Vote: What Is The Greatest Black Hippy Posse Cut?
Black Hippy is the greatest rap collective this side of the Wu-Tang Clan. Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, & Ab-Soul each possess a unique skill set and temperament and are unstoppable when united. Black Hippy is the rap game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They have released numerous posse cuts over the years, albeit with increasing infrequency. Here are the 11 of the very best:
10 Essential Terrace Martin Productions
You might not know his name, but you've heard his sensuous sax soaring over tracks by Kendrick Lamar, YG, and other top-tier Los Angeles rappers. Or you saw him as the caged bird, shrieking and squawking on his horn from behind bars in Lamar's stupendous 2016 Grammy performance.
Kendrick Lamar Drunkenly Urges Lil Wayne To Not Retire
Lil Wayne's announcement that he had grown "defenseless and mentally defeated" and felt ready to retire made just about everyone sad and elicited supportive responses from dozens of rappers.
Beyonce Hosts Lit "Soul Train"-Themed 35th Birthday Party
Beyonce spent her 35th birthday on Sunday at Made in America Festival in Philly, where Chance the Rapper serenaded her with a special rendition of "Happy Birthday." The proper birthday turn-up didn't commence until Monday night, when Beyonce hosted a "Soul Train"-themed party.
The 5 Best Features On Travis Scott's "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
Travis Scott's debut album, last year's Rodeo, was packed with guest features, coming from the likes of Quavo, Future, Chief Keef, Justin Bieber, and more. In a time when it seems like most stars of his caliber are keeping the guest spots to a minimum, Scott has remained intent on maintaining a collaborative mindset.
Travis Scott To Executive Produce "Cruel Winter," Speaks On Kendrick Lamar Collaboration
Travis Scott is taking over the internet today, with the release of his highly anticipated project Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight. What's making the project even more talked about and hyped up are the wide array of features, including everyone from the elusive Andre 3000, Kendrick Lamar, 21 Savage, Kid Cudi and more.
Stream Travis Scott's "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
After tiresome delays, Travis Scott finally made good on his promise to release his sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which gets its title from a Quavo lyric on "Pick Up the Phone." And he did so first by playing the album live on his ".Wav" radio show on Beats 1. Further indication of his recent deal with Apple, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is now available for purchase on iTunes and to stream exclusively on Apple Music.
Top 10 Narrative-Driven Rap Albums
About a week and a half ago, Tory Lanez put out I Told You, an album more devoted to an autobiographical through-narrative than any other we've heard this year.
Behind The Beat: Sounwave
“Mustard on the beat, ho!!!” “DJ Esco... The coolest DJ in the world!” *Repeats first beat of the song four times* “If young Metro don’t trust you, I’mma shoot you…”
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Credits Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie & More
Frank Ocean just dropped, and everything seems to be in its right place again. His new album, which appeared on Apple Music in surprise fashion, is entitled Blonde and not Boys Don't Cry, which had been the rumored title for over a year. However, Ocean did put out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry" in coordination with the release of Blonde. The magazine appeared at four different pop-up shops in four different cities.
Travis Scott Says Kendrick Lamar & Kid Cudi Will Be On "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
Though fans have had to watch another Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight release date come and go, Travi$ Scott did debut some new music on the inaugural episode of his ".Wav" radio show on Beats 1. He kicked off the show with a new BITTSM track, "The Hooch," produced by Boi-1da.
TDE President Shares Mysterious Release Date
Earlier this year, TDE CEO Top Dawg suggested that at least 6 projects would be released by the label in 2016, one from each of its signees, as well as the possibility of music from two unnamed artists (one later revealed to be Lance Skiiiwalker). So far, TDE has dropped Kendrick Lamar's untitled, unmastered and ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP, meaning there's a whole lot more to come in the second half of the year.
Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, Jay Z Reportedly Attending "Top Secret" Obama Birthday Party
According to Page Six, Michelle Obama had a "top secret bash" planned for President Obama's 55th birthday, but the news and guest list have made their way out to the public.
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.
Mac Miller's "The Divine Feminine" Album Out In September, Features Kendrick Lamar
Earlier today, Mac Miller returned with his first single of the year, "Dang!," and it was a good one -- a funky jam that found him as well as Cali auteur Anderson .Paak exploring romance in a refreshingly breezy manner. After premiering the single on Beats 1 radio, Mac hopped on the air to tell Zane Lowe that "Dang!" is the first single off his upcoming album, The Divine Feminine, a project that was originally conceived as an EP.
Rihanna & Kendrick Lamar To Headline Global Citizen Festival
The fifth annual Global Citizen Festival takes place on September 24th on New York's famed Great Lawn at Central Park. As we're now properly mid-summer (and it's almost August) (!!), the yearly festival has unveiled their line up. This year's headliners happen to be a couple of the biggest names in pop/hip-hop. Rihanna and Kendrick Lamar are among top billed, performing alongside Major Lazer, Selena Gomez, Metallica, Usher, Ellie Goulding and more. You can check out the full list of performers in the flyer above.
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.
DJ Khaled Reveals "Holy Key" Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean & Betty Wright Will Drop Friday
Shortly after touting that Kendrick Lamar's verse would be the highlight of his album Major Key, DJ Khaled is back today with a release date for the song said Kendrick verse is attached too. The song is titled "Holy Key" and it also features Big Sean and Betty Wright-- in that same Snapchat where he big upped his K. Dot verse, Khaled also teased, "I got this Big Sean verse. Aw man, it’s so crazy."
DJ Khaled Says Kendrick Lamar Will Be The Highlight Of "Major Key"
As anyone who heard "Big Sean's "Control" knows, Kendrick Lamar comes hard with the guest verses. He'll have a guest verse on DJ Khaled's album Major Key, which comes out on July 29th. According to Khaled, it's going to be a good one. DJ Khaled took a few snaps during a phone conference today in Epic Record's New York City office. "I want to be clear. Kendrick Lamar went so hard,” he said. “His verse I feel like is gonna be one of the most talked about verses."
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.