AD News

 
  • Cover of Kendrick Lamar Reflects On "good kid, m.A.A.d city"
    In the new issue of XXL, we get to hear directly from Kendrick Lamar-- instead of going the typical and sometimes boring interview route, Kendrick Lamar writes about himself in the first person.
  • Cover of Joey Bada$$ Arrested After Allegedly Breaking Security Guard's Nose In Australia [Update: Statement From Joey's Rep Released]
    Joey Bada$$ hasn't started the new year off on the best foot. The Brooklyn rapper was arrested at a show in Australia this weekend after he allegedly struck a security guard in the face, breaking his nose.
  • Cover of Akon Drops Five New Songs Off Five-Disc Album "Stadium"
    Akon decided to go a unique route as he prepares to roll out his new album Stadium. As we kick off 2015, the rapper has released five new songs off his album on his website.
  • Cover of Royce Da 5'9" Doesn't Think J. Cole's "Fire Squad" Was An Eminem Diss
    It's a combination of rap fans' thirst for beef and media's thirst for clicks that often turns ordinary statements into "shade". In the case of J. Cole's "Fire Squad", the speculation around a line made the rounds before many even heard the song themselves.
  • Cover of Tyler, The Creator Calls "Shady XV" "Ass" [Update: Royce Da 5'9" Responds]
    Eminem's new two-disc album, one disc consisting of new records from Shady Records and the other a 'greatest hits' compilation, has been out for four days now and it's already been dissected and reviewed by critics and fans alike. 
  • Cover of The Weeknd Receives The Allan Slaight Award
    If you see the phrase "young Canadians who have the ability to turn their talent into inspiration," you're probably thinking to yourself, "there ain't no award for that." However, it turns out that in Canada, there is.
  • Cover of RiFF RAFF Plans To Drop Two Albums On June 1st
    World, brace yourselves. We may get not one, but two more albums from RiFF RAFF in 2015. Taking to Instagram, the cornrowed white rapper detailed plans for two projects, Peach Panther and Purple Panther, both dropping on June 1st. Read his lengthy post below:  
  • Cover of Sony Execs Make Fun Of Jaden & Willow Smith In Emails
    Man, people who work at Sony aren't very nice when they email each other, are they? Leaked info from Sony keeps surfacing, and after learning of one exec calling Kevin Hart a "whore," we now have gotten evidence of (slightly less-offensive, but still unprofessional) two more employees mocking Jaden and Willow Smith.
  • Cover of Hottest Instrumentals Of 2014
    The hottest beats is a misnomer for this list of 20 productions that shaped the commercial sound of hip-hop culture in 2014.  Of all the thousands of tracks produced each year under the umbrella of hip-hop, we could only honor a select few as standing above the crowd.
  • Cover of Review: Royce da 5’9" and DJ Premier’s "PRhyme"
    When Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier announced that they’d be making an entire project together, hip-hop heads everywhere got excited. Premier is a legendary figure in hip-hop and Royce is widely revered for his ability to spit quality bars.
  • Cover of Mister Cee Joins A New Radio Station After Leaving Hot 97
    Welp, Hot 97 just lost another one of their veteran radio personalities to a competing hip-hop/r'n'b station in New York.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: December 11 (J. Cole Edition)
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Mike WiLL Made It's "Ransom" Mixtape Gets A Release Date [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    We've been waiting on a release date for Mike WiLL Made It's Ransom mixtape for at least one minute now.
  • Cover of Pulling A "Beyonce": The Surprise Album Phenom
    The trend of surprise albums has definitely caused a shift in the traditional method of releasing music. Interviews, music videos and singles are still protocol (well, usually), but we’ve watched the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Skrillex, J. Cole etc.
  • Cover of Mike WiLL Made It & Future Working On Joint Mixtape "Ape Shit"
    Atlanta producer Mike WiLL Made It has more than just his Ransom mixtape in the pipeline. The producer recently spoke with XXL, and revealed he's got something in the stash with Future.
  • Cover of Stream E-40's "Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 & 2"
    E-40 only announced his new album less than two months in advance, and now the Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 & 2 release date has arrived. You can stream the full two-disc project below, via Spotify.
  • Cover of Review: Shady Records "Shady XV"
    Fifteen years of Shady Records represents an unusual time for rap music, transitioning out of the shiny suit era and into a bubble featuring new names. Aside from D12 and Obie Trice releases, the label’s existence was mostly tied to Eminem signing a certain Queens MC.
  • Cover of Trick-Trick Suggests Banning J. Cole From Detroit Following Eminem "Diss"
    Trick-Trick may be a rapper, but he's primarily known as the creator of the "No Fly Zone" policy that he enforces in his hometown of Detroit. Trick has been known to ban rappers from the city if they do not actively support the Detroit rap scene or collaborate with artists from the region.
  • Cover of Joey Bada$$ Unveils "B4.DA.$$" Tracklist & Cover Art
    Yesterday came the tragic news that Joey Bada$$' cousin and tour manager, Junior B, had passed away.
  • Cover of Charts Don't Lie: December 7
    This is a pretty eventful Charts Don't Lie, as we were not only anticipating first week sales for the likes of Eminem, Rick Ross, Beyonce and Iggy Azalea, but we're now seeing the streaming initiative from Billboard in full effect. For those unaware, we'll explain real quick.
  • Cover of Pro Era's Junior B Has Died
    Tragedy strikes the Pro Era camp today, with news that Junior B, a member of Joey Bada$$' crew has passed away.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For "Shady XV" & "Hood Billionaire"
    Last week, the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2013 and the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2014 (thus far) dropped new albums.
  • Cover of Stream Trademark Da Skydiver's "Return Of The Super Villain"
    The super villain is a tried and true trope in hip-hop, with artists such as MF DOOM mining the psyches of the deranged and often ludicrous comic book arch-nemeses.
  • Cover of Stream Royce Da 5'9'' & DJ Premier's "PRhyme"
    NPR has slowly but surely become a go-to destination for some of the dopest hip-hop around.
  • Cover of Behind The Beat: Suicideyear
    James Prudhomme, who produces as Suicideyear, is only 18, though his virtuosity might suggest otherwise. He's a guy who isn’t afraid to let his youth (not inexperience) shine through. He lets his muddled teenage emotions pour into his work.
    Password must be at least 6 characters.