Black Thought is working on an EP with seasoned producer 9th Wonder, reports OkayPlayer. At a Friday night event called Black Thought Cinema Presents, the rapper is said to have announced a new project with 9th, which sounds like it will be the first a few new releases from Thought. While the moment in which he made the announcement was not captured on video, the camera was rolling just a moment later: "It's the first a series joints that I'm gonna be putting out called Streaming Thought. Be on the lookout for the music that we're about to hit y'all with," says Thought in a clip posted by Nodfactor.
9th Wonder hinted at the authenticity the report in a tweet.
In June last year, Black Thought revealed that 9th Wonder, as well as Salaam Remi, would be working on The Roots forthcoming 12th studio album End Game. "Last October we had a writers’ retreat at Electric Lady Studios in New York City for about a week or so,” he said. “Within that time we got about a good deal the groundwork what’s to come for the record, End Game. I’ve been working, writing and recording on it since then."
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In 2016, Thought and 9th worked together on "Making A Murderer," a single featuring Styles P The Lox.
9th Wonder has released many collaborative projects over the course his career, including efforts with Talib Kweli, Wale, Murs, Pete Rock, and Jean Grae, not to mention his run as the producer in Little Brother. Last year, he revealed he had recorded the equivalent a 12-track album with TDE artist SiR.
No word on a release date for the EP or the long-awaited Roots album. Stay tuned for further details.
You've seen collaboration albums in the hip-hop game, like Drake and Future's What A Time To Be Alive, or Offset & 21 Savage's Without Warning, or Travis Scott & Quavo's Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho. Now, it looks like we're getting one from two iconic artists from disparate backgrounds - Sting and Shaggy. The duo have ficially joined forces in order to release their new album, 44/876, on 4/20, which probably says a lot about the project's vibe and intended audience. Today, Sting and Shaggy spoke with Rolling Stone about the project, revealing a little bit about what to expect, how it came about, and more. They also dropped f the album's lead single, "Don't Make Me Wait," which you can check out below.
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"Don't Make Me Wait" is an important single, as it essentially kickstarted the entire project. When Sting first heard it, he immediately reached out to Shaggy in the studio, claiming "as far as I know, that sounds like a hit to me. I sang on the chorus, and then we tried to figure out a way to make it more me than just a chorus, so we got a verse together."
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The pair have apparently become great friends throughout the recording process, and they even spent some time in Jamaica together. "This guy," says Sting, pointing to Shaggy, "he's like the pope Jamaica." For more information about the upcoming album, check out the feature in full, and mark your calendars for 4/20.
Metro Boomin's slayed 2017 with the amount collaborative projects he put out. Whether it was NAV, Offset and 21 Savage or the Big Sean album they recently dropped, he proved to not only be the biggest hit maker 2017 but also the most versatile. A few years back, he and MadeInTYO mentioned the possibilities a collaborative project but it never came into fruition. After MadeinTYO dropped the Private Club compilation which included the intro track, "MadeInBoomin," many assumed it was a first taste what they had in store. However, that doesn't seem to be the case.
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Metro Boomin and MadeInTYO both hit social media to clear up rumors the MadeInBoomin project. Metro took to his Instagram story to debunk the theory while MadeinTYO hit Twitter to do the same. Metro said, "ANY "COLLAB PROJECT" IS FAKE NEWS UNLESS YOU HEARD IT FROM ME!!" while MadeinTYO quoted an article that said they announced the project and simply said, "No we didn't lmao." TYO later acknowledged the strength their work together by saying "drop one metro song & the fans go krazy ! @MetroBoomin."
While fans may be disappointed, the two them definitely have some more stuff up their sleeve. Metro launched his "Boominati Records" this year so there's a good chance we'll be seeing him working with more up-and-coming talent in the coming year.
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As for MadeinTYO, we're looking forward to hearing his follow up to August's True's World EP.
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2017 was the year the collaboration. This writer in particular thought we would see a wave similar to this following Drake and Future's What a Time to Be Alive, but the muted reception to that effort may have delayed the trend for a few months. However, now it's as if artists have finally realized that in the age social media, it may sometimes behoove them to join forces rather than stay in their own respective lanes. This ideology was adapted by countless acts over these past 12 months and has lead to over half a dozen exciting - and sometimes just downright confusing - pairings. And while Metro Boomin rightfully deserves his props for producing an album for damn near everyone (Gucci Mane, Nav, 21 Savage & Offset, Big Sean - the list is truly endless), it's the genuine chemistry between two different rappers that we wish to highlight for this list.
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Because, let's face it, while some these recent projects looked fantastic on paper, fans soon realized that "on paper" is where the idea should've remained. Since the iconic release Watch the Throne back in 2011, no single collaboration between two otherwise disparate rappers has garnered nearly as much critical acclaim. The closest, for those paying attention, may have been Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug with their cult classic, Rich Gang: Tha Tour, pt. 1. But that was lightning in a bottle, caught by the most uniquely talented A&R in the game, Birdman; nowadays, it's as if execs are scrambling to reverse engineer what should be a natural phenomenon.
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But it's not all bad - for all the middling efforts we've received, there are quite a few projects we've all been guilty letting slip under our radars. Check out the list below for our seven most underrated collab tapes 2017, and make sure to let us know which others from this prolific year top your list!