Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Kanye West Debuts New Song, Performs "Pop Style" For First Time
Several videos have appeared from Kanye West's first show of 2016 at the Paradise International Music Festival in the Philippines. Now, more footage from the performance has surfaced, including the debut of a never-before-heard take on "Runaway" titled (on YouTube) "I Don't Want To Be Liked." The song features some auto-tune warbling from Kanye over gospel piano.
Drake's "Views From The 6" Will Be An Apple Music Exclusive
Top artists have joined forces with the most prominent music streaming services in recent months. Rihanna and Kanye West both released their latest albums on Tidal -- and Ye even kept The Life of Pablo locked on the Jay Z-helmed platform for over a month and a half. It is known that Drake has a deal with Apple Music, though the exact terms of the partnership are unknown.
Drake Shares "Views From The 6" Release Date
Episode 19 of OVO Sound Radio just went live, and before any music was played, Drake let his fans know that Views from the 6 will be released on April 29. Oliver began the show, and he revealed that he had to pull his October Firm partner away from the studio in order to get him to partake in tonight's hosting duties -- suggesting that Drake is still busy putting the final touches on Views.
Stream Episode 19 Of OVO Sound Radio, Hosted By Drake & Oliver El-Khatib
It's that time, y'all -- 6pm and all eyes are pointed toward the 6, where Drake and OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib, aka October Firm, are situated, ready to give fans another live episode of their label's Beats 1 radio show. Drake has promised that Views from the 6 will drop some time this month, and tonight, listeners are expecting him to premiere something off of the long-anticipated album.
Drake To Host OVO Sound Radio Tomorrow Night
It's Views month, so it was only a matter of time until Drake made an appearance on his label's Beats 1 radio show. Tomorrow night at 6pm EST, the duo known as October Firm, made up of Drake and OVO co-founder Oliver-El Khatib, will host episode 19 of OVO Sound Radio. The show will also include a guest mix from Virgil Abloh, the creator of the fashion company Off-White as well as a close creative consultant of Kanye West's.
Odell Beckham Jr. Has Been Living In Drake's Mansion
Those who follow either Odell Beckham Jr. and Drake on Instagram will know that the two clean-cut gentleman -- with a similar affinity for workout-mode selfies -- are good friends.
Drake's "Views From The 6" Reportedly Dropping At End Of Month
It was back in January that Drake's highly anticipated album, Views From The 6, had been confirmed for an April release. Since then, as each month goes by, Drizzy continues fanning the flame.
Drake & Future’s “Jumpman” Record Sales Skyrocket Thanks To Taylor Swift’s Apple Commercial
Well it turns out Drake & Future’s “Jumpman” record has seen a massive spike in record sales over the last week ever since Taylor Swift did her infamous treadmill fall for Apple Music’s latest ad.
Drake Reportedly Projects "Views From The 6" Cover On London Building
Update: A UK representative for Universal Republic now tells FADER that the the art was meant to "tease the album release," and is "100% not the album artwork". The publication reports that this is the same source who initially told them the projection would reveal album art, which explains the misunderstanding. In other words, we're still waiting to see the official Views cover art.
A History Of Drake's Non-Album Singles
With Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently becoming his biggest hit to date, the rapper seems to have mastered the art of the standalone single. Drizzy has been using loose tracks as a means to promote his albums for a few years now, and he's only become more generous with the release of singles since the launch of his OVO Radio show.
OVO & Canada Goose Collaborate Again For Spring/Summer '16
What is probably the most sensible rapper and clothing brand collaboration continues with another collection of dope outerwear from Canda Goose in conjunction with Drake’s OVO label. The duo has collaborated in the past, but this collection has the product offering expanding a bit. It’ll still be super limited though.
Drake Releases "Pop Style" Featuring Kanye West & Jay Z, "One Dance" On iTunes
Drake's Views From The 6 is set to drop any day now, and with that, comes leaks. Drizzy's sprung more than a few leaks in the past week or two, and today, he gets ahead of that by releasing two new records directly to iTunes/Apple Music, with no online stream available for us blog folk.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Meek Mill Has Remixed Drake's "Summer Sixteen"
At the beginning of the year, Meek Mill held a listening party for his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape, and an attendee was able to leak some footage from the event during which Meek can be heard rapping over Drake's "Back to Back," the second consecutive diss track the OVO boss sent Meek's way last summer. Dreamchasers 4 still hasn't arrived, though Meek has dropped off two separate 4-track EPs in
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3
Although they haven't rapped on a track with each other since 2009's "Forever," Drake and Kanye West are usually placed side-by-side in the upper echelon of hip hop's current stars, the ones who have the potential to "break the internet" when they drop surprise material.
Mo-G Burns OVO Gear In New "Wiggins" Video
Drake recently earned himself another former client-turned-opponent, as Toronto rapper Mo-G, whom Drake shouted out on "Summer Sixteen," went after the OVO boss in a series of incendiary Instagram posts that have since been deleted. He hit Drake with accusations of being a culture vulture and a "little Forest Hills creature," among others.
G-Eazy Names Best & Most Underrated Rappers On Larry King
Larry King has been welcoming more and more rappers to his show, and this week, it was Bay Area emcee G-Eazy who took the hot seat. With "Me, Myself & I" becoming a successful radio song, Eazy is bigger than ever, but he still remembers his humble beginnings of pushing his music the old fashioned way. “It’s definitely been a long, long…. long, long, long, long, long journey since I was selling burnt CD’s out of my backpack in downtown Oakland,” he told King. “Um, but you appreciate it more, you know?
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."