Drake's OVO Fest Will Not Receive Government Funding
In 2014, the Canadian government awarded Drake's OVO Fest $300,000, but, this year, it looks like funding for the Toronto festival will have to come out of OVO's pockets. Celebrate Ontario, the organization that awards grants to events like OVO Fest, just released its schedule of events, and the finances allocated to each, and Drake's two-day concert in downtown Toronto wasn't included on the list.
Forbes' 2015 "Hip-Hop Cash Princes" Include Migos, Young Thug, YG & More
Since 2007, Forbes has been profiling young rappers who are making major cash money. Each year, the magazine chooses a list of "Cash Princes" who they think could eventually become "Cash Kings", a more exclusive list that includes industry moguls like Diddy, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre. This year's Cash Princes are: Mike Will Made-It, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, DJ Mustard, Young Thug, Nipsey Hussle, Iggy Azalea, Ty Dolla $ign, Hit-Boy, YG, PartyNextDoor, and Kid Ink.
Drake Announces OVO Fest With J. Cole, Big Sean & More
Drake's been running his city for some time, and with that comes the responsibility of putting on an annual festival with some of the hottest rappers in the game, Drake included. With summer approaching, Drizzy took to twitter to reveal some of the guests that'll appear at the sixth annual OVO Fest, going down this summer in Toronto.
5 Reasons Why Ty Dolla $ign Is The Future of R&B
20 years ago, R&B sounded a lot different than it does now.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 13)
This week featured one of the craziest news cycles all around in recent memory. If you used Google or have been alive the past week, you're fully aware hip-hop has turned up. In fact, some are arguing this year is already better than all of 2015.
YG & Ty Dolla $ign Allegedly Assaulted Man At Australian Nightclub
YG and Ty Dolla $ign are facing allegations from a fellow club goer, after the duo apparently invaded the man's space while they're were chilling at a Melbourne club.
10 Essential Dom Kennedy Tracks
Dom Kennedy has been working hard since his rise to prominence in 2008. Releasing 7 mixtapes, 2 albums and a bunch of features, Dom may just be the most prolific West Coast rapper in recent history. From The West Coast With Love is not only the name of Dom's 2010, highly-enjoyed mixtape, but also serves as an introduction to his entire steeze. If someone asked you who Dom Kennedy is, you could easily reply, "that boy is From The West Coast With Love." It's both his best-known work and artistic statement.
DJ Mustard Explains How He And YG Squashed Their Beef
Last week, we were shocked to see YG and DJ Mustard, the bread and butter of L.A.'s rap scene last year, engaging in some light beef on social media. It didn't last long, as Mustard quickly cleared the air with a post that proclaimed "Jokes on yall dick heads !!!!" and showed him and his lyrical ally back together.
YG "Bicketers" Protest "My Krazy Life" Grammy Snub In L.A.
YG taught us about "Bickin Back" and "Bein' Bool" on his debut album, My Krazy Life, but today some of his LA fans taught us the importance of "bicketing". Following news that YG's 2014 project (which topped our own Hottest Albums list) would not be nominated for any Grammys, a group of supporters (including quite a few children) took to the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to protest the decision, before apparently being kicked out of the building.
YG & DJ Mustard Are Dissing Each Other On Instagram [Update: It Looks Like They've Made Up]
YG and DJ Mustard proved they were an unstoppable team with the former's debut album, My Krazy Life, but many great creative partnerships end ugly, and things may be going that way for these two judging by their recent Instagram quarrel.
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.