Staff Picks Playlist (April 1)
This week has proved to be pretty eventful when it comes to song releases. There was actually a lot to choose from when it came time to compile our weekly Staff Picks playlist, and we're expecting the commenters to call us out on any and all oversights. There were Drake leaks. There was a Weeknd remix of Bryson Tiller. There was a G-Eazy remix. There was a 50 Cent remix. There was a Lil Wayne remix. There was a Wavy Wednesday cut. There was a Lupe Fiasco freestyle. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
Lil Wayne Sues Universal Music Group For Unpaid Royalties On Drake, Nicki Minaj & Tyga
Lil Wayne has been on the receiving end of several lawsuits over the past couple years, but this time around the tables are being turned. Reports are surfacing all over the web tonight that Lil Wayne is suing Universal Music Group for royalties he’s apparently owed for profits gained by Drake, Nicki Minaj, & Tyga.
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.
Tidal To Host Exclusive Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz Concert This Week
Lil Wayne is a part-owner of Tidal, and in a few days, he will use the platform to provide a live stream of an exclusive "ColleGrove" concert in Atlanta, where he'll be joined by 2 Chainz. The concert goes down on Wednesday, March 30 at 9pm at the Tabernacle in Northwest Atlanta, and entry will only be granted to Tidal members.
Top Tracks: March 14 - 20
Last week was definitely dominated by SXSW, with most of the rap world seeming like they were down in Austin either to perform, kick it with some of their equals in the game, or announce mixtapes in creative ways.
Mannie Fresh Explains Healing Lil Wayne & Birdman's Conflict With "Hate" Collab
After a hostile $51 million feud that spanned the entirety of last year, Lil Wayne and Birdman were spotted at the same party on New Year's Eve. Then, they were both seen in the studio with Yo Gotti, and then, at the end of February, they were heard on the same track, "Hate," which also features Juvenile and is produced by Mannie Fresh -- the whole Hot Boys lineup, aside from B.G. and Turk.
Charts Don't Lie: March 16
With a couple of debuts in the top 5, it was a great week for hip-hop on the Billboard 200. Kendrick Lamar gets crowned with the No. 1 spot with his surprise album, untitled unmastered., a compilation of eight tracks that didn't quite fit onto To Pimp a Butterfly. Despite zero promotion, it's still the top-selling hip-hop album of 2016, though it didn't have to compete with the TIDAL-only release of The Life of Pablo.
Kendrick Lamar Calls Lil Wayne "The Greatest"; Weezy Responds
Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with The Coveteur while out in Manchester, England for an in-depth interview about his new deal with Reebok, fashion, style, and how the youth are shaping the culture. But it was his comments about Lil Wayne, that not only caught the internet’s attention, but the YMCMB boss man himself.
Lil Wayne Sued For Failing To Pay Lawyer $300,000
Just when Lil Wayne seemed to be righting his often capsized ship, a story like this one comes out. According to the NY Daily News, Lil Wane owes one of his lawyers just shy of $300,000. That isn’t an insurmountable sum for Lil Wayne, but its enough for the Michael B. Kramer to file a lawsuit against his former client for failing to pay up.
Top Tracks: March 7 - March 13
After the excitement of new projects from Kevin Gates, Future, Young Thug, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, and Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, we seem to have hit a bit of a lull three months into 2016. Views From The 6 is (hopefully) in sight for April, and A$AP Ferg and ILoveMakonnen both should have new material out in the next few weeks, but March is definitely looking like a down month for hip hop's upper echelon.
Kendrick Lamar's "Untitled Unmastered" Goes No. 1
Kendrick Lamar's surprise compilation album untitled unmastered. tops this week's Billboard 200 chart. According to Nielsen Music, the album moved 178,000 equivalent album units (and 142,000 pure album sales) for the week ending March 10. With this week's top spot, Kendrick Lamar has earned two No. 1 albums in the past year, following To Pimp a Butterfly, released on March 15, 2015.
Review: 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne's "ColleGrove"
Of all of Lil Wayne's post-Hot Boys frequent collaborators, 2 Chainz was the best choice to tap for a joint album. Who else fits so effortlessly alongside him? Like Father Like Son is certainly an underrated relic of the past, but you'd be hard-pressed to convince anyone that Birdman could ever hang with Weezy lyrically, at any point in either of their careers.
2 Chainz Praises Bankroll Fresh, Calls Lil Wayne His "Favorite Rapper" On Wendy Williams
2 Chainz just dropped his collaborative album with Lil Wayne, Collegrove, last week, and today he stopped by Wendy Williams show to talk about the project, the definition of trap music, and of course, the heartbreaking passing of his friend and Street Execs associate, Bankroll Fresh.
Top Tracks: February 29 - March 6
We got an extra day of February this year, and while there aren't quite as many brand new tracks on that week's top ten list as the one that preceded it, we still got over 50% turnover.
First-Week Sales Projections For Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
We just reported on the first-week album sales for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' This Unruly Mess I've Made, and we've now got the initial projections, courtesy of HDD, for the batch of albums that will hit next week's chart (for the week beginning on March 21).
Top 5 Verses On 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne's "ColleGrove"
Last night was a memorable one for hip-hop heads. Thanks to LeBron, TDE let loose a project of Kendrick Lamar album throwaways, which is sounding better than just about any album since the one they didn't make it onto. Hopefully untitled unmastered. didn't steal too much of the spotlight away from the album that came soon afterwards, a joint release between two legends -- the worlds of College Park and Hollygrove, both neighborhoods essential to the hip-hop landscape, joined together for a triumph the whole south can get behind.
Stream Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz' "Collegrove" Project
As if Kendrick Lamar’s surprise untitled unmastered project wasn’t enough for you, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz’ new joint effort, Collegrove, was also just made available for purchase on iTunes as well.
2 Chainz & Lil Wayne's "ColleGrove" To Drop At Midnight
Kanye shared the album artwork yesterday, and today, 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne dropped the first single off their joint album, ColleGrove.
Lil Wayne Reveals New Song With Chance The Rapper In The Works
While we excitedly wait for Lil Wayne's collaborative project with 2 Chainz, Collegrove, for which Kanye West announced the release date and cover art earlier today, we've just received word of some more Lil Wayne music to get excited about.
Kanye Tweets Album Art & Release Date For 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne's "ColleGrove"
Apparently Turbo Grafx 16 isn’t the only project Kanye West had in the works. He just tweeted a photo of 2 Chainz with Lil Wayne’s tattoos, and captioned it with, “New Project with 2 Chainz & Wayne dropping this Friday.”