Drake Or Kendrick Lamar? Barack Obama Shares His Answer
After delivering his eighth and final State of the Union address earlier this week, President Obama sat down with Adande Thorne (better known by his YouTube alias Swoozie) to answer a multitude of questions posed via the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama. Among the questions was one that has been cause for contentious debate within the hip hop community: Drake or Kendrick Lamar? "Gotta go with Kendrick," Obama said. "I’m just saying. I think Drake is an outstanding entertainer but Kendrick, his lyrics, his last album was outstanding. Best album I think last year."
Drake & Kevin Hart Named Coaches Of The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
NBA All-Star Weekend is set to go down in Toronto February 12-14. Naturally, Drake is pretty pumped about it. His amateur basketball career has had its ups and downs, and he'll have a chance to add to his bball credentials as the coach of Team Canada in the All-Star Celebrity Game. He will face off against 4-time Celebrity Game MVP Kevin Hart, the coach of Team USA.
Drake Describes Attending A Death Row Records Songwriting Camp
Early on in 2014, writer John Seabrook sat down for an interview with Drake.
Bryson Tiller Talks Playing Call Of Duty With The Weeknd, Working With Michael B. Jordan & More
Being named “Best New Artist of 2015” from anyone is dope, but Bryson Tiller got the added bonus of an in-depth interview from Apple Music.
Meek Mill Shares Thoughts On A Certain "Fraud" Wearing The Crown
Just when you thought we may have heard the end of Drake and Meek Mill's feud, the pot is stirred once more. Meek shared a somewhat vague message on Instagram today, but it's hard not to take it as a comment on his Canadian rival."The Crown ain't worth shit if the person wearing it is a fraud," reads the image. Seeing as Meek's original issue with Drizzy was that the rapper wasn't writing all of his own rhymes, it seems plausible that he's bringing up the conversation once again.
Drake & Rihanna: A Brief History
There is hope yet for #AubRih. Drake's lust for Rihanna has never been fully reciprocated, but there is a clear mutual attraction between the two superstars. Despite a roller coaster relationship since 2015, replete with dance floor hook ups, the friend zone, actual musical collaboration, and more, the flame of #AubRih has never been extinguished. It threatened to burn down LAX Saturday night, during a music video shoot for their soon-to-be smash single "Work."
TMI: When Rappers Overshare On Social Media
One of the main things that fueled Future's career reinvention, which began with Monster, and dominated the majority of 2015, was his breakup with Ciara, his onetime fiancée and mother of the most recent of his four children.
Listen To Snippets From Rihanna & Drake's Rumored Single, "Work"
Rihanna's ANTI felt imminent for months now, but rumors of a new single with Drake mean that the project could finally be on its way. RiRi's rabid fanbase has managed to put together some solid evidence that the singer filmed a music video with Drake Saturday night in L.A., producing clips from the alleged set, as well as a casting notice. From what we've seen so far, the song is said to be titled "Work," and has a bit of a dancehall feel, a sound that Drizzy has been hinting at more recently, and something Rihanna has always done well.
Watch J. Cole's "Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming" Concert Film
After teasing us with previews of the big premiere in the preceding weeks, HBO aired J. Cole's highly-anticipated concert film, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming, last night. The show was filmed in Cole's hometown of Fayetteville, N.C., where he gave his day-one fans some special surprises, including appearances from Drake, Jay Z, Big Sean, and YG.
Drake Earns University Of Kentucky Another NCAA Violation
For reasons that aren't totally clear, Drake is a massive fan of Kentucky Wildcats' basketball. The team has welcomed his constant support, and in late 2014, coach Calipari even let him participate in the pre-game warm up, which, of course, only led to one of the most infamous airballs of all time.
Noah “40” Shebib Drops Hint About “Views From The 6”
During his NYE party in Miami last week, Drake hinted that his highly anticipated Views From The 6 album would be “coming very soon,” and more evidence just turned up Friday night to further validate his statement.
The Weeknd, Drake, & Fetty Wap Crack Top 10 Best-Selling Albums Of 2015
Nielsen has announced the United States' best-selling albums of 2015. Representing from the hip hop sector are The Weeknd's Beauty Behind the Madness at #5, Drake's IYRTITL at #6, and Fetty Wap's self-titled debut album at #10. Meanwhile, Adele's 25 absolutely obliterated the competition, selling more than twice as many copies as any other album despite having been released at the end of November.
Charts Don't Lie: January 6th
We didn't see many debuts this week, but pretty much all the big rap releases of 2015 experienced a considerable push. The most logical explanation would be that many of the most popular rap albums depend on streams to chart, and when Christmas rolled around, physical and iTunes copies were being sold a whole lot more, but it was pop releases like Adele's back catalog that saw the greatest boost. Now, that the surge is over, heavily streamed albums are now back in their rightful positions.
13 Things We Want In 2016
Last year was amazing for hip hop. There were new sounds popping up all over the country and no shortage of albums, mixtapes, and projects to feast your ears on. From the West Coast renaissance to Atlanta's overall dominance, 2015 was awesome, straight up.
Quiz: The Year In Hip-Hop
2015 was a pretty big year for hip-hop. We saw an unnaturally large number of releases from major artists, making for a good presence of albums and singles on the charts. We saw breakout years for artists like Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, and more, as well as hot streaks from the likes of Future and Drake. Competition was also incredibly tense, with clashes between Drake and Meek Mill, The Game and Stitches, and many more.
Drake & Amber Rose Had A "Private Dinner" In Miami This Weekend
Outside of Meek Mill and maybe Sauce Walka, there aren't many people who'd turn down a Drake hangout. The rapper somehow miraculously brought Lil Wayne and Birdman together New Year's Eve after all. However, the latest celeb he's been kicking it with is Amber Rose.
OVO Comments On Meek Mill's Upcoming "Back To Back" Remix
Drake generally does a pretty good job of keeping his subliminal disses within his rhymes, but sometimes they spill out on to Twitter through his crew.
Kendrick Lamar Says Drake & Future Made Some Of His Favorite Rap Music Of 2015
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly was probably the densest album of the year, through a combination of its grandiose musical arrangements, disparate influences, political themes, and very technical rapping. While this made the album a critical success, it also made it the go-to project for a certain type of rap fan to describe as "real hip-hop".
Meek Mill's "Dreamchasers 4" Also Has An "I'm The Plug" Remix
On New Year's Eve, Meek Mill and his Dreamchasers crew held a listening party for his upcoming mixtape, Dreamchasers 4. Not too many details of the mixtape have been revealed yet, but a partygoer was able to record some snippets of a remix of "Back to Back" -- the second straight diss track Drake fired at Meek this summer, which has gone on to earn a Grammy nod.
King Louie Says The OVO Owl Saved His Life
In December 2014, King Louie got two OVO-inspired tattoos -- the label's signature owl next to one ear as well as an image of Drake's "6 God prayer hands" beneath his other ear. Though Louie, aka 6 God Tony, and Drake are friends, it's never been confirmed that Louie has any business ties to the Toronto label. Regardless, he's certainly not regretting those tattoos -- especially the owl.