The Weeknd's "Starboy" (Review)
Earlier this week I came across a tweet from a music blog hyping a new artist as "mysterious," and for a second I thought I had travelled back in time to 2011. Mystery had been a prized value all throughout 20th Century pop music, having a hand in popularizing Led Zeppelin's fourth album, Jim Morrison's identity as a quasi-religious figure, Robert Johnson's "Crossroads" myth, and various Tupac death conspiracies, but the internet changed everything.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of November 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Future Echoes 21 Savage's "Tear Dat Ass Up" Comments On Kylie Jenner
Tyga now has two savages to worry about. After being asked about his crush on Kylie Jenner -- which he revealed a week ago on Twitter -- 21 Savage didn't shy away from his true intentions with the 19-year-old supermodel. "I'ma tear that ass up," he told a TMZ reporter. Savage's words have since gone viral, and there are many men out there who have echoed his sentiments, including the rapper known as Future.
Beyoncé, David Bowie & Chance The Rapper Top Rolling Stone's 2016 Best Albums List
Hip-hop has been well represented in the year 2016, and it's always a beautiful thing to see that reflected in the end of year lists of the mainstream music publications. Beyoncé and Chance The Rapper both had incredible years, and their projects were essentially impossible for the world of rock music to ignore. Rolling Stone released their list of the "50 Best Albums of 2016" today. Here's where hip-hop stood on that list.
Top Tracks: November 21 - November 27
Since debuting last year, Drake's OVO Sound Radio installation on Apple's Beats 1 has proven a huge force in debuting music by already-established stars as well as breaking new talent like Kodak Black, dvsn, and WizKid. Obviously, it's an engine that's benefitted its creator the most, creating huge events out of the debuts of What A Time To Be Alive, "Summer Sixteen," and VIEWS, but the 6 God has spread the love too.
Knxwledge Flips Future, Vince Staples, & 21 Savage On His New Beat Tape "WT.PRT10_"
Knxwledge has gotten increased exposure in the last year due to "Suede," his collaboration with Anderson .Paak that earned .Paak studio time with Dr. Dre, and Yes Lawd!, his full-length LP with .Paak. The recognition is well-deserved, but Yes Lawd! was just another drop in the bucket for Knx. Yesterday he released WT.PRT10_, the 10th installment of his 'WrapTaypes' series.
21 Savage & Future's "X" Is Now Platinum
21 Savage has been having a pretty good week.
Top Tracks: November 14 - November 20
By the time the next edition of Top Tracks drops, it'll almost be December, which means that in terms of music releases, we're entering the year's equivalent of garbage time. We've still got projects from The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, and Drake on the way in 2016, but beyond that, don't expect too many surprises in term of full-length projects. What you can bank on, though, are some new singles dropping in order to carry hype into the new year. Let's start shaping up that early 2017 release calendar.
Cops Break Up Future's Rowdy Birthday Party
Last night, Future's birthday bash got unlawfully turnt up. According to TMZ, the drank connoisseur's Beverly Hills party involved plenty of strippers and debauchery, and only lasted until 1:30AM before it all got broken up. Apparently, 5 BHPD units pulled up on the party in response to four separate noise complaints. Luckily, no one was arrested, and the cops came to help make sure the party's abrupt ending went smoothly.
Happy Birthday, Future: 10 Essential Future Tracks
Today was Future's 33rd birthday. As he begins his 34th lap around the sun, let us revisit 10 of the finest tracks he has made over the course of his illustrious career. It is a testament to the depth of his catalogue that the only fair way to select ten songs is to pick one song from each of his projects. So that's what we did -- from Pluto through EVOL, plus "Commas" to round it out.
DJ Esco & Zaytoven Expected To Drop New Future Music On OVO Sound Radio
Tonight's episode of OVO Sound Radio (No. 34) boasts two esteemed special guests, both from the city of Atlanta. As usual, Oliver El-Khatib will serve as the host, and tonight's show will include two guest mixes, one from DJ Esco and another from Zaytoven. Both are among Future's closest affiliates, and it'll be worth tuning in tonight to see if they will debut new material from the Freebandz boss.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 18)
Defying the orders of his managers, Kanye West went on another live rant during a show last night, and he expressed his admiration for president-elect Donald Trump, thus earning him the ire of a huge chunk of his fans. Is it that surprising? No. But it's a reminder of the power of his voice and its ability to immediately rupture the hip-hop world. In less controversial news, Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" is the No. 1 song in the country.
5 Songs That Propelled 21 Savage To Rap Stardom
21, 21, 21... When exactly did the number become a steady part of the hip-hop vernacular? It wasn't too long ago. In late 2014, 21 Savage dropped "Picky," one of the first songs he had ever recorded. The track would go on to buzz among street enthusiasts in Atlanta, and it would land on The Slaughter Tape, released in May 2015, which ensured that the early sensation surrounding the murderous street dweller was only the beginning.
The Weeknd's "Starboy" Features Kendrick Lamar, Future, Lana Del Rey & more
At some point tonight, The Weeknd will release two new singles, "Party Monster" and "I Feel It Coming," off his upcoming album, Starboy. As shown on the song's cover artwork, "I Feel It Coming" will feature Daft Punk, the robotic duo that also contributed to the titular single, released in September. There's still no sign of either song, and fans might have to stick it out until the midnight hour, around the time when The Weeknd usually finds his groove.
Gucci Mane & Future's Top 5 Collabs
Unlike many of Gucci's other former protegés, Future didn't seem to be in any rush to collaborate with the East Atlanta legend after he was released from prison this May. Almost five months came and went with no new music from the pair (who put out joint tape Free Bricks in 2011), while Young Thug, Migos, Peewee Longway, and even outsiders from Drake to Desiigner, released tracks with Wop.
Stream Gucci Mane & Future's "Free Bricks 2 (Zone 6 Edition)" Project
Well look what we have here. With little notice, Gucci Mane decides to surprise fans with the second installment in his Free Bricks mixtape series with fellow ATL rapper Future.
Top Tracks: November 7 - November 13
The state of high-profile stars' song creation processes is such that we often don't know how credited songwriters and/or guests factor into the equation until long after the song is released. Time and time again this year, we've seen "original versions" by people other than the lead artists surface, basically proving that they're the main crative forces behind the song in question.
Top Tracks: October 31 - November 6
When Drake and Future linked up just over a year ago for What A Time To Be Alive, it was an almost earth-shattering event in hip hop, regardless of the album's quality. One was (and still is) undeniably the most popular rapper on the planet, and the other was (and probably isn't at the moment) the hottest, the guy who was just capping one of the craziest 12-month runs we've seen in this decade.
Zaytoven Talks Producing Future & Drake's "Used To This," Gives Updates On "Beast Mode 16" & "6'ers"
On Friday, Future released his new Drake-assisted single, "Used To This," which featured an especially colorful piano-led beat from Zaytoven. Hearing Zay's keys on the record suggested that perhaps Future's long-awaited sequel to his Beast Mode mixtape (a full length collaboration with the producer), tentatively titled Beast Mode 16, was on its way -- so we had to talk to Zaytoven to get the details.
Are 21 Savage, Future & Metro Boomin Shooting The "X" Video?
21 Savage, Metro Boomin, and Future's "X" (previously under the explicit title "X Bitch") is currently at number 50 on The Billboard Hot 100, so now would be the time for the trip to film a video for the hit. Looking at their Instagram accounts, some photos suggest the process may already be underway. We see 21 decked out in a fur coat, Metro on the keys, and Future throwing down some dance moves in the series, one which Future has tagged with lyrics from the song, "...Hol up,@21savage go get the $T!cK."