YG's "Still Brazy" (Review)
Two years ago, My Krazy Life surprised everyone. It was a debut album made by someone whose biggest claim to fame was novelty club smash "Toot It And Boot It," but somehow, it had the scope and consistency of a select few L.A. classics-- The Chronic, Doggystyle, and more recently, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Top 5 Childish Gambino Collaborations
Childish Gambino isn't someone who often loads his projects with features, but over the course of his career he has made some special bonds with a couple of artists, as well as experimenting with other rappers' sounds on his ROYALTY mixtape. With news that his PHAROS album is on the way in September, we've decided to revisit some of the best work Gambino has done with other artists.
Staff Picks Playlist (June 17)
We ended the week on a high note, not only because of the music we received-- it's a good day for West Coast rap lovers, with new albums from YG and The Game-- but because we launched our latest digital cover story with Bompton's aforementioned YG. Suffice to say, we're pretty content about today. On top of all this, it's Friday. So yeah, doesn't get much better.
Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 20)
As if we didn't already have our fill with last week's dose of new projects, this afternoon The Boy himself Casey Veggies slid through with Customized Greatly Vol. 4 (it's been four years since the last one), we got a joint mixtape from two inmates, one of whom is Ty Dolla $ign's brother, Big TC and D.
Did T.I. Accidentally Confirm Lauren London & Nipsey Hussle Are Expecting A Child?
There have been some rumors circulating that Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle are expecting a child together, and while London has denied the reports, T.I. has managed to bring the whole thing up again. Speaking on the upcoming film, ATL 2, Tip accidentally suggested the reason for the film's delay was due to Lauren's pregnancy.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 13)
Not gunna lie guys, there were slim pickings on Soundcloud this week.
Top Tracks: May 2 - May 8
With VIEWS out in the world and disappointing the majority of those who heard it, there's now a new music void that many rushed to fill this past week as summer rapidly approaches. Desiigner's "Panda" and Drizzy's "One Dance" are still frontrunners for the "song of the summer" title, but there's plenty of time for new entries to rise and compete with them.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 6)
Since the release of VIEWS, things have calmed down slightly, however today turned out to be a massive day for album releases, as you can tell by the multiple album streams we've posted this morning. These aren't necessarily Drake-status artists who are about to break the internet, but the quality is extremely high-- Skepta, JMSN, James Blake, Rittz, Kaytranada and Mike Posner have all dropped albums today (and I'm probably missing someone).
Where Is Nipsey Hussle? Tracking His Movements Since "Mailbox Money"
Nipsey Hussle and YG's new anti-Donald Trump anthem "Fuck Donald Trump" is a song so caustic (and black) that its music video shoot got shut down by the cops.
Top Tracks: April 25 - May 1
We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
YG Says The Secret Service Is Harassing His Label Over "FDT"
YG already knew he was going to have to deal with the repercussions of releasing the controversial “Fuck Donald Trump” record with Nipsey Hussle earlier this month, so it shouldn’t come as much of a shock to hear that the Secret Service is now harassing his label.
Nipsey Hussle & Young Thug To Release "Thuglife" Single Next Week
Nipsey Hussle announced that he'll be dropping a new single with Young Thug called "Thuglife" next Monday.
YG Is Prepared To Deal With The Consequences Of Releasing "F*ck Donald Trump"
Earlier this month, YG and Nipsey Hussle's video shoot for their protest record, "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)" was shut down police, but according to the rapper, who spoke to Complex at Coachella this weekend, he knew what he was getting himself into with the politically-charged anthem.
Snoop Dogg Previews Collab With Nipsey Hussle & Just Blaze, Album Coming In July
"Motherfuckin' Just Blaze is cookin' right now, n*gga!" exclaimed Snoop Dogg in a video he put up on Instagram last night. "Ooh, and that's all for me? Oooh wee!" Yep, a few OGs reunited in the studio last night, and from the sounds of it, they created a banger for Snoop Dogg's next album. As it turns out, Nipsey Hussle also came by the studio, though he can't be seen in the below video. In the caption of the video, the Doggfather let fans know that his next album, on which they can hear his collab with Blaze and Nip, is coming in July. It will be Snoop's 14th LP.
Cops Shut Down YG & Nipsey Hussle's "F*ck Donald Trump" Video Shoot
Yesterday, YG and Nipsey Hussle told all of their L.A. fans to come out to the video shoot to their new single "F*ck Donald Trump." By the early afternoon, a mass of zealous Trump opponents had gathered in the streets alongside the two rappers to shoot the video for the year's most powerful piece of protest music.
Top Tracks: March 28 - April 3
Although they haven't rapped on a track with each other since 2009's "Forever," Drake and Kanye West are usually placed side-by-side in the upper echelon of hip hop's current stars, the ones who have the potential to "break the internet" when they drop surprise material.
YG & Nipsey Hussle Shoot "F*ck Donald Trump" Video In L.A.
Last week, YG and Nipsey Hussle teamed up for a surprise anthem that both Bloods and Crips can get behind: "Fuck Donald Trump." The song found the two South L.A. artists speaking up for the student activists and protestors who have been forcefully removed from Trump rallies as well as the Hispanics with whom they share their home neighborhoods. When's the last time such an overtly political song bumped this hard?
Staff Picks Playlist (April 1)
This week has proved to be pretty eventful when it comes to song releases. There was actually a lot to choose from when it came time to compile our weekly Staff Picks playlist, and we're expecting the commenters to call us out on any and all oversights. There were Drake leaks. There was a Weeknd remix of Bryson Tiller. There was a G-Eazy remix. There was a 50 Cent remix. There was a Lil Wayne remix. There was a Wavy Wednesday cut. There was a Lupe Fiasco freestyle. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
Duke Was In The Studio With YG, Young Thug & Nipsey Hussle Last Night
Now this is a dope collaboration in the making. Last night Lil Duke posted a picture to Instagram showing himself, YG, Young Thug and Nipsey Hussle together in the studio last night. As expected, double cups were in full effect.