Eminem Says Hip Hop "In A Good Place Right Now"
In a new interview with the New York Times, Eminem stated his belief that hip hop is in a good place in 2015. The interview mostly addressed Eminem's role and experience working on the soundtrack for the upcoming 50 Cent-produced film Southpaw, but also took the time to share his opinion on the state of the genre. Here's what he had to say:
Staff Picks Playlist (July 17)
Today's a big day for album releases, although the most anticipated is Future's DS 2. Apart from Future taking over this week with his documentary series and general excitement for Dirty Sprite 2, Drake had a pretty big week when he debuted three different remixes on his Apple Beats 1 radio show. One of those songs, the WizKid remix, appears on today's Staff Picks playlist.
5 Beats 1 Radio Shows For Hip-Hop Fans
Since launching earlier this month, Apple Music has swept the rug from under TIDAL’s feet and made a markedly successful splash, delivering a diverse catalogue of options for their new Beats Radio 1 feature. Providing 24/7 entertainment and quality-listening for such a large market can be challenging, but Apple has pulled it off-- especially when it comes to options for hip-hop fans.
6 Ls Birdman Took In 2015
Since the defection and lawsuit of former right-hand man Lil Wayne at the top of 2015, Birdman has been taking one L after another. He has few if any reputed allies left, and evidence strongly suggests that neither Nicki Minaj nor Drake will be returning to Cash Money once their contracts expire. Let's look back at the first half of 2015 through the lens of Birdman-related fiascos.
5 Things We Want From Drake's "Views From The 6"
More so than any weekend since If You're Reading This It's Too Late dropped, the last few days have belonged to Drake.
Drake May Have Revealed The "Views From The 6" Release Date
We didn't get a new Drake project yesterday, but we pretty much got the next best thing. During OVO Sound's debut Beats 1 radio show, Champagne Papi premiered three new songs (most of them remixes) amidst sets by Oliver El Khatib and Eric Dingus. After the dust settled on all of that, though, we got something a little more cryptic with the potential to be even more exciting. Out of nowhere, a date (September 24) appeared on OVO's website without any explanation.
Stream Ep. 1 Of Drake's "OVO SOUND" Beats 1 Radio Show
Drake's inaugural episode of his "OVO SOUND" Beats 1 radio show Saturday lived up to the hype, and then some. Assisted by OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib and PRIME producer Eric Dingus, Drizzy delivered a 2-hour show highlighted by the appearance of 3 brand new songs: his Sweeterman" remix , Wizkid's “Ojuelegba (Remix) feat.
All The People Drake Impersonates In The "Energy" Video
Drake's "Energy" music video just hit Apple Music, giving them an exclusive that'll further propel them ahead of their competitor TIDAL. On top of the "Energy" visuals, off the much-lauded If You're Reading This It's Too Late, Drizzy unleashed another exclusive, a collaboration with Majid Jordan, through Beats 1.
Watch Drake's "Energy" Video On Apple Music
Drake just made his first appearance on Beats 1 Radio, joining Zane Lowe for a short interview, and sharing two exclusives, a new Majid Jordan record, as well as the anticipated video for his mixtape highlight, "Energy". "It's shocking, It's beautiful, It's a lot of things," Drake said of the new clip. For the time being, you won't be able to watch the video without access to Apple Music. Luckily, iPhone users have been treated to a 3 month free trial, so if you've got one, make sure to activate it now and watch that new Drizzy.
5 Things We Want From The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness"
It'll be almost exactly two years since the release of Kiss Land when The Weeknd's second proper studio album, Beauty Behind The Madness, hits stores, and much has changed in the world of Abel Tesfaye. A collaboration with Ariana Grande, and the Michael Jackson-channeling "I Can't Feel My Face" have found the singer approaching traditional pop songwriting with the help of Max Martin, and proved him capable of playing the charismatic frontman role as well as the disconnected R&B outsider he introduced himself as.
Drake Says He's On Future's "Dirty Sprite 2"
Drake hopped on twitter this morning, apparently in a sharing mood. The rapper from the Six first teased fans about his show on Apple Music's Beats 1 24/7 worldwide radio, and then quickly followed that up with another teaser: he's featured on Future's Dirty Sprite 2.
Drake's "Energy" Video Drops On Apple Music Tomorrow
A couple of days ago, we pitted dueling streaming services TIDAL and Apple Music against each other in a "Game of Thrones," trying to predict which service would win out for dominance of the market (For the record, 81% of you said you'd go with Apple).
The Streaming "Game Of Thrones": Drake & Apple Music Vs. Jay-Z & TIDAL
It all seemed like fantastic, luxurious, one-percent-y fun and games during the initial TIDAL press conference. Music mogul Sean “Jay-Z” Carter’s launched his rebranding of the year-old streaming service he had recently acquired by strutting out stars of meteoric magnitude, both young and old, shuffled out like battling champions in a proverbial game of thrones. Like a "Song of Ice and Fire," the words burned like an effigy as the music industry (critics, artists, and fans alike) were urged to brace themselves for something new.
Top Tracks: June 29 - July 5
Not surprisingly, the Top 10 for the week of July 4th was largely music that would sound good out of an outdoor sound system. Not a sad song in the bunch. Let’s get to it. 10) French Montana ft. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross - Lose It (Gucci Mane)
Drake Hints Willow Smith Will Appear On "Views From The 6"
Hype for Drake's forthcoming album Views From The 6 builds up a bit everyday, and today that hype came courtesy of a Drake post on Instagram that featured a picture of songtress Willow Smith accompanied with the cryptic and intriguing caption, "Young muse all on views."
Charts Don't Lie: July 4th
The only true debut in this week's charts came from King Los' God Money War. While the pre-cursor to Los' upcoming official debut managed to move 7,357 units (8,331 with streams), it only came in at number 67. Another notable debut was Tyga's Gold Album, though it actually failed to crack the Billboard 200. Released on Spotify on a Tuesday and later as an iTunes Download on a Friday, T-Raww's new album had a near full-week of streams and a few days of purchases to accumulate under 5,000 sales.
Will Smith Reveals He's Been Working With Drake On Jaden Smith's Beats 1 Radio Show
Jaden Smith did his very first Beats 1 radio show today, and as most have done so far, he brought out a very special guest-- his dad. That's right Will Smith appeared on Jaden's first broadcast, and he happened to make a pretty crazy announcement in passing, revealing that he and Drake had been working on something.
Apple Music Officially Launchs, Pharrell Releases "Freedom" On It
Apple Music has arrived. The service officially launched today, and simultaneously nabbed a big exclusive, with the release of Pharrell's new single "Freedom" on the platform.
The 10 Craziest Tour Riders In Hip-Hop
What are the necessary ingredients to a great hip hop show? Well, there's a crowd, a good sound system, a capable DJ, a charismatic performer and lights, but then there are the factors that go largely unseen by attendees. These luxuries demanded by performers are listed on pieces of paper commonly called riders, and every so often, one will get leaked out to the public, usually resulting in shock and scoffing.