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$AP"
The year 2015 is proving to be a landmark year for hip-hop, with seemingly every week having at least one noteworthy release. Perhaps most appealing to onlookers of the genre is the budding growth of some of the best emcees this generation has to offer.
A$AP Rocky Is Finishing A$AP Yams' Album
In a recent interview with Charlie Sloth of BBC 1xtra, A$AP Rocky revealed that he's working on finishing up the album started by his late business partner A$AP Yams. "Yams started an album before he passed and he left his notebooks and blueprints and I'm just picking where he left up," Rocky told Sloth. "Because me and him were gonna do the album together. He was working on a crazy album. I'm letting people know that if I do something good, the next thing I do will be have to be great."
A$AP Rocky Says He Wanted To Re-Do His Verse On "M'$" After Hearing Lil Wayne's
A$AP Rocky and his label took the reigns on an album leak when they decided to release A.L.L.A. a week before it's due date. The final tracklist showed off a few familiar names, like Kanye West and Lil Wayne, and a few that were unfamiliar, like Joe Fox. Our host Baker sat down with Rocky to discuss the album last night, and dig deeper into three specific tracks: "Canal St.," "Jukebox Joints" and "M'$."
Samples Of The Week: A$AP Rocky Edition
It's been a while since we've done a Samples Of The Week, but when we have one of the most sample-heavy albums in recent memory on the docket this week, it's too good to pass up. A$AP Rocky's lengthy A.L.L.A. contains samples on over half of its tracks, and today we're here to break down every single one.
Q&A With A$AP Rocky's "A.L.L.A." Co-Executive Producer Hector Delgado
As physical copies of albums become more and more elusive, and the younger generation turns to iTunes or Spotify to cop/stream new albums, we're missing out on a fundamental element to that very first listen of a new LP-- opening up the packing and looking through the liner notes with a fine tooth comb. An album's liner notes often reveal surprising facts about the creation of the project, from background vocals to the engineers to the producers.
Review: A$AP Rocky's "A.L.L.A."
A$AP Rocky’s relatively short career in the rap game has been one filled with high praise.
Places & Faces Referenced On ASAP Rocky's "A.L.L.A."
After his debut album, Live.Long.A$AP, ASAP Rocky went quiet for awhile-- music-wise, that is. In the interim between L.L.A. and A.L.L.A., Rocky rose atop the fashion world and romanced some very high-profile celebrities. He didn't forget the music, though, and A.L.L.A. is certainly his most ambitious project yet.
First Week Sales Projections For A$AP Rocky & Boosie Badazz
After a few weeks without albums from big stars, we had two drop this week, with A$AP Rocky's A.L.L.A. and Boosie Badazz's long-awaited Touch Down 2 Cause Hell both arriving yesterday. Today, we get their first week sales projections from Hits Daily Double.
ASAP Rocky Addresses Rita Ora Lyrics On "A.L.L.A."
ASAP Rocky just released his sophomore album, A.L.L.A., earlier this week, and within the first few hours of it being available, people were already talking about a verse on a song called "Better Things," which targeted Rita Ora.
Stream ASAP Rocky's Sophomore Album "At.Long.Last.A$AP"
ASAP Rocky decided to surprise his fans Monday night and release his highly anticipated sophomore album, At.Long.Last.ASAP, a week earlier than the expected June 2 release date.
ASAP Rocky To Release "At.Long.Last.ASAP" At Midnight Tonight
Well here’s some great news to close out your Memorial Day holiday. A$AP Rocky just announced that his sophomore album, At.Long.Last.ASAP, will officially be dropping at midnight tonight!
This ASAP Mob T-Shirt Is Pissing Off Memorial Day Shoppers
ASAP Rocky and his crew have managed to anger Pac Sun shoppers this weekend, and it's all stemming from a t-shirt. A graphic tee that displays an upside-down American flag has been making the rounds on Facebook after the brand posted a photo of their store display over the weekend.
ASAP Rocky Turned His Instagram Profile Into One Huge Art Piece
ASAP Rocky has been on absolute fire recently.