Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 17-23
TOP TRACKS BACK, TOP TRACKS BACK. After a brief hiatus, our weekly rundown of notable and popular releases has returned. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go check out Underrated Audio.
Pusha T, Young Thug, YG Among 30 Rappers Recruited For "Rap Monument" Track
Crew tracks are commonplace in rap today, but unless we're going back to The Game's legendary "One Blood" remix, they rarely feature more than 5 or 6 rappers. A new project put together by Noisey and Hennessey plans to raise the bar for posse cuts, featuring 30 different rappers recorded in 3 different cities (Game's track had 23 rappers by the way. We had to count).
Samples Of The Week: November 20
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Flying Lotus, Thelonius Martin and Pusha T sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Top 10: Pusha T Tracks
Terrence Thornton, better known as Pusha T, was one half of the group Clipse and enjoyed a ton of success in hip-hop in the early 2000s along with his brother Malice, who made up the other half of the duo. After Malice took a step back from Music, Pusha T took the opportunity to explore the solo lane and put out music on his own. He was quickly signed by longtime friend and fellow rapper Kanye West, who added Push to his G.O.O.D Music imprint.
"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1" Soundtrack Features Kanye West, Pusha T, Miguel & More
When it was announced that New Zealand pop sensation Lorde would be putting together the soundtrack for the new film in the Hunger Games series, it looked like the selection could be something special. Sure enough, the tracklist proves to be a pretty interesting mix, with plenty of rap and R&B, as well as some more left field-leaning pop.
Pusha T Sued By Miami Nightclub
Pusha T may be in a bit of trouble following what seems to be a misunderstanding with a club in Miami. According to TMZ, a lawsuit has been filed accusing Push of violating his contract with Cameo nightclub, and they're looking for $13,000 in compensation.
Pusha T Reveals "King Push" Producers
Even before Pusha T's debut solo album, My Name Is My Name, dropped last fall, we knew that the less Jesus-loving half of the Clipse was working on a follow-up entitled King Push.
Pusha T Is Aiming for "Hip Hop Album Of The Year" Once Again With "King Push"
Pusha T's My Name Is My Name was certainly well-received, but in a year with plenty of great and divisive albums (Yeezus, Nothing was The Same, etc.), it was hard to make a call on a unanimous album of the year. Regardless, Push feels he accomplished the feat, at least in the realm of hip hop, and he's looking for his follow-up, King Push, to do the same.
Review: Future's "Honest"
Future is lightyears ahead of his time. Since touching down in 2012 with his Epic Records debut album Pluto, the Freeband Gang founder has continued hustling as an artist. The sloppy, melodic flow Future introduced on Pluto has been used by virtually every trapper who’s poppin’ today, and U.O.E.N.O. it.
Pharrell Brought Out Jay Z, T.I., Pusha T and Usher At Coachella Last Night
Part of the downside of attending Coachella's second weekend is that you already know what to expect from most of the performances if you were paying attention the prior weekend. Well, Pharrell did his part in ensuring surprises for atendees of both weekends, opting for an entirely new guest list for his set last night.
Pusha T Covers Acclaim Magazine, Talks Working With Kanye West & "King Push"
While he just dropped his debut album just last year, Pusha T is already preparing the follow up. King Push will reunite Pusha with The Neptunes, who soundtracked Clipse's official debut album Lord Willin'.
No Malice Denies Clipse Album Rumors Again
Even though he had already squashed rumors of a new Clipse album last month, No Malice was recently asked about the project again in an interview with Rapzilla at SXSW. His answer was no different this time around, and this should definitely put all hopes of a new Clipse album to sleep.
Kanye West Announces Australian "Yeezus" Tour Dates With Pusha T [Update: European Dates Added]
Kanye West is in the middle of the second leg of his ambitious Yeezus tour, but he's apparently not ready to wrap it up just yet. Once Yeezy is through with his current string of dates, he'll be heading down under for five more shows. The Australian tour will kick off May 2nd at Perth arena, and close off the 10th at Sydney Qantas Credit Union Arena. While he's currently touring without an opener, 'Ye will be bringing out Pusha T for the Aussie leg. Tickets go on sale February 24th. View the full schedule below. May 2 -- Perth Arena
Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 1)
There's a ton of reasons why you may have missed out on SXSW this year, but don't worry, we got you covered! We're bringing all the best of SXSW's hip-hop Instagram posts together for your viewing pleasure. Just cool pics, rappers with fans and even a glimpse at some of the performances. Don't worry we have people taking care of the professional quality stuff, which will be coming soon. In the meantime, sit back and see why you should've saved all you nickles and dimes to make your way to Austin, Texas this year.
G.O.O.D. Music To Have SXSW Showcase With Big Sean, Pusha T & More
While SXSW started off as a showcase opportunity for rising artists all of genres, in recent years we've seen the rap genre take on a bigger influence at SXSW, not to mention, bigger artists as well. So, it may not come as a complete surprise that G.O.O.D. Music is doing their very own showcase at the annual music conference, despite not really having any 'rising rappers' on the label (although it appears they've tapped a few for the showcase...see below).
Future Details Working With Drake And Messing With The Media
Future is pretty busy as of late between being one of rap's next big things and fathering a child with the wonderful Ciara. However, he still found time to sit down with the British DJ, Westwood, to spare some words about some of the exciting artists he has had the chance to work with as of late.
Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T & More Set To Perform At Pitchfork Festival 2014
Pitchfork's annual festival is usually more on the indie side than the rap side, but nonetheless they tend to incorporate a bit of hip-hop into the line-up. This year the festival has announced that Kendrick Lamar is headlining, as are Beck and Neutral Milk Hotel. In addition to those acts, Pusha T will take the Pitchfork stage, Grimes, Death Grips and more. Not much in the way of rap has been announced just yet, but there are plenty more artist announcements to come, as Pitchfork says these are less than half the acts they've got lined up.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Feb. 3-9
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Future's "Move That Dope" Single With Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino Dropping This Week
Future is set to reveal the artwork and release date for his sophomore effort, Honest this week, and it looks like he'll be pairing the announcement with a new street single. Revealing the artwork on Instagram, Future Hendrix has got a pretty star-studded crew track on its way. "Move That Dope" features Pharrell, Pusha T, and Casino, and will be available February 7th according to King Push ( who also described the track as "fiiiiiiiiiiiiiire").
Best Rapper Ad-Libs Currently In The Game
When used properly, ad-libs can really accelerate the popularity of an artist. Just ask Big Sean or 2 Chainz. These between-the-lines phrases are designed to hype up listeners, adding extra energy to their verses. Ad-libs tend to be funny, serious, or flat-out ridiculous. Recently, acts like Migos have taken ad-libs to the next level. While some rapper ad-libs can be annoying, there are those who've properly honed the ad-lib craft, and the result is usually entertaining. Ad-libs can also function as a tag or trademark for rappers-- the instant you hear one, you know who's on the track.