When J. Cole dropped his debut album Cole World: The Sideline Story back in September of 2011 he shared the release-date with the likes of Phonte, 9th Wonder, Evidence and more. Flash forward to 2013 and Cole is in a similar situation. Only this time the “competition” is Mac Miller, Statik Selektah and that one guy from Chicago. There are no worries coming from the North Carolina emcee though as he’s confident in the work he put in for the album.
The question is for y’all though: With Kanye West’s Yeezus, J. Cole’s Born Sinner, Statik Selektah’s Extended Play and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With The Sound Off all scheduled to drop on June 18th, who will have the best album? And no… we’re not talking sales here, we’re talking quality music!
On November 5th, the latest installment of the critically-acclaimed Call of Duty franchise is scheduled to hit shelves (pre-orders available now). And today, Activision gives us a new trailer that shows off some of the games’ new direction.
“Ghosts” sets players in an alternate-future America that’s been crippled by a government in disarray. The Ghosts are remnants of the various branches of the Special Forces. They’ve adopted the best fighting techniques from these branches as they battle across an array of terrains and environments.
Also new to the franchise is an interactive dog, which the developers created with the latest performance-capture technology. The dog promises to be a loyal and important companion throughout the game’s campaign.
Fresh off premiering his More Missed Calls mixtape right here at the Dopehouse, Add-2 drops a new clip that helps the fans get closer. Press play and get an insightful glimpse into the Chicago rapper’s life, his relationship with his grandmother who suffers from dementia, his music and returning to his roots and giving a special performance at an open mic.
Those in NYC, be sure to check Add-2 at Public Assembly this Thursday, on Shade45 with DJ Eclipse on the 26th and at the Faces in the Crowd Showcase at SOBs on the 28th.
Sage Francis and Metermaids join Prolyphic and Buddy Peace on the latest single from their recently-released Working Man LP.
While a majority of the Working Man LP addresses the bleaker issues of working class society, Death of the Boombox provides a playful detour, acting as an old-school throw down over the kind of boombap production that intends on blowing out cheap subwoofers. This isn’t a rehashing of the played out “hip-hop is dead” argument, nor is it a eulogy for the revered portable stereos of the past. It is an energetic return to a lost moment in time when sharing music with friends didn’t involve an internet connection. Songs were simply blasted throughout the neighborhood from two speakers perched on top of a b-boy’s shoulder.