by / June 19th, 2013 /

A Month In: Hip-Hop – June

Samsung buys one million copies of Jay Z’s new album

Details of Jay-Z‘s new album have just been announced. The project entitled Magna Carta Holy Grail is out on 4th July and as usual Jigga has bigger plans than a typical album release. Technology giant Samsung have agreed to purchase one million copies of the album so it can be given away for free to their Galaxy smartphone users in the days leading up to the release. Magna Carta Holy Grail is now the first album to go platinum weeks before being released. An advertisement for the album show’s Jay in the studio with collaborators including Swiss Beatz, Timbaland and Pharrell, confirming the uncompleted album’s all-star line-up. Jay said: “The internet’s like the wild west. We need to write the new rules. Users will access the music through an app that will be downloadable in the coming weeks. Fans can download the Magna Carta app at www.magnacartaholygrail.com.

Talib Kweli’s ‘conscious’ label debate

Talib Kweli speaks about out the restrictions of being labelled a conscious rapper “I don’t consider myself as a prisoner of anything … Clearly; I do songs with Nelly”, he added, laughing. Although Kwe has always been proud of his focus on positive hip-hop, he clearly doesn’t like being categorised saying “other people in this business, fans, or the labels or the media, have the need to label me and package me as a conscious artist … but it’s a matter of how much you live up to that label, and how much you accept it. It’s not an insult, in fact, it’s a blessing.

“The conscious rapper label correctly applies to me, because I am a conscious rapper. This industry has demonized the term ‘consciousness”. He went on saying, “Complex.com did an article saying conscious rappers are condescending and corny. It had a picture of me and Mos Def.” Complex later apologised, saying that it was “demeaning” and “misleading”.

Ludacris attacked with bottle in Atlanta nightclub

Ludacris appears unharmed after getting attacked with a bottle at a nightclub. Internet reports claim that the incident happened while Luda and his entourage were partying at a night club in Atlanta, Georgia called Prive. Apparently, the rapper was attacked with a bottle, with reports indicating that the attack was unprovoked. The initial attack then escalated into a brawl. But what would a hip-hop scrap be without the YouTube video. The footage does show the altercation between a large group of club goers but what happened to the rapper/actor is not clear as he is not always visible, eventually getting lost within the scuffle. Afterwards, the rapper took to Twitter to let fans know that he was okay saying “this is what a bottle to the head looks like”.

Da La Soul to play Indiependence

Hip-hop Legends De La Soul have been added to the bill of this year’s Indiependence Festival. The pioneers of late’80s and early ’90s rap visit Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork on the August Bank Holiday Weekend, (between August 2nd and 4th) for a highly anticipated live set. The band’s 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising has since been heralded as a ‘hip-hop masterpiece’ with hits like ‘Me, Myself And I’ still going down a storm on dance floors and with festival-goers around the world. Tickets are available now from www.tickets.ie priced at €79 for three days non-camping and €99 for three days with camping.

The Subliminal Innocence of Eric Dingus’ new EP

For the electronic hip-hop fans, 18-year-old Austin, Texas producer Eric Dingus presents his fourth instrumental project, the Subliminal Innocence EP, which is out now. The absence of rhymes on the album highlight Dingus’ skill as a producer of intricate beats combined with complex arrangements and celestial soundscapes. “The main vibe is ethereal or dreamy instrumentals”, says Dingus. “I wanted to show that this dreamy vibe could have variety and work as a full length project. It’s just the music I enjoy – hip hop and electronic music.” Eric has worked with artists like Main Attrakionz, the 6th Letter, Bones, Chris Travis, Amber London and Ethel Wulf.