Main

6 Times Hannibal Buress Blended Hip-Hop & Comedy

Hannibal Buress is planning on crossing over to music with a new album.

Popular stand up comic Hannibal Buress is planning on crossing over to music with a new album, according to his DJ and friend. Buress will team up with his Handsome Rambler podcast co-host DJ Tony Trimm for a new record with original songs (as opposed to his standup albums). Details are scarce at the moment, but it is expected to be released later on in the year.

“We already have a few [songs] in mind,” DJ Tony Trimm said in an interview, announcing the project. “We already have half of a Juke song. It’s just a matter of sitting down and crafting it.”

Trimm, who will be handling the production, said they are trying to create a “quality album” but also said it would feature Buress’s sense of humor.

While Trimm didn’t explicitly say it will be a full-fledged hip-hop record, it’s likely he will be mostly be rapping on the project if his past is any indicator. Here are some of Hannibal’s most hip-hop moments of his career:

1. That time Hannibal went to a Riff Raff show

On one of Hannibal’s best bits from his Live From Chicago stand up special, he addresses one of hip-hop’s most significant crimes – rappers performing over their vocals. In the bit, the Chicago-born comedian describes attending a RiFF RAFF show in Montreal – he also clarifies, he too had a show in Montreal.

“His DJ just played his music with the vocals, and he was just up there with a beer, chilling, listening to his songs,” Buress says in the joke. “And every now and then he’d come in, say two words and he’d go back. He got paid to vibe out to his own music on stage, which is good work if you can get it.”

He closes out the bit out by practicing RiFF RAFF’s technique for his own jokes. He has DJ Tony Trimm play a recording of a joke, during which he paces the stage and throws in some ad-libs, like Jody Highroller himself.

2. Hannibal’s bromance with Chance the Rapper

Hannibal Buress is one of the top comics from the  Chicago scene, so it makes sense that he’s bonded with one of the city’s best young rappers. Back in 2013, when the two were starting to emerge nationally as some of the most exciting performers in the respective fields, Hannibal and Chance collaborated on the rapper’s music video for “NaNa.” Before the release of Acid Rap, a YouTube account called JASH gave Chance and Buress $5,000 to make a music video.

Instead of spending the money on sets or props, Chance and Hannibal shot “NaNa” guerilla style and kept the money. In the clip, the two explore Chicago, eat deep dish pizza and go chain shopping. (A young Donald Glover/Childish Gambino makes a brief cameo and snags a slice of pizza as well.)

Since then, Chance and Hannibal have become good friends and have worked together several times. Hannibal has also appeared on Chance and Jeremih’s Merry Christmas Lil’ Mama mixtape and the Re-Wrapped second disc.

3. Hannibal gives life advice with Open Mike Eagle

Hannibal Buress first met indie rapper Open Mike Eagle at Southern Illinois University, where Mike was Hannibal’s resident advisor. The two built a friendship that would eventually lead to Mike giving the comedian his first rap feature. Hannibal drops a comically clunky 16 on Open Mike’s “Doug Stamper,” off of his excellent 2014 LP, Dark Comedy.

On the verse, Buress gives life advice about proper hygiene (“Wash your hands when you touch your little dirty dick”), not paying for porn site memberships (though he encourages you to pay for his comedy), and good dietary habits (“Eat your fruit fiber bitch or get constipated”).

4. Handsome Rambler’s best hip-hop guests

The Handsome Rambler podcast is an endlessly entertaining listen, from Buress’s hilarious non-sequiturs to the duo’s advertisements in the form of a heavily autotuned, improvised songs. The duo have also had some in-depth chats with excellent hip-hop artists including Run the Jewels, Jean Grae, Saba, The Cool Kids, DJ Premier and several others.

5. The time Hannibal pissed off JAY-Z and Beyoncé

Coolest thing I did yesterday

A post shared by Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) on

Forging friendships with some of Chicago’s most well-known and well-connected rappers has benefited Buress in many ways. One of the most notable benefits of his friendships with Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa is getting the opportunity to meet Beyoncé and JAY-Z.

While at a Vic Mensa album release party, Hannibal took a photo of Vic, Chance, JAY-Z, and Beyoncé, who were all posing for photographers. While attempting to take the picture, JAY-Z told him to be cool, Buress explained in a clip for a digitally animated series called Storyville.

