Once called “the most hated man in hip-hop,” Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Way, has proven himself as quite a force to be reckoned with. Whether you love him or hate him, numbers don’t lie, and Soulja’s (as he constantly reminds us in his music) are quite impressive. Starting from scratch in 2004, Soulja generated his own hype by posting his songs and videos across the web, and soon enough was offered a deal by Interscope. These days, the rapper-producer has been in the studio with everyone from Kanye to Bieber, and his career, which many predicted would be short-lived, shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. I got a chance to sit down with the creator of the legendary “Crank That” (yes, I said legendary), where we talked his humble beginnings, his love for donks, and his …
Listen to Kanye West, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Big Sean & Common kill it for the 2010 BET Hip-Hop awards!
From working at a radio station to being played on one, Big Sean‘s rise to relevance has been a combination of impressive skill and being in the right place at the right time. Sean got his start by rapping for Kanye West while the G.O.O.D. music CEO was on a radio tour. The rapper was so impressed with the Detroit native that by the time he was ready to go to college, Ye was ready to offer him a deal. And the rest is history in the making. I sat down with the midwesterner/lyricist at the “Only The Brave” Diesel Event, held at New York’s prestigious Gotham Hall, and got the scoop on all things Sean.[videoembed id='
Kanye takes us down nostalgia drive with this new song from his G.O.O.D Friday series. It features Common, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Big Sean and Charlie Wilson and they all work together! So much more cohesive, together, simpler and fresh. This track seems like something out off College Dropout which is a nice nod back to both Kanye’s Chicago days but also a time where it was all a bit more stripped down. Not that I don’t like his new sounds but I think variety is the spice of life. I dig it, this song makes me feel like I’m driving down with high school friends watching the foliage line the city streets, just having a good time, relaxing, breathing etc.
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XXL’s (nearly) annual freshmen issue will hit newsstands March 16th. Out of all the intro vids I’d have to say Fashawn’s, Jay Rock’s, Nipsey Hussle’s and Freddie Gibbs’s verses were the best. Also notice how there aren’t any New York rappers in the building. Not to start trouble but it’s interesting to see a magazine like XXL see the future of rap in every region outside of it’s birthplace. Anyway it’s not a big deal in my eyes. There’s no need to get too upset over someone else’s opinion right? Pic jacked from OS.