Summer Jam 2016 Recap
“SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: A storm is expected to hit between 6:00pm – 7:30pm. For your safety, please seek shelter in your vehicles.” Thus began Summer Jam 2016.
Summer Jam Cut Short Before Future's Closing Performance
Last week's forecast was troubling, and indeed, the skies didn't give Summer Jam much of a chance today. The Festival Stage in the MetLife Stadium parking lot, set to host acts like Chance the Rapper, Tory Lanez, Desiigner, and Post Malone, was called off early in the afternoon, but HOT 97 held on dearly to the Stadium Stage, not going down without a fight. Finally, the rain ceased and restless crowds gathered in front of the stadium, which wouldn't be ready for entry until around 9PM, a few hours behind schedule.
Future Cuts Set Due To Mic Issues, Willow Smith Brings Out Will Smith At Roots Picnic 2016
Today, we've seen two festivals interrupted by weather issues, so by comparison, The Roots Picnic in Philly which took place on Saturday was a great success, even though Future's set ended up being a bit rough. According to fans at the show, Future Hendrix only performed for about 20 minutes, exiting after he had serious issues with his microphone. Though the crowd was hoping for the Atlanta rapper to come back for more material, he did not reappear, causing fans ti throw bottles and other objects at the stage.
Summer Jam Festival Village Stage Cancelled Due To Weather, Main Stage Performances Still Happening
It seems like there couldn't be a worse weekend for Governors Ball and Summer Jam to take place, as storm warnings has forced organizers of both festivals to cancel portions of their events. While Gov Ball's Sunday performances have been cancelled entirely, HOT 97's annual show will go on as planned, though the outdoor Festival Village stage that was to host performances prior to the main event will no longer be taking place.
DJ Khaled Says "Major Key" Will Feature Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay Z & Many More
As the rap world was still processing the surprise Cruel Winter super-collab from Kanye West, six of the game's top emcees, and Desiigner, DJ Khaled went live on Beats 1 to remind fans that summer's here and that the season is his for the taking. With the help of Zane Lowe, Khaled just shared the first single off his upcoming album, Major Key. It's titled "F*ck Me For Free," or "for radio purposes, "For Free." The song is a loose, breezy party anthem from Drake and is produced by the OVO team of Nineteen85 and Jordan Ullman.
Lil Durk Shares "LilDurk2x" Artwork, Features & Release Date
LilDurk2x is another release that's been delayed, as it was originally set to drop on May 1. Due to the quality of his last couple of tracks, though, fans are still more than eager for a new Durk tape, and the OTF rapper is gonna make sure to provide them with a fresh batch of tunes for the summer season. Durk now promises that LilDurk2x will be out on June 24, and along with the release date, he also took the time to share the project's cover art -- showing his two sons -- as well as the guests who will appear on the tape.
Freebandz Rappers Go After Desiigner & "Panda"
The meteoric rise of Desiigner and his debut smash hit "Panda" has been met with controversy every step of the way, as many believe that the song is a blatant rip-off of the style and sound of Future. The Freebandz boss remained quiet on the appropriation dispute in which he was unavoidably involved until this past April.
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.