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N.O.R.E. is opening up about his retirement plans. Noreaga tells MTV’s “RapFix” that his upcoming album, Dyslexia, will be his second-to-last album.
Apparently, he’s calling it quits in an effort to “bow out gracefully” at the top of his game. N.O.R.E. explains that he’s done everything he’s set out to do as a rapper. He also hinted at his own disillusionment with hip-hop, saying that nowadays a lot of things that happen in hip-hop aren’t the way he visualized them being.
N.O.R.E. also opened up about recording his upcoming Capone-N-Noreaga EP “War In One Night.” Apparently, the project was created in one studio session. He also revealed plans to collaborate with Pharrell Williams in the near future.
It doesn’t take long for the average person to develop a healthy skepticism of rap shows. Aside from the usual live venue problems (guest list confusion, aggro bouncers, expensive drinks), rap has its own special set of bullshit. There are too many opening acts, a rotating list of five local struggle rappers who never graduate to headliner status. There are too many people and it’s always mostly dudes who often feel a way about you breathing their air. The shows run hours behind schedule. If you make it that far, the headliner is often not very good. If they even know all their lyrics, they’re spitting them on top of their own recorded vocals.
It’s that last sin, rappers not really even rapping, that seems to offend the most. And it’s not just dillettante hip-hop fans who complain; it’s something I hear all the time as a reason why my friends don’t want to go see a rapper whose music they love perform their songs in real life. It’s less of a concert and more of a spectacle.
So why does this happen? Why do some rappers seem to phone in their live shows? It’s not like live hip-hop is dead. After all, active showmen like Action Bronson and Danny Brown have clearly benefitted from the work they put into their stage presence. Why don’t all rappers do the same thing? The short answer is you can become a famous rapper without doing very many shows, per se.
The assumed path to success for musicians today involves recording music, booking to play your music and building a fan base that will buy your music and see your shows. Increasingly, convincing brand managers that your music will sell products, but that’s part of the same performance-heavy equation. And this is proven method across genres: rock, country, disco and, yeah, even rap.
But rappers often take an alternate path, one that relies way less on stagework. Instead of recording an album and hustling a live show, they pick one song and push it to as many DJ’s as they can. If the record is good, it gets added to the rotation on the local radio station and in the clubs around the way. And if the record is really good (and if they have good people behind you), it will get added to more stations and played at more clubs, further and further from the local market.
As the single gets momentum and their name gets out there, promoters far and wide will book them to perform at clubs. But this isn’t a full show, it’s a quick set at a club based around a hit record. If the song is really popular, the artist’s presence is just gravy. Everybody will know all the words and the club would have gone off whether or not they were there. Nobody’s worried about the rapper nailing the hook.
A rapper with a big single can make an insane amount of money doing club sets. Rappers are fitting into a nightlife culture that relies on paying a diverse range of celebrities to show up as a way to entice people to come out; they can earn their money just by being in the building. And everything resembling a metropolitan area has a nightlife destination where a rapper might get booked if their record is getting spins. There are way fewer ideal places for full-fledged rap shows, and that number gets smaller after factoring in many venues’ inherent biases against hip-hop events. An artist that can get a stack for a club appearance in, say, Albany, GA is not stressed about their stage presence and breath control.
All this said, should we even expect old school showmanship and rappin-ass rappin from these dudes? If the music makes a mob of excited people jump up and down and yell lyrics at each other, that’s not a bad thing (nor is it a new concept).
But that’s the reason why some successful emcees don’t have great live shows: they never needed one to get where they are.
