Michael Phelps Calls Future The Most Inspiring Rapper In The Game
Tonight's VMAs boasted a spectacular range of performances, including a career-spanning medley from Rihanna and a show-stopping reenactment of the Lemonade narrative from Beyonce. Each of those icons has enjoyed a storied history of performing at the MTV award show, though other artists made their VMA debuts tonight, including Future, who's been at the top of the rap game for a few years now but is just starting to get his due at the industry's biggest showcases.
Beyonce Expected To Perform At VMAs Tonight
UPDATE: Beyonce took the stage and stole the show with an incredible live interpretation of her visual album Lemonade. Relive the awe-inspiring 15-minute performance below.
Future Appears To Call Diddy An "Old Ass Bitch"
Audio footage has emerged of someone suspiciously like Future referring to Diddy as an "old as bitch." "We got motherfucking Ciroc," Future appears to say. "Damn, we got all this liquor? And y'all want Diddy to come to my room, but this nigga ain't even brought no Ciroc! I don't want this nigga around, Diddy an old ass bitch!" It's unclear if there are any underlying factors for Future's frustration with Diddy, 46, other than the fact that he didn't bring him vodka and is old.
Future, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande Set To Perform At MTV VMA’s
It looks like this weekend’s MTV VMA’s are about to be pretty lit with performances. A couple days, Future announced that he would be taking the stage for his very first appearance, and now joining him to perform will be a couple of bad female artists themselves in Rihanna, who’ll also be receiving the Video Vanguard Award, and Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande.
Top Tracks: August 15 - August 21
Last week was a funny one for album delays. On one hand, Frank Ocean delivered not only his first, but also his second album since 2012's Channel Orange, but on the other, we didn't get the projects that we'd been expecting from French Montana, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.
Top Tracks: August 8 - August 14
In terms of the calendar, summer is winding down, but someone forgot to tell that to the rap game. We've only seen things heat up in the past week, with SremmLife 2 providing more than enough turn up fuel for the next few weeks, and P3 reminding us to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer flings before cuffing season arrives.
5 Albums Inspired By Mixtapes
It's safe to say that the line between mixtapes and albums has never been blurrier, and as a result, more and more rappers and singers are releasing retail projects that continue tangents that began with free releases. With both French Monatana's MC4 and Juicy J's Rubba Band Business: The Album on the horizon, we're looking at a few of the tapes that have eventually gone on to inspire albums. Take a look through our gallery to see, and let us know what your favorite album or mixtape from the list is. Has this trend inspired good work from artists?
Drake Sends More Shade At Hot 97: "This Is The Real Summer Jam"
Drake & Future closed out their 4-night run at Madison Square Garden Monday night with a bang. Not only did Drake bring out Dipset, Fat Joe, Remy Ma, T.I., and J. Cole as special guests (which you can see below), but he also decided to take a couple more jabs at Hot 97 again.
Top Tracks: August 1 - August 7
The next two weeks will see new albums from two guys vying to be the third most popular rap/R&B artist out of Toronto, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez (Drake and The Weeknd are one and two, respectively). Only time will tell how P3 and I Told You will stack up against each other, but over the last few weeks, we've gotten a few previews in the form of singles and other assorted loosies. Both Party and Tory pop up in our Top Ten, although here it's obvious which one is dominant.
Drake Talks Sh*t, Kills With Softness At Madison Square Garden (Review)
All along, it seems like “Summer Sixteen,” Drake’s first single of the year, not included on VIEWS, was designed to be his heated opener during his tour of the same name, which hit Madison Square Garden last night for the first of four shows at the elite Manhattan arena. Though billed as a co-headlining tour with Future, make no mistake -- this was Drake’s show, and Drake’s audience.
DJ Khaled's "Major Key" (Review)
When reviewing DJ Khaled's last album, I Changed A Lot, a mere nine months ago, I wondered how much longer the We The Best titan could keep up his album formula of "bright, of-the-moment beats, song titles that could double as all-caps Instagram captions and featured artist pairings that are awards show-level weird." The rap game Oprah ("You get a verse, you get a verse, here's a hook for you!") has, for the past decad
Meet Zoey Dollaz: Freebandz' Own Haitian Club Killer
Zoey Dollaz has been rapping since he was 12 years old, when he and his mother had moved from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti back to their hometown of Miami at the order of the U.S. government. He didn't take much interest in Miami rap, instead idolizing immortalized New Yorkers like Jay Z and Nas. Ever since he started making music, he says that he's not only dreamed of being one of the greats, but has believed in his ability to get there, too.
Top 10 Lil Uzi Vert x ATL Collaborations
Like many before him (Rae Sremmurd, Waka Flocka, Metro Boomin), Lil Uzi Vert found that relocating to unofficial rap capital, Atlanta, was the best way to advance his career. The Philly native got his big break back in 2014 when another guy originally from his hometown, DJ Drama, was introduced to him by Don Cannon (also a Philadelphian!).
Top Tracks: July 25 - July 31
It's officially August, which means there's pretty much only one month of summer left. It's been a busy season for hip hop, as usual, with big projects from top-tier talents like Chance The Rapper, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and Gucci Mane dropping left and right, and plenty of additional tracks hitting the web as well. That being said, August is poised to be huge.
Photos: Future, Tory Lanez, Post Malone & More At Osheaga 2016
This was a busy weekend for the music industry. There were two festivals happening in Canada, and one in the States. Suffice to say, music lovers had ample line-ups to choose from (and locations). Despite the festival overlap, some artists managed to play more than one fest-- in fact, Future hit up all three. That's a busy weekend.
Watch Rihanna Join Drake For "Too Good" & "Work" At OVO Fest
In its third night tonight, after a weekend that included shows from Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg as well as a Caribana party hosted by soca legend Machel Montano, OVO Fest was finally ready to clear the stage for the man behind it all. The festival collides with the Summer Sixteen tour for its final two nights, and it was expected that Drake and Future would kick off night 1 in style, with a few surprises likely in store.
Stream Lil Uzi Vert's "The Perfect Luv Tape," Featuring Future & More
UPDATE: Lil Uzi Vert's The Perfect Luv Tape can now be downloaded here!
Lil Uzi Vert Shares "The Perfect Luv Tape" Tracklist
A few hours ago, Lil Uzi Vert put up an Instagram video of himself bumping an unreleased song of his, and wrote, "Turn up den Uzi....Almost Time." He also wrote out his birth date of July 31, 1994. That makes today his 22nd birthday. Will he celebrate by dropping The Perfect Luv Tape?
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently 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.
Kanye West Addresses Taylor Swift Beef During Drake's "Summer Sixteen" Tour
Drake and Future's "Summer Sixteen" tour hit the Chi last night, and one of Chicago's biggest names came out for the event. Kanye West was a surprise guest at the tour stop, performing "Pop Style" with Drizzy as well as "Father Stretch My Hand Pt. 1" for the audience.