DJ Khaled's "Major Key" has a major showing on our Top Tracks list this week.
It's officially August, which means there's pretty much only one month of summer left. It's been a busy season for hip hop, as usual, with big projects from top-tier talents like Chance The Rapper, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and Gucci Mane dropping left and right, and plenty of additional tracks hitting the web as well. That being said, August is poised to be huge.
This was a busy weekend for the music industry. There were two festivals happening in Canada, and one in the States. Suffice to say, music lovers had ample line-ups to choose from (and locations). Despite the festival overlap, some artists managed to play more than one fest-- in fact, Future hit up all three. That's a busy weekend.
21 Savage's explosion on to the scene in the last 12 months culminated in his latest project Savage Mode, featuring the immaculately curated executive production of Metro Boomin. The tape, a 9-track meditation on 21's remorseless life of crime and vice, marked a coronation of sorts as he formally acquired the title of Atlanta's hottest rapper.
It's closing in on Friday evening, the time of the week when you're finally in the proper headspace to digest all of the new music that's dropped over the past five days. There were a few major releases this week, including: DJ Khaled's superstar-studded album, Major Key, the soundtrack to the Nas-produced indie film "The Land," and new singles from guys like Mac Miller and Tory Lanez.
The connection between rappers and fashion, specifically their sneaker obsessions, has never been stronger than it is today. Guys like Kanye West, Wale, Drake, Fabolous and Meek Mill have all collaborated with different brands to create their own personalized sneakers but this isn't a trend that just started- see Run DMC.
In early February, Logic kicked off The Incredible True Story World Tour, or is it is colloquially known, the TITS tour. Spanning two months and 40-dates in North America alone, the TITS tour would prove to be a grueling endeavor not only for Logic, but for his entire team.
One of the first Chuck Inglish beats most people heard was track one of The Cool Kids’ breakout EP, The Bake Sale. Its unmistakable use of vocals saying the instrument they’re taking the place of was ingeniously self-aware.
HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
We've been entertained for most of Summer Sixteen by a beef between two of rap's most sensitive MCs, Drake and Joe Budden. Budden, of course, had his peak before Drake had even really established his presence the game. The two seem to, at one time or another, have been fans of each other's work, but Drake's massively-hyped album VIEWS is when things started going south between the two.
Tory Lanez's debut album I Told You is due out August 19. Let's take a moment to look back on Lanez's career to date. Let's explore the stretch from 2010 to 2014, the most crucial years in his maturation as an artist, years that included the stunning mixtape run Sincerely Tory, Conflicts of My Soul, Chixtape 2, & Lost Cause.
We've had a week to digest the official unveiling of the Air Jordan 31, but fans of the sneaker will still have to wait one more month before the "Banned" colorway actually hits retailers.
Drake is once again at the #1 spot with his fourth studio album VIEWS. The record continues to thrive, and although "Once Dance" was bumped from the #1 spot, he doesn't seem to show any signs of slowing down soon. Rihanna, Beyonce, and ScHoolboy Q all join Drizzy in the top 10 of Billboard's 200 chart, marking a solid showing for R&B and hip hop on the charts this week.
Gucci Mane's return home from prison was greeted with plenty of excitement, and the Atlanta trapper is ensuring he lives up to the hype with his new album Everybody Looking-- hype which is also translating into sales, thankfully enough for the ATL king.
I didn't listen to each and every one of the 32 projects Gucci Mane released during his three year stint in federal prison, but I can say that of the 15 or so I am familiar with, none have anything approaching how heavy the majority of his first post-prison release is.
Jordan Brand has had another solid year of sneaker releases thus far, retroing a number of classic Js such as the "Flu Game" Air Jordan 12s and the "Black/Metallic Silver" Air Jordan 5s while also debuting new colorways like the "Navy/Gum" Air Jordan 11 Low and the "Los Angeles" Air Jordan 10.
At first glance, Kweku Collins may seem in line with a certain wave of Chicago rappers – his melodic, almost bluesy, but always punctuated flow bringing to mind Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and even former Closed Sessions labelmate Alex Wiley.
Lil Wayne recently cut his set short at a High Times event in California, and anyone who's been following the rapper's career will know it wasn't first time he's walked off stage. If Weezy has a problem with the way a show is going, he has no problem pulling the plug, as we've seen him do a few times now.
Last week, Chance The Rapper, Big Sean, Future, and Mike Will Made It all found themselves victims of unauthorized leaks, and subsequently spoke out about the all-too-common occurrence in the music industry.
A pack of young Drake fans decided it would be funny to "pull up" on Joe Budden at his house Sunday and film the encounter on social media. Budden reacted by initiating a wild car chase after the kids and, once he had caught up to them, got out and menaced them at their car while clutching a handful of rocks.
Drake revealed at a recent show that he is working on a new mixtape. Hopefully it's a real mixtape and not an album marketed as a mixtape like If You're Reading This It's Too Late, which solid over half a million copies in its first week.
A 22-year-old white dude who resembles Scooby Doo's BFF Shaggy, Murda Beatz has emerged as one of hip hop's most in-demand producers over the course of the last 12 months. Migos, Drake, PartyNextDoor, Jeremih and many more have called upon his ability to cater to the whims and preferred sonic environment of each artist.
A little over 12 months ago, Rich the Kid was sitting in a jail cell. Since his release, he's been on a tear; he's released seven mixtapes, taken Famous Dex under his wing, and networked relentlessly to position himself among hip hop's upper class. Rich is a true hustler. He knows what he wants (money) and he'll stop at nothing to get it.
Whether or not Pokemon Go is a fad or a permanent institution, it has captured the hearts and minds of people around the globe. Rappers are not immune to its powers, and many have taken to the streets on their quest to catch 'em all.
Happy Friday, people of the internet. The end of the (work) week has proved pretty fruitful. Desiigner finally unleashed "Timmy Turner" unto the world, and the world had a lot of shit to say about it.
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.
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits.
With all of the hype surrounding the unveiling of the "Banned" Air Jordan 31 and the return of the "Banned" Air Jordan 1 this September, it's a perfect time to see just how much the 1s you've had stashed in your collection are worth.
"Timmy Turner" is finally here. Anyone who grew up in the early '00s should remember "The Fairly OddParents" (apparently it's still airing, thanks Wikipedia), and it's main character, a 10-year white kid named Timmy Turner, who although may appear rather suburban at first glance, actually has a miserable home life with zero parental supervision. The G.O.O.D.
Before A$AP Mob came to power, Harlem was once ruled by a crew known as The Diplomats. Comprised of Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, Freeky Zeekey, and a few other bit players, Dipset parlayed its street tales (of varying levels of glamor) and affinity for sped-up soul samples into a legacy as one of the most iconic rap groups of the '00s.
It's a pretty good week for rap artists on the Billboard charts.