Staff Picks Playlist (October 21)
Summer's over, but the hip-hop game continues to heat up. Today brought with it new albums from D.R.A.M. and Joe Budden -- not the craziest of New Music Fridays, but looking back at the week, there was a plethora of new tracks that are well worth checking out. We've rounded up 10 notable selections in our weekly Staff Picks playlist, which should provide a reliable soundtrack to the weekend's turn-up activities.
Hey Mama: Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa & Others Reveal Their First Big Purchase For Their Mom
Mother's Day has always been one of our most cherished holidays. How do rappers celebrate their mothers? We asked 13 rappers what they bought their mom after they received their first big check. See how they showed their mommas love below and be sure to let your mom know you love her today. *** Ty Dolla $ign "After receiving my first big check, I bought my mom some diamonds and helped fund some updates for her house. I still contribute each day, just so she knows that my appreciation for her has no end."
Review: Rockie Fresh's "The Night I Went To..."
Wale is most commonly thought of as The Untouchable Maybach Empire's black sheep-- the "Seinfeld"-loving, backpack blog rapper whose position among the rest of his hard-headed labelmates is perhaps best illustrated by the contrast between him and the squad's other DMV representative, Fat Trel. But Mr. Folarin's walked the MMG walk from time to time, notching verses on trap anthems like "Fuck Em," "Pandemonium," "Loyalty" and "No Hands" in his belt, showing that he's more than willing to pay homage at the temple of Rozay.
Staff Picks Playlist (January 22)
Some cool shit happened this past week. That Kanye West "Black Skinhead" remix with Miley Cyrus and Travis Scott finally surfaced. Meek Mill and 50 Cent got deep into it, so deep, that Meek accepted defeat at Fif's continuous-meme-creating-hands. There was yet another new mixtape from rap MVP Future.
A Conversation With Rockie Fresh, MMG’s Humble Rising Star
Rick Ross, founder of Maybach Music Group, has carefully crafted in image of himself as a man swaddled in gold chains and flanked by a harem of strippers who dines on a strict diet of caviar and Ace of Spades. Indeed, his ample belly seems to exist to prove that he is eating well.
Rockie Fresh Announces Release Date For "The Night I Went To..."
After revealing the official artwork & tracklist to his upcoming album The Night I Went To... earlier this week, Rockie Fresh has now announced the project's release date.
Rockie Fresh Shares "The Night I Went To..." Cover Art & Tracklist
Since announcing The Night I Went To... in November, MMG's Rockie Fresh has let loose a barrage of, each one hotttter than the next. Today, The Chicago rapper gets even closer to the project's release as he unveils the cover art and tracklist.
10 Essential Rockie Fresh Tracks
In 2013, the new Maybach Music signee Rockie Fresh released three mixtapes: Electric Highway, The Birthday Tape, and Fresh Veggies alongside Casey Veggies. That same year, he also shined on four tracks on the Maybach Music Group compilation album.
Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco & More Mourn The Death Of DJ Timbuck2
The city of Chicago is mourning the death of DJ Timbuck2, real name Tim Jones, who died of cancer-related causes yesterday (Dec. 20). He was 34 years old. At that young age, Timbuck2 was already one of Chicago's most established DJs. He was the host of Go iLL radio on 107.5 WCGI, which aired every Saturday night, and he was responsible for showcasing local artists and helping them break into the mainstream. "He was an innovator and pound for pound (arguably) the best DJ in the city," wrote prominent Chi-Town hip-hop blog FakeShoreDrive.
Staff Picks Playlist (December 11)
As we all get a bit antsy for the weekend, we're coming through right on time with the weekly Staff Picks playlist. It's a little something to soundtrack your Friday night debauchery/Saturday morning hangover/Sunday afternoon chill session. This week the year-end lists were in full swing (and there's a lot more to come), while 50 Cent finally let us hear The Kanan Tape, and it did not disappoint.
Rockie Fresh Announces New Project "The Night I Went To…"
It's been awhile since we've heard from MMG-signed Chicago native Rockie Fresh, leaving us to wonder if Ricky Rozay isn't doing him right when it comes to label services. Wonder no more, as Rockie has just announced a new project. Apparently the reason we haven't heard a peep out of Rockie Fresh is because he's been holed up in the studio for two years, crafting The Night I Went To... For the project announcement, Rockie dropped off a trailer with a mix of found footage and studio clips, narrated by the countdown of a spaceship lift-off.
Transformation Tuesday Playlist
If you haven't already noticed, we're stepping up our playlist game. As we did last week with a 4/20 and WCW playlist, we'll be providing you with two playlists each week, each with a different theme. On top of this you're getting our Staff Picks weekly.
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.
Samples Of The Week: November 6
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 Nas, Wu-Tang Clan and Rockie Fresh sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
10 Essential Vic Mensa Tracks
Vic Mensa is barely old enough to drink, but that hasn't stopped this 21-year-old MC from livin' the life. After touring with Disclosure earlier this year, Mensa's popularity has been on the steady rise. The Chicago-bred MC has a friendship with Chance The Rapper, and the two frequently collaborate on stage and on tracks. Jams like "Suitcase" and "Tweakin'" have seen the two spit back and forth over some impressive beats.
Rockie Fresh Names His Top Five Places To Visit In Chicago
There's no denying that since Rockie Fresh connected with MMG, his stock has soared and it's given him the boost he needed to reach a much wider fan base, outside of the Chicago area. Now, we presume that the rapper doesn't get to spend nearly as much time in his home town as he did, he's often out in Los Angeles, plus lately he's been busy touring with G-Eazy and Tory Lanez for the "These Things Happen" tour. We caught up with Rockie during some rare free time out in L.A. and spoke to the rapper about his Chicago roots, and he named his five favorite spots in Chi-town.
G-Eazy Announces "These Things Happen" Tour With Rockie Fresh
Oakland, California native G-Eazy dropped off a new remix today, which features his newly-announced touring partners Rockie Fresh and Tory Lanez. The rising rapper is heading on tour with MMG's Rockie Fresh for a "These Things Happen" tour, which will kick off in February and run until April, for a total of 40 stops.
Rockie Fresh & Casey Veggies Working On Collaborative Project [Update: Release Date Revealed]
It seems that Casey Veggies and Rockie Fresh are prepping a joint project together. The two artists sat down with MTV’s RapFix Live today where they spoke on their respective deals with Puma. Aside from the shoe talk, Casey and Rockie revealed that they are working on a joint project together, tentatively titled Fresh Veggies. Fresh title right? The upcoming project will be presented by Puma and is scheduled to drop sometime this December. Stay tuned for more details. You looking forward to this collab?
Underrated Audio: October 26- November 1
This week we overloaded with music, thanks in most part to Halloween-- rappers love dropping their shit on a holiday of some sort or on some themed tip, and this year was no different. Among the ton of mixtapes and singles we received, we've picked out four in particular that deserve a second look in this week's Underrated Audio.
Rockie Fresh & Lunice Announce North American Tour
Rockie Fresh and Lunice have collaborated successfully in the past, so it may come as no surprise that they're taking their friendship on the road. The MMG rapper and the Montreal native have announced an upcoming North American tour. The tour runs throughout the month of November, kicking off on the 5th in Boston. Tickets for the tour go on sale tomorrow here.