Eminem amongst Lollapalooza 2014 headliners

Citing industry sources, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that EminemSkrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys are the Lollapalooza 2014 headliners.

Exciting news as Eminem last headlined Lollapalooza in 2011. I was there to see the amazing flow of classics to his new hits on the then-released Relapse album. Surely, you can expect the same with the addition of a “Berzerk” and “Rap God” come August.

Eminem going on tour with Rihanna

Says Eminem to XXL:

There are some shows coming up with Rihanna. It’s a three-city tour: New York, L.A. and Detroit coming in August. The Monster Tour.

Interesting. Looks like “Love The Way You Lie” and “The Monster” will be coming to these three cities, but hopefully more! No more details as of posting time.

50 Cent leaves Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity. I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.

– 50 Cent

Big news in the music business world today as it’s officially announced that 50 Cent has left the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope label after 12 years. In addition, he’s signing with Caroline Records — the independent faction of Capitol Records, which means his next album is finally coming out. The news that supports that today is that Animal Ambition will see release on June 3rd. Plus, 2 new songs and videos will drop on March 18th with one more song/video to drop each week leading up to June 3rd.

Whew, what a turn of events! But once again, this is good… 50’s album will definitely drop now.

To cap it off, here’s Eminem‘s statement:

“Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent. I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”

– Eminem

Showbiz & A.G. “Next Level (Nyte Time Mix)” #OldSchoolSundays

Yeah, yeah, I know today is Grammy night. And while I can’t help but be a little intrigued, Steven Hyden of Grantland penned a nice piece on the history of hip hop in the Grammys and that actually kind of deterred me from watching. It outlines some of hip hop’s grossest, most overlooked moments which even led to boycotts from some of hip hop’s biggest stars, most notably Jay Z at one point. It’s a great objective read. Between that piece and the general hearsay about the politics behind the Grammys, my enthusiasm is once again tempered compared to previous years. I’ll have my eye on the show late this evening, but I’ll actually be hooping through much of the night tonight, ha.

While I realize this stream of consciousness is probably not the best way to bring in this new Old School Sundays feature, I started writing it with this in mind: I was more excited about the return of the NBA Sunday Showcase today than the Grammys later tonight. And during halftime of the albeit disappointing Spurs-Heat matchup, I watched the first half highlights set to the iconic beat of “Next Level” the Nyte Time Mix. This classic hip hop song deserves its own feature spotlight (and I’m sure it was a Jalen Rose suggestion for ABC today too, ha).

As part of the twenty-something generation, I actually knew of this production first as one of the lethal backdrops in the 8 Mile Freestyles. That’s when a 13 year old Sgt. Tibs became a mega-fan of Eminem, as he kicked off his bars against Lickety Split with

This guy raps like his parents jerked him. He sounds like Erick Sermon, the generic version.

While that will still resonate as my lasting memory for this track, it is refreshing for me to run back the original from Showbiz & A.G., especially in music video form above. The old-school 90s aesthetic is on display, illustrated in those skyline and group shots, and I’ll automatically be brought back to my happy childhood whenever I see or hear anything 90s. I’m excited for others to revisit it today, and for a new generation of hip hop lovers to recognize this old school classic for the first time!