The ISM is about to launch on an even bigger platform than before. That’s because Kanye West and Dame Dash are set to executive produce the Chicago veteran’s album. Good to see GLC and Kanye workin’ again.
The news via FADER:
Chicago staple and G.O.O.D Music vet GLC has announced that his upcoming album, The Book of St. Ism, will be co-executive produced by Dame Dash and Kanye West. After reports that the duo have been plotting on a stake in Karmaloop, it appears they’ll be teaming up on music as well. “GLC is the best at what he does,” Dash said via press release. “When he played me his music, I knew I wanted to put this album together and I gave Kanye a call and brought him in.” From his formative verses on The College Dropout’s “Spaceships” and Late Registration’s “Drive Slow,” to his hook and spoken-word bridge on Kendrick Lamar’s “Poe Man’s Dreams,” GLC’s been pushing an “Ism” ideology that he plans to document in full on his new record. “The ism teaches kids and adults to apply themselves and to supply their wealth,” he states, “all while understanding that the only limitations you’ll ever have are those that you place on yourself.” Here’s to a million more Yeezy and Dame passion projects in 2015.
Dame Dash presents Loisadas — an aspiring hood film classic that is what Kanye West apparently jumped on as executive producer. He’s not credited in the poster above, LL Cool J is actually, but on Dame’s instagram, Kanye is.
Episode 1 can be viewed below with the live stream of the whole thing later tonight. Smoke DZA, Murda Mook, The Lox all appear.
This from instagram yesterday and it looks like Kanye and Dame Dash are putting water under the bridge and working on a new project together — perhaps movies as the caption indicates. Whatever the case, it’s pretty cool and good vibes for the creatives to get back together and produce something new. #cutoutthemiddleman
Last night, Kanye West, accompanied by his wife Kim Kardashian, was in Washington D.C. for the taping of the 2015 BET Honors show. He was receiving the ‘Visionary Award’ and details have leaked about ‘Ye’s speech…
Namely, that Dame Dash introduced him and even acknowledged that there’s still some beef between the two. The quotables are below, which even include Yeezy talkin’ about creativity and Kim. Apparently, ‘Ye also briefly freestyled with Charlie Wilson. We’ll see it all unfold on February 29th when the BET Honors Awards is broadcast.
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“The album got people through school, through depression, through death in the family, through relationships, through bad jobs, through career decisions – the album changed lives. People said that they were considering taking their lives but they heard my verse and they reconsidered committing suicide. It called forth a huge ripple effect. So many artists came after it were inspired. So many people were inspired to write poetry, so many rappers were inspired to rap, so many producers were inspired to produce and those who were doing it already were inspired to do it better.”
– J. Ivy
We’re nearing the ten year anniversary (!) of Kanye West‘s classic debut album, The College Dropout, in just a few days on February 10th. On that date in 2004, Kanye West changed the game as J. Ivy so eloquently puts it above.
To mark the occasion, Billboard ran an Oral History of The College Dropout with interviews with 26 collaborators on the album, breaking down the making of each song to the journey of ‘Ye landing on Roc-A-Fella. Among those interviewed: Common, Talib Kweli, Dame Dash, and all of the people on Kanye’s team from the beginning. It’s a long, enthralling read that I was really fascinated by — learning some new details along the way. If you got the time, it’s one to certainly sit down with here.