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.
Review: Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
Releasing two full length albums in one year is a rare feat most rappers will never accomplish, but in a sense, it's really nothing new for Rick Ross, who yesterday released Hood Billionaire, his second solo album of the year. The rapper has been dropping albums, along with mixtapes that have been considered to be as good as albums, within months of each other for years now. His latest album, however, isn’t a fitting follow-up to his sixth solo release, Mastermind, which hit retailers in March of this year.
Pear Farmers Thank Rick Ross For The Shoutout
If you've been anywhere on the internet in the past month, you may have come across a now legendary vine of Rick Ross giving a shout out to "all the pear". The rapper has recently lost a ton of weight on his self-described "Ross-fit" diet, and was simply describing the benefits of his lifestyle change in the Tim Westwood interview. The quote has become quite a sensation, to the point that Ross' Instagram comment section has been berated by pear emojis.
Stream Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
When Rick Ross announced his second album of 2014, Hood Billionaire, just nine weeks ago, he had many people wondering whether he'd be able to rush out a project so quickly during a year that's seen more than its fair share of album delays and push-backs. Well, now that it's available for streaming, Hood Billionaire seems like it truly is locked in for a November 24th release date.
Rick Ross Signs Yowda To Maybach Music Group
When he’s not busy betting ridiculous bets like the Miami Heat will have more wins than the Cavs, Rick Ross is busy handling business transactions to strengthen his MMG label. Earlier today, The MMG bawse announced that Las Vegas-rapper, Yowda, is officially the newest member of Maybach Music Group. In this new video released today, the Bawse introduced his newest member, and had the following to say about him…
Rick Ross Announces New Track With Jay Z, "Movin' Bass" [Update: Artwork Revealed; Single Expected To Drop Later Tonight]
Having released two tracks, "Elvis Presley BLVD" and "Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)," from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire (out November 24th), Rick Ross is back in full-on album promo mode. His rounds brought him to Angie Martinez's show on Power 105 this morning, and during his interview, Rozay let some more details slip about the album.
BTS Photos: Rick Ross And K. Michelle's "If They Knew" Video
The day before Halloween, Rick Ross let loose a track from his forthcoming album Hood Billionaire called "If They Knew." Also featuring K. Michelle, the song saw Rozay slowing things down for a bit of relationship talk. Now, a video's on the way. Take a look at BTS pictures, shared on both artists' Instagrams, above.
Rick Ross Reveals Cover Art For "Hood Billionaire" [Update: Tracklist With Features Revealed]
Rick Ross has wasted no time in getting into the Hood Billionaire promo, and really, he doesn't have any time to waste considering it drops on November 24th.
Review: Stalley's "Ohio"
Rick Ross and the Maybach Music Group have taken their time with Stalley. Signed in 2011, the same year as Meek Mill and Wale (who were almost immediately launched in to mainstream eyes), the MC is just getting a proper debut album released.
Rick Ross Covers Urban Ink Magazine
Rick Ross is one of the many heavily-tatted rappers in the game, it seems to be a right of passage when it comes to rapping. The MMG boss connected with Urban Ink once again to put all his tattoos on display, and discuss some of them in detail. His go-to tattoo artist Lordgyn “Gino” Belizaire is also interviewed for their Holiday issue. For the cover of Urban Ink magazine, we see a close-up shot of Ross as he's blowing smoke out of his mouth. Peep the cover above, as well as another shot from the Urban Ink shoot.
Samples Of The Week: October 2
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 Ab-Soul, OnCue and Rick Ross & Stalley sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
BTS Photos: Rick Ross & R. Kelly's "Keep Doing That (Rich Chick)" Video Shoot
With the announcement of Rick Ross' new album, Hood Billionaire, also came the news of a single set to feature R. Kelly. We don't know when "Keep Doing That (Rich Chick)" will be released, but today we got some behind the scenes photos from the video shoot, which you can view in the gallery above.
Rick Ross Shares Pictures Of Meek Mill In Jail
Right now, we don't know exactly when Meek Mill will be freed from jail (where he's serving time for a probation violation), but at least the MMG rapper looks happy in new pictures shared on Twitter by Rick Ross. Yesterday, Meek's label boss posted two photos of Meek in the clink, adding that the Philly MC was "almost at the Door." View both tweets below, and photos in the gallery above.
Rick Ross Announces "Hood Billionaire" Release Date, New Single With R. Kelly
Rick Ross has wasted no time in getting back into the studio following the release of Mastermind, he's already got an entire album complete and he's starting to promote it hard. Today Rozay reveals he's locked down a release date of November 24th for Hood Billionaire, choosing the same day as Eminem's SHADY XV compilation.
Stream Luke James' Self-Titled Album
On September 23rd, relative newcomer Luke James will release his self-titled debut album, and a week ahead of time, he's made the whole project available for streaming on his YouTube channel. Featuring an assist from Rick Ross on the single "Options," the tracklist is below.
Rick Ross To Drop First Single Off New Album "Hood Billionaire" Today
While his MMG label mate Meek Mill is currently locked up and thus, has suffered an album pushback, Rick Ross is readying his own album roll out. The MMG bawse took to Twitter to tease fans that the first single off his upcoming new album would arrive today. Ricky Rozay used the hastag #HOODBILLIONAIRE, which could very well be the single title, the album title, or just a hashtag he felt like using.
Rick Ross Confirms Meek Mill Album Delay
Although we all could've guessed that Meek Mill's Dreams Worth More Than Money wasn't going to drop anytime near its scheduled September 2nd release date after he went to prison, Rick Ross has come forward to confirm that, albeit nearly one week after the previously-scheduled date. In a statement released to MTV, Rozay wrote the following concerning his MMG comrade:
Top Tracks Of The Week: August 11-17
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 cataloging the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Meek Mill Likely To Remain In Jail Until September [Update: Meek Mill Denied Parole, Will Remain In Jail Until October]
Earlier this month, it was reported that Meek Mill had been sentenced to 3 to 6 months in county jail, following a probation violation. Rick Ross, the head of Meek Mill's label, Maybach Music Group, cleared things up shortly thereafter, suggesting that the jail time would likely consist of only a few weeks.
French Montana, Lil Wayne & Rick Ross Have Recorded A Song Called "Gucci Mane"
French Montana is currently preparing his sophomore album, Mac & Cheese, and in a new interview with Billboard, he's explained what we can expect from the new record. According to French, he's very much taking the direction of the album into his own hands this time around.