All 6 OVO Fests, Ranked
It all began in 2010 as a one-day festival with a flyer that looked more fit for a club appearance at a Jamaica, Queens nightclub than for an event that would end up hosting Jay Z and Eminem.
50 Cent & Ja Rule Resurrect Beef On Instagram
It seems the Drake and Meek Mill beef has caused something of a chain reaction. A couple days back, Ja Rule posted on Instagram about comparisons between his own beef with 50 Cent and the current Drizzy fiasco, suggesting that the situations are apples and oranges -- unless, of course, someone gets stabbed or shot. He later clarified the comment was a joke, insisting that he doesn't want to see things escalate, but stressed that the two beefs shouldn't really be mentioned in the same sentence.
Two People Killed In Shooting At OVO Fest Afterparty
An otherwise very successful OVO Fest was capped off by tragedy last night, as an afterparty at Toronto's Muzik nightclub was interrupted by gunshots that wound up claiming two lives and injuring at least three others.
Cassidy Naturally Wasn't Impressed With Meek Mill's Drake Diss
We're about to get a wave of rappers "weighing in" on the Drake and Meek Mill beef, and while most of them will be pretty boring, there's one man who'll always give an inspired response when it comes to Meek, an that's Cassidy. Seeing as the two Philly rappers have beefed in the past, it makes sense that Cass would take Drake's side, and that's just what he did when asked about the feud in an interview with VladTV.
Top Tracks: July 27 - August 2
At HNHH, you get used to anything Drake does dominating the charts. Even taking that into consideration, this week is ridiculous and unprecedented. Drake accounts for 7 of the top 10 spots, was the genesis of another song. Even the artist’s who weren’t directly related to Drake and his headline-stealing beef with Meek Mill are signed to Drake’s label. In case “Back To Back” didn’t tell you, Drake’s winning, y’all. Abandon all hope Drizzy haters who enter here. Let’s get to it.
Drake Reportedly Wearing "Free Meek Mill" Shirt At OVO Fest Rehearsal
Drake debuted an OVO-produced "Free Meek Mill" t-shirt back when the Philly rapper was locked up, and it looks like he broke it out again during OVO rehearsals today.Toronto rap site thisisWalder.com posted a pic of Drizzy from what appears to be soundcheck (judging by the beard, this was taken very recently), and we're thinking his shirt choice was no accident.Surely there is a shady reason for this, and we may know more about it tonight when Drizzy takes the stage to headline his annual concert.
Will Smith Rumored To Be Special Guest At Drake's OVO Fest Tonight
Drake always makes sure to have plenty of guests throughout his OVO Fest performance, but generally he like sto bring at least one OG icon out to do a short set. From Diddy, Mase, Eminem, Jay Z, Nas, TLC and G-Unit have all graced the stage, and naturally, there are rumors abound about the next artist in that lineage.Will Smith was spotted at last night's J. Cole-fronted festivities, and fans are already speculating that he'll be a special guest during Drizzy's set.
A$AP Rocky Says Meek Mill Lost His Feud With Drake
About two weeks after it first began with a late-night Twitter rant by Meek Mill, the Philly rapper's ghostwriting beef with Drake finally seems to be seeing its dust settling. Over the weekend, Drake taunted a little more, saying that he hadn't "taken a loss" all week while playing at OVO's annual kickball game, but that was really the biggest recent story that came from the beef.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
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.
10 Essential SBTRKT Tracks
English producer SBTRKT has been making waves on the blogosphere over the past 5 years with his quirky beats. With a trajectory that is truly modern, his popularity has grown slowly and steadily by playing ravey DJ sets, collaborating with rappers and singers, and most recently landing a BBC Radio 1 residency.
Drake Says He Hasn't "Taken A Loss" All Week
The general internet consensus around the Drake and Meek Mill beef is that Drizzy is in the lead, and it seems the Toronto rapper has made going online part of his day, as he's aware of the scoreboard.“I haven’t taken a loss all week,” Drake told a Bleacher Report cameraman at his annual OVO kickball event, slyly bringing Meek into a question about the game.
Charts Don't Lie: August 1st
The #FutureHive has proved that internet hype can very much inspire actual album sales, as DS2 soars to number one, giving Hendrix not only his first number one, but doubling the sales of Honest. He makes for the only real notable debut on the charts, but Tyrese and Meek Mill are still hanging on to their placements within the top ten. Check out the full breakdown below.
Azealia Banks Adds Her Two Cents To The Meek Mill & Drake Debate
There's usually a maximum of 24 hours that can go by before Azealia Banks weighs in on a controversy, and she's right on time with her #take on the Meek Mill/Drake beef. Turns out, her reaction to Meek Mill's "Wanna Know" is pretty level-headed, especially in the social media climate that demands opinions be taken to extremes. "Yo. Yall some bandwagon ass niggas cause u know that meek mill track had a nice little bounce and edge to it. Stop frontin," she said, adding, "It's not flames but it's def not trash. I liked it.!"
140 Bars: Top Tweets Of The Week (July 25 - 31)
After completely dominating the conversation last week, Drake and Meek Mill did so again this week, trading diss tracks and sneaky shots, and sparking a ton of response from the rap community. Unfortunately, this drama overshadowed long overdue debut albums from Migos and Gunplay, both of which should satisfy both of their loyal fanbases (stay tuned for those reviews coming in next week). We tried to stay away from the Meek/Drake situation in this week's edition of 140 Bars, but as you can see, that was a little difficult to do.
Meek Mill Is Charlamagne's "Donkey Of The Day"
Meek Mill finally responded to Drake last night, but the general perception is that it wasn't quite the triumph the Philly rapper was hoping for. After naming Funk Flex the Donkey Of The Day earlier in the week (and subsequently receiving 6 bottles in the mail from Drake), Charlamagne Tha God has now gone on to give Meek the same title today. While it's weird to see the shock jock buddying up to Drake, he seems to be entirely on Drizzy's side of things today. Naturally, he cut right to the chase-- "Meek Mill, this record you put out last night was garbage, bruh.”
Everything We Know About Drake Getting Peed On
Meek Mill's long-awaited response to Drake arrived last night, and while he talked plenty of shit throughout, it wasn't until the last seconds of the song that he dropped the kicker -- "You let Tip homie piss on you in a movie theater nigga, we ain’t forget". While it was intended to be something of an ether, the line caused more confusion than damage, with Twitter quickly hypothesizing about how, when, and why Drizzy got peed on.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 31)
This week's edition of Staff Picks seems to be (accidentally) OVO themed, like a light/curated version of OVO Radio. Drizzy dominated this week, dropping two diss records (back to back), to be followed up by Meek's own attempt at a diss track last night.
Meek Mill Sends More Shots At Drake & Quentin Miller On Instagram
While it seemed his response may never arrive, Meek Mill's temporary silence came to an end last night when he released his diss track, "Wanna Know," last night. While the internet is still trying to figure out exactly how and why T.I.'s friend peed on Drake in a movie theatre, Meek is still going at Drizzy and his co-writer, Quentin Miller, on Instagram.
Twitter Reacts To Meek Mill's Drake Diss Track "Wanna Know"
Drake was the first one to strike in this ongoing beef with Meek Mill, delivering a vicious combo move in the form of "Charged Up" and "Back To Back." Last night, Meek finally mustered a response, dropping "Wanna Know." Compared to the explosive aftermath of "Back To Back,"