Charts Don't Lie: November 16
It's a good week for those who dig the soulful side of hip hop music, with Alicia Keys' new album HERE debuting at the #2 spot and Common's Black America Again debuting at #25 with his latest LP. Rae Sremmurd have managed to soar back up the charts with help from the viral success of their single "Black Beatles," while our mainstay, Drake, comes in #8 at with VIEWS. The Suicide Squad soundtrack leads the way for Meek Mill, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Rihanna, A$AP Mob.
Drake Is Reportedly Helping Taylor Swift Record Hip-Hop Tracks For Her Next Album
Taylor Swift was recently spotted at Drake's 30th birthday party, and apparently they were behaving extra friendly toward one and other, causing dating rumors to go viral.
Top Tracks: November 7 - November 13
The state of high-profile stars' song creation processes is such that we often don't know how credited songwriters and/or guests factor into the equation until long after the song is released. Time and time again this year, we've seen "original versions" by people other than the lead artists surface, basically proving that they're the main crative forces behind the song in question.
Drake Gets "Unruly" Tattoo On Arm
Although it may not be a matching tattoo with Rihanna, it looks like the boy, Drake, got himself some more ink on Thursday. Celebrity tattoo artist, Dr. Woo, took to IG yesterday and revealed the new piece he just did on Drake’s upper arm.
Drake Announces Toronto Raptors "Drake Night" Will Be Held Next Week Against The Warriors
Drake has announced that the Toronto Raptors' annual "Drake Night" will be taking place next Wednesday, November 16th when the Golden State Warriors pay a visit to the Air Canada Centre. Drake and the Raptors always have some special edition giveaways in line for all who attend Drake Night, although they've yet to announce what tee shirts, sweatbands, lint rollers etc. will be handed out next Wednesday.
Charts Don't Lie: November 9
Each of this week's top four albums are debuts, including Jeezy at #1 and Meek Mill at #3. Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack also make it into the top 10, while A$AP Mob just misses the mark by coming in at #13. Travis Scott and Rihanna slip a few spots with their respective efforts, while Rae Sremmurd and 21 Savage/Metro Boomin continue to climb the charts with theirs. D.R.A.M. slips from #19 to #32 with his full-length debut, and Chance The Rapper also slipped out of the top 30 by coming in at #35 this time around. ***
Top Tracks: October 31 - November 6
When Drake and Future linked up just over a year ago for What A Time To Be Alive, it was an almost earth-shattering event in hip hop, regardless of the album's quality. One was (and still is) undeniably the most popular rapper on the planet, and the other was (and probably isn't at the moment) the hottest, the guy who was just capping one of the craziest 12-month runs we've seen in this decade.
Drake Reignites Kanye West Collab Rumors: "There Goes The Neighborhood"
Drake and Kanye West have been sporadically teasing a collaborative project over the last few months, and today Drake seems to have dropped yet another hint.
Meek Mill's Verse Was Cut Off On His Own Song On OVO Sound Radio
Drake and Meek Mill still aren't on good terms, and while a Meek Mill song was technically played on Saturday night's episode of OVO Sound Radio, it hasn't exactly patched things up between the two. Early in Oliver El-Khatib's mix, Meek's DC4 highlight "Offended" began playing, surprising many fans, but following Young Thug's opening verse, just as Meek was about to enter, the song was cut and Drake's "Sneakin'" was played. It's possible this was all just a strange coincidence, but it was flagrant enough to get people talking on Twitter.
Zaytoven Talks Producing Future & Drake's "Used To This," Gives Updates On "Beast Mode 16" & "6'ers"
On Friday, Future released his new Drake-assisted single, "Used To This," which featured an especially colorful piano-led beat from Zaytoven. Hearing Zay's keys on the record suggested that perhaps Future's long-awaited sequel to his Beast Mode mixtape (a full length collaboration with the producer), tentatively titled Beast Mode 16, was on its way -- so we had to talk to Zaytoven to get the details.
Drake Trolls With Taylor Swift Instagram Post
Rumors have been afloat concerning Drake and country/pop darling Taylor Swift. Drizzy and T Swift first fielded dating rumors, which has since turned into music collaboration rumors.
21 Savage On Drake & Meek Mill: "Them Both My Homies"
This year has been good to 21 Savage, as perhaps no rapper has experienced a quicker rise to the top. And October was his most successful month yet. He celebrated his 24th birthday on the 22nd, and in the week that followed, he appeared on collaborations with both Drake and Meek Mill.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of October 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Drake & Taylor Swift Reportedly Working On Music Together
Recently, a rumor that Drake and Taylor Swift were dating arose, and while there doesn't seem to be much supporting that report, a new suggestion that the two are in the studio seems more plausible. E!
Charts Don't Lie: November 2
A series of new, non-rap albums took over the top four spots this week, leaving just Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack in the overall top 10. Travis Scott, Rihanna, and the new one from D.R.A.M. represent in the teens, while Kanye West, Solange, Rae Sremmurd, Chance The Rapper, and 21 Savage/Metro Boomin take us up into the 30s.
Apple Music Reportedly Decreasing Their Subscription Prices
Apple Music subscribers rejoice. According to sources working closely with the company, Apple Music is reportedly considering implementing a drop in their price for subscriptions. The move, which may cost the corporation a sizable amount of money in the short term, is a way of dealing with the low undercutting prices of Amazon Music.
Noah "40" Shebib Confirms Kanye Didn't Write Lyrics For Drake's "Two Birds, One Stone"
Over the weekend, there was a report that Kanye had contributed lyrics to Drake's "Two Birds, One Stone," based on credits found on Tidal.
Top Tracks: October 24 - October 30
For the past few years it's been clear that regardless of quality, everything Drake announces or releases is guaranteed to produce more pageviews on HNHH than any of his contemporaries. We've known this for a while and capitalized upon it a few times, which many of you have noticed and decried, but hey, you're still clicking on it. Drizzy dropped four tracks on OVO Sound Radio last weekend and nothing has changed, despite the fact that they did arrive too late for last week's Top Tracks list.
Here Are The Costumes Rappers Wore For Halloween 2016
Year in and year out, Halloween never ceases to produce amazing costumes. This year witnessed some intriguing costume choices from the hip hop set. Big Sean was a storm trooper to Jhene Aiko's jedi warrior; Tyga was Juelz Santana; Beyonce was Pepa, Drake was as hip hop lawyer 2-Dollar Steve; Diddy was Thor; Chris Brown was Deadpool. But wait, there's more. Check out the embedded Instagram posts below to see how Bow Wow, Big Boi, Tech N9ne, Christina Milian, Fabolous, and a host of others did it large for Halloween 2016.
Drake Buys 21 Savage A New Ferrari For His 24th Birthday
21 Savage celebrated his 24th birthday last weekend, on the 22nd, and he received his own happy birthday post on Drake's Instagram page.