'The Purple Tape' turns 20.
Throughout the 90s, the Wu-Tang Clan had an all-star run of releases, both as a group and as solo artists. Jumpstarted by 36 Chambers and followed by Method Man’s Tical and Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers, Raekwon’s collaborative Only Built 4 Cuban Linx was primed for greatness.
After completely dominating the conversation last week, Drake and Meek Mill did so again this week, trading diss tracks and sneaky shots, and sparking a ton of response from the rap community. Unfortunately, this drama overshadowed long overdue debut albums from Migos and Gunplay, both of which should satisfy both of their loyal fanbases (stay tuned for those reviews coming in next week).
This week's edition of Staff Picks seems to be (accidentally) OVO themed, like a light/curated version of OVO Radio. Drizzy dominated this week, dropping two diss records (back to back), to be followed up by Meek's own attempt at a diss track last night. "Wanna Know" just isn't cutting it though, and Drake is coming out the winner, if he wasn't already.
Drake was the first one to strike in this ongoing beef with Meek Mill, delivering a vicious combo move in the form of "Charged Up" and "Back To Back." Last night, Meek finally mustered a response, dropping "Wanna Know." Compared to the explosive aftermath of "Back To Back," and even the less-amped reactions to "Charged Up," the internet's collective response to Meek's new track has been
This morning, OVO's PartyNextDoor came out of nowhere with a new track called "Kehlani's Freestyle." Although unexpected, the move isn't out of the ordinary for PND, who has somewhat of a habit of sharing one-off tracks on a whim.
At one point, there was no one hotter than NYC's Fabolous. Coming up in the Bedstuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fab eventually started pursuing rap in high school. DJ Clue eventually invited him to come rap on his Hot 97 radio show, which lead to Fab getting signed to Clue's Desert Storm Records.Ghetto Fabolous, the debut album, was released on the tragic September 11th, 2001.
Tomorrow, Dr. Dre is dropping... something. Ice Cube said as much in an interview earlier this week, calling the release in question "an album inspired by the "Compton" movie," referring to the August 14th N.W.A. biopic that he, Dre and director F. Gary Gray have been working on. But will this be just another "music inspired by the film"-style soundtrack? Or something bigger?
The majority of the information we've gotten from the Lil Wayne / Birdman beef that began last December has come from Weezy's camp. He was the one who started things by tweeting that Cash Money was refusing to release Tha Carter V, and since then, lawsuits, diss tracks and onstage insults have followed, all of which have gone unanswered by Stunna.
Making his HNHH debut with Maxo 187 earlier this year, Houston's Maxo Kream impressed us with his trippy, trappy take on the city's classic sounds and his tireless, shape-shifting flow. Since then he's only stepped his game up, linking with Playboi Carti and Fredo Santana for a few fire collabs and touring with Father in his home state.
Initial reactions can determine a lot. Reception for Drake's first Meek Mill diss, "Charged Up," was lukewarm, and had many ready to crown Meek the champion of a beef in which he hadn't even dropped music yet.
Trolling is an art form as much as rapping, and some rappers are better at it than others. It has nothing to do with rapping proficiency. When Meek Mill tweeted out a fake Drake diss track last night, he exposed himself as someone for whom trolling does not come naturally.
Mac Miller is almost done with his third studio album. "It's coming," he said earlier this month.
Drake’s never-ending domination of the Top 10 continues. At least this time, it’s earned. Let’s get to it. 10) Drake - Right Hand
Bobbi Kristina Brown died yesterday at the age of 22, having spent the last five months in a medically induced coma after being found unresponsive in a bathtub.
The Oliver El Khatib-Drake-Noah "40" Shebib triumvirate dropped a quartet of bombs during Saturday's episode of OVO Sound Radio: PND's "No Feelings" feat. Travi$ Scott and Drake's "Hotline Bling (Cha Cha Remix)," "Right Hand," & "Charged Up."
Of the many things that old heads will insist "were better back in the day," diss tracks are among the few that most younger rap fans can also agree upon. Even if you didn't live through them, the 2Pac / Biggie, Eazy-E / Dr.
You'd have to be hiding under a rock to not hear these words at some point over the summer: "I'm like 'hey, what's up, hello'Seen yo pretty ass soon as you came in the doorI just wanna chill, got a sack for us to rollMarried to the money, introduced her to my stoveShowed her how to whip it, now she remixin' for low"
It was yet another unpredictable week on the charts, with Meek Mill being dethroned by none other than -- Tyrese? That's right, the veteran R&B star turnt Furious 7 actor has landed his very first number one with his sixth studio album. Meanwhile, Meek Mill keeps the units moving, sticking close at the number three spot.
The Game was this week's undisputed Instagram MVP, but that doesn't mean other members of the hip hop community didn't have meaningful IG contributions of their own. Lots of big names teamed up for power portraits this week: Kendrick Lamar & Rae Sremmurd, Kevin Hart & Kanye West, Kid Ink & Gary Payton, and many more. Check out the full rundown after the jump.
Holy beef. This week saw arguably more online clashes in the rap game than any other week in the past five years, with Nicki Minaj v. Taylor Swift, Meek Mill v. Drake, Boi-1da v. OG Maco, Ghostface Killah v. Action Bronson, and Bruno Mars v. Ed Sheeran (lol) all clashing. Those dominated the headlines and Twitter alike, so this week's edition of 140 Bars features some of the spillover.
The biggest new this week wasn't about music, but rather beef, and a lot of it. Outside of warring factions like Meek Mill and Drake and Ghostface Killah and Action Bronson, though, we still got a wealth of dope tunes. The dust settled on Future's DS2, opening the door for Dej Loaf, DJ Mustard, Machine Gun Kelly and others to drop attention-worthy projects.
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.
Meek Mill has stirred up a lot of feelings with his twitter rant. The rapper has people taking sides, analyzing what it means to be a rapper, and ghostwriting's place in hip-hop as a whole.
Back in the 80s, things were a lot different. Hip hop was just getting its start, and it was a whole lot more PG-rated than it is today. Then, along came a few dudes named the 2 Live Crew, who would change things forever with their raucous brand of hip hop.
Early yesterday morning, Meek Mill revealed to the world that Drake's verse on "R.I.C.O." was co-written by a guy named Quentin Miller. Jaws dropped, twitter exploded, and many debated whether Drake was still eligible for "best rapper" status. Really though, it wasn't truly a "reveal," as Miller's name appeared on the song's credits in the DWMTM packaging.
Last night, Meek Mill announced to the world that Drake's verse on their collaboration "R.I.C.O." was in fact written with the help of someone else. This isn't "news" per se, as Quentin Miller (the writer in question) appears in the song's credits, but Meek said he had only recently found out, or else he "woulda took it off my album."
Where to begin? Last night saw people from nearly every corner of hip hop (and even some pop mainstays) engaging in a widespread online conflict, oddly enough kicked off by some tweets exchanged between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.
Future's DS2 album just dropped, and you probably spent all weekend taking in the rap/R&B hybrid in. If you paid attention, in any capacity, you probably noticed the drug references peppered in just about each and every song. Of course, lean is what gave the album its title, but there is tons of coke, molly, weed, and prescription pills in these tracks.
Future has been overwhelming us lately, yet he still remains in-demand. Despite giving us back-to-back releases of three monstrous mixtapes (Beastmode, Monster and 56 Nights), the streets were literally salivating when news broke that he was dropping Dirty Sprite 2.
"Why the fuck would I have a bodyguard, if I look just like the mother fucking bodyguard" - Action Bronson What is it about Action Bronson that makes people want to hop on stage during his shows?