It’s been a long week full of Watch the Throne news and…well, actually, it was pretty much just that. But that doesn’t mean that all of Hip Hop stopped to watch the Throne get busy (though most people surely did). In light of that, DX dug up a couple of pieces that may have gotten lost in the shuffle, from Hova’s one-time collaborator to Twitter’s top music industry insiders.
Although Ski Beatz may be best known these days for lacing the likes of Curren$y and Smoke Dza with soulful and smoked-out beats, the DD172 mainstay’s career extends a long further back than Pilot Talk. During the mid-’90s, Ski was churning out hits for Fat Joe, Big Pun and Pacewon, and even produced a number of the songs featured on a young Jay-Z’s debut album Reasonable Doubt. One of Ski’s biggest hits during this decade, however, came from the slick-talking Bronx duo Camp Lo’s “Luchini (This Is It).” Now, in a recent interview with SOHH, Ski reflects on how that song came to be and why he and the Lo knew they had a single the minute they finished recording it.
It’s been six years since Missy Elliott last got her freak on on the mic, and although it’s more than fair to say that she’s got a better reason than Dr. Dre to keep her fans waiting, we can’t help but wonder what she’s got stewing in her arsenal. But until she releases her next album The Block Party, the Virginia rapper’s extensive discography is filled with enough jams to keep listeners satisfied in the meantime. Now, Vibe and Missy joined forces to take a look back at her entire music career, from her debut on the Dangerous Minds soundtrack to her more recent hits.
Let’s face it: while Twitter has given fans unprecented access to their favorite artists, it’s also been the leading cause of idiotic rap feuds over the past few years. Add that to the vast number of Tweeters using the social media network to leak music, blast adverts ad nauseum and Diddy’s insistence on typing in all caps, it’s hard to find a real good reason to even set up an account. But that doesn’t mean Twitter’s devoid of worth. Now, our buddies over at Complex bring use the top 25 music insiders to follow on Twitter.