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After a long wait, it’s finally Freshman season again and today, XXL is proud to reveal our highly-anticipated 2015 XXL Freshman Class. This year, we’re presenting 10 up-and-coming rappers who we feel, collectively and individually, are defining the new wave of hip-hop. Check out our Freshmen performing live in New York City at the Best Buy Theater on Tuesday, June 30 and in Los Angeles at the Nokia Theater on Monday, July 13 to catch the new Class in action.
King Kendrick returns March 23rd.
“There will only be 100 hard copies and they are $1000 each,” he told MTV News, adding that it will also be released for free via iTunes and the Proud 2 Pay platform built for the Crenshaw release. “The 100 people that buy the P2P version will be granted access to a private advance listening session of [upcoming 2015 album] Victory Lap at the secret Marathon Store we are going to open the day of the listening!”
Mississippi funk survivor Big K.R.I.T. returns from a long hiatus with a critically acclaimed new single, “Pay Attention” featuring Rico Love, produced by Jim Jonsin, that boasts over 1.5 million streams on SoundCloud. The track sets the stage for the November 11th release of CADILLACTICA, K.R.I.T.’s long-awaited second album on the Def Jam/Cinematic label. Earlier this year, K.R.I.T. issued “Mt. Olympus” as part of a week-long campaign of daily advance track releases (including “New Agenda” featuring fellow Def Jam artist Rick Ross, and the A$AP Ferg-assisted “Lac Lac”), all from the upcoming CADILLACTICA.
CADILLACTICA follows up Live From The Underground (released June 2012), the first official album by Big K.R.I.T., after nearly a dozen self-produced EPs and mixtapes over the previous seven years. Live From The Underground opened to a colossal #1 iTunes Overall Chart debut and Top 5 Soundscan debut, and was hailed with a rare Entertainment Weekly A- rating as “the best distillation of the South since OutKast’s rule-rewriting heyday.” The album was also boosted by a one-month, 27-city headlining North American summer tour, followed by K.R.I.T.’s European premiere at a half-dozen major festival and club dates, including XOYO in London, and the Boogie Down Festival in Holland.
For this year’s Hip-Hop Cash Kings package, FORBES had DJ Khaled do the official rundown.
Thanks to Apple’s Beats buyout, Dre had the highest yearly earnings total of any musician ever evaluated by FORBES. The $620 million sum is also more than the remaining 24 names on the Hip-Hop Cash Kings list—combined. Perhaps now the superproducer will have time to finally finish long-awaited album Detox.
Former Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker hits the Cosmic Zoo and discusses Dre’s much romanticized forthcoming album, Detox. Speaking on the archives of songs and beats waiting to be unearthed, he also goes into the actual title of the album, which may or may not be what you’re thinking.
Mister Cee, DJ Enuff, and Funk Flex tell their personal stories of working with B.I.G. and reflect upon the classic album 20 years after its release. Additional commentary from Miss Info who reviewed the album for ‘The Source’ at the time.
Power 106 discuss the impact of Notorious B.I.G. and his debut album. Ready to Die was released 20 years ago today. R.I.P.
Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin discuss the origins of the Beastie Boys with Elliot Wilson, from their humble beginning as a punk band with a hip-hop inflected single to their success with the misunderstood ‘Licensed to Ill’.
R.I.P. Adam Yauch 1964 – 2012