Five rappers who kicked their drug and alcohol habits.
Gucci Mane's gentle post-prison demeanor took many by surprise and even fueled a conspiracy theory that a Gucci clone had been released and the real Guwop was still in prison.
From lustrous, catchy Late Nights to the private jet sex vibes of Late Nights: The Album to trappy, indulgent Late Nights: Europe, Jeremih has bestowed upon humanity a R&B trilogy that will bask in internet glory forever.
Any conversation about 21 Savage has to begin with talking about his voice. It's a just-woke-up-but-haven't-cleared-my-throat-yet croak whose closest analog is probably Lucki Ecks' rasp or Father's monotone mumble, but unlike those guys' avant-druggy styles, 21's operating at the most violent end of Atlanta's trap spectrum.
Unlike just about any other region, Bay Area hip hop is better known for its signature sound -- melodic big booty bass and minimalist drums -- than for the artists it produces. Kamaiyah is an exception; the exuberant 21-year-old Oakland native has emerged as one of hip hop’s most exciting breakout stars of 2016.
It's Guwop season.
During last night's Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Trump's wife Melania graced the podium to deliver a powerful speech about the values of hard work.
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
When Clams Casino -- civilian name Mike Volpe -- released his groundbreaking debut mixtape Instrumentals in 2011, he was months away from graduating from Essex County College with a degree to become a physical therapist’s assistant. He was 23 years old at the time, an intern at the hospital in which he was born.
With a population of 21 million, Lagos, Nigeria is one of the biggest cities in the world. It's most famous resident is recording artist WizKid. With inventive melodic turns, powerful auto-tune usage, a passionate belief in the power of the dancefloor for good, and an armada of Nigeria's best producers at his back, WizKid has become the face of afrobeat. He turned 26 years old yesterday.
Rich Homie Quan has received considerable heat for his lyrical blunder at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors earlier this week.
Things are still unsettling in terms of our social climate, and obviously yesterday's incident at Bastille Day out in France isn't helping, leading to social media's usage of the #prayfortheworld hashtag. However on the music front, we had a pretty thriving week.
We're halfway through the month of July and now is as good of a time as any to take a look at the upcoming sneaker releases this month. Between a couple of returning Air Jordan classics and all of the USA-themed Olympic sneakers there are plenty of kicks to spend your money on- if you're into that sort of thing.
2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of AraabMuzik’s first production credit. We chopped it up with the Man With The Fastest Hands about his production style and why he’s “basically the Michael Jordan of what I do.” ...
21 Savage's music is a dark reflection of his dark life. One of his closest collaborators is a producer named Fukk 12. Many members of his 21 crew have been murdered. There was a year-long stretch when he attended five funerals. “[It] made me want to kill everybody," he's said of when one of his friends died. "it made me cold-hearted. All my partners are dead."
ScHoolboy Q's Blank Face LP is the kind of album that requires multiple listens, and close listens at that, the kind where you are really doing nothing else besides listening to the music-- that's actually a difficult feat in today's day and age of millennial constantly-wired-multi-taskers.
ScHoolboy Q benefited early in his career from his association with Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, and Ab-Soul. The fearsome foursome known as Biack Hippy cultivated a supportive yet competitive atmosphere, not unlike that of sports team (possibly the Spurs), that pushed Q, the last member to join, to great heights.
Drake spent nine weeks at #1 before being dethroned, this time around, by Blink-182, whose record California now holds the top spot. R&B superstar Maxwell debuts at the #3 spot with blackSUMMERS'night, his first record since '09.
"Every album I was dropping from Setbacks, to Habits, to Oxy, everybody was like, 'What's the album about?' It's like bruh, can I drop it first?"
Whether or not you're playing, you've surely heard of Pokemon Go -- the latest addition to the Pokemon universe for iPhone and Android. The augmented reality game has already spawned countless memes, and strangely, a few instances of robberies, but for the most part, people seem to be loving their ability to catch Pokemon in the real world.
The NBA's salary cap jumped from $70 million to roughly $94 million this offseason and with teams forced to pay a minimum salary of 90% of the cap, players across the league are reaping the benefits.
Gallant makes a strong first impression on record. The 24-year-old songwriter's dynamic falsetto feels powerfully out-of-step with the increasingly sedated sounds of modern R&B, forcefully reaching outward but always maintaining a certain delicacy.
ScHoolboy Q might be a synesthetic -- he sees sounds in color. Kendrick Lamar's GKMC is purple and yellow, he's said. His own albums have been black and grey, as reflected in their cover art.
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
Even on the very rare occasion that Drake doesn't show up in our top ten tracks of the week, his presence is still felt. In this case, he's directly responsible for three separate tracks in the top ten, whether that entails remixes or disses aimed at him.
Sounwave is one quarter of Top Dawg Entertainment’s in-house production unit the Digi-Phonics. Although deeply respected in the hip hop production community, he rarely strays outside the confines of TDE's roster of artists, and even within TDE he collaborates with Kendrick Lamar more than anyone else (although he did produce three tracks on ScHoolboy Q's new album Blank Face LP).
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, and even Pay-per-view events. Hip-hop icons like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Drake have put on battle rap events, and at this rate, the scene can only continue to expand.
Last night, ScHoolboy delivered not only his new album Blank Face LP, but a scintillating Black Hippy remix of his single "THat Part." The absence of a Black Hippy cut on the tracklist was troubling; fortunately, ScHoolboy remedied the situation for the fans.
This week was dominated more by saddening news stories than it was by music, but the social outcry regarding the many innocent lives that were taken in the past week have also resulted directly in new music-- it's bittersweet, obviously. With plenty of artists hitting the booth to give their own take on the tense social climate, we definitely didn't lack in songs this past week.
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.