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.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Has A New Reality Show Coming To VH1
It’s not Love & Hip-Hop, but it looks like Lil Wayne is taking to his talents to VH1. According to Young Money’s Stephanie Acevedo, the New Orleans legend is getting his own reality TV show.
Rack City: 10 Hip Hop Sex Tape Scandals
Rappers are quick to document their sexual conquests in their lyrics. It should not come as any surprise that many of them also document their sexual conquests on camera. Titans of hip hop like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Tupac have all fell victim to the (threatened or actual) publication of their private sex tapes. As have many others. Even in the case of rumored sex tapes, the sheer possibility that a tape exists often obscures the fact that it likely does not. Check out 10 of hip hop's most epic sex tape scandals after the jump.
Curren$y Almost Died One Time Drinking Lean With Lil Wayne
It is a well-known fact that Curren$y's drug choice of is marijuana. He leaves the lean to the "lean professionals," like Lil Wayne. But sometimes, you drink lean by accident. During his appearance on N.O.R.E.’s Drink Champs podcast, Curren$y told the story of the time of he accidentally drank way too much lean on Lil Wayne's tour bus.
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Top Tracks: May 9 - May 15
In contrast with the first few months of 2015, when it seemed like our Top Tracks lists were just the same Kanye and Drake tracks rising and falling with each ensuing week, the past few editions have been utter chaos, with the #1 spot changing every week. Staying power is proving difficult to achieve in an increasingly crowded summer playing field-- Beyoncé and Birdman's chart-toppers from two and one week ago, respectively, are nowhere to be found this week, although a few of the lower-ranking tracks stuck it out.
5 Great Lil Wayne Features From The Last Year
Lil Wayne's guest appearance on Chance The Rapper's "No Problem" reminded us of everything we love about Weezy, and inspired us to go back through some of his more recent features. While some flew under the radar more than others, Wayne has had a solid run of guest appearances over the last year, so we assembled a few of our favorite 16s (and beyond) from the last 12 months.
Every Rap And R&B Album That Sold 1 Million Units In A Week
Drake's VIEWS became the most recent album to achieve the rare feat of selling 1 million copies in one week, an accomplishment it shares with only 20 other albums (recorded by Neilsen Soundscan), and even fewer hip-hop releases. Today, we've decided to look back at the small selection of rap and R&B that has reached this milestone.
Skepta Confirms Drake Is Actually Signed To BBK
Back in February, we reported on the somewhat confounding news that Drake had signed to Skepta's BBK (Boy Better Know) imprint. The news was announced by Drake himself, via an Instagram post, where he referred to himself as the first Canadian to sign to BBK. The details surrounding his deal were unclear, and how/if it would effect his current situation with Young Money. Some speculated that he didn't actually sign to BBK.
BTS Photos: 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne's Video Shoots For "Gotta Lotta" & "MFN Right"
2 Chainz and Lil Wayne's ColleGrove has been one of the year's most enjoyable projects, and a few of its tracks should continue to blow up and dominate the summer.
Everything We Learned From Birdman's HOT 97 Interview
We've seen a lot of controversy spawn out of Breakfast Club interviews, but somehow, Birdman was able to give the most talked about interview in the show's history, and he was there for under two minutes. The short conversation, which found Baby confronting Charlamagne and his co-hosts for their lack of "respeck," has inspired countless memes, and has given Birdman the foundation for both a song and line of merchandise indebted to his new catchphrases.
Top Tracks: April 25 - May 1
We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
Lil Wayne Takes Picture With Rick Ross & Trick Daddy
Coincidence or not, some of Birdman’s most notable “enemies” were all together Wednesday night to help kick off Beyonce’s Formation Tour down in Miami, Florida. Serving as special guests thanks to show’s opening act DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, & Trick Daddy were all in the building Wednesday night, and ended up taking a picture together, which I'm sure will rub Birdman’s hands a certain way once he sees it.
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.
Behind The Beat: C4
Most of Atlanta's most successful musicians were born in the city and haven't left since. The transplants that have been able to make it are mostly from the South, as Atlanta is really the only place in the region that provides any opportunity for a career in music. That's where C4 headed after he had seen DJ Spinz, also from the town of Augusta, make a name for himself in the Georgia capital.
Lil Wayne Writes Introduction For Nicki Minaj's TIME Magazine Cover
This morning TIME Magazine rolled out their annual 100 Most Influential People magazine covers. They've got several different black and white covers with different public figures on each-- Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Zuckerberg, Priyanka Chopra and Nicki Minaj among them.
Lil Wayne Receives The Key To Lafayette, Louisiana
Move over Drake & Kendrick Lamar, you two aren’t the only rap superstars to receive a key to your hometown cities states. Last night before taking the stage for his Tidal exclusive event at the Cajundome, Lil Wayne was given the key to the city of Lafayette, Louisiana by Mayor Joel Robideaux.
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.