This weekend was Father’s Day, but hip-hop managed to church out newsworthy headlines that we couldn’t ignore. On Saturday, we celebrated the birth of a hip-hop legend, Tupac. That same day was also the birth of Kimye’s baby girl, which family, friends and fans congratulated them on Twitter. On Sunday, Travis Scott released the creepily awesome visuals for “Upper Echelon.” Last, but not least, we get a major announcement from Hov: his new album is dropping July 4.
1. Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Welcome Baby Girl
Kanye West’s girlfriend Kim Kardashian gave birth to the couple’s baby girl on Saturday at Cedar Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, according to a report by TMZ. The celebrity couple wants to still keep things a security, though, as they have yet to reveal her name.
2. Jay-Z Announces New Album, ‘Magna Carta Holy Grail’
Jay-Z has partnered with Samsung for this unorthodox album rollout, and the first million Samsung Galaxy owners to download the Magna Carta app will get the album for free. Less than a month ago, we all gushed over the launch of Kanye West’s Yeezus marketing campaign. Looks like Big Brother has some tricks up his sleeve as well.
3. Check Out Travi$ Scott, T.I. & 2 Chainz New Video for “Upper Echelon”
Travi$ Scott takes us on a journey through the jungles of Quintana in the dark new visual he directed for the track, “Upper Echelon,” featuring T.I. and 2 Chainz.
4. Mac Miller Rapped Over Beats Jay-Z Passed On For ‘Pink Slime’
We think that’s a come up…
5. Today In Hip-Hop: Tupac’s Birthday
The passion, skill, and honesty which fueled Tupac’s music has influenced artists from Eminem to Talib Kweli. His music touched on every aspect of life, from family (“Dear Mama”) to personal sadness and insecurity (“So Many Tears”). His extensive catalogue of work has allowed him to live on even today. As hip-hop lovers celebrate his 42nd birthday, one can only imagine what the music scene would be like if Tupac Amaru Shakur were here to celebrate it too.