Top Tracks: August 24 - August 30
This is a moment to be proud of. A Top Ten filled with almost all new music, and not from a select few artists. Well, there is the matter of one very predictable champion but...you know what? Let's get to it. 10) Tyga - Scandal
French Montana "Mac And Cheese: The Album" Release Date Revealed
French has been making the interview rounds, appearing yesterday on Hot 97 and The Breakfast Club, which tends to signals that new material on the way.
50 Cent's Effen Vs. Diddy's Ciroc: History Of An Instagram Vodka War
Now that 50 Cent and Diddy are two of the richest men in the industry, they conduct their beef via vodka wars, with 50 Cent putting his Effen up against Diddy's Ciroc. With millions of dollars at stake, they both dedicate a substantial portion of their social media posts to pimping vodka, and the primary vehicle by which they both promote their brand and keep the beef alife is Instagram. Let's take a look back at the history of the battle between "David Effen" and "Ciroc Obama." It now rages fiercer than ever, with no end in sight.
French Montana & 50 Cent Exchange More Vodka Jabs On Instagram
Last episode, French Montana incurred the wrath of his old nemesis 50 Cent by throwing out a box of unopened Effen bottles into the garbage. The battle between Effen and Ciroc continues to rage in the public arena of Instagram.
French Montana Enters Fray In 50 Cent Vs. Diddy Vodka War
Followers of 50 Cent and Diddy on Instagram know that they are currently embroiled in a bitter vodka war, with 50's Effen vodka dueling it out against Diddy's Ciroc. Recently things have escalated, with 50 using the hashtag #nopuffyjuice to encourage his fans to boycott Ciroc. Now French Montana has entered the fray and aligned himself firmly in the camp of Puff "Ciroc Obama" Daddy.
French Montana Logs Studio Time With Justin Bieber & Mariah Carey
Maybe it's the Kanye co-sign, maybe it's his past relationship with Khloe Kardashian, hell, maybe it's because "Off The Rip" is so popping, but French Montana seems to always be showing up in the studio with some of the biggest names in music. His latest session had him brushing shoulders with Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber. Mariah and French both shared Instagram flicks from the session, but neither gave any clues as to what they were recording or where it will end up. Start your speculation!
Five Arrested At French Montana Video Shoot
Five people were arrested during a French Montana video shoot yesterday (May 30) in Brooklyn. According to New York Daily News, undercover cops entered the shoot, behind a Fulton St. supermarket, at 6:15pm and arrested three men and two women on guns and drugs charges. Four pistols were found on set, as well as cocaine, marijuana, and molly. A picture of the contraband can be seen in the above gallery.
French Montana Decries "Hateful Speech" Surrounding Chinx's Death
Since Chinx was tragically gunned down in Queens last weekend, most of the rap world has shown their support for the Coke Boy, his family and friends in some way or another. However, not everyone's as respectful and mature.
Top 5 French Montana x Chinx Collabs
Last Sunday (May 17), tragedy struck the hip-hop world as Chinx, FKA Chinx Drugz, was shot and killed in his home borough of Queens, NY. Chinx was hitting his stride in 2015, preparing to release his debut album. He left behind a young family and countless friends in the rap world who had helped put him on a path toward a promising career.
R.I.P. Chinx Playlist
As you know by now, we lost one of Queens' finest over the weekend. Chinx, real name Lionel Pickens, was murdered in a drive-by shooting at 4 am on Sunday morning. He was 31. The news put the hip hop world into shock, with rappers across the country mourning for the gone-too-soon Coke Boy on social media, and some of his closest friends dropping tribute tracks in his memory. Today, we're looking back on his all too brief legacy with a Soundcloud playlist curated in his honor.
Hip-Hop Reacts To Chinx's Murder
Today, May 17, Chinx was shot and killed while driving on Queens Boulevard. A member of French Montana's Coke Boys crew and label, Chinx, age 31, was preparing to release his debut album, Welcome to JFK, later this year. No suspect nor motive has yet been identified. As news of Chinx's tragic murder continues to spread, many hip-hop artists have taken to social media to express their regret and condolences to Chinx and his family.
Chinx Murdered In Queens
Today, May 17, Queens rapper Lionel "Chinx" Pickens has been declared dead. Chinx was reportedly shot at 4am in the passenger's seat of his car while driving in Briarwood, Queens. The management companies associated with the Coke Boys' rapper have released a statement on his death: "It is with a heavy heart that The Legion Media Group and 4 Kings Management announce the passing of Lionel 'Chinx' Pickens this morning. He was 31.
Stream DJ Clue's "Banned From CD 2015" Mixtape
We've hear DJ Clue in the booth every Friday night spinning for Fabolous during his Friday Night Freestyles. Now the renowned NYC DJ is back with his own project, Banned From CD 2015, and it's stacked with features Clue has earned from years in the industry.
French Montana Says Kanye West & Miguel Will Feature On "Mac & Cheese: The Album"
This might be French Montana's year. A day after releasing his new mixtape, Casino Life 2, French lets us know the best is yet to come. Casino Life 2 was a star-studded affair, featuring Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Migos, to name a few, and French's next album, Mac & Cheese: The Album, will pose a couple of exciting features as well, namely: Kanye West and Miguel. Just a couple, though.
Stream Belly's "Up For Days" Feat. The Weeknd, Travi$ Scott & More
As my Canadian colleague Trevor Smith just reminded me, Toronto's Belly has been around since Scott Storch was a household name, but the latest incarnation of his career might be the one with the most potential to make him blow up.
French Montana Shares Artwork & Tracklist From "Casino Life 2"
French Montana just shared the artwork and tracklist for his upcoming mixtape Casino Life 2: Brown Bag Legend and holy shit it is absolutely stacked with guest features. The tape will feature appearances from: Chinx, Chris Brown, Migos, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Travis Scott, Lil Durk, Will.I.Am, and Curren$y. It will also feature production from the likes of TM88, Young Chop, ChopSquadDJ, Cool & Dre, and Southside 808 Mafia.
10 Raunchiest Rap Music Videos Of All Time
In the world of rap, “raunchy music video” is almost always code for “ass-shaking fiesta.” Thus, when narrowing down this list from 30+ videos to 10, I was forced to take multiple criteria into consideration. Is the song any good? Was it popular?
50 Cent & French Montana Clown Each Other On Instagram
In 2015, it's common knowledge that beefs between rappers spill over onto social media more often than not, bot in the most recent case of this, branded alcohols got dragged into the mix as well. What began with 50 Cent using the hashtag #noPuffyjuice in a post promoting his new vodka, Effen, soon attracted the attention of Bad Boy signee French Montana, and then shots were traded between the two NYC rappers.
Raekwon Premieres New Song "Wall To Wall" With French Montana
Raekwon just stopped by Shade 45's Street Sweeper Radio to promote his upcoming album F.I.L.A., which stands for Fly International Luxurious Art. He ended the show by giving fans a sneak peek of "Wall to Wall," an unreleased single off F.I.L.A. featuring French Montana. On the snippet, we only hear French's hook, and not Rae's raps, though the beat sounds banging. Watch Rae wile out to the song in the clip below.
Chris Brown Denies Brawl Involvement At Meek Mill's Grammy Party
Grammy weekend is synonymous with an award ceremony, brunches, musicians across many genres mingling and parties, parties, parties. It seems like everyone hosts either a pre-Grammy bash or a post-Grammy shindig. This year Meek Mill joined in on the festivities and threw an event the night of Grammy Awards.