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.
The other day, J. Cole surprised his fans by announcing his Sophomore album Born Sinner would be dropping a week earlier than originally scheduled. Speaking with Billboard, Cole breaks down the thought process that went down in his decision to drop the same day as Kanye West’s recently-announced Yeezus LP.
Instantly the lightbulb [turned on]… it got real. I made one phone call to somebody that would know, just to make sure first. As soon as I got it confirmed, I was like, ‘Yo…’ The idea hit me instantly: ‘You got to go to that date.’ I’m not going to sit [here]… I worked too hard to come a week later after Kanye West drops an amazing album. It’d be like, ‘Oh and J.Cole dropped too, a week later.’ Nah. I’m going to go see him on that date. He’s the greatest. So it’s like, I’m a competitor by nature so it was instant, it wasn’t even a thought. It’s a definite statement about how I feel about my album, which is confident. At the same time, let’s not forget this is Kanye West. He bets 100, 1,000, whatever the perfect is. His track record is flawless. I’m only expecting an incredible album from him. But I know what I have.
Too bad Fabolous decided to bow out of the action as it could’ve been Born Sinner, Yeezus, Loso’s Way 2 and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With The Sound Off all on the same day. How crazy would that have been?
Terrace Martin (and that annoying ass chick from Ridiculousness) joins Snoop Dogg on the latest episode of the Double G News network to talk about #3ChordFold (which I’m incredibly hyped for) and more.
While J. Cole chose to push his album up to match Kanye West on June 18th, Fabolous has different plans. In a recent sit down with Rap-Up (after his performance in LA), Loso reveals that due to some “technicalities” Loso’s Way 2 will not hit shelves in late July (23rd or 30th to be exact). Features to include Young Jeezy, Struggle Falsetto, Rick Ross, Ne-Yo, 2 Chainz and Trey Songz.
“Just a little bit of growth. I’ma give you what I do and some collaborations here and there, but definitely some evolution as an artist, as a man, as a father, as a friend,” he said of the sequel to 2009’s Loso’s Way. “Just talking about some real shit and still doing what I do, giving you some witty lines, giving you some catchy stuff for the ladies. Just good music overall.”