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.
BTS Pics Of 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank” Video With Quavo & Gucci Mane
Earlier in the week, 2 Chainz linked up with Quavo & Gucci Mane to shoot the official video for their newly-released Mike Dean-produced banger “Good Drank,” and now we have some exclusive behind the scenes pics to share with y’all thanks to WeHardProductions. Shot at 2 Chainz’s new bar called “Escobar Restaurant” on Peters Street in ATL, the Howard Ross-directed clip looks to go back in time with each rapper looking dapper in suspenders & standing next to some old school cars & props.
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.
Who Are Your Favorite Rappers Voting For?
Tonight marks the third and final presidential debate before the election on November 8th. Ever since the first one, which took place on September 26th, Donald Trump has taken a huge nose-dive in the polls, but as we've seen in races past, anything can happen in the final weeks.
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.
2 Chainz Buys Hollywood Hills Mansion For $2.45 Million
2 Chainz is moving on up. The CEO Millionaire has just copped himself a lush pad in Los Angeles' Hollywood Hills, previously owned by rock guitarist Steve Vai (you may not know who he is, but he is one of the greatest guitarists of all time).
2 Chainz Releases New Line Of CEO Millionaires Hoodies
Hoodie SZN is officially upon us now that Winter is right around the corner, and looking to cash in is 2 Chainz & his CEO Millionaires brand/movement. Just yesterday, the brand, which stands for “Create Every Opportunity” launched a new line of hoodies for those looking to dress like their favorite ATL rapper.
Stream Skeme's New Freestyle EP "One Night Only Vol. 1"
Since dropping his Before 4eva mixtape in March, Skeme has appeared on the DJ Drama-hosted single "Wishing," alongside Chris Brown and LyQuin, as well as collabs with Bay Area top talents Philthy Rich and Mozzy. With little warning, the Inglewood rapper has now shared a new project, One Night Only Vol. 1, made up of five new freestyles, presumably all recorded in the same night.
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.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of September 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Top Tracks: September 26 - October 2
Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, has had one of the most unexpected career paths of any R&B artist in the new millennium. Basically paving the way for every ensuing singer/rapper who's warranted the "mysterious" tag when first emerging, his early tracks paired The-Dream's Lothario musings with an indie-influenced, lo-fi sound, and druggy themes. After major label move Kiss Land flopped commercially and critically, he went back to the drawing board and returned with a pop sheen courtesy of superproducer Max Martin.
Big Sean Spotted In Studio With Future & 2 Chainz
From the looks of things, Big Sean will soon release his fourth studio album. At the end of August, he revealed that he had enlisted the ears of Rick Rubin as well as Jay Z to get an early listen of the album, which he said was "almost ready." This weekend, he allowed the project to be heard by two more A-listers, Future and 2 Chainz.
Stream "Birth of a Nation" Album, Featuring Nas, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, & More
"Birth of a Nation," the upcoming Nat Turner biopic, has faced no shortage of controversy and calls to boycott due to a rape scandal surrounding the film's star, director, and writer Nate Parker. Perhaps less controversial than the film is its accompanying album, The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album. 16 tracks in length, it features appearances from Pusha T, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nas, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Ne-Yo, Wale, The Game, Anthony Hamilton, LeCrae, Vic Mensa, Trey Songz, and many more.
Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and
Stream Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day Festival Featuring Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert & Young Thug
Chance The Rapper is throwing a pretty awesome festival in U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago today (Saturday, September 24th), and he's letting those who weren't able to attend a chance to watch from home. You'll need a Tidal subscription, but once you're in, you'll be able to watch all of the sets today, which include performances from Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, John Legend, Tyler, The Creator, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Skrillex, and of course Chance himself.
20 Legendary Rapper Yearbook Photos
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters. We're gonna take you on a tour of 20 rapper yearbook photos, an expansion of our previous list.
Top Tracks: September 12 - September 18
Summer '16 seemed to come and go without a good, entertaining beef, but in the week before the official Fall equinox, one has emerged. You could definitely deem the new Meek Mill Vs. The Game beef as a spinoff of Meek and Drake's last summer, but when it comes to bars, this beef's picking up the long-dormant one's slack. We've already got a diss apiece from both parities involved, and although Meek's came in too late on Sunday night to be counted in Top Tracks this week, Game's is in here, and you can be sure Meek's will be next week.
Dave East Enlists 2 Chainz, The Game & More On Debut Album "Kairi Chanel"
Dave East has been steadily building his buzz and fanbase, proving that hard work and dedication does indeed pay off. The Mass Appeal signee and recent XXL Freshman is almost ready to let fans hear his debut album, and takes the first step towards that today with the release of the project's cover and tracklist. The Harlem spitter's debut is set to be titled Kairi Chanel, and it'll round up appearances from Fabolous, 2 Chainz, Beanie Sigel, The Game, Sevyn Streeter and more-- no Nas, though.
#TBT: When 2 Chainz Was Tity Boi
In 1997, a 20-year-old 2 Chainz, then known as Tity Boi, formed a rap duo Playaz Circle with his friend Dolla Boy. They released their debut album United We Stand, United We Fall, which is now virtually unavailable online. (You can buy the physical copy for $299.99 (plus shipping)).
35 More Artists To Follow On Snapchat
In terms of an artist gaining direct access to his or her fans, there's no better social media platform than Snapchat. Indeed, the app has caused artists to blur the line between their public and private personas.