Issue 60

Best time of the year: almost summer. There’s a gap during summer where there’s not as many releases. So the artists release a lot of new music just before summer. They want to get those summer radio plays which is a huge opportunity to make it. This means that all rappers release their best shit in the next 3-4 weeks in hopes to be the summer hits.

50!

50th Newsletter This is the 50th newsletter I’m sending out! Feels kind of crazy. While my passion for hip hop is as big as when I started out, the time spent on this newsletter might not be at the same level. But… I feel I’ve set it all up now with website, newsletter and blog …

Acting

Rappers turned actors It’s Sunday – what is a better start to this day than some new hip hop…? This week, the topic isn’t as serious as it might be otherwise. Today, I’d like to pay my regards to all the rappers out there who have endeavoured into movie acting. I came to think of …

Self Produced

This weeks theme is self produced. It’s common to work with different producers and create different synergies between rapper and producer. That’s one thing I like with hip hop. But I also appreciate when the rappers produce themselves; it usually feels like there’s a greater connection between the track and the rap style. The rappers this week …

Larger Than Music

This weeks theme is larger than music. Jay Z said “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man!” which is something as true today as it was when he said it. He’s running Tidal, investing in a lot of startups, has his own sports agency, previously co-owner in the NBA team Brooklyn Nets (which he sold to a record …