Top Tracks: October 10 - October 16
Last week gave us Gucci Mane's second album of the year, Woptober, The Game's 1992, and Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge (aka NxWorries)' Yes Lawd!, and we've still got projects from D.R.A.M., Joe Budden, Common, and Jeezy dropping soon, but it feels like it's been a while since any major releases have arrived.
19 Rappers Rapping Before The Fame
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits. These clips are not pretty, but grainier is almost better -- intense pixellation gives these videos the character of artifacts rather than modern footage, even if they are only a few years old.
Big Sean Spotted In Studio With Future & 2 Chainz
From the looks of things, Big Sean will soon release his fourth studio album. At the end of August, he revealed that he had enlisted the ears of Rick Rubin as well as Jay Z to get an early listen of the album, which he said was "almost ready." This weekend, he allowed the project to be heard by two more A-listers, Future and 2 Chainz.
Drake Brings Out Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Big Sean, & French Montana In L.A.
Drake added to the absurd list of rappers, singers, and athletes he's brought out over the course of the Summer Sixteen tour. Thursday night, during the last of three concerts, at Inglewood's Los Angles Forum, he outdid himself once again by bringing out Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Big Sean, & French Montana. Big Sean joined Drake on "All Me" and French joined Drake on "No Shopping," but the clear highlights of the evening came when hometown heroes Ice Cube and Dr. Dre brought the house down with "You Can Do It" and "The Next Episode."
Naya Rivera Claims Big Sean Cheated On Her With Ariana Grande
Everybody and their grandmother are writing books these days. "Glee" actress and former fiancee to Big Sean, Naya Rivera, is among them. Rivera's book, "Sorry Not Sorry," is a memoir that covers her "Glee" days, her relationships, her struggle with anorexia and a lot more.
A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, & Vince Staples Among New Members Of Alexander Wang's #WangSquad
Superdesigner Alexander Wang is currently in the process of gearing up for the release of his fall line. Tuesday afternoon he announced the newest additions to his #WangSquad with a series of Polaroids.: A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Vince Staples, Tinashe, Metro Boomin, Skrillex, RL Grime, Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Zoe Kravitz, headline an assortment of artists, models, and other celebrities.
Listen To Clips From A New Big Sean & Mike WiLL Collaboration
Mike WiLL is on a pretty incredible 2016 run, that's only gotten stronger with the release of Gucci Mane's Everybody Looking and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2. Adding to his impressive list of Ws this year is some new material with Big Sean, which Mike recently played for Genius' Rob Markman, who was kind enough to share some clips on Twitter.
Big Sean Brought Jay Z & Rick Rubin In For Feedback On His New Album
We know that Rick Rubin was brought in at the 11th hour of Kanye West's Yeezus sessions, and it looks like Big Sean has taken a tip from his GOOD Music mentor, requesting the ear of both Rubin and Jay Z while putting the finishing touches on his fourth studio album.
Jhene Aiko Responds To Rumors Of Cheating On Dot Da Genius
A couple of days ago, it was revealed that Jhene Aiko filed for divorce from producer Dot Da Genius after 11 months of marriage and just a few months after the pair had been publicly outed as a couple. News of the divorce led to sensationalist reactions across the Internet, as it was speculated that Aiko has been involved in an affair with Big Sean, with whom she released a joint EP, TWENTY88, in April.
Did Kid Cudi Take A Subtle Shot At Jhene Aiko & Big Sean?
It looks like Kid Cudi is coming to the defense of his good friend & producer Dot Da Genius following the news that surfaced yesterday that he & former wife, Jhene Aiko, filed for divorce recently. Taking to Twitter Friday afternoon, Cudi decided to send a little jab at the Twenty88 duo & subtweet the following.. “The funny thing is, we aint sweatin these bum bitches and these corn ball ass niggas,” Kid Cudi said. “We too busy makin better music.”
Jhene Aiko Officially Files For Divorce From Dot Da Genius
Well, it looks like Jhene Aiko and Dot Da Genius were really married after all, for whatever it's worth now.
Top Tracks: July 25 - July 31
It's officially August, which means there's pretty much only one month of summer left. It's been a busy season for hip hop, as usual, with big projects from top-tier talents like Chance The Rapper, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and Gucci Mane dropping left and right, and plenty of additional tracks hitting the web as well. That being said, August is poised to be huge.
Top Tracks: July 18 - July 24
Last week, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, Future, and Mike Will Made It all found themselves victims of unauthorized leaks, and subsequently spoke out about the all-too-common occurrence in the music industry.
Big Sean, Chance The Rapper Express Disappointment Over "Living Single" Leak
Leaks suck for artists, and when they're unfinished leaks, they suck for everybody. It seems "Living Single," a new song with Big Sean, Chance The Rapper, Jeremih, and Smino that surfaced online this week, is in the latter category. Both Chance The Rapper and Big Sean expressed their disappointment over the track's unofficial release.
DJ Khaled Reveals "Holy Key" Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & Betty Wright Will Drop Friday
Shortly after touting that Kendrick Lamar's verse would be the highlight of his album Major Key, DJ Khaled is back today with a release date for the song said Kendrick verse is attached too. The song is titled "Holy Key" and it also features Big Sean and Betty Wright-- in that same Snapchat where he big upped his K. Dot verse, Khaled also teased, "I got this Big Sean verse. Aw man, it’s so crazy."
10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
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.