Charts Don’t Lie: March 1
We'll be seeing a lot of Drake on Charts Don't Lie for the foreseeable future. The rapper dominated the Billboard 200 last week, and after getting bumped from #1 by Imagine Dragons' new album, he's sitting comfy at #2, moving over 150k in his second week. It's a difficult feat for most rappers to move that much their first week out, let alone their second week. The Toronto rapper also broke a Billboard record this past week (a record which he previously set, mind you), with every single song off If You're Reading This It's Too Late charting on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 27)
Kanye wept. Drake reigned. Dark Sky Paradise happened. This week in hip-hop can be summarized in those three tersely worded sentences.
Arrest Made In Stabbing Of Two Nicki Minaj Team Members
The other week Nicki Minaj took to Instagram to grieve for the loss of a friend and entourage member, De'Von Pickett , who was stabbed in Philadelphia during "The Pinkprint" tour rehearsals. That wasn't the only member she was grieving for though, as another man, Eric Parker, w
#Omeeka: A History Of Meek Mill's Thirst For Nicki Minaj
It's just been announced that Meek Mill will support Nicki on the "Pinkprint" tour. Judging by his personality, Meek is no "opening act," but for Nicki, he'll gladly make an exception. In his own words, Nicki Minaj is "da best female ever". That tweet was from three years ago, and Meek's thirst goes back even further than that. Meek first tweeted about Nicki in October of 2009.
Charts Don’t Lie: February 22
Obviously the biggest topic of this week's Charts is Drizzy Drake. The rapper utilized the surprise release tactic that we've seen several artists find success with over the last year or two, and it definitely paid off for him as well. His commercial mixtape dropped suddenly late last Thursday night, and with no other option for download apart from iTunes, Drake assured his loyal OVO fanbase would shell out the money for it. Then, in less than a week, the rapper managed to do numbers most mainstream artists dream of.
Two Members Of Nicki Minaj's Tour Team Stabbed In Philadelphia, One Killed
Nicki Minaj delivered some sad news to her fans this afternoon. De'Von Pickett and Eric Parker, who had flown to Philadelphia to assist Nicki Minaj with her tour rehearsals, were both stabbed outside of a bar in the city last night. Pickett died from his wounds, while Parker is still in critical condition. According to Nicki's post on Instagram, the two men had been in town for the tour for two days before the attack. She described the event as "Another senseless act of violence that took the life of a great guy. So sad."
The Yeezus Blessing: A History Of Kanye West's Co-Signs
You may not agree with everything Kanye West says--in fact, it would be worrisome if you did--but you can't deny his omnipotence as a tastemaker. If Kanye says it's hot, it's hot. Many of today's household names were once unknowns, and thanks to Yeezy, we can now enjoy their them in their full spotlight. The Grammy's prime nemesis has won more Awards than anyone his age--21 total. He's released seven albums, none of them less-than-great, and that doesn't even touch on the classic records he's produced, including his own.
Nicki Minaj Speaks On Relationship With Meek Mill
Although Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill have been looking cozy all over Instagram, and they were seen just about everywhere together over NBA All-Star Weekend in NYC, Nicki has yet to confirm that they're officially boo'd up. Nonetheless she's been documenting their time together way more than we ever saw her document her relationship with her ex Safaree.
Nicki Minaj Likely Special Guest In Ariana Grande's NBA All-Star Game Halftime Show
Ariana Grande has enough hits to carry this the half time show for this Sunday's NBA All-Star game on her own, but nowadays, audiences expect at least one surprise guest in any high profile performance. We saw Katy Perry bring Missy Elliott out of retirement at her Super Bowl performance earlier this month, and it appears Grande will also be reaching into the world of hip hop for her guest.
Ranking Kanye West's 6 Albums From Worst To Best
This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Kanye West's albums. They've each played a unique role in the progression of hip-hop (and music in general), each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.
