Underrated Audio: May 3 - May 9
Underrated Audio is back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut.
Lyrical Allegiance: Picking Pacquiao/Mayweather Sides Through Song
For the majority of a decade, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather have been busy cementing their legacies as boxers, all while manifesting a near mythic pop culture status - established largely in part to their potential matchup.
Money On Money: Rappers Endorsing Floyd Mayweather
For years boxing fans both rabid and casual have been eagerly awaiting, theorizing, and fantasizing about the potential of a Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao matchup. With the dream match finally coming to fruition on Saturday, May 2nd - high-profile fans of the sport and/or the fighters have come out of the wood-works to wave their respective flags.
Boosie Badazz Shares "Touch Down 2 Cause Hell" Tracklist
We've been waiting on Boosie Badazz's Touch Down 2 Cause Hell since last fall, and on May 26th, it looks like we'll finally be receiving it. After sharing updated cover art in November, the Baton Rouge MC has now given us the tracklist. Check it out below.
Top Tracks: April 13 - April 19
Here’s a countdown of what HotNewHipHop readers we’re listening to the most this week, according to our Top 100 chart. 10) Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - Eyes Above K-Dot collaborated with free-jazz beatsmith and all-around musical madman Flying Lotus on FlyLo’s latest album You’re Dead! with the frantic track “Never Catch Me.”
Ranking Wale's 4 Albums From Worst To Best
For years, we have tried to decode the enigma that is Wale. Rather than being lauded for his gift of gab, he's been overshadowed by his shill cries for acceptance. You see, Wale always had the skills to be a special artist in hip-hop. Nobody questioned his motor in the booth. Nobody questioned his scintillating wordplay. We just wanted him to make the best music that we thought he was capable of making. After being slapped with criticism by the hands of social media, he finally learned how to hit the mute button and focus on building himself up as an artist.
"The Mixtape About Nothing" Vs. "More About Nothing" Vs. "The Album About Nothing"
Wale's Projects About Nothing demonstrated his love for Seinfeld mixed in with a healthy dose of alternative hip hop. The Mixtape About Nothing kicked off the love affair with 19 tracks, mostly containing Best Kept Secret production, but the tape also had some music from The Roots, J Dilla, Lil Wayne, and The Budos Band for healthy measure.
Meek Mill & Rick Ross On The Cover Of XXL
Despite many delays, the hype for Meek mill's sophomore album is at an all-time high. Between his return from jail, his relationship with Nicki Minaj, and a run of strong singles, the rapper has a lot of attention these days, and he won't be letting it go to waste.
Who Had The Better Verse: J. Cole Vs. Wale
Rap is the most competitive genre in music. For decades, artists reveled in competition because they wanted to prove that they were elite. Whenever a rapper elected to feature his or her peer on a track, both sides were trying to out-duel the other, simply for competitive reasons. Artists knew that for years to come, fans would debate about who outperformed who. That’s why when Kendrick Lamar delivered his “Control” verse, fans applauded his voracious stab at the industry. That’s why we love rap.
Rick Ross & DJ Khaled Talk New Meek Mill Album, Announce "Self Made, Vol. 4"
For most of 2015, MMG has been focused on promoting Wale's latest The Album About Nothing, which dropped yesterday (March 31). We'll be hearing plenty more on TAAN in the coming weeks, though, in an interview with REVOLT, Rick Ross assures us there are plenty more MMG projects coming our way this year.
Rick Ross Recorded A Christmas Song With Bill Murray
A few weeks ago, Rick Ross shared a couple of Instagram pics of himself with comedy legend Bill Murray--an unlikely pair indeed. The pictures seemed to be shot in the studio, and, as it turns out, Bill and Ross were actually recording together.
50 Cent to Stand Trial For Posting Rick Ross' Baby Mama's Sex Tape On YouTube
50 Cent will stand trial in June to determine whether he unlawfully posted a sex tape featuring Rick Ross' ex-girlfriend and baby mama to YouTube in 2009. Lastonia Leviston, the woman who appears in the sex tape, sued 50 for emotional distress in 2010, and the trial date for her lawsuit was just recently finalized.
Samples Of The Week: March 12
After a week where Kanye West, Wale and Ludacris dropped off new tracks, we had fewer top-tier artists releasing material this week. Instead, some fan favorites returned from dry spells to bless us with new material, all of which was pretty dope. In this edition of Samples Of The Week, we look at flips by Freddie Gibbs, Flatbush Zombies and Curren$y. As always, some of these are very unexpected, some are obscure, and all are expertly executed. Read on to get the scoop.
Rick Ross Kicked It With Bill Murray This Weekend
If you've ever questioned Rick Ross's "bawse" status, then check out these pics of the MMG boss with none other than Bill Murray, one of America's most treasured comedic icons. Both men happened to attend the Rhode Island vs La Salle NCAA basketball game, which took place in Philly on Saturday night. Murray's son is the assistant coach of the Rhode Island team, and Rozay is just a fan of some good college hoops.
Rick Ross & Meek Mill Reportedly Involved In Club Brawl During All-Star Weekend
It's not out of the ordinary for a fight to break out at an MMG event, but this time, Rick Ross and Meek Mill may have been a little closer to the action than usual. According to TMZ, a brawl that erupted NYC's Liberty Theatre involved both Ross and Mill, but it seems their security took care of things for the most part.
Ranking Kanye West's 6 Albums From Worst To Best
This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Kanye West's albums. They've each played a unique role in the progression of hip-hop (and music in general), each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.
Maybach Music Is Dropping A Mixtape This Weekend
Rick Ross, via his Instagram, just announced there will be a "Double M" new mixtape this weekend. In conjunction with NBA All Star Weekend, MMG will release an All Star mixtape of their own, so expect some big features from Maybach's leading names. The mixtape cover shows an NBA All Star graphic set against a backdrop of smoke and flashing lights.
Wale Reveals Possible Release Date For "The Album About Nothing" [Update: Rick Ross Confirms Release Date]
After gifting fans his Festivus mixtape with A-Trak yesterday, Wale was on twitter responding and interacting with his fans. During his many retweets, he happened to reveal what is presumed to be the release date for the follow-up to Festivus: The Album About Nothing.
Mannie Fresh & Rick Ross Scheduled As 2015 BMI "How I Wrote That Song" Panelists
Broadcast Music Inc (BMI) will be hosting their annual "How I Wrote That Song" panel Saturday, February 7th, 11:30 AM at 1Oak (9039 Sunset Boulevard, West Hollywood, Calif.) in Los Angeles. The 2015 panelists included Rick Ross, Mannie Fresh, Grammy nominated songwriter Ester Dean, Grammy award winning song writer and producer David Hodges, and country music's Natalie Hembly.
Rick Ross Gets New Face Tattoos Repping Miami Heat & Dreamchasers
Rick Ross added some new ink to his face recently, as we've already concluded this is a rapper rite of passage. Although we already saw Rozay ink "Rich Forever" on his chin last year, he's stepped it up a notch in 2015 by getting not one, but seven new face tattoos.