Posts Tagged ‘rap (genre)’


UTG EXPERIENCE: RiFF RaFF’s ‘Neon Icon’ Tour (4/21/14)

It’s almost midnight and RiFF RaFF just exited the stage at Irving Plaza. Blunt smoke is filling the green room as he finishes taking photos with VIP meet and greet winners. Just when he thought it was over, he’s approached by a group of people who didn’t exactly fit the expected demographic for one of his concerts.

“Ya’ll came in here looking like Duck Dynasty,” RiFF RaFF blurts out to the guests. One of them is wearing a NASCAR t-shirt.

What happened next was undeniably the most interesting thing I’ve seen in a while. Last weekend, I watched Chuck Ragan …


Stream Nas’ 20th Anniversary ‘Illmatic XX’

Today, Nas is releasing the deluxe reissue of his landmark debut, Illmatic, as a 20th anniversary edition titled Illmatic XX. To celebrate its release, highlights from the LP can be streamed below.

The reissue has remastered versions of all the original tracks as well as a second disc of rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles. Some of those bonus tracks are ones we’ve already been spinning, like “I’m a Villain.”

Order the album here to hear it in its entirety, or check out some select tracks below.…

Danny Brown

MUSIC VIDEO: Danny Brown – “25 Bucks” (Feat. Purity Ring)

One of hip-hop’s most eclectic and exciting talents, otherwise known as Danny Brown, has released a brand new music video for “25 Bucks,” his somber collaboration with Purity Ring hailing from last year’s Old. The video is a rather chilling affair as it finds Brown and Purity Ring’s Megan James wandering through a home based on the song’s troubling lyrics frozen in time.

Click here to check out the visuals and be sure to let us know your thoughts on them in the comments section below.…


Hear Unreleased Chance the Rapper Song “The Writer”

Chance the Rapper has been on a roll this past month. He shared the “special” new song “Home Studio (Back in This Bitch),” began collaborating with Skrillex, and now he’s shared an unheard, older song that keeps his name in check.

The song, titled “The Writer,” is from 2012 and was done in collaboration with the production collective THEMpeople. To put it in context, that means this is from the same era as his 10 Day mixtape days. It’s a beautiful piano beat by Apollo Brown that makes his rap about his struggle to the top all …


Drake Releases “Days In The East”

For the second time in a week Drake has released a previously unannounced single online. His new song is titled “Days In The East,” and it’s available to be streamed below. This is a song that he had previously performed live, but hadn’t premiered digitally until now.

Unlike “Draft Day,” “Days In The East” is much slower. This is Drake’s version of a love song, and it’s pretty catchy. It’s apparently dedicated to Rihanna, and even samples her song “Stay.”…


UTG PHOTOS: The Never Sober Tour (3/25/14)

Under The Gun sent guest photographer, Tyler LaBeau, to The Never Sober Tour at The Crofoot in Pontiac, MI.

The Never Sober Tour was exactly what the name implies. From the second I got out of my car and walked towards the venue, everyone in line was under the influence and ready to party all night. Before I myself made it inside, I saw one girl get taken away by paramedics, and 3 people turned away at the door for being too far under the influence to function properly. So needless to say, I was at a Juicy J show. …


WHY? Release “Waterlines” Music Video, Yoni Wolf Announces Solo Rap Tour

This year marks the 10 years since WHY? first formed back in 2004 in Berkeley, CA. The alternative hip hop group was started by Yoni Wolf, and today we have news regarding both.

WHY?’s last album, Mumps, Etc, came out back in 2012, but today the band has shared a music video for the track “Waterlines.” It’s straightforward in its shots, showing nothing but Wolf rapping sartorially in some shades against a yellow wall, but effective all the same. Watch it after the jump.

Along with the video comes news that both WHY? and Yoni Wolf (solo) will be touring. …


Wu-Tang Clan to Sell One Copy of New (Secret) Album

They weren’t lying when they said “Cash rules everything around me.” Wu-Tang Clan have announced that they are releasing a double album entitled The Wu–Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, and that it will be possibly the most limited release to date. They want to sell only one physical copy of the album. Start saving up your money, kids. This is an album that they have apparently been recording in secret for apparently the past 20 years and they are saying that they are wanting “millions” for it.

One of the major brains behind Wu-Tang, the RZA said, “We’re …


Unreleased Nas Song “I’m a Villain” Surfaces

In just a few weeks, Queens rapper Nas‘ monumental debut album, Illmatic, will turn 20. To celebrate, a special double reissue titled Illmatic XX will be released and Nas will tour in support of the record. One of the discs features rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles, one of which surfaced today.

The song, titled “I’m a Villain,” was recorded somewhere between 1991 and 1994, produced by Large Professor, and is reportedly an early version of “N.Y. State of Mind.” In classic Nas style, the song showcased Nas’ lyrical frenzy over a beat that doesn’t mess around. The …

Danny Brown

Danny Brown Re-releasing ‘Hot Soup’ With Seven Bonus Songs, Stream “Contra” Now

Back in 2008,  Detroit rapper Danny Brown put out a mixtape called Hot Soup, one of several that helped him gain a cult following. Now that project will be re-released as a special double LP and 7″.

The re-release comes out April 15 and turns the 20-song Hot Soup mixtape into a two-disc LP with seven bonus tracks. If you want all seven, though, you’ll have to buy the vinyl edition — two of those will only be released on wax.

Straight off of that re-release is “Contra,” our first taste of the reworked material. Check out the song and …


SHOW PREVIEW: The Never Sober Tour

Billboard charting hip-hop artist Juicy J has been on the road for the past month now on his “Never Sober Tour” with Travi$ Scott and Project Pat which has hit a ton of major markets throughout the U.S, stopping in such legendary cities as Orlando, Washington DC, Boston, New York, and many others that have followed. The tour’s line-up is packed with three very talented artists and I know for a fact that the show itself is amazing.

Juicy J, if you don’t know, is an artist currently making a name for himself in the hip-hop region. He most recently …


LOL WHAT: Shaq Says He’s Retired From Rap, But Still Wants To Make ‘Steel 2′

Sports icon and part-time rapper/actor Shaquille O’Neal has been making headlines recently after partnering with a game company to crowdfund a sequel to the infamous mid-1990s game Shaq Fu. For those unfamiliar with the game, it featured Shaq battling ninjas, and most found it to be one of the worst games ever released to stores. There’s even a website dedicated to making sure every existing copy is destroyed. Seriously.

RollingStone is running an article on Shaq’s efforts to create a new game today, and in it the basketball legend opens up about his other side projects in entertainment …