A$AP Rocky, Atmosphere & Future Headline Soundset 2016
Soundset has announced the line-up for their annual mid-west festival, and they are definitely not slacking with this year's performers.
Top Tracks: February 22 - February 28
Other than some resurfacing beefs (between Young Thug and The Game, and Rick Ross and Birdman, respectively) and the beginning of what is sure to be another drawn-out, highly-publicized Kanye West album rollout, it was a relatively quiet week, especially as far as full-length releases went.
Future Releases His Own Pack Of Emojis
Following in the footsteps as The Game & Fetty Wap, Future has decided to team up with Moji Keyboard for his own line of emoji’s.
Future, Mac Miller, Logic, Tory Lanez, & More To Perform At Osheaga 2016
Osheaga Music Festival will return to Montreal for the 11th time this summer. The festival announced its lineup yesterday evening, revealing a very promising collection of hip hop artists that will perform this year.
Kanye West Announces "New Album Coming This Summer"
While Kendrick Lamar did take home a few awards this year, any rap fan will tell you that the Grammys still have a long way to come as far as representing hip-hop culture. Kanye West, who has always been pretty vocal when he's sees injustice at an award show, has spoken his mind about the Grammys and the artists they chose to snub this year on Twitter.
Charts Don't Lie: February 24
Following the Grammys there was a surge that gave hip hop artists a boost in sales. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly jumped up from #60 to #16 after crushing it at the award show. The Weeknd also jumped from #12 back into the top 10, landing at #6 for his post-Grammy week on the charts.
Future Has "3 Albums+ Of RnB Bangers" According To Ebro
While Future’s musical output has swung more in the pure rap direction recently, he has never shied away from cross-over R&B tracks. A few tracks from Honest are probably the closest we’ve gotten to full-fledged R&B in the past few years, but Future would never call himself purely a rapper. He’s way too much of an ATLien for that.
50 Cent Questions Desiigner's Longevity
Desiigner is one of the hottest new names in rap; the 18-year-old Brooklyn rapper signed to G.O.O.D. Music on the strength of his viral sensation "Panda," which was sampled on The Life of Pablo cut "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2." Desiigner's deep yet nimble mumble has been compared to that of Future.
10 Rappers Who Sound Like Other Rappers
As soon as the "If Young Metro don't trust you, I'ma shoot you" drop appeared in the middle of Kanye's MSG performance last week, an audible "Damn..." came from the crowd seated in the theater with me. 'A Ye and Future song?!', we all asked ourselves, struggling to calculate just how many flame emojis we'd have to use when describing the track to those who missed the listening session. That little soundbite was indeed Nayvadius Wilburn's voice, but the verse that followed was not, though it might not have been until after the show concluded that you realized it.
French Montana's "Wave Gods" Mixtape Has Some Huge Features
French Montana will be premiering his new Wave Gods mixtape on DJ Khaled's Beats 1 Radio show tomorrow, but before then, he's come through with the official tracklist for the project, and it features some HUGE guest appearances.Among those listed on the tracklist are Future, Kanye West, Nas, Travis SCott, Big Seam Puff Daddy, Jadakiss, and the late Chinx.
Kanye West Says He Has New Music With Drake & Future
Kanye West has already hinted at an updated version of The Life Of Pablo and a Good Fridays series that may or may not feature 40 songs with Kendrick Lamar and 40 songs with Young Thug. On top of that, Ye has unveiled a couple more exciting collaborations today.
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Future?
Future's had quite the year, and we're still only in the first quarter. The Atlanta rapper recently nabbed his third #1 album with the Apple-released EVOL, which itself was a very quick follow-up from his Purple Reign mixtape. Future is currently heading out on tour with Ty Dolla $ign for their "Purple Reign" tour, which actually kicked off yesterday.
Charts Don't Lie: February 17
The Billboard Chart saw a new number one this week in the form of Future, whose album EVOL is currently the top-selling album in the country. Apparently rolling it out on DJ Khaled's radio show wasn't such a bad idea, as the record has sold nearly 100k in its first week. Making way for Future's climb to the top is Rihanna, who slipped from #1 to #3 this week.
Behind The Beat: Dun Deal
Dun Deal is the guy behind the breakout hits of both Young Thug and Migos. It’s been three years ago since “Stoner” and “Hannah Montana” both appeared on the third edition of the compilation mixtape series put together by DJ Spinz' Hoodrich Production Group, with which Dun Deal is still affiliated. In the time since, both acts have not only stuck around, they’ve become among the most influential young acts in the industry, with record deals to prove it.
10 Surprising Credits On Kanye West's "The Life Of Pablo"
Kanye West's The Life of Pablo has finally arrived, and it's about as good as anyone could've expected. Agitated fans are starting to forgive Kanye for his ridiculous antics throughout the convoluted and unpredictable album rollout. The anticipation really started to build three weeks ago, when Kanye shared the first copy of a handwritten tracklist for his upcoming album, then-titled SWISH. There were 10 tracks listed, and at the bottom of the page appeared the words "KYLIE WAS HERE."
Top Tracks: February 8 - February 14
Tired of hearing about The Life Of Pablo yet? Kanye West's highly anticipated album only dropped about 36 hours ago, but its eventual release was preceded by several days of frustrated waiting, as his haphazard release strategy continued (and may still be ongoing) with a series of remixing, tracklist updates, and delays. Annoying, yes, but you have to admit that the guy knows how to keep himself in the daily conversation for longer than nearly anyone in our era of short attention spans.
Future To Perform On SNL Next Month
Saturday Night Live is loving hip-hop right now. Last night, Kanye shut down the SNL stage -- for the second time in two years -- by performing material off The Life of Pablo. Among those who graced the stage with him include Young Thug, Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, and Kirk Franklin.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Future, Kid Ink Receive Gold & Platinum Certifications
The new streaming rules in regards to RIAA certifications have resulted in many albums being retroactively honored, and while we've already seen Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd and more benefit from the change-up, the certifications are still rolling in.
Future's "EVOL" hits #1 In Its First Week
Future hit the top of the charts again this week, as his album EVOL achieved a #1 ranking on the Billboard charts after releasing last Friday. The Atlanta rapper beat out juggernauts like Adele, Coldplay and Rihanna for the top spot. While none of those three had new albums out, they each have a much more palatable and digestible sound than Future’s trap tales.
Review: Future's "EVOL"
In some ways, Future’s in the most difficult position in hip hop right now. After a year-long, nearly unimpeachable run, everyone expects nothing but brilliance. His fans judge him harder than ever because new material needs to be exceptional for them to forsake 2015’s bangers, and his haters will use each new tape as further evidence that he “makes the same song over and over,” unless there’s a discernible change.