Top Tracks: November 28 - December 4
Easily the biggest story of this past week was the announcement of J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, the release of a "making of" documentary, and the ensuing drama. The doc contained videos for two new tracks, "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies," which have been construed to contain disses of Kanye West and Lil Yachty, respectively. A J.
Stream Smoke DZA & Pete Rock's New Album "Don’t Smoke Rock"
After much patience and impotence, the world has been blessed with the release of Smoke DZA & Pete Rock's collaboration album Don't Smoke Rock. The inter-generational duo brought together a dope AF gang of features as eclectic as their unexpected partnership, including the likes of Mac Miller, Jadakiss, 2016 XXL Freshman Dave East, Wale, Royce Da 5'9", Rick Ross, and Big K.R.I.T. This is a super serious hip-hop affair.
Top Tracks: November 21 - November 27
Since debuting last year, Drake's OVO Sound Radio installation on Apple's Beats 1 has proven a huge force in debuting music by already-established stars as well as breaking new talent like Kodak Black, dvsn, and WizKid. Obviously, it's an engine that's benefitted its creator the most, creating huge events out of the debuts of What A Time To Be Alive, "Summer Sixteen," and VIEWS, but the 6 God has spread the love too.
Lloyd Shares "Tru" Cover Art, Tracklist & Release Date
In May, ATL-via-NOLA R&B singer Lloyd, known for hits like 2007's "Get It Shawty," came out of seclusion and released "Tru," his first single in five years. The song shed some light on all of the pain behind his hiatus and introduced a new artist who is set on using his longtime craft as a means to find his place in the world. His renewed spirit was deeply moving, and "Tru" was about as impressive a return as one could have imagined.
10 Essential Vinylz Productions
Much has been made of Drake' partnership with Noah "40" Shebib, but equally important to his success has been the quartet of producers of Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes that often put their heads together to feed him a nearly endless supply of potential hits.
Top Tracks: November 14 - November 20
By the time the next edition of Top Tracks drops, it'll almost be December, which means that in terms of music releases, we're entering the year's equivalent of garbage time. We've still got projects from The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, and Drake on the way in 2016, but beyond that, don't expect too many surprises in term of full-length projects. What you can bank on, though, are some new singles dropping in order to carry hype into the new year. Let's start shaping up that early 2017 release calendar.
Rick Ross Announces "Rather You Than Me" Album For Early 2017
Rick Ross was among the hip-hop royalty present at tonight's American Music Awards. He entered the red carpet donning a black sweatshirt that read, "RATHER YOU THAN ME," which he soon revealed to be the title of his next album, the follow-up to Black Market, released almost a year ago. During the award show, Ross would join DJ Khaled, Nicki Minaj, Future, and August Alsina for a performance of "Do You Mind," their collaborative single off Khaled's Major Key album.
Lien With It: Artists Who Got Caught Not Paying Their Taxes
For whatever reason, rappers fail to pay their taxes at a rate higher than almost any other profession. In many instances, the IRS issues a tax-dodging rapper a lien, which asserts the rights of the state to their property until they pay off their debt.
Top Tracks: November 7 - November 13
The state of high-profile stars' song creation processes is such that we often don't know how credited songwriters and/or guests factor into the equation until long after the song is released. Time and time again this year, we've seen "original versions" by people other than the lead artists surface, basically proving that they're the main crative forces behind the song in question.
Rick Ross Says His $5.7 Million Tax Lien Stems From An Incorrect Filing
Just after we tried to save Nelly from his $2 million tax lien, it was reported that Rick Ross owed more than double to the IRS. Before we've had a chance to stream "Hustlin'" on repeat, Ross has issued a statement on the report, asserting that the $5.7 million he owes stems from an incorrect filing from 2012, and he's alrteady in the process of making things right.
Rick Ross Reportedly Owes The IRS $5.7 Million
Rick Ross cannot be bothered with anything less than the finest things that money can buy, but he may want to consider imposing a limit on his expenditures. According to TMZ, he owes the IRS $5.7 million in unpaid taxes. Legal documents reportedly indicate that Ross did not pay the taxes he owed each year from 2012 to 2014. He owes approximately $1.1 million from 2013 and 2014 combined and a whopping $4.6 million from 2012.
Top Tracks: October 31 - November 6
When Drake and Future linked up just over a year ago for What A Time To Be Alive, it was an almost earth-shattering event in hip hop, regardless of the album's quality. One was (and still is) undeniably the most popular rapper on the planet, and the other was (and probably isn't at the moment) the hottest, the guy who was just capping one of the craziest 12-month runs we've seen in this decade.
Top Tracks: October 24 - October 30
For the past few years it's been clear that regardless of quality, everything Drake announces or releases is guaranteed to produce more pageviews on HNHH than any of his contemporaries. We've known this for a while and capitalized upon it a few times, which many of you have noticed and decried, but hey, you're still clicking on it. Drizzy dropped four tracks on OVO Sound Radio last weekend and nothing has changed, despite the fact that they did arrive too late for last week's Top Tracks list.
The Game's Manager Denies Rick Ross Squashed The Meek Mill Beef
Yesterday, Rick Ross revealed that he had effectively squashed the beef between Meek Mill and The Game. Not so fast, says The Game's manager, the infamous "Wack 100."
Rick Ross Squashes Meek Mill's Beef With The Game
As Meek Mill finally has dropped DC4, hip-hop fans are wondering if the tape will have any affect on the current beefs he's involved in. Thankfully, the album wasn't riddled with subliminals, though there are certainly a few inflammatory bars across the 14 tracks.
Top Tracks: October 17 - October 24
Well clearly the big news today is the announcement of Drake's new project More Life, and the ensuing tracks that the 6 God dropped on OVO Sound last night. Dude can still easily dominate the conversation whenever he wants to.
Shooting Halts Rick Ross, Gucci Mane & 2 Chainz' "Buy Back The Block" Video In Atlanta
Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, and more will be seen in the upcoming video to a new Rozay song called "Buy Back the Block." It seems like Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz will be a part of the song, and it's unclear if the other artists (namely Meek) will feature as well or if they will just be included in the video, which was shot last night in front (and on top) of a gas station on the notorious Cleveland Ave in Atlanta. The voice of 2 Chainz can be heard during the opening moments of a preview of the video that was just shared on Rozay's Instagram.
Top Tracks: October 10 - October 16
Last week gave us Gucci Mane's second album of the year, Woptober, The Game's 1992, and Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge (aka NxWorries)' Yes Lawd!, and we've still got projects from D.R.A.M., Joe Budden, Common, and Jeezy dropping soon, but it feels like it's been a while since any major releases have arrived.
Top Tracks: October 3 - October 9
Barring The Weeknd's Starboy and any late-year surprises, we don't seem to have a whole lot coming on the release calendar as fall settles in. Gucci Mane's Woptober, Anderson .Paak and Knxledge's Yes Lawd! under their Nxworries title, and D.R.A.M.'s debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M. are all coming later this month, but compared to the summer we just had, that's small potatoes.
10 Essential Mike WiLL Made-It Beats
If 2015 was the year of Metro Boomin, 2016 might go down as the year of Mike WiLL Made-It. On top of executive production credits on Gucci Mane's Everybody Looking and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2, the Atlanta-based producer has put out two Beat of the Year candidates in Young Thug's "F Cancer" and "With Them" and produced Beyonce's "Formation," arguably the biggest record of the last twelve months. He has given rap fans more than enough to chew on as they impatiently wait on his anticipated Ransom 2 mixtape.