Charts Don't Lie: September 7
Despite three new albums occupying the top three spots, our hip hop faithful showed up strong on the Billboard charts this week.
Stream Rocky Diamonds' New "Anywhere But Here" EP
Minneapolis-bred rapper Rocky Diamonds has released two songs this year, both well-received on the site. The latest was June's "Come Down," produced by TM88, which held fans over through the lengthy wait for his EP, Anywhere But Here. It's finally here, packed with six tracks and no features.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of August 2016?
Summer is fast turning to autumn, vacation to school. Soon, the sun's oppressive reign will end and give way to increasingly temperate conditions. With August in the books, we look back at ten of the most notable hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes of the month and ask our readers to decide which one they believe is the best. Pour one out for Noname's Telefone, which came out on July 31. Here are the ten:
Charts Don't Lie: August 31
Drake was holding down the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 for months, but this past month we've seen VIEWS fluctuate in place of different #1 albums. DJ Khaled, Suicide Squad, and now Frank Ocean have all had a taste of the top spot in the late-summer blitz of new releases. Ocean, who's long-awaited follow-up to Channel Orange came out last week, was sold exclusively on Apple Music, and did just shy of a quarter million units on there.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of August 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.
Power 105.1 Taps Wiz Khalifa, Tory Lanez, Bryson Tiller & More For Powerhouse NYC
After teasing that there would be a "big announcement" on the Breakfast Club last night, Power 105.1 announced the line-up for their annual Powerhouse event this morning, which goes down in October. This year's Powerhouse concert will feature a mix of old and new cats, putting on for New York with Young M.A., Desiigner, Remy Ma and Fat Joe all tapped. You can also expect performances from Bryson Tiller, Wiz Khalifa, Usher and Tory Lanez.
First-Week Sales For Frank Ocean's "Blonde" & Tory Lanez' "I Told You"
After reporting on the initial projections earlier this week (Aug. 22), the final sales numbers for Frank Ocean's Blonde as well as Tory Lanez' I Told You are in. As expected, Blonde will debut at No.
5 Songs On "I Told You" That Tell Tory Lanez's Story
In terms of chronological, autobiographical narratives, albums don't get more focused than Tory Lanez's I Told You. The Toronto singer/rapper's commercial debut recounts pivotal events in his rise from a 16-year-old kicked out of his grandmother's home in 2008, to an Interscope-signed star, through both skits and song lyrics.
Tory Lanez's "I Told You" (Review)
With last Friday's release of his debut album I Told You, 24-year-old Tory Lanez has arrived at a crossroads after years of expanding his following and evolving his sound. He's earned success by way of a prolific mixtape output, last year's triumphant single “Say It," consistent features for artists like YG, Meek Mill, and G-Eazy, and an incessant grind that puts virtually every other artist to shame.
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.
First Week Sales Projections For Tory Lanez' "I Told You"
Here are the first-week sales projections for Tory Lanez' debut album, I Told You, which was officially released yesterday (Aug. 19). The projected sales figures arrive soon after the unveiling of the first-week numbers for PartyNextDoor's P3 and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2, which both dropped on Aug. 12.
Stream Tory Lanez's Debut Album "I Told You"
It’s been a long time coming for Tory Lanez, but after 14 mixtapes and a couple chart-topping singles, the Toronto spitter is finally ready to share with the world his highly anticipated debut album I Told You.
Tory Lanez Is Letting Fans Hear Album Snippets Via Interactive Website
Tory Lanez has been pretty generous with songs leading up to his highly anticipated debut, I Told You, dropping via Interscope tomorrow. However if you're an impatient fan (and really, what kind of fan isn't impatient when it comes to an artist's new music), then Tory has upped th ante with a website that gives you a taste of the entire album, ahead of its release.
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.
Boi-1da Implicates Tory Lanez For "Trolling For Record Sales"
A-list producer Boi-1da sent out a tweet today regarding simmering tensions between Drake and an unnamed artist. "One dude is selling out Madison Square Garden 4 nights," he wrote, "And the other dude trolling for attention & record sales. There's levels to this." The first dude, of course, is Drake, whose "Summer Sixteen" tour, featuring Future as a co-headliner, just ran through four sold-out shows at the Garden. Now it's not definitive, but "the other dude" is presumed to be another Torontonian in Tory Lanez, with whom Boi-1da sparred a couple of months ago.
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.
Top Tracks: July 25 - July 31
It's officially August, which means there's pretty much only one month of summer left. It's been a busy season for hip hop, as usual, with big projects from top-tier talents like Chance The Rapper, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and Gucci Mane dropping left and right, and plenty of additional tracks hitting the web as well. That being said, August is poised to be huge.
Photos: Future, Tory Lanez, Post Malone & More At Osheaga 2016
This was a busy weekend for the music industry. There were two festivals happening in Canada, and one in the States. Suffice to say, music lovers had ample line-ups to choose from (and locations). Despite the festival overlap, some artists managed to play more than one fest-- in fact, Future hit up all three. That's a busy weekend.
Tory Lanez Reveals Tracklist & Album Cover For "I Told You"
It’s safe to say Tory Lanez has been having quite the run for himself over the past year or so; signing a new deal with Interscope Records, going on multiple nationwide tours, & releasing two smash hits in the process with “Say It” & “Luv.” Let’s not also forget that he’s been going back & forth with the 6 God, Drake, & released countless #FargoFriday releases over the past few months as well.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently 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.