A3C Highlights: Travi$ Scott, DeJ Loaf, Wiz Khalifa & More
We touched down in Atlanta relatively late in the day on A3C’s second day of festivities, landing at the airport around 4 PM where I connected with my NYC counterparts, aka Simone aka DJ S. WHiT aka our artist relations manager (that’s my last aka), and our bawse Saro. We picked up our vehicle, a shimmering silver S.U.V. (cause Saro doesn’t like white cars), and headed to downtown Atlanta, specifically the Loudermilk Center, where we were due to meet up with the homies Audio Push for a little interview.
Here Are The Nominations For the 43rd Annual American Music Awards
The nominations have been announced for the 43rd annual American Music Awards. Taylor Swift led all artists with 6 nominations. The hip hop/R&B noms were predictably scarce/pop-oriented: The Weeknd scored five nominations and Nicki Minaj earned three. Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown, and Drake each earned two. The AMAs are going down on November 22nd with Jennifer Lopez set to host. Performers have yet to be announced. Check out the complete list of nominations below. Artist of the Year
Wiz Khalifa Cited For Public Urination In Pittsburgh
Wiz Khalifa has been getting into trouble for the silliest things recently. First, he was arrested for riding a hoverboard in an airport, and now he's been written up for peeing outside of a bar in his hometown of Pittsburgh. Public urination happens every day, but when celebrities participate, it usually becomes a news item (see: Justin Bieber's infamous bucket incident).
Wiz Khalifa's "See You Again" Becomes First Rap Video To Hit 1 Billion Views
Wiz Khalifa is now the only rapper with a music video that has been viewed one BILLION times on YouTube. "See You Again" feat. Charlie Puth hit the mark exactly 6 months after releasing the video in April. Take a bow, Wiz. "See You Again" was a tribute to the late Paul Walker and the lead single on the "Fast & Furious 7" soundtrack. It went to #1 almost immediately, Wiz's second #1 hit after 2011's "Black and Yellow." Here is a list of most watched videos of all time on YouTube, as of October 7, 2015:
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose Appear To Be On Good Terms
Over the weekend, Amber Rose held her "Slut Walk" out in Los Angeles.
Amber Rose Forgives Kanye West & Wiz Khalifa In Emotional Speech At L.A. SlutWalk
Amber Rose has been promoting her L.A. SlutWalk -- a charity event meant to protest, slut-shaming, rape culture, double standards and the like -- for months now, and Saturday, the event finally took place. From what we've seen it looks like the rally was a huge success, with women coming out in huge numbers to show support for the cause.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 2)
It's everyone's favorite day of the week. Friday. While we stare at the clock for the next two or three hours and count down every single second until the work day (/school day) finishes, we've rounded up our favorite Soundcloud releases from the past week for the weekly Staff Picks playlist. Last week we got pretty indie on you guys, but this week we have more of a balance between underground/rising artists and established dudes. You'll also see how the playlist gets increasingly ratchet as it wears on. Give it play tonight or during your weekend activities.
Top Tracks: September 14 - September 20
Drake didn't get the top spot, but he once again proved why it's foolish to ever count him out. Let's get to it... 10) 2 Chainz - No Off Dayz 2 Chainz and Zaytoven sounded like a can't-miss proposition. The combination of trap's clown prince and it's beatmaking king undoubtedly drew the HNHH masses to this song, but Tity Boi didn't hold up his end.
O.T. Genasis To Release "Rhythm & Bricks" Tomorrow; Artwork & Tracklist
O.T. Genasis is about to release his debut solo mixtape via Busta Rhymes' Conglomerate Records. After releasing his breakout hit, "CoCo," last October, O.T. has stayed afloat with a few hot singles but hasn't yet given fans a full project. Luckily, Genasis has announced that his new mixtape, Rhythm & Bricks, will arrive tomorrow, September 22.
Top Tracks: September 7 - September 13
Only the date and the name of the Drake track at the top of the Top 100 change. Drizzy Season is a misnomer because seasons end and OVO is eternal. Let’s get to it. 10) PartyNextDoor ft. Amir Obe - I’m Good Young Thug can’t get any love on HNHH, but you throw him over some Toronto Sound and it gets eaten up.
Taylor Swift Brings Out Wiz Khalifa In Houston
Taylor Swift has brought out a special guest on just about every stop on her "1989" tour, including a couple of rappers. Last month, she brought out Fetty Wap (along with Ciara and Russell Wilson) in Seattle, and two nights ago, she brought out Wiz Khalifa in Houston.
Wiz Khalifa Confirms Collaboration With The Weeknd On His New Album
Wiz Khalifa dropped off a new collaboration on his birthday yesterday, "No Social Media" featuring Snoop Dogg.
Juicy J Reveals "100% Juice" Mixtape Tracklist
While we patiently await the arrival of Juicy J's upcoming album, The Hustle Continues, he's decided to drop his second mixtape of the year, and as usual, it looks pretty stacked. The majority of the production comes ut of the 808 Mafia camp, with Tarentino, TM-88 (pre-departure we assume), and Southside all collaborating on beats (so look out for some Kill Bill sirens). Elsewhere there are some more big names from ATL, including Lex Luger, Sonny Digital, Metro Boomin, and Mike WiLL.
Top Tracks: August 24 - August 30
This is a moment to be proud of. A Top Ten filled with almost all new music, and not from a select few artists. Well, there is the matter of one very predictable champion but...you know what? Let's get to it. 10) Tyga - Scandal
Rita Ora Debuts New Song "Religion" With Wiz Khalifa, Fuels Dating Rumors
Still in Los Angeles following his recent hoverboard incident at LAX, Wiz Khalifa stopped by Rita Ora's "Body On Me" tour performance at El Rey Theater.
Wiz Khalifa Arrested For Riding Hoverboard At Airport
Wiz Khalifa was arrest Saturday afternoon at LAX for refusing to dismount his hoverboard. Footage reveals Wiz arguing with police before getting slammed to the ground by several cops, repeatedly urging him to "stop resisting." Wiz was in high spirits as he returned to the United States after a brief European tour, until his run in with the law. He was eventually freed but doesn't seem too happy about the incident. "All because I didn't want to ditch the technogy [sic] everyone will be using in the next 6 months," he wrote on Twitter. "Do what you want kids."
Get LIVE: 13 Rappers That Are Great In Concert
Rappers are generally hit-or-miss in the concert setting. Some MCs can really rock a crowd while others are notorious for being sloppy, tardy, or brief with their shows. If you've been to a solid handful of rap shows, you've definitely been kept waiting around for an obnoxious amount of time waiting for an MC to show up, only to have him phone in a handful of songs and split. We know we have.
Wiz Khalifa & Rita Ora Rumored To Be Dating
Rumors are circulating that Wiz Khalifa and Rita Ora have linked up. By linked up we mean dating. Last we knew, Rita Ora was dating Ricky Hil, with the two featured quite often on Hil's Instagram, however it looks like those posts stopped around seven weeks back. With that relationship derailed, now Wiz is in the picture.
A3C Festival & Conference Announces Second Lineup Of Performers
We’re excited to present the second, of three, lineup announcements for the upcoming annual A3C Festival & Conference in Atlanta, aka “Hip Hop’s Annual Pilgramage.” Last month for the first announcement, A3C revealed that De La Soul, Rakim, Cam’ron, Dame Dash, Just Blaze, Curren$y & Jet Life, Jean Grae, Cyhi the Prynce, Pharoahe Monch, among many others will be taking the stage over the 5-day span.