Zaytoven And Future Are Sitting On "At Least 100 Songs"
This summer could shape up to be a big one for Zaytoven. The prolific Atlanta beatmaker has been logging long hours with the recently-freed Gucci Mane.
Behind The Beat: Zaytoven
Most mornings, Zaytoven rises to take his son Xavier, 10, and daughter Olivia, 7, to school. He drops them off at 7:30 and returns to his house, looking for something to do. So he descends to the studio in his basement and starts making beats.
Jeezy Announces "Magic City Monday" Single With 2 Chainz & Future
Anyone who listens to Atlanta rap knows by now that Magic City is the place to be on a Monday night, and in case you've missed the many lyrical references to this particular event (which brings out the biggest rappers in the game and features DJ Esco behind the boards), the new Jeezy single should make the appeal pretty clear.
Future Drops Lawsuit Against Ciara
Future and Ciara haven't exactly been on good terms since they broke up.
Flying Lotus Takes Shots At Future In Twitter Rant On Producer's Rights
Flying Lotus embarked on an impassioned Twitter rant attacking an industry culture that he believes exploits and underappreciates producers. Very important to know your worth," he began. "To producers. When a rapper invites u to the studio and asks u to make beats on the spot.Tell them to pay your fee on the spot, cuz fuck that."
Behind The Beat: Sonny Digital
Almost all hip hop fans are familiar with Sonny Digital’s name, whether they realize it or not. His heavily digitized “Sonny Digital” drop appears at the beginning of everything from platinum hits like iLoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” to classic mixtape tracks from Juicy J’s extensive catalog. At just 25 years old, the quiet ubiquity of his name is a testament to his tremendous grind. ...
Future, Usher & Bryson Tiller To Perform At BET Awards
The BET Awards are coming up quick, with June 26 on the horizon, the publication has announced more performers to except at the Microsoft Theatre this year.
The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance.
Rocko Shares Old Future Interview Amid Conflict Over Lawsuit
Many Atlanta rap fans were dismayed last week upon finding out that Rocko had brought forth a lawsuit against Future for over $10 million dollars. Even more disappointing was that a war of words between the two former collaborators soon ensued on social media.
Every Future Single That Went Gold Or Platinum
Future's DS2 was certified platinum at the end of May. It was his first solo album to be certified platinum, but not his first solo single. In the past fourteen months, a whopping ten Future singles have attained gold or platinum RIAA certification. This surge of certified Future singles testifies to his status as a bona fide rap superstar.
Future Is Being Sued By Rocko For Over $10 Million
Future's third studio album, DS2, was certified platinum today, and is further proof the rapper is bigger than he's ever been. While this is obviously good news for Future, his former collaborator, Rocko, who signed him to A1 recordings a few years back, feels he's been cut a raw deal.
Future Earns First Platinum Solo Album With "DS2"
Future finally got a taste of the Platinum life when his joint effort with Drake, What A Time To Be Alive, was certified Platinum in March. This past month he added another notch to that Platinum belt, with his solo album Dirty Sprite 2 reaching the million copies sold mark.
Jay Z, Future & DJ Khaled Shoot Music Video For "I Got The Keys"
It’s only a matter of time now, but DJ Khaled’s forthcoming single with Jay Z & Future looks to be closer to dropping than we thought. On Tuesday night, photos surfaced online of the trio looking extra dapper as they shot the single’s official video yesterday at the Queens Detention Facility in NYC. The single, which is reportedly called “I Got The Keys,” will serve as the follow up single to “For Free” with Drake off Khaled’s upcoming Major Key album.
Future's Management Addresses "Unfortunate Events" That Affected Summer Jam & Roots Picnic Sets
Through no fault of his own, Future's fans were left disappointed twice last weekend, first at his Roots Picnic performance, which was cut early due to technical difficulties, and next at his headlining Summer Jam, which was cut from the show entirely. Future's manager, Anthony Saleh, has decided to clear the air on the events of Future's recent performances in case there is any confusion as to what happened.
Documenting Mike WiLL Made-It's Incredible 2016 Run
Mike WiLL Made-It has gone from Atlanta's rap underground to working with the biggest pop stars in the business in only a few years time, and he's continued to look bigger even as he's seemingly hit the top. Now mentoring young artists like Rae Sremmurd, Mike is illustrating the difference between a beatmaker and a producer, always remaining attentive to every detail of how a song is constructed, and crafting songs alongside his collaborators rather than simply delivering his half of the music.
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.