Hottest Albums Of 2014
In terms of sales, hip hop albums did not do very well this year. As of press time, J. Cole is the only rapper with a gold album this year, and he just sneaked into the fourth quarter with a surprise release. Most of this boils down to a simple lack of "event" albums. Most of the biggest hip hop artists dropped last year (Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z, etc.), and thus created something of a drought in terms of high profile releases.
YG Says He Was Snubbed From Grammy Nominations Because He's "From The Streets"
I think most people would agree that YG’s My Krazy Life album was one of the biggest snubs of this year’s Grammy Award Nominations, especially after the impact it had in the streets & for our culture. Well YG is definitely feeling some type of way about the snub and took to Big Boy’s Neighborhood recently to vent his frustrations.
YG Says His Mom's A Crip, Covers "The Source" With Ty Dolla $ign & DJ Mustard
2014 hip hop wouldn't have been the same without Pushaz Ink -- the crew made up of DJ Mustard, YG, and Ty Dolla $ign. All three of the artists manage to infiltrate the radio, and influence those around them, and they always sounded best when they were working togethger.
Stream YG's Soundtrack For "Blame It On The Streets"
YG's follow up to his acclaimed debut album, My Krazy Life (which is sure to make it's way on to many year-end lists), is a soundtrack for his short film "Blame It On The Streets."
The Art Of Storytelling: The Best Stories Told In 2014
There's a lot of bickering about lyrical content in today's rap game--well, that's always been the case. But old-headed purists argue, and will continue to argue, that today's lyricists lack the depth of their long gone favorite MCs. Of course, what you look for in a rapper depends on your personal taste. Sometimes, lyrics might take a back seat. Sure, "flow" is heightened with impressive wordplay, but many of today's most prolific rappers bang most of their buck with vocal cadence, pitching and stretching their voices to meld with a specific beat.
Heat In These Streets: Los Angeles
The City of Angels is now home to some of the biggest names in Rap. West Coast emcees like YG, Problem, Kendrick Lamar, and Nipsey Hussle have been holding the streets down for a minute.
Pusha T, Young Thug, YG Among 30 Rappers Recruited For "Rap Monument" Track
Crew tracks are commonplace in rap today, but unless we're going back to The Game's legendary "One Blood" remix, they rarely feature more than 5 or 6 rappers. A new project put together by Noisey and Hennessey plans to raise the bar for posse cuts, featuring 30 different rappers recorded in 3 different cities (Game's track had 23 rappers by the way. We had to count).
YG Announces Short Film & Soundtrack "Blame It On The Streets"
YG is prepping a big follow-up to his debut album My Krazy Life, with, not only a new catalogue of tunes, but a short film to go along with it. The West Coast gangsta rapper announced today that he'll be dropping his first film and accompanying soundtrack, titled Blame It On The Streets. The short film and soundtrack is expected to impact on December 15th, in time for Christmas gifts. The soundtrack will feature nine records, with six being new, two remixes, plus a live performance of "BPT."
Jeremih Reveals "Late Nights" Cover Art [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
Jeremih has scored yet another Gold certification with the YG-featuring "Don't Tell 'Em." The singer's fourth solo track to become certified, the single joins "Down On Me" (2x Platinum), "Birthday Sex" (1x Platinum), and "I'mma Star" (Gold) on his wall of plaques.
YG & A$AP Ferg Announce "BestCoast Connection" Tour
West Coast and East Coast will soon find a meeting place, with the announcement of YG and A$AP Ferg's short tour, "BestCoast Connection." The two rappers from opposite coasts announced the tour on Twitter today. Tour dates aren't too extensive, but you'll be able to catch YG and Ferg in Philadelphia, Providence, Toronto, New York, Boston and a few other cities. The tour kicks off in Philly on November 13th.
YG Recalls Pulling Out His First Gun At A Church Event
YG's My Krazy Life is easily among the year's best albums, largely because -- as ever debut album should -- it gives us a good idea of who YG is-- not only as an artist, but as a person. The record, which is set up as a day in the life of the self-coined Young Gangsta, we're given many pieces of real events from the rapper's life.
