Latest Hip Hop News

Things have been happening in the hip hop world and the greater world. Let me catch you up.

First, let’s start on a sad note.


R.I.P. Stuart Scott

Stuart Scott

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Stuart Scott passed away this morning after a 7-year battle with cancer. He was 49. Sure he wasn’t technically any sort of figure in hip hop, but he was hugely important for the culture as an anchor for Sportscenter. Also, a bunch of rappers responded to the news on twitter, including the man himself, Chuck D.

 

Before Stuart Scott, sportscasting and commentary (even on Sportscenter) was by a white audience, for a white audience. Then Stuart Scott came, and soon Sportscenter was as cool as the other side of the pillow. I grew up listening to him and thinking he was the coolest dude. Thanks to him, young black people (and to a lesser extent, Latino folks like myself) saw that you could be a successful journalist without whitewashing yourself. Rest in Peace my man.


New Kanye

In case you somehow haven’t heard yet, Kanye West has released a new song called Only One, featuring Paul McCartney on the keyboard. It definitely ain’t hip hop (but Kanye is, so I’m telling you about it), and it’s a lot closer to R&B. It’s in the voice of his deceased mother, who asks Kanye to tell Nori (North West) about him.

Kanye West and Paul McCartney

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It’s a haunting track that fits Paul McCartney’s (supposedly) improvised keyboard backing. The melody also sounds a lot like a Beatles track, which I guess is no surprise considering who did it. Don’t come into it expecting anything like the rap you know from Kanye, but I think you’ll like it.

Scope: Only One – Kanye West ft. Paul McCartney 


Hip Hop Album Sales Plummeting

Surprising probably no one, sales of hip hop albums are absolutely dropping, and none of 2014’s top 10 sellers were hip hop albums. There are a number of reasons for this, but mostly it comes down to folks just not buying hip hop albums. Come on y’all, we gotta do better.

Buy hip hop albums (even though you might say, but why buy music?). Support your favorite artists by buying their albums, it’s that easy. I mean, one of the reasons that trash, garbage artists like Macklemore and Iggy are doing well is because their listeners actually buy their albums! So if we buy hot albums, like Cadillactica and 2014 Forest Hills Drive, maybe this won’t happen in 2015 and hip hop will rebound stronger than ever. It’s up to us.


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4 comments on “Latest Hip Hop News

  1. Dave January 4, 2015 2:40 pm

    Great stuff. I didn’t know Kanye did a song with McCartney. Kind of reminds me of when McCarney did some work with Stevie Wonder. Ebony and Ivory all over deja vu.

    • Joaquin January 4, 2015 3:30 pm

      Yep, it definitely came as a surprise to me too. I guess he’s getting sick of doing the usual stuff and thought he’d reach out. And great point, funny how McCartney’s been around long enough to energize music in a similar way so much later.

  2. Evelyn January 4, 2015 4:53 pm

    It so sad that Stuart Scott passed away. We lost another great one. I’m going to sign up for the latest information. I really enjoyed reading everything that you posted. Thanks, 🙂

    • Joaquin January 4, 2015 5:13 pm

      Tell me about it — I practically sat in front of the TV all morning just taking in all the tributes, speechless. But I’m glad you liked everything and found it useful 🙂

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