Your throwback of the day is The Firm's "Phone Tap." This track features one of the most legendary duo's in the rap game, Nas and AZ. Their lyrical genius and synergy on tracks such as "Phone Tap" are on full display. Nas and AZ were known for going back-and-forth and the two go bar for bar with a gritty New York feel. Not to mention, Dr. Dre provided a West Coast vibe on the track. Despite coastal rivalry at that time, Dre managed to connect the East and West Coast and The Firm marks the first collaboration between the two coasts since the deaths of Biggie and Pac. Make sure ya'll take a listen because this is a track for real hip-hop fans.
As summer began to heat up, legendary artist and producer DJ Quik announced that he was preparing to sue a fellow Compton rapper. While Quik released this information in the early part of June, he has been relatively quiet about the situation until yesterday. In a series of now-deleted tweets, Quik expressed his frustration for not receiving his credit or lack thereof on YG's breakout hit "My Ni**a." The 2013 platinum-selling lead single featuring Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan, was released on YG’s debut album, My Krazy Life.
“Y’all had me engineer and record My Nigga for @YG and did not give me credit," Quik tweeted. "My Lawyer has You [in] His sights. You’ve fu**ed up.”
In the credits for the record, there is no mention of DJ Quik, also known as David Blake. Instead, Engineers Dee Brown, Zane Shoemake and James Royo are credited as the ones who recorded the song. Although Quik has deleted his rant on Twitter, he posted a video on Instagram with the caption "Run me my money. #UbitchU." While it isn't clear who Quik is referring to, one can only imagine who the message is for.
Young Compton rapper YG didn't have much to say in response to Quik. Despite being relatively silent about the situation, YG tweeted "F**k the police," to Quik yesterday.
After several projects under the name Breezy Lovejoy, California singer, rapper and producer Anderson .Paak splashed onto the scene with his vocal contributions to Dr. Dre's third studio album "Compton." Shortly thereafter, Paak quickly became one of the most sought after R&B artists in the game and on January 30, he announced his deal with Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. Born and bred in Oxnard, California, Paak was a drummer for his church as a teen. In 2012, he released his debut album "O.B.E. Vol. 1" as Breezy Lovejoy. Unfortunately, he was not able to promote the release because he landed a spot on "American Idol" as a drummer. His 2013 all-covers EP "Cover Art" was his first Anderson .Paakk release and "Venice" dropped a year later. Earlier this year, he released "Malibu" and it has featured collaborations with 9th Wonder, Rapsody and Kaytranada.
Check out his new video to the "Malibu" songs "Carry Me / The Season" and "The Waters."