Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
How Much Do Rappers & Celebrities Make From A Club Appearance?
Celebrity appearances are a staple of nightclubs these days, elevating the price of entry for clubs and making money for the celebrities that appear. It wasn’t always that way though. Back in the day, record execs like Puff Daddy would have to pay off club owners or DJs to spin an artist’s new tracks. In today’s celebrity-driven culture, the script has been flipped.
DJ Khaled, The Roots, Big Boi & More Design Their Own NBA Jerseys
The NBA is linking up with all sorts of musical artists to help them put on for their hometown teams. In the upcoming #MyTeamMyCity project,artists from cities around the US design alternate versions of their favorite teams. The whole project is in conjunction with custom t-shirt company Teespring.
Rich Homie Quan Says Young Thug Is Still His Best Friend
During a recent concert, before dropping "Lifestyle," still the biggest hit to his name, Young Thug shouted, "Hey, fuck Rich Homie!" -- Rich Homie being the other collaborator on the track, taken off their 2014 joint tape Tha Tour: Part 1, which they released as the duo Rich Gang.
Young Thug Disses Rich Homie Quan At California Concert
A couple of years ago, Atlanta rappers Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug were on similar career trajectories. They often appears on each others songs, most notably with Travi$ Scott on Days Before Rodeo and with Birdman as part of Rich Gang. Since then, Young Thug has further entered the stratospheres of fame while Rich Homie has fallen out of the spotlight a bit.
Rich Homie Quan Addresses Having Sex With His Cousin
"If you talking 'bout them M's, boy I need a dozen/ I ain't know we were related, but I hit my cousin." Eyebrows were raised after Rich Homie Quan rapped these lyrics on "Numbers" in November. Why would Rich Homie Quan have sex with his cousin, and if he did, why would he rap about it?
Find Out How Much Future, Fetty Wap, Rich Homie Quan & DeJ Loaf Are Making On New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve is upon us, and the options for where you can party are endless. House parties, clubs, bars, live shows, or Netflix and chill, pick your poison. For artists, it's a night to capitalize on their worth and often means performing at a club.
Timbaland Announces "King Stays King" Mixtape
We're stil waiting on Timbaland to drop Textbook Timbo, the project he promised he'd released before the end of the year, as well as his upcoming album Opera Noir Instead of either of these projects, looks were getting King Stays King, a 16-track mixtape that is slated to drop on December 25th. King Stays King will feature appearances from Mila J, Young Thug, Blaze, & Rich Homie Quan. It will also feature on unreleased track from Timbo's old collaborator Aaliyah.
Rich Homie Quan Namedrops Young Thug At Concert, Thugger Fires Back On Twitter
Remember last month when Rich Homie Quan posted a picture from the Cash Money studios and hinted that Rich Gang was coming back? Well, it seems that whatever reunion he was referring to won't include his former partner, Young Thug. During a recent concert, Quan brought up Thug's name after a male fan had allegedly tried to touch him.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 27)
With Thanksgiving behind us, there's the remaining hours of Black Friday as well as the impending Cyber Monday to slowly (or quickly) transition you into the holiday scene. Over the past day or two you've probably noticed the influx of mixtapes, which we realize, mean you have a ton of new music to keep you busy over the weekend, and hopefully longer than just a weekend.
Rich Homie Quan Countersued By Former Label
Rich Homie Quan ended his relationship with his former label Think It's A Game Entertainment in August when he sued them for $2 million, citing unpaid royalties. Now T.I.G. Ent is countersuing Quan in an attempt to block from releasing any new music or signing with another label.
Top Tracks: November 16 - November 22
There weren't too many big releases this past week, unless you're an Adele fan, but we've got heat coming in December from guys like Curren$y and G-Eazy, who both shared new singles off their upcoming albums. This week's Top 10 also includes two tracks off the soundtrack to "Creed," which will hit theaters on November 25, and three new tracks from Thugger, who is currently prepping his fourth project of the year, Hi-Tunes, his debut album.
10 Essential London On Da Track Productions
Atlanta's hotbed of talent has birthed a ton of huge artists in the past five years. Amongst them is London on da Track, a twenty-four year old ATLien who has provided beats for the likes of Waka Flocka Flame, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, and many more. You probably know him best for his work with Young Thug, who has been his go-to collaborator for the better part of his career.
Rich Homie Quan Tattoos Edward Scissorhands On His Arm
After inking himself with a portrait of drug lord Pablo Escobar, Rich Homie Quan has moved onto a fictional movie character, Edward Scissorhands. The Tim Burton-imagined character, played by Johnny Depp, is now immortalized (well, at least for the length of RHQ's life) on Rich Homie's forearm-- sitting opposite Pablo's portrait.
Did Rich Homie Quan Admit To Hooking Up With His Cousin?
Earlier this year, Kevin Gates proudly admitted to having a sexual relationship with his cousin in the past, revealing that while he didn't know he and the woman were related when it began, they gladly continued their tryst after the knowledge came forth.
Rich Homie Quan Says Rich Gang Is Back, "Tha Tour: Pt. 2" On The Way
A few days ago, we were worried that we would never see another Metro Thuggin collaboration. Luckily, Young Thug and Metro Boomin quickly made peace and dropped a banger on us.
Top Tracks: November 2 - November 8
10. Fetty Wap - Jimmy Choo It's been less than two months since Fetty Wap's debut self-titled album, which went No. 1, and he's already dropped a joint tape with French Montana and has another EP in the works. "Jimmy Choo," dedicated to the Malaysian fashion designer, would sound nicely on the upcoming release. It's softer than most of Fetty's radio anthems, as Zoovier channels the sound of his new life of luxury.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 6)
You know what it is. Staff Picks playlist has arrived, this week featuring a few familiar faces (Ty Dolla $ign seems to have been a Staff Picks playlist requisite the past few weeks). We're also seeing recent releases from Diddy (who surprised us with a free album MMM), Rich Homie Quan's quirky "Adam Sandler" (shout out myself), young'n Jazz Cartier (who we tapped this past week for our On The Come Up episode), UK rapper of the moment Skepta, and more. Take a listen to the playlist below, and feel free to point fingers.
Rich Homie Quan Gets Pablo Escobar Tattoo
Rich Homie Quan added some new ink to his body last night, with a portrait of the infamous Pablo Escobar. RHQ made sure to provide a little caveat with his tattoo, to ward off any would-be haters. Putting up a photo of the tattoo's progress on Instagram last night, Rich Homie wrote, "if you don't know the REAL Escobar, Pablo fed his people and took care of his family; and THATS what I stand for..." He added later, "if u don't like it unfollow me. Kno the meaning why I got the tact. Wat man do u kno make 60milliin a day. So I don't really care Wat y'all think."
DJ Premier Says He Studies Rich Homie Quan & Young Thug
At 49, DJ Premier may be pretty old by hip hop standards but he's still one of the most active artists in the industry.