Jean Grae visits Sway In The Morning over at Shade 45 to give an in-studio performance of “This Morning” and “U&Me&EveryOneWeKnow”. Nice dance moves, Sway. After the break, she discusses her Cake Or Death project and the negative responses of Bey’s “Bow Down”.
Talib Kweli’s Prisoners of Conscious will now be released April 23 and he gets things in full motion with two new tracks featuring some familiar faces. Purchase on iTunes now.
“Art Imitates Life” Ft. Black Thought x Rah Digga
“One Two” Ft. Jae Millz x Oh No
Trae Tha Truth, Chipmunk, Iggy Azaela, B.o.B., & T.I.
As always, the highlight of last night’s Hip-Hop Awards were the cyphers. Personally, there weren’t any “oh shit!” moments this year, but I took the liberty of bolding the best spitter of each group. Here are the rips courtesy of yardie. Let the great debates begin.
If you got a good eye, you gonna dig this. Directed by Jean Grae herself, here’s the treatment behind the bonus cut off her upcoming Gotham Down LP.
Inspired by the video game Donkey Kong, Jean Greasy crushes her competitors on the lead single from her next album, Gotham Down. Below she gives MTV Hive the scoop on the recording.
What’s the meaning behind the title “Kill Screen (aka Steve Wiebe)”?
I watched The King of Kong and thoroughly both respected and understood [Donkey Kong master] Steve Wiebe’s drive and passion. I like rooting for the underdog. I understand being the underdog.
You produced the song yourself. What sort of vibe were you going for?
Something eerie [and] sparse that allowed for a lot of room for wordplay; a lot of room to breathe on the track. I look at beats like a canvas: Sometimes you want a lush, full landscaped background, other times it deserves to be something more minimalistic. I wanted to paint on a minimal canvas.
Both Mystikal and Jean Grae made guest appearances on Sway’s couch yesterday. Before their departure, they both displayed their acapella rhymes for the MTV cameras.
Over the smooth sounds of M-Phazes, Jean Greasy starts off the new year right by releasing the first single off her upcoming album, Cake Or Death.