Revisiting Danny Brown's mixtape era (2003-2010).
Most Danny Brown fans got hooked around XXX ("Monopoly"!), but in truth Brown lived a full rap career before XXX ever came out. Between 2003 and 2010 he put together an eleven-project run that culminated in his 2010 free album The Hybrid.
Last night, two U.S.' Olympic swimmers, Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, were pulled off a flight by Rio Police as part of an investigation regarding their claims that they were robbed at gunpoint by a group of men posing as cops.
Last week we had a new #1 album in the form of DJ Khaled's Major Key. This week, Major Key has been dethroned by newcomer Suicide Squad: The Album. Drake, who was at #1 for two months straight, sticks around at #2 as Khaled drops to #7.
When Rae Sremmurd emerged with "No Flex Zone" about two and a half years ago, they sounded like the newest and youngest thing on the block.
In terms of the calendar, summer is winding down, but someone forgot to tell that to the rap game. We've only seen things heat up in the past week, with SremmLife 2 providing more than enough turn up fuel for the next few weeks, and P3 reminding us to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer flings before cuffing season arrives.
September is shaping up to be the biggest month on Donald Glover/Childish Gambino's career. "Atlanta," the show he conceived, wrote, produced, and starred in," will debut on FX on September 6th. He has also promised the live unveiling of a new album called Pharos.
Art imitates life; life imitates art. That's a theory first proposed by Aristotle, suggesting the fluid two-way street between culture and day-to-day life. Were Migos the first to dab, or were they just a nationally-influential platform for a hyper-regional craze that started before they got wind of it?
New music Friday brought us two more big-time albums with PartyNextDoor's P3 and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2. The Sremm brothers were kind enough to welcome us to their LA abode to get the inside scoop on the inspiration behind their sophomore album. Read about our experiences with the hedonistic duo in our latest Digital Cover story.
During the beginning stages of recording his sophomore album, YG had a falling out with his longtime collaborator DJ Mustard, who produced the majority of his game-changing debut album, My Krazy Life. He quickly began searching for talents to fill the void.
A while back we previewed a collection of Hip-Hop album inspired basketball jerseys, designed by Patso Dimitrov the man behind this collection of Air Jordan signatures x classic 90s rap albums. Drawing on inspiration from iconic albums like The Low End Theory, The Chronic and Illmatic, Patso delivered on a handful of timeless Air Jordan silhouettes including 1-7, 11 and 14.
There has been no shortage of dope sneaker releases this Summer, including this upcoming weekend which will see the return of the "Indiglo" Air Jordan XIV. In fact, the month of August is loaded as it is but that's not with this is about.
There's not really a better duo than the vibrant and seemingly perma-youthful boys of Rae Sremmurd to help usher you into a new school year with their sophomore album, SremmLife 2. While it was originally intended to be a mid-summer release, it feels very appropriate as a soon-to-be fall release, and it'll likely take you through many a high school/college party.
With the announcement that Travis Scott will be getting his own show on Beats 1 Radio show, it's clear that Apple is not slowing down in handing out airtime to rappers. Travis joins artists like Drake, DJ Khaled, Pharrell, and eventually, Chance The Rapper (last we heard at least), on the network, and it's got us thinking about who else would be a good fit.
This past Monday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of Sean Price.
Young Thug had a very strong 2015, delivering Barter 6, Slime Season 1, and Slime Season 2, a cohesive collection of projects the converted more casual fans into stans. His 2016 has been a little more scattered, with I'm Up and Slime Season 3 supplying many bangers, but not as strong as an album experience. Jeffery seems like the project that will bring everything together this year.
DJ Khaled has plenty of reason to celebrate this week. Khaled earned his first #1 debut with his ninth studio album Major Key-- obviously all that Snapchatting paid off. The record rides high on collaborations with everyone from Jay Z to YG, Kendrick Lamar to Future, although Khaled probably has more than enough star power by himself at this point.
Watch The Throne was a blockbuster album, spawning big singles ("Otis," "N*ggas In Paris"), an ambitious tour, and a fair amount of acclaim. The idea for the project began simply as EP, but quickly grew much bigger, involving a slew of big name producers (Hit-Boy, Jeff Bhasker, The Neptunes, Q-Tip, Mike Dean, RZA) and featured artists (Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Beyonce).
It's safe to say that the line between mixtapes and albums has never been blurrier, and as a result, more and more rappers and singers are releasing retail projects that continue tangents that began with free releases.
Mila J is one of those people who's been in the music industry forever. She starred in Prince's video "Diamonds & Pearls" before she turned 10. In the '90s, she was a member of an R&B trio that included her younger sister, Jhene Aiko, called Gyrl. Later, she would front another girl group called Dame Four.
2 Chainz has always had a way with words, and somehow he hasn't run out of ways to talk about how dope he is increasingly entertaining ways. The rapper's new project, Daniel Son; Necklace Don, was guaranteed to have some colorful brags on title alone, and now that we've heard it, the project did not disappoint.
The next two weeks will see new albums from two guys vying to be the third most popular rap/R&B artist out of Toronto, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez (Drake and The Weeknd are one and two, respectively).
With its 2016 freshman cover, XXL anointed four rappers as the princes of hip hop's newest wave: Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, and 21 Savage. Many argued that Playboi Carti should have been included. A case could also have been made for Famous Dex, the exuberant Chicago rapper who recently signed to Rich the Kid's Rich Forever label.
Were Lil Uzi Vert's last three mixtapes planned as a trilogy? That much is unclear, but the connections between them are.
Rappers are constantly taking subliminal shots at one another, but other artists are not the only people involved in rap beefs. The strong personalities of New York radio are constantly getting caught up in heated disagreements with artists, either through their opinions, or direct jabs at artists.
All along, it seems like “Summer Sixteen,” Drake’s first single of the year, not included on VIEWS, was designed to be his heated opener during his tour of the same name, which hit Madison Square Garden last night for the first of four shows at the elite Manhattan arena.
The Summer Olympics are upon us and brands across the board are looking to cash in on the patriotism of sneakerheads who want to support the USA, despite the fact that many of them probably won't be tuning in for the Men's 400M Individual Medley or the Women's Single Sculls Rowing event.
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.
The Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio will officially kick off tomorrow and that's great news for any basketball fan because Team USA will get back to work the following day on Saturday, August 6th. Team USA will be taking on China at 6pm EST in their opening game in what should be the start of the red, white and blue's undefeated run to Olympic gold.
It wasn't until the latter half of the '90s, when he changed labels from Death Row to No Limit, that Snoop Doggy Dogg shortened his name to "Snoop Dogg." Snoop was something of a phenomenon when he arrived on the scene in '92, an ultra laidback, weed-toking Crip steeped in the traditions of George Clinton, a perfect foil for the hardened delivery and slick production of G-funk shaman Dr. Dre.
When reviewing DJ Khaled's last album, I Changed A Lot, a mere nine months ago, I wondered how much longer the We The Best titan could keep up his album formula of "bright, of-the-moment beats, song titles that could double as all-caps Instagram captions and featured artist pairings that are awards show-level weird." The rap game Oprah ("You get a verse, you get a ver