Watch The Throne is 5 years old, but the story of its two creators is much older.
Watch The Throne was a blockbuster album, spawning big singles ("Otis," "N*ggas In Paris"), an ambitious tour, and a fair amount of acclaim. The idea for the project began simply as EP, but quickly grew much bigger, involving a slew of big name producers (Hit-Boy, Jeff Bhasker, The Neptunes, Q-Tip, Mike Dean, RZA) and featured artists (Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Beyonce).
It's safe to say that the line between mixtapes and albums has never been blurrier, and as a result, more and more rappers and singers are releasing retail projects that continue tangents that began with free releases.
Mila J is one of those people who's been in the music industry forever. She starred in Prince's video "Diamonds & Pearls" before she turned 10. In the '90s, she was a member of an R&B trio that included her younger sister, Jhene Aiko, called Gyrl. Later, she would front another girl group called Dame Four.
2 Chainz has always had a way with words, and somehow he hasn't run out of ways to talk about how dope he is increasingly entertaining ways. The rapper's new project, Daniel Son; Necklace Don, was guaranteed to have some colorful brags on title alone, and now that we've heard it, the project did not disappoint.
The next two weeks will see new albums from two guys vying to be the third most popular rap/R&B artist out of Toronto, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez (Drake and The Weeknd are one and two, respectively).
With its 2016 freshman cover, XXL anointed four rappers as the princes of hip hop's newest wave: Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, and 21 Savage. Many argued that Playboi Carti should have been included. A case could also have been made for Famous Dex, the exuberant Chicago rapper who recently signed to Rich the Kid's Rich Forever label.
Were Lil Uzi Vert's last three mixtapes planned as a trilogy? That much is unclear, but the connections between them are.
Rappers are constantly taking subliminal shots at one another, but other artists are not the only people involved in rap beefs. The strong personalities of New York radio are constantly getting caught up in heated disagreements with artists, either through their opinions, or direct jabs at artists.
All along, it seems like “Summer Sixteen,” Drake’s first single of the year, not included on VIEWS, was designed to be his heated opener during his tour of the same name, which hit Madison Square Garden last night for the first of four shows at the elite Manhattan arena.
The Summer Olympics are upon us and brands across the board are looking to cash in on the patriotism of sneakerheads who want to support the USA, despite the fact that many of them probably won't be tuning in for the Men's 400M Individual Medley or the Women's Single Sculls Rowing event.
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 Opening Ceremony of the Summer Olympics in Rio will officially kick off tomorrow and that's great news for any basketball fan because Team USA will get back to work the following day on Saturday, August 6th. Team USA will be taking on China at 6pm EST in their opening game in what should be the start of the red, white and blue's undefeated run to Olympic gold.
It wasn't until the latter half of the '90s, when he changed labels from Death Row to No Limit, that Snoop Doggy Dogg shortened his name to "Snoop Dogg." Snoop was something of a phenomenon when he arrived on the scene in '92, an ultra laidback, weed-toking Crip steeped in the traditions of George Clinton, a perfect foil for the hardened delivery and slick production of G-funk shaman Dr. Dre.
When reviewing DJ Khaled's last album, I Changed A Lot, a mere nine months ago, I wondered how much longer the We The Best titan could keep up his album formula of "bright, of-the-moment beats, song titles that could double as all-caps Instagram captions and featured artist pairings that are awards show-level weird." The rap game Oprah ("You get a verse, you get a ver
Kanye first brought up the possibility of a collaborative project with Drake a year or so back, revealing that the project, which was merely an idea at that point was at one point titled Wolves.
Gucci Mane is making his comeback Billboard official this week, coming in at the #2 overall spot with his latest album Everybody Looking, which also has a couple tracks debuting on the Hot 100. Gucci's efforts aren't quite enough to displace Drake from the #1 spot, however, as he takes the crown for the 12th week with VIEWS.
Zoey Dollaz has been rapping since he was 12 years old, when he and his mother had moved from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti back to their hometown of Miami at the order of the U.S. government. He didn't take much interest in Miami rap, instead idolizing immortalized New Yorkers like Jay Z and Nas.
Like many before him (Rae Sremmurd, Waka Flocka, Metro Boomin), Lil Uzi Vert found that relocating to unofficial rap capital, Atlanta, was the best way to advance his career. The Philly native got his big break back in 2014 when another guy originally from his hometown, DJ Drama, was introduced to him by Don Cannon (also a Philadelphian!).
2016 has been a pretty great year for music, and the summer months have also given us notable albums from YG, ScHoolboy Q, Gucci Mane, and more. Even with all the new music we've been getting lately, there's still a whole lot more to look forward to this summer, and we've decided to give you a brief reminder, specifically of the studio albums that are headed your way in the next two months.
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.