After dropping of his scathing first single “Crown Me” last month, Hopsin returns with the second track from his upcoming album, “Fly.”
The new album – the follow-up to 2013’s Knock Madness, is titled “Pound Syndrome” and is self-produced, written and engineered. The 14-track, self-contained album features appearances solely from Funk Volume family Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton and SwizZz.
In the new single and video “Fly” the Funk Volume co-founder analyzes the structured nature of society and how we as individuals are pressured to fit within those confines in the clip directed by George Orozco and Hopsin. Watch below and see the tracklist further down, cop via iTunes.
Hopsin – Fly (Video)
Hopsin – Pound Syndrome (Tracklist)
The Pound (Intro)
Ramona feat. Jarren Benton
Fort Collins feat. Dizzy Wright
No Words (skit)
Ill Mind of Hopsin 7
FV Til I Die feat. SwizZz
No Fucks Given
I Just Can’t
For today’s On The Come Up we turn our attention towards a new artist from the Bay Area California.
Amin is his name and he’s just released his first single from his upcoming project titled “Lucid Dreams.” The track, titled “Who Knew” is produced by Syk Sense who produced Know yourself, 6 God & Draft Day for Drake!
Amin looks to be a name we’ll hear more of but before we go deeper just spin this track, drop a comment and stay tuned for more on DubCNN. Until then get at him on Twitteror IG.
Earlier this month we premiered the new Warren G single from his upcoming EP titled “Regulate…G Funk Era Part II.”
“My House” featuring Nate Dogg – available again below – will feature on the EP due for release on August 6th 2015.
Today we can bring you the tracklist and links to pre-order on iTunes, Amazonand Google Play. As expected there are 4 tracks that feature Nate including the single as well as E-40, Too $hort, Young Jeezy and Bun B.
01 Intro (feat. Reverened TaaaDow)
02 My House (feat. Nate Dogg)
03 Saturday (feat. E-40, Too $hort, Nate Dogg)
04 Keep on Hustlin’ (feat. Young Jeezy, Bun B, Nate Dogg)
05 Dead Wrong (feat. Nate Dogg)
Listen to the first single, “My House,” featuring Nate Dogg, below.
Warren G – My House (Feat. Nate Dogg) (Audio)
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DubCNN.com was at Dizzy Wright’s listening party for “The Growing Process” in May 2015.
We’ve got exclusive footage, as well as words from Demrick, Jarren Benton, Justin Hunte of HipHopDX [Editor Note – huge shouts to JH for his love and support on the drop, major respect!] and of course Dizzy Wright himself!
Dizzy Wright “The Growing Process” Listening Party (Demrick, Jarren Benton, Justin Hunte) & More (Video)
KYLE is a Ventura, California-based rapper who’s buzz has been building in recent months getting props from VIBE, Huffington Post and even Rolling Stone – well today he gets the ultimate accolade: On The Come Up on DubCNN.com!
Having hit the scene two years ago the charismatic, uplifting, and authentically fun MC has opened for G-Eazy and Watksy, dropped tracks with Kehlani and Chance The Rapper/The Social Experiment and dropped the Iamsu! featured “Lit.”
Today we wanted to introduce him fully to DubCNN readers with 3 of his current tracks that have crazy buzz. First up is the “G-Eazy” featured “King Wavy” laced by Nexus. KYLE explained;
“KING WAVY is a record I always was in me. This is a true banger. I’m really pushing out the West Coast in me. My good friend Nexus made this beat when we were aiming to make something totally different. The way this track comes in feels perfect for me to say all the things I want to say to someone but don’t because I wanna be nice. G-Eazy really came through and torched this track. I’ve wanted to drop a track with him for the longest and this one fits both of our flows perfectly.”
KYLE – King Wavy (Feat. G-Eazy)
Next up is the Buddy featured upbeat “Angel” laced by The Stereotypes which showcases KYLE making what could be a summer radio smash!
KYLE – Angel (Feat. Buddy)
Finally KYLE drops off the Sunny Norway & M-Phazes produced “iThoughtWeWereNiggas” which is a pure head-nodder, with a message!
