If you are too young to have been in the middle of this movement when it blew it up then we’re sorry, it was a blast. Now’s your chance to taste a piece of what went on back in 1988 when N.W.A dropped a bomb on the music world. It resonated through every street in the midst of riots and political unrest tackling racism and police brutality. Yeah, familiar story right? Nothing has changed since but they left history behind that’s worth talking about again.
The new biopic Straight Outta Compton is coming out in cinemas on August 14th and tells the story of that entire period and the change in culture through the rap scene. We literally cannot wait.
Look out for the cinema release and film download.
If you were born after 1990 then it’s more than likely that you will not have a clue about Grange Hill. It was an amazing daily dose of top acting and kid dramas aired on the BBC in the 1980’s and had more characters than a libel-provoking tweet.
Regardless of your age and your knowledge of Tucker and co in the hit TV show, press play on this solid mash-up of the classic Grange Hill theme tune vs Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg and Eminem. This will have Roland reaching out for a creme puff and hitting the dancefloor without a doubt. Addictive.
The Game doesn’t do things by halves. Not content with having a full album coming out this year [this month’s R.E.D.], he’s continued his habit of putting out extremely strong mixtapes, following Brake Lights and Purp & Patron with the free release of Hoodmorning (No Typo).
The 20 track release, hosted as ever by DJ Skee, features a plethora of names which would make any aspiring rapper green with envy for their album, let along a line-up this strong on a mixtape. And it’s testament to Game’s talent that he continues to shine amongst all of his guests throughout the proceedings.
Whilst Hoodmorning is not the strongest of his mixtapes, tracks like Uncle Otis where he mimics Frank Ocean and Rick Ross and jokingly disses Jay-Z and seriously gives Kreayshawn a dressing down, showcase both his talent and humour, something he doesn’t get enough credit for.
Drug Test could easily be a track from the is-it-ever-coming-out Detox and features Dre and Snoop, Monster In My Head works where it shouldn’t and even Gucci Mane sounds decent [well, by his standards] on Wow. Infrared sees production from Cool & Dre, who very rarely deliver a dude and this beat is no exception, giving Game a beat to work off that wouldn’t be out of place on a Ghostface record.
Even though there are some tracks that are fairly forgettable [and inexplicable B.O.B. verse], it’s hard to be critical as this is a free mixtape and there’s enough on here to indicate that R.E.D. is going to be a heavyweight album. Clink that Candy Corona, Game deserves the toast.
Long Beach rapper Nate Dogg passed away last night at the age of 41. Nathaniel Hale made his mark as a rapper on the West Coast scene amongst other stars such as Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Warren G and Dr Dre who recruited him to appear on his debut album, ‘The Chronic’.
Nat Dogg signed to Death Row Records in 1993 and then went on to work for Elektra Records after falling out with the Death Row crew. In 2007 he suffered a stroke and a year later, another that worsened his condition. As yet his cause of death is unknown.