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Chiddy Bang’s “Breakfast” arrives, YG drops new single and hits the road, and Inspectah Deck forms a new group -- read on for The Rap-Up.
Chiddy Bang Releases Debut Album
After years of releasing hit singles and hitting the road, Chiddy Bang just released its debut album, “Breakfast.” Available on iTunes February 21 and at all other retailers February 28, the first full-length release from the duo of rapper Chiddy and producer Xaphoon Jones features the hit “Ray Charles,” as well as “Handclaps & Guitars,” which is the free iTunes “Single of the Week.”
To promote “Breakfast,” the duo will be making a string of high profile television appearances in upcoming week. They hit “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” February 24, “Conan” on February 27 and “The Wendy Williams Show” on March 1.
YG Drops New Single With Snoop, Tours With Tyga
YG broke through two years ago with “Toot It And Boot It,” his minimalist ode to carefree sex. Now the Compton rapper has returned with “Snitches Ain’t…,” a fiery cut that also features Snoop Dogg, Tyga and Nipsey Hussle, and has been getting heavy radio play in Los Angeles.
As an opening act for “Snitches Ain’t…” collaborator Tyga, YG has also embarked upon a 44-city tour that launched February 21 at Masquerade in Atlanta. The tour concludes April 16 at Daisy Dukes in College Station, Texas. While on the road, Young Gangsta will be putting the finishing touches on his debut album for Def Jam. Compton’s in the house once again.
Wu-Tang Clan’s Inspectah Deck Has a New Crew
Inspectah Deck may have been one of the lower profile members of the Wu-Tang Clan, but his high-impact verses on the Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M.” and “Triumph,” as well as Gang Starr’s “Above The Clouds,” made him a favorite of lyrical champions.
Now Rebel INS has teamed with 7L & Esoteric to form Czarface. The trio’s forthcoming project will carry the lyrically sharp, culturally aware Czarface character theme throughout the collection, which features production from DJ Premier and guest appearances from Large Professor, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson and others.
Deck and the Boston-based 7L & Esoteric first joined forces in 1999 on the title track to the latter’s “Speaking Real Words” EP. More than a decade later, time will tell if the reunion was worth the wait.