Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
7 Times Rappers Trolled The World
Trolling is an art form as much as rapping, and some rappers are better at it than others. It has nothing to do with rapping proficiency. When Meek Mill tweeted out a fake Drake diss track last night, he exposed himself as someone for whom trolling does not come naturally. The best trolls go big or go home. In the words of Bunk Moreland, "The bigger the lie, the more they believe."
Album Covers From ASAP Rocky, Biggie & More Reinterpreted By Marvel
Marvel has already incorporated rap acts into their covers, working with Rae Sremmurd and Run The Jewels last year, but now they've given a couple of "classic" album covers the comic book treatment. Cover such as De La Soul's 3 Feet High And Rising, Ol' Dirty Bastard's 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version, The Notorious B.I.G.'s Ready To Die, 50 Cent's Get Rich Or Die Tryin', and A$AP Rocky's Long.Live.ASAP have now been reworked with classic Marvel characters, and there are plenty more to come.
Susan Sarandon Thanks ASAP Rocky & Action Bronson For "1 Train" Shout Out
Susan Sarandon may be 68 years old, but she's still got her ear to the streets-- it just takes her a couple of years to hear things. Apparently, Sarandon just took in ASAP Rocky's "1 Train," and one line in particular caught her attention; "You see us scramblin', sellin' Susan Sarandon/ The cloud of smoke like the Phantom."
15 Must-See Hip-Hop Documentaries
For those of you late in the game, after premiering this past winter at Sundance, the documentary “Fresh Dressed” is now available to the public. Directed by Sacha Jenkins, the film is an incredibly dope example of the multifaceted culture that is, hip-hop. The film maps the history of hip-hop in connection to fashion, all within the evolving framework of the Black community.
Iggy Azalea May Have Had Her Entire "Live Love A$AP" Tattoo Removed
Iggy Azalea first got "Live Love A$AP" tattooed on her fingers when she was rumored to be dating ASAP Rocky in 2011, but soon regretted it after the two parted ways. She's since done her best to cancel out the ink, first crossing out the "A$AP" portion, then removing the exed-out name entirely in December.
Ticket Giveaway: Win Tickets To PeterPalooza Featuring A$AP Rocky & Vic Mensa
Peter Rosenberg of HOT 97 puts on a event for his birthday, dubbed the Peterpalooza, annually in NYC. This year he's celebrating with #PeterPaloozaIV, and he's tapping some special guests to help him celebrate the day of his birth. A$AP Rocky, Vic Mensa, Bodega Bamz, Remy Banks and more will perform at the Best Buy Theatre on July 23rd for the fourth instalment of PeterPalooza. We're giving away one pair of tickets to one lucky winner, and it's very easy to win.
A$AP Rocky Shot A Short Film Starring Skepta & Novelist
In a recent interview with The Guardian, A$AP Rocky revealed that he just wrapped up shooting a short film starring UK grime artists Skepta and Novelist, London rap crew Piff Gang, and A.L.L.A. producer Danger Mouse. The film is produced by Flacko's in-house creative team AWGE and Michèle Lamy, wife of fashion designer Rick Owens.
ASAP Rocky: "The Rita Ora Thing Was Tasteless Of Me"
Despite the absence of a strong single, ASAP Rocky's sophomore album is a massive success. Greeted with mostly positive reviews, initial reactions generally praised the psychedelic production from Dangermouse, and the introduction of potential star, Joe Fox. However, one moment in particular made a lot of listeners uncomfortable, as Rocky seemed to attack Rita Ora by explicitly detailing an alleged sexual encounter with the singer on "Better Things".
A$AP Rocky & Wiz Khalifa Announce European Tour
Wiz Khalifa is touring all summer long with Fall Out Boy for his "Boys of the Zummer" tour. Once that wraps up, he'll continue his life on the road with another tour overseas, accompanied by Harlemite A$AP Rocky.
