Top Tracks: May 9 - May 15
In contrast with the first few months of 2015, when it seemed like our Top Tracks lists were just the same Kanye and Drake tracks rising and falling with each ensuing week, the past few editions have been utter chaos, with the #1 spot changing every week. Staying power is proving difficult to achieve in an increasingly crowded summer playing field-- Beyoncé and Birdman's chart-toppers from two and one week ago, respectively, are nowhere to be found this week, although a few of the lower-ranking tracks stuck it out.
Are 50 Cent & The Game Reuniting?
Are 50 Cent and The Game finally putting the past behind them? Speculation arises on the internet today thanks to a few Instagram posts from one of The Game's affiliates/Blood Money signees. As recent as February of this year it appeared as though the former friends and collaborators were still beefing-- when The Game posed with Lloyd Banks for a photo, 50 was quick to respond, calling it confusing.
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.
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Announce "The High Road" Summer Tour
Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, two of hip hop's most prolific smokers and marijuana advocates, are teaming up for "The High Road" tour that will take them across North America this summer. Joining them for the journey will be Kevin Gates, Jhené Aiko, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama.
Lil Wayne's "Dedication 6" Is "Coming"
Brace yourself: Dedication 6 is coming.
Metro Boomin Explains The Origin Of His "If Young Metro Don't Trust You" Tag
If you're a rap fan, there's no way you're not familiar with Metro Boomin's latest producer tag, "If Young Metro don't trust you they gon' shoot you," which has appeared both on Future and Drake's "Jumpman," and -- even more prominently -- on Kanye West's "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1". If you're a big enough Future fan, you'll know that the phrase was first uttered on Uncle Murda's "Right Now," which featured Future, but according to Metro, who discussed it with DJ Drama recently, the vocal he isolated didn't actually appear on the track.
Young Thug: "I Want Every Grammy"
Last week, Kanye West raised some good questions about the Grammys on Twitter, most notably, asking why Future and Young Thug were not present at the awards. It's been a hot topic all week, so when Young Thug made a surprise appearance during T.I.'s interview with DJ Drama this weekend, he was asked about his absence from the awards."I don’t know why they didn’t invite me to the Grammys," he told Tip. "Yeah, that is a crazy question."
DJ Drama Is Adamant He Did Not Leak Drake Reference Track
Quentin Miller was thrusted into the rap limelight this past summer, when his name was dragged into the now-infamous Meek Mill and Drake ghostwriting beef. It happened to jump-start his personal rap career, though (perhaps to the ire of those he'd previously been ghostwriting for), and he's since released&nb
DJ Drama's Ex-Wife Says He Gave Drake's Reference Tracks To Meek Mill
Just when you thought the Meek Mill x Drake saga had finally fizzled out, it resurfaces back up on us. On Monday afternoon, ATL producer DJ Drama got into an altercation on twitter with his ex-wife Summer P Walker, when she decided to drop a bomb about the Drake reference tracks that were leaked for Meek Mill over the Summer.
Snoop Dogg Hints At A Halloween Project Hosted By DJ Drama
Snoop Dogg tends to post a lot on Instagram, at frequent intervals, so things get lost in the shuffle. However last night, the D-o-g-g put up something that fans should pay attention too. The veteran rapper hinted at a new project hosted by DJ Drama, for Halloween. It's unclear from this post alone what the project's title is, but Snoop wrote, "The movement. Cd. Hosted by @djdrama Trick or treat," followed by a few important emojis (👊🏾✨🌟🎥).
Post Malone Apologizes For Using The N-Word
A few days ago, an old Vine resurfaced of Post Malone saying the N-word. Malone's poor word choice occurred while he and a friend, also white, were watching a video of cats playing around: "Yeah we watch 'Too Cute,' n*gga," said the "White Iverson" rapper.
Skeme Announces New Album "Ingleworld 2," Shares Tracklist
We've got exciting news for all of you Skeme fans out there today: the L.A. rapper's announced his new album, Ingleworld 2, and shared the star-studded tracklist. Check out the front and back artwork in the gallery above, and take a peek at the tracklist below.
Ranking Lil Wayne's 13 Mixtapes From Worst To Best
Lil Wayne didn't get the nickname "Mixtape Weezy" for nothing. Over the course of hip-hop history, very few artists have used the art of the mixtape to their advantage as well as Weezy F. It's helped to blow up the likes of Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky and even Drake over the past decade, but Wayne's 13 mixtapes came when he was already a star. He didn't need the tapes to become a star, but they certainly propelled him in to GOAT territory by simply crushing the output of his competitors.
T-Pain's New Mixtape Will Feature Unheard Aaliyah Vocals [Update: Full Tracklist Revealed]
The newly released "Wait a Minute" with OG Maco has us hyped for T-Pain's The Iron Way. After performing a 42 song set at SXSW, he sat down with VIBE and revealed the other features on his upcoming mixtape. Aside from Maco, The Iron Way will feature Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., and, most surprisingly, Aaliyah.
T-Pain Announces "The Iron Way" Mixtape Release Date
A couple months back, T-Pain announced he would be releasing a Gangsta Grillz mixtape called The Iron Way later this year. The project has now been given an official release date, and will be arriving on March 26th.
DJ Drama Hints That Lil Wayne's "Dedication 6" Will Drop After "Tha Carter V"
We've only just finished digesting Lil Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait 2 mixtape, but DJ Drama has alluded that Weezy will bless fans with another mixtape following the release of Tha Carter V, whenever that might be.
Top 10 Gangsta Grillz Mixtapes
Born and raised in Philly, DJ Drama has made a name for himself in the hip hop game over the years. While his career set sail after becoming the official DJ for T.I., he has played a crucial role in the onset of mixtapes in the rap world. The Golden Mixtape Era, which started about ten years ago, is now stronger than ever. During a time when the FBI and ICE were raiding mixtape studios, most mixtape DJs decided to lay low in fear of getting caught. DJ Drama did the exact opposite as he decided to take the leap and push forward with his Gangsta Grillz mixtapes.
Yo Gotti Announces "Concealed" Mixtape With DJ Drama
Back in December, we published an article investigating the "Pulling a Beyoncé" phenomenon, the act of surprise-releasing projects that artists seem to do now more than ever. After D'Angelo pulled one with his phenomenal album Black Messiah, we were wondering who's be the next to do so, and now it appears that Yo Gotti and DJ Drama will be the culprits.
T-Pain Announces New Gangsta Grillz Tape, "The Iron Way"
Pain and Drama, two undeniably powerful forces, will be uniting in a big way later this year. That's right, before we get Stoicville from the one and only auto-tune phoenix, T-Pain, he'll be linking up with DJ Drama for a Gangsta Grillz tape by the name of The Iron Way. Although we don't yet have a release date, the artwork is available for viewing in the gallery above.
Stream Kevin Gates' "Luca Brasi 2" Album
After a long promotional campaign, Kevin Gates' Luca Brasi 2 is finally available in full for online streaming. Hitting iTunes at midnight tonight, the album features guest appearances from August Alsina, Rico Love, Rich Homie Quan, K.Camp and B.o.B., among plenty of others. The record, Gates' second in 2014, is hosted by DJ Drama.