We know what you’re thinking–only 12? Let us explain. Through the years Bad Boy Records has left a number of its former artists in the dire circumstances as Sean “Diddy” Combs and the label he founded moved on. But there are some acts that particularly standout because of their hard knock stories. Some of the artists mentioned here aren’t necessarily in a bad way financially (i.e. Shyne doesn’t plenty of globe trotting), but nevertheless find their careers in flux when compared to their Bad Boy glory days. Still others, like the currently incarcerated G. Dep, have most definitely fallen on hard times and serve as examples of the much talked about Bad Boy curse. Here are 12 former Bad Boy Records artists that are living the struggle life, and will probably jump at any record deal you throw their way. In some cases, as long as they got their parole officer’s permission. Artist 11
Is Diddy about the close up shop at Bad Boy Records? The streets are saying that Rap mogul has quietly made moves to shut down the iconic record label.
According to AllHipHop.com and more recently Global14.com, most of the Bad Boy Records staff has been laid off since December. It is said Diddy has moved some of his more noted employees to his other business ventures including Revolt TV, CÎROC Ultra Premium, Blue Flame Agency and the newly acquired DeLeon Tequila.
So what happens to the talent still contracted to the label you ask? It is speculated that both French Montana and Janelle Monáe will be upstreamed directly to Interscope Records. The status on Machine Gun Kelly, Red Cafe and Diddy’s R&B girlfriend Cassie is unclear.
This all stays in the struggle rumor mill as there is yet to be an official statement from Combs. Since 1993 Bad Boy Records has been one of the most successful Rap record companies with reportedly over 75 million records sold worldwide to date.
If we are indeed seeing the final days of Bad Boy, let us know what your favorite Bad Boy moment is in the comments section below.
As a Def Jam Records signee and friend of Kanye West, The Dream has cranked out numerous records with the rapper/super producer and has personal knowledge of ‘Ye’s personality.
Recently sitting down with Vlad TV, The Dream addressed a past rumored collaboration album with Kanye West. He says he would have liked to have done it but didn’t ask Kanye about the possibility.
“It was just a personal thing, whether somebody wants to do it or not at that particular time,” he said. “And the truthful thing is, I never asked him about doing it. It was just one of those things, couple records that sounded good together and I was like, ‘Wow, this would be cool and it was a great time for anybody at that time to do that.'”
When asked about Kanye’s 2009 Video Music Awards rant regarding Beyoncé and singer Taylor Swift, The Dream said Kanye’s rant was career defining for Swift.
“That was the best press move ever for herself,” The Dream said. “It was a cultural moment for her. Defining.”
Dream also says Kanye’s passion is rooted in his interest of visual art particularly at the time of the rant.
“I felt that it was the best video of all time [laughs],” He said when asked about the video. “At that time Kanye was such a visual person and I started to gravitate towards that later on but he has been around for so long and he has an eye for a lot of things and that’s just what he felt.”
Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Masta Ace, and Craig G are set to perform their hit song, “The Symphony” tonight at Radio City Music Hall, AllHipHop has learned exclusively. The Marley Marl-produced 80′s smash is widely regarded as the greatest “posse cut” ever, as it assembled some of the brightest starts. Also, all members were in the Hip-Hop collective known as The Juice Crew. All of the facets of the “Symphony” crew have not performed together in years. Last year, at the Global DJs Award show, Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Craig G rocked the show, but noticeably missing was Kool G Rap. The show, organized by another legend Rakim and also features
The Juice Crew Reunion will happen during Big Daddy Kane’s set,
No Malice, half of The Clipse, has destroyed the notion that the Virginia-bred group is working on a new album.
In the recent interview, No Malice revealed that he’s aware of the rumor and also offered the sobering truth.
“There is no Clipse album in the works. It’s not going down,” he told The Fader. “I don’t know where the rumor stems from. And I don’t know how this keeps coming back up—this isn’t the first time. But I would never play with the fans like that and act like something’s about to happen and it’s not.”
In the past, No Malice has been relatively closed to the idea of a Clipse album, because of the group’s lyrical history in drugs and otherwise illicit content. But, he revealed now that there are possibilities when Pusha-T is ready.
“I’m very certain that it could happen. A Clipse album could be done. There would be nothing like it. At this point in time, my brother and I attack music from two different perspectives,” the said.
Pusha T is presently working on another solo album with Scott Storch and The Neptunes.