Carl E. "Chucky" Thompson, the hip-hop and R&B producer best known for his work with Bad Boy Records, has died, aged 53.
As a member of Bad Boy's in-house production team the Hitmen, Thompson was responsible for some of the biggest hits of '90s hip-hop and R&B, including the Notorious B.I.G.'s 'Big Poppa', Nas' 'One Mic' and Faith Evans' 'You Used To Love Me'. He also produced tracks for the likes of Usher and Mary J. Blige.
Nas will drop a new album next week.
Serving as the New York-born rapper's 13th studio album, 'King’s Disease II' will be released via Nas's Mass Appeal label, and is the follow up record to 2020's Grammy-winning 'King's Disease'.
Although no details surrounding 'King's Disease II' have been shared, last year's LP featured the likes of Anderson .Paak, Big Sean and ASAP Ferg.
You can check out the artwork for 'King's Disease II', which will released on 6th August, below.
DMX’s posthumous album, ‘Exodus’, is out now.
Following the release of album single 'Hood Blues', featuring Conway the Machine, Benny the Butcher, and Griselda's Westside Gunn, earlier this week, DMX's 13-track posthumous LP has now been shared in full.
Hip-hop royalty turned out to the Bronx, the home of hip-hop, last week to attend a ground-breaking ceremony that marked the official launch of building for the new Universal Hip Hop Museum.
The likes of LL Cool J, Nas, Lil Kim, Chuck D and Fat Joe were all in attendance, as well as a number of New York politicians, including mayor Bill De Blasio.
DMX’s posthumous album will feature guest appearances from Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Nas, Griselda, Bono, Westside Gunn, Conway the Machine, Benny the Butcher, The LOX, Usher and the rapper’s own son, Exodus Simmons.
Rihanna, Nas and Megan Thee Stallion are among the artists to sign a letter calling for reform in the New York City Police Department.
Yesterday (8th June), a handful of artists, athletes and music industry professionals signed an open letter, asking New York City to repeal statute 50-A.
Statute 50-A is a law that conceals a police officers' personnel records from public view, and those signing the letter urged the government to provide complete transparency on employees within law enforcement.
DJ Shadow has announced details of a new double album, to be titled 'Our Pathetic Age'.
Taking in 23 tracks in total, the album includes guest appearances from Nas, Run The Jewels, De La Soul and Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Inspectah Deck. The first part of the album will be a solo effort, while the second part is devoted to features.
"Despite the title, it's a hopeful, vibrant album," explains DJ Shadow, adding that "there is always light in darkness. I want it to reflect the times we live in, a signpost in the ground to mark the era... Our Pathetic Age."
Well-known producer and DJ Shiba San, has risen to global dance fame thanks to a croft stellar production and his much-hyped 2014 LP, 'All About Booty'. Something you might not know is that Shiba's background is based firmly in hip-hop, with the producer spinning '90s vinyl by the likes of Nas, Gang Starr and — of course — Notorious B.I.G, from an early age.