Loose Links: Yelawolf, Common, Drake, Amy Winehouse And Salaam Remi
Yela get a Complex cover, Common talks race and Hip Hop, Drake gets the remix and Salaam Remi chops it up about Amy Winehouse.
Whether it's in a verse or live on stage, few can match the raw energy of the Alabama-born Yelawolf. And while his rise to fame has been relatively meteoric, especially since he signed to Eminem's Shady 2.0 roster at the top of this year, that doesn't mean that Wolf's roots in rap don't run deep. Now, to celebrate the release of hid long-awaited studio debut Radioactive, Complex gave Catfish Billy the cover treatment to discuss his early career and rise to rap stardom.
While Fox News may portray Hip Hop in a more negative and racially divided light, any fan with a pair of ears and half a brain knows that Hip Hop speaks to a greater fan-base than Bill O'Reilly and company. Perhaps one of the Hip Hop icons leading the pack in the discussion of race and Hip Hop is Steve Stoute, former manager of Nas and Mary J. Blige and recent author of The Tanning of America. Now, Stoute's website of the same name recently chopped it up with Common to discuss his views on race in America and how he's seen it change the face of Hip Hop.
Young Money star Drake doesn't have a lot to be sad about, particularly when it comes to the first week sales of his sophomore project Take Care. But that didn't keep Wheelchair Jimmy from moping about like Eeyore on Take Care's cover. So to set Aubrey right, EgoTripLand.com decided to remix the sad-sack cover and give it a more humorous flair. Check out the new renditions and vote on your favorite.
Following her sudden death this past July, producer Salaam Remi revealed that he had been working on a full length LP with British soul singer Amy Winehouse. With the unfinished recordings between Winehouse and Remi already set for a December 5 release under the titled Lioness: Hidden Treasures, Vibe decided to catch up with Nas's longtime collaborator to get an in-depth look at what is and what could've been.