The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of August 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.
That Drake & Rihanna Countdown Site Is Fake
Twitter had all kinds of theories as to what the mysterious countdown at the URL DrakeAndRihanna.com could signify, but unfortunately, it's been reported that the site is unofficial.
Drake & Rihanna Dined At Nobu The Night After The VMAs
Drake has received some heat for failing to plant a smooch on Rihanna's lips (which was seemingly his plan) Sunday night as he presented her Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs.
iLoveMakonnen To Drake Following VMAs: "I Have No Beef Or Animosity Towards U"
While Drake was quick to sign iLoveMakonnen shortly after remixing his track, "Club Going Up On A Tuesday," Makonnen's OVO stay was short-lived. Since then, there have been many rumors as to why Makonnen moved from the imprint to its parent label, Universal, but the rapper has maintained that he has no hard feelings for anyone on Drake's side (though he has cracked some jokes about it).
The 8 Best Moments From The 2016 VMAs
The VMAs are known for their spectacle. From Kanye's infamous interruption to Nicki's "Miley, what's good?" there's always something to talk about at the end of the night. As far as controversies go, this year's event was pretty clean of beef or provocation, but on the whole, it was one of the more consistent shows in recent years. Great performances, video premieres, awkward interactions, and a whole lot of memes defined the night, so we've gone back through and found 8 of our favourite moments. Let us know what you liked and didn't like in the comments below.
Top Tracks: August 21 - August 28
Can we finally breathe a sign of relief after what's proven to be a crazy August?
Drake Posts Coupley Pic With Rihanna To Prove He Didn't Get Curved
Last night, Drake wasn't present to accept his Video Music Award for Best Hip Hop Video ("Hotline Bling"), but he did show up in the final moments of the ceremony as the surprise presenter of the Video Vanguard Award, which went to Rihanna.
Full List Of Winners From The 2016 MTV VMAs
The stars have arrived and the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are now underway. The performances will be a huge part of the show, as Rihanna will carry out something of a career retrospective and Kanye West will have free reign. Beyonce is also rumored to have something special in store.
A Billboard In L.A. Appears To Hint At Drake & Kanye West Collaboration
Drake likes to announce things on billboards (even if its simply congratulating Rihanna on her MTV Video Vanguard Award), so it makes sense that his recently announced joint project with Kanye West might be revealed in a similar way. A user of Reddit's Hip-Hop Heads section seems to have discovered a new billboard in L.A. that is likely hinting at a new collaboration between Drake and Kanye West.
Andre 3000's "Solo" Verse Was Not Aimed At Drake; Is Two Years Old
The first listen of Frank Ocean's long-awaited Blond(e) provided many surprises, and for rap fans one of the major talking points came with Andre 3000's verse on "Solo (Reprise)". "After 20 years in, I'm so naive / I was under the impression / That everyone wrote they own verses / It's comin' back different and, yeah, that shit hurts me," raps Three Stacks on the record, spawning speculation that the bars might be a shot at Drake, who was criticized by Meek Mill last summer about his use of collaborative writers.
Drake Congratulates Rihanna On Her Video Vanguard Award With A Billboard
If you’re unaware, Rihanna is set to receive the 2016 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the MTV VMA’s this Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. To congratulate her for the accomplishment, rumored boyfriend, Drake, decided to surprise her with her own billboard Friday that read, “Congratulations to Rihanna from Drake and everyone at OVO,” which also included the OVO owl in the corner (see below).
Rick Ross Will Jump In Meek Mill/Drake Beef If Necessary
Rick Ross has been busy this past week, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of his debut album Port of Miami.
Drake Announces Release Date For Short Film "Please Forgive Me"
Earlier in August, Drake revealed that he has been working on a short film called "Please Forgive Me" that features music from VIEWS.
Charts Don't Lie: August 24
There's some new talent in the Billboard 200 this week, with PARTYNEXTDOOR, Rae Sremmurd, and Atmosphere all holding it down with debuts in the top 25.
Diddy Makes An Appearance At Drake's Summer Sixteen Tour In North Carolina
Drake’s “Summer Sixteen” tour has had no shortage of special guest appearances, from Kanye West to Derrick Rose. The Boy can even pull high profile guest appearances when they aren’t going backstage. Such was the case last night in North Carolina.
Jordan Brand Postpones The "OVO" Air Jordan 12 Release
Drake's all-white sting ray laden "OVO" Air Jordan 12s will be releasing; that much is true. When they'll be releasing is anyone's guess at this point though. The OVO Js were originally rumored to drop this Summer, with some suggesting a late July, early August release date but now we're approaching the end of the Summer and the shoes are no where to be found.
Peter Rosenberg Is Heated After Drake Disses Meek Mill In Philly
HOT 97 radio personality Peter Rosenberg was infuriated upon learning that Drake used his "Summer Sixteen" show in Philly as a means of reigniting his beef with Meek Mill.
Meek Mill Accuses Drake Of Enlisting Police To Exit Philly Show Last Night
Last night, Drake's "Summer Sixteen" tour came through Philly, and he used the show to reinvigorate his beef with the city's biggest rapper, Meek Mill. He performed an especially fired-up rendition of his "Back to Back" diss track, and addressed Meek directly afterwards: "It's not about your city. I love your city. You did that shit to your motherfuckin' self, boy." He also switched up the lyrics on "Still Here" in order to try to pit Meek's hometown against him, rapping, "You not really from Philly and they can tell, n*gga."
Top Tracks: August 15 - August 21
Last week was a funny one for album delays. On one hand, Frank Ocean delivered not only his first, but also his second album since 2012's Channel Orange, but on the other, we didn't get the projects that we'd been expecting from French Montana, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.
Drake Takes Multiple Shots At Meek Mill At Philly "Summer Sixteen" Show
From the moment the "Summer Sixteen" tour dates were unveiled, Drake had tonight's show marked on his calendar. Tonight was the first time Drake performed in Philly since he entered into a beef with the city's biggest rapper, Meek Mill. On Friday night (Aug.