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.
I Got You, Fam: 10 Rapper-Athlete Bromances
The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.
J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, & Ice Cube To Headline Pemberton 2016
With festival season approaching, hip hop heads should consider traveling to Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada this year. Pemberton just announced the full 2016 lineup and it looks very promising. Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and Ice Cube are all headliners. Also of interest for hip hop enthusiasts: Tyler, the Creator, Tory Lanez, Anderson .Paak, Method Man and Redman, Rae Sremmurd, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, SZA, Mac Miller, Cypress Hill, FKA twigs, Dizzy Wright, Hudson Mohwake, & Pell.
Lollapalooza Reveals Line-Up
The festival line-ups keep rolling in, and every line-up seems better than the next (or, they're all just really dope line-ups). Today's line-up revelation comes from the annual Chicago festival Lollapalooza, with a mix of indie-rock and hip-hop headliners.
The 10 Best R&B/Rap Covers Of Classic Songs
Searching "rap covers" online is like walking into a minefield of acoustic guitars and webcams, leftovers from a war that began with Ben Folds' famous version of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." An earnest-sounding white dude with a guitar and an angelic backing choir singing things like "Lick on these nuts and suck the dick" was (believe it or not) novel at some point, but now that approach has been beaten to death. Last year, for example, a ten year old covered "Trap Queen."
Future, Mac Miller, Logic, Tory Lanez, & More To Perform At Osheaga 2016
Osheaga Music Festival will return to Montreal for the 11th time this summer. The festival announced its lineup yesterday evening, revealing a very promising collection of hip hop artists that will perform this year.
Kanye West Headlines Governers Ball Music Festival 2016, Lineup Announcement
The Governors Ball Music Festival, held each summer in New York City, is always chock full of great artist, song debuts, and wild guest appearances. It’s looking like this year will be no different, as festival organizers have just released the 2016 new lineup.
Stream Murs & 9th Wonder's Surprise Project "Brighter Daze"
The Murs-9th Wonder connection has proven to be one of the sturdier creative partnerships in hip hop, dating back to their classic 2004 album Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, which still slaps. The partnership has now even endured a 2012 collab called The Final Adventure -- before the ball dropped on New Years Eve, they shared their sixth full collaboration, a new project called Brighter Daze.
Stream Larry Fisherman’s “Run On Sentences, Vol 2” Beat Tape
Well here’s a nice way to close out 2015. Out of nowhere, Mac Miller Larry Fisherman decides to come through and surprise fans this evening by releasing the sequel to his 2013 beat tape Run On Sentences. Running 27 minutes in length, the instrumental tape is compiled up of more mellow & psychedelic vibes from Larry that can now be streamed all at once thanks to his soundcloud page. You should already know this about to be extra wavy.
Mac Miller & Metro Boomin Collaboration(s) On The Way
Over the weekend, Mac Miller debuted some new sounds that veered away from rap, refurbishing Billy Joel's "Vienna." For fans that were wary of the record, Mac will probably be getting back into hip-hop beats shortly, as the rapper teased a collection of Metro Boomin beats were on the way.
Mac Miller Postpones Australia & New Zealand Tour Dates Due To Exhaustion
It looks like fans expecting to see Mac Miller overseas in Australia and New Zealand will now have to wait a little longer as the Pittsburgh native has postponed his "GO:OD AM" Tour later this month. Taking to twitter Monday night, Mac revealed that he’s exhausted and his voice is completely gone after being on the road for the past 90 days, resulting in the postponement of the upcoming oversea tour. Confirming that the tour wasn’t cancelled, and just postponed, Mac tweeted the following statement to his fans…
Hottest Albums Of 2015
2015 was a pretty phenomenal year for music. After the relatively dry 2014, we thought it was a drought, but the overwhelming amount of material made making our year-end list both very easy and very difficult. On one hand, there was a wealth of album to choose from, but on the other hand, a lot of great stuff had to be left on the cutting room floor.
5 Producers We Want Wiz Khalifa To Work With On "Rolling Papers 2"
Yesterday, Wiz Khalifa previewed a collaboration with TM88 of 808 Mafia that will appear on Rolling Papers 2, the sequel to his 2011 album Rolling Papers. There's no word yet on when RP2 will arrive, but Wiz has released four songs in the past six weeks and they all bode well: Mike Will-produced "
Vince Staples & Mac Miller Discuss White Rappers & How They Fit Into Hip-Hop
With the emergence of Macklemore, Iggy Azalea, and most recently, Slim Jesus and Post Malone, the topic of white rappers has been a common argument within the hip-hop community. It's a complicated and divisive issue, so the FADER decided to get the equally hilarious and on-point Vince Staples and real live white rapper Mac Miller (or is he just a white dude that raps?
Charts Don't Lie: September 30
Last week belonged to Drake and Future, and while their numbers didn't live up to the inflated projections, they still managed to keep Lana Del Rey, Mac Miller, and the persistent Beauty Behind The Madness out of the top spot. Miller's major label debut came in at number 3, a little lower than his previous independent offering, but we're sure the new money behind him will keep the gears moving throughout the year.
First Week Sales For Drake & Future's "What A Time To Be Alive", Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"
The first week sales for Drake and Future's internet-dominating WATTBA have arrived. Originally, the industry insiders were expecting it to move close to 500,000 copies opening week, but that number was later adjusted, and the final sales land somewhere squarely within the updated projections.
Easy Mac With The Cheesy Raps: The Many Faces/Phases Of Mac Miller
Across the span of just a couple years, 23 year-old Mac Miller (born Malcolm McCormick) has come a long way. From the original “Easy Mac” rapper, to his acceptance and popularity into mainstream rap, Mac Miller has climbed through the dark tunnels of fame and excess, still intact enough to share his stories with the world.
5 Best "GO:OD AM" Songs To Wake Up To
Mac Miller's GO:OD AM was meant to start your day off on the right foot. The positive-minded rapper boasts a smooth flow throughout the project, so it isn't just the name that makes us want to bump these tracks first thing in the morning. The production flirts between the Kanye/Just Blaze soulful vibe and the more modern future-trap leanings of Atlanta rap. Handled primarily by ID Labs, with contributions by Vinylz, Frank Dukes, FKi, Big Jerm and more, the instrumentals are perfect for that rise-and-grind mentality.
First Week Sales Projections For Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"
Mac Miller's GO:OD AM officially dropped today (Sept. 18), though it's been available for streaming since Monday. We know it's early, but HDD has already released its first-week sales projections for GO:OD AM, and they have Mac's third studio album moving an estimated 75,000 copies, debuting at No.
Review: Mac Miller's "GO:OD AM"
During a recent interview with Larry King, Mac Miller stated that GO:OD AM -- his major label debut under Warner Bros. -- was intended to be a departure from the "darker and sad" vibes of his previous record, Watching Movies with the Sound Off.