KYLE – iThoughtWeWereNiggas
Expect more from this talent on DubCNN soon but for now show love to KYLE on social media and follow him below!
After a hiatus he’s back s back with a brand new single “Hot Box” featuring Kay Kay off his upcoming project “Driving Habits”. Listen below, drop a comment, and lookout for the video and album coming real soon!
The full interview – for which you can see some footage below – was part of a photo shoot that also included some of the actors who star in Straight Outta Compton — Corey Hawkins (young Dre), O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Cube) and Jason Mitchell (as Eazy-E).
Dr. Dre reflects on the differing attitudes to N.W.A’s music now vs then;
“It’s crazy how we were getting criticized for this years ago, and now, it’s just like, ‘OK, we understand.’ This movie will keep shining a light on the problem, especially because of all the situations that are happening in Ferguson and here in Los Angeles. It’s definitely going to keep this situation in people’s minds and make sure that everyone out there knows that this is a problem that keeps happening still today.”
Universal chief Donna Langley who was instrumental in the movie seeing the light of day and signing off the budget of $29 million [earlier this year Cube descibed her as having ‘big balls’] said;
“I’ve always been very intrigued by the [N.W.A] story, it was really just about finding a rational business model with which to greenlight it. I would argue that everybody knows hip-hop. There probably isn’t a culture in the world that doesn’t engage with [rap] in some way. We were looking through that lens, as opposed to handicapping it as an ‘urban’ film.”
The movie which has been discussed for over a decade has had countless script re-writes and various directors linked to it finally came to life once Cube collaborator and South Central native F. Gary Gray was hired to direct;
“I sat with Dre for hours, sometimes days, going over what happened,” says Gray. ” ‘Tell me the story again. Tell me who was there. Tell me why this happened and what were you thinking and what was your motivation and what do you think Eazy was thinking.’ I didn’t want people to watch the movie and feel like they didn’t learn anything beyond what they could find on Google.”
Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., who portrays his dad explains the process of shooting;
“My father would call me before each scene to let me know what he was thinking. A lot of it was getting me to not act. I have so much of his mannerisms and things already in me that I wouldn’t want to be onscreen doing an impersonation. You can do an impersonation or you could become the character. I really was trying to break down those acting walls and just let everything flow.”
The movie is packed with small but significant events of the N.W.A. rollercoaster and when test audiences were confused by Dre’s split with Death Row Records in 1996 – just two weeks before the movie had to be locked for its August release – Gray filmed a scene in which Dre walks into a room and witnesses Suge calmly smoking a cigar as he uses a vicious pit bull to terrorize a cowering man in his underwear. Dre recalls;
“I was like, ‘What the f— is going on?’ I was ready to leave anyways. This was the extra push. The guy in the underwear — all this shit actually happened.”
During shooting of the movie Suge Knight is alleged to have killed Terry Carter having run him over – as well as Cle “Bone” Sloan who was a ‘Straight Outta Compton’ adviser who survived. Suge faces murder charges and Dre laments it was “a really tragic incident” and explained;
“I was there. But I was just leaving, so I didn’t know what happened until I was halfway home, I heard about it over the phone. Everybody was supportive everywhere we went, and we didn’t have one issue throughout the entire filming of the movie. It’s crazy that this happened during the f—ing filming of the commercial. It’s just a really unfortunate incident, maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”
Cube, who wasn’t on the set, takes a more philosophical view;
“It’s the dangerous part of living in South Central, some people don’t care if you’re making a movie or not. It’s unfortunate because the movie is so good, so creative, so many talented people involved.”
“It’s just a really unfortunate incident,” says Dre. “Maybe [Knight] was looking for trouble. I don’t know.”
Finally Donna Langley told Hollywood Reporter that her studio is planning on doing something nobody in the rap world thought was possible — reuniting N.W.A for a European tour to promote the movie, with Eminem (who performs on the film’s soundtrack, along with Dre and Kendrick Lamar) sitting in as an honorary member.
“We don’t have anything settled yet with everyone’s schedules, but we think it can create a lot of buzz.”