The Game Threatens Young Thug
Thus far, we haven't seen too many other rappers jumping in the ring to defend one side or the other in the Young Thug/Lil Wayne beef, but leave it to The Game to be one of the first. At a recent concert, he had some harsh words for Thugger, all of which basically amounted to a dare to come to L.A. and face the same fate as 40 Glocc.
Stream Tech N9ne's "Special Effects"
After drumming up hype by dropping the Eminem collab, "Speedom (Wwc2)," a few weeks ago, Tech N9ne officially releases his new album today. Stream the 24-track Special Effects below, and buy it here.
"Barter 6" Producer Wheezy Wants To Work With Lil Wayne
One of the biggest surprises of Young Thug's Barter 6 was the appearance of a new producer: Wheezy, who produced twice as many tracks on the album (eight) as Thugga's longtime producer London on da Track. Yes, it's almost too ridiculous that a guy named Wheezy produced most of a project whose name, at least to some degree, mocks Lil Wayne.
Money On Money: Rappers Endorsing Floyd Mayweather
For years boxing fans both rabid and casual have been eagerly awaiting, theorizing, and fantasizing about the potential of a Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao matchup. With the dream match finally coming to fruition on Saturday, May 2nd - high-profile fans of the sport and/or the fighters have come out of the wood-works to wave their respective flags.
Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Argued With Audience Members Before Bus Shooting
Luckily, no one was hurt in a shooting outside of Lil Wayne's show at an Atlanta nightclub this weekend, but while we know that the rapper's two tour buses were targeted, the motive for the attack is still unclear.
Top Tracks: April 20- April 26
Last week was a game changer at the top of the Top 100. After a few weeks of relative consistency, the Top Ten was washed out in a wave of new music. Keep track of how those songs are doing below. 10) The Game ft. Dej Loaf – Ryda
Who Had The Better Verse: Jay Z Vs. Kanye West
Despite the fortuitous shift in the music industry, the status of Jay Z and Kanye West remains unblemished. For over a decade, Hov and Ye anchored the remaining bits of Roc-A-Fella by extinguishing rays of doubts with timeless material. Since Reasonable Doubt, nobody questioned Jay’s lyrical prowess. He embodies consistency and longevity. With a run similar to Jordan's, it’s easy to see why he’s pegged as an all-time great.
Young Thug Heckled & Booed At Show In Louisiana
Lil Wayne and Young Thug had didn't do too well performing on each other's home turf last night. While Wayne's bus was hit with gunfire in Atlanta, Thugger was consistently heckled throughout a performance in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nothing about the Wayne incident indicates it had anything to do with the minor rivalry between the two rappers, but Thug's hecklers were definitely motivated by Wayne's frustration.
Lil Wayne's Tour Bus Shot At In Atlanta
Following Lil Wayne's performance at Compound nightclub in Atlanta Saturday night, shots were fired towards two of his tour buses. TMZ reports that the shooting occurred around 3:30 AM, as the buses left the venue.
Tyler, The Creator Says "Smuckers" Beat Was Intended For Kanye West & Jay Z
Tyler, The Creator's new album, Cherry Bomb, is a bit of a divisive LP, but the one record that people seem to be agreeing on is the Kanye West and Lil Wayne collaboration, "Smuckers".Not only are the performances top notch, the instrumental is also quite an achievement, which makes sense, as it was apparently intended to be given to Jay Z and Kanye.
First Week Sales For Tyler, The Creator & Young Thug
Last week (April 13), we saw two big-time releases that both dropped in surprising fashion. Tyler, the Creator released Cherry Bomb, his fourth studio album, after announcing its release only a week prior. A more contentious project came from Young Thug, who, days before the release date, changed his Carter 6 to Barter 6 due to legal threats from Lil Wayne. Here are the first week numbers for both.
Poetic License: The Art Of Writing
Poetic license is not a new concept. The idea of poetic license can be traced back to the Greco-Roman classical era and is derived from the Latin words, 'poeta' ('maker') and 'licentia' ('to be permitted,' 'liberty'). The concept was encouraged by a Greek philosopher by the name of Aristotle (maybe you've heard of this dude?). In one of the first-ever treatise to describe poetry and literary theory, the philosopher referred to something called "poetic effect"-- which, today, we would call poetic license.
Nicki Minaj Calls Fabolous One Of The Best Punch Line Rappers Of The Last Decade
Nicki Minaj's recent social media antics have sparked rumors of her engagement to current boyfriend Meek Mill, but before she sent the internet into a craze, the Young Money rapper was contemplating the best punchlines in hip-hop. More specifically, she was giving props to Fabolous, who she feels hasn't been given the respect he deserves for his lyrics.
Kendrick Lamar Speaks On Earl Sweatshirt, Lil Wayne, & More In Twitter Q&A
We all know Kendrick Lamar isn’t one for the social media limelight, but on Wednesday afternoon TDE president, Punch, convinced K.Dot to hop on Twitter and answer a few questions for the fans. Answering a wide array of questions, K. Dot spoke on everything from Lil Wayne & the creative process behind To Pimp A Butterfly to the possibility of a TPAB tour and who his favorite artist is at the moment, which he answered with Earl Sweatshirt surprisingly.
#TaxDay: 10 Rappers Who've Had Tax Trouble
Blame it on self-employment, shady labels or a simple lack of knowledge about this country's impenetrable tax system-- rappers have historically had problems with unpaid taxes. Time and time again, we've seen stories of various artists in the game getting hit with either a tax lien or tax evasion charges from the IRS and owing the government a ton of their hard-earned money. As today's tax day, we're listing all of the rappers who've been popped for tax problems in recent memory. If we forgot any big ones, let us know.
Lil Wayne's Former Bus Driver Claims The Rapper Threatened Him With A Gun
A driver who operated Lil Wayne's bus on his 2014 summer tour is suing the rapper, claiming that Wayne threatened his life with a weapon. According to Mark Jones, Wayne first began to act aggressively with him when he attempted to stop for gas following a show in Buffalo. The driver says he continued driving after the Wayne's outburst of cursing.
T.I. Speaks On Young Thug & Lil Wayne Beef, Confirms His Appearance On "Barter Six"
With the controversy surrounding Young Thug's Barter Six heating up every day, most Southern rappers have been wise to stay removed from any alleged beef between Thug and Lil Wayne. A guy who's shown Thug past, and current, support is ATL legend T.I., who recently put out "Bankrolls On Deck" with Thug and the rest of Bankroll Mafia.
Young Thug Will Hold The "Barter Six" Release Party In Hollygrove
Young Thug is causing new headlines every day as we prepare for Friday's release of Barter Six, no longer Carter Six due to legal threats--presumably from Lil Wayne's camp. Still, Thug continues to make moves that will likely offend devotees of Weezy and his seminal Carter album series. Yesterday, on Instagram, Thugga confirmed that the Barter Six release party will take place in Hollygrove, New Orleans, which is, of course, Lil Wayne's home neighborhood.
Young Thug Has Another Message For Lil Wayne
While Lil Wayne had remained silent on Young Thug's decision to title his album Carter Six for some time, he lashed out at Thug at a performance last week, criticizing the rapper for posing nude on his album cover.