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.
Lil Wayne Announces Special Guests For Lil Weezyana Fest 2
Lil Wayne is hosting the second annual Lil’ Weezyana Fest in New Orleans this month, but until today he’s been silent on who his special guests would be aside from his Collegrove partner 2 Chainz. Today, Weezy revealed those guests, and people who already bought tickets for the August 27 event will be more than pleased.
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.
10 Quotable Lines From 2 Chainz' "Daniel Son; Necklace Don" Mixtape
2 Chainz has always had a way with words, and somehow he hasn't run out of ways to talk about how dope he is increasingly entertaining ways. The rapper's new project, Daniel Son; Necklace Don, was guaranteed to have some colorful brags on title alone, and now that we've heard it, the project did not disappoint. From "Self, I need a new bracelet," to rhyming "chain reaction" with "lame reaction," there are plenty of rewind-worthy bars, and coupled with the impressive production stable of TM88, DJ Spinz, Dun Deal, and Mr. 2-17, the tape is front-to-back hits.
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.
Here's The Tracklist For 2 Chainz's "Daniel Son; Necklace Don"
Two days ago, 2 Chainz surprised fans with the announcement that he would be dropping a new mixtape on Friday. He's been grinding hard this year, and isn't letting up any time soon.
2 Chainz Shares "Daniel Son; Necklace Don" Artwork
A day after revealing -- via a screenshot of a text conversation with Drake -- that he had a project dropping this Friday (Aug. 5), 2 Chainz has shared the cover art to said mixtape: Daniel Son; Necklace Don.
2 Chainz Says New Mixtape Dropping Friday Called "Daniel Son; Necklace Don"
It looks like Frank Ocean might not be the only one getting ready to secretly release a new project this Friday. Just moments ago, 2 Chainz took to his IG to announce that he has a new mixtape coming Friday called Daniel Son; Necklace Don.
2016 MTV VMA Nominations Announced
MTV has announced the nominees for the 2016 Video Music Awards. Beyonce earned a whopping 11 nominations. The artist with the second most nominations is Adele, who earned eight, seven of which are for "Hello." Ariana Grande (5), Drake (4), and Rihanna (4) could also be lined up for a big night. Other nominees of note include Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, & Desiigner,
Lil Wayne Announces "Lil Weezyana Fest 2" With 2 Chainz
After assuring fans he's good ("!!!") following another bout of seizures, Lil Wayne took to Instagram this afternoon to announce the second annual Lil Weezyana Fest (well, if it's not yet considered 'annual,' it appears to be on its way to that status).
Top 5 2 Chainz Features Of 2016
2012 was a monumental year for 2 Chainz, as the rapper's titular ad-lib was impossible to escape, whether on his countless features or massively successful solo singles. After release of his debut album under his new pseudonym (never forget his long stint as Tity Boi), Chainz became a little less omni-present, instead choosing to broaden his range and make a bid as an album artist. This phase made for some of his best work to date, including the eternally underrated BOATS II, and his experimental Freebase EP.
7 Rap Tributes To Lil Wayne & Cash Money
Lil Wayne has been rapping for close to two decades, and seeing that at on point during his very long career, he the biggest, most prolific, and arguably best rapper working, it's safe to say he's influenced many. Over the last few years, we've seen quite a few artists give it up for Lil Wayne and the whole Cash Money movement through musical tributes, and today we've selected a few of the more memorable instances of such. Click through the galleries to see some of the artists Wayne's music has touched, and be sure that his influence will be felt even more greatly in the coming years.
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Top Tracks: June 20 - June 26
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
Jeezy Announces "Magic City Monday" Single With 2 Chainz & Future
Anyone who listens to Atlanta rap knows by now that Magic City is the place to be on a Monday night, and in case you've missed the many lyrical references to this particular event (which brings out the biggest rappers in the game and features DJ Esco behind the boards), the new Jeezy single should make the appeal pretty clear.
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
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.
Kanye West's "Champions" To Hit iTunes Tonight As 1st "Cruel Winter" Single
UPDATE: Kanye West's "Champions" single has arrived in the US iTunes store. Find it here.
Top Tracks: May 30 - June 5
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory. At the top we've got DJ Khaled, who's collaborated with more of rap's A- B- and C-listers in his career than arguably anyone else, and who's accompanied by Drake.