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.
Big Sean & Jhene Aiko's New Joint Project "TWENTY88" Has Arrived
With the clock striking midnight, Big Sean & Jhene Aiko’s newly-announced self-titled joint effort, TWENTY88, was just made available for purchase on iTunes.
Big Sean & Jhene Aiko Reveal "Twenty88" Tracklist
After coming in hot with the steamy photoshoot for Flaunt magazine earlier this week, Big Sean and Jhene Aiko reveal the tracklist for Twenty88, their joint project due out tomorrow.
Big Sean & Jhene Aiko Cover Flaunt Magazine
Big Sean and Jhene Aiko appeared together on the latest cover of Flaunt Magazine to promote their joint project Twenty88, which will hit digital retailers (along with the accompanying short film) on April 1st. Click through the image gallery to check out pictures from the photoshoot. For the cover story they delved into the genesis of Twenty88, and their vision for the project. Here are a few excerpts: On why they wanted to make a joint project:
A$AP Ferg Shares Snippet Of Big Sean Collab "World Is Mine"
Last week, A$AP Ferg celebrated #TrapLordTuesdays by sharing a 15-second snippet of his ScHoolboy Q collab "Let it Bang". Two days later, he released the song in full.
Migos, Lil Yachty, Big Sean, Vic Mensa & Tyler The Creator Spotted Working With Kanye West On "Turbo Grafx 16"
Even though we’re only a few weeks removed from The Life Of Pablo, Kanye West is already working on its follow up, Turbo Grafx 16, which is slated to arrive this Summer. On Monday, Migos’ Quavo took to Instagram to stunt on the competition with a picture of him, Offset, Big Sean, Tyle The Creator, Lil Yachty, and Vic Mensa all in the studio working with Kanye West on his next album “Turbo,” as he wrote in the caption.
Big Sean & Jhene Aiko Form Duo TWENTY88, Project Dropping This Week
Big Sean and Jhene Aiko both retweeted videos posted by a brand new Twitter account called TWENTY88 tonight. The first clip shows both Sean and Aiko sitting in the backseat of a car, and the second shows Aiko being filmed by a robot while she's likely in the middle of intercourse (perhaps with Sean). pic.twitter.com/kcuIZD1unu
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 19)
Perhaps trying to match Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie from last week, Amber Rose freed the nipple in a censored Instagram post (she shared an uncensored version of the photo on Twitter). Rita Ora also got in on the shirtless action, as she shared some scantily clad photos of herself during her shoot for a lingerie brand.
Bryson Tiller Gets Key To City & His Own Holiday During Louisville Show
Yesterday was a big day for Bryson Tiller. In fact, the Trapsoul singer owned the day -- literally -- as the Louisville Metro Government officially anointed March 12 as "Bryson Tiller Day." In addition to getting his own holiday, Tiller was also given the key to the city of Louisville. It all went down last night during the final U.S. show on Tiller's "Trapsoul" tour, which, of course, took place in his hometown.
Metro Boomin Reveals He's Working On Music For Kendrick Lamar & Big Sean
Metro Boomin is riding the fast lane to hip hop ubiquity. He’s produced a number of top tracks over the past 18 months, and now has transcended into meme territory with the “if young Metro don’t trust you, I’m gon shoot you” ad-lib at the beginning of The Life Of Pablo’s “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1.”
Who Had The Better Verse: Kanye West Vs. Big Sean
As we continue to revel in the the season that is Yeezy, it's hard to not consider Kanye West’s body of work as a whole as nothing short of amazing.