Charts Don't Lie: September 30
Last week belonged to Drake and Future, and while their numbers didn't live up to the inflated projections, they still managed to keep Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, and the persistent Beauty Behind The Madness out of the top spot. Miller's major label debut came in at number 3, a little lower than his previous independent offering, but we're sure the new money behind him will keep the gears moving throughout the year.
OVO Drops Drake's "Hotline Bling" Merch
Drake recently threw up a pic to Instagram of a hoodie and a cap, both a creamy pink hue and bearing the "1-800-HOTLINEBLING" seen on the track's cover art. Capitalizing on the fact that no one can get that goddamn hook out of their head -- "you used to call me on my celllllll phone...." -- OVO just dropped the hat on their online store. The embroidered pink unstructured strapback cap is available for $45. The hoodie isn't up yet, but we can only assume that that is on its way.
Drake And Future's "Jumpman" Is Now A Super-Addictive Video Game
People who dig both Doodle Jump and WATTBA will be pleased to find that their passions have been consolidated in a new browser-based video game called "Jumpman." The game allows you to select the disembodied head of one of three characters -- Drake, Future, and Metro Boomin -- and bounce upward from platform to platform, finding your tempo amidst a diamond-encrusted landscape. Shoutout to hip hop-savvy programmer that put together this internet masterpiece.
Top Tracks: September 21 - September 27
Top 10s are only exciting when they actually change. For a while, that wasn't happening. Luckily, our Top 100 is getting more exciting each week, as we move further and further away from the incessant Drake domination. Let's get to it. 10) The Game ft. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris
Drake Just Landed His 100th Placement On The Billboard Hot 100
Drake has kept the hits coming over the last few years, and Billboard has been keeping track. Today, it was announced that Drizzy had landed his 100th entry on the Hot 100 chart.In fact he landed his 93rd, 94th, 95th... so on and so forth, as eight songs from his joint project with Future, What A Time To Be Alive, made their way on to the chart.
Drake On Meek Mill: "Don't Worry, He's Dead Already"
It seems that fans chanting "Fuck Meek Mill" is fairly commonplace at Drake shows these days, enough that the OVO rapper decided to address some fans dissing his rival."Don't worry, he's dead already," Drizzy joked at his Landmark Festival performance in DC earlier tonight, which was answered by cheers from fans.
Jahlil Beats Says Drake & Meek Mill's Beef Might Not Be Over
Though the beef between Drake and Meek Mill barely lasted a couple of weeks, it was by far the most sensational event to happen in hip-hop all year. It's now two months after Meek Mill's Twitter fingers ran wild, and we thought the beef was long over with. Not so fast, says Jahlil Beats, who produced Meek's one and only diss track, "Wanna Know."
First Week Sales For Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive", Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"
The first week sales for Drake and Future's internet-dominating WATTBA have arrived. Originally, the industry insiders were expecting it to move close to 500,000 copies opening week, but that number was later adjusted, and the final sales land somewhere squarely within the updated projections.
Drake Speaks On Quentin Miller's Reference Tracks & Beating Meek Mill With "Back To Back"
With the FADER 100 issue, Drake has given his first interview since early 2014. As he hasn't spoken to the media during a time when the media wants him most, the new issue finally lets fans hear Drizzy touch on some controversial topics that have surrounded him for much of the summer. Even though he dealt with said controversies about as well as he could have, most of us still have a few tough questions that we want to direct at the "6 God."
Drake Covers FADER's 100th Issue
For its 100th issue, FADER has gotten a cover star worthy of the occasion: Drake, who has given the magazine his first extended interview since his infamous February 2014 feature in Rolling Stone, in which he felt his words were manufactured to create a false conflict with Jay Z. His new cover story comes at a time when he's one of the world's biggest pop stars -- soon after signing a $20 million contract with Apple Music and days after releasing one of the year's most hyped projects with Future, titled What a Time to Be Alive.
Who Had The Better Verse: Drake Vs. Future
What a Time to Be Alive has finally resonated on our ears. The ten-song effort is a testament to many things: the prominence of the dark, druggy, Atlanta trap sound; Future's work ethic; Drake's diversity. The album is one of the more surprising releases in recent history, and recent history has almost exclusively boasted albums that were (at least trying to be) a surprise.
Future Comments On Keeping Friendships With Both Drake & Meek Mill
There was a time when Future was pretty reserved in interviews, but those days are behind him. The Atlanta rapper covers the latest copy of XXL magazine, and with an early look at the interview, he seems to be saying a whole lot.Some of the hard questions came out, with Future weighing in on the Drake and Meek Mill situation, his relationship with Ciara and their son, and of course -- the question on everyone's mind -- what's the deal with those Gucci flip flops?
Drake Opened A Restaurant In Toronto
Drake held a pretty exclusive event last night, but it had nothing to do with his recent project with Future -- in fact, it had nothing to do with music whatsoever. Drake's party in Toronto was to celebrate the opening of his new restaurant with celebrity chef, Susur Lee. It's called Fring's, and it's located in the heart of downtown at 455 King St. W.
Review: Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive"
In terms of rappers from different area codes that join forces for a mixtape, Drake and Future are one of the strangest pairs we've seen in a minute.
Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive": The Complete Name-Drop Guide
Drake and Future successfully created a moment with What A Time To Be Alive, successfully dodging leaks and getting rap fans everywhere tuned in to a a good old-fashioned radio show. Of course, the main difference with doing this in 2015 is the project could instantly be discussed on a major scale, with fans everywhere tweeting out lyrics as they happened.
Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More
Forbes released its 2015 Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and there are few surprises. Diddy holds down the top spot, matching the $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success. Sorry, 50.
Lupe Fiasco Rants Against Complex
Lupe Fiasco goes on impassioned twitter rants every now and then, and last night, Complex happened to be at the center of one.
The Weeknd Replaces Himself At #1 On Billboard Top 100 With "The Hills"
The Weeknd has been riding high off the success off his new album, Beauty Behind the Madness, which as he tweeted yesterday, has been keeping the #1 spot on lock for three weeks in a row. That's not his only feat though, as all the records off the album were charting on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Top 50.
Top Tracks: September 14 - September 20
Drake didn't get the top spot, but he once again proved why it's foolish to ever count him out. Let's get to it... 10) 2 Chainz - No Off Dayz 2 Chainz and Zaytoven sounded like a can't-miss proposition. The combination of trap's clown prince and it's beatmaking king undoubtedly drew the HNHH masses to this song, but Tity Boi didn't hold up his end.
Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive" By The Numbers
The much anticipated Drake & Future collaboration project What A Time To Be Alive dropped over the weekend, specifically, last night at 8 PM EST. Like the rest of the world, we couldn't wait to get our hands on it and delve deep. Although it hasn't even been 24 hours since the release, we've managed to listen over and over again, track by track, and broke it down into numbers: everything from the amount of producers that touched the boards, to the number of cars that Future mentions.