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.
The 10 Best Songs From Drake's Mixtape Era
Drake revealed at a recent show that he is working on a new mixtape. Hopefully it's a real mixtape and not an album marketed as a mixtape like If You're Reading This It's Too Late, which solid over half a million copies in its first week.
The 7 Best Murda Beatz Beats
A 22-year-old white dude who resembles Scooby Doo's BFF Shaggy, Murda Beatz has emerged as one of hip hop's most in-demand producers over the course of the last 12 months. Migos, Drake, PartyNextDoor, Jeremih and many more have called upon his ability to cater to the whims and preferred sonic environment of each artist.
Drake To Headline iHeart Radio Festival
Drake may be touring with Future through out the summer and the fall for his "Summer Sixteen" tour, but he's still finding the time to make a quick pitstop at the iHeart Radio Festival out in Las Vegas. This morning the annual festival announced their line-up, which features a mix of pop stars, indie rock and hip-hop acts. Drizzy, of course, is among the top billed, alongside Britney Spears, U2 and Sam Hunt. Other performers include Twenty One Pilots, Billy Idol, Ariana Grande, Sia, Usher, Pitbull and more. What do you think of this line? Suspect or nah?
Drake's "VIEWS" Goes No. 1 For 11th Week, Most Since Taylor Swift's "1989"
VIEWS has achieved its 11th week at No. 1. Upon its release at the end of April, Drake's latest album held the top spot for nine consecutive weeks. Earlier this month, it was finally dethroned by Blink-182's California, but it has now been back at No. 1 for two straight weeks.
Drake Says He's Working On A New Mixtape
Drake has kicked off his Summer Sixteen tour, and on top of delivering a stacked setlist of hits, he's made sure to throw some surprises into his performance. Drizzy took some some thinly veiled shots at Tory Lanez and Tyga at the tour's opening Austin tour stop, and on Saturday night in Kansas City, he gave fans yet another topic to discuss, hinting at an upcoming mixtape.
Drake, Future, 2 Chainz & More Guest At Gucci Mane's Homecoming Show In Atlanta
Gucci Mane released Everybody Looking, his first project since being released from prison, yesterday, and to bring in the occasion, he performed a homecoming show in Atlanta. Billed as Gucci & Friends, Guwop delivered on the promise of guests, as regular collaborators like Young Dolph, Peewee Longway, and the elusive OJ Da Juiceman took the stage, as well as some of the biggest names in rap, including 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, and to close things out, Drake and Future.
Drake Fined $13,000 For Going Overtime At Dallas "Summer Sixteen" Show
UPDATE: A video from last night's show proves Drake was well-aware that he was risking some of his own pocket change by performing an extended set. He asks the Dallas crowd how long they're willing to hang on with him, first suggesting an hour and then an hour and a half, only to realize that they want the full "two piece." "I'm tryna go for the two piece, too," he tells the overjoyed audience, "So if it costs me money, Dallas, Texas, it's on me, trust me." Seems like Drizzy is content to pick up the check for his fans.
Drake Takes Shots At Joe Budden: "Fuck Them Niggas"
Drake has yet to go one show on the "Summer Sixteen" tour without addressing one of his rivals. On Wednesday in Austin, the opening night of the tour, he changed the lyrics of "Summer Sixteen" to address Tory Lanez and Tyga, both of whom have remixed "Controlla" (in various forms). “All you boys doing fake Controllas wanna be me a little?" Drizzy rapped.
A Drake & Gucci Mane EP Is "Definitely Happening," According To Zaytoven
Gucci Mane's comeback album, Everybody Looking, is out tomorrow, but he already has another project in the works, according to his loyal collaborator, Zaytoven.
Did Drake Take Shots At Tory Lanez On His "Summer Sixteen" Tour?
There looks to be a new chapter in the on-going feud between Toronto artists Drake & Tory Lanez. On Wednesday night, Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” Tour rolled into Austin, Texas, where the 6 God wasted little time in sending some subtle shots jabs at what people are believing is aimed at Tory Lanez.
Charts Don't Lie: July 20
It's a pretty good week for rap artists on the Billboard charts. Drake was able to reclaim the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 from previous owners Blink-182, and ScHoolboy Q managed to fend off the pop-punk band as well, nabbing a very respectable #2 debut with his new album Blank Face LP. Rihanna and Beyonce's respective albums continue to thrive in the top 10, while Bryson Tiller, Kevin Gates and Maxwell find spots in the top 20.
No Sleep: Recapping Gucci Mane's 7 Weeks Of Freedom
It's Guwop season. The release of Gucci Mane from prison on May 26th was cause for celebration. No one celebrated more than Gucci himself. Largely confined to his Atlanta mansion, the big fella has spent his time marinating in the Southern sunshine by his backyard pool, chilling with his girlfriend, or cutting records in his home studio, the walls of which he has covered with raps he wrote while incarcerated. Click through the gallery to revisit everything Gucci has done since he got out. Everybody Looking out July 22.
French Montana Says Drake Wasn't Thinking About Joe Budden On "No Shopping"
Listeners tuned into OVO Sound Radio this weekend eagerly awaiting the premiere of French Montana's new Drake-featuring single, "No Shopping." Drake was expected to use the collab as a way to fire back at Joe Budden, who had hit him with two consecutive diss tracks. As had been the case with a snippet that French shared in May, Drake began his verse by rapping, "Pump, pump, pump it up" -- presumably a reference to the 2003 hit single that Budden is most known for. "I'm not a one-hit wonder, they know all my stuff," he went on to rap.
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.
YG, Drake & Kamaiyah Shoot "Why You Always Hatin?" Video In LA
Drake got himself into some drama this weekend, as he took shots at Joe Budden on French Montana's "No Shopping," which premiered on OVO Sound Radio. Hours later, the veteran rapper hit him back with yet another diss track, "Afraid," his third one in the past month. If Drake is plotting another reply, which seems highly unlikely, then he's not worrying about it right now.
Drake Debuts A 1-Of-1 Pair Of 24K Solid Gold Air Jordan 10s
Drake unveiled a brand new Air Jordan 10 over the weekend but these aren't your average pair of "OVO" Js that you can actually lace up and wear. This is a trophy pair. A trophy made out of 24K gold. The kicks, created by mixed media artist Matthew Senna, feature all of the details of Drake's "OVO" Air Jordan 10s, including the textured stingray portions of the shoe and the "OVO" branding on the sole.
10 Essential WizKid Tracks
With a population of 21 million, Lagos, Nigeria is one of the biggest cities in the world. It's most famous resident is recording artist WizKid. With inventive melodic turns, powerful auto-tune usage, a passionate belief in the power of the dancefloor for good, and an armada of Nigeria's best producers at his back, WizKid has become the face of afrobeat. He turned 26 years old yesterday. The future is bright indeed he now turns to the rest of Earth, having conquered Nigeria. Click through the gallery to listen to 10 of WizKid's most notable tracks to date.
Here's A Letter Drake Wrote To His Mom In 2006
Drake may not have actually started from the bottom, but he's certainly come a long way since 2006. The OVO rapper has shared a note he wrote to his mother in 2006, which was the year he released his debut mixtape, Room For Improvement, making him 20 years old. The message itself is a pretty hilarious look into Drizzy's early struggles trying to make his career happen, as he tells his mom he's cancelled his WireImage subscription after spending a little too much on eBay (all of which seemingly funded by Sandi Graham herself).
ScHoolboy Q's "Blank Face LP" Debuts At No. 2 Behind Drake's "VIEWS"
As was projected earlier this week, ScHoolboy Q's new album, Blank Face LP, has made its debut at No. 2 on the albums chart that includes sales plus streaming. Q's new album has ceded the top spot to Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, which has now spent a total of 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. Last week, VIEWS fell to No.