AraabMuzik: “I'm basically the Michael Jordan of what I do.”
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.
1) Last Halloween, ScHoolboy Q dressed up as a giant blunt and outfitted his dog Big Groove in a Batman costume. BluntBoy Q and Batgroove. Two and half months later, Q announced some troubling news on Snapchat. “Sad news,” he wrote. “Big Groove is gone.” Big Groove had run away.
Last year, Toronto's Roy Woods emerged with an immediately identifiable voice that stood out in his hometown's foggy-sounding R&B scene despite usually being paired with instrumentals that could've appeared on any OVO release.
Under Armour has come a long way since the brand launched 20 years ago and today they've built up a roster that includes the reigning NFL MVP, Cam Newton, as well as the reigning NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, and the reigning MLB MVP, Bryce Harper. Not to mention, guys like Jordan Spieth and Tom Brady.
The phrase “classic never goes out of style” was invented to describe artists like Cookin Soul.
Between 2009 and 2013, YG released five mixtapes: 4Fingaz, The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, 4Hunnid Degreez, & Just Re’d Up 2. There was also a joint mixtape with Ty Dolla $ign and Bobby Brackins called Young and Hung...over.
Almost every release listed below actually moved up on Billboard 200 this past week, an impressive statistic that bodes well for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Kanye West, who both jumped up at least 15 spots over the 4th of July weekend.
2012 was a monumental year for 2 Chainz, as the rapper's titular ad-lib was impossible to escape, whether on his countless features or massively successful solo singles. After release of his debut album under his new pseudonym (never forget his long stint as Tity Boi), Chainz became a little less omni-present, instead choosing to broaden his range and make a bid as an album artist.
Stark, acapella, and to the point, the freestyles that XXL produce in conjunction with their annual Freshmen class series stand out in contrast to the list itself, which takes numerous factors into consideration in order to determine the hottest up-and-comers in the game. It's been clear for a few years that being the best pure rapper isn't the only way you can make it there.
Just because Sap isn’t a household name doesn’t mean you haven’t listened to him on multiple occasions.
Lil Wayne has been rapping for close to two decades, and seeing that at on point during his very long career, he the biggest, most prolific, and arguably best rapper working, it's safe to say he's influenced many.
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake.
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music.
If you have a thing for patriotic, red, white and blue sneakers then you're in luck because the month of July is absolutely loaded with USA themed sneakers. 4th of July weekend always brings out the best star spangled sneakers but with the Olympic games beginning one month from now there's even more in store for the red, white and blue colorways.