Chris Brown Denies Brawl Involvement At Meek Mill's Grammy Party
Grammy weekend is synonymous with an award ceremony, brunches, musicians across many genres mingling and parties, parties, parties. It seems like everyone hosts either a pre-Grammy bash or a post-Grammy shindig. This year Meek Mill joined in on the festivities and threw an event the night of Grammy Awards.
The GuWop Effect: A History Of Gucci Mane's Co-Signs
Gucci Mane has been sculpting talent, and promoting new artists since the beginning his career, but it's only over the last couple of years that he's been recognized as a great A&R. Part of that is because following his most recent incarceration in September 2013, we saw many of the young artists he was working with at the time earn Atlanta the title of rap's most exciting city once again.
BTS Photos: Rae Sremmurd, Nicki Minaj & Young Thug's "Throw Sum Mo" Video Shoot
Rae Sremmurd already have two certified hits on their hands with "No Type" and "No Flex Zone," and their debut album SremmLife is about to have another hit with "Throw Sum Mo." The song, which features Nicki Minaj and Young Thug, is in the process of receiving a visual treatment.
Drake, Kendrick Lamar & Nicki Minaj Headline UK Wireless Festival [Update: A$AP Rocky, Pusha T & More Added]
The annual Wireless Festival in the UK has announced a rap-heavy line-up today, with headliners Drake, Nicki Minaj and Kendrick Lamar set to perform during the three-day event. Drake will kick off the fest on Friday July 3rd, followed by Kendrick Lamar and Avicii headlining Saturday July 4th, and finally Nicki Minaj and David Guetta are headlining Sunday July 5th. The festival goes down at Finbury Park in London.
BET Experience Announces Headliners Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg & Ice Cube
The annual BET Experience may still be several months away, but today BET has revealed a few of the performers you can expect to see during the three-day event. Taking to twitter, BET announced that Nicki Minaj, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube are among the rap performers, while Kevin Hart will also be gracing the BET Experience. The event goes down June 25-27 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Kevin Hart will be on stage the Thursday, June 25, while Nicki will be on Friday June 26th, and Snoop and Cube will close out the show on Saturday June 27th.
Meek Mill & Nicki Minaj Spark More Dating Rumors With New Instagram Post
Ever since Nicki Minaj dropped The Pinkprint and Meek Mill got out of jail a few months ago, the rap world has been buzzing with rumors about a romantic connection between the two stars. They've been seen together a few times in the past month, with one picture in particular sparking some gossip due to Nicki having her arms around Meek, but now, they've topped it with a new Instagram post.
Chart’s Don’t Lie: February 1
This week both Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco finally make their splash on the Billboard 200. One splash was bigger than another, though. The sales projections for both artists were pretty accurate, with Joey doing 57,694 units when you take into account the single and album streams, and Lupe doing 42,458. Joey's numbers not only outdid his veteran competitor Lupe Fiasco, but he also outdid fellow newcomers Rae Sremmurd, who are currently charting in their third week.
Nicki Minaj's Ex, Safaree Samuels, Admits He Didn't Ghostwrite For Her
Towards the end of last year, we all learned of Nicki Minaj's breakup with her longtime boyfriend Safaree Samuels via their very public fallout.
Charts Don’t Lie: January 25
This week proved to be a big one for hip-hop music, with Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco dropping their respective albums on the same day (January 20th), not to mention, free projects from Trinidad James, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti and K Camp. While the latter projects won't be charting on the Billboard 200, both Joey and Lupe are expected to impact shortly. This past week we learned the expected first week sales for either rapper, with Joey Bada$$ (surprisingly? let us know what you think) coming out on top.
Nicki Minaj To Headline 2015 X-Games
Last year, Kanye West took the stage at the first-ever Austin, Texas-set X-Games, and continuing in that tradition, the event has asked Nicki Minaj to headline this year. Minaj promised an especially extreme performance for the occasion, telling TheWrap “I look forward to channeling the energy and spirit from the X Games into a performance Austin will not forget.” The games are set to go down from June 4th to 7th, and will be rounded out by performances from Talib Kweli, Pennywise, and Deltron 3030 on the musical side of things.