Rap Industry Recap: March
Rap Industry Recap: March Apr 1, 2015 at 08:02am
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
OVO Is Opening A Pop-Up Store In L.A.
OVO Is Opening A Pop-Up Store In L.A. Mar 31, 2015 at 06:29pm
OVO is quickly becoming way more than a label. The OVO clothing brand opened up its flagship store in Toronto late last year, and on Twitter today, they announced they would be debuting their first-ever pop-up store in the U.S.  The store will be in Los Angeles from April 4th to the 30th. Store hours will be Mon. - Sat. 11am-7pm, and 12-6pm on Sunday. The official address is: 112 1/2 S. La Brea St., Los Angeles, CA 90036. 
Charts Don't Lie: March 28
Charts Don't Lie: March 28 Mar 28, 2015 at 12:03pm
The biggest story from last week's charts is far-and-away Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly, which hit iTunes a week earlier than expected, which seems to have benefitted the LP, despite a rocky start to the release. K-Dot has earned his very first #1 album with TPAB, smashing Spotify streaming records over the first two days of its release, and pulling a feat Madonna could not a week earlier, unseating the Empire soundtrack.
Lit At LIV: 5 Altercations At The Miami Club
Lit At LIV: 5 Altercations At The Miami Club Mar 27, 2015 at 02:28pm
South Beach, Miami. A popular partying destination for anyone with money to blow, rappers included. Situated inside the famous Fontainebleau Hotel, LIV has emerged as Miami's premiere club for the rich and famous. When celebrities get together, though, it's not always fun and games, even with the paparazzi looming outside. 
40 Vs. Boi-1da
40 Vs. Boi-1da Mar 27, 2015 at 12:40pm
OVO Sound is a label founded by Drake, Noah "40" Shebib, and Oliver El-Khatib in 2012. The label consists of Drake and in-house producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie. PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, ILoveMakonnen and OB O'Brien are also affiliated with the crew. Today we're comparing 40 and Boi-1da. Not because we have to decide if one is better than the other, but because we're hip hop nerds who are always thinking critically about one of the dopest art forms to come out of America. Period.
The Weeknd Now A Coachella Headliner
The Weeknd Now A Coachella Headliner Mar 26, 2015 at 02:44pm
Back in January the line-up for Coachella was revealed, with a few names catching our eye, namely, Drake and The Weeknd. The former collaborators and Canadians were set to play two different days, with The Weeknd's name listed underneath headliner Jack White, and Drake a headliner in his own right.
Nardwuar's 5 Most Memorable Interviews
Nardwuar's 5 Most Memorable Interviews Mar 24, 2015 at 07:48pm
As Drake said after he concluded his first interview with Nardwuar, a Canadian man who rocks a tartan hat and calls himself the "Human Serviette," "this guy is a legend." There's really no better way to put it: this guy's interviewed everyone from Nirvana to N*E*R*D, and always seems to unearth facts that no other interviewer in the game can. His earnest personality can throw some artists for a loop, but it doesn't take long to realize that despite the quirks, this man is one of the best in the business. 
Drake Redesign Of The Toronto Raptors Logo Set To Drop March 27th
Drake Redesign Of The Toronto Raptors Logo Set To Drop March 27th Mar 21, 2015 at 12:44pm
Brand ambassador. PA Announcer. Logo designer.  Drake's love for and connection to his hometown Toronto Raptors has been well-documented. Last night Drake tweeted out a link to a countdown to the imminent release of his redesign of the Raptors' logo in collaboration with the vintage apparel company Mitchell & Ness.
Travi$ Scott Speaks On Kanye West And Perceived J. Cole Diss
Travi$ Scott Speaks On Kanye West And Perceived J. Cole Diss Mar 19, 2015 at 07:50pm
Travi$ Scott is currently winding down his "Rodeo Tour" alongside Young Thug. The inspiration for the tour comes from actual Texas rodeos--soundtracked by two of the wildest rappers in the game. And Travi$ expects the crowd to be all the way turnt up. During a recent stop in Chicago, Travi$ addressed a particularly lethargic crowd, saying he felt like he was "at a motherfuckin' J. Cole concert or a Chance the Rapper type of concert." Needless to say, both Cole and Chance fans took offense to the comments.
Clubgoer Tackled By Security After Rubbing Drake's Head
Clubgoer Tackled By Security After Rubbing Drake's Head Mar 18, 2015 at 06:09pm
Migos' "Fight Night" brings crazy behavior out of people. Drake chose to leave a Dubai club while the song was playing (which already seems like a bad idea, and the opposite of what you should do when Migos comes on at the club), and while he was making his way to the door, someone decided to give him a pat on the head, or perhaps a brief "noogie".
First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly"
First Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Mar 18, 2015 at 05:24pm
After setting a Spotify streaming record, with almost 10 million streams on its first day, the next question on everyone's mind: What kind of numbers will To Pimp a Butterfly move in its first week? Remember that TDE CEO Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith predicted a whopping one million.
The 10 Best Movie Cameos By Rappers
The 10 Best Movie Cameos By Rappers Mar 17, 2015 at 01:08pm
Yesterday, we learned that Kanye West would be making an appearance in the upcoming sequel to one of Ben Stiller's best-loved movies: "Zoolander." It won't be the first time Mr.
Drake Announces OVO Fest With J. Cole, Big Sean & More
Drake Announces OVO Fest With J. Cole, Big Sean & More Mar 17, 2015 at 10:17am
Drake's been running his city for some time, and with that comes the responsibility of putting on an annual festival with some of the hottest rappers in the game, Drake included. With summer approaching, Drizzy took to twitter to reveal some of the guests that'll appear at the sixth annual OVO Fest, going down this summer in Toronto.
Charts Don’t Lie: March 15
Charts Don’t Lie: March 15 Mar 15, 2015 at 10:20am
This week we’re seeing a new entry with G-Unit’s The Beast Is G-Unit EP hitting the charts. Although it moved under 20k opening week, we doubt the Unit is too upset. 50 Cent had mentioned in a previous interview that the whole reason they kicked off their reunion with EPs was to relieve some of the pressure of dropping an album, and it not doing numbers—basically, it’s easier to start with EPs and work their way towards that album that’ll have a big opening week.