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.
Reebok Classics And Kendrick Lamar Launch New "Perfect Split" Pack
Reebok Classic and multi-platinum selling, Top Dawg Entertainment artist Kendrick Lamar return with the new Classic Leather “Perfect Split” pack, just two weeks after his skull grey "Classic Leather" release. The collection will comprise of both Men’s and Women’s styles, launching this Friday, July 15th.
10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
Top Tracks: July 4 - July 10
Even on the very rare occasion that Drake doesn't show up in our top ten tracks of the week, his presence is still felt. In this case, he's directly responsible for three separate tracks in the top ten, whether that entails remixes or disses aimed at him.
ScHoolboy Q Speaks On Possibility Of Black Hippy Album
At the end of last week, ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP hit shelves and online retailers, somehow avoiding the constant threat of an internet leak.
Jay Z Shares "Songs For Survival" TIDAL Playlist
The recent wave of police shootings and ensuing protests inspired Jay Z to release a new single "Spiritual." He followed that up over the weekend with a 24-track playlist called "Songs for Survival."
10 Essential Sounwave Productions
Sounwave is one quarter of Top Dawg Entertainment’s in-house production unit the Digi-Phonics. Although deeply respected in the hip hop production community, he rarely strays outside the confines of TDE's roster of artists, and even within TDE he collaborates with Kendrick Lamar more than anyone else (although he did produce three tracks on ScHoolboy Q's new album Blank Face LP). Along with Terrace Martin, he was one of the chief architects of To Pimp a Butterfly's sonic universe.
Vote: Who Had The Best Verse On The Black Hippy "THat Part" Remix?
Last night, ScHoolboy delivered not only his new album Blank Face LP, but a scintillating Black Hippy remix of his single "THat Part." The absence of a Black Hippy cut on the tracklist was troubling; fortunately, ScHoolboy remedied the situation for the fans.
The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.