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.
Travis Scott & Teyana Taylor Cover Paper Magazine
It may not be as controversial as Kim Kardashian’s issue, but Travis Scott is the latest artist to cover Paper Magazine. The Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight rapper threw on some Givenchy & Alexander Wang & graced October’s Living For Fashion Issue. However, Travis isn’t the only artist getting shine with Paper Magazine. Fellow G.O.O.D Music artist, Teyana Taylor, also has her own cover story as well, which finds her talking about being apart of Kanye’s “Fade” video, and working on her forthcoming sophomore album.
Charts Don't Lie: October 19
With new albums at occupying the top three spots (Green Day, Norah Jones and OneRepublic in descending order) on the Billboard 200 chart, Drake is displaced to the #4 position, where he is later joined by the Suicide Squad soundtrack and Solange's surprise release. Travis Scott, Rihanna, and Kanye West are in the top 20 while the rest of the artists are just barely on the outskirts of the top 30. There are no new hip hop releases that make an appearance on this week's chart. ...
Travis Scott's "Days Before Birds" Is An Unofficial Release
Earlier today, a brand new project (seemingly) from Travis Scott, entitled Days Before Birds, appeared on all of the major streaming platforms.
Travis Scott Releases "Days Before Birds" Album
We've received a couple of album surprises today. Gucci Mane decided to let fans hear Woptober three days ahead of every Brick Squad fan's favorite day, 10/17, while duo Anderson .Paak and Knwxledge aka NoWxrries, dropped their album Yes Lawd! a week early.
Every Kendrick Lamar Feature From 2016 So Far
Kendrick Lamar started the year off strong with the release of untitled. unmastered, but he's also been keeping bust with guest appearances, showing up on range of records from fellow TDE members, underground emcees, and the biggest pop acts going.
Travis Scott, Young Thug, Joey Bada$$ To Perform At HOT 97's Holiday Concert
HOT 97 has announced the initial lineup for its annual "Hot For The Holidays!" concert, scheduled to go down at Newark's Prudential Center on Saturday, December 3rd. This year's show will feature Travis Scott, Young Thug, Joey Bada$$, Jidenna, Kehlani and more to be announced. A promising start as the station aims to atone for this year's Summer Jam debacle.
Charts Don't Lie: October 5
With a new album at #1 on Billboard's 200 chart (Shawn Mendes' Illuminate if you're curious), Drake recedes back to the #2 spot this week, where he's followed by the Suicide Squad soundtrack, Travis Scott and Rihanna to represent hip hop in the top 10. Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Maxwell, and Usher remain in the top 20, while DJ Khaled slips into the #27 position. Ty Dolla $ign debuts just behind him, at #28, with his new Apple Music mixtape Campaign.
Travis Scott, Wiz Khalifa, Theophilus London & More Show Support For Kid Cudi
Last night, while most of us were tuned in to the BET Hip-Hop Awards, Kid Cudi made a confession in an open letter to fans.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of September 2016?
September 2016 is no more. It was a good month, a month that gave us much new music as we could handle. September 2016 saw the release of dozens of quality hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes. We whittled these down to what we believe to be the twelve most significant releases of the month, and we want your help to decide which project was the absolute best. Here are the twelve:
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.
Charts Don't Lie: September 28
As new albums from Mac Miller and Usher crack into the top 5, it is Drake who is the real winner this week as he reclaims the #1 spot with VIEWS. That album also became the first record to hit a billion streams on Apple Music, which is just as monstrous as it sounds. Travis Scott and Suicide Squad: The Album also show up for hip hop in the top 10.
Kid Cudi Reveals Tracklist For "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin"
The best source for all things Kid Cudi is Kid Cudi's Twitter, which he spontaneously updates every several weeks with new information regarding his upcoming releases. Monday afternoon, he revealed the tracklist for his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin.
Charts Don't Lie: September 21
With six new releases taking up the top eleven spots on the Billboard 200, most hip hop records took a tumble on the charts this week. Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack each bounced up a spot, to #2 and #3 respectively, but everyone else on our list fell, aside from Kanye who stayed put at the #21 spot. After debuting with the #1 album in the country, Travis Scott lands at #6 with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight. Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Beyonce, and DJ Khaled stay within the top 20 with their newest releases.
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.
Travis Scott Hospitalized For Dehydration
Travis Scott has had a big month, between the release of his sophomore album Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight and his new global publishing deal with Universal. Evidently it's caught up to him, as he was admitted to the hospital Sunday afternoon for dehyradtion.
Tracking Kid Cudi's Influence
As he's prone to do these days, Kid Cudi went on a Twitter rant of epic proportions earlier this week, talking about crushing "the entire existence" of "clowns" who "be having 30 people write songs for them," singling out Kanye West and Drake, and proclaiming, "I am the culture." Ye and Drizzy, both currently on nationwide tours, responded onstage the next night, with the former taking a more prideful,
Travis Scott's "La Flame" Doc Features Kanye West, Puff Daddy & Seth Rogen
Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight is officially Travis Scott's first #1 album, and following the LP's success, he's now giving fans a look into the creation of the project. A new 20-minute documentary follows the rapper on tour, as well as during the recording sessions of his new album, but it's something that really needs to be seen to be believed.
Charts Don't Lie: September 14
The addition of a couple new hip hop albums shakes up the pecking order this week on the Billboard 200 chart. Travis Scott scores his first #1 album with Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, while Isaiah Rashad comes in at #17 with The Sun's Tirade, his first full-length LP. Drake is back in the top 3 with VIEWS, Bryson Tiller celebrates 50 weeks on the chart with TRAPSOUL, and Frank Ocean barely holds onto top 10 placement during Blonde's third week out.
Kid Cudi Puts Haters On Blast, Names Drake & Kanye West
Kid Cudi was feeling himself this afternoon, when he went off on a little twitter rant, thanking his supporters and blasting any detractors. The rapper has been cited by many artists among the 'new wave' as inspiration and influence, rightly so, given that a lot of these artists were getting into hip-hop (they are young) around the time Cudder was popping off, which is also around the time the blogsophere was starting to pop off.