The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Charts Don't Lie: June 29
While Drake's VIEWS remains unmoved from the #1 spot (sorry YG), there were still a few switch-ups this week with hip hop albums on the Billboard 200. YG made his debut with Still Brazy at #6, a precocious new LP from the California gangster rapper. Fellow Cali native and mainstay, The Game, debuted at #25 with his soundtrack "Streets of Compton," which coincides with an A&E documentary of the same name.
10 Rap/R&B Songs Kylie Jenner Posted To Snapchat That Prove She's A Real One
Follow Kylie Jenner on Snapchat and you'll find her riding in the G-Wagon bumping Bryson Tiller and hamming it up for the camera and not watching the road. With all due respect to Tiller, and Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Drake, Jenner's brother-in-law Kanye West, and all the other hip hop and R&B artists young Jenner bumps on the regular, she sometimes impresses by bumping unexpected artists of quality.
YG's "Still Brazy" By The Numbers
YG followed up an impressive debut album with an almost more impressive sophomore album. That alone is quite a feat. The rapper who replaces his c's with b's (and basically turned that into a thing, even for those without gang ties), stealthily avoided a sophomore slump with Still Brazy, and not only that, he showed us a more grown up side of himself-- he evolved. He evolved, yet he also turned the clock back, taking from bygone eras of West Coast rap through out Still Brazy.
YG's "Still Brazy" (Review)
Two years ago, My Krazy Life surprised everyone. It was a debut album made by someone whose biggest claim to fame was novelty club smash "Toot It And Boot It," but somehow, it had the scope and consistency of a select few L.A. classics-- The Chronic, Doggystyle, and more recently, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
YG Talks Kendrick Lamar Comparisons & Backlash From "F*ck Donald Trump"
There have been few debut albums over the past decade or so that have made a bigger impact than YG's My Krazy Life. The album transformed him from a purveyor of the "ratchet" club sound to a masterful storyteller and a recognizable heir to some of LA's all-time greats. With his new album, Still Brazy, he intends to become a West Coast icon. After his successful debut, YG's life didn't get much easier, which is reflected on Still Brazy, by far his darkest work yet.
First Week Sales Projections For YG's "Still Brazy"
YG's sophomore album, Still Brazy, technically dropped yesterday (June 17), though he provided early streaming access via Apple Music on Tuesday night (June 14). HDD, the source that is known for providing first-week projections a day after an album's release, has already released its forecast for Still Brazy.
Digital Cover Story: YG (June/July)
We've been waiting two full years (plus a few months, or to be extremely precise, 832 days) for YG's sophomore effort. The West Coast rapper quickly rose to prominence with his debut My Krazy Life, after a string of gangster-rapper-solidifying mixtapes. 'Krazy' is an apt description of YG's life, although, by now, that shit's probably pretty average-- especially given everything that's happened since My Krazy Life-- thus 'krazy' is more so a descriptor for the benefit of the non-gang-affiliated listener.
YG's "Still Brazy" Now Available On iTunes & Spotify
Apple Music scored yet another win earlier this week when they secured an exclusive stream of YG's sophomore album Still Brazy for 48 hours. Now that Friday is here (bless up), the album is now available on iTunes and Spotify. It doesn't appear to be available on TIDAL.
Stream YG's "Still Brazy" On Apple Music
Well look what we have here! Out of nowhere, YG decides to do something special for the fans tonight by releasing his sophomore album, Still Brazy, a few days early on Apple Music. Set to officially arrive Friday (6/17), Still Brazy can now be streamed exclusively on Apple Music for the next 48 hours.
YG Weighs In On The Troy Ave Shooting
YG caught some collateral damage when Live Nation cancelled his New York City concert, along with the concerts of several other high-profile rappers in the aftermath of the May 25 Irving Plaza shooting.
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.
Tracklist Revealed For YG’s “Still Brazy” Album
YG is starting to pick up the promo for his sophomore album, Still Krazy Brazy, as we near closer to its June 17 release date. Tonight, the project was just made available for pre-order on iTunes, which ultimately revealed the official tracklisting in the process.
YG Covers LA Weekly
A day after he slightly tweaked the title of his album to Still Brazy, revealed the artwork, and gave it a release date, YG appears on the cover of his hometown magazine LA Weekly. The cover reads, "How YG put 'Bompton' on the map: Inside the studio with Compton's most controversial rapper." YG is seen wearing a matching "Bompton" hat and shirt combo along with a bulletproof vest.
YG Announces New Album Title “Still Brazy”; Reveals Artwork & Release Date
Well it looks like YG is taking a page out of Kanye's book, and switching up the title to his sophomore album. Originally titled Still Krazy, the follow up to his wildly successful debut album, My Krazy Life, will now be titled Still Brazy instead, and will be arriving in only a couple short weeks.
Mac Miller, YG, Vince Staples Shows Postponed Following Shooting At Irving Plaza
Last week's shooting at T.I.'s Irving Plaza show is now the catalyst for a number of New York rap shows being postponed. According to Rolling Stone, Live Nation has pulled the plug on 6 shows that were to take place at Irving Plaza or Gramercy Theatre this week, including performances by Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG.
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.
Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
Stream Episode 22 Of OVO Sound Radio
OVO Sound Radio returns this dreary Saturday spring evening for its 22nd installment. Tonight's episode will be hosted by Oliver El-Khatib. The main event is indisputably the premiere of YG's new single "Why You Always Hatin." Judging from YG's last few releases, and also the single's newly-revealed cover art, it's gonna be a good one.
YG Shares Artwork For "Why You Always Hatin" Single Premiering On OVO Sound Radio Tonight
YG Recently shared plans to release a new single on OVO Radio, and today, that track, "Why You Always Hatin," will make its debut on the show. In preparation for the drop, the Compton rapper has shared the artwork for the single on Instagram, which appears to show him getting a pedicure, with some cash stacked casually to his side. Of course, when you're living that carefree, you're bound to accumulate some haters, which we assume the single will be addressing.