Staff Picks Playlist (August 8)
We're almost mid-August, which basically means summer is almost over. As the summer months wind down, we're beginning to anticipate a few upcoming album releases; more than just a few actually. The Weeknd, Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Travi$ Scott and Mac Miller are just some of the rappers prepping anticipated albums for early Fall/end of Summer release. While we look forward to those, we're experiencing a bit of lull with the excitement from the Meek Mill/Drake beef settling down, as well as the excitement from Dr. Dre's Compton release.
2 Chainz Reveals "Trapavelli Tre" Tracklist
Our friend Tity Boi took to Instagram today to share the tracklist for his forthcoming mixtape Trapavelli Tre in the form of a photo of an iTunes playlist. It looks very promising indeed, as the project will feature guest appearances from Wiz Khalifa, The-Dream, Kevin Gates, Young Dolph, Cap 1 and more. Mike Dean, Zaytoven, TM808, Honorable C Note are among those handling the production. Also, one of the tracks is titled "Lapdance in a Trap House," should be a banger.
Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings to movie deals to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
2 Chainz Is Being Sued By A Girl He Called "Thot" On YouTube
In March 2014, a video was posted on YouTube that showed 2 Chainz backstage at a show, throwing around the word "thot" at a young lady who was invited backstage, reportedly by Chainz's affiliate Cap 1. That video is now coming back to haunt him, as the lady in it is suing Tity Boi for a cool $5 million.
Louis Farrakhan Meets With 2 Chainz, Young Thug, & Bevy Of Rappers
At 82 years of age with declining health, Louis Farrakhan has summoned his energy these past few weeks for a publicity tour as he gears up fro the 20th Anniversary Million Man March in D.C. on October 10th. As a part of his tour he's dabbled in hip hop circles, doing interviews with Sway in the Morning and meeting with Kanye West and Snoop Dogg.
Mike WiLL Made It Hints At Collaboration With Kanye West & 2 Chainz
Mike WiLL Made It's twitter timeline is just full of news today. The super-producer called out artists who are hopping on Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd's swag, and then after, hinted that Gucci Mane is coming home.
Kanye West Hangs With Outkast, 2 Chainz & More At Atlanta Waffle House
It's tough to catch Kanye West with a smile on his face these days, but when you're hanging out in a waffle house with Andre 3000, it's pretty much impossible to mean mug. Following his surprise performance at 107.9's Birthday Bash 20, Kanye joined a few of his favorite ATLiens at their favorite late night spot.
Everything We Know About Travi$ Scott's "Rodeo"
Travi$ Scott's last mixtape, one of the most talked about of last year, as well as his nationwide tour with Young Thug, which, too, has created quite a stir, were both preludes to Rodeo, the long-awaited debut album.
OG Maco Sends Shots At Travi$ Scott Over "3500"
Over the course of his career, Travi$ Scott has often been accused of copying others' styles, whether those of Kid Cudi or his mentor, Kanye West, or more recently, Atlanta's trap rappers. The latest to call him out is OG Maco, who has a problem with Scott (a Houston native) putting Future, 2 Chainz, Metro Boomin and Zaytoven (all ATLiens) on his new single "3500." Read his tweets below.
Travi$ Scott, Future & 2 Chainz Come Together For First "Rodeo" Single
Travis Scott's debut album, Rodeo, seems like it could be arriving as soon as a few days (as Mike dean hinted), and just now, Scott has revealed the details of the first single, which involves a whole lot of talented people.
10 Essential RL Grime Tracks
For the better part of the past three years, "trap" has referred to much more than the music of Young Jeezy, T.I., Gucci Mane, etc. Beats like Baauer's "Harlem Shake" and RL Grime's remix to Kanye West's "Mercy" have ignited dance-floors and festivals using the same label to describe their sound.
50 Cent Is Dropping "Get Low" Feat. Jeremih, 2 Chainz & T.I. Tomorrow
Last week, 50 Cent gave his fans something to look forward to, announcing that the first Street King Immortal single would be dropping on June 2nd. Now it looks like they won't have to wait nearly as long. In a new Instagram post (below), Fif says the new track will be premiered tomorrow on Power 105.1's Breakfast Club.
Top 10 Features On Tech N9ne's "Special Effects"
Even though Tech N9ne has spent years cranking out a series of collaboration albums, he couldn’t resist inviting his (wildly talented) rapping friends to join in on the fun on his latest album, Special Effects. Most of the album's 25 tracks include features from some very familiar faces. The biggest surprises, though, come from those you don't know, who compete with industry veterans on an album full of quotable verses. This is ripe territory to rank the best features on the album and include some of our favorite bars.
Top 10 Amber Rose Name-Drops
By now, you all don't need an introduction to Amber Rose. Like it or not, she's a big deal in hip-hop. The former stripper turned video girl first caught the eye of Kanye West in Ludacris' "What Them Girls Like" video, and the two soon began a relationship that lasted almost two years. After 'Ye, she moved on to Wiz Khalifa, whom she married two years later. Somehow between marriage and a kid, Rose continued to cement herself as one of the baddest bitches in hip-hop.
2 Chainz Sued $1.5 Million For Alleged Contract Breach
Somebody's been getting salty while watching episodes of 2 Chainz's "World's Most Expensivest Shit." The rapper's just been accused of breaching a contract with an Atlanta entertainment company, Rockmo Entertainment, and is being sued to the tune of $1.5 million.
10 Producer Remixes That Were Better Than The Original
With the evolution of producer software, everyone can make beats on their computer. It doesn't take a lot of money or studio time to learn how to chop up samples, loop drum patterns, and create something great. And we're finding more and more beatmakers are making quality tracks.
De La Soul Launch Kickstarter For First Album In A Decade
De La Soul hasn't put out a proper studio album since 2004's The Grind Date. Today, they've announced that they're ready to record their first LP in 11 years, but they'll need your help to put it out. Launching a kickstarter today, the iconic trio are looking to raise $110,000 for their new album, and have offered a few enticing offers to those who donate. For $7,500, you can actually get to appear on a skit for the album, but those who aren't ready to drop that kind of cash, there are plenty of more options to cop autographed vinyl and the like.
Top Tracks of The Week: March 17 - March 24
Here it is, the once-a-week look at the tracks toward the top of our charts that you need to know about. Keep in mind that these tracks are culled from the very top of our Top 100 and, by their very nature, lean toward more popular artists. This week's selection finds recent cuts from Wale, Ludacris, Kirko Bangz, T-Pain and more. Be sure to tell us how you feel and post your own top tracks in the comments.
Nancy Grace On 2 Chainz Smoking Expensive Weed: "$800 For An Ounce Of Loud? That Alone Should Be A Felony"
When it was announced that 2 Chainz would appear in a TV interview with Nancy Grace concerning marijuana legalization, it was already confirmed classic. In fact, the actual broadcast surpassed our expectations, with Chainz son-ing Grace on the topic, as well as providing some incredible comedic timing.