21 Savage's "Savage Mode" (Review)
Any conversation about 21 Savage has to begin with talking about his voice. It's a just-woke-up-but-haven't-cleared-my-throat-yet croak whose closest analog is probably Lucki Ecks' rasp or Father's monotone mumble, but unlike those guys' avant-druggy styles, 21's operating at the most violent end of Atlanta's trap spectrum.
Stream 21 Savage & Metro Boomin's "Savage Mode"
With the clock striking midnight, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin’s highly anticipated Savage Mode project was just made available for purchase on iTunes.
21 Savage & Metro Boomin Reveal Tracklist For “Savage Mode”
21 Savage & Metro Boomin are getting ready to release a new project this Friday, July 15th called Savage Mode, but before it arrives, the ATL duo decided to share the tape’s tracklisting ahead of time first.
Here Are The Samples ScHoolboy Q Used On "Blank Face LP"
ScHoolboy Q might be a synesthetic -- he sees sounds in color. Kendrick Lamar's GKMC is purple and yellow, he's said. His own albums have been black and grey, as reflected in their cover art.
Future Announces New "Forever Or NEVER" Mixtape
After taking a hiatus upon inundating the game with two excellent projects in the first month of the year, Future has begun to tighten his grasp on Summer Sixteen. These days, there are only a couple of artists whose releases are greeted with a similar level of anticipation, especially when it comes to mixtapes.
21 Savage & Metro Boomin Reveal "Savage Mode" Artwork & Release Date
21 Savage was just named as one of the 2016 XXL Freshman List, and the Atlanta rapper is taking advantage of the glorious moment to share his collaborative project with Metro Boomin, Savage Mode. Today, Savage revealed the artwork and release date for the project, which will arrive on July 15th.
Metro Boomin Teams Up With New Balance For A Pair Of Limited Edition Custom Sneakers
22-year old super producer Metro Boomin recently stepped out of the studio and into the New Balance design room to craft his very own New Balance 998, which you can buy today for $190. New Balance teamed up with Young Metro to help boost the brand's NB1 customization platform and his special edition sneakers offer a glimpse as to what's possible. The Metro Boomin x New Balance 998 features a black suede construction with hits of pink on the NB branding and tongue, a grey speckled midsole, and "Young Metro" stamped across the heels of the shoe.
Stream RiFF RAFF's New Album "Peach Panther"
RiFF RAFF made a name for himself with his knack for colorful wordplay and formally announced his presence on the scene with his 2014 debut album Neon Icon. On his sophomore album Peach Panther, Riff dives deeper into the trap abyss by calling on producers like Metro Boomin, DJ Spinz, and the gentleman of 808 Mafia. If you liked "Carlos Slim," you're gonna love Peach Panther.
Top 10 Compilation-Style Albums By Producers
Right now, two of the summer's most anticipated albums feature producers' names in the top-billed spot: Mike Will Made It's Ransom 2 and Clams Casino's 32 Levels. Most of the excitement hinges on the projects' star-studded guestlists (although we can't say a damn thing against Clammy Clams' three prior instrumental compilations), and as far as producer-led albums in hip hop go, that's usually been the case.
Flying Lotus Takes Shots At Future In Twitter Rant On Producer's Rights
Flying Lotus embarked on an impassioned Twitter rant attacking an industry culture that he believes exploits and underappreciates producers. Very important to know your worth," he began. "To producers. When a rapper invites u to the studio and asks u to make beats on the spot.Tell them to pay your fee on the spot, cuz fuck that."
Behind The Beat: Sonny Digital
Almost all hip hop fans are familiar with Sonny Digital’s name, whether they realize it or not. His heavily digitized “Sonny Digital” drop appears at the beginning of everything from platinum hits like iLoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” to classic mixtape tracks from Juicy J’s extensive catalog. At just 25 years old, the quiet ubiquity of his name is a testament to his tremendous grind. ...
10 Things We Learned From Zaytoven, Sonny Digital & Metro Boomin's RBMA Chat
The Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York just concluded, but not before boasting a number of one-of-a-kind events in the realm of hip hop, dance music, jazz, and beyond. One of the festival's events was a roundtable discussion with three of modern music's most influential producers: Zaytoven, Sonny Digital, and Metro Boomin.
Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd Among Adult Swim's 2016 Singles
Adult Swim has announced the 2016 program for its Singles Program, in which artists give out free singles over the course of the summer. This year's lineup is strong: the list of artists includes Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels (for the fourth consecutive year), Earl Sweatshirt (with KNX), Mike WiLL Made-It, Thelonius Martin [with Joey Purp], and D∆WN.
Smothered & Covered: 6 Great Moments In Hip Hop X Waffle House History
There's something about Waffle House that brings out the inner beast in people. The food, combined with the ambience, is nothing short of incredible. It holds a special place in the hearts and minds of countless rappers. "This ain't IHOP," Waka Flocka rapped in his famed collaboration with Travis Porter, "Waffle House". "This the waffle house. Know how we rock, put it in her mouth."
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.
Lil B & Metro Boomin Are About To "Unleash" New Music
Lil B may have alienated The Weeknd and Kevin Durant, he his still has plenty of allies.
Stream Lil Uzi Vert's New Album "Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World"
Lil Uzi Vert hinted at this project the other day on Instagram by using the album's title as his photo caption, however little did we know that there was actually a full-fledged album dropping today. The album, Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World, just hit Uzi's Soundcloud moments ago and is expected to be available on iTunes shortly.
Metro Boomin Covers FADER
Metro Boomin is as big as it gets for a producer, and at 22, he's just getting started. After working with the likes of Future, Drake, and Kanye West within the last year, Metro's star has continued to rise, and has earned him the sought-after FADER cover story he deserves.
Hudson Mohawke Says He Has 6 Alternative Versions Of Kanye West's "Father Stretch My Hands"
Hudson Mohawke has been a part of the Kanye West producer stable since Cruel Summer, and naturally his name was all over The Life Of Pablo, yet we're still learning about the album process beyond the credits. While he's not cited as a writer or producer on "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1," the Scottish beatmaker revealed that he has 6 different versions of the song, though he doesn't plan on releasing them anytime soon.
SXSW Polaroids: PartyNextDoor, Metro Boomin, Flatbush Zombies, Denzel Curry & More
We're back, with more goodness from SXSW. Exclusive interviews from our trip down South will continue to roll out in the forthcoming week, but to follow up our trip recap and photo diary, we've got some special Polaroids to be 100% accurate these are actually Fuji Instaxs, but you get the idea.