After T.I. recently announced the signing of Trae The Truth to Grand Hustle he also confirmed that Chip & Iggy Azalea will be joining the team in an interview with MTV (interview link below).
Chip is new to the States but has already made more than a name for himself in the United Kingdom. Iggy Azalea is a white female rapper from Australia who recently made the 2012 XXL Freshman list. With T.I. having had time to sit and watch the growth & success of Lil Wayne’s Young Money group, Grand Hustle is for sure looking to do big things this year.
XXL revealed the 10 artists that would be featured on their 2012 “XXL Freshmen List”, congrats to all.
Machine Gun Kelly (Cleveland) – With Diddy’s signature and a whole lot of raging in between hate or like MGK he’s definitly got a solid fanbase & doing his thing I figured he would make an appearance on the cover #LaceUp .
Danny Brown (Detroit) – Who??
Kid Ink (Los Angeles) – Aww Yeaahh, well deserved Kid InK blew up can’t wait for the album, #BatGang !
Future (Atlanta) – Threw some shots at Drake as of late I feel like some of these freshman been rapping.
Roscoe Dash (Atlanta) – If you need a hook for your club banger Roscoe’s your guy.
Hopsin (Los Angeles) – Who??
Macklemore (Seattle) – Just discovered this dude recently a definite talent.
Don Trip (Memphis) ??
Iggy Azalea (Australia) – I know Izzy’s bad as hell but really?
French Montana (New York) – I feel i’ve been listening to Frenchie but well deserved either way
All in all a solid list for 2012, I felt guys like A$AP Rocky & Rockie Fresh could have also made this years list. When you look at last years cover below some of those guys like Meek Mill, Yelawolf, Mac Miller, & Kendrick Lamar really made a name for themselves this year. What class do you think has the heavier MC’s?
Finally Famous got a lot of play last summer in my car and with Sean stating his sophmore album is going to take his sound to “another level” it will be a definite purchase for me. Here’s what Sean had to say below:
“There’s going to be some Kanye production. We had a couple of Kanye productions for the first one but they didn’t make the cut. One got sample clearance, couldn’t get the sample cleared in time, and the other one we just didn’t think it fit the album. Yeah, we got a lot of stuff on deck. No I.D., we’ve got a song that’s going to change the world. It’s very inspiring. The inspiration, when you’re inspired, when you get inspired, that’s the best thing to do, through your music. I could tell you it’s an inspirational record that’s going to change the world. One verse, I rap from a perspective and the other, I rap from a crazy perspective. It’s a concept record, it’s crazy.”
Drake weighs in on the recent shots taken at him by Pusha T, Common, & Future below. I guess Drake’s sticking to his bars on successful when he said,
“I want it all thats why I strive for it, diss me and you’ll never hear a reply for it”
– Drake “Successful” So Far Gone
Drakes take: “I’ve got no issues with him,” he says of Future, who was upset that Drake didn’t appear in his video, “Tony Montana.” “I’m happy I got on the song.” Pusha T, who once cryptically rhymed that, “the swag doesn’t match the sweaters,” gets off easy, too. “I’ve been really open about my love for the Clipse,” he says. “I don’t know, maybe that guy is bored.” Ludacris, who was accused of stealing Big Sean and Drake’s hashtag flow, also receives a halfhearted smack down, “That’s a case of someone trying to use my marketing money to get things going again for themselves. That didn’t affect my day, my month, my year. I didn’t take any of that seriously.”