by / May 29th, 2013 /

A Month In: Hip-Hop – May

Amanda Bynes vs. Rihanna

Attention-seeking former child star Amanda Bynes’ meltdown continued on Twitter yesterday when she randomly lashed out at Rihanna. It started when Bynes sent tweets telling Rihanna that she almost named her dog after her and that Chris Brown beat her because she “wasn’t pretty enough”. Rihanna threw out a quick one-liner in response, saying, “Ya see what happens when they cancel Intervention?” Bynes fired back saying that she doesn’t do drugs and again calling Rihanna ugly. Bynes’ tweets have since been deleted.

Lil Wayne and Birdman: no homo

Former Cash Money Records singer TQ recently spoke on the controversial years-old photo of Birdman and Lil Wayne kissing. “I never understood it … People don’t understand them dudes did that shit every day”, continued the singer, who was signed to Cash Money from 2002-2004. “They consider themselves father and son.” TQ said he warned Birdman and Weezy of the stigma associated with the two kissing, but they weren’t concerned. “They didn’t care. It was constantly happening every day!” Still he remained adamant that the rappers were not gay. “I think it’s weird, but I don’t think there was no homosexual shit involved!”

The return of Slum Village

Slum Village are back with their first new studio album since their acclaimed albums Fantastic Volumes 1 and 2 in 2010. It’s been a long journey for Slum Village, from members leaving to pursue solo careers to the tragic death of J.Dilla. The new album called Evolution, is released on June 25th and will feature music from founding member T3 along with Illa J and Detroit producer Young RJ. Evolution apparently represents the change and journey they’ve undergone to get to the present state, and their continuous goal to produce the best music possible. The new album will also include DJ Jazzy Jeff and Havoc from Mobb Deep among others.

Homeboy Sandman releases his first record of 2013

Homeboy Sandman’s new 8-track release is an unapologetic nod to old-school hip-hop. The Queens native gained industry recognition for his impressive lyrical skills and thoughtful ruminations on the state hip-hop, society and life. His new release features stripped-back production, evocative lyrics, and nostalgic cover art. Filled with heavy sampling, classic beats, and even world music samples, the EP sees Sandman rap over ‘60s and ‘70s-inspired productions provided by R. Thentic. Sandman pays homage to his own hip hop hero, the pioneering DJ Kool Herc, by naming the release in his honour, Kool Herc: Fertile Crescent. This is the first in a series of records with Homeboy Sandman to be released by Stones Throw in 2013 – each with a distinctive theme, with the MC working with a single producer.

Kendrick reworks ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ again

Fresh from his remix with Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar has stepped into the studio again to rework his track, ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’ This time around British singer/songwriter Emeli Sande steps in and adds a refreshing sprinkling of soul to soften Kendrick’s rough edges. The pair has collaborated before, last year K.DOT featured on a remix of Sande’s ‘Next To Me’.