Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
The 10 Best R&B/Rap Covers Of Classic Songs
Searching "rap covers" online is like walking into a minefield of acoustic guitars and webcams, leftovers from a war that began with Ben Folds' famous version of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." An earnest-sounding white dude with a guitar and an angelic backing choir singing things like "Lick on these nuts and suck the dick" was (believe it or not) novel at some point, but now that approach has been beaten to death. Last year, for example, a ten year old covered "Trap Queen."
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
Staff Picks Playlist (November 27)
With Thanksgiving behind us, there's the remaining hours of Black Friday as well as the impending Cyber Monday to slowly (or quickly) transition you into the holiday scene. Over the past day or two you've probably noticed the influx of mixtapes, which we realize, mean you have a ton of new music to keep you busy over the weekend, and hopefully longer than just a weekend.
Trey Songz Pays The IRS $750,000 In Back Taxes
Trey Songz was recently the unlucky recipient of a tax lien, courtesy of the IRS, after he apparently did not pay taxes in 2013. The IRS reportedly requested he pay them $748,870.08, the taxes owed from the entirety of his 2013 income (you do the math).
Top Tracks: October 13 - October 18
10. Ty Dolla $ign - Violent (Prod. by DJ Spinz & Southside)
Trey Songz Owes The IRS $750,000
And another one. Trey Songz is the latest hip-hop artist to be zeroed in on by the IRS for neglecting to pay his taxes. Trigga man reportedly decided not to pay taxes on his income in 2013, and thus the IRS have hit him with a federal tax lien in Miami last month. Trey apparently owes $748,870.08 in back taxes. His camp hasn't released a statement or responded to the reports yet.
DJ Khaled Announces Album Release Date, Two Singles Dropping Today
In between doing yoga on a dock, working out, and crushing a ton of food from his Finga Licking restaurant, DJ Khaled has found time to put together an album. It's called I Changed A Lot, and it will drop October 23, Khaled announced this morning.
Chris Brown & Trey Songz Reportedly Working Towards Vegas Residency Show
Over the last couple of years, we've seen Mariah Carey, Britney Spears, and most recently, Jennifer Lopez sign on for hugely lucrative Vegas residencies, which will find the singers performing regularly at venues such as Plant Hollywood and Caesar's Palace.Britney's latest 2-year deal was valued at $35 million, and that cash seems to have Chris Brown and Trey Songz looking to get in on the action.
LyriQuiz: Drake Feat. Trey Songz - "Replacement Girl"
In 2007, Drake dropped "Replacement Girl" on his Comeback Season mixtape. The track was arguably his first introduction to (somewhat) mainstream hip-hop media-- it didn't exactly cause him to blow up, but it become one of his more well-known records, even to this day. It even featured a young Trey Songz, who at the time was similarly unknown. It's hard to believe, but it's actually been eight years since "Replacement Girl" dropped. In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, we're testing your knowledge on some of Drake's earlier lyrics.
iHeart Radio Music Festival Taps Kanye West, The Weeknd, Lil Wayne & More
iHeart Radio's Music Festival is taking place in Las Vegas this year, at the MGM Grand Arena on September 18th and 19th. They've tapped a variety of artists for the line-up, covering all their bases from pop to rap to r'n'b to rock. This year's headliner will be Kanye West, and this will serve as Ye's first time performing in the festival. Alongside Kanye, you can expect performances from The Weeknd, Lil Wayne, Jason Derulo, Trey Songz, Janet Jackson, Disclosure and more. Check out the full line-up for iHeart Radio Music Festival below.
Stream Trey Songz's "Trigga Reloaded"
With Trigga Reloaded, Trey Songz is doubling down on his 2014 album Trigga. Laced with 18 tracks, Trigga Reloaded is essentially the same album as the original with a booster pack of banging singles -- among them, "Serve It Up," "Always You," and soon-to-be song of
Summer Jam 2015 Recap
Summer's here, and festival season has arrived. Unfortunately, for hip-hop heads, most of the summer's premier music destinations are filled with laptop DJs or bands that introduced your parents to LSD 40 years ago. Luckily, for all of us on the East Coast, there's Summer Jam. Though it's just one day, the HOT 97-curated concert features over 10 hours of straight hip-hop in Giants' stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (May 16 - 22)
After a big first quarter, May has been kind of a slump month for releases, as there's tons of noteworthy projects planned for this summer, but the last few weeks have mostly been dominated by singles, videos and news. However, we did get great new tapes from Gucci Mane, Fredo Santana, King Louie and Remy Banks this week, some crazy visuals from A$AP Rocky and some big singles from 50 Cent and Gunplay.
Top Tracks: May 10 - May 17
Another week, another fresh crop of songs raiding our Top Ten. Let’s get to it. 10) Omarion ft. DeJ Loaf, Trey Songz, Ty Dolla $ign and Rick Ross – Post To Be (Remix) This re-working of Omarion’s hit was smart enough to keep its most famous, meme-spawning line. And like that line, it’s hanging around for another week.
Stream Trey Songz's "Intermission I & II"
Last month, we woke up one morning surprised to find a new, unannounced Trey Songz project on Spotify, and today, he's done it again. Adding to the Intermission EP, Mr. Steal Your Girl has given us a part two today, which adds six brand-new tracks to the existing six on the first edition.
Trey Songz Drops "Intermission" EP
Trey Songz gave us some of his very best work with last year's Trigga, but he's continued to release new material since its release, including "Slow Motion" which managed to climb up the Hot 100 very recently.
Summer Jam 2015 Lineup Revealed, Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Big Sean & More
It's that time of year again! Ahead of the June 7th festival, Summer Jam has announced its 2015 lineup. The stadium stage will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Big Sean, Fabolous & Friends, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign & Friends, Omarion and Childish Gambino. Peforming on the festival stage out in the parking lot will be Travi$ Scott, B.o.B, Joey Bada$$, DeJ Loaf and Teyana Taylor.
Sign Language: 5 Songs You Didn't Know Ty Dolla $ign Wrote
Ty Dolla $ign's ascent to hook master and forefather of RnBass has been a gradual one, to the point that the first time hearing him on record could vary drastically from person to person. The truth is, you could have been hearing Ty's voice and not have even known it, his writing voice that is.