And other news in the hip hop world.
This is a bit exciting for Tupac Shakur fans. The estate of the late rapper has signed off on a brand new docuseries that will chronicle Tupac’s life. Of course, Tupac’s life and career has become that of hip hop mythology, but to have a docuseries sanctioned by his estate, we can only imagine how this one will turn out.
Director Allen Hughes and his team have full access to Tupac’s unreleased music (as well as his released catalogue) – the first time the estate of Tupac has given such permission.
Hughes, who was behind the Netflix series The Defiant Ones, which centred on the professional relationship between and the individual stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre, will also executive produce this new series alongside Charles D. King and Lasse Järvi.
Post Malone expands his ‘fashion’ ventures into sunglasses
Post Malone is keeping himself busy these days – on the music front, he’s most recently popped up on DJ Khaled’s Father of Asahd record with Travis Scott on ‘Celebrate’ and on the everything else front, the Texas rapper has brought his erstwhile style to the Crocs arena.
With his collaboration with the shoe brand selling out in just 24 hours, it makes sense for Postie to continue his venture in accessories and fashion, this time announcing his new collaboration with Arnette sunglasses. Becoming the eyewear label’s newest brand ambassador, Post Malone and Arnette have worked on an exclusive line of sunnies together, inspired by his own eccentric style.
These bad boys are currently only on sale via Arnette’s US store, but if you’re really keen to nab a pair, they’re available this week online and soon through Sunglass Hut chains.
Denzel Curry reveals ZUU album
He’s easily one of the most exciting rappers in the game at the minute, so we’re stoked to see that young Denzel Curry is going to be wrapping up the month with a brand new album. The record, called ZUU, is due out May 31st and features collaborations with Rick Ross, Kiddo Marv, Sam Sneak and Ice Billion Berg.
We’re looking at 12 tracks for this new Denzel project, his first set of new material since last year’s TA13OO album brought the rapper critical acclaim. Already from ZUU, we’ve heard the slick track ‘RICKY’, so we can only anticipate much of the same from the South Floridian.
Flying Lotus dishes goss on Dr. Dre’s elusive Detox album
Speaking of Dr. Dre, remember when his fabled Detox record was being teased for imminent release? The album, which had seemingly been in the works for years, wound up being shelved for whatever reason – instead, fans were gifted with Dre’s Compton record. It was a great insight into the producer’s world, however the idea that there’s a whole other album just waiting in the wings is still enough to keep us intrigued in what Dr. Dre has got going on – especially in today’s era of the surprise reveal.
Flying Lotus is one of the few people who has had the privilege of hearing Detox, as explained in a recent interview with Billboard. FlyLo’s first album in five years, Flamagra, arrived on Friday, but for this short moment, the producer and musician focused his comment on Detox. “The version I heard is the sequel to Compton. It makes sense after Compton, I think. It makes sense, but I like it better than Compton.”
According to reports, Detox never saw official release because it wasn’t up to Dr. Dre’s standards – as an excuse, we can’t really be mad at it. Just hopefully one day, we’ll hear more from it.
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