Quiz: Compton Hip-Hop History
Compton has long been a creative hub for rap music, from late 80s and early 90s acts like N.W.A. and DJ Quik repping the region, to more recent exports like The Game, YG, and Kendrick Lamar. All artists mentioned play a key role in the history of Compton, and if you've been paying attention to their work and that of their peers, you should have no problem with this quiz on Compton hip-hop.Answer the 10 questions below, and let us know how you score in the comments. Did you know as much about Compton's music scene as you thought you did?
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce "This Unruly Mess I've Made" Tracklist
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will release their sophomore album This Unruly Mess I've Made on February 26th. Mack has now shared the tracklist... The standout features are YG, Chance the Rapper, Idris Elba (!!), & the gawd Anderson. Paak. Macklemore recruited several OGs for the project, notably Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz, KRS-One, & DJ Premier.
8 Hip Hop Short Movies You Need To Watch
In recent years, hip hop has diversified itself artistically. When the culture first boomed, it was a medley of rapping, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, but over the times things have changed drastically. The art of DJing is no longer essential for creating the beats a rapper needs to kick his flow. Breakdancing isn't conducive over the tempos many rappers are currently employing. Graffiti has grown so big that it's a culture of its own.
Kendrick Lamar Reacts To Being Given Key To City Of Compton
Kendrick Lamar has always repped his hometown of Compton, California. Now, he’s getting recognition from the city for everything he has done to tell the city’s story and put it on the map (again). Today on Twitter, Compton mayor Aja Brown tweet at Kendrick to announce he’d be receiving a key to the city on February 13th. Kendrick responded briefly and graciously. He included the phrase ‘HUBLUV’, a reference to Compton’s nickname ‘Hub City’ due to its central location within Los Angeles county.
10 Songs To Bring In The New Year With
Music is the most important part of any party, and on New Year's Eve, it's even more of a big deal. Not only does your playlist have to be fire, it has to simultaneously bring back all the great memories of the year passed, as well as launch you into the next one.
Top Tracks: December 14 - December 20
The songs that received the most attention last week in our Hot 100. 10. Tory Lanez Feat. Nyce - Traphouse Tory Lanez brought back Fargo Fridays with a melodic banger in which he closes the doors of his traphouse to all females who don't understand the rules of the game. We gonna get that debut album in 2016?
Hottest 50 Songs Of 2015
It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.
Staff Picks Playlist (December 18)
We received three kinda-big mixtapes earlier this week, from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Durk and Juicy J; and Pusha T and Chris Brown made sure we ended the week on high note with new albums from either artists. However the week wasn't none too crazy when it comes to singles, although Ferg made a splash with "New Level," it hasn't made it's way on to SoundCloud yet.
Kendrick Lamar Was Grand Marshal Of The Compton Christmas Parade
Kendrick Lamar was the Grand Marshal of the Compton Christmas Parade today. He was given the honor by Major Aja Brown, who also invited Bompton's own YG to join the parade and spread the holiday cheer. Lamar rode in the backseat of a slick beige lowrider next to his girlfriend, and YG was decked out in his usual all-red, perfect for the occasion. Watch a clip of K-Dot addressing the Compton crowd below.
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.