• Cadet, rapper

    Cadet, the rapper

    About Cadet – The UK rapper from South London (and cousin of Krept, from Krept & Konan). Cadet is an up-and-coming grime/rap artist fromt the South who possesses a humble heart and great talent. He’s Muslim, and his songs detail a lot of his personal life. His two released albums are The Commitment and Glockumentary. Blaine Cameron ‘Cadet’ Johnson pursued music from the tender age of 16. He emerged on the Grime/Rap music scene during the year 2006 in South London. YouTube music video and freestyle uploads (such as the Uber everywhere remix parts one and two) have enabled Cadet to build a loyal fan base and grow as an…

  • Natural Language Processing

    Neural Networks & A.I In Rap Lyrics

    DeepBeat is an algorithm for rap lyrics generation. Lyrics generation was formulated as an information retrieval task where the objective is to find the most relevant next line given the previous lines which are considered as query. The algorithm extracts three types of features of the lyrics—rhyme, structural, and semantic features— and combines them employing the RankSVM algorithm. For the semantic features, DeepBeat developed a deep neural network model, which was the single best predictor for the relevancy of a line. They quantitatively evaluated the algorithm with two measures. First, they evaluated prediction performance by measuring how well the algorithm predicts the next line of an existing rap song. An…

  • The Weeknd

    The Weeknd – A Timeline, from 2008 – 2011

    Abel Tesfaye (born February 16th, 1990) Canadian recording artist, rapper, writer, musician and producer who goes by the stage name The Weeknd From Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario. Of Ethiopian descent, born Christian. Read more about Abel’s early days in Scarborough, Toronto. The Timeline of events that created House Of Balloons. 2008 Abel Tesfaye and fellow Scarborough upcoming rapper Jesse Ray formed the Rap/RNB duo Bulleez n Nerdz, Abel went under the stage name Kin Kane, (Kin – connected, related by blood). The two had great chemistry performing together at parties & decided to make songs together. They performed their first song for,  Godzilla , the first track they had ever done…

  • The Weeknd
    Drake,  The Weeknd

    There was a time when Abel used to be called Kin Kane

    Details surrounding Abel Tesfaye (AKA Toronto R&B/Pop sensation The Weeknd)’s formative years as a young Toronto musician are hard to come by. Stories about his oringiation, where he comes from and how he used to behave, pre-fame, abound and conflict with each other constantly. One of Abel’s peers, who claims to have grown up with The Weeknd in Scarborugh, Toronto and had seen these rumours circulating on internet forums wanted to set the record straight by giving the honest perspective from an insider of the scene. Her re-telling of the early Scarborough days sounds organic and provides insight into the bleak hopelessness of that Toronto landscape that both Drake and…


    MF DOOM’s Missing Rhymes Notebook Review

    The Best of MF DOOM   The MF DOOM experience is one of great frustration, longing, and patience. Daniel Dumile is a Long Island–raised rapper, born in the UK, who created a comic-book alter ego in the wake of losses so harrowing they verged on cartoonish.   In 1993 Dumile’s younger brother, Dingilizwe, was killed by a car as he tried to cross an expressway; a week later, the sophomore album from KMD, the group that Dumile and his brother were members of, was halted by the record company over concerns about the album cover. Black Bastards featured a caricature of a public lynching. Years of homelessness and exile followed…

  • Interview

    Clyde Cabbage – The Interview

    I met Clyde on Rappad. I was trying to find out about popular Lo-Fi rappers in the space (I’d just started listening to those Live Stream late-night Chill-Hop videos with the cool Japanese anime – you know the ones – on Youtube.) I posted a question to the community there at large (“Any lo-fi rappers like atlas or samsa? Please post SC links”). There was a rift of responses, and the quickest was from a user with a strange purple motif avatar: “I only have two lofi songs but one of them kinda did something impressive so I count. Here’s the first one”. Pretty bold, right? I checked out his…

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    DJ Akademiks,  Drake

    Noah ’40’ Shebib and DJ Akademiks’ 4-Hour Conversation: The Full Details

    The original Twitch/Youtube video created by DJ Akademiks [Livingston Allen born May 17, 1989, known by the moniker DJ Akademiks, a Jamaican-American YouTube personality] relaying the details of his conversation with OVO’s Noah ’40’ Shebib [Drake’s label mate, producer and engineer, as well as long time friend] from 2017 has been removed. Therefore the kind folks at HnHH have uploaded a transcription of the main points of DJ Akademiks and Noah “40” Shebib’s 4-hour discussion for you to read, below. The transcription includes the real reason behind the Meek Mill and Drake beef, as well as the creation of Back to Back, and why artists signed to OVO  [the Toronto-based…

  • Drake performs on stage on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Toronto, Canada.
    Drake,  OVO Hush

    Does OVO Member Hush’s Silent Pen Keep Drake On The Charts?

    July 21, 2015 will go down as one of the most epic nights in the history of ghostwriting in Hip Hop. After the social media rant Nicki Minaj went on against MTV and the powers that be, which prompted a brief back-and-forth between her and America’s sweetheart, Taylor Swift, the denizens of Twitter thought that they had gotten more than their share of juice for the day. But, alas, Nicki and rapper Meek Mill’s Bonnie and Clyde act proved to be more fact than fiction in what has to be the biggest moment of rap of the year thus far. Apparently, Meek Mill had a little time off from his…

  • Drake behind phantom curtains

    Drake’s ghostwriters, my theory, and how to fake it in Rap

    A mug of steaming coffee rests between palms as my eyes race through a chain of tabbed Chrome results on the monitor I’m facing. My brain is spinning. I’m just about to delve into the most prolific and scaled case of Hip Hop ghostwriting since Rapper’s Delight. Context: About 18 months ago I decided I wanted to ‘blackhat’ my way into rap. I’m a 30+ years old rapper and producer with no local following or social presence. As far as actual rap skills, I’m pretty good, but as far as being a marketable rapper, nowhere near the mark. Granted – you’re probably thinking to yourself right now, ‘yeah right’. If…

  • 1993, Vol 2
    Royalty Exchange Auctions

    1993, Vol. 2 by indie hip-hop artist Cam Meekins

    Update: Auction Closed Closing price – $107,500 by “Dustin C” See below for original details: [divide color=”#”] Royalty Exchange Auction Latest information for the auction of Cam Meekins’ independent Hip Hop release: Starting Price: $37,000 End Date: Oct 20, 2017, 3:00 PM MDT Investment Term: Life of author + 70 years Last 12 Months’ Royalties: $15,772 Royalty Type: Sales and Streaming First Payment: December 2017 Buyer Fees: 5% Administration Fee Facts about 1993, Vol. 2 Released 20th May 2014 10 songs (36 minutes) Cam Meekins currently has 5 albums in his discography, this one is the ‘middle’ album (there have been 2 released since). About Cam Meekins DOB: Mar 14,…