Drake & Meek Mill took shots at each other on new songs that dropped over the weekend. Which track were you feeling more?
Drake officially kicked off his Views from the 6 campaign on Saturday by premiering "Summer Sixteen" on OVO Sound Radio. Not fifteen minutes later, Meek Mill responded by releasing his surprise EP 4/4 Part 2, which contained a brand new Drake diss track called "War Pain."
Kanye West's Twitter dominance continued last night when he announced that he was changing the title of his album -- AGAIN. First So Help Me God, then SWISH, then WAVES, and now a mysterious acronym: TLOP.
"Hey HHH, I go by the name Lais. Fresh out of Toronto with no fans yet, I'm hoping to gain at least one today with my debut project, SESSION ONE. Take a listen."
As if you needed one more reason to go see Future live on his "Purple Reign" tour with Ty Dolla $ign, the rapper decided to come through with a Purple Reign mixtape early Sunday morning.
In some ways, Future’s in the most difficult position in hip hop right now. After a year-long, nearly unimpeachable run, everyone expects nothing but brilliance.
Young Thug, inspired by his once-mentor, has officially taken flight. The cover to his new mixtape, I'm Up, shows a winged Thugger flying above the world, which is melting into an appropriately slimy substance in a pair of giant cupped hands, which presumably also, somehow, belong to Thug.
Standing 5'5" and skinny as a rail, Connor is not your typical model ("I'm literally shaped like a 10 year old boy"). Indeed, the 22-year-old also moonlights as a creative consultant, fashion guru, social media maven, member of A$AP Mob, roommate of Fredo Santana.
As time continues to edge its way further, a rapper's career seems to warp underneath the passing moments. For some, greater success or second stages have come to them only after years of hard work. Others have stagnated, or maybe the years have just caught up to the reality of their talent.
Murda Beatz is one of Migos' most frequent collaborators -- the producer behind hits like "Pipe It Up," "New Atlanta," and "Jealousy," who's had multiple tracks on almost every Quality Control mixtape dating back to late 2013. Would it surprise you to know he's a blonde, shaggy-haired 21-year-old from a small Canadian border town?
In a sea of melodic Southern rappers defined by their contradictions, Kevin Gates easily stands out as the most extreme.
“When I came out as a rapper, everyone had their own style. If you sounded like someone else, that word was called biting. ‘You biting my style, you biting my shit.’"
This year, it became increasingly difficult to discern the difference between mixtapes and albums. When the year's bestselling rap release (Drake's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late) was announced as a "mixtape" but was immediately sold on iTunes, the waters become a little murky for everyone.
Kanye West doesn't tweet all that often, but when he does... Ooh boy, you're gonna want to grab some popcorn. We were reminded of this today when dude went for Wiz Khalifa's neck, giving him a list of 17 (?!) commandments/reasons he's inferior to Mr. West.
Kanye West’s career was a long time coming. He spent years in the late ’90s grinding in Chicago music scene before he finally caught on with Roc-A-Fella Records and made a huge impact with work on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint.
Post Malone and Fetty Wap have joined forces for the “Welcome to the Zoo” tour, a 7-week, 22-date sweep across the United States that seeks to capitalize on the various attributes they both happen to possess: a knack for melody, a mega-hit, an exotic hair style, and a strong following within the 15-25 female demographic.
In recent years, hip hop has diversified itself artistically. When the culture first boomed, it was a medley of rapping, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti, but over the times things have changed drastically. The art of DJing is no longer essential for creating the beats a rapper needs to kick his flow. Breakdancing isn't conducive over the tempos many rappers are currently employing.
For a rapper who deals almost exclusively with standard trap topics-- