Archive for November, 2010
A Nick Brazinsky Picture
Here, in part one of Twista’s First 48 Hours series, Nick B captures T on The Perfect Storm‘s release day, bouncing around town doing interviews at Fox News, WGCI and more. He even gets a visit from the Patron man. Looks like the first 48 were great.
The Perfect Storm is in stores now.
The brand new video from Twista’s right hand man and GMG artist, B-Hype. Put your middle fingers to the sky, under the four letter word act.
Now with 100% more Big Sean!
This updated version (with a new Sean verse) will be the iTunes bonus track for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, that drops on November 22nd, which the entire world already has.
Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Charlie Wilson & Beyonce - See Me Now
Mixed by NoahImEaN? Artwork by dopedesigner.
After a brief hiatus, we return with the third edition of our @FakeShoreDrive Mixtape series.
If you’ve been following the campaign, you know the drill. If not, the concept is simple: 20+ tracks given to the DJ. Said DJ mixes, sequences, cuts, adds and then dominates. No tracklist. No individual tracks. Just one large Mp3 for your listening pleasure. The mix is mostly Chicago hip-hop, but we also draw from all over the map. A little bit of everything, so to speak.
So without further ado, enjoy Vol. 3. Shouts toNoahImEaN?, who snapped yet again.
4 exquisite Chicago spitters trade bars on this Joe Budden remake.
Chekk Famous, Gutta, Ras Rok, Enzyme 9 – Remember The Titans
Say word? Talk about an honor.
Today, Billboard released their Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of All Time list and Robert Kelly hit #1 on the charts (zing!) and took the top honors. Kells bested other notable legends including Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Jay-Z and Luther Vandross.
R. Kelly crowns our list of the top 25 R&B/hip-hop artists of the past 25 years with good reason. Since January of 1985, he’s amassed 35 top 10 hits on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (the most of any act in the time frame) and a total of 84 charting singles. Among those are 11 No. 1s, including “Bump N’ Grind” (12 weeks at the top) and “Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)” (seven weeks) with Ronald Isley. Further cementing Kelly’s hitmaker status is his staggering 11 No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The R&B icon continued to post new chart achievements in 2010, as he notched his 56th top 40 single with “When a Woman Loves.”
Damn, hats off the Kells for this one. This is a major honor. Obviously, Kells’ music legacy gets clouded due to his personal battles, but cot damn if he isn’t the world’s greatest. Salute.
Check out the full list here.
Tung Twista circa 1991 rhyming on the Westside of Chicago. Filmed by DJ Cooley.
Last night, a select group of family and friends celebrated Twista’s birthday (and hey, it was my b-day, too!) at the DragonFly, courtesy of XXL Magazine and WGCI. The highlight of the night (besides the cake GMG got me – pic after the jump) for me, was finally getting to preview Twista’s documentary Mr. Immortality: The Life & Times of Twista; a look into the humble beginnings of Carl Mitchell, and how he grew into the superstar known to the world as Twista. Chronicling his youth growing up on the Westside of Chicago, the film by Vlad Yudin explores the way the City of Wind molded and shaped Twista, and builds around the fact that T chose to stay in Chicago, rather than fleeing for the coasts.
Granted, it’s hard to capture all of Mr. Adrenaline Rush’s contributions to hip-hop (and the sound of Chicago hip-hop) within an hour and change (we only saw about 20 minutes of the film), but it does a great job of showcasing just how amazing his career has been, and how much of an influence he’s had on hip hop in general. One thing the doc touched on, that I’ve always brought up in discussions, is that just about every major player in urban music has reached out to him at some point for a feature or has tried to emulate his style. From Mariah Carey to Jay-Z to Diddy – if you want that sound of Chicago you call T, and it’s about time someone put together a visual of this. If you’re a fan of Chicago hip-hop and care about the legacy, this will be a must watch when it drops in January. You won’t be disappointed.
One clip in the film, that I thought was extremely dope, is the video above (which I’d never seen – and I’m not sure if you have either), which features an 18 year-old Twista in 1991 rapping for fans and friends on the streets of Chicago. My man was even snapping back then! Shout out to the Guardian Angel in the background, too.
As always, thanks to Twista, Rawle Stewart, The Legendary Traxster and Rohit Loomba.