Monday night, Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy (right, above) rolled into Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the latest stop on histour in support of Thug Motivation 103: Hustlerz Ambition, his upcoming fourth studio LP (out September 20). He brought along a special guest, too: Freddie Gibbs (left, above), one of SPIN's favorite rising rappers, who recently inked with Jeezy's label, the Def Jamdistributed CTE (Corporate Thugz Entertainment). Together the duo rocked a packed house at the Orbit Room, and SPIN contributing photographer Joe Gall was on the scene.
"It was a real hip-hop show," he tells SPIN. "No gimmicks. They were keeping it real."
Alessandro Cortini tends to surround himself with darkness. The Italian producer is most infamous as a torturer of modular synths and other bleak electronics for Los Angeles’ most famous industrial-goths, Nine Inch Nails. His previous solo LP, Sonno, slinked out on Prurient’s Hospital Productions — a bastion of the crepuscular, if there ever was one. And… More »