Meek Mill References "WATTBA" On Instagram
Meek Mill just posted an Instagram that's got us like...huh?? The Dreamchasers rapper posted a picture of two new sparkling diamond rings on adjacent fingers and wrote, "What a time...."
Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, & More To Headline Okeechobee Fest
If you'd never heard of Okeechobee Music Festival, you have now. It's in Florida, and it's first ever weekend is going down next year March 4-6. In terms of hip hop, the festival will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Miguel, Future, Skrillex, Michael Christmas, & Shabazz Palaces. Others of possible interest to hip hop heads include Gramatik, Flying Lotus/Thundercat affiliate Kamasi Washington, and WeDidIt member RL Grime.
Charts Don't Lie: October 14
The biggest story in this week's charts is the triumphant return of Janet Jackson, who -- as she should -- takes the top spot this week, making her one of three artists who has scored number one albums over the last four decades. It kicked off a very rap and R&B-heavy top 5, followed by The Weekend, Drake & Future, and Fetty Wap. Take a look at the full breakdown below.
Future Buys Drake Diamond-Encrusted FBGOVO Ring
Diamonds were a major theme of Drake and Future's recent joint album, What a Time to Be Alive. Diamonds adorned the Shutterstock cover art and were the subject of the tape's second biggest hit (currently at No. 53).
DJ Khaled Announces Album Release Date, Two Singles Dropping Today
In between doing yoga on a dock, working out, and crushing a ton of food from his Finga Licking restaurant, DJ Khaled has found time to put together an album. It's called I Changed A Lot, and it will drop October 23, Khaled announced this morning.
Drake's "IYRTITL" Is 2015's Highest-Selling Digital Album Through Q3 By Far
The official SoundScan report for the first three quarters of 2015 is in. Taylor Swift's 1989 is the overall top selling album, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" is by far the best-selling single of the year, and Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late is far and away the best-selling digital album in the entire music industry.
Stream The Game's "The Documentary 2"
The Game has been promising The Documentary 2 all summer, and while it may have taken a little longer than expected, the project has been made available today.
Drake & Future's "WATTBA" Suffers 81% Drop In Album Sales
After selling 334,000 pure albums in week one, Drake and Future's WATTBA reportedly sold 65,000 albums in week 2, an 81% decline in sales. Looks like it's gonna be a while before it goes platinum...
Future & Blac Chyna Rumored To Be Dating
It definitely doesn't seem to be anything serious, but Future and Blac Chyna have been spotted together a couple of times recently, and thus, dating rumors have been circulating the web. Chyna was first spotted on the set of Future's "Stick Talk" video shoot.
Drake Takes Shots At Meek Mill On "Truffle Butter" At Austin City Limits
Those lucky enough to be at Austin City Limits last night (Oct. 3) got to see Drake bring out Future to perform tracks off their recent joint album, What a Time to Be Alive, live for the first time.
Drake Brought Future Out To Perform "WATTBA" Tracks At Austin City Limits
Just before dropping their joint project, Future brought Drake out during his set in Toronto, and last night at Austin City Limits, Drizzy returned the favor. As a result, we got to see some What A Time To Be Alive songs performed for the first time live, as the two rappers ran through "Big Rings," "Digital Dash," "Jumpman," and more. The Austin crowd was definitely feeling the new material, and seeing a couple clips from the show, the songs work well in a live setting, though next time we hope they break out "Diamonds Dancing".
Marvel Remixes 8 More Album Covers: Future, Clipse, Curren$y, Drake, & More
Marvel has been repeatedly endearing itself to hip hop fans the last few months with their impossibly cool remixes of well-known hip hop album art as comic book covers. Their last batch tackled the likes of 2Pac, Jay Z, Mos Def -- this time, they rework covers from such hip hop veterans as Missy Elliott, Geto Boys, and Redman along with a few newer faces.
Charts Don't Lie: September 30
Last week belonged to Drake and Future, and while their numbers didn't live up to the inflated projections, they still managed to keep Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, and the persistent Beauty Behind The Madness out of the top spot. Miller's major label debut came in at number 3, a little lower than his previous independent offering, but we're sure the new money behind him will keep the gears moving throughout the year.
Drake And Future's "Jumpman" Is Now A Super-Addictive Video Game
People who dig both Doodle Jump and WATTBA will be pleased to find that their passions have been consolidated in a new browser-based video game called "Jumpman." The game allows you to select the disembodied head of one of three characters -- Drake, Future, and Metro Boomin -- and bounce upward from platform to platform, finding your tempo amidst a diamond-encrusted landscape. Shoutout to hip hop-savvy programmer that put together this internet masterpiece.
French Montana Previews New Future Collab, "Off The Rip" Video With ASAP Rocky
There are a lot of rap albums floating in purgatory right now, and French Montana's Mac & Cheese is most definitely one of them. The album has been rumored to be "coming soon" for over a year, but so far there's no sign of it.
First Week Sales For Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive", Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"
The first week sales for Drake and Future's internet-dominating WATTBA have arrived. Originally, the industry insiders were expecting it to move close to 500,000 copies opening week, but that number was later adjusted, and the final sales land somewhere squarely within the updated projections.
Who Had The Better Verse: Drake Vs. Future
What a Time to Be Alive has finally resonated on our ears. The ten-song effort is a testament to many things: the prominence of the dark, druggy, Atlanta trap sound; Future's work ethic; Drake's diversity. The album is one of the more surprising releases in recent history, and recent history has almost exclusively boasted albums that were (at least trying to be) a surprise.
Future Comments On Keeping Friendships With Both Drake & Meek Mill
There was a time when Future was pretty reserved in interviews, but those days are behind him. The Atlanta rapper covers the latest copy of XXL magazine, and with an early look at the interview, he seems to be saying a whole lot.Some of the hard questions came out, with Future weighing in on the Drake and Meek Mill situation, his relationship with Ciara and their son, and of course -- the question on everyone's mind -- what's the deal with those Gucci flip flops?
Behind The Beat: Southside
In the past year, the formidable 808 Mafia production team has seen its three most prominent members splinter off to take on more solo work, which in turn has made them all household names. Tarentino now has Future's "March Madness" and Waka Flocka Flame's bombastic new track "Workin" under his belt, both of which are easily strong enough to become his calling cards in the future.
Review: Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive"
In terms of rappers from different area codes that join forces for a mixtape, Drake and Future are one of the strangest pairs we've seen in a minute.