The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Listen To DJ Drama's "Quality Street Music 2"
Joining the likes of Gucci Mane & Lil Durk is DJ Drama, who also happens to releasing a new album today called Quality Streets Music 2.
Top Tracks: July 11 - July 17
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
DJ Drama Reveals "Quality Street Music 2" Tracklist
A few weeks back, DJ Drama revealed the cover artwork for his upcoming album, Quality Street Music 2, for which the first installment dropped four years ago. It's been a long time coming.
DJ Drama Reveals Cover Art For "Street Quality Music 2"
DJ Drama recently got the ball rolling on his anticipated follow up to Quality Street Music, the second instalment in the series, with the release of "Wishing" featuring Chris Brown, Skeme and LyQuin-- a respectable mix of artists the includes a mainstream hitmaker, a street authority and a newcomer.
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.