Review: August Alsina's "Testimony"
2014 has been quite the year for debut albums thus far. Already, we’ve seen debut studio LPs from Cali artists Kid Ink, ScHoolboy Q, and YG. Now, about a year after he first splashed into mainstream Hip-hop/R&B, New Orleans singer August Alsina delivers his Def Jam debut album, Testimony. In 2013, Alsina released the radio-buzzing single “I Luv This Shit” featuring labelmate Trinidad James, and the club-friendly “Numb” with B.o.B. and Yo Gotti.
Fat Trel Discusses "GLEESH" Mixtape, Differentiates Himself From Wale
For those unaware, Washington, D.C. emcee and new Maybach Music Group signee Fat Trel just dropped a mixtape titled GLEESH. The 15-track project features Rick Ross, Wale, Rockie Fresh, Stalley and more, with production from DJ Tree Gotti, Sloan, Harry Fraud, Young Chop and others.
Charts Don’t Lie: April 6
This week we don't have many new entries to speak of, save for Sage The Gemini's Remember Me. Depending on the numbers Smoke DZA's new album Dream.ZONE.Achieve did, we may or may not see it pop up on Charts Don't Lie next week, though. This week remains fairly unexciting, as Pharrell manages to climb up the charts while Rick Ross descends, and Pharrell picks up pace sales-wise too.
Charts Don’t Lie: March 30
After Charts Don't Lie took a hiatus last week, we are back again this week just in time to highlight three important debuts on the Billboard 200. YG's My Krazy Life, Kevin Gates' By Any Means and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata.
Rick Ross Talks 50 Cent And Hiring A Personal Assistant To Roll Blunts On Chelsea Lately
Chelsea Handler used to date 50 Cent, so it's rather touchy when Rick Ross showed up on Chelsea Lately and the two of them discussed the 50 feud. To be fair, all Chelsea wanted to know is if the two of them were still beefing, but Rozay was quick to quip: “I’m really through talkin’ about dawg. When I look up at the scoreboard, we winnin’ big,” says Ross. This is rather awkward, especially since Chelsea seemed to laugh it up infectiously with the big man. Although that didn't stop her from comparing Rozay’s beard to a "hemorrhoid cushion."
Rick Ross' 15 Most Outrageous Boasts On "Mastermind"
Rick Ross is excessive by nature, sometimes when it's not even necessary. To be fair, he was forced to be this way after the feud with 50 Cent and being outed as a correctional officer through those infamous photos. After the flames, Ross decided to expand his myth and rattle off one No. 1 album after another (the critically acclaimed Teflon Don is the only album to peak at No. 2).
Rick Ross Reveals Acronym For Puff Daddy's "MMM" Album
Diddy (now Puff Daddy) and Rick Ross have worked closely over the past few months, first on Rozay's recent Mastermind album, which Puff executive produced. Now that Diddy is working on his own album, MMM, Ricky Rozay is returning the favor.
Rappers In Fur
"Tell PETA my mink is dragging on the floor" Not everyone can say their niece felt chinchilla at the age of 4, but for many rappers, flexing is a high priority, and there's hardly anything more gaudy than some good old fashioned animal skin. We've assembled a photo gallery of rappers such as Rick Ross, Kanye West, Tyga, Pimp C, and of course Cam'ron, in an array of different furs. Take a look through, and try your best not to throw red paint at the screen.
Rick Ross' "Mafia Music III" Instrumental Was Originally Intended For Dr. Dre's "Detox"
Yesterday evening, Rick Ross sent out a revelatory tweet concerning a cut from his new album Mastermind: "'Mafia Music III' track was originally for Detox which @DrDre gave me for #Mastermind in a session."
Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now a usual sight to see emcees with fully tatted chests, sleeves, backs and even tattoos on the face.
Rick Ross Speaks Out About Having The Number One Album
It's good to be Rozay right now as he takes his unlikely sales victory over Pharrell's latest album.
Charts Don’t Lie: March 16
This week we find Rick Ross atop on the Billboard 200 with his sixth studio album proving he's still got it. Mastermind managed to sell more than the projected amount, although he didn't quite reach 180k, he moved 179,215 copies. This is still a large enough amount for Rozay to lock down the second-highest debut week total sales for anyone in 2014 thus far.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 8-14)
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
First Week Sales Are In For Rick Ross' "Mastermind" & Pharrell's "G I R L"
Both Rick Ross' and Pharrell's new albums have been on the shelves for a week now, and so today we've received the first week sales for either LP. While we saw ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi fall slightly short of their projected sales, Mastermind and G I R L surpassed their projected sales.
Torch Discusses His New EP And Names His Favorite Track Off "Mastermind."
Now that Rick Ross' Mastermind is out of the way it's time for some of the others on the Maybach Music Group roster to get their fair share of the Spotlight. Torch hit up All Hip-Hop to talk a little about his upcoming EP, Remember When. Torch elaborated on the title choice, saying:
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 8)
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly bursted into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope."? Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions. Hence our new feature.
Rick Ross Reveals Snoop Dogg As An Inspiration For "Mastermind," Talks Working With Kanye West
Rick Ross swung by CRWN and conducted a lengthy conversation with the host, Elliot Wilson, their topics ranging from Mastermind to Kanye, and we learned a great deal about the Rozay and his music. For example, Rozay claims that Snoop Dogg actually inspired his most recent effort, as Ross was aiming for a chill, 90's vibe with the record, eventually getting Snoop in as a producer. On the subject, Ross said:
Rick Ross Comments On 50 Cent's Diss & Diddy's "Nobody" Address
Rick Ross took yet another trip to Power 105's Breakfast club, this time in promotion of his brand new album, Mastermind. Ross spoke on a number of subjects during his interview, answering a few questions that fans have had on their minds. He addressed Diddy's rants on "Nobody", the infamous Instagram diss from 50 Cent, as well as briefly talking about the attempt on his life in 2013. Read some excerpts from the sit down below. On who Diddy was addressing on "Nobody":
Rick Ross Talks On C.O. Past, Says He'd Do It Again To Feed His Family
Along with recent interview for Power 105's the Breakfast Club, as well as an uninspired performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Rick Ross also paid a visit to MTV's RapFix Live as part of his
Rick Ross Reveals He'll Be On An Upcoming Jeezy Record
Rick Ross and Jeezy squashed their longtime beef earlier this year with the release of "War Ready" a single which appearaed om Ross' brand new Mastermind album. The pairing came as a shock, but what wasn't revealed at the time of release was that the session produced another collaboration as well.