Beast Mode: 6 Crazy Mixtape & Album Runs
These days, the line between mixtape and album is thinner than ever, and fans are fairly entitled when it comes to new music. As a result, we're seeing more and more projects being released in a shorter time frame, but there are only a select few who can impress both in terms of quantity and quality. The "run" is something a few artists have been praised for. It's generally a series of projects that mark an important creative spurt for an artist, and one that often creates something of a spectacle. With that being said, some "runs" get a lot of publicity, while some fly under the radar.
Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
Drake & Future Performed For Floyd Mayweather's Daughter At Her Sweet 16
Seeing that Mayweather made over $200 million on his last fight, it's no surprise that his daughter's sweet 16 party was quite the spectacle. Iyanna Mayweather, who brought in her 16th this weekend, probably had the opportunity to get almost anyone to perform at her party, but she chose Future and Drake.
Drake & Future Add More "Summer Sixteen" Tour Dates
While executing his masterful VIEWS album rollout, Drake announced that he and his What a Time to Be Alive collaborator Future would be heading out on a joint "Summer Sixteen" tour beginning in July. The tour initially included a ton of shows -- over 30 -- and now, Drake has announced 15 additional "Summer Sixteen" dates.
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees
The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards are in! Drake secured nine nominations, miles ahead of any other artist. Beyonce and Rihanna earned five each; Future and Bryson Tiller earned four apiece. Adele received her first BET nomination in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.
Future Reportedly Wins Custody Battle Against Ciara
Future scored a major legal victory Monday morning in California custody court. According to TMZ, the judge ruled against Ciara's appeal to secure sole custody of Future Zahir Wilburn, her son with Future. Future will now have joint custody of Zahir. (his fourth child, Ciara's first.)
Top Tracks: May 9 - May 15
In contrast with the first few months of 2015, when it seemed like our Top Tracks lists were just the same Kanye and Drake tracks rising and falling with each ensuing week, the past few editions have been utter chaos, with the #1 spot changing every week. Staying power is proving difficult to achieve in an increasingly crowded summer playing field-- Beyoncé and Birdman's chart-toppers from two and one week ago, respectively, are nowhere to be found this week, although a few of the lower-ranking tracks stuck it out.
Future Says New DJ Khaled & Jay Z Record Is "Going To F*ck Da Summer Up"
Well here's some exciting news. According to Future, there’s a new Jay Z record that’s about to “fuck the summer up,” and it’s presumed to be with DJ Khaled.
15 Mixtapes That Deserve Grammys
Over the weekend, a petition surfaced that called for Grammy policy changes. The Change.org item argued retail albums should not be the only projects considered for awards, as there have been many important projects released for free over the last few years that were not eligible due to way they were released.
Desiigner's New "Moon People" Track Sounds Just Like You Know Who
As his one and only release, "Panda," is currently the No. 1 song in the country, a new Desiigner track has surfaced titled "Moon People." The GOOD Music-signed rapper was seen turning up to a recording of the song on his Snapchat, and the song has now leaked online. Desiigner's meteoric rise to fame has not been without controversy, as many consider him to be little more than a Future impersonator. These rampant allegations of biting have likely only contributed to the ubiquitous buzz around the Atlanta-sounding Brooklyn rapper.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (May 7)
The Met Gala took place on Monday, and there seemed to be more rap and R&B artists in attendance than ever, even despite Rihanna's notable absence. Of course, both Future and Ciara were in attendance (but seemingly were able to avoid one another), while Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Kanye West all came through with memorable looks (Ye decided to go all out with the contacts).
Future Summoned For Deposition By Ciara
In February, it was reported that Ciara sued her ex and baby daddy Future to the tune of $15 million. TMZ was even able to get footage of the Freebandz rapper getting served legal documents outside of LAX. Soon after, rumors that Future was planning to clap back with a countersuit of his own began to surface, and last month, he did just that.
HOT 97's Summer Jam Adds Future, Travis Scott & Terror Squad To Line-Up
HOT 97's annual Summer Jam is fast-approaching, and that means that summer is approaching quickly as well, which we're not complaining about. Early this morning, the NYC-based radio station announced a few more notable acts to the main stage line-up.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Drake Reveals "VIEWS" Features Using His Own Memes
Of course Drake was gonna do something sneaky with the VIEWS album artwork, which has already been meme'd more than any record cover in recent memory. There's a tool online that even lets fans take the Little Drake who originally appeared atop the CN Tower and make a new album cover using any photo of one's choosing (see our best efforts here).
Drake's Tour Meet & Greet Package Includes 6 God Candle, Incense Holder & More
Fans are excitedly waiting for Drake's VIEWS album, which happens to drop the same day as tickets for his "Summer Sixteen" tour with Future go on sale, no coincidence we're sure.
Drake & Future Add 8 Shows To "Summer Sixteen" Tour
After announcing their Summer Sixteen tour on Monday, Drake and Future have already added eight more shows to meet what is surely sky-high demand. The tour now includes second dates in New York, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Houston, Oakland, and Vancouver, as well as a third date in L.A. date.
Future Teases New Zaytoven Collaboration
It's safe to say, Future's always working. The Atlanta rapper is often seen in the studio with fellow ATL beatsmiths, and after giving Metro Boomin a next-level push, his most recent studio session finds him connecting with mainstay, Zaytoven, or as he refers to him on the Snap, "Zaytiggy."
Jermaine Dupri Says Desiigner's "Panda" & Future's "Commas" Have "Exact Same Beat"
Everybody knows that there's a curious likeness between Future and 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper Desiigner. Most listeners immediately hear hints of Future in Desiigner's voice, though legendary Atlanta producer Jermaine Dupri recently discovered that the similarities may not end there.
Drake & Future Announce "Summer Sixteen" Tour Dates, Plus OVO Fest
After reports circulating last night that it was highly probable Drake and Future would be teaming up for a "Summer Sixteen" tour, the full list of tour dates have arrived, acting as confirmation.