“The situation with a club is that it’s too loud to say what you want to say. Like, ‘nah, I don’t want to be cool,” Buress said in the clip. “This is a great picture. This is two friends of mine from Chicago doing well, and they’re hanging out with you, one of the biggest rappers in the world and your wife, one of the biggest stars in the world. I’m not gonna be cool.’”

“But I couldn’t say that because it was too loud,” Buress continued. “It would have been weird to yell that at JAY-Z. So I just took it… In my picture, you can see Beyoncé angrily pointing at me.”

6. Hannibal trades bars with indie rap’s power couple

Two of underground hip-hop’s most respected veterans Jean Grae and Quelle Chris announced in December 2017 that they were engaged. A month later, the two announced a collaborative LP, titled Everything’s Fine, and they released a single called “OhSh” featuring the lyrical stylings of none other than Hannibal Buress.

Buress’s appearance on “OhSh” is less laugh-out-loud funny than his verse on the previously mentioned Open Mike Eagle song, but his choppy flow sounds more at home on the trippy Quelle Chris beat.

“I ain’t got no fur coat, but I got a bookbag fulla Merlot,” Buress raps on the song. “I’m lyin, I ain’t got no f—— Merlot. I drink whiskey, but I do want a fur coat.”

Related Articles
Main

Is No Jumper Good for the Culture?

The problem with No Jumper is that it introduces its guests based on character instead of music.

During 2016-2017, the podcast No Jumper became the definitive source for finding up-and-coming rappers on the internet. The podcast, filmed to be YouTube friendly, began creeping into the suggestions of every hip-hop head searching for music videos and interviews on the platform. No Jumper’s claim to fame was catching hip-hop artists right before they blew up by purposely hunting for “SoundCloud rappers” who showed potential, but the podcast quickly turned the tables and became the most sought out platform for establishing a career in the hip-hop industry.

Thus, No Jumper’s creator and owner of Los Angeles BMX shop & brand ONSOMESHIT, Adam22, solidified himself as one of the major gatekeepers of new rap.

His most notable guest from early on in the podcast was XXXTentacion; a social media phenomenon turned rapper who got his name from bloated SoundCloud plays, beef with Drake, and a series of violent criminal accusations. Adam got XXXTentacion on No Jumper at the exact second he blew up, which in turn blew up the podcast. It was after this interview that artists began flocking to the ONSOMESHIT store and the No Jumper YouTube page—but like XXX, No Jumper’s rise to fame was born out of controversy.

 
The first controversial video clip featuring Adam22 was in the LA news, where the BMX mogul defended his crew for using homeless people as props for bike tricks on Skid Row. Adam posted this news clip to his BMX Youtube channel in 2014. Since then, he has fully embraced his controversial character. Vlogs of him using drugs, shooting porn, and doing “hood stuff,” are some of the many activities featured on No Jumper’s Youtube page, and virtually every woman interviewed on the podcast is a pornstar.

Adam sometimes vlogs during the functions he attends, where he scouts out people to have sex with him and his girlfriend—basically, acting as a talent scout for amateur porn. The host can be seen asking any decently attractive girl if they are of age, and continually jokes that No Jumper is “out here respecting these women.” But aside from his raunchy, and sexist vlogs, Adam is a pretty decent interviewer, stretching his questions into casual conversation and making his guests feel comfortable in the back of his bike shop where the interviews take place. Guests can smoke, drink, and pretty much do whatever during the 45 minute to sometimes 2 hour long conversations.

While the opinions of commentators fluctuate on all of No Jumper’s videos, Adam got the most shit early on from hanging out with Floridian trap prodigy Lil Pump. Lil Pump Jet Ski was 16 when he started seeing significant success in the rap industry, which typically goes hand in hand with drugs, sex, and partying. Adam was hanging out with Lil Pump and even put him on the debut “No Jumper Tour” super early on in the rapper’s career. He admits to inadvertently condoning the 16-year-olds use of Xanax, Lean, and mountainous piles of weed, but for No Jumper’s advanced level of apathy, this is nothing. Pump would obviously be doing all of this without Adam22 present (I mean come on it’s Pump) but his being there didn’t help the podcast’s image, mainly because the host loves to joke about hip-hop’s infatuation with these drugs.

