Black Hippy “Black Hippy” Mixtape Download & Stream
The West Coast rap group Black Hippy release their 1st Official Mixtape Black Hippy, Presented by Top Dawg Entertainment. The 11-track tape consists of rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q with Features from Punch, Lil Louie, Crooked I, Ya Boy, Mistah F.A.B. and more.
Black Hippy is an American hip hop group from South Central, Los Angeles, California, formed in 2009, composed of West Coast rappers Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q. Black Hippy was constructed after all of its members were signed to Carson-based independent record label, Top Dawg Entertainment. In 2012, they signed with Interscope Records, as both solo artists and as a group, after a joint venture deal.
“Numbers. It’s more strength. That’s how I look at it.” Kendrick Lamar said of the importance of the group fromat. “And when the audience can identify an artist, that’s cool. But when they can identify a crew, they know it’s something bigger than just the movement,” he explained. “It’s a lifestyle they’re bringing to the table as far as music. Just living in the everyday world. So when we say Black Hippy, you know it’s not just music. It’s actually a group of individuals saying fuck the regular, and doing what they want to do in the world, and making a way for themselves without being caught up in the politics. Being themselves, and looking in the mirror, and identifying themselves. People can understand that, they can relate to that, and they can understand that as well.” Kendrick Lamar then spoke of the main idea behind Black Hippy from the beginning. “We had a plan with this shit. We said we was gonna get each individual artist off first, let the world identify them with these artists, and at the end, bring them together was a collective.” he revealed.
Black Hippy was formed in 2009, when all of its members were signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, a Carson-based independent record label. The idea of forming a group came from Schoolboy Q, who in his words says because he was “slacking in my music”: “I figured if I could be in a group I could just write one verse and I could be good”, he added. SchoolBoy Q, the last of the four to join the label, admitted to initially being intimidated when he first started going to the studio, but eventually the tenacity of his collaborators rubbed off on him. In 2011, Black Hippy received co-signs from West Coast hip hop legends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, as well as Tech N9ne who called them “the new N.W.A.“, and had hopes of signing the group to his Strange Music imprint. Follow on Twitter @BlackHippy @kendricklamar @ScHoolBoyQ @jayrock @abdashsoul @MedievalBeatz Buy Instrumental Beats
Download the Black Hippy ”Black Hippy” Mixtape over at Datpiff.com and stream it below.