by / January 15th, 2013 /

A Month In: Top Story: A Month In…Hip-Hop

Beats Electronics, founded by Dr Dre and music mogul Jimmy Iovine, made Dre the highest paid musician of 2012 according to Forbes magazine. The phenomenal sales of the Beats by Dre range of headphones has given the growing company the leverage to expand with the addition of a digital music service. The service currently named Daisy, is due to be launched in the second half of 2013 and aims to compete with similar services like Spotify and Rhapsody. The subscription service will give the user access to 12 million songs. The head of the digital music service Ian Rogers is obviously confident about the new venture saying “When fans open Daisy, they’re not going to just get a search box staring at them. They’re going to get an awesome music experience”.

Lil Wayne fans will finally get to see the self proclaim ‘best rapper alive’ perform when he hits the stage of the 02 on March 8th. In 2011 he was forced to cancel his European tour because of work permit difficulties due to his scuffles with the law. Wayne, the founder of his own label Young Money, has Nikki Minaj and Drake among its roster of artists. Both artists have performed sell out shows at the Dublin venue and Wayne looks set to do the same. On the night Weezy will be joined by Mac Miller.

Timbaland is to produce the long awaited new album by Justin Timberlake. The duo’s past collaborations ‘Cry Me A River’ and the 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds earned both critical and commercial success. Timberlake, who describes his creative relationship with Timbaland as “magic” is also set to work with both Jay Z and Beyonce. Justin, who recently became a major investor in the revamped Myspace, has come long way since the bad hair days of his boy band era and has somehow managed to reinvent himself into one of hip-hop’s favourite collaborators.

With the release date of Talib Kweli’s new studio album being rescheduled numerous times, it seemed it may never see the light of day, but it’s finally due on shelves on April 23rd. Kwe (pictured) recently confirmed that the album entitled Prisoner Of Conscious will feature contributions by Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes and Nelly. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine Tweli said that he hopes this album title will refine his label as a “socially conscious” MC. He said “with me it’s like, ‘Oh, he’s a great lyricist, but they don’t focus on the music. I think it’s because of how I’ve been sold and how I’ve been marketed as some sort of poster boy for underground rap.” Unfortunately, progress is slow on new material by Black Star, Tweli’s project with Yaslin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def). The seminal hip hop duo has been unable to complete work on new music due to scheduling conflicts.

During a visit to hip hop radio station Hot 97, the ‘God Son’ of Queenbridge, Nas spoke to Angie Martinez about his upcoming album. Regarding new music he said “I’m writing notes in my phone for the new album. I’m happy to be in the place that I’m at right now.. to make music. It’s nowhere near finished but it’s coming though”. With CNN recently naming him as the ‘best lyricist of all time’, Nas wasn’t shy about his thoughts on the title saying “Yeah, I agree, it’s crazy”. His much publicised divorce from R&B singer Kelis became even more intriguing when Nas used an image of himself holding her wedding dress on his last album cover. It appears the volatile couple are on better terms these days with Nas saying “we’re back together as friends. We weren’t friends for a long time but we’re in a good place now”.