Adam joked about Fredo Santana’s “lean gut” before the 27-year-old rapper tragically passed away this January, presumably from complications brought about by a history of abusing the drug. Of course, the No Jumper host could have never known the rapper would meet this fate, but it’s a perfect example of No Jumper’s general immaturity and lack of professionalism. Ironically, this is probably what most of his fans crave.

No Jumper is rooted in edginess, which attracts a plethora of artists who feel they can be themselves in the relaxed, non-judgmental environment of ONSOMESHIT’s storage space. But now it’s become more than an underground YouTube channel. Big names like Hopsin, Tech N9ne, and Action Bronson have begun appearing on the show. Adam was even featured in a Rolling Stone article, citing him as “hip-hop’s underground tastemaker.”

This is where shit gets sticky. Is this really what the culture wants?

If you enjoy hearing about what rappers have to say you’ve probably been watching/listening to Sway, Hot97, and the Breakfast Club for years. It was perhaps time for a fresh voice to enter the scene and break down hip-hop’s evolution to SoundCloud rap, mumble rap, cloud rap and the overall weirdness that’s flooding into the mainstream. No Jumper is perfect for this. Adam has put so many young rappers on who would have otherwise been overlooked in the sea of people creating and releasing music. In fact, I’ve found some of my favorite new rappers through the podcast. And who else would interview 12-year-old rapper Matt Ox with no questions asked?

 
The problem with No Jumper is that it introduces its guests based on character instead of music.

Adam even said in his questionnaire with Rolling Stone, “Rap is really about character-building more than anything. I always compare it to wrestling – that’s cliché, but it’s true. You see people all the time who get way more popular because they go to jail. They get way more popular ’cause they beat somebody’s ass or kill somebody – or people think they might have killed somebody.” While this may be the unfortunate truth of the artists behind modern rap music, it says nothing about the music, and it indeed seems as if the music is secondary on No Jumper.

Adam is too infatuated with the “lifestyle” of hip-hop, which perpetuates the stereotypes that rappers do drugs and love violence while distracting from the music that these people put their heart and souls into producing. Even if a song includes lyrics about killing people, that’s not the point; the point is that it’s a song. No matter how ‘lyrical’ a rapper is, once the character becomes more important than music, the songs are going to be trash. Not once has Adam22 asked a guest to rap on his show, or even played snippets of their music as a means of introducing them. This is perhaps a contributor to hip hop’s devolution, and also why XXL Magazine let us all down with their mostly subpar 2017 freshman class.

So when Rolling Stone calls Adam22 hip hop’s newest “tastemaker,” I would take that with a grain of salt. Adam22 cares about hip-hop like Lil Pump cares about throwing ones in the strip club; it’s all about what it looks like on camera. But, if you haven’t already go out and watch some No Jumper interviews. Just make sure you listen to the rappers that it’s promoting because while it’s interesting to learn more about the people behind the music, quality hip hop will always put the music first.

Continue Reading
Main

#Premiere: Brooklyn’s Own Corey St. Rose Drops “No Time” & Announces Documentary

We can expect new music and visuals from Corey this year, as well as an EP in 2019.

Yes, it’s Valentines Day–but, not everyone is wrapped up with celebrating a day of romance. For those who are in their bag all 2018, Brooklyn’s own Corey St. Rose drops a new single entitled “No Time.”

“I ain’t got no time for love,” the rapper tells AAHH. Fresh off his latest project, Vibes, Corey is focused on staying persistent this year with releasing new music. The 20-year old started rapping in his mid-teen years with six of his friends in his basement. After telling his dad that music is something he wants to pursue, they’d rebuilt the basement into a studio.

“I started making beats first, then rapping,” he says. “We all started from the basement.” Being trapped in the studio, he embedded his focus on rap. Corey didn’t realize until going to college that rapping was more than just a hobby.

“College develops you. Honestly, college developed me to be like ‘nah, life is not a game,’” says Corey. He took breaks during semesters to focus on music, which was when he released Vibes, but decided to go back to get his degree in marketing while chasing his dream.

His energy and personality matches the music perfectly. I can tell you guys that Corey St. Rose is here to stay and plans on leaving a mark in the rap game. Corey explains his versatility: “I like to rap about things people can relate to. I don’t go to the studio and be like – ‘let me just [rap] about designer shit all day.’ I could do that, but most of the time I try to hit home with some real stuff. I think I make music that hits different emotions. I can make you think; I can make you turn up or feel sad.”

