Kanye West has just signed Chicago rapper Holt to his record label. Holt joins the G.O.O.D. Music roster, which also includes John Legend, Big Sean, Pusha T, Q-Tip, Teyana Taylor, and Kacy Hill. Billboard magazine just reported the rapper’s manager revealed Holt will not rap at all on his new album. Besides its recent signing, G.O.O.D Music is also celebrating Big Sean‘s Number 1 album, Dark Sky Paradise. The project topped the Billboard 200 chart, after selling over 173,000 copies in its first week. The Detroit rapper went on social media to the thank fans for giving him his first number one album.
Big Sean is featured in Vanity Fair this month, and he discussed Dark Sky Paradise and how he’s dealing with the passing of his grandmother. The rapper told Vanity Fair that he broke down crying when he album was released. “I just felt so emotional, I just fell to my knees, and I was praying. I was so thankful, and just crying. I felt like my grandmother was there with me,” Sean revealed. The rapper’s grandmother (Mildred V. Leonard), who he calls his hero, died on December 20, 2014. “She was the backbone of the family. She was born in West Virginia, and she came up from nothing. She was one of the first female black captains in World War II,” Sean stated.
Leonard died just days before Sean was scheduled to fly home so he could play her “One Man Can Change the World,” which is from his new album. The song features guest appearances from John Legend and Kanye West. “I always said that she deserved to have John Legend sing about her after a verse that I rapped about her. I’m happy that it turned out, and that I got to get her voice on the song. She’s a special person,” Sean told Vanity Fair. He added,”She’s seen Hitler and Obama in the same lifetime, and I just hope that one day I can make as big of an impact as she did.” The rapper’s last studio album, Finally Famous, was dropped four years ago. Sean said he has definitely grown up a lot since his last effort, and he’s happy that he has become a better man.
FDRMX Eyes: Alternative duo Karate Dancer has released their music video entitled “Main Roads.” Formed in 2014, Karate Dancer’s first EP will be released this month.