Top Tracks: August 15 - August 21
Last week was a funny one for album delays. On one hand, Frank Ocean delivered not only his first, but also his second album since 2012's Channel Orange, but on the other, we didn't get the projects that we'd been expecting from French Montana, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.
Top Tracks: August 8 - August 14
In terms of the calendar, summer is winding down, but someone forgot to tell that to the rap game. We've only seen things heat up in the past week, with SremmLife 2 providing more than enough turn up fuel for the next few weeks, and P3 reminding us to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer flings before cuffing season arrives.
Rick Ross' "Port of Miami" & Trey Songz' "Passion, Pain, & Pleasure" Certified Platinum
It took 10 years, but Rick Ross' debut album Port of Miami has finally been certified platinum by the RIAA.
Top Tracks: August 1 - August 7
The next two weeks will see new albums from two guys vying to be the third most popular rap/R&B artist out of Toronto, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez (Drake and The Weeknd are one and two, respectively). Only time will tell how P3 and I Told You will stack up against each other, but over the last few weeks, we've gotten a few previews in the form of singles and other assorted loosies. Both Party and Tory pop up in our Top Ten, although here it's obvious which one is dominant.
Rick Ross Announces "Port Of Miami" 10th Anniversary Concert With TIDAL
Today is the 10th anniversary of the release of Rick Ross' 2006 debut album Port of Miami. In true Renzel fashion, the occasion demands a celebration. Ross will perform a concert to commemorate the album at the end of August that will stream exclusively on TIDAL.
Top Tracks: July 25 - July 31
It's officially August, which means there's pretty much only one month of summer left. It's been a busy season for hip hop, as usual, with big projects from top-tier talents like Chance The Rapper, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and Gucci Mane dropping left and right, and plenty of additional tracks hitting the web as well. That being said, August is poised to be huge.
The Rapper Who Freestyled For Rick Ross Has Signed To MMG
A video of Inglewood rapper Isa Muhammad went viral when he stopped Rick Ross on the street to give him a sample of his rap skills. In the clip, which is approaching 2 million views on YouTube, Ross is visibly impressed, apparently enough to sign the Cali rapper, who announced his deal with MMG on Instagram Tuesday. Isa has been building a regional buzz over the summer, but was homeless only a few years back. He shared some plans based on this new opportunity on Instagram, stressing that his message is to "uplift the people."
Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Rick Ross Requests Groundskeepers Assault Charges Be Dropped
One fateful day in June 2015, Rick Ross allegedly learned that Leo Caceres and Jonathan Zamudio, two if his groundskeepers, were hosting unsanctioned cocaine parties on his Atlanta property. They claim that Ross ushered them into a guesthouse at gunpoint and beat them up and pistol-whipped them with his 9mm Glock.
Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Meek Mill, Rick Ross & Wale Are Dropping A Single Today
MMG's Self Made series was on an annual release schedule for its first three installments, but with Self Made 3 dropping in 2013, it's been a while since we've received a group project from the label. That should be changing soon, as Rick Ross has announced that a new single from the upcoming Self Made Vol. 4 is arriving later today, and will feature the label's three biggest stars; Meek Mill, Wale, and Ross himself.
Meek Mill Performs For The First Time In Months At Beyonce's "Formation" Show In Philly
Summer Jam wasn't the only big show that went down last night. Not too far away, Beyonce's "Formation" tour touched down in Philadelphia, and her official opener, DJ Khaled, had a few surprises in store, as he brought out Rick Ross as well as the hometown hero Meek Mill, performing for the first time since he was put on house arrest in early February.
Behind The Beat: Lex Luger
Though he built much of his reputation in Atlanta, Lex Luger hails from Suffolk, Virginia and now resides in the neighboring town of Chesapeake. His career took off shortly after he got serious about music. He dropped out of high school after 10th grade to devote all his time to churning out menacing trap beats. “Nothing but time to practice all day,” he says of learning his craft in a town without a mall or a movie theater. Little did he know that he’d be one of the most recognizable producers in hip-hop by the time he was 19.
Nicki Minaj & Rick Ross Join Meek Mill To Celebrate His Birthday In Philly
Being on house arrest is bad enough, but spending your birthday stuck at home would be especially painful. Then again, if you're Meek Mill, you don't have to leave the house to party with Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross, meaning you can throw a better party than almost anyone despite your circumstances.
Everything We Learned From Birdman's HOT 97 Interview
We've seen a lot of controversy spawn out of Breakfast Club interviews, but somehow, Birdman was able to give the most talked about interview in the show's history, and he was there for under two minutes. The short conversation, which found Baby confronting Charlamagne and his co-hosts for their lack of "respeck," has inspired countless memes, and has given Birdman the foundation for both a song and line of merchandise indebted to his new catchphrases.
Rick Ross Releases His Own Pack Of Emojis
Rick Ross has entered the emoji game. Officer Ricky announced Thursday afternoon via Instagram that he has partnered with Moji Keyboard -- who has created emoji packs for the likes of Fetty Wap, The Game, A$AP Ferg, Lil Dicky, Fabolous, Future, iLoveMakonnen, and Dennis Graham (Drake's dad) -- to create a custom array of 83 emojis specific to Ross' brand.
Lil Wayne Takes Picture With Rick Ross & Trick Daddy
Coincidence or not, some of Birdman’s most notable “enemies” were all together Wednesday night to help kick off Beyonce’s Formation Tour down in Miami, Florida. Serving as special guests thanks to show’s opening act DJ Khaled, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, & Trick Daddy were all in the building Wednesday night, and ended up taking a picture together, which I'm sure will rub Birdman’s hands a certain way once he sees it.
Rick Ross Sends Charlamagne Bottles In Response To Birdman Interview
Charlamagne has received another shipment of bottles, this time courtesy of Ricky Rozay. At the end of July, after avowing do so on "Back to Back," Drake sent a peace offering to Charlamagne in the form of six bottles of Dom Pérignon. A new shipment of bottles arrived in The Breakfast Club studio this morning -- six BOXES of Luc Belaire Rose, for which Rick Ross is a proud spokesman.
Rick Ross' Ankle Monitor Reportedly Went Off During Meeting With President Obama
Rick Ross attended the White House last Friday to discuss criminal justice reform and keep the youth of America "on the right track" as a part of President Barack Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" initiative. Rozay and Obama were joined by such distinguished hip hop artists as Chance The Rapper, Nicki Minaj, J.
J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, DJ Khaled, and Rick Ross Just Met With President Obama
President Obama just hosted a who's-who of rappers at the White House to discuss an initiative called "My Brother's Keeper," which aims to keep youth "on the right track". While the event was not publicized, word got out via the Associated Press, but more importantly, DJ Khaled's SnapChat (which might actually have a wider audience at this point), confirming attendees such as Rick Ross, J. Cole, Ludacris, Timbaland, Common, Busta Rhymes, Wale, Pusha T and Nicki Minaj.