Hip-Hop For Your Holiday Weekend


We were pretty disappointed to report that Watch the Throne won’t be released on Monday, so we thought, since you might feel the same way, we’d offer a few listening alternatives:

“I Hate Myself” by Lil B

The false rumors had it that Watch the Throne would have a surprise digital release, which actually isn’t a bad strategy, as far as avoiding leaks is concerned. In fact, Lil B did exactly that two days ago; his new album I’m Gay showed up for sale on iTunes late Wednesday night. “I Hate Myself,” the album’s eighth track, samples a monster hit from a 1998 soundtrack. See if you can guess it without clicking. (Hint: the song holds the record for most weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.)

For more thoughts on Lil B, click over to The Awl, where Dave Bry used “three makes a trendpiece” logic to talk about how young rappers like Lil B, Tyler the Creator, and Drake are referencing Marvin Gaye in order to permit themselves to talk about their feelings (while punning on the Motown legend’s last name). Or check the rave review penned by Lupe Fiasco, whose video for “Out of My Head,” featuring Trey Songz, premiered yesterday on MTV.

“All N My Grill” (Featuring Big Boi) by Missy Elliott

Rap Radar, which put us onto Lupe’s blog post, also posted B-Girl Stance, a nineteen-track Missy Elliott playlist curated by Elliott Wilson, who, we suspect, was watching VH1 on Wednesday. If you weren’t, Behind the Music: Missy Elliott is streaming in full on our site, and we’ve shared bonus clips from the raw interview with Missy.

“Resurrection” by Common
Sometimes holiday weekends are the best time to drop some real throwback jams. In 2007, Funkmaster Flex brought a ton of his crates to the Hot 97 studio in New York City for a five-hour live radio mix?all early-nineties. If it was hot in the first half of the 1990s, he played it. The whole show was archived and podcasted, and it would make great travelling music if you’re going anywhere for the weekend.

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