DMX practically makes Gucci Mane look responsible and well-disciplined. Once upon a time, he was undisputed as one of hip hop’s leading voices, but the shift of focus away from gangsta rap and, moreover, DMX’s legal issues took a toll on his career. It’s hard to count the number of comebacks he’s begun, only to be cut short by yet another arrest.
This year, however, X seems truly ready to return to the rap world, performing at the BET Awards late last year, and so on. His new LP, Undisputed, should drop sometime this year, currently slated for June 26th, but don’t be surprised if it’s pushed back to allow for greater hype build up.
In the meantime, DMX is reaching out to his fans directly with a free EP, released just now. The FreEP features 11 tracks, 5 of them interludes (one from Lil Wayne). Hey, it’s free music. Head over to LiveMixtapes for the download, or listen below.
Plugging away since 1999, The National finally hit mainstream success with the release of their 2010 album High Violet. Of course, this entailed their first world tour, but in the new documentary Mistaken For Strangers, it’s only the backdrop for the relationship between lead singer Matt Berninger and his younger brother Tom, who had no idea that these short videos he was shooting would turn into a public document of their troubled, if still loving brotherhood.
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