Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
Hear A Snippet Of Meek Mill's "Froze," With Nicki Minaj & Lil Uzi Vert
Meek Mill has finally been let out of the house, and it's now time for him to start flooding the streets. It's not that his name has been absent from the game; he's managed to stay in the rotation with his "All the Way Up" remix with Fab and Jada, and earlier this month, he teamed with labelmates Wale and Rozay for "Make It Work," the latest single off MMG's upcoming Self Made 4 compilation.
Meek Mill Celebrates Getting Off House Arrest, Says "DC4" Is Coming Soon
UPDATE: Footage of Meek performing at his homecoming club night in LA has now surfaced. Watch him rap "Pray For Em," the C-Sick produced anthem from his 4/4 EP, below. Meek Mill performing "Pray For Em" in LA last night w/ Nicki by his side . pic.twitter.com/Iliqyfrfom
Meek Mill Performs For The First Time In Months At Beyonce's "Formation" Show In Philly
Summer Jam wasn't the only big show that went down last night. Not too far away, Beyonce's "Formation" tour touched down in Philadelphia, and her official opener, DJ Khaled, had a few surprises in store, as he brought out Rick Ross as well as the hometown hero Meek Mill, performing for the first time since he was put on house arrest in early February.
Artists Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali Following His Death
News of Muhammad Ali's death at the age of 74 broke Friday night, inspiring mourning of the beloved athlete on social media, but also, celebration of his philosophy and accomplishments. Through the night, we've seen an outpouring of tributes from all types of people the three-time world heavyweight champion has inspired, including many artists working in hip-hop.
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 Fires Back At Ex Boyfriend Safaree Samuels For Lawsuit Against Her
It appears Nicki Minaj is being sued by her ex-boyfriend Safaree “SB” Samuels, and she’s definitely not happy about it. Taking to twitter Tuesday night, Nicki went on quite the rant slamming SB after she was served legal papers just days after celebrating her current boyfriend, Meek Mill’s, 29th birthday. “Tweeted on the 5th that the 6th was my baby’s bday. Celebrated on the 6th for his bday (publicly). Served w/a lawsuit on the 9th. lol,” she tweeted.
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.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (May 7)
The Met Gala took place on Monday, and there seemed to be more rap and R&B artists in attendance than ever, even despite Rihanna's notable absence. Of course, both Future and Ciara were in attendance (but seemingly were able to avoid one another), while Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, The Weeknd and Kanye West all came through with memorable looks (Ye decided to go all out with the contacts).
J. Cole, Drake, Nicki Minaj Among Highest Earning Musicians Of 2015
Billboard has released their annual list of Top Money Makers in the music industry, and while it's largely dominated by pop stars and legacy rock bands, a few rap and R&B artists also made the cut. The list is determined by the money made from sales, streaming, publishing, and touring, so anything made outside of those categories does not qualify, which is why artists like Dr. Dre and Diddy, who are known primarily for their business ventures these days, were not included.
Photos: Met Gala 2016
Last night, as you probably know if you've been on Instagram/twitter/any social media platform, was the annual Met Gala. It's an opportunity for all kinds of celebrities to bust out their fancy yet risk-taking attire and walk the red carpet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 30)
Though Beyonce's LEMONADE had the internet coming for Jay Z, he still has enough clout for everyone who showed up to DJ Khaled's opening slot on the FORMATION tour to pose for a photo with the New York legend, including Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Khaled himself (who's now being managed by the mogul). Outside of that, we saw Drake nimbly avoid an out of bounds ball at a recent NBA game, which promptly turned into its very own meme, as well as a series of selfies with the 6 Mom, Sandy Graham.
#TBT: Nicki Minaj
Ever since Nicki Minaj released Pink Friday in 2010, she has been one of the most unstoppable forces in the game. She's had 13 platinum singles as the lead artist and another 12 platinum singles as featured artist. She's pretty much in a league of her own.
Top 10 Hip Hop Tracks That Sample Prince
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time. André 3000, Kanye West, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Young Thug (so basically, all of The Life Of Pablo's squad) in particular have Prince to thank for some, if not most, of their musical and/or fashion styles, and the rest of the rap game isn't far off either.
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.
Nicki Minaj's Brother Indicted For Raping 12-Year-Old Girl
Jaleni Maraj, the brother of Nicki Minaj, has been indicted for raping a 12-year-old girl, reports Bossip upon obtaining previously unseen court records.
Future, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne Appear On Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman" Tracklist
Ariana Grande's third studio album, Dangerous Woman, is out next month, and the singer has shared the official tracklist for her new effort on Instagram.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross Just Met With President Obama
President Obama just hosted a who's-who of rappers at the White House to discuss an initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," which aims to keep youth "on the right track". While the event was not publicized, word got out via the Associated Press, but more importantly, DJ Khaled's SnapChat (which might actually have a wider audience at this point), confirming attendees such as Rick Ross, J. Cole, Ludacris, Timbaland, Common, Busta Rhymes, Wale, Pusha T and Nicki Minaj.
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.
How Much Do Rappers & Celebrities Make From A Club Appearance?
Celebrity appearances are a staple of nightclubs these days, elevating the price of entry for clubs and making money for the celebrities that appear. It wasn’t always that way though. Back in the day, record execs like Puff Daddy would have to pay off club owners or DJs to spin an artist’s new tracks. In today’s celebrity-driven culture, the script has been flipped.