Zaena x Jason Maek channel both gospel and rap for their new song Be Great, which features a video set in a college dorm room and has the appearance of a Facebook livestream video.
Eminem’s biological father — who the rapper frequently rapped about abandoning him — has died.
Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. died this week near Fort Wayne, Indiana … according to family members and neighbors. According to TMZ, he apparently suffered a heart attack while at home.
Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, has made no secret of his lifelong grudge against his father and rapped about never meeting him in person. His hit songs like My Name Is and Cleanin’ Out My Closet reflect those feelings.
According to Eminem’s mother, Debbie … Mathers Jr., who went by Bruce, married her when he was 22 and she was 15, and they had their son 2 years later. They split up shortly after, and Eminem and his mom settled in Detroit with her family while Bruce moved to California … where he had 2 other kids.
Eminem has said in interviews that he wrote letters to his dad as a child but they always came back “return to sender.” The rapper said Bruce would sometimes call while family members were babysitting, but he would never actually talk to him on the phone.
In 2001, Bruce published a letter addressed to his son in a newspaper explaining his side of the story — that Eminem’s mom kept him away. Still, Eminem apparently never got in contact with his father to reconcile.
In “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” … Em rapped, “My fa***t father must’ve had his panties up in a bunch ‘Cause he split, I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye. No, I don’t, on second thought, I just f**kin’ wished he would die. I look at Hailie, and I couldn’t picture leavin’ her side.”
Bruce Mathers was 67.
Buzzing 20-year-old pop singer-songwriter Conan Gray has released a song to kick off your holiday weekend: Checkmate out today.
Stream the single here
Is Dave East the solution for the New York Knicks’ struggles? The team might wanna give him a call … ’cause the rapper says he’s considering an NBA tryout … but only for his hometown squad.
Now, before you brush it off, the 6’5″ East is a serious hooper — he played AAU hoops with Kevin Durant and Michael Beasley and landed a Division I scholarship to play at University of Richmond, but was ineligible due to grades.
So, when we asked East if he’d ever pull a Master P and give the hoop dream one more shot at age 31, he seemed open to the idea, telling TMZ Sports — “I might … It gotta be the Knicks, I gotta be in New York.”
Why the Knicks? East — who grew up in East Harlem — is a HUGE fan of his hometown team … and can be spotted sitting courtside at a lot of their games.
As for KD … East has been in touch with his old teammate following his devastating Achilles injury in the NBA Finals and says he’s doing well and recovering … and wants Durant to sign with the Knicks this offseason.
Black Imprint Ent artist Booman Forever is making major noise in Chicago and taking the lead as the next up in the city. From making music in his home studio to creating his own sound, Booman is proving he’s up next with his new mixtape.
The mixtape features production from TY Whiteside, Shake and Bake with features from the major upcoming comedians in Chicago Korporate, Prince T-Dub, and Dontario Hundon.
With a mix of contemporary, eclectic finesse Booman voice and lyrics are a sure shot of the new wave in Chicago. Check out his debut mixtape Booman TV and hear the world from his perspective.
Stream the tape here
Chicago-born rapper J.Perks releases a visual for his freestyle of the popular song Old Town Road. While working on his upcoming project Logical Trap, J.Perks decided to take some time off and have a little fun.
The visual captures just that. The visual shows J.Perks enjoying his stay in his hometown, Chicago, while there to celebrate his birthday. J.Perks says that the inspiration for the video came from the playfulness of the song.
His remix of the song grabbed the attention of many Hip Hop fans due to the songs popularity and J.Perks lyrical twist. There is no doubt that the visual will do the same.
Dope boys in West Orlando and East Atlanta unite as KT and Scooter deliver the visuals to their anthemic cut One Foot … the standout cut off his Follow My Jrip mixtape.
Rising Atlanta star Yung Baby Tate is back andrevisits her successful GIRLS concept. GIRLS Deluxe, much like the original “GIRLS” released in February, is a 14-track album written, performed and produced entirely by Yung Baby Tate.
This time she brings a few new exciting features from Asian Doll, Queen Key, and UNIIQU3, and still includes the standout verses from Kari Faux, Bbymutha, Killumantii, Mulatto, and Baby Rose.
Stream the album here
Today, dark pop act ASHS allowed fans into the darkest corners of her mind, unveiling the spine-tingling new music video for her track Cold, which was released as part of her latest project, 3AM Pt. 2. The EP was available on March 8 through Wax Records/Casablanca Records/Polydor/Universal Music Canada.