About two years ago, a young and still-blossoming Fat Tony unexpectedly found himself being nominated as one of the most anticipated artists to blow by URB on their Next 1000 list, and was URB accurate in its prediction? Well, considering the fact that Houston’s now most distinguished and acclaimed underground rapper has since opened for Wu-Tang, gained respect from none other than UGK legend Bun B and released his debut album produced entirely by Supreeme’s Tom Cruz, one could definitely say so. …MORE
Our first thought on this first posthumous release by legendary Texas rapper Pimp C is “what took so long?” Our next though was to wonder if Pimp C and Drake would have ever collaborated in real life. The song also features a beat by Drake collaborator Boi-1da, which leaves you wondering how cynical this whole package is. But then Bun B comes on, and we gotta assume he’s keeping things relatively legit, even if dueting with the deceased is always a tricky proposition.
The full album, The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones, is due October 5 from Rap-A-Lot.
Here’s some behind-the-scenes footage of the video shoot for the remix of B&K’s don’t die. Lots of chatting by Bun B., which is always worth watching. The video is being directed by Mills Miller.
Bare-chested in zero degrees celsius Romania and bundled up in 90 degrees Houston really aren’t the extremes that a simple sentence might imply. A bullet-ridden stone wall outside low-income housing of Eastern Europe isn’t that different from a few young men on an East Texas stoop unshaken by a white Caddy’s ominous and loud presence where it definitely shouldn’t be…and neither setting is that far from the English ghetto that birthed Dylan Mills, aka Dizzee Rascal.
“Same shit, different toilet, innit?” Dizzee says of the disparate Romanian and Texan ’hoods that set the scenes for the first two videos from his third record, Maths and English (XL Recordings), an LP that will only be released digitally here in the States. “I don’t know a lot of places like [Houston’s Los Ward] in England, but there are. I’m from the poorest part …