Rap Industry Recap: March
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 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
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
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
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
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.
Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" Reportedly Set For A Physical Release Next Month
As much as Drake insists on calling If You're Reading This It's Too Late a mixtape, it's release has been anything but. After putting the project out as a paid download on iTunes in February, the nearly-platinum project will reportedly be headed to shelves in April, with two bonus cuts in tow.
Nardwuar's 5 Most Memorable Interviews
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 To Curate Music For Exhibit of Contemporary Black Art At Sotheby's
Drake will be partnering with Sotheby's to curate the music that will accompany the legendary auction house's upcoming exhibit of contemporary black art.
Drake Redesign Of The Toronto Raptors Logo Set To Drop March 27th
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.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Reveals That Drake Hooked Up With His Girlfriend In Proposed Tell-All Book
Lil Wayne may only be in his early 30s, but he's been through more than most people will in a lifetime. Apparently, Wayne feels its time he documented some of those experiences, as TMZ reports the rapper has been shopping a new tell-all book to publishers.
Travi$ Scott Speaks On Kanye West And Perceived J. Cole Diss
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.
Drake Distances Himself & OVO From "Homecoming" Film [Update: Drake Now Being Sued]
Recently, news has been circulating of a Drake film called "Homecoming: The Lost Footage." A trailer surfaced for the film, which consists of footage from a 2009 concert at Toronto's Sound Academy, documenting a pre-Young Money Drizzy.
Clubgoer Tackled By Security After Rubbing Drake's Head
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"
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
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'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
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.