We can expect new music and visuals from Corey this year, as well as an EP in 2019. He also announces a documentary in the works entitled No Time, which is based on the single and about his upbringing in East New York.

But for now listen to his new single and let us know what you think!Stream “No Time,” below.

Continue Reading
Main

Michael Blackson, Clifton Powell, & Omar Gooding Star in New Film, “Ea$y Money”

Producer Jason Henderson–alongside Bay Area Producer Sam Bostic–bring the highly-anticipated new Action/Adventure, Ea$y Money starring comedian Michael Blackson, actor Omar…

Producer Jason Henderson–alongside Bay Area Producer Sam Bostic–bring the highly-anticipated new Action/Adventure, Ea$y Money starring comedian Michael Blackson, actor Omar Gooding (of Baby Boy fame), and more, to all DVD and streaming platforms. There are also cameos from numerous recording artists and athletes, who appear throughout the film.

Shot on location in Las Vegas and Sacramento, the film follows brothers K.C. and Jojo (no connection to Jodeci) who assume they’ve found “easy money” after discovering a stash of credit cards. However, they quickly learn the deadly downside a life of luxury can have as they find themselves knee-deep in trouble from both sides of the law.

Up-and-coming East Oakland group Black Collar Hustlaz (best known for their hit, “Bandz”), also make an appearance in the film. They also have a single entitled “Million Bucks” that appears on the soundtrack.

 
See the official trailer for Ea$y Money below via ITN/Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/eOne. Follow the film on Instagram.

Continue Reading
Main

Smokepurpp Has Dropped Two Dope Music Videos in Five Days

It appears that 20-year-old South Florida rapper and Soundcloud (rap) pioneer Smokepurpp is a fan of horror films. The Deadstar…

It appears that 20-year-old South Florida rapper and Soundcloud (rap) pioneer Smokepurpp is a fan of horror films. The Deadstar sensation, signed to Cactus Jack Records as of last fall, has dropped two stellar music videos in less than a week, both of which feature some genuinely unsettling imagery.

The first set of visuals was released last Friday to accompany Purpp’s newest single, “Geek A Lot.” In addition to lethargic hi-hats and throttling bass, the track features an urgent siren effect that brings to mind an alarm for an incoming nuclear missile.

The music video opens with an after school film preaching the values of the traditional American family dinner. Once the song kicks in, the viewer alternates between a young Purpp dancing on the dinner table between his squabbling parents and current Purpp throwing around pills like they’re going out of style. There are also some quick cuts to crudely animated sequences of a ghoul-like Purpp ascending from a bloody coffin without eyeballs.

The iconography of these shots is undeniably chilling and harkens to the disturbing tone of meme videos one can find deep on 4chan. After a brief intermission of eggs frying on the stove and a warning from the narrator that drugs are, in fact, bad, the song kicks back in and we see a drugged-out Purpp performing with an ensemble of zombie women. The highlight of the video, believe it or not, is the credit sequence. To the tune of an upsetting, high-pitched ring, we watch as the animated Purpp floats above his coffin, ostensibly taking our souls through the screen.

 

The second video, released on Wednesday, February 7, accompanies Purpp and Travis Scott on “Fingers Blue,” one of the lead singles from Deadstar. Slow, nightmarish keys lurk beneath characteristically muddy bass as Purpp and Travis lament the injuries they sustain while they count out the deads. The Cactus Jack duo shows up at Purpp’s grandmother’s house to use her VHS player and fails to notice that the old woman is cooking up a smoky blue concoction of death on the stove.

The first half of the visuals is pretty standard, showing Purpp and Travis throw around bills as practically naked women grind all up in their business. Halfway through, however, Grandma gets fed up with the antics and unleashes a crew of homicidal, undead women on the boys. The final ninety seconds is a masterfully edited and heavily layered sequence of horrific, ghastly images. The tone does not remain dark for long, though; as the nightmare ends, Purpp gives Travis a knowing half-smile that indicates to the audience just how much fun the young rapper is having with these videos.

Continue Reading
More in Main
“Flower Boy” Should Have Won Best Rap Album

Allow me to begin with the obvious: I have nothing but love for K. Dot and I cannot think of...

Close