Staff Picks Playlist (July 22)
Happy Friday, people of the internet. The end of the (work) week has proved pretty fruitful. Desiigner finally unleashed "Timmy Turner" unto the world, and the world had a lot of shit to say about it. PARTYNEXTDOOR surprised fans late last night when he not only announced a release date for long-awaited P3, but dropped a new record, "Not Nice," which makes it onto this week's Staff Picks playlist.
Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Curren$y Has Announced The "Stoned On Ocean" EP
Curren$y has been more prolific than ever in 2016, and his impressive run hasn't stopped yet. The New Orleans rapper has announced a new EP, Stoned On Ocean, is on the way, sharing the artwork and some details on the project today on Instagram.
Staff Picks Playlist (June 10)
It's that time of the week. The past seven days have been pretty eventful-- the momentum all started on last weekend, when a new episode of OVO Sound Radio dropped as many gems as one could hope for in the span of seven days-- except they did it all within the span of their two-hour segment. It's safe to say, the bar was set pretty high for the weekdays that followed. Even so, we managed to get some dope material in the days that followed.
Curren$y Has Another Mixtape On The Way
It's been difficult to keep up with Curren$y's output for years now, but the last few months have been especially prolific. Bourbon Street Secrets, his most recent release, was his fifth project of 2016 so far, and while he's already set out on his North American tour, he's got another project in the pipeline.
Curren$y Almost Died One Time Drinking Lean With Lil Wayne
It is a well-known fact that Curren$y's drug choice of is marijuana. He leaves the lean to the "lean professionals," like Lil Wayne. But sometimes, you drink lean by accident. During his appearance on N.O.R.E.’s Drink Champs podcast, Curren$y told the story of the time of he accidentally drank way too much lean on Lil Wayne's tour bus.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Curren$y Announces "Cruis'n U.S.A." Tour
Curren$y has managed to drop 5 projects within the last year, and even with all that recording, he's put together a tour to bring all his new music to fans live. Today, the rapper has shared the full schedule for his upcoming Cruis'n USA tour, which kicks off this Thursday, May 5th in Cleveland, OH. He'll be touching down in 30 different cities between then and June 26th, when he warps it all up in Seattle.
Summer Jam Festival Stage Line-Up Includes Chance The Rapper, Tory Lanez & Desiigner
This morning Ebro In The Morning announced the line-up for the Festival Stage at HOT 97's annual Summer Jam concert. The big event goes down at the MetLife Stadium every year, and acts as a way to kick off the summer months.
Curren$y Has Announced Another Mixtape
Curren$y has proved himself to be one of the most prolific rappers of the last few years, and it seems he's only speeding up. Earlier this week, Spitta delivered "Revolver," a short film that was accompanied by six new songs with producer Sledgren, but he won't be taking a breather any time soon.
Curren$y Reveals Joint Project With 808 Mafia "Bourbon Street Secrets"
Damn, Curren$y. Back at it again. The most prolific rapper in these e-streets hopped on Twitter the other day to reveal that he recorded five joints with 808 Mafia producer Purps while he was out in L.A., which will presumably be compiled for a new mixtape titled Bourbon Street Secrets.
Mixtape Corner: Curren$y, Sicko Mobb & Skooly
Mixtape Corner is a place where we take a closer look at some of the mixtape releases that weren't necessarily big enough to garner a review, but still deserve your attention.Curren$y & The Alchemist- The Carrollton Heist
Top Tracks: February 15 - February 21
After the Kanye-inspired chaos of last week, the past seven days have been relatively tame in the rap world, with the twin titans of last weekend (TLOP and the substantially less interesting Grammy awards) still dominating the conversation. Spillover aside, we got solid new projects from French Montana, Kirko Bangz, Yo Gotti, Young Dolph, TM88, and Gucci Mane/Honorable C-Note, but no Slime Season 3 just yet.
Curren$y Reveals "The Carrollton Heist" Tracklist
Curren$y and producer Alchemist are readying a Valentine's Day release, The Carrollton Heist. The joint effort was only announced a month ago, quickly followed by artwork and release date.
Curren$y Reveals Release Date, Artwork For Upcoming Project With Alchemist
Only a couple weeks ago Curren$y casually tweeted out that he was working on a second joint project with Alchemist. Now, we have official artwork and a release date for The Carrollton Heist via Spitta Andretti’s Instagram.
Curren$y's Top 5 Mixtapes
New Orleans native Curren$y might be part cyborg. Either that or they’re putting something in the weed down there, because the man is prolific in a way that few other artist can achieve and still retain top quality.
Currensy Reveals Artwork & Tracklist For “The Owners Manual”
As if we haven’t received enough music from Currensy in the past couple months, there’s apparently a lot more on the way now, and we’re not talking about his newly-announced joint project with Alchemist either. Late Monday night, the N.O. Spitta announced that he has another mini-effort dropping soon called The Owners Manual (which if you notice is another car reference).
Curren$y Announces "The Carrollton Heist" With Alchemist
Curren$y took a piss in the mainstream (as he so eloquently put it during an interview with Damon Campbell) when he dropped his latest album, Canal St. Confidential. Now that he's done pissing in mainstream waters, he's headed back to the underground, and working with producer Alchemist comes with that territory.
Stream Harry Fraud's "Rogues Playlist Vol. 1" Feat. Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, Puff Daddy & More
Whether you realized it or not, Harry Fraud had another big year, and now that we're into 2016, he's giving you one last reminder of what he accomplished over the last 12 months. Rogues Playlist Vol. 1 collects the beatmakers production credits from throughout 2015, organizing them into one tidy SoundCloud playlist. Among the many notable names on the tracklist are Puff Daddy, French Montana, Curren$y, Joey Bada$$, Wiz Khalifa, Domo Genesis, Smoke DZA, Wale, and RiFF RAFF.
Hottest Album Covers Of 2015
The Golden Era of cover art likely ended with the rise of CDs. But even with the Golden Age of CDs behind us, cover art still plays a vital role in the listener's consumption of music. Along with the album title, it serves as a sort of opening salvo or prelude that sets the tone for the music itself, and it is often the last image that remains in the listener's mind. It is the face of the music. With that in mind, here our picks for the best cover art of 2015.