Top 7 Features On "SURF"
SURF finally came and it is going to be the soundtrack of everyone’s summer. The super-chill collaborative effort by Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment not only makes a serious case for 2015’s most valuable hip-hop album to date thus far, thanks to Chance the Rapper and the rest of DT & TSE, but it has some serious cameos that add to the fun.
Review: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's "SURF"
After a long wait, SURF is finally here. The debut LP from The Social Experiment (aka SOX) is billed as Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment despite the fact that the band’s biggest star is obviously Chance The Rapper. The album features, although they aren’t listed on the iTunes version of the free album, the likes of J. Cole, Big Sean, B.o.B, Busta Rhymes, and tons more, making SURF one of the year’s most star-studded affairs.
Top Tracks Of The Week: May 25- May 31
10) 50 Cent ft. Jeremih, 2 Chainz and T.I. – Get Low Like all of 50’s recent stabs at radio play, this single fell off fast. “Get Low” dropped eight spots from its first-week appearance at number two, landing at the bottom end of our top ten. 9) Jeezy ft. Rich Homie Quan – I Might
10 Essential RL Grime Tracks
For the better part of the past three years, "trap" has referred to much more than the music of Young Jeezy, T.I., Gucci Mane, etc. Beats like Baauer's "Harlem Shake" and RL Grime's remix to Kanye West's "Mercy" have ignited dance-floors and festivals using the same label to describe their sound.
Chelsea Celebrate Premier League Title By Singing O.T. Genasis' "CoCo"
Chelsea locked up a Premier League championship today with a 3-1 victory of Sunderland. They followed up a trophy-raising celebration on the pitch with a champagne-soaked, hip hop-infused locker room fiesta. Things starting off with Big Sean's I.D.F.W.U." before proceeding to O.T Genasis' eternal banger "CoCo." The "CoCo" portion of the festivities comprised of a raucous teamwide sing-a-long as Didier Drogba sprayed his teammates with champagne. Once again O.T. Genasis provides the soundtrack to another good-ass time.
BET Awards Announce 2015 Nominees
The 2015 BET Awards go down on Sunday, June 28th, and today, we've got the full list of nominees. Check out the hip hop-related ones below, and the full thing here. Best female R&B/Pop artist BeyonceJanelle MonaeJhene AikoCiaraRihanna Best male R&B/Pop artist Chris Brown Trey SongzThe WeekndAugust AlsinaUsherJohn Legend
Rap Industry Recap: April
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.
Lyrics On Big Sean's "Stay Down" Rumored To Play Part In Break-Up With Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande and Big Sean's break-up is going to be a source of fodder for at least another week, so hopefully you're not sick of it just yet. After reports circulated yesterday that Justin Bieber getting too grabby with Ariana played a part in her break-up with Big Sean (apparently it was a calculated move on Ariana's behalf), now more rumors have surfaced detailing where Big Sean went wrong.
Ariana Grande May Have Used Justin Bieber To Make Big Sean Jealous
While Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber's handsy performance in L.A. was dismissed as friendly showmanship at the time, it only preceded Grande's break-up with Big Sean by about a week, suggesting that the stunt may have meant a little more than the singer made it seem.
Big Sean & Ariana Grande Have Reportedly Broken Up
Well, Ariana Grande's dad didn't actually respond to Big Sean's "I give her that D" comment yesterday, but the couple still seems to have had their fair share of problems. Us Weekly reports that they've broken up.
Charts Don't Lie: April 11
This week is an exciting not only due to a lot of movement in the chart, but the fact that four rap albums take up the top spots on the Billboard 200. Yes, one happens to be a soundtrack, but seeing that the tracklist is made up almost entirely of hip-hop and RnB, it's hard to see it any other way. This also happens to be the first week since it's release that Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly hasn't occupied the number one spot, being ousted by Wale's The Album About Nothing.
Drake's OVO Fest Will Not Receive Government Funding
In 2014, the Canadian government awarded Drake's OVO Fest $300,000, but, this year, it looks like funding for the Toronto festival will have to come out of OVO's pockets. Celebrate Ontario, the organization that awards grants to events like OVO Fest, just released its schedule of events, and the finances allocated to each, and Drake's two-day concert in downtown Toronto wasn't included on the list.
Princeton Students Have Started A Petition To Stop A Big Sean Performance
Big Sean's "IDFWU" may have earned the rapper his highest chart placement yet, but it could also be the reason he's barred from performing at Princeton University as part of its annual Lawnparties event. A promo clip for the show, which featured the song prominently, raised red flags among students, who have now opened a petition to stop the rapper from performing at the school.
Justin Bieber Gets Handsy With Ariana Grande Onstage, Big Sean Reacts
Last night, Ariana Grande took her "Honeymoon Tour" to L.A., and brought out Justin Bieber to do "Love Me Harder" and "As Long As You Love Me." Over the course of his two-song appearance, the young pop star couldn't keep his hands off Grande, who you'll remember is currently dating Big Sean. In a since-deleted tweet (view it in the gallery above), Sean wrote "“This kid is about to learn not to touch my girl like that. Beliebe that.” Watch videos of the Biebs groping Grande below.
Summer Jam 2015 Lineup Revealed, Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Big Sean & More
It's that time of year again! Ahead of the June 7th festival, Summer Jam has announced its 2015 lineup. The stadium stage will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous & Friends, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign & Friends, Omarion and Childish Gambino. Peforming on the festival stage out in the parking lot will be Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor.
Big Sean Has A BAPE Collaboration Dropping Next Month
Big Sean is currently in Japan for two tour dates in support of his latest album Dark Sky Paradise. Sean will perform in Tokyo tonight and tomorrow night, though it appears he's been making some business moves during his trip as well. Sean Don just announced an upcoming collaboration with the Japanese clothing brand BAPE, or A Bathing Ape, which he says will drop next month.
Big Sean Says Lil Wayne Told Him He'll Be "One Of The Greats"
One of the highlights on Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise was "Deep", a DJ Mustard-produced collaboration with Lil Wayne. On the song, Wayne raps, "I feel like Sean, don't get enough shine / Is it because he ain't got the tattoos? He ain't throwing up signs? / Well, let me throw up mine".
Watch Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd & Raury's Sets From The mtvU Woodie Awards
In addition to a ridiculous amount of concerts and showcases, MTV's annual Woodie Awards show went down in Austin, Texas this week during SXSW. Performing at the event were Big Sean, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Action Bronson, Raury, and a few others and today, MTV's made a few of the shows streamable. Check out some live recordings of Sean, Sremmurd and Raury below.
VERY HOTTTTT: Music Video Recap
Despite the fact you'll rarely catch them on MTV, music videos are more prevalent than ever, especially in rap. With the ability to film visuals for easily and without great expense, it's no longer out of the question for a rapper to film a video for each and every song on their mixtape. With that being said, there's a whole lot more to wade through, so we've decided to go through them and pick some of the best videos of the new year.
Drake Announces OVO Fest With J. Cole, Big Sean & More
Drake's been running his city for some time, and with that comes the responsibility of putting on an annual festival with some of the hottest rappers in the game, Drake included. With summer approaching, Drizzy took to twitter to reveal some of the guests that'll appear at the sixth annual OVO Fest, going down this summer in Toronto.