Staff Picks Playlist (May 27)
Perhaps this week's playlist won't be as useful as usual, as most rap fans will likely have GuWop on repeat all weekend in celebration of the Trap God's surprise release from prison yesterday. He had been locked up for three years, and unsurprisingly, he recorded a track on his first day out, aptly titled "First Day Out Tha Feds," produced by his reliable longtime collaborator Mike Will Made-It.
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.
Meek Mill Wins Top Rap Album At Billboard Music Awards, Drake Is Top Rap Artist
Another week, another award show. Tonight it was the 2016 Billboard Music Awards in Vegas, and of course, the majority of the nominations went to major artists who have spent a good deal of time in the Hot 100 singles chart and/or the Billboard 200 albums chart over the past year. Though a relatively small group of hip-hop artists were represented at this year's show, there were still a few surprise award-winners. The most unexpected result came in the category of Top Rap Album, as the award was given to Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money.
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Diss Tracks?
Diss tracks have always been a part of hip-hop, and whether it be from smaller artists or the biggest names in the game, they continued to be released regularly to this day. The competitive spirit of rap has led to a few very iconic diss tracks in the past, and today, we've decided to test your knowledge on some of the most talked about records in our new quiz.Based on a few bars, can you identify the artists who rapped these lethal lines? Take the quiz below and let us know your score in the comments. Which of these bars hurt the most?
Meek Mill Hints At Upcoming Collaboration With Nicki Minaj & Lil Uzi Vert
Meek Mill has been known to hint at upcoming music on his Instagram account, and yesterday, he dropped some exciting news in the caption of one of his photos.
Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross Join Meek Mill To Celebrate His Birthday In Philly
Being on house arrest is bad enough, but spending your birthday stuck at home would be especially painful. Then again, if you're Meek Mill, you don't have to leave the house to party with Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, meaning you can throw a better party than almost anyone despite your circumstances.
Vote For Your Favorite "Panda" Remix
Desiigner's "Panda" was crowned the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Monday afternoon. It marked the culmination of a wild four months in which the 18-year old Brooklyn rapper went from complete unknown to G.O.O.D. Music signee, The Life of Pablo feature, and internet sensation.
Meek Mill Previews Collaborations With Chris Brown & Rick Ross
Meek Mill has been hyping his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape for some time now, and while he's shared two solid EPs in the process, fans are still eagerly awaiting news of the project. Today, Meek has shared clips of two new records, the first of which being an unnamed collaboration with Rick Ross, and the second, a record called "Trust Me' with Rozay and Chris Brown.
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.
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.
Mamba Day: A Kobe Bryant Retirement Mix
After 20 seasons with the Lakers, 18-time All-Star and 5-time champion Kobe Bryant plays his final game in the NBA tonight. Whether you're a basketball fan or not, the Lakers home game against the Utah Jazz tonight is worth tuning into, if just to witness a piece of history and celebrate a great career. Since the game only starts at 10:30 PM EST, you still have plenty of time to pre-game for the big event, and we've handpicked a selection of songs to soundtrack your night, putting together 20 of the best Kobe-referencing songs on Spotify.
Meek Mill's "Dreamchasers 4" Is Dropping The Same Day As Drake's "Views From The 6"
Meek Mill is making it a tradition to drop new music at the same time as Drake. Earlier this year, he shared the second 4/4 EP right after Drake shared his "Summer Sixteen" single, upping the ante by directly responding to Drizzy's brand new song on "War Pain" (we're still not sure how he did that), and now he's got another release planned to go head to head with Drake's album, Views From The 6.
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Meek Mill Is Now Allowed To Release Music While Under House Arrest
Last month it was reported that Meek Mill was not allowed to record or release music while under house arrest, so it came as a great surprise when his remix of Drake's "Summer Sixteen" arrived earlier this week. Today, TMZ cleared up the confusion, uncovering that Meek has been given the green light to release music while serving his sentence -- on one condition -- that it's released free of charge.
Meek Mill Previews New "Dreamchasers 4" Music On Instagram
Earlier this week, Meek Mill made a surprise return with "Trap Vibes," a two-in-one track that finds Meek rapping over Desiigner's "Panda" and, more notably, Drake's "Summer Sixteen." In February, the judge had included stipulations to Meek's initial sentencing that banned him from recording any music during his three months on house arrest.
Nicki Minaj: "I Don't Even Want To Say I'm In A Relationship"
Nicki Minaj is not one for labels. In an interview with Ellen Degeneres, Minaj stated that she doesn't want to call her relationship with Meek Mill a "relationship." “You know, I don’t know," she told Ellen. "We’re still figuring each other out. And in fact, I don’t even want to say that I’m in a relationship anymore, because I think when people hear that, they go to like the mean place.
Stay Woke: Artists Exposed By Hook-Ups
Social media can be a dangerous place for the rich and famous. Not only can you severely damage your reputation with your own posts on Twitter and Instagram, but you also have to worry about what others might share about you on their own profiles.
Meek Mill Has Remixed Drake's "Summer Sixteen"
At the beginning of the year, Meek Mill held a listening party for his Dreamchasers 4 mixtape, and an attendee was able to leak some footage from the event during which Meek can be heard rapping over Drake's "Back to Back," the second consecutive diss track the OVO boss sent Meek's way last summer. Dreamchasers 4 still hasn't arrived, though Meek has dropped off two separate 4-track EPs in
Young Thug To Drop Version Of "Digits" With Meek Mill; Hear Snippet
Just before midnight on Thursday, Young Thug dropped his long-awaited mixtape, Slime Season 3. Earlier in the day, one of the tape's tracks, "Digits," produced by London on da Track, was premiered by Zane Lowe on Apple Music's Beats 1 radio.
Drake & Meek Mill Are Two Of The Most Popular Choices For MLB Walk-Up Songs
Walk-up songs are a very important aspect of the game of baseball. One must choose the perfect song to get them adequately hyped up for their turn batting, and from the looks of a recent tally from Baseball Prospectus (as pointed out by Pigeons & Planes), Drake is probably the way to go.