Behind The Beat: DJ Swish
During the beginning stages of recording his sophomore album, YG had a falling out with his longtime collaborator DJ Mustard, who produced the majority of his game-changing debut album, My Krazy Life. He quickly began searching for talents to fill the void.
DJ Mustard & YG To Reunite On Upcoming “400 Summers” Mixtape
It looks like DJ Mustard & YG are officially putting the past behind them. On Wednesday, the two West Coast natives took to their socials to announce a joint project called 400 Summers.
#TBT: Mixtape YG
Between 2009 and 2013, YG released five mixtapes: 4Fingaz, The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, 4Hunnid Degreez, & Just Re’d Up 2. There was also a joint mixtape with Ty Dolla $ign and Bobby Brackins called Young and Hung...over. YG made immense strides as an artist during this stretch, becoming one of the most passionated and polished bard of the streets on the west coast.
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
Top 10 Compilation-Style Albums By Producers
Right now, two of the summer's most anticipated albums feature producers' names in the top-billed spot: Mike Will Made It's Ransom 2 and Clams Casino's 32 Levels. Most of the excitement hinges on the projects' star-studded guestlists (although we can't say a damn thing against Clammy Clams' three prior instrumental compilations), and as far as producer-led albums in hip hop go, that's usually been the case.
Daz Dillinger Accuses DJ Mustard Of Beat-Jacking
DJ Mustard has accused others of biting off his signature sound, referring to last year's Billboard hits like "Fancy" and "Classic Man" as blatant rip-offs. The L.A. producer is now being targeted for doing some beat-jacking of his own, and the accusations come from a West Coast OG in Daz Dillinger.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 23)
This week's biggest Instagram event would have to be the reunion of YG and DJ Mustard. Before taking the stage together at Coachella, the two made an official announcement that they were back at it, writing, "For a whole year me and this nigga @djmustard ain't been BOOL "at all" But niggaz FINALLY sat it down and holla'D like some successful azz day 1's pose 2 & uhhhhhhh now.... WE BACK BITCHES!!!!".
YG and DJ Mustard Are Back On Good Terms
While YG and DJ Mustard have had their disagreements in the past, and haven't been collaborating as frequently as they once were, it hasn't been entirely clear whether or not they've been on good terms over the last little while. Yesterday, YG revealed that the two had not been the best of friends for the good part of a year, but ensured that the two had now worked out their differences.
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
DJ Mustard's Drop Has Been Immortalized In Pin Form
"Mustard On The Beat, Hoe" might be the most recognizable producer drop out there (with the possible exception of "Metro Boomin want some more"), and now... you can wear it?Courtesy of the geniuses over at Pintrill, we now have a three-pin set that syobolizes DJ Mustard's famous catchphrase quite literally. A mustard bottle, a beet, and a garden hoe are the cleverly chosen symbols, but honestly they had us at mustard.
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
DJ Mustard & Travis Scott Are Dropping A Song Very Soon
DJ Mustard has announced a new single with Travis Scott, and luckily we won't have to wait too long to hear it. The west coast producer delivered the news to Twitter earlier today, sharing the artwork for a track titled "Whole Lotta Lovin'". The song will be premiered on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show sometime tomorrow.Mustard and Travis both have very distinct styles, so we're excited to hear how they're able to merge them on the track.
Top Tracks: December 28 - January 3
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year.
Top Tracks: December 21 - December 27
Things were just beginning to slow down, as we had spent enough time arguing over the year's best music with a series of year-end lists and were ready to start thinking about what's in store for 2016. As we approached the holidays, though, some of our favorite artists were feeling particularly generous and gifted us with a wealth of new material.
Stream Kid Ink's New Project "Summer In The Winter"
Kid Ink announced his surprise project Summer in the Winter by sharing its first official leak earlier today, a tropical banger with Fetty Wap called "Promise." Although the project isn't official available to purchase until 12/25, the stream is available early via Spotify, an early Chrimma present for the fans.
A$AP Ferg Reveals Missy Elliott, ScHoolboy Q, Rick Ross & More Will Be On "Always Strive & Prosper"
Ferg had been off the map for most of this year, but he's recently come back into the spotlight in a big way.
Top Tracks: October 13 - October 18
10. Ty Dolla $ign - Violent (Prod. by DJ Spinz & Southside)
DJ Mustard Elaborates On "Fancy" & "Classic Man" Comments
A few days ago, DJ Mustard stated what was already obvious to many people: Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Jidenna's "Classic Man" sound like complete "rip offs" of his style. The two tracks, the former of which is credited as a sample on the latter, have blown up in the wake of Mustard's popularity, but many were also quick to note that the producer's sound itself is pretty derivative of other eras and styles of music.
DJ Mustard Calls "Fancy" & "Classic Man" "Rip Offs" Of His Sound
Over the past two years, DJ Mustard certainly hasn't been hurting for hits, with hip hop stations on both coasts continuing to blast his ratchet, slightly hyphy-inspired tunes, regardless of whoever's singing or rapping on them. That being said, it's gotta hurt him a little bit that two of the biggest radio hits during that time period, Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" and Jidenna's "Classic Man," sound exactly like his style while being produced by others.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.