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.
DJ Khaled's "Do You Mind," With Nicki Minaj, Future, Chris Brown & More Drops Tomorrow
Tomorrow, July 28, DJ Khaled will drop one last single, before he releases his highly-anticipated album, Major Key, the next day. Predictably, this track, entitled "Do You Mind," features a huge lineup, made up of stars from rap and R&B alike. They are: Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Future, August Alsina, Jeremih, and Rick Ross.
Future Is Opening A "Future Hive" Pop-Up Shop In New York City
Future is poised to join the growing list of rappers who have launched their own pop-up; his, called "Future Hive," will open in New York City next week. Future linked up with the social shopping site "Fancy" to create the shop which will feature a number of top selling brands like Pintrill and Cease and Desist, as well as his own tour merch and FreeBandz Clothing line.
Top Tracks: July 18 - July 24
Last week, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, Future, and Mike Will Made It all found themselves victims of unauthorized leaks, and subsequently spoke out about the all-too-common occurrence in the music industry.
Ciara Claims Future's Comments Cost Her A $500,000 Sponsorship
Ciara launched a defamation lawsuit against Future back in February, and in the subsequent months legal documents from the case have continued to surface. Today, TMZ has reported an update, pointing to docs which claim Ciara missed out on a lucrative deal with an international cosmetics company.
Drake, Future, 2 Chainz & More Guest At Gucci Mane's Homecoming Show In Atlanta
Gucci Mane released Everybody Looking, his first project since being released from prison, yesterday, and to bring in the occasion, he performed a homecoming show in Atlanta. Billed as Gucci & Friends, Guwop delivered on the promise of guests, as regular collaborators like Young Dolph, Peewee Longway, and the elusive OJ Da Juiceman took the stage, as well as some of the biggest names in rap, including 2 Chainz, Fetty Wap, and to close things out, Drake and Future.
Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Mike Will Made-It Angrily Responds To New Future Leaks
Many were overjoyed to find two new Future leaks posted onto just about every hip-hop site, including this one, last night. Mike Will Made-It, who's assumed to have produced at least one of those leaks, was not.
Top Tracks: July 11 - July 17
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
Baby Future Asks Russell Wilson For A "Papa Kiss" In New Video Shared By Ciara
It was recently discovered that Ciara, in her $15 million defamation lawsuit against Future, advised authorities that she was worried about her ex and baby daddy potentially plotting to kill her new husband, Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.