A look at this week's rap and R&B sales and chart placements.
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?
We recently teamed up with 40 Oz Van for his annual 40 Oz Bounce event, which went down in Washington, D.C., this year. After 40 made his way back to NYC, he came into the office to give us a play-by-play of the event.
Even as little as nine months ago, no one would have really expected Birdman and Lil Wayne to beef.
Future's Dirty Sprite 2 broke up a bit of the Drake 'n' Fetty monotony at the top of the charts, but the terrible twosome were still out in force. Let's get to it. 10) Fetty Wap - 1738
Dirty Sprite 2 may be projected to do huge first week sales numbers, but Future got just as much #DS2 love from other rappers as he did from fans, as numerous rappers quoted lyrics from the album on Twitter to let everyone know they were bumping it. In terms of respect, that counts for at least as much as a good old fashioned plug.
The Bill Cosby saga continued over the weekend when the New York Times uncovered additional deposition transcripts in which the comedian presented himself as an "unapologetic, cavalier playboy, someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women." Since Barbara Bowman's November 2014 op-ed in the Washington Post
Houston is a well-known hip-hop hub, and that's largely due to the music of DJ Screw. By pioneering the chopped and screwed remixing method, Screw is one of the first dudes to make really slow rap music cool.
The final week of sales recorded from Tuesday happened last week, and this week's numbers are a weird transitional phase, tacking on a couple of days to bring them around to Friday, resulting in a one-time only 11-day tally. Thus, the results for this cycle are simply beefed up numbers from last week. For the most part, everyone pretty much stays in there place.
Tory Lanez is a 22 year old with a super-bright future ahead of him. Features with Meek Mill, Rick Ross, French Montanta, and The Game might prove that much, but thirteen mixtapes and a recent EP alongside super-producer squad Wedidit certainly drive the point home.
This weekly feature provides you with some of the most-fire yet least-viewed records that we featured on the homepage this past week. Whether they were simply overlooked because the artist name was not familiar, or perhaps they just weren't seen at all, we want to give them a second chance at your iTunes here.
Twas a great week in the hip hop sector of Instagram, as we got some quality posts from artists across the spectrum. Snoop Dogg shared his highlight reel from the All-Star Celebrity Softball game, Travis Scott rode a horse, DJ Khaled took the ESPYs by storm, and Tinashe looked fine as hell. And much more! Check the full rundown after tha jump. 28 Grams is back son!!
I want to like the new Public Enemy record. I really do.
Earlier today we got to hear Your Old Droog's new EP, The Nicest, and if you were digging that, you now have a chance to win tickets to see the New York MC perform live.
Today's a big day for album releases, although the most anticipated is Future's DS 2. Apart from Future taking over this week with his documentary series and general excitement for Dirty Sprite 2, Drake had a pretty big week when he debuted three different remixes on his Apple Beats 1 radio show. One of those songs, the WizKid remix, appears on today's Staff Picks playlist.
This week, Future's DS2 dominated the conversation, but there was plenty more going on around the hip hopsphere. Meek Mill's DWMTM maintained its top spot on the Hot 100, Drake shared a bonkers "Energy" video, and OG Maco claimed that Future was "ruining lives" with his music.
2015 has truly been a landmark year for hip-hop. There have been countless quality album releases from rappers all over, impressive music videos, and the emergence of a new crop of rappers. The ambition and attention to detail on this year’s releases, exemplified by their authoring emcees is indicative of a current renaissance in hip-hop.
OutKast might be best known for their later material like "Ms. Jackson" and "Hey Ya!," but this duo's discography runs deep.
Avoiding a sophomore slump is a hard task; avoiding one after your debut album was crowned as the rap album of the year by many publications is even harder.