Top Tracks: July 18 - July 24
Last week, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, Future, and Mike Will Made It all found themselves victims of unauthorized leaks, and subsequently spoke out about the all-too-common occurrence in the music industry.
Ciara Claims Future's Comments Cost Her A $500,000 Sponsorship
Ciara launched a defamation lawsuit against Future back in February, and in the subsequent months legal documents from the case have continued to surface. Today, TMZ has reported an update, pointing to docs which claim Ciara missed out on a lucrative deal with an international cosmetics company.
Drake, Future, 2 Chainz & More Guest At Gucci Mane's Homecoming Show In Atlanta
Gucci Mane released Everybody Looking, his first project since being released from prison, yesterday, and to bring in the occasion, he performed a homecoming show in Atlanta. Billed as Gucci & Friends, Guwop delivered on the promise of guests, as regular collaborators like Young Dolph, Peewee Longway, and the elusive OJ Da Juiceman took the stage, as well as some of the biggest names in rap, including 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, and to close things out, Drake and Future.
Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Mike Will Made-It Angrily Responds To New Future Leaks
Many were overjoyed to find two new Future leaks posted onto just about every hip-hop site, including this one, last night. Mike Will Made-It, who's assumed to have produced at least one of those leaks, was not.
Top Tracks: July 11 - July 17
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
Baby Future Asks Russell Wilson For A "Papa Kiss" In New Video Shared By Ciara
It was recently discovered that Ciara, in her $15 million defamation lawsuit against Future, advised authorities that she was worried about her ex and baby daddy potentially plotting to kill her new husband, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.
Top Tracks: July 4 - July 10
Even on the very rare occasion that Drake doesn't show up in our top ten tracks of the week, his presence is still felt. In this case, he's directly responsible for three separate tracks in the top ten, whether that entails remixes or disses aimed at him.
Future Announces New Endorsement Deal With Reebok
Future has officially announced a new endorsement deal with Reebok, joining a roster that includes Kendrick Lamar and Swizz Beatz. Naturally, he made the announcement by taking the stage this weekend in a new white and black Reebok Instapump Fury and posting the shots to his instagram page. He also added:
Future Announces New "Forever Or NEVER" Mixtape
After taking a hiatus upon inundating the game with two excellent projects in the first month of the year, Future has begun to tighten his grasp on Summer Sixteen. These days, there are only a couple of artists whose releases are greeted with a similar level of anticipation, especially when it comes to mixtapes.
Zaytoven Confirms Drake Feature On Future's "Beast Mode 16"
Drake has been hyping up this current summer season ever since wintertime, dropping his "Summer Sixteen" single at the end of January. At the end of April, he announced a "Summer Sixteen" tour with his WATTBA collaborator Future. The joint tour kicks off later this month month, and indeed, Drake has already dropped off more than enough music to soundtrack the summer. VIEWS is still the No. 1 album in the country -- for the ninth week in a row -- and "One Dance" is still the No. 1 song.
Top 5 2 Chainz Features Of 2016
2012 was a monumental year for 2 Chainz, as the rapper's titular ad-lib was impossible to escape, whether on his countless features or massively successful solo singles. After release of his debut album under his new pseudonym (never forget his long stint as Tity Boi), Chainz became a little less omni-present, instead choosing to broaden his range and make a bid as an album artist. This phase made for some of his best work to date, including the eternally underrated BOATS II, and his experimental Freebase EP.
Future Following Accusations From Ciara: "Wish Everyone Could Move On Like Me"
Ciara's defamation lawsuit against Future, the father or her child (who is also named Future), became a little more complicated today. According to TMZ, the singer pointed to Future's lyrics and emojis used on Instagram in new legal documents, suggesting they were threats aimed at her current boyfriend, Russell
Ciara Worried That Future Is Going To Kill Russell Wilson
Many Future fans got a kick out of one particular line on "Juice" off Project E.T. in which he threatened to "pull up" on Russell Wilson. "Tryna fuck my baby mama, dog what's up with you? You gon make me get that heat, I'm pulling up on you."
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
Desiigner Performs "I Got The Keys" At Recent Show
It seems that one can't speak of Desiigner without mentioning Future, who apparently requested that Desiigner's name not be included in his new cover feature with Rolling Stone. His request was not only included but it became the most discussed takeaway from the cover story.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Drake Unveils Full OVO Fest Lineup
Now in its seventh year, OVO Fest has become one of the biggest events and tourist attractions that the Toronto summer has to offer. About a month before the 4-day extravaganza, Drake has unveiled the full OVO Fest lineup.
Future & Young Thug: A Brief History
Future and Young Thug's triumphant studio summit earlier this week signaled the beginning of a new, tenuous era of peace and prosperity in the relationship between two of Atlanta's most popular rappers who have quarreled in the past, perhaps bothered by the traits their music shares in common: the prioritization of rhythm, cadence, and emotional tenor over lyrical content.
Future Covers Rolling Stone Magazine
In case there was any doubt about just how big Future has become, the rapper lands the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone.