Big Sean Donates $25,000 To Wayne State University Homelessness Program
As he's settled into superstardom, Big Sean has made a constant effort to give back to his hometown of Detroit. Last year, he founded his Detroit-based nonprofit, the Sean Anderson Foundation, designed to help the disadvantaged youth of his city with initiatives in the realms of education, healthcare, and the arts. Through his foundation, he was recently able to donate a sum of $25,000 to Wayne State University, located in the Midtown district, for its Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which is devoted to eliminating college student homelessness.
Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Kanye West's "Champions" To Hit iTunes Tonight As 1st "Cruel Winter" Single
UPDATE: Kanye West's "Champions" single has arrived in the US iTunes store. Find it here.
Top Tracks: May 30 - June 5
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory. At the top we've got DJ Khaled, who's collaborated with more of rap's A- B- and C-listers in his career than arguably anyone else, and who's accompanied by Drake.
Summer Jam 2016 Recap
“SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: A storm is expected to hit between 6:00pm – 7:30pm. For your safety, please seek shelter in your vehicles.” Thus began Summer Jam 2016.
Summer Jam Festival Village Stage Cancelled Due To Weather, Main Stage Performances Still Happening
It seems like there couldn't be a worse weekend for Governors Ball and Summer Jam to take place, as storm warnings has forced organizers of both festivals to cancel portions of their events. While Gov Ball's Sunday performances have been cancelled entirely, HOT 97's annual show will go on as planned, though the outdoor Festival Village stage that was to host performances prior to the main event will no longer be taking place.
Kanye West Joins Big Sean At Powerhouse 2016, Performs "Champions" For The First Time
If you're looking to make an impression at the always-stacked Powerhouse festival, you should have a big surprise planned. Big Sean definitely came out with the most memorable set at Friday night's show, bringing out his GOOD Music mentor, Kanye West, to do a medley of hits.
Top 5 G.O.O.D. Music Posse Cuts
Today has proved to be VERY HOTTTTT across the board, but at the top of the list, (if you checked our -definitive- ranking on the homepage) is Kanye West's new single for Cruel Winter, which just so happens to be a posse cut featuring G.O.O.D. Music artists and beyond.
DJ Khaled Says "Major Key" Will Feature Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay Z & Many More
As the rap world was still processing the surprise Cruel Winter super-collab from Kanye West, six of the game's top emcees, and Desiigner, DJ Khaled went live on Beats 1 to remind fans that summer's here and that the season is his for the taking. With the help of Zane Lowe, Khaled just shared the first single off his upcoming album, Major Key. It's titled "F*ck Me For Free," or "for radio purposes, "For Free." The song is a loose, breezy party anthem from Drake and is produced by the OVO team of Nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman.
Snippet Of A New Kanye West Verse Surfaces From Big Sean Studio Session
It looks like Pusha T isn’t the only G.O.O.D Music member working on new music at the moment. On Tuesday night, Kanye West & Big Sean were spotted in the studio together cooking up some new heat. Footage first surfaced of the two in the lab through Sean’s snapchat story, and thankfully that footage has since been ripped for our online viewing (See below).
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 30)
Though Beyonce's LEMONADE had the internet coming for Jay Z, he still has enough clout for everyone who showed up to DJ Khaled's opening slot on the FORMATION tour to pose for a photo with the New York legend, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Khaled himself (who's now being managed by the mogul). Outside of that, we saw Drake nimbly avoid an out of bounds ball at a recent NBA game, which promptly turned into its very own meme, as well as a series of selfies with the 6 Mom, Sandy Graham.
Charts Don't Lie: April 13
With four new albums in the top 5, the Billboard 200 shifted considerably this week. Kanye West takes the #1 spot as Billboard finally tallies up his streams and sales, after the rapper made the The Life of Pablo available on all streaming platforms, meanwhile, Big Sean & Jhene Aiko's Twenty88 project lands impressively at the #5 spot. Albums by Lukas Graham and Weezer also infiltrate into the top 10, but that's for another website.
Big Sean & Jhene Aiko Release TWENTY88 Short Film "Out Of Love"
A week after Big Sean & Jhene Aiko dropped off their joint effort TWENTY88, the two decide follow it up with a 15-minute short film today called “Out Of Love,” which is comprised of several records off the album. Released exclusively on TIDAL, the Lawrence Lamont-directed clip finds the two showing off their chemistry while portraying adult film stars of the future. They attend the XXX adult film awards and hit the bedroom for some intimate scenes while the camera rolls.
Pusha T & G.O.O.D. Music, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug & More Announced For Summer Jam's Stadium Stage
Earlier in the week, Hot 97 shared the line-up for their festival stage, which serves as a smaller outdoor stage that warms up fans before they head inside the MetLife Stadium for the rest of the night.
Review: Big Sean & Jhené Aiko's "TWENTY88"
Last year's Dark Sky Paradise was a big step up for Big Sean. He culled his finest crop of beats yet, finessed natural-sounding collabs out of some of the biggest artists around, and most importantly, finally let go of his goofiest lyrical impulses in favor of more mature songwriting that still didn't sacrifice any of his characteristic charm. It was a promising first step on the path to becoming a true "album artist"-- not just a motormouthed guest verse wild card-- and one that made an even better follow-up seem inevitable.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Jhene Aiko May Not Be Married To Dot Da Genius After All
Last month, Jhene Aiko celebrated her 28th birthday by confirming to the public that she and producer Dot Da Genius were secretly married, but is it really true? Some of you might’ve been just as confused as we were when you saw the chemistry between Jhene & Big Sean lately for their joint effort TWENTY88.
Big Sean Covers XXL's Spring 2016 Issue
Big Sean shows up on the newly unveiled cover of XXL magazine's Spring 2016 issue behind a headline that reads "Big Sean >> Rap Star Status." Sean is the latest "rap star," a title with which XXL will attempt to anoint Sean in its forthcoming cover story, to grace the front of XXL, following Kendrick Lamar's appearance on the Winter 2015 issue. The new Spring issue will hit newsstands on April 19.
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3
Although they haven't rapped on a track with each other since 2009's "Forever," Drake and Kanye West are usually placed side-by-side in the upper echelon of hip hop's current stars, the ones who have the potential to "break the internet" when they drop surprise material.
Here Are The First Week Sales Projections For Big Sean & Jhene Aiko's "TWENTY88"
Big Sean and Jhene Aiko recently revealed that they've been working on a collaborative project together, and on Friday, TWENTY88, the final product of their sessions was officially released. While it's currently exclusive to Tidal in terms of streaming, the album is also available for purchase, and we now have the initial sales projections for the effort.