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New Watch the Throne Video
When you sit on the Throne, you let others get their hands dirty on your behalf. Such is the case in Jay-Z and Kanye West's striking new video for "No Church In The Wild," from their Watch the Throne album. The dramatic clip, directed by Romain Gavras, of M.I.A. "Bad Girls" fame, features rioters and cops going to war against each other, all without an appearance from Jigga or West. Nonetheless, the charged imagery -- shot in Prague -- matches the song's high-concept lyricism.
Pusha T Puts Lil Wayne On Road To “Exodus”
What happened to their friendship? One-time collaborators Pusha T and Baby, aka Birdman, now stand on opposing sides of one of rap’s most recent beefs.
Signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T recently entered his label head’s war of words with YMCMB, Lil Wayne's label, via the scorching “Exodus 23:1." Lil Wayne responded with “Goulish." Judging by the feedback on Twitter and other social media, Pusha T won the war in the battle of public opinion. It’s never a good sign when #ThingsBetterThanLilWayensPushaTDiss picks up steam on Twitter.
How does Baby enter the picture? Pusha’s brother No Malice joined the fray by tweeting that even though he loves Pusha, he’s never kissed him, a reference to the photos that surfaced several years ago showing Lil Wayne and Baby kissing each other on the lips. This situation will likely get worse before it gets better.
Reks Looking For “Autographs”
The latest noteworthy project out of New England is Reks’ strong “Straight, No Chaser” album. Produced by Boston’s Statik Selektah, the 15-cut collection features such highlights as the confessional “Sins,” featuring Alias and the confrontational posse cut “Such A Showoff” with Termanology, KaliRaps and JFK.
With healthy doses of scratching and choice samples, Statik Selektah has assembled another potent collection of boom-bap soundbeds, while Reks and his guest rappers deliver a steady stream of clever, boast-heavy lyrics. As such, fans fiending for Golden Era-influenced rap should definitely check out “Straight, No Chaser.”
French Label Releasing Old-School Gems
Ever wonder what happened to the material from old-school rappers which was never released? Chopped Herring Records does. The French-based label tracks down Golden Era greats such as Prince Paul and Kool Keith and presses a limited run of their unreleased material on vinyl. Earlier this month, the imprint released “The 1992-1993 Unreleased EP” from J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E.
The trio B-Luv, Curt Cazal and AJ, who were based in Long Island, New York, were best known for their 1987 single “Strong Island.” “The 1992-1993 Unreleased EP” contains material slated for the trio’s never-released third album. Chopped Herring says it has another J.V.C.F.O.R.C.E in the pipeline and is preparing releases from other old-school greats.
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