28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 2)
You can get a good sense of what's going on in hip-hop by simply scrolling through the right Instagram accounts, and you can certainly learn a lot from clicking through our gallery of the best moments from the 'Gram this week.
Mo-G Posts Bloody Instagram Pic Suggesting He Was Beat Up By OVO
Last week, Toronto rapper Mo-G, a member of the group Halal Gang, became the latest of Drake's behind-the-scenes collaborators to incite controversy, as he put up a series of since-deleted Instagram posts that accused the OVO rapper of swagger jacking and short-changing him for songwriting credits. The post came less than two months after Drake shouted out Mo-G on his latest single, "Summer Sixteen."
Check Out Drake's "Views From The 6"
Few albums have been more anticipated this year than Drake’s Views From the 6. The Toronto rapper takes a ton of pride and inspiration from his hometown, so we’re going to take you on a journey through our own Views From the 6.
Drake Covers SLAM Alongside DeMar DeRozan & Kyle Lowry
Drake's Views From The 6 Album will arrive sometime next month, with some hypothesizing that it will be shared April 2nd on OVO Radio (judging by the 4 + 2 = 6 posters around the city), but even with the LP so close in sight, Drizzy has other business to take care of, such as putting on for his home team, the Toronto Raptors.
Lil Wayne Sues Universal Music Group For Unpaid Royalties On Drake, Nicki Minaj & Tyga
Lil Wayne has been on the receiving end of several lawsuits over the past couple years, but this time around the tables are being turned. Reports are surfacing all over the web tonight that Lil Wayne is suing Universal Music Group for royalties he’s apparently owed for profits gained by Drake, Nicki Minaj, & Tyga.
Top Tracks: March 21 - 27
The top tracks lists of the last few weeks got a little stale, with some songs (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Travi$ Scott's "Uber Everywhere" remix, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz's "Gotta Lotta") appearing week after week without much in the way of competition showing up to unseat them. Well, that changes this week, where the top nine tracks on the site are all newcomers.
Drake & Meek Mill Are Two Of The Most Popular Choices For MLB Walk-Up Songs
Walk-up songs are a very important aspect of the game of baseball. One must choose the perfect song to get them adequately hyped up for their turn batting, and from the looks of a recent tally from Baseball Prospectus (as pointed out by Pigeons & Planes), Drake is probably the way to go.
Meek Mill Reportedly Denies Quentin Miller Assault Occurred
Yesterday, an interview with Quentin Miller got quite a bit of attention when the rapper and Drake collaborator claimed that he was approached by Meek Mill and his crew, before being sucker-punched by one member of the group after he refused to publicly apologize to Meek.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 26)
The Instagram flex is perfected when you can get two legendary people in one photo, especially if they're a surprising combination. This week the "when you and your boy are riding different waves but still building" meme reached its highest point as Young Thug and Elton John posed for a photo in Atlanta, with Elton rocking a "Thugger" hat on top of everything. The two have been rumored to be working on a "Rocketman" remix, which we have no idea what to expect from, but even if these photos are the only thing that ever materializes from Elton Thug, we still feel satisfied.
Quentin Miller Admits Meek Mill & The Dreamchasers Beat Him Up In L.A.
UPDATE (03/25/16 5:09pm): Is this meme Meek Mill's response to Miller's story about getting attacked by the Dreamchasers in L.A.?
SXSW Polaroids: PartyNextDoor, Metro Boomin, Flatbush Zombies, Denzel Curry & More
We're back, with more goodness from SXSW. Exclusive interviews from our trip down South will continue to roll out in the forthcoming week, but to follow up our trip recap and photo diary, we've got some special Polaroids to be 100% accurate these are actually Fuji Instaxs, but you get the idea.
5 Things We Want From PartyNextDoor's "P3"
It's been a fast year for OVO so far, beginning with Drake's "Summer Sixteen." All eyes were directed toward Views from the 6, which is, finally, set to arrive next month. There hasn't been another taste of Views since, though OVO has kept its name out there with the release of the self-titled debut album from Majid Jordan as well as the signing of the anonymous R&B act dvsn.
Mo-G Accuses Drake Of Stealing His Style, Calls Him "Little Forest Hills Creature"
Looks like there’s trouble brewing up North. Toronto rapper Mo-G has been laying into Drake and his manager Oliver El-Khatib on Instagram. He’s accusing Drake’s team of all manner of shady behavior, including offering him only $500 for writing credits and jacking swagger and dance moves. Mo-G has uploaded it all to Instagram as evidence, saying he “ain’t afraid to speak the truth in public.”
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Spends A Fifth Week At Number One
The first time Drake showed up on a Rihanna song was "What's My Name," and it promptly went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Funny how history repeats itself.
Drake & Rihanna Surprise Fan With Cancer In Miami
Last week, as the "Anti" tour hit Miami, Rihanna brought out Drake to perform their smash hit "Work," currently the No. 1 song in the country. During their stop in Miami, the two megastars took the time to visit a young fan of theirs named Megan, who's currently undergoing cancer treatment.
Watch Highlights Of Drake's Surprise Fader Fort Performance
The entire OVO Sound crew flew down from Toronto to Austin last night to crash the Fader Fort and put on a surprise label showcase. On the final night of SXSW, Fader's closing party featured performances by Jazz Cartier, Gallant, and Anderson. .Paak, before OVO came through and each of the label's acts took the stage, one by one.
Are Drake & Kendrick Lamar Planning A Collaboration?
Rumors are circulating online suggesting that there could be a collaboration brewing between Kendrick Lamar and Drake. Many have presumed there to be a longstanding beef between the two rappers, though much of that narrative is likely the result of the media being unable to resist the temptation of pitting the game's two biggest stars against one another.
Kanye West & Drake Make TIME's "30 Most Influential People On The Internet" List
TIME, forever trying to crown influential people in the hope that they’ll be considered influential again, has released it’s second annual list of “The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet.” Number one on that list? None other than Kanye West.
Drake Confirms April Release For "Views From The 6"
The lead up to the release of Drake’s Views From The Six has been short on details and long on rumors. We’ve seen a number of social media posts from both Drake and his producer/friend Noah “40” Shebib suggesting that they are in the “home stretch” of recording.
Top Tracks: March 7 - March 13
After the excitement of new projects from Kevin Gates, Future, Young Thug, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, and Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, we seem to have hit a bit of a lull three months into 2016. Views From The 6 is (hopefully) in sight for April, and A$AP Ferg and ILoveMakonnen both should have new material out in the next few weeks, but March is definitely looking like a down month for hip hop's upper echelon.