Bobby Brackins is a natural born hit-maker.
"I definitely contribute to pop culture every year, whether people know it or not."
Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book has received nearly universal praise since its release earlier this month, and while there's already been a large amount of writing on the subject, there is still much to be told by its creator, Chancelor Bennet, who sat down with Zane Lowe today to discuss the project.
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.
Good news, y'all. Summer is here! Hundreds of music festivals are about to go down across the globe, and nearly all of them boast incredible lineups. Since we're in the business of hip hop, we wanted to highlight some of this year's best lineups for hip hop heads.
There is something wondrous about the music of Clams Casino. It's hard to believe that the he was once a physical therapist student making beats on the side for fun. Indeed, he does not think like ordinary producers.
As if we didn't already have our fill with last week's dose of new projects, this afternoon The Boy himself Casey Veggies slid through with Customized Greatly Vol. 4 (it's been four years since the last one), we got a joint mixtape from two inmates, one of whom is Ty Dolla $ign's brother, Big TC and D.
With his 2014 debut album My Krazy Life, YG solidified his status as one of the brightest young stars in the west. Everything he's released since then has been straight fire. Then last week, he made a big announcement: the album will drop sometime in June.
Rappers are quick to document their sexual conquests in their lyrics. It should not come as any surprise that many of them also document their sexual conquests on camera. Titans of hip hop like Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Tupac have all fell victim to the (threatened or actual) publication of their private sex tapes. As have many others.
Proof was two albums into a promising solo career when Mario Ethridge shot and killed him during an argument over a game of billiards in 2006. He was a childhood friend of Eminem, member of D12, and author of unimpeachable rhymes. If he were alive today, he would be 42 and still slaughtering 90% of the current rapper population on the mic.
As we learned last year with "White Iverson," then "Too Young," Post Malone is really good at writing and delivering hooks. He's got a way of sounding so effortless yet impassioned-- the way his voice suddenly rises and then abruptly cuts words short, takes melodies to unexpected places-- it's nothing short of refreshing in a trap scene now so awash with half-assed singing performances.
There's something about Waffle House that brings out the inner beast in people. The food, combined with the ambience, is nothing short of incredible. It holds a special place in the hearts and minds of countless rappers. "This ain't IHOP," Waka Flocka rapped in his famed collaboration with Travis Porter, "Waffle House". "This the waffle house. Know how we rock, put it in her mouth."
Though he built much of his reputation in Atlanta, Lex Luger hails from Suffolk, Virginia and now resides in the neighboring town of Chesapeake. His career took off shortly after he got serious about music. He dropped out of high school after 10th grade to devote all his time to churning out menacing trap beats.
Save for a cluster of Chance The Rapper's most dedicated fans, I imagine that everyone has considered him corny at least once.
Storytelling is the second oldest profession, after prostitution. As the oral tradition evolved, it reached new heights in '90s hip hop, an era that place an emphasis on lyricism -- ideally #bars not for the sake of #bars, but #bars for the sake of humor, drama, or social critique.
It's been seven months since Travis Scott dropped his debut album Rodeo. His buzz grew steadily leading up to the album, and exponentially following the album's release. Of course, touring with Rihanna (on top of relationship rumors) didn't hurt, and Travis has also consistently kept his name in the blogosphere circle thanks to a stream of leaks (both unofficial and official).
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
In contrast with the first few months of 2015, when it seemed like our Top Tracks lists were just the same Kanye and Drake tracks rising and falling with each ensuing week, the past few editions have been utter chaos, with the #1 spot changing every week.
It was a casual Sunday afternoon in Arlington, Texas yesterday as the Rangers welcomed the Toronto Blue Jays back in to town for the finale of their three game series.
Madeintyo is rapper best known for his breakout hit "Uber Everywhere", his Lil B-esque spirit, and his all-star ad libs. He's like Pedro Martinez with the ad libs -- "yuh" is his fastball, "sawse" is his changeup, and "skr skr" is his curveball.
Not gunna lie guys, there were slim pickings on Soundcloud this week. The week has been pretty slow up until today/yesterday, when our West Coast favorite RJ dropped off his OMMIO 3 mixtape, followed by Chance The Rapper's Coloring Book and Post Malone's August 26.
With the release of his debut mixtape August 26 last night, Post Malone continues to solidify his status is an ascendent hook king. Malone has received many haters since "White Iverson" blew up -- due largely to his shaggy appearance and Cheshire Cat-like smile forever plastered on his face -- but it's getting harder to knock the quality of his music.
Chance the Rapper's new mixtape Coloring Book features a few well-known producers, most notably Kaytranada, Lido, and Donnie Trumpet. The majority of the producers, however, were relatively obscure finds.
Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Drake have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
Lil Wayne's guest appearance on Chance The Rapper's "No Problem" reminded us of everything we love about Weezy, and inspired us to go back through some of his more recent features. While some flew under the radar more than others, Wayne has had a solid run of guest appearances over the last year, so we assembled a few of our favorite 16s (and beyond) from the last 12 months.
Diss tracks have always been a part of hip-hop, and whether it be from smaller artists or the biggest names in the game, they continued to be released regularly to this day.
The Big Tymers released their last album thirteen years ago. But Mannie Fresh and Birdman are still the golden standard of strictly-for-stuntin' music. Evidence: the hook on Nef the Pharaoh's breakout hit "Big Tymin'": "Ooh, I'm ballin' like Baby/ These bitches they wanna have my babyI'm fresh like Mannie/ That's why a fuck nigga can't stand me"
Snapchat is bigger than ever, and if you haven't been keeping up with it, you may not know just how many artists have hopped on board and created accounts.
This week the charts are all about Drake, who has both the #1 album and (for the first time ever) #1 song in the country. VIEWS did nearly a million copies sold in its first week, which is virtually unheard of for an artist in 2016.
Drake's VIEWS became the most recent album to achieve the rare feat of selling 1 million copies in one week, an accomplishment it shares with only 20 other albums (recorded by Neilsen Soundscan), and even fewer hip-hop releases.
In the spoken word interlude that follows Konnichiwa's third track, "Corn On The Curb," North London MC Chip attempts to cheer up a tired and confused-sounding Skepta, at one point saying, "We ain't seen nothing like this happen before.