YG Covers FADER, Opens Up About Night He Was Shot
YG just pulled into the running of best magazine cover of the year with his new FADER story, showing off his elaborate new head tattoo on the front page. The interview with the Bompton rapper finds him sharing thoughts on the night he was shot in Los Angeles.
Metro Boomin's 20 Best Beats
Metro Boomin just turned 22 in September, and he's already racked up one of the most enviable discographies in modern hip hop. Everyone from Gucci Mane to Drake to Nicki Minaj has called upon the St. Louis-via-Atlanta beatsmith for some work, and it's no surprise that he's been able to find success with such a wide range of artists.
YG Got A Crazy Head Tattoo
While we excitedly await YG's sophomore effort, titled Still Krazy, and being led by the single "Twist My Fingaz," YG has gone ahead and inked up the entire top of his head.
Meek Mill Previews "Dreamchasers 4" On Instagram
Meek Mill is vying for a comeback. The rapper flooded our Instagram feed last night with multiple video posts, as he rapped along to new material from his forthcoming Dreamchasers 4 mixtape. The Dreamchasers mixtape series is really what put Meek over the edge initially, so maybe he'll take things back real quick with DC4?
10 Essential Tory Lanez Tracks
Tory Lanez is a 22 year old with a super-bright future ahead of him. Features with Meek Mill, Rick Ross, French Montanta, and The Game might prove that much, but thirteen mixtapes and a recent EP alongside super-producer squad Wedidit certainly drive the point home.
140 Bars: Top Tweets Of The Week (July 11 - 17)
This week, Future's DS2 dominated the conversation, but there was plenty more going on around the hip hopsphere. Meek Mill's DWMTM maintained its top spot on the Hot 100, Drake shared a bonkers "Energy" video, and OG Maco claimed that Future was "ruining lives" with his music. On a more serious note, GLo Gang rapper Capo was tragically shot down in his prime, and police allege that Birdman and Young Thug were plotting to murder Lil Wayne. All this and more on this week's edition of 140 Bars.
5 Things We Want From YG's "Still Krazy"
Avoiding a sophomore slump is a hard task; avoiding one after your debut album was crowned as the rap album of the year by many publications is even harder.
YG Previews "Twist My Fingaz" Single Dropping Tomorrow
YG suffered a minor setback in his recording process when he was shot outside of a studio in L.A. last month. Luckily, his injuries were minor and he was back in the lab within 24 hours, shortly thereafter revealing the title of his sophomore album to be Still Krazy.While he didn't share any kind of timeline for when the LP would be released, it appears the Bompton rapper will be dropping a new single as early as tomorrow, which makes us hopeful the album will follow soon after.
Gunplay Reveals "Living Legend" Tracklist
Gunplay's debut album is finally on its way. The MMG rapper revealed the official cover art earlier in the week, and has now come through with the official tracklist. The LP is an economic 11 tracks. It has a good number of features, but not to an overwhelming degree. As we saw on previously released tracks, YG, Rick Ross, Stalley, and Curren$y make guest appearances, as do PJK, Triple Cs, Yo Gotti, and Masspike Miles.
YG Shares Post-Shooting Crotch Shot On Instagram
While Rihanna continues to support the #FreeTheNipple campaign, YG is doing his best to make similar strides for dudes. Today, he wiped his entire Instagram to post a strangely revealing selfie, showing off the gunshot wound on his hip, but giving us a whole lot more in the process. If any store would stock it, we'd assume YG was saving this for his next album cover, as he captioned the photo with "#STILLKRAZY ALBUM KOMING SOON".
YG Announces Sophomore LP Title, Breaks Silence On Shooting
YG gave us quite a scare a few weeks back when he was reportedly shot three times outside of a recording studio in Studio City, L.A. Today, he's spoken about the incident for the first time in an interview with Billboard.
Meek Mill Advises YG To "Smarten Up" After Shooting
We've seen too many rappers killed at an early age, and as someone who has been very close to those who've passed, Meek Mill has always been vocal about stopping the violence. Just last week, YG was shot outside of a studio in L.A., and while he's said to be recovering well, it was too close a call for Meek to stay silent."Let's smarten up..... We know what come with it! Let's Get this money!" he tweeted at YG, sending his prayers by way of emoji.
Cameras Likely Captured YG Shooting
Thankfully, friends of YG have asserted that the rapper is recovering well after being shot three times in the hip outside of a studio in the San Fernando Valley Friday morning. According to cops, the Bompton emcee is being "uncooperative" in helping them find the shooter, but new reports indicate that cops may have a lead through footage obtained from the studio.
YG Reportedly Shot 3 Times In L.A.
According to TMZ, YG was shot in Studio City, Los Angeles at approximately 1:45 AM last night. According to the report, the rapper was hit three times in the hip, but still managed to get himself in a car, where one of his friends drove him to the hospital. This all happened outside of a recording studio.
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.
Ty Dolla $ign Announces New Track "Only Right" Feat. DJ Mustard & YG
So far, the two singles we've heard from Ty Dolla $ign's upcoming debut album, Free TC, have both paired him with some new faces. On "Stand For," the uplifting lead track, he worked with DJ Dahi and venerated EDM mastermind Diplo, and on the more recent "Drop That Kitty," pop sensations Tinashe and Charli XCX were featured. Now comes time to drop another new track, and with this one, he's back to his old tricks with his old friends.
Top 10 Amber Rose Name-Drops
By now, you all don't need an introduction to Amber Rose. Like it or not, she's a big deal in hip-hop. The former stripper turned video girl first caught the eye of Kanye West in Ludacris' "What Them Girls Like" video, and the two soon began a relationship that lasted almost two years. After 'Ye, she moved on to Wiz Khalifa, whom she married two years later. Somehow between marriage and a kid, Rose continued to cement herself as one of the baddest bitches in hip-hop.
Hip-Hop Reacts To The Death Of Freddie Gray & Baltimore Riots
On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore for possession of a switchblade, though it's still not clear why he was pursued in the first place. Police claim Gray was apprehended without force, though bystanders have suggested otherwise, and video evidence shows Gray screaming while being forced into the police's van. What happened next is still being investigated, though by the time Gray arrived at the police station, he was unresponsive, unable to talk or breathe.
Behind The Beat: Ducko Mcfli
A year ago, Ducko Mcfli had never gotten his name on a beat with an artist outside of Nashville. He and longtime production partner SykSense had been putting in work for years, even catching the eye of Boi-1da, who signed the pair to a short-term production deal a few years ago. Finally, last March, they sent him one that stuck. He passed it along to his right-hand man, aka the biggest rapper in the world, and next thing you know, Syk and Ducko saw their names next to Drake's "Draft Day."
Jeremih Sued Over "Don't Tell 'Em" Artwork
Jeremih's upcoming Late Nights: The Album, originally slated for release in early 2013, just can't make it off the shelf. The Chicago singer has blamed label problems as well as personal issues for the brutal delay of his third studio album, and, now, there's more drama on his doorstep--involving the artwork to the album's lead single, "Don't Tell 'Em".