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?
Juicy J Announces New Album Title "Rubba Band Business: The Album"
As expected, Juicy J is getting back into album mode. It's been three years since his last album, Stay Trippy, which served as his first LP signed to Taylor Gang. Since then we've received a very healthy number of mixtapes as well as the promise of another album: THC: The Hustle Continues. Given the long delay since Juicy first announced that title, it's perhaps unsurprising to learn he's changed direction.
Juicy J's "Lit in Ceylon" Mixtape Is Dropping Tomorrow
While he hasn't released a solo studio album since 2013, Juicy J has had no shortage of new music over the last three years. From 2015 on, he's dropped the Blue Dream & Lean 2, 100% Juice, and O's To Oscars mixtapes, as well as his collaborative album with Wiz Khalifa, Rude Awakening. While we haven't got an update on The Hustle Continues, the rapper's follow up to Stay Trippy, in quite a while, he's just announced another mixtape, which will make its way online tomorrow (Monday, July 11th).
Juicy J Announces New Mixtape “Lit In Ceylon”
Juicy J might’ve linked up with Wiz Khalifa last month for a joint project called Rude Awakening, but that’s not stopping him from releasing his own work. On Wednesday night, the T.G.O.D. rapper announced that he has a new mixtape on the way called Lit In Ceylon.
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
Rae Sremmurd's "SremmLife 2" Has Been Delayed
Talk about a momentum killer. After scoring a cover story from The Fader and dropping a video in preparation for the launch of their SremmLife 2 album next week, their album has been delayed. And not just by a couple of weeks – their sophomore effort will now be releasing on August 12.
Juicy J Announces New Single Featuring Travis Scott
Juicy J and Wiz Khalifa delivered a project full of new material quite recently, after teaming up with producer TM88 for the three-way album Rude Awakening. Lest we forget, we're still waiting on Juicy's solo album, THC: The Hustle Continues.
Stream Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J's "TGOD Mafia: Rude Awakening"
Fans have been patiently waiting for the release of Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J’s new joint project, Rude Awakeninig, ever since it was first announced by producer TM88 back in March, and now it’s finally here. After a couple setbacks & delays, the album was just made available for purchase on iTunes at midnight.
Here's The Cover Art To Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J & TM88's "Rude Awakening"
Taylor Gang now has one of the strongest lineups in the game, and earlier this year, it was revealed that three of the label's top artists would be teaming up for a joint project.
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Here's The Release Date & Tracklist For Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J's "TGOD Mafia Presents: Rude Awakening"
A few days ago, Wiz Khalifa suggested that Rude Awakening, his collaborative project with Juicy J (and on the production side, TM88), would be arriving this week.
Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J & TM88's Project Is Dropping Next Week
A few weeks back, former 808 Mafia producer TM88 revealed the tracklist for an upcoming collaborative project between himself, Wiz Khalifa and Juicy J. As we've patiently awaited further news on the exciting effort, Wiz Khalifa has now come forth with some info, taking to Twitter to announce it's arriving next week, as well as sharing the title.
L$D: Psych-Rap Tunes To Trip To
Drugs and rap have been pretty synonymous since the 90s, but recently there's been an influx of rappers talkin' about harder drugs than the chronic. Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap tape was perhaps the most illicit example of an ongoing trend that's taking place amongst the newer artists.
Three 6 Mafia Will Reunite At "Gathering Of The Juggalos" This Summer
Three 6 Mafia have had an undeniable impact on today’s hip hop culture and continue to be an influence despite last releasing music in 2008. The group has been on an extended hiatus since Last 2 Walk, and two of it's original members – Lord Infamous and Koopsta Knicca – have since passed away. However, the trio of Juicy J, DJ Paul and Crunchy Black will be gracing the stage with their trippy presence again this summer.
Stream Berner's Album "Hempire"
Bay Area resident, Taylor Gang repper/rapper, and #CookiesKing Berner finally comes through today with his anticipated album Hempire. The album's singles have been top-notch, and we expect nothing less than greatness from the entire thing. Hempire is 18 tracks long with an impressive list of features: Snoop Dogg, B-Real, Wiz Khalifa, Mistah FAB, Cozmo, Smiggz, K. Camp. Lil' Kim, Quez, Atmosphere, Young Dolph, Project Pat, Maejor, Strap, and Freeze.
TM88 Reveals Collab Project With Wiz Khalifa & Juicy J
TM88 landed beats on both Juice's From O's to Oscars as well as Wiz' Cabin Fever 3, and all three of them linked up for "Bake Sale," the lead single off Khalifa, the album Wiz dropped last month. It now seems fans have only begun to reap the benefits of the partnership between the Atlanta "horror trap" maestro and the two Taylor Gang executives.
Hip-Hop Reacts To The 88th Academy Awards
Around 34 million people tuned into the 88th Academy Awards last night, marking an 8-year low for the prestigious award show. Many attribute the ratings dip to the controversy surrounding the lack of diversity within this year's class of nominees and the resulting Oscars So White protest.
Top Tracks: January 18 - January 24
With new projects from Future and Meek Mill -- and upcoming ones from Wiz Khalifa, Young Thug, and last but not least, Kanye West, the energy coming from the hip-hop world is out of control right now. New tracks off both 4/4 and Purple Reign crashed this week's Top 10, along with predictably dominating performances from both of Kanye's SWISH singles.
Curren$y's Top 5 Mixtapes
New Orleans native Curren$y might be part cyborg. Either that or they’re putting something in the weed down there, because the man is prolific in a way that few other artist can achieve and still retain top quality.
Wiz Khalifa Explains How Juicy J Reshaped "Bake Sale"
Wiz Khalifa had a huge 2015, and he only had to release one major single to pull it off. "See You Again" had a long reign at the top of the Hot 100, and is still on regular radio rotation. In 2016, Wiz is ready to release his album, and he's launched what could be another potential hit with the Travis Scott-assisted "Bake Sale".