Charts Don't Lie: June 27
While next week should be more exciting, the last round of rap sales were pretty lacklustre. With ASAP Rocky's album dropping to number 12, it's the first week in some time with no hip hop or R&B in the top ten. The LPs we've seen selling all year are still hanging in, with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar all continuing to sell. Meanwhile, J. Cole has jumped up a few spots, showing that his LP, though released last year, still has some life left in it.Check out the full breakdown below.
ASAP Rocky Covers The Source
A$AP Rocky is having a big year. Not only did his sophomore album become his biggest success yet, he also landed a role in the new Sundance favorite, DOPE. The rapper will discuss both his musical endeavors and his budding acting career in the upcoming issue of The Source, covering this summer's issue.
Top 10 Hip-Hop Albums Of 2015 (So Far)
How the hell did we make it through fifty percent of 2015 already? June has seemingly crept up out of nowhere, marking the halfway checkpoint of a year that, so far, has been ripe with exceptional releases from some of hip-hop’s brightest emcees. Releases-- highly anticipated or dropped by surprise, some commercial mixtapes and some full albums -- have infused the year with some fun that surely help the time pass as we approach the new year.
Top 5 Miguel X Rapper Collabs
Miguel isn't the most prolific artist in R&B, but he's one of the most inimitable. As he's become an undeniable fashion icon and sex-symbol, he's still managed to evolve his sound with each subsequent record, sounding like the second-coming of Prince-- less dancey, but more sexy. He's an artist of his own breed, which is why we don't see him on features as much as most R&B artists, who get more hype off their guest appearances on rap albums than on their solo work.
Charts Don't Lie: June 6
After a few uneventful weeks on the charts, ASAP Rocky and Boosie Badazz brought some much-needed excitement with their strong debuts. Each a respective triumph, Rocky took the number one spot, while Boosie moved in comfortably at number 3. While it didn't qualify for the Billboard 200, it should also be noted that Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's SURF pulled in over 600,000 downloads on iTunes, making it (in some capacity) the biggest release of the week.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (May 30 - June 5)
This week, we finally got the XXL Freshman class, reveled in the glory of Surf, and even got a new Lil Wayne track. As always, things were popping on Twitter, with poems, playlists, boycotts of restaurants and rumors of joint mixtapes with classic rockers being shared left and right from your favorite rappers. Read on to catch the best tweets of the week.
ASAP Rocky Announces "Cozy Tapes Vol. 1," Says Rod Stewart Tape Was A Joke
ASAP Rocky's joke about a potential collaborative mixtape with Rod Stewart was misinterpreted as an actual announcement yesterday, with many publications running with the story. The quote came from an interview with Vulture, in which he said "Me and Rod Stewart have a mixtape coming out. It’s called Born to Be Pretty and it’s definitely a panty-dropper. Droppin’ this summer.
Top 5 Lil Wayne Verses Of 2015
Lil Wayne has had a tougher year than anyone. Carter V has officially reached Detox status, and though he's promised the Free Weezy Album, we're not waiting up at night for that either. The sad part is, none of it seems to be his fault. Today, however, we got "Glory," a brand new Weezy single, premiered exclusively on TIDAL.
ASAP Rocky's "A.L.L.A." & Boosie's "Touch Down 2 Cause Hell" First Week Sales
ASAP Rocky's first album arrived after "Fuckin' Problems," still the rapper's biggest single to date, so when A.L.L.A. was designed as a vessel devoid of hits, big numbers were not necessarily expected.Nevertheless, Rocky's Dangerdoom and Yams-helmed sophomore effort has moved a considerable number of copies, selling 116,131 units in traditional sales and 143,483 with streams. We should see him make a number one debut on this week's Billboard 200.
Analyzing "To Pimp A Butterfly" Against "At.Long.Last.A$AP"
The year 2015 is proving to be a landmark year for hip-hop, with seemingly every week having at least one noteworthy release. Perhaps most appealing to onlookers of the genre is the budding growth of some of the best emcees this generation has to offer.