Drake Shares Letter He Wrote Before 2012 OVO Fest: "Where To From Here?"
Drake's 7th annual OVO Fest begins Saturday night in Toronto, and the massively successful event has Aubrey Graham reflecting back on his career, sharing a letter he wrote just before the 3rd installment of the festival in 2012. Posted up on his Instagram account, the handwritten passage looks like it was ripped right out of a notebook, and hasn't been addressed to anyone in particular, but is signed by the rapper.
A Complete Timeline Of Drake & Joe Budden's Beef
We've been entertained for most of Summer Sixteen by a beef between two of rap's most sensitive MCs, Drake and Joe Budden. Budden, of course, had his peak before Drake had even really established his presence the game. The two seem to, at one time or another, have been fans of each other's work, but Drake's massively-hyped album VIEWS is when things started going south between the two.
Kanye West Addresses Taylor Swift Beef During Drake's "Summer Sixteen" Tour
Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" tour hit the Chi last night, and one of Chicago's biggest names came out for the event. Kanye West was a surprise guest at the tour stop, performing "Pop Style" with Drizzy as well as "Father Stretch My Hand Pt. 1" for the audience.
Joe Budden Details Instagram DMs Drake Recently Sent Him
The Drake and Joe Budden beef has certainly lasted longer than anyone expected it to, and it's only getting weirder as it progresses. The most recent update comes from Joe's appearance on Cari Champion's ESPN podcast, Be Honest, in which Budden paraphrased a conversation he had with Drake via Instagram DM quite recently.While he said he wouldn't be releasing screenshots of Drake's messages just yet, he was willing to divulge at least the first part of the exchange, which he says Drake initiated.
Charts Don't Lie: July 27
Drake is once again at the #1 spot with his fourth studio album VIEWS. The record continues to thrive, and although "Once Dance" was bumped from the #1 spot, he doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down soon. Rihanna, Beyonce, and ScHoolboy Q all join Drizzy in the top 10 of Billboard's 200 chart, marking a solid showing for R&B and hip hop on the charts this week.
2016 MTV VMA Nominations Announced
MTV has announced the nominees for the 2016 Video Music Awards. Beyonce earned a whopping 11 nominations. The artist with the second most nominations is Adele, who earned eight, seven of which are for "Hello." Ariana Grande (5), Drake (4), and Rihanna (4) could also be lined up for a big night. Other nominees of note include Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, & Desiigner,
Drake Follows Kid That Ran Up On Joe Budden On Instagram
In the video of Joe Budden's gripping car chase after a posse of Drake stans, one of the stans can be heard to yell back at Budden (who is in pursuit), "Follow me on Twitter, boy! Redakidprodigy!!!!" While it is unlikely that Budden has followed the instigator, another rapper has gone ahead and followed him: Drake.
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.