Top Tracks: July 11 - July 17
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
YG, Drake & Kamaiyah Shoot "Why You Always Hatin?" Video In LA
Drake got himself into some drama this weekend, as he took shots at Joe Budden on French Montana's "No Shopping," which premiered on OVO Sound Radio. Hours later, the veteran rapper hit him back with yet another diss track, "Afraid," his third one in the past month. If Drake is plotting another reply, which seems highly unlikely, then he's not worrying about it right now.
Drake Debuts A 1-Of-1 Pair Of 24K Solid Gold Air Jordan 10s
Drake unveiled a brand new Air Jordan 10 over the weekend but these aren't your average pair of "OVO" Js that you can actually lace up and wear. This is a trophy pair. A trophy made out of 24K gold. The kicks, created by mixed media artist Matthew Senna, feature all of the details of Drake's "OVO" Air Jordan 10s, including the textured stingray portions of the shoe and the "OVO" branding on the sole.
10 Essential WizKid Tracks
With a population of 21 million, Lagos, Nigeria is one of the biggest cities in the world. It's most famous resident is recording artist WizKid. With inventive melodic turns, powerful auto-tune usage, a passionate belief in the power of the dancefloor for good, and an armada of Nigeria's best producers at his back, WizKid has become the face of afrobeat. He turned 26 years old yesterday. The future is bright indeed he now turns to the rest of Earth, having conquered Nigeria. Click through the gallery to listen to 10 of WizKid's most notable tracks to date.
Here's A Letter Drake Wrote To His Mom In 2006
Drake may not have actually started from the bottom, but he's certainly come a long way since 2006. The OVO rapper has shared a note he wrote to his mother in 2006, which was the year he released his debut mixtape, Room For Improvement, making him 20 years old. The message itself is a pretty hilarious look into Drizzy's early struggles trying to make his career happen, as he tells his mom he's cancelled his WireImage subscription after spending a little too much on eBay (all of which seemingly funded by Sandi Graham herself).
ScHoolboy Q's "Blank Face LP" Debuts At No. 2 Behind Drake's "VIEWS"
As was projected earlier this week, ScHoolboy Q's new album, Blank Face LP, has made its debut at No. 2 on the albums chart that includes sales plus streaming. Q's new album has ceded the top spot to Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, which has now spent a total of 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. Last week, VIEWS fell to No.
Joe Budden Responds To Drake's Diss On French Montana's "No Shopping"
As promised, tonight's episode of OVO Sound Radio included the premiere of French Montana's new Drake-featuring single: "No Shopping." News of the collab first broke in May, when French Montana shared a brief snippet of the song, during which Drake can be heard beginning his verse by rapping, "Pump, pump it up." The line was presumed to be a shot at Joe Budden, who had recently given VIEWS a decidedly
Popcaan Is The Special Guest On OVO Sound Radio Tonight
We're quickly approaching another highly anticipated episode of OVO Sound Radio. Episode 25 begins at 6PM EST on Beats 1 radio, and as usual, hosting duties go to OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib. After he opens the show, there will be a special guest mix from Drake's good friend from Jamaica, the OVO-affiliated Unruly dancehall star known as Popcaan.
Gucci Mane To Appear On Official Remix Of French Montana & Kodak Black's "Lockjaw"
There isn't much you could do to make French Montana and Kodak Black's "Lockjaw" collaboration better. It's pretty much a perfect song. However, a well-selected feature could be the only thing to possibly make the track even more powerful, and Gucci Mane La Flare seems like the man for the job.
French Montana & Drake To Drop "No Shopping" Tomorrow Night
Tomorrow, Drake and French Montana will finally release "No Shopping," the collaboration that was first previewed in May. The track will appear on French's upcoming album, MC4. French shared a short trailer for the song on his Instagram. The "No Shopping" cover art has also been unveiled, and it shows a receipt with different prices listed next to each of the track's collaborators. It is now known that "No Shopping" is produced by Murda Beatz, who has now worked on a total of three Drake collabs.
5 Biggest Live Hip Hop Fails
Rich Homie Quan has received considerable heat for his lyrical blunder at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors earlier this week.
James Blake Talks Beyonce Collab & Not Clearing Sample For Drake
UK singer and electronic music virtuoso James Blake has become a household name in the hip-hop world as he has made fans out of stars like Kanye West and Chance the Rapper.
Drake Shoots "Child's Play" Video In Houston
Though Drake's VIEWS, released at the end of April, has been by far the year's most successful album, none of its tracks have yet received a music video, save for the bonus track "Hotline Bling," which, of course, was the source of one of the most memorable videos of 2015.
Charts Don't Lie: July 13
Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09. Logic debuts at #16 with Bobby Tarantino and Desiigner begins his presence on the Billboard 200 at #22 with his mixtape New English.
Rihanna, Diddy, & The Weeknd Among Forbes' Highest-Paid Celebrities Of 2016
Forbes has released its Highest-Paid Celebrities of 2016 list, comprised of the 100 celebrities who earned the most money between June 2015 and June 2016 to crack the Top 100. Taylor Swift took the #1 spot with a whopping $170 million earned. A few hip hop & luminaries made the cut as well:
Drake Shares Eulogy For Megan Flores, The Young Cancer Patient To Whom "VIEWS" Is Dedicated
Yesterday (July 10), Drake revealed that Megan Flores, the adolescent girl to whom he dedicated his latest album, VIEWS, had lost her battle with cancer. Megan, known to fellow fans as OVO Megan, considered herself to be Drake's biggest admirer, and earlier this year, the Make-A-Wish Foundation set up a meeting between Drake and Megan in the Miami hospital in which she was being treated.
The Reign Of Drake's "VIEWS" Ends At 9 No. 1 Weeks In A Row
The historic reign of VIEWS has come to an end. After nine consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Drake's latest album has finally relinquished the top spot. And it was dethroned by an unlikely suspect: the middle-aged alt-rock band Blink-182, whose new album, California, has become the group's second No. 1, the last one being 2001's Take Off Your Pants and Jacket.
Zaytoven Says A Drake & Gucci Mane Project Has Been Discussed
It's been just over a month since Gucci Mane was released from prison, but he's already accomplished a whole lot -- turning in collaborations with Kanye West, Dreezy, Kodak Black, and recording an entire album, Everybody Looking, which will be released later this month. One of the records on the LP is "Back On Road," a collaboration with Drake -- who has been pretty tight with Guwop following his release, stopping by the rapper's mansion a couple weeks back to take some Instagram photos and of course, talk business.
Joe Budden Continues To Pester Drake For A Response
Joe Budden gave Drake a dose of his own medicine with two "Back To Back" diss tracks last week, but so far, Joe's efforts don't seem to have stung Drizzy the way the OVO rapper's own tracks did Meek Mill last summer.
Zaytoven Confirms Drake Feature On Future's "Beast Mode 16"
Drake has been hyping up this current summer season ever since wintertime, dropping his "Summer Sixteen" single at the end of January. At the end of April, he announced a "Summer Sixteen" tour with his WATTBA collaborator Future. The joint tour kicks off later this month month, and indeed, Drake has already dropped off more than enough music to soundtrack the summer. VIEWS is still the No. 1 album in the country -- for the ninth week in a row -- and "One Dance" is still the No. 1 song.