Top Tracks: June 20 - June 26
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
LA Club Bouncer Files Battery Report Against Lil Wayne
After last night's BET Awards, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz hosted a ColleGrove after-party at the Hyde nightclub on Sunset Blvd. in LA. A man who says he was working the door at the party now reports to TMZ that Wayne punched him in the face last night. He apparently went to the hospital after getting hit, and he has now filed a battery report with the LAPD.
The "Suicide Squad" Soundtrack Includes Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates & More
The star-studded upcoming film "Suicide Squad" is currently hogging much of this summer's box-office buzz. Based on the DC Comics team of antiheroes who take the same name, "Suicide Squad" will star Jared Leto, Will Smith, Cara Delevigne, Ben Affleck, and more. The film also happens to have quite the soundtrack, featuring number of hip-hop elites as well as some unexpected cross-genre collaborations.
The 11 Greatest O.J. Simpson References In Rap History
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco police chase. O.J. is locked up now at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for committing armed robbery. Even from behind bars, O.J. is still able to capture America's imagination's like few else. He was recently the subject of the FX show, "The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story"; he is currently the subject of ESPN's stunning 5-part documentary "O.J. Simpson: Made in America."
Lil Wayne's Seizures Reportedly Due To Epilepsy & Not Lean
The rap world was in for a major scare earlier this week, as it was reported that Lil Wayne suffered two seizures on board his private jet, forcing his pilot to make two separate emergency landings. Luckily, Wayne's folks soon confirmed that he was in stable condition, but a worrisome report claimed that the Young Money boss had been downing copious amounts of lean on the night before his seizures. All in all, though, the situation didn't seem to dire, as Weezy performed a show two nights ago (June 15), just a day after getting released from the hospital.
Lil Wayne Performs At The E3 Convention Just Days After Seizure Attacks
Well that was quick. Just a day after leaving the hospital following two seizure attacks, Lil Wayne decided to make a surprise appearance at the E3 Expo convention in Los Angeles on Wednesday (June 15) where he took the stage to perform!
Lil Wayne Has Been Released From The Hospital
Lil Wayne has officially been released from the hospital following one or more seizures he suffered on Monday. TMZ reports that Wayne checked out of the Omaha hospital that he was transported to yesterday, and has already left the city, planning to continue his tour this Saturday in Kansas City.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Drank 3 Bottles Of Cough Syrup Night Before Seizures
Lil Wayne was reportedly drinking large quantities of cough syrup the night before a pair of seizures forced his private jet to make an emergency landing and paramedics to escort him to the hospital.
Lil Wayne "In Stable Condition" After "Minor Seizure"
Lil Wayne reportedly suffered a pair of seizures yesterday that forced two emergency landings in Omaha while the rapper traveled from Milwaukee to California on a private jet. According to TMZ, Wayne refused medical treatment after the first and was transported to the hospital after the second.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Suffers Seizures; Private Jet Makes Emergency Landing
Lil Wayne has suffered seizures that forced his private jet making a cross-country flight to make an emergency landing in Nebraska, TMZ reports. Wayne was en route from Milwaukee to California when the he "blacked out." The pilot immediately changed course to Omaha, the nearest major airport, where paramedics met the plane on the airstrip. Wayne is reportedly alert and refusing medical treatment.
Lil Wayne Announces "Sqvad Up" Mobile Game
Taking a page out of Kanye West’s book, it looks like Lil Wayne is getting into the video game business. On Monday, the YMCMB boss took to his IG page to reportedly announce a new video game “komin soon” called “Sqvad Up.”
Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
Lil Wayne Says "F*ck The Birdman," Shares Plans For Two New Albums
While it briefly looked like Lil Wayne and Birdman were on pace to settle their differences, Wayne's recent comments at live shows suggest that things between him and his label are as bad as ever.
A Recent History Of The Post-Prison Comeback Track
Yesterday was a truly bizarre day in hip-hop. It started with news of a shooting at a T.I. concert the night before in New York, and reports soon connected to the incident to Troy Ave, as the NYPD caught footage of the Brooklyn rapper opening fire in a VIP green room. That footage was released to the public, and Troy has since been arrested on charges of attempted murder, among others. Ultimately, though, it was a joyous day, made possible by the surprise return of Gucci Mane, who had been locked up in an Indiana penitentiary for almost three years.
T-Pain Recalls Lil Wayne & Birdman's Insane Bets On Simulated Madden Games
As we've seen from many of his interviews, T-Pain is a hilarious dude who knows how to tell a story, and there's probably no one better to reveal Lil Wayne and Birdman's ridiculous gambling practices to the world. While Pain was participating in a Twitch live stream as he played Doom earlier this week, he decided to share a hilarious anecdote from his time spent recording with Wayne. According to the singer, Weezy and Birdman (who were on good terms at the time), would bet $10,000 on video game matches in Madden. If that's not insane enough -- they weren't even playing!
Lil Wayne & Birdman Call Off Settlement Talks
The Lil Wayne x Birdman saga continues. Just a day after footage surfaced of Lil Wayne leading a chant at Denver’s 4/20 rally saying “Fuck Cash Money,” more news has come to light.
Beast Mode: 6 Crazy Mixtape & Album Runs
These days, the line between mixtape and album is thinner than ever, and fans are fairly entitled when it comes to new music. As a result, we're seeing more and more projects being released in a shorter time frame, but there are only a select few who can impress both in terms of quantity and quality. The "run" is something a few artists have been praised for. It's generally a series of projects that mark an important creative spurt for an artist, and one that often creates something of a spectacle. With that being said, some "runs" get a lot of publicity, while some fly under the radar.
Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
Lil Wayne Yells "Fuck Cash Money" During Performance
In case you thought Lil Wayne had moved on from his beef with Birdman and Cash Money, think again. Weezy took the liberty of cursing out the label while headlining the 420 Rally in Denver. In fan footage posted to YouTube on Sunday (watch below), the rapper is seen clearly inviting the crowd to join him in a call-and-response chant of "Fuck the bullshit... fuck Cash Money."
BET Awards Announce 2016 Nominees
The nominations for the 2016 BET Awards are in! Drake secured nine nominations, miles ahead of any other artist. Beyonce and Rihanna earned five each; Future and Bryson Tiller earned four apiece. Adele received her first BET nomination in the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist category.