Kendrick Lamar, Future, and a multitude of stars made Powerhouse 2015 a night to remember.
Two nights after hosting TIDAL X 1020, Barclays Center played host to Powerhouse NYC, the annual showcase concert put on by NYC radio station Power 105.1. The billing promised Jidenna, Omarion, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Fetty Wap, Big Sean, Future, Kendrick Lamar. But the true measure of such a showcase event is the surprise guests.
What's worse than beef with a longtime rival? Beef with someone who's much closer to you-- say, on the same label. As record labels are founded and organized, above all, to make money, any illusions of camaraderie or a "family" are erased as soon as it becomes clear that not every signee sees eye-to-eye, which (let's face it) happens quite a bit.
No rapper conveys pure feeling like Kevin Gates. There's the free adrenaline rush of "Paper Chasers," the song that first got me hooked. There's the less invigorating, but equally visceral, "Posed to Be in Love," on which Gates' jealousy almost manifests into violence -- directed at the woman with whom he's supposed to be in love.
If there was one voice that dominated 2005-2010 radio, it was T-Pain's. His auto-tuned croon earned him spots on Billboard charts and guest features on everybody's albums.
Last week belonged to The Game, who released The Documentary 2, the long-awaited sequel to his beloved debut, and the first of two new projects. Game's numbers weren't big enough to surpass Selena Gomez' Revival, but with The Documentary 2.5 releasing on Friday, he's doing alright for himself. Elsewhere on the charts, The Weeknd has continued to pull in big numbers, while J.
In "Back to the Future 2," Marty McFly and Doc Brown chartered a course for October 21, 2015 to prevent a McFly family crisis. Today is October 21, 2015.
The Renegades, the duo of Reazy and Mev, signed with DJ Khaled in late 2010, and within a few weeks, they had their names on a We the Best hit single. That record: "Welcome to My Hood," one of the South's all-time biggest posse cuts, featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies, and T-Pain.
The internet was abuzz last night after Drake dropped his much-anticipated "Hotline Bling" video. Specifically it was abuzz about the fact that the video was basically Drake dancing inside a neon cube for five minutes. Not usually known for his dance moves, Drake put on a absolute clinic.
Drake is at a point where all of his video HAVE to be events or their deemed as failures, but at the same time, he's also at a point where he can make a video of himself doing weird dance moves for 4 minutes and it WILL be an event.That's exactly what happened with "Hotline Bling," which seems perfectly designed to be preserved as a GIF collection rather than a music video.
Migos Thuggin, Coke Zoo, Party At 8, Whip It... What a time to be a joint mixtape, right? The past few weeks have seen a ton of collaborative project announcements, not the least of which was Drake and Future's chart-topping WATTBA. What's to blame for this flurry of artistic partnerships?
10. Ty Dolla $ign - Violent (Prod. by DJ Spinz & Southside) Ty Dolla $ign came through with a surprise mixtape, Airplane Mode, last week, and despite its brevity, it succeeded in raising the hype for his upcoming album, Free TC. There were a few gems to choose from, but "Violent," produced by two of 808 Mafia's leading men, ended up snagging the final spot in the top 10.
Big K.R.I.T. keeps busy, man.
Yesterday, Wiz Khalifa previewed a collaboration with TM88 of 808 Mafia that will appear on Rolling Papers 2, the sequel to his 2011 album Rolling Papers. There's no word yet on when RP2 will arrive, but Wiz has released four songs in the past six weeks and they all bode well: Mike Will-produced "Burn Slow," "No Social Media" feat.
Although it's no longer 10/17, we still have Big Guwop on our minds. He made sure to give fans new music in celebration of 10/17 two days ago, and perhaps as a consolation prize for the fact that his anticipated movie "The Spot" was delayed.
Drake's "Hotline Bling" has been a staple of late night chill sessions from Toronto to Tahiti ever since he premiered in July on the second episode of OVO Sound Radio.
While New York City is forever the birthplace of hip hop, the past decade or so has been run by other parts of the country. Atlanta is on fire, Chicago is too, and the west coast has been steady dropping jewels for a few years now as well.
“Love is all we need.” This lyric off the opening track “All We Need” could summarize the message Raury is trying to convey with his music. Like Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and John Lennon before him, Raury wants to see the world become a better place.
There is much we can learn from rap Instagram, much to read between the lines as rappers attempt to craft their image without pesky publicists looking over their shoulder. Take a look at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week after the jump.
When listening to the two nearly 80-minute-long discs that The Game has released in the past week, it doesn't take long to realize that they're both very good albums. The Documentaries 2 and 2.5 both have high-profile guests who deliver, excellent tributes to Compton, and surprising arrays of beats, which is more than you'd expect from a whopping two and a half hours
Shout out the weekend. Friday is upon us. We're kicking off the weekend as we usually do, with a dose of our staff's favorite Soundcloud releases from the past seven days. This week turned out to be pretty big on the mixtape side, with Ty Dolla $ign, Big K.R.I.T., Jadakiss and Jeezy dropping free projects.
On November 13, Ty Dolla $ign will release his debut album Free TC. He release a 10-track prelude Airplane Mode this week, but it's hard to tell if that was a sign of things to come on the album or simply a dump of all the tracks that didn't quite make the cut.
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 and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
Having recently gotten a release date for his debut album after months of uncertainty, Ty Dolla $ign has all the reason in the world to celebrate. Free TC arrives next month, but before we get the full-length tackling the weighty subject of his brother's wrongful incarceration, Ty's surprised us with 24 minutes of escapist jams.
For this quiz, we've done something a little bit different, and trust, it's one of our most skill-testing quizzes yet. We've rounded up some key tweets from some of your favorite rappers, and now it's up to you to guess who said what.
The Game released a massive double-album last week, star-studded with guest appearances by the likes of Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and Kanye West. It's hardly the first time The Game's release went deeper than the singles.
The biggest story in this week's charts is the triumphant return of Janet Jackson, who -- as she should -- takes the top spot this week, making her one of three artists who has scored number one albums over the last four decades. It kicked off a very rap and R&B-heavy top 5, followed by The Weekend, Drake & Future, and Fetty Wap. Take a look at the full breakdown below.
The Game's Documentary 2 has been the subject of much buzz since its release last Friday. The west coast sound is alive with the release, as it falls in line sonically with the likes of YG, Jay Rock, and Dr. Dre's Compton. The samples help to give the record a nostalgic vibe amongst the dense production.
It takes a village to make an album. Dr. Dre was the executive producer, bossman, and visionary behind Compton, and he had at his disposal a team of some of the best hip hop producers money could buy, including Dem Jointz, DJ Dahi, and entire crew of Aftermath in-house artists.
Last night, the HNHH-sponsored CMJ Takeover went down at Santos House Party in NYC. Although we only really announced the event a day prior, fans came out in hoards, likely for the headliner, Jay Electronica. The reclusive rapper killed his set, but not before proclaiming, "My name is Jay Electronica. I'm from New Orleans, Louisana.
Rappers have probably never had more influence on American culture than they do now. Drake coins slang words that eventually become recognized by Webster, and Obama addresses Kanye West's presidential candidacy. Jeezy's "My President" became not just a hood anthem, but a nationally imperative hip hop track that is forever preserved alongside Obama's run into presidency.