5 Political Messages From Ty Dolla $ign's "Campaign"
Ty Dolla $ign has never been an overtly political artist. When it comes down to it, the majority of his songs still revolve around his rock star lifestyle, which hasn't changed on his new project, Campaign.
Presidential Debate Tonight, Anticipated To Be Most Watched Of All Time
This is gonna be a moment. After what has felt like a decade of campaigning, we the people have reached a momentous landmark in one of the strangest elections of the last century - the first debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off on live television tonight at 9pm EST with the world watching, for what is widely expected to be "the largest audience for a campaign event in American history."
YG Brought Fans On Stage To Knock Around A Donald Trump Pinata
YG has already had the secret service force him to change the lyrics to his protest anthem "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)," but it hasn't stopped him from going in on the Republican presidential candidate. The rapper's recently kicked off his Fuck Donald Trump tour in San Diego, where he unveiled a very special intro, inviting fans on stage to beat a Trump-shaped pinata with sticks. It didn't take long for YG and three others to decapitate the mini-Trump. From there, the rapper launched into "FDT," which he surely rapped every word of, including the lines he was froced to censor.
35 More Artists To Follow On Snapchat
In terms of an artist gaining direct access to his or her fans, there's no better social media platform than Snapchat. Indeed, the app has caused artists to blur the line between their public and private personas.
10 Essential Terrace Martin Productions
You might not know his name, but you've heard his sensuous sax soaring over tracks by Kendrick Lamar, YG, and other top-tier Los Angeles rappers. Or you saw him as the caged bird, shrieking and squawking on his horn from behind bars in Lamar's stupendous 2016 Grammy performance.
DJ Mustard Shares "Cold Summer" Tracklist, With YG, Young Thug, Meek Mill & More
Summer technically ends this month, but not for DJ Mustard. Some time during the month of September, Mustard will release a new project entitled Cold Summer. He announced the project and shared the cover art a week ago, and today, the chart-flooding producer has shared the Cold Summer tracklist.
Drake Brings Out YG & Snoop Dogg At "Summer Sixteen" Tour In L.A., Rihanna In Crowd
The "Summer Sixteen" tour experienced a slight bump in the road yesterday, when Drake and Future discovered one of their tour buses had been robbed of approximately $3 million in jewelry-- which didn't belong to either rapper, but rather Drake's tour DJ.
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.
Top 10 Narrative-Driven Rap Albums
About a week and a half ago, Tory Lanez put out I Told You, an album more devoted to an autobiographical through-narrative than any other we've heard this year.
YG's 4Hunnid Records Signs Multi-Million Dollar Joint Venture With Interscope
It looks like YG is bringing the 400 squad to Interscope. On Wednesday, Billboard reported that the Still Brazy rapper has signed a multi-million dollar joint venture with Interscope Records for his 400 label.
YG Announces "Fuck Donald Trump" Tour
YG isn't letting up with the "Fuck Donald Trump" movement any time soon. Earlier today the rapper teamed up with G-Eazy and Macklemore to release a music video for "FDT Part 2," and he's followed that up this afternoon with a tour announcement. It's the "Fuck Donald Trump Tour." Gotta give him props for that.
Behind The Beat: DJ Swish
During the beginning stages of recording his sophomore album, YG had a falling out with his longtime collaborator DJ Mustard, who produced the majority of his game-changing debut album, My Krazy Life. He quickly began searching for talents to fill the void.
DJ Mustard & YG To Reunite On Upcoming “400 Summers” Mixtape
It looks like DJ Mustard & YG are officially putting the past behind them. On Wednesday, the two West Coast natives took to their socials to announce a joint project called 400 Summers.
DJ Quik Says YG's Management Failed To Credit Him For Work On "My Nigga" [UPDATE: YG Responds]
Six weeks ago, Compton legend DJ Quik threatened to sue an unnamed Compton rapper. Welp. It turns out that that rapper is YG. Late Sunday night, Quik took to Twitter to call out YG and his management for failing to credit him for his contributions to YG's platinum hit "My Nigga." "Y'all had me engineer and record My Nigga for YG and did not give me credit," Quik wrote. "My Lawyer has you [in] his sights. You've fucked up."
Pusha T Unveils New Anti-Trump, Pro-Hillary T-Shirt
For obvious reasons, much of the rap game has rallied against the GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump. Fewer have been vocal of their support of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, but Pusha T is looking to change that with the latest T-shirt he has put out via his Play Cloths clothing line. "Delete Your Account," reads the new anti-Trump, pro-Hillary T-shirt, showing a bobbling Twitter icon with an "X" in its left-hand corner.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 22)
Happy Friday, people of the internet. The end of the (work) week has proved pretty fruitful. Desiigner finally unleashed "Timmy Turner" unto the world, and the world had a lot of shit to say about it. PARTYNEXTDOOR surprised fans late last night when he not only announced a release date for long-awaited P3, but dropped a new record, "Not Nice," which makes it onto this week's Staff Picks playlist.
Meet Kamaiyah: The Bay Area’s New Rising Star
Unlike just about any other region, Bay Area hip hop is better known for its signature sound -- melodic big booty bass and minimalist drums -- than for the artists it produces. Kamaiyah is an exception; the exuberant 21-year-old Oakland native has emerged as one of hip hop’s most exciting breakout stars of 2016.
YG, Drake & Kamaiyah Shoot "Why You Always Hatin?" Video In LA
Drake got himself into some drama this weekend, as he took shots at Joe Budden on French Montana's "No Shopping," which premiered on OVO Sound Radio. Hours later, the veteran rapper hit him back with yet another diss track, "Afraid," his third one in the past month. If Drake is plotting another reply, which seems highly unlikely, then he's not worrying about it right now.
The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.
#TBT: Mixtape YG
Between 2009 and 2013, YG released five mixtapes: 4Fingaz, The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, 4Hunnid Degreez, & Just Re’d Up 2. There was also a joint mixtape with Ty Dolla $ign and Bobby Brackins called Young and Hung...over. YG made immense strides as an artist during this stretch, becoming one of the most passionated and polished bard of the streets on the west coast.