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.
Wiz Khalifa To Popcaan: "I Know You Gave Drake A Handjob For That Drop"
All in all, this year's Red Bull Culture Clash looked like a good time for everyone involved. On Friday night, four different crews, each with its own soundsystem, took turns on the stage in London's O2 Arena to see who could put on the hottest show and come through with the most exclusives.
Ty Dolla $ign Suggests "Beach House 3" Is On The Way
Ty Dolla $ign built his initial fanbase off the success of his Beach House series, releasing two mixtapes and one EP under the title. Last year, the L.A. singer delivered his debut album, Free TC, but being his prolific self, he's already begun work on another installment in the Beach House series.
The "Suicide Squad" Soundtrack Includes Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates & More
The star-studded upcoming film "Suicide Squad" is currently hogging much of this summer's box-office buzz. Based on the DC Comics team of antiheroes who take the same name, "Suicide Squad" will star Jared Leto, Will Smith, Cara Delevigne, Ben Affleck, and more. The film also happens to have quite the soundtrack, featuring number of hip-hop elites as well as some unexpected cross-genre collaborations.
Kid Cudi Denounces Homophobes, Shows Support For LGBT Community On Twitter
Like many others, Kid Cudi shared a few words about the mass shooting in Orlando over the weekend. While many celebrities chose to simply send "thoughts and prayers" to those affected, Cudi made sure to speak to the LGBT community. "I wish there was more I could do than tweet, build awareness and donate money. Thats not enough. Not for me," he wrote, before intructing any of his homophobic followers to unfollow him immediately. "IF YOU ARE AN INSECURE HOMOPHOBE AND HAVE A ISSUE WITH GAYS AND EQUALITY, UNFOLLOW ME NOW. THANK YOU," he said.
Vic Mensa's "There's Alot Going On" (Review)
It's pretty strange to think that Vic Mensa's new EP, There's Alot Going On, is his first project in three years. Since 2013, when he broke into public consciousness, first with an appearance on Chance The Rapper's "Cocoa Butter Kisses," then with his own Innanetape, Vic's status has continued to rise at a rate uncommon for a guy with one tape and a few loosies to his name.
10 Great Tracks Premiered On OVO Sound Radio
Premiering last July on Beats 1, OVO sound Radio has hosted many mixes, and many exclusive records have been premiered in the process. Just this weekend, three new records from Drake made their way out through the show, adding to large catalog of songs the 6 God has shared over the course of his Apple Music run. Of course, it's not only Drake, or even his stable of OVO artists who have shared new music on these mixes, and today we're going back through some of the premieres that impressed us, whether they made a huge impact or flew relatively under the radar.
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.
10 Essential Ty Dolla $ign Hooks
There is no man more ubiquitous, no man more in demand in hip hop than Ty Dolla $ign. With melodic instincts second to none, he appeared on roughly 50 songs in 2015 outside of his debut album Free TC. A true hook maestro, he is proof that in the music business, the hook is where the money is made. The hook is what butters the bread. Let's celebrate Ty Dolla $ign's supreme hook skills. Click through the gallery to listen to 10 essential Ty Dolla $ign hooks: five on other artists' songs, and five on his own songs.
Artists Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali Following His Death
News of Muhammad Ali's death at the age of 74 broke Friday night, inspiring mourning of the beloved athlete on social media, but also, celebration of his philosophy and accomplishments. Through the night, we've seen an outpouring of tributes from all types of people the three-time world heavyweight champion has inspired, including many artists working in hip-hop.
Lil Durk Shares Tracklist For "LilDurk2x" Sophomore Album
UPDATE: The "digital deluxe" version of LilDurk2x also includes a collab with Future entitled "Hated On Me." Those interested in going deluxe can pre-order the album here. Original text below:
Vic Mensa Reveals "There's Alot Going On" Tracklist
At the beginning of the week, Vic Mensa revealed the cover art and title for a new project, possibly a mixtape, titled There's Alot Going On. Now that we're nearing the end of the week, he keeps the momentum going with the reveal of the project's tracklist.
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.
Behind The Beat: Bobby Brackins
"I definitely contribute to pop culture every year, whether people know it or not."
Casey Veggies Enlists Chris Brown, Tory Lanez, Ty Dolla $ign & More On "Customized Greatly Vol. 4"
Casey Veggies surprised fans last week when he announced the return of his career-starting Customized Greatly mixtape series, with a fourth instalment scheduled to arrive tomorrow. It's been four years since we received
Hey Mama: Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa & Others Reveal Their First Big Purchase For Their Mom
Mother's Day has always been one of our most cherished holidays. How do rappers celebrate their mothers? We asked 13 rappers what they bought their mom after they received their first big check. See how they showed their mommas love below and be sure to let your mom know you love her today. *** Ty Dolla $ign "After receiving my first big check, I bought my mom some diamonds and helped fund some updates for her house. I still contribute each day, just so she knows that my appreciation for her has no end."
Top Tracks: March 21 - 27
The top tracks lists of the last few weeks got a little stale, with some songs (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Travi$ Scott's "Uber Everywhere" remix, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz's "Gotta Lotta") appearing week after week without much in the way of competition showing up to unseat them. Well, that changes this week, where the top nine tracks on the site are all newcomers.
Staff Picks Playlist (March 25)
After a mini-lull in the hip-hop game, shit really got lit this week, especially last night at midnight, when Young Thug finally released Slime Season 3. Though it's only comprised of eight tracks, it's easily one of the year's hottest front-to-back listens. And three of those tracks have been snagged for this week's Staff Picks playlist. With beats by Allen Ritter ("Drippin"), Mike Will Made-It ("With Them"), and London on da Track ("Digits"), combined with some of the most inspired flows of his career, Thug will be largely responsible for tonight's turn-up.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 19)
Perhaps trying to match Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie from last week, Amber Rose freed the nipple in a censored Instagram post (she shared an uncensored version of the photo on Twitter). Rita Ora also got in on the shirtless action, as she shared some scantily clad photos of herself during her shoot for a lingerie brand.
Ty Dolla $ign Teases New Music On Instagram
Ty Dolla $ign dropped his debut solo album Free TC in November of 2015, and has been collaborating with everyone from Wiz Khalifa to Kanye West since then. However, it sounds like he’s ready to get back to releasing new music despite being in the midst of a tour.