 2012, to help promote his upcoming album. The tape contains all new material and features from the likes of many he has collaborated with over the past year. Rick Ross unveiled the official tracklist to his upcoming all-original-music mixtape titled Rich Forever exclusively at Live Mixtapes. The 19-track mixtape features guest appearances from Drake, Diddy, Pharrell, Nas, John Legend, Birdman, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Kelly Rowland, Future, Styles P, as well as MMG’s own Wale, Meek Mill, and Stalley. “MMG Untouchable“ is the third single off his Rich Forever mixtape and was shot by Dre Films and directed by Spiff TV. God Forgives, I Don’t is the upcoming fifth studio album by Rick Ross, scheduled for release in early 2012. The album is preceded by two singles released simultaneously, “You the Boss“ featuring Nicki Minaj and “I Love My Bitches,” which had obtained moderate success on the charts. Rick Ross first revealed the title of his fifth album on in January 2011 on the Breakfast Club, along with the release of the song “Made Men” featuring Drake produced by 2 Tall Beats. The album was highly promoted by the official twitter account of Maybach Music Group, along with DJ Khaled. Drake spoke on the album during an interview with MTV saying “That God Forgives I Don’t; the only way I can describe it, it’s like Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle, The Notorious B.I.G.‘s Ready to Die, or Clipse‘s Lord Willin’ or any of the albums that I collected and held on to as a kid — whether it was cassette or CD.” Check out the behind the scenes and official video for “MMG Untouchable” below after the jump… » Read more..