Drake Sends Subliminal Shots At Meek Mill During Festival Performance
Until Drake drop his rumored "3 Peat" diss track, it looks like his beef with Meek Mill will be yielding increasingly unimportant runoff.
Charts Don't Lie: August 8th
Even when a project is only tangentially connected to Eminem, it tends to sell. Em's executive-production of the soundtrack for Southpaw (as well as some exclusive material) has earned it an admirable debut at number four on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, Hopsin has come in at 17 with a tally of entirely traditional sales. Future doesn't appear to be leaving the top ten anytime soon, while Meek Mill also keeps his numbers relatively high.Check out the full breakdown below.
10 Essential Quentin Miller Tracks
Throughout all the Meek Mill vs. Drake beef, the real winner might just be Quentin Miller. The young rapper / songwriter had his name come to the attention of fans, artists, Twitter, and media all after Meek Mill accused Drake of stealing Miller's lines. Of course, Miller has been credited each time he collaborated with Drake, with the exception (maybe) of "R.I.C.O.," the collaboration between Drake and Mill that sparked this whole ordeal. Quentin Miller had this to say about this whole thing:
Stream OVO Sound Radio Episode 3
After taking a break last week to let Dr. Dre announce his new album (you know, no big deal), OVO Sound Radio returned to Apple Music yesterday evening. While not quite as big of an event as it was in past weeks (no new Drake tracks this time), the show still managed to dominate the conversation, as it's done since it debuted last month. Drizzy, Oliver and the rest of OVO know how to get peoples' attention, and yesterday that meant calling upon Metro Boomin and DJ Esco to do their own guest set. Now you can stream the entire show.
Mos Def Invites Rappers To Battle Him, Lupe Fiasco & King Los Respond
Mos Def seems to be inspired by the recent wave of rap beef, and he's ready to take on a battle of his own. The rapper shared a video challenge today, suggesting he, King Los, and Black Thought could take on any rapper in a battle. It didn't take long for rappers to start responding, with King Los co-signing the challenge, and Lupe Fiasco starting writing some mock bars (including one with a Quentin Miller punchline).
Is Kendrick Lamar Going At Drake On His Verses From Dr. Dre's "Compton"?
Kendrick Lamar and Drake's alleged "beef" has been so entirely subliminal that there's a chance fans just concocted the whole thing themselves. Then again, once in a while a line goes by that seems a little too loaded to be coincidence, for instance, when Kendrick spits "Motherfucker, know I started from the bottom," to open his "Deep Water" verse on Dr. Dre's Compton.
Drake Reunites With "Degrassi" Cast
Once upon a time, Aubrey Drake Graham starred in popular Canadian television show "Degrassi" as "Wheelchair" Jimmy Brooks. Last night in Toronto, he took time off from his Meek Mill beef to join his former castmates for a screening of new TV show "We Are Disorderly." He seemed to be enjoying himself immensely as he posed for pictures with Al Mukaddam (who played Mohammed on the show), Mazin Elsadig (Damian), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), Lauren Collins (Paige), and Daniel Clark (Sean).
All 6 OVO Fests, Ranked
It all began in 2010 as a one-day festival with a flyer that looked more fit for a club appearance at a Jamaica, Queens nightclub than for an event that would end up hosting Jay Z and Eminem.
50 Cent & Ja Rule Resurrect Beef On Instagram
It seems the Drake and Meek Mill beef has caused something of a chain reaction. A couple days back, Ja Rule posted on Instagram about comparisons between his own beef with 50 Cent and the current Drizzy fiasco, suggesting that the situations are apples and oranges -- unless, of course, someone gets stabbed or shot. He later clarified the comment was a joke, insisting that he doesn't want to see things escalate, but stressed that the two beefs shouldn't really be mentioned in the same sentence.
Two People Killed In Shooting At OVO Fest Afterparty
An otherwise very successful OVO Fest was capped off by tragedy last night, as an afterparty at Toronto's Muzik nightclub was interrupted by gunshots that wound up claiming two lives and injuring at least three others.
Cassidy Naturally Wasn't Impressed With Meek Mill's Drake Diss
We're about to get a wave of rappers "weighing in" on the Drake and Meek Mill beef, and while most of them will be pretty boring, there's one man who'll always give an inspired response when it comes to Meek, an that's Cassidy. Seeing as the two Philly rappers have beefed in the past, it makes sense that Cass would take Drake's side, and that's just what he did when asked about the feud in an interview with VladTV.
Top Tracks: July 27 - August 2
At HNHH, you get used to anything Drake does dominating the charts. Even taking that into consideration, this week is ridiculous and unprecedented. Drake accounts for 7 of the top 10 spots, was the genesis of another song. Even the artist’s who weren’t directly related to Drake and his headline-stealing beef with Meek Mill are signed to Drake’s label. In case “Back To Back” didn’t tell you, Drake’s winning, y’all. Abandon all hope Drizzy haters who enter here. Let’s get to it.
Drake Reportedly Wearing "Free Meek Mill" Shirt At OVO Fest Rehearsal
Drake debuted an OVO-produced "Free Meek Mill" t-shirt back when the Philly rapper was locked up, and it looks like he broke it out again during OVO rehearsals today.Toronto rap site thisisWalder.com posted a pic of Drizzy from what appears to be soundcheck (judging by the beard, this was taken very recently), and we're thinking his shirt choice was no accident.Surely there is a shady reason for this, and we may know more about it tonight when Drizzy takes the stage to headline his annual concert.
Will Smith Rumored To Be Special Guest At Drake's OVO Fest Tonight
Drake always makes sure to have plenty of guests throughout his OVO Fest performance, but generally he like sto bring at least one OG icon out to do a short set. From Diddy, Mase, Eminem, Jay Z, Nas, TLC and G-Unit have all graced the stage, and naturally, there are rumors abound about the next artist in that lineage.Will Smith was spotted at last night's J. Cole-fronted festivities, and fans are already speculating that he'll be a special guest during Drizzy's set.
A$AP Rocky Says Meek Mill Lost His Feud With Drake
About two weeks after it first began with a late-night Twitter rant by Meek Mill, the Philly rapper's ghostwriting beef with Drake finally seems to be seeing its dust settling. Over the weekend, Drake taunted a little more, saying that he hadn't "taken a loss" all week while playing at OVO's annual kickball game, but that was really the biggest recent story that came from the beef.
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.
10 Essential SBTRKT Tracks
English producer SBTRKT has been making waves on the blogosphere over the past 5 years with his quirky beats. With a trajectory that is truly modern, his popularity has grown slowly and steadily by playing ravey DJ sets, collaborating with rappers and singers, and most recently landing a BBC Radio 1 residency.
Drake Says He Hasn't "Taken A Loss" All Week
The general internet consensus around the Drake and Meek Mill beef is that Drizzy is in the lead, and it seems the Toronto rapper has made going online part of his day, as he's aware of the scoreboard.“I haven’t taken a loss all week,” Drake told a Bleacher Report cameraman at his annual OVO kickball event, slyly bringing Meek into a question about the game.
Charts Don't Lie: August 1st
The #FutureHive has proved that internet hype can very much inspire actual album sales, as DS2 soars to number one, giving Hendrix not only his first number one, but doubling the sales of Honest. He makes for the only real notable debut on the charts, but Tyrese and Meek Mill are still hanging on to their placements within the top ten. Check out the full breakdown below.