It was a very active day in the Hip-hop world yesterday which revolved around 3 MC’s but this news by Hopsin may be more important to some fans than all 3 albums. Hopsin has announced that next month he will be releasing “ILL MIND OF HOPSIN 6″. How will Hopsin top his 5 minute rant (not intended to be disrespectful) on “ILL MIND OF HOPSIN 5″? It can be done. Will Hopsin take the a conscious approach like he did in #5 or a diss a rapper like he did in #4?
one month away till ILL MIND OF HOPSIN 6 and my 28th b day! nigga gettin old.
Jay-Z is teaming up with Samsung to release his new album “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and it’s coming sooner than you think. The release date is July 4th so there will be more than fireworks that day. This video gives you a behind the scenes look on the atmosphere while creating this album. Also, if you are a Samsung Galaxy customer, you will receive the album before everybody else.
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According to Billboard.com, Kanye West’s upcoming album “Yeezus” is projected to sell 500,000 units in the first week. Now, the album is set to release June 18th and we have not obtained the opportunity to pre-order the album. Billboard.com acknowledges this and the following is how they justify their claim of 500,000 units in the first week:
“Basically, these skilled sources make it their business to crunch numbers all day long. Sales forecasts, such as this one for “Yeezus,” are based on early orders from retailers, first-week performance of comparable albums, media exposure, radio and YouTube trends for an album’s first single, and so forth. These sources each have their own forecast model, so to speak, that helps generate sales projections.
Sometimes, depending on how far out we are from an album’s release, a forecast can be wildly different from the final outcome. In general, you can best guess an album’s debut sales week once it’s actually on sale.”
This is basically all they had to say about how they came to the conclusion of 500,000. This really doesn’t convince me enough that this will occur but I am not denying that it couldn’t. If “Yeezus” does sell 500,000 units the first week I will be proud to have contributed to that number.
Peter Rosenberg was lucky enough to be invited to Kanye West’s listening party for his upcoming album “Yeezus”. Rosenberg dishes out very little detailed information on the album but does say it is “anti-establishment”. He also says it is nothing like his Kanye’s previous albums. Now, the thing that may be disappointing or maybe even confusing is the fact that there are only 10 tracks on the album. That may not really be a bad thing but I think everybody was expecting more. If it is Kanye’s idea to have that few tracks on the album then I trust him to deliver 10 outstanding tracks. You don’t need an album with a lot tracks for it to be good.
Lupe Fiasco recently took to Twitter to announces the official end of Child Rebel Soldier, a 3 man supergroup that consisted of Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, and Pharrell. I guess we all knew this was going to happen sooner or later so this may not be surprising news. On the bright side it seems that Lupe Fiasco is willing to form another 3 man supergroup starting in 2014. Who do you think it could be? The tweet is no longer on Lupe Fiasco’s Twitter feed but I ways able to obtain a screenshot of the Tweet which can be seen below. You can continue this discussion in the Lupe Fiasco section of KanyeToThe.com by clicking here.
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With the release of a teaser video, Asher Roth lets it be known that he is coming out with a new project. It will be entitled “Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2″. No release date, no coming soon, he just lets us know that it is coming.
Here is my interview with Organized Threat producer THA F.O.R.M.U.L.A. Although this is not my first interview that I have conducted, it is my first audio interview and I am honored for it to be with THA F.O.R.M.U.L.A. Having the opportunity to speak with him is a moment I will never forget. It allowed me to come to the realization that I am a writer for StreetKhemistry.com and being in the situation of talking to a music artist is what I should expect for many years to come. Below, the interview is divided into 2 parts and under that, THA F.O.R.M.U.L.A. took the time out to write out his answers for most of the questions. At the end of the interview don’t forget to type in the search box on your right THA F.O.R.M.U.L.A. to check out some of his music that has been featured on this site.
Q: For the new listeners out there give a brief description of who THA F.O.R.M.U.L.A. is.
A: I am a twenty-one year old producer coming straight out of Pacoima, California, I am a producer for Organized Threat and I also produce for a radio show out in Boston called Gag Order Radio Show. I really dig creating music that is thought provoking and something people could vibe to.
Q: From what I remember you said that your name is an acronym. If so, what does it mean?
A: The whole acronym is Forever On Real Music Until the Live Answer. What I mean by the live answer, it is a creative way of saying judgment day, because I am a Christian. It basically means I am going to stay true to myself and the music until the world ends. So that is what F.O.R.M.U.L.A. means.
Q: How did the opportunity to produce for Organized Threat come about?
A: The way the opportunity came about was when I met up with Razor and Poetic Death at a spot called the Basement 818. It is a clothing store and it is a place where local artists perform and do shows. At the time KRS-One was teaching at the basement because he teaches the gospel of hip-hop and Razor’s song “Here’s Another Classic” ft. Mack the Shark and Young Revenue Hefner had a KRS-One voice sample in the beginning. I met up with them because Poetic was going to shoot parts of the video that day. He shoots all the videos for Organized Threat and I decided to come through to meet KRS-One as well. Poetic and I started talking and he asked me how much I charged for beats. I told him anywhere from $25-50 dollars. He said “oh that’s cool,” he respected it and we kept talking. That night I followed him on twitter, and we told me thanks for the follow. He checked out my soundcloud and I had most of beats on there at the time. After that he found two beats he really wanted to use. He then asked me if I had a pay pal and at the time I didn’t. So we arranged so he could come through to my house to buy the beats. He came through and bought the beats then two hours later he asked me if I wanted to be apart of the movement. I told him I was down to be a producer on organized threat. That is basically how it happened.
Q: You recently release an album entitled “A PEACE OF SOUND”. What was the process of creating that project like? What struggles did you face while trying to compose this project?
A: The funny thing about creating A Peace Of Sound, the album was pretty much created without knowing I was creating an album. What is so amazing about the process of that album is I didn’t really know how I was going to go about it until the last month of putting of production. I had a collection stuff I felt was real instrumental work and it had a certain vibe to it. When in it came it to deciding to create an instrumental album, I created final pieces to the puzzle. I specifically made tracks for that album to compliment the overall theme and tracks of the album. Once I was finished with the album, I had these pieces of artwork that felt made sense. Everything flowed into each other. And that is how A Peace Of Sound came to be.
Q: If I looked through your iPod right now, what song would you be embarrassed for me to find?
A: It would probably be… Ah, this is a good question. It would probably be In the Jungle. The one that is from the Lion King, because I really like that song and I like the vocals and the way they sing. But a lot people would ask why would you have that on you Ipod, so yea.
Q: What are some skills that every producer should have?
A: A skill that every producer should acquire is learning music theory. I think every producer should learn that, especially with the consequences lack of sample clearances, copyright infringement and all the madness that comes with that. It is always better for a producer to know how to read music, write music and compose their own music, because some artist and labels don’t want to hear you sampled this from this. Look at the Mac Miller situation. Even though it is kind of different, is still better that you have your own piece of music and you don’t have to face any legal trouble because you know it is yours. Learning music theory and learning how to play instruments are skills every producer should have.
Q: Is being a producer the only occupation you have right now? If not, what else?
A: Yes I do, I am a broadcaster as well. It’s funny how I became a broadcaster. I am a part of an online radio show called Syndicate Radio here in California. When we were more active, we would broadcast every Wednesday Night. We would invite artist to come on and get interviewed. We would also have guest djs to come on and spin for a couple hours. It was an amazing experience. We are still looking to expand, we are just broadcasting at live events and shows. We are still interview as well. At this current moment we are working really hard to start broadcasting more frequently and turn this into a full time career. That is my other occupation.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A: In five years I see myself established. I hope I have my degree, I am a certified sound engineer, I have made a couple hit records, Organized Threat is big, and everyone knows who we are and happy. Hopefully living on my own and established. I see myself doing everything I am doing now, but just on a wider scale. But most of all just happy.
Q: How would you feel 5 years from now if I showed you this interview and you weren’t where you expected to be and you are actually behind?
A: I would be disappointed. I ask myself “why didn’t I do what I needed to do? Or reach what I wanted to reach?” I would be kind of mad at myself. Hopefully If I don’t reach what I want to reach, I hope I am doing something else that gives me a nice amount of meaning. I also hope I am satisfied with it.
Q: What sets you apart from every other producer? What makes you different?
A: What sets me apart from every other producer I think is my mentality. I want to work hard to make my name a household name. Some people want to be legendary. If that happens that is cool, it is a beautiful thing. A lot of producers are just satisfied with making music for the money because they know they can get paid a couple grand a beat. Other producers are cool with being underground the rest of their lives and do that. But I want the medium. I want to have a household name, still make the money, but still make great music. But still pursue a career as an instrumentalist. I want so much for myself as a producer that I am going to make sure I get it and not let anyone stop me. I spent so many years learning how to do this and now that I see I can do it, there is nothing that is going to stop me now. Now that I have proven it to myself, it is now time to prove it to everybody. That’s my mentality as a producer and that is what sets me apart from a lot of producers doing it right now.
Thank you THA F.O.R.M.U.L.A. for being a part of this interview and I hope there are many more to come. This interview is truly a moment I will not forget and just know that you have contributed to my growth as a writer and as a person. On behalf of the StreetKhemistry team thank you for your support and we know that you will be where you want to be in 5 years.
Lupe Fiasco took to Twitter early today to announces that he will be releasing three music videos in one day. All three of these tracks will come from his recent album “Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt.1″. If Lupe Fiasco pulls this off it could be one of the most memorable days in Hip-hop. Below are the three tracks and for me personally I am excited to see the “Lamborghini Angels” video.
This is sort of old news but Lupe Fiasco made it relevant again with his Tweet this morning. FNF Films will be releasing “Little Ballers” soon. Amar’e Stoudemire will be executive producer for the film while Russel Westbrook and Patrick Ewing are set to appear in the movie as well. Producer Timbland and Lupe Fiasco will compose the music. You can click here to look at the original article published by the NY Post back in October of 2012. You can continue this discussion in the Lupe Fiasco section of KanyeToThe.com by clicking here.
The Elite Money Empire sits down with Chief Keef to talk about a few things. The most important one is at the end of the interview where Chief Keef confirms that he will be on Kanye West’s new album “Yeezus”. The “Chi-raq” MC’s will team up and in my opinion this will either be a hit or miss track. It’s either going to be really good or really bad. It’s a great step foward for Chief Keef’s career to be on “Yeezus” but it won’t mean anything if the track does not deliver. You can continue this discussion in the Kanye West section of KanyeToThe.com by clicking here.
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