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Last night, Gucci Mane responded to rumors that the skinny, mild-mannered Gucci released from jail is in fact a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he said.
Drake continues his dominance as VIEWS spends its seventh week now at the #1 spot. The 6 God is showing no signs of slowing down, and even a new release from Nick Jonas and a surge from The Cast of Hamilton couldn't dethrone him, although they were enough to nudge Beyonce back a couple spots.
YG followed up an impressive debut album with an almost more impressive sophomore album. That alone is quite a feat.
Most mornings, Zaytoven rises to take his son Xavier, 10, and daughter Olivia, 7, to school. He drops them off at 7:30 and returns to his house, looking for something to do. So he descends to the studio in his basement and starts making beats.
The drought is over in Cleveland. The city itself hasn't had a championship team to call their own in 52 years, and the Cavaliers alone had waited 46 long seasons which is the entire existence of the franchise.
Two years ago, My Krazy Life surprised everyone. It was a debut album made by someone whose biggest claim to fame was novelty club smash "Toot It And Boot It," but somehow, it had the scope and consistency of a select few L.A. classics-- The Chronic, Doggystyle, and more recently, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
Few artists have made a more dramatic and entertaining entry into the office than Sosamann, leaping out of the elevator with an emphatic “OOOWEEE” and quickly reclaiming the space as HotNewDripHop. I soon learned what the sauce was all about. There was no telling when it would overtake his physical being, making him need to get up and drip it evenly throughout the room.
Childish Gambino isn't someone who often loads his projects with features, but over the course of his career he has made some special bonds with a couple of artists, as well as experimenting with other rappers' sounds on his ROYALTY mixtape. With news that his PHAROS album is on the way in September, we've decided to revisit some of the best work Gambino has done with other artists.
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
Lil Yachty has nearly completed his evolution from Internet phenomenon to permanent fixture in the rap game. In the past 10 days, he earned a spot in XXL's 2016 Freshman class and signed to Quality Control to the surprise of no one -- QC head honcho Coach K has managed and mentored Yachty since late 2015.
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.