When producers take the reigns and make their own albums with rotating casts of rappers, results vary. Here are the ten best ones.
Right now, two of the summer's most anticipated albums feature producers' names in the top-billed spot: Mike Will Made It's Ransom 2 and Clams Casino's 32 Levels.
Signature sneakers have been taking a beating lately. We all know what happened when Under Armour unveiled the "Chef" Under Armour Curry Two Low and when Adidas debuted James Harden's kicks for next season it was more of the same. Next up on the basketball sneaker roast of 2016 is Minnesota Timberwolves' star, Andrew Wiggins, also repping Adidas.
It's no secret that dancehall has become en vogue outside of the Caribbean.
We ended the week on a high note, not only because of the music we received-- it's a good day for West Coast rap lovers, with new albums from YG and The Game-- but because we launched our latest digital cover story with Bompton's aforementioned YG. Suffice to say, we're pretty content about today. On top of all this, it's Friday. So yeah, doesn't get much better.
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco police chase. O.J. is locked up now at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for committing armed robbery. Even from behind bars, O.J. is still able to capture America's imagination's like few else. He was recently the subject of the FX show, "The People v. O.J.
We've been waiting two full years (plus a few months, or to be extremely precise, 832 days) for YG's sophomore effort. The West Coast rapper quickly rose to prominence with his debut My Krazy Life, after a string of gangster-rapper-solidifying mixtapes.
What a wild Game 6 it was. LeBron James put on another epic performance, Stephen Curry lost his composure, an innocent fan got smoked in the face with a mouthguard, Ayesha tweeted, Kerr bitched about the officiating, Draymond didn't kick anyone in the balls, and now we're looking at a Game 7 on Sunday night.
Last summer, in what seemed like an oddly coordinated effort, hip hop listeners began solidifying the first-string lineup for the next generation of trap stars. Migos had been around the block, Kevin Gates was well on his way to a huge debut album, and hell, even Young Thug was enough of an established star that he no longer seemed as foreign as he used to.
At 9pm tonight Game 6 of the NBA Finals will tip off from the Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The Golden State Warriors will be without Andrew Bogut but they'll be getting back Draymond Green who has been their most important player this series.
A timeline of recent events regarding ScHoolboy Q's fourth studio album Blank Face, which is slated to drop on July 8th: April 4th: Q drops "Groovy Tony." Later in April: Q turns in album, celebrates by taking his homies on vacation to Hawaii. May 13th: Q drops "THat Part" feat. Kanye West.
It's been 29 months since Isaiah Rashad dropped Cilvia Demo. The celebrated 14-track EP showcased Rashad's capacity for both the cerebral and emotional and left fans eager to hear more. Instead, they have suffered through a veritable drought. Other than Rashad's 2014 tour with ScHoolboy Q, the Chattanooga rapper has kept a decidedly low profile as he's prepared his debut album.
A random Instagram follower suggested it, and we made it happen. You too could have a genius idea you let be known on Instagram/twitter/comment section and it could very well come to life. If you don't read every single comment we get on our Instagram account (why not???), let us explain.
It's a good week for hip hop records that have all-caps titles. VIEWS, LEMONADE, ANTI, and ISLAH hold down the top four spots in our feature, and each of the releases fall within the top 20 spots on Billboard's 200 chart. After that, G-Eazy, Prince, Kanye West, Bryson Tiller, and The Weeknd all fell further down the Billboard 200 this week.
Drake's VIEWS was just certified double platinum by the RIAA after only 6 weeks of release, making it his fastest-selling album yet.
Almost all hip hop fans are familiar with Sonny Digital’s name, whether they realize it or not. His heavily digitized “Sonny Digital” drop appears at the beginning of everything from platinum hits like iLoveMakonnen’s “Tuesday” to classic mixtape tracks from Juicy J’s extensive catalog.
There's been some recent talk that Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa aren't currently on the best of terms, a thought that has upset fans of both artists, who've been collaborating for years.
It's been the better part of four years since the SaveMoney comrade turned professional emcee Joey Purp released his debut project, The Purple Tape, which dropped on his 18th birthday.
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways.
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Playboi Carti fans are still waiting for him to release his debut mixtape Cash Carti. It's hard to believe that the young Atlanta rapper hasn't released a single project. He's signed to A$AP Rocky, Awful Records, and he's already made music with Frank Ocean and Skepta.
It's that time of the week. The past seven days have been pretty eventful-- the momentum all started on last weekend, when a new episode of OVO Sound Radio dropped as many gems as one could hope for in the span of seven days-- except they did it all within the span of their two-hour segment. It's safe to say, the bar was set pretty high for the weekdays that followed.
At Midnight, we debuted the second official single from Tory Lanez's long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album. "Luv" not only continues to pave the way to Tory's album, it came with his album title: I Told You. Tory had previously teased a summer release on twitter, but this cements that even further and gets us even more excited for the impending album.
Yesterday afternoon Under Armour released an all-white "Chef" colorway of the Under Armour Curry 2 Low and as soon as the images hit the internet the roast was on. TBH, the shoes aren't the worst things we've ever seen- James Harden's new Adidas kicks for next season are a far uglier product- but that didn't stop the jokes from raining in.
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 Cleveland Cavaliers throttled the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, without the help of one Kevin Love. Having not been medically cleared to play due to a concussion in Game 2, Love was forced to watch from the sidelines in street clothes as LeBron, Kyrie, JR and the rest of the Cavs did a complete 180 from the previous two games of the Finals.
It's pretty strange to think that Vic Mensa's new EP, There's Alot Going On, is his first project in three years. Since 2013, when he broke into public consciousness, first with an appearance on Chance The Rapper's "Cocoa Butter Kisses," then with his own Innanetape, Vic's status has continued to rise at a rate uncommon for a guy with one tape and a few loosies to his name.
Future's DS2 was certified platinum at the end of May. It was his first solo album to be certified platinum, but not his first solo single. In the past fourteen months, a whopping ten Future singles have attained gold or platinum RIAA certification. This surge of certified Future singles testifies to his status as a bona fide rap superstar.
It's hard to believe Kanye West is 39 years old. The influential rapper and producer celebrates his birthday today, and tens years after changing the game with his debut album, The College Dropout, he's still finding new ways to reinvent himself.
It's Kanye West's birthday and everybody is getting an L. The "Grey/Gum" Adidas Yeezy Boost 750, which officially releases on June 11th, was recently available for reservation via Adidas' Confirmed App and before you could say "F*ck Adidas" the reservations were closed.
A hacking spree took the internet by storm this past weekend. Industrious hackers seeking revenge, entertainment, or some other perverse pleasure hacked into several prominent social media accounts, including those of Kylie Jenner, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Keith Richards, Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, and the NFL