Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
Kid Cudi Teases Pharrell Collaboration, Says Album Coming "Very Soon"
Kid Cudi revealed last night that he has a collaboration in the works with Pharrell and assured that fans that new music would be on the way shortly. "Got some magic from Pharrell lastnite. New collabs, new energy, new frequency," he wrote. "Gonna get a release date for yall in a few weeks. This album and new jams are coming and very very soon."
Kid Cudi, Rae Sremmurd, & Lil Uzi Vert To Perform At Trillectro Festival
We are living in a golden age of music festivals. With hundreds of new festivals popping up across the globe, Maryland's Trillectro Music Festival is returning for its fifth year this year. The festival has announced its lineup. Kid Cudi is the featured headliner. Also performing: Rae Sremmurd, Goldlink, Lil Uzi Vert, Esta (of Soulection), Cousin Stizz, Jay IDK, and more. YesJulz will host the festivities for the third consecutive year.
Kid Cudi Denounces Homophobes, Shows Support For LGBT Community On Twitter
Like many others, Kid Cudi shared a few words about the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend. While many celebrities chose to simply send "thoughts and prayers" to those affected, Cudi made sure to speak to the LGBT community. "I wish there was more I could do than tweet, build awareness and donate money. Thats not enough. Not for me," he wrote, before intructing any of his homophobic followers to unfollow him immediately. "IF YOU ARE AN INSECURE HOMOPHOBE AND HAVE A ISSUE WITH GAYS AND EQUALITY, UNFOLLOW ME NOW. THANK YOU," he said.
Kid Cudi Confirms He Will Not Be On "Cruel Winter" Album
It appears like Kid Cudi fans have been hitting up the rapper to find out whether or not the once-G.O.O.D. Music member will be on the forthcoming Cruel Winter album. The short answer is: no.
Travis Scott Will Be On One Of Kid Cudi's New Albums
The other day, Kid Cudi confirmed with fans via twitter that he's got not one but two new albums in the works. One of those two albums already has a title, Passion, Pain & DEMON SLAYIN', while he's yet to reveal the second album's title.
Kid Cudi Says He's Now Dropping Two Albums In 2016
Kid Cudi recently revealed that he'd be following up his 2015 release, Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven, with a new project with an equally memorable title, Passion, Pain & DEMON SLAYIN’. while it already seemed ambitious to announce a new album less than 6 months after his last full length, Cudi now reports that he has two albums on the way this year, one for summer and one for fall.
Kid Cudi Says "Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven" Is "The Most Important Album Right Now"
Kid Cudi's Speedin Bullet 2 Heaven was a divisive project, and whether positively or negatively, everyone seemed to feel pretty strongly about it. Andre 3000, a man known to think ahead of the curve, had nothing but praise for the album, and today on Twitter, the creator of the experimental LP had a few words himself.
Kid Cudi Reveals Title For His Upcoming Album
A few weeks ago Kid Cudi sent out a lengthy series of tweets, venting about his place in the music industry and his own personal demons. Although dark at times (he referenced suicidal thoughts), he was also resolute to continue making music, including an album that would come out this summer. Now we have further confirmation from Cudi himself.
Andre 3000 & Kid Cudi Were Recently In the Studio Together
As their first album with Tom Delonge replacement Matt Skiba approaches, Travis Barker is getting back in Blink 182 mode, but it hasn't stopped him from collaborating with some exciting rap acts along the way. In an interview with the “Kevin & Bean” show on Los Angeles’ KROQ, Travis was joined by his bandmates to talk about the new album, but also shared an interesting tidbit about running into Andre 300 at Coachella.
Top Tracks: April 18 - April 24
What a tumultuous last few days it's been. Reports of Prince's sudden passing rocked us on Thursday, but then hours later we got a new A$AP Ferg album. About 48 hours after that, Lemonade arrived, effectively shutting down everything else on the internet at the time.
Kid Cudi & Kanye West Had To Talk Things Out Before Working On "The Life Of Pablo"
Kid Cudi's Speedin' Bullet 2 Heaven was a divisive project, but his contributions to Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo have been one of the most universally praised aspects of the album.
Kid Cudi Announces New Album, Acknowledges Suicidal Thoughts In Same Tweet
Over the past few weeks, Kid Cudi seems to have come alive. He first released “The Frequency” and “All In,” both of which were thankfully far afield from his Speedin’ Bullet 2 Heaven sound. Now we know why.
Kid Cudi Interviews Pee-wee Herman For Talkhouse Podcast
Rapper, singer, and actor Kid Cudi is a noted film and TV buff, though it's rather surprising too discover he's a devoted fan of Pee-wee Herman, the television, theater, and film character played by Paul Reubens. Herman was immensely popular in the '80s and still retains a widespread following today. For its latest episode, The Talkhouse Film podcast organized a conversation between Reubens and Cudi, which coincides with the recent Netflix premiere of "Pee-wee's Big Holiday," the first Pee-wee Herman film in almost 28 years.
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
L$D: Psych-Rap Tunes To Trip To
Drugs and rap have been pretty synonymous since the 90s, but recently there's been an influx of rappers talkin' about harder drugs than the chronic. Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap tape was perhaps the most illicit example of an ongoing trend that's taking place amongst the newer artists.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3
Although they haven't rapped on a track with each other since 2009's "Forever," Drake and Kanye West are usually placed side-by-side in the upper echelon of hip hop's current stars, the ones who have the potential to "break the internet" when they drop surprise material.
Top Tracks: March 21 - 27
The top tracks lists of the last few weeks got a little stale, with some songs (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Travi$ Scott's "Uber Everywhere" remix, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz's "Gotta Lotta") appearing week after week without much in the way of competition showing up to unseat them. Well, that changes this week, where the top nine tracks on the site are all newcomers.
Questlove Is Scoring A Movie Starring Kid Cudi & Zoe Kravitz
Questlove will provide the musical score for the upcoming thriller/romantic drama "Vincent N Roxxy", Rolling Stone reports. Directed by Gary Michael Schultz, "Vincent n Roxxy" follows a "small town loner" played by Emile Hisrch, who runs away with a punk rocker, played by Zoe Kravitz. Kid Cudi makes an appearance as a character named Suga.