Future & Young Thug Were In The Studio Together Last Night
On DJ Esco's new mixtape, Esco Terrestrial, Young Thug and Future surprised fans with their first collaboration since tension arose between the two earlier this year. Of course, with these kind of releases, it's never clear how recently anything has been recorded, or whether or not the artists involved were actually in the studio together. Either way, the song's existence alone seemed to indicate the two had patched things up, and that seems to be confirmed with news of an exciting studio session that went down Monday night.
Top Tracks: June 20 - June 26
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
Watch Every BET Awards 2016 Performance
Sunday night's BET Awards was one of the show's best iterations in years. Performers included Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, Usher, Young Thug, Future, Bryson Tiller, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, French Montana, & Anderson. Paak -- and that doesn't even include any of the Prince tributes, which were bountiful and glorious. Sadly, the scheduled D'Angelo Prince tribute never came to pass. Otherwise, the show was nearly flawless.
DJ Khaled Announces Release Date For “Major Key” & Next Single “I Got The Keys”
Well it looks like we’re just days away from hearing & seeing DJ’s highly anticipated new single “I Got The Keys” featuring Jay Z & Future. On Friday night’s episode of We The Best Radio, Khaled announced that following the airing of this Sunday night’s BET Hip-Hop Awards will be the world premiere of his new video for “I Got The Keys,” featuring Jay Z & Future off his forthcoming Major Key album.
Future Announces Project “E.T.” With DJ Esco; Reveals Cover Art
Future has been teasing us on Twitter over the past couple days that a project was nearing, and thankfully he wasn’t lying. On Thursday night, the Freebandz Gang leader decided to announce to his followers that he has a new mixtape on the way with DJ Esco called E.T., which stands for "Esco Terrestrial".
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.