The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Drake Unveils Full OVO Fest Lineup
Now in its seventh year, OVO Fest has become one of the biggest events and tourist attractions that the Toronto summer has to offer. About a month before the 4-day extravaganza, Drake has unveiled the full OVO Fest lineup.
Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh Wants Recruits To Know He's Cool, Lists His Top 5 Drake Songs
Jim Harbaugh, the head football coach at the University of Michigan is one of the most unique, polarizing head coaches in the sport, or in any sport for that matter. The quirky, passionate, mad genius eats, sleeps and breathes football but he also wants his players and recruits to know that he's also hip with the time. Take for instance his recent announcement on twitter, where he proclaimed that he "wasn't a fake" and proceeded to list his Top 5 Drake songs.
Charts Don't Lie: June 29
While Drake's VIEWS remains unmoved from the #1 spot (sorry YG), there were still a few switch-ups this week with hip hop albums on the Billboard 200. YG made his debut with Still Brazy at #6, a precocious new LP from the California gangster rapper. Fellow Cali native and mainstay, The Game, debuted at #25 with his soundtrack "Streets of Compton," which coincides with an A&E documentary of the same name.
DMX Explains How He Gained Respect For Drake On The Breakfast Club
In the past, DMX has not been shy to share his negative feelings about Drake, candidly revealing that he didn't like Drake's music, his face, or his haircut on a 2012 Breakfast Club appearance -- so it was pretty surprising to hear him sampled on "U With Me?" from Drake's new album, VIEWS. The rapper returned to the Breakfast Club today to explain how that all happened, and how the experience changed his opinion on Drizzy for the better.
Sampha Covers FADER, Performs New Song
FADER is getting ready to launch their Summer issue, which -- as is the annual tradition -- features four cover stars rather than the usual two. After revealing the first three featured artists and their accompanying stories (Rae Sremmurd, PNL, and Vince Staples), the magazine has now announced its final cover, which is graced by London singer Sampha.
Photos Emerge Of Drake's Bodyguard's Alleged Assault On Detail
In one of the more unexpected lawsuits these past few weeks, producer and Young Money/Cash Money affiliate Detail, sued Drake over an alleged assault by his bodyguard, dating back to 2014.
Top Tracks: June 20 - June 26
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
Tory Lanez On Drake: "We Can't Share First Place"
Tory Lanez almost had no voice left, but still managed to sit down with Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning for an interview. The rapper has evidently been going hard on his "Level Up" tour with ASAP Ferg, a pre-cursor of sorts to his debut album I Told You.
Joe Budden Previews "I Ain't Drake" Diss Track
The unlikely beef between Drake and Joe Budden continues. It all started when Budden harshly criticized Drake's latest album, VIEWS, shortly after its release on his podcast. It now looks like Budden is ready to release what -- going off the 30-second clip -- sounds like a Drake diss track.
Drake Is Worth About $3 Billion To Toronto, Study Says
Toronto was hardly a blip on the hip-hop map before Drake came along. In fact, the city's presence in pop culture -- and even in sports, too -- has greatly increased since he decided to put the 6 on his back. The 6 God loves his city, and it loves him back, but just how well Toronto fared under the focused diplomacy of one of the world's biggest pop stars?
Drake Got Hooked Up With Some "Kentucky" OVO Air Jordan 8s
Drake is a member of Kentucky's Big Blue Nation (BBN) so it's only fitting that he got laced with special edition Kentucky x OVO Air Jordan 8 PEs. We first saw Drake debut the kicks way back in February but apparently there's more in existence as evidenced by the pairs showcased by sneaker collector, @BigKTheBoss. As you'd expect both "Home" and "Away" Kentucky x OVO Air Jordan 8s are decked out with Kentucky blue accents and the iconic ovo owl stamped on the pull tab.
Producer Detail Sues Drake For Alleged Assault By His Bodyguard
It looks like Drake is the latest victim in a new lawsuit. According to TMZ, his former collaborator & producer Detail is suing the OVO leader for an alleged assault that reportedly took place back in 2014.
Drake Reportedly Cancels All Fan Meet & Greets On Upcoming Tour
Drake's Summer Sixteen tour will take place this summer, but unfortunately if you dished out on the VIP package, you're going to miss out on one of the essential parts of the deal. Pitchfork reports that Drake has cancelled all fan Meet and Greets for the duration of the tour due to "logistical issues".
Drake Poses For Photo With Gucci Mane: "That Ain't No Clone"
Most conspiracy theories go by without a need to be addressed, but Gucci Mane is not your average dude. The Atlanta rapper, who was released from prison after 3 years last month, decided to have fun with a Twitter theory that the Gucci that came home from the pen was actually a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he joked on SnapChat.
Charts Don't Lie: June 22
Drake continues his dominance as VIEWS spends its seventh week now at the #1 spot. The 6 God is showing no signs of slowing down, and even a new release from Nick Jonas and a surge from The Cast of Hamilton couldn't dethrone him, although they were enough to nudge Beyonce back a couple spots. Elsewhere, the list looks very similar to previous weeks: Rihanna sticking at the #6 spot, appearances from Kanye, Prince, Bryson Tiller, G-Eazy, and The Weeknd.
French Montana Says He Won A $60,000 Bet With Drake Over The NBA Finals
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated Drake's beloved Raptors from the playoffs earlier this year, and apparently, that was enough for the rapper to bet against James in the NBA Finals, something that may have cost him $60 grand, according to French Montana.
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.
Drake's "VIEWS" Is No. 1 For 7th Straight Week
He did it again, and it wasn't even close. Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, has achieved the No. 1 spot for the seventh consecutive week. He's the first male artist to earn seven straight weeks at No. 1 in almost 16 years. The last man to equal or better his current streak was Eminem, whose The Marshall Mathers LP was at the top of the chart for eight weeks in a row from June 10-July 29, 2000.
Boi-1da Calls Out Tory Lanez' "Luv" For Being A "Terrible" Dancehall Imitation
For months now, tension has been brewing between Tory Lanez and the undisputed top boy in Toronto, who goes by the name of Drake. There are notable similarities in the styles of the two artists, namely that they both skillfully blend elements of hip-hop, R&B, and other genres as well. Tory believes he's the face of The New Toronto, which was the title of his December mixtape.