Ty Dolla $ign's "Campaign" (Review)
For as many amazing concept and/or narrative-driven albums hip hop has produced, there are just as many that boldly proclaim ambitious themes but find it hard to stay on-topic.
Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and
Reebok And Future Launch New Freebandz Apparel Collection
Reebok and Future announced a new partnership back in July, and today we finally have a look at what to expect from the upcoming Freebandz apparel capsule Collection.
Young Thug Apologizes To Future For "Internet Arguments"
Atlanta's two leading men are back on good terms, and the city is thriving because of it. Tensions between Future and Young Thug flared -- perhaps a natural result of healthy competition -- about a year ago. The feud first caught the public's eye after Thug took issue with a tweet of Metro Boomin's that warned other rappers not to attempt to emulate Future's work ethic. A few days later, Metro confirmed that the squabble had been put to rest, and indeed, this year Thug and Future have proven not only to make amends but also to develop a strong rapport both in and out of the studio.
Future & Young Thug Cook Up Some Fire In The Studio
About a year ago, there existed some tension between Future and Young Thug. The feud was thankfully short-lived and, in reality, not too surprising considering that they stood as the top two artists in Atlanta at the time. Luckily, healthy competition seemed to be the diagnosis, and this year, Thug and Future -- still No. 1 and 2 in Atlanta (the order is very much up for dispute) -- have made amends and, as proven by a couple of new Instagram videos, reinvigorated their collaborative partnership.
20 Legendary Rapper Yearbook Photos
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters. We're gonna take you on a tour of 20 rapper yearbook photos, an expansion of our previous list.
Top Tracks: September 12 - September 18
Summer '16 seemed to come and go without a good, entertaining beef, but in the week before the official Fall equinox, one has emerged. You could definitely deem the new Meek Mill Vs. The Game beef as a spinoff of Meek and Drake's last summer, but when it comes to bars, this beef's picking up the long-dormant one's slack. We've already got a diss apiece from both parities involved, and although Meek's came in too late on Sunday night to be counted in Top Tracks this week, Game's is in here, and you can be sure Meek's will be next week.
Drake Says He's Getting "Warmed Up," "Six Or Seven" New Songs Recorded
Drake is keeping every stop on his "Summer Sixteen" tour as interesting as the last one, although in varying ways.
Future To Drop Single With Drake "Within Two Weeks"
Although it is true that Future has had a relatively quiet 2016 compared to his monstrous 2015, he has already released three projects this year -- Purple Reign, EVOL, & Project E.T.
Future Reportedly Countersues Rocko
Future is fighting fire with fire in his ongoing legal battle with former friend and colleague Rocko. In June, Rocko sued Future for $10 million, alleging that Future breached contract when he inked a "side deal" with Epic that cost Rocko's A1 Records its cut of Future's profits.
Zaytoven Says Future’s “Beast Mode 16” Is Finished
Back in July, ATL producer Zaytoven cleared up rumors that Drake would be featured on Future’s Beast Mode 16 project (which he says he will be), and now he just revealed some more details on the long awaited mixtape. In a new interview with Vlad TV, Zaytoven confirmed that Future’s Beast Mode 16 project is completely finished.
Are Future & Drake Working On Another Collab?
Metro Boomin decided to set the rumors on fire Monday evening when he sent out a cryptic tweet suggesting that he & fellow What A Time To Be Alive rappers, Drake & Future, are hitting the studio together again later this week.
Top Tracks: September 5 - September 11
We finally got to breathe a sigh of relief last week after the absolute onslaught of must-listen projects that arrived in the month prior. This calm will be short-lived, though, as we get Mac Miller's The Divine Feminine on Friday, Ty Dolla $ign's Campaign and Mick Jenkins' The Healing Component just a week later, Danny Brown's Atrocity Exhibition on the 30, and The Game's 1992 to kick off October.
Lil Wayne, Rihanna, DJ Khaled Guest At Drake & Future's L.A. Show
As they did at New York's Madison Square Garden last month, Drake and Future did three consecutive Summer Sixteen shows in L.A., and night 3, which went down Saturday night, made sure to end the run with a bang. Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, and Rihanna all made appearances, making for some of the biggest stars to cross the stage during the whole tour.Ri performed "Work" and "Bitch Better Have My Money," while Wayne did his remix of Gucci Mane's "Wasted" from No Ceilings.
Drake Brings Out YG & Snoop Dogg At "Summer Sixteen" Tour In L.A., Rihanna In Crowd
The "Summer Sixteen" tour experienced a slight bump in the road yesterday, when Drake and Future discovered one of their tour buses had been robbed of approximately $3 million in jewelry-- which didn't belong to either rapper, but rather Drake's tour DJ.
Drake & Future Reportedly Targeted In Jewelry Robbery During "Summer Sixteen" Tour
Drake and Future have been bringing their "Summer Sixteen" tour to fans across the country, and each night seems to spark a new surprise, whether it's an on-stage kiss with Rihanna, an appearance from Lil Wayne, some fuel for the Meek Mill beef, and beyond.
Top Tracks: August 29 - September 4
The week before Labor Day brought us some nice late summer treats in the form of Travis Scott's Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, Isaiah Rashad's The Sun's Tirade, and Fabolous' Summertime Shootout 2. Of those, Scott's album was definitely the most feverishly anticipated, thanks to some delays as well as his substantial fanbase, and that popularity shows in this week's edition of Top Tracks. Scott leads the pack with three appearances, but oddly enough, none as a lead artist.
Top Tracks: August 21 - August 28
Can we finally breathe a sign of relief after what's proven to be a crazy August?
Watch Every Performance From The 2016 MTV VMAs
The 2016 VMAs are in the books. Rihanna, Beyonce, Future, Nicki Minaj, and a host of others took the stage at Madison Square Garden to rock the crowd with a series of blockbuster performances. Rihanna performed not once, but FOUR times as she accepted this year's prestigious Vanguard award. The other highlight was probably Beyonce's outstanding Lemonade medley.
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.