28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 5)
Lots of exciting stuff going down on Instagram this week. First off, we got an update on ALL of the upcoming TDE releases, and surprisingly, it was Kendrick's album that came through first (though it seems Q, Isaiah, Sza, and Soulo aren't far behind). We also got a brief update on Drake's Views From The 6 through a photo of Drizzy's creative partner, 40, stocking up with supplies to camp out in the studio (and to keep it Canadian, a Tim Horton's cup in hand).
Drake's New Instagram Photos Suggest He's In The "Home Stretch" Of Recording "Views"
We know that Drake's 4th studio album, Views From The 6, is scheduled to drop in April (most likely Saturday, April 2nd on OVO Radio by the looks of the ads), and it appears that the rapper is putting the finishing touches on the project right now.
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Spends Another Week At #1 On Billboard Hot 100
Drake may still be without a solo #1, but "Work" is his second collaboration with Rihanna to top the charts, and it doesn't seem to have any plans to leave its perch. Last week, the single managed to steal the glory from Justin Bieber's "Love Yourself" just as the double video for the track dropped, meaning that those VEVO streams have now been counted towards this week's numbers, so it's pretty obvious "Work" wasn't going anywhere.
Mysterious R&B Act dvsn Appears To Have Signed With OVO Sound
We still don't know much about dvsn, other than the act works with "Hotline Bling" producer Nineteen85 and they've released a few impressive traditionally-informed R&B singles, but today they've just been given a big look, seemingly pairing with Drake's label, OVO Sound.
Stream OVO Sound Radio Episode 16
UPDATE: It has been revealed that DJ Maximum, Skepta's offical DJ, will be tonight's special guest. He's just taken the decks now. Tune in here.
Drake Made Another Surprise Appearance At A London Club
Drake performed with Rihanna at the BRIT awards last week, and he hasn't been in any rush to get home since. Right after the show Wednesday, Drizzy showed up to a Section Boyz performance to show his support for the local scene, and Friday night, he pulled another surprise appearance, showing up at the Libertine nightclub in the Mayfair district.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (February 27)
Rap and R&B stars were flexing as much as ever this week, and while we usually see a beef or two spring up on Instagram, this cycle (for the most part) kept things pretty positive. Despited the fact he still hasn't made an account (that we know about, at least) Kanye West was all over the 'Gram over the last few days, taking som pics with 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti, Pusha T, and French Montana.
Drake Signs To Skepta's BBK
OVO and BBK have always been close crews, one led by Drake and the other by UK rapper Skepta. The two are so close that Drizzy didn't hesitate to get BBK('Boy Better Know') tattooed on himself earlier this year. Well, if that wasn't official enough, now it is.
Drake Performed With Section Boyz & Skepta After The BRIT Awards In London
Following his performance with Rihanna at the Brit Awards, Drake joined a few UK acts at an afterparty in London, where he proved his fandom to Section Boyz by rapping the entirety of "Trapping Ain't Dead" along with the group, unfortunately without a mic.Skepta was also in the building which made it quite a sight to see. Only a few clips have surfaced online so far, but you can take a look at the via Twitter below.
Behind The Beat: Vinylz
Anderson Hernandez grew up in Washington Heights, an area in New York City he says no one has ever come from before. After putting in a short time as an emcee, Hernandez fell in live with producing and never looked back. Against the wishes of his parents, he eventually dropped out of school to pursue music full time, and later earned their approval when they started hearing the songs he produced for Drake all over the radio.
Charts Don't Lie: February 24
Following the Grammys there was a surge that gave hip hop artists a boost in sales. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly jumped up from #60 to #16 after crushing it at the award show. The Weeknd also jumped from #12 back into the top 10, landing at #6 for his post-Grammy week on the charts.
Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Hits Number 1 On Hot 100
Just when you thought Rihanna's TWO new "Work" videos were her ticket to another number 1 on the Hot 100, Billboard has announced that the song will be taking the top spot THIS week, meaning it rose to the top without the help of VEVO streams.
The Best GIFs From Rihanna & Drake's "Work" Video
Seven minutes and thirty-four seconds is a long time to spend watching a video, even if that video is Rihanna's "Work" feat. Drake. Which is why we've identified the 20+ best moments from the video and transformed them into GIFs for your viewing pleasure.
Top Tracks: February 15 - February 21
After the Kanye-inspired chaos of last week, the past seven days have been relatively tame in the rap world, with the twin titans of last weekend (TLOP and the substantially less interesting Grammy awards) still dominating the conversation. Spillover aside, we got solid new projects from French Montana, Kirko Bangz, Yo Gotti, Young Dolph, TM88, and Gucci Mane/Honorable C-Note, but no Slime Season 3 just yet.
50 Cent Says Meek Mill Is "Not That Bright" When It Comes To Beef
50 Cent hasn't been able to leave Meek Mill alone lately. Ever since Meek took some shots at 50 (in defense of his MMG boss, Rick Ross), Fif has been taking every opportunity to denounce the rapper, whether it be through a constant stream of Instagram memes, or addressing him on stage to the glee of a "Fuck Meek Mill"-chanting crowd.In a recent conversation with DJ Sense, Meek came up once again, with Fif criticizing the way he often brings other people into his feuds unnecessarily.
Watch Drake Perform "Hotline Bling" & More At New York Bat Mitzvah
The rap performance at the bar/bat mitzvah isn't anything new, as we've recently seen teens flexing on their friends with guest appearances from the likes of Nicki Minaj and Fetty Wap, but a coming-of-age celebration that went down in New York City this weekend had possibly the most perfect guest --
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (February 20)
It was another busy week on rap Instagram, as last weekend proved a big weekend for flexing, between, All-Star Weekend, both Drake and Kendrick Lamar being presented with keys to their respective cities, and of course, the Grammys. Outside of that, we were still seeing some great photos from Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 event at MSG, The Game and Lloyd Banks seemingly squashing their beef with a pic in Dubai, Teyana Taylor showing off her post-baby body, and Chance The Rapper kicking it with Future.Click through the gallery to see everything that went down in the last week.
Noah '40' Shebib Speaks On Drake's "Views From The 6"
There's still no proper release date for Views From The 6, but the teasers keep coming. Last week a series of various billboard ads, some inspired by the single art for "Summer Sixteen," were spotted across the city of Toronto.
Kanye West Says He Has New Music With Drake & Future
Kanye West has already hinted at an updated version of The Life Of Pablo and a Good Fridays series that may or may not feature 40 songs with Kendrick Lamar and 40 songs with Young Thug. On top of that, Ye has unveiled a couple more exciting collaborations today.
10 Surprising Credits On Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo"
Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has finally arrived, and it's about as good as anyone could've expected. Agitated fans are starting to forgive Kanye for his ridiculous antics throughout the convoluted and unpredictable album rollout. The anticipation really started to build three weeks ago, when Kanye shared the first copy of a handwritten tracklist for his upcoming album, then-titled SWISH. There were 10 tracks listed, and at the bottom of the page appeared the words "KYLIE WAS HERE."