I Got You, Fam: 10 Rapper-Athlete Bromances
The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.
Meek Mill's "Dreamchasers 4" Is Dropping The Same Day As Drake's "Views From The 6"
Meek Mill is making it a tradition to drop new music at the same time as Drake. Earlier this year, he shared the second 4/4 EP right after Drake shared his "Summer Sixteen" single, upping the ante by directly responding to Drizzy's brand new song on "War Pain" (we're still not sure how he did that), and now he's got another release planned to go head to head with Drake's album, Views From The 6.
Who Had The Better Reference: Kobe Bryant Vs Steph Curry
Tonight's Jazz/Lakers game will mark the end of an era as the door closes on one of the most dominant careers in NBA history. In the 20 years Kobe Bryant's been in the league, he's shattered records, led some of the strongest squads of the 21st Century, and won five championships, making it clear that he'll be voted into the Hall Of Fame as soon as humanly possible. Before he takes the court for his 1,565th and final game, we're taking a look back on the influence his career's had on the rap game by weighing it against that of one of his heirs apparent, Golden State's Steph Curry.
14 Artists That Drake Co-Signed
A Drake co-sign will put you on the map, straight up. It's happened for many artists over the past half-decade or so. The Weeknd was only brought into the mainstream spotlight when Drake appeared on his sophomore mixtape Thursday. Migos stock skyrocketed after Drizzy jumped on "Versace." Even the likes of dancehall star Popcaan has been able to crossover into the American mainstream after garnering attention from Drake.
Drake's "Views From The 6" Will Reportedly Be Exclusive To Apple Music For The First Week
Over the weekend, Drake announced during his OVO Sound radio show that his highly anticipated Views From The 6 album will be dropping on April 29, but it appears some listeners may have to wait an extra week to hear it unfortunately.
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Remains At #1 On Hot 100 For 8th Consecutive Week
Rihanna's "Work" is her first number one on the Hot 100 since 2012's "Diamonds," and it seems it won't be leaving the top spot without a fight. The single will be spending its 8th consecutive week atop the charts, tying Rih for the record for second-most total weeks at number one, trailing only Mariah Carey (79 weeks to Rihanna's 59). As a personal record, the song is also Rih's the second-longest running single at #1, surpassing "Umbrella" and "Love The Way You Lie" this week. "We Found Love" made it to 10 weeks atop the charts, can "Work " do the same?
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Kanye West Debuts New Song, Performs "Pop Style" For First Time
Several videos have appeared from Kanye West's first show of 2016 at the Paradise International Music Festival in the Philippines. Now, more footage from the performance has surfaced, including the debut of a never-before-heard take on "Runaway" titled (on YouTube) "I Don't Want To Be Liked." The song features some auto-tune warbling from Kanye over gospel piano.
Drake's "Views From The 6" Will Be An Apple Music Exclusive
Top artists have joined forces with the most prominent music streaming services in recent months. Rihanna and Kanye West both released their latest albums on Tidal -- and Ye even kept The Life of Pablo locked on the Jay Z-helmed platform for over a month and a half. It is known that Drake has a deal with Apple Music, though the exact terms of the partnership are unknown.
Drake Shares "Views From The 6" Release Date
Episode 19 of OVO Sound Radio just went live, and before any music was played, Drake let his fans know that Views from the 6 will be released on April 29. Oliver began the show, and he revealed that he had to pull his October Firm partner away from the studio in order to get him to partake in tonight's hosting duties -- suggesting that Drake is still busy putting the final touches on Views.
Stream Episode 19 Of OVO Sound Radio, Hosted By Drake & Oliver El-Khatib
It's that time, y'all -- 6pm and all eyes are pointed toward the 6, where Drake and OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib, aka October Firm, are situated, ready to give fans another live episode of their label's Beats 1 radio show. Drake has promised that Views from the 6 will drop some time this month, and tonight, listeners are expecting him to premiere something off of the long-anticipated album.
Drake To Host OVO Sound Radio Tomorrow Night
It's Views month, so it was only a matter of time until Drake made an appearance on his label's Beats 1 radio show. Tomorrow night at 6pm EST, the duo known as October Firm, made up of Drake and OVO co-founder Oliver-El Khatib, will host episode 19 of OVO Sound Radio. The show will also include a guest mix from Virgil Abloh, the creator of the fashion company Off-White as well as a close creative consultant of Kanye West's.
Odell Beckham Jr. Has Been Living In Drake's Mansion
Those who follow either Odell Beckham Jr. and Drake on Instagram will know that the two clean-cut gentleman -- with a similar affinity for workout-mode selfies -- are good friends.
Drake's "Views From The 6" Reportedly Dropping At End Of Month
It was back in January that Drake's highly anticipated album, Views From The 6, had been confirmed for an April release. Since then, as each month goes by, Drizzy continues fanning the flame.
Drake & Future’s “Jumpman” Record Sales Skyrocket Thanks To Taylor Swift’s Apple Commercial
Well it turns out Drake & Future’s “Jumpman” record has seen a massive spike in record sales over the last week ever since Taylor Swift did her infamous treadmill fall for Apple Music’s latest ad.
Drake Reportedly Projects "Views From The 6" Cover On London Building
Update: A UK representative for Universal Republic now tells FADER that the the art was meant to "tease the album release," and is "100% not the album artwork". The publication reports that this is the same source who initially told them the projection would reveal album art, which explains the misunderstanding. In other words, we're still waiting to see the official Views cover art.
A History Of Drake's Non-Album Singles
With Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently becoming his biggest hit to date, the rapper seems to have mastered the art of the standalone single. Drizzy has been using loose tracks as a means to promote his albums for a few years now, and he's only become more generous with the release of singles since the launch of his OVO Radio show.
OVO & Canada Goose Collaborate Again For Spring/Summer '16
What is probably the most sensible rapper and clothing brand collaboration continues with another collection of dope outerwear from Canda Goose in conjunction with Drake’s OVO label. The duo has collaborated in the past, but this collection has the product offering expanding a bit. It’ll still be super limited though.
Drake Releases "Pop Style" Featuring Kanye West & Jay Z, "One Dance" On iTunes
Drake's Views From The 6 is set to drop any day now, and with that, comes leaks. Drizzy's sprung more than a few leaks in the past week or two, and today, he gets ahead of that by releasing two new records directly to iTunes/Apple Music, with no online stream available for us blog folk.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.