LAPD Bans YG From Playing Two "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" Dates [Update: iLoveMakonnen Fills In]
In a somewhat shocking development, YG has informed us that he's not allowed to perform at two of the three upcoming Southern California dates of the ongoing "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" tour. The reason? His local police department. In a tweet posted yesterday (below), the Compton MC revealed that LAPD would not allow him to perform at last night's show in Irvine, and will be maintaining that policy for Monday night's show in Hollywood.
YG Added To Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour
The Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour is definitely all about the friendly competition between the two high profile rappers, but for the remaining dates on the tour, they've decided to recruit a third act for the show. While the setup unfortunately won't be Drake vs. Lil Wayne vs. YG, the My Krazy Life rapper will be joining the two Cash Money stars for the est coast dates of the tour, serving instead as the opening act.
Live Stream Jay Z's "Made In America" Festival [Update: Stream Day 2]
As of 20 minutes ago, both "Made In America" festivals (one in Philadelphia, one in L.A.) are underway. The Jay Z-helmed festival boasts performances by Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, YG, DJ Mustard, Chance The Rapper, Iggy Azalea, Cypress Hill, SZA, Hit-Boy, Big Daddy Kane, Danny Brown, Pharrell Williams, Nipsey Hussle (maybe) and more this year. Lucky for you, the whole thing can be watched from the couch.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (August 29)
Isn't this something? Not only is Meek Mill in jail and his sophomore album is delayed indefinitely, but Jeezy also took a trip behind bars after getting caught with an assault rifle. He posted the $1 million bail, but the CTE suddenly got trouble on his head after pleading not guilty.
Ty Dolla $ign, YG & DJ Mustard Are Planning A Collaborative Album
Ty Dolla $ign has been having a pretty huge year. He released his first retail release with the Beach House EP, showed up on plenty of hooks for artists as diverse as Lupe Fiasco and Meek Mill, and joined his new Taylor Gang buddy Wiz Khalifa on the Under The Influence tour. Ty sat down with NeHipHop on his tour bus to talk about what's next for him, including some big collaborative album plans with YG and DJ Mustard, some possible work with Drake, and the crazy tour bus lifestyle.Check out some excerpts from the interview below.
YG Concert In Edmonton Ends Early After Crowd Throws Bottles At Him [Update: Club Promoter Says YG Started It]
Don't underestimate those Canadian crowds. Though Edmonton, Alberta, Canada doesn't have nearly the rep that YG's native South Central L.A. has had for years, his show in the city last night proved that Edmontonian hip-hop fans still have the ability to wyle out with the best of 'em.
Promoter Blames YG For Concert Riot
Earlier this week, footage of YG getting hit with a water bottle made its way to the internet alongside fan testimonies that the rapper stormed off stage following the incident. Now, a YG concert promoter has come forward detailing his version of story, claiming that YG himself instigated the "riot" to mask the fact that he couldn't sing.
Drake Apparently Paid Rappin' 4-Tay $100k For Interpolating His Lyrics [Update: 4-Tay's Manager Disputes Amount]
Rappers are constantly quoting one another in songs. Sometimes it's enough to justify a writing credit, while other times its simply a subtle nod or easter egg to those who know the original source. Drake's verse on YG's "Who Do You Love" certainly falls into the latter category, though Rappin 4-Tay-- the emcee Drizzy interpolates on the verse --felt he should have been compensated.
YG Calls Out Producers Of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" For "Jocking" DJ Mustard's Sound
DJ Mustard has certainly established himself as a hitmaker this year, but unfortunately it comes as a price. As much as DJ Mustard's sound has penetrated the charts, it's being replicated at a high rate. Iggy Azalea's "Fancy"-- a song bigger than anything Mustard has produced thus far --is one of the most blatant takes on the sound, and the DJ's creative partner YG had a few words to share regarding the similarities in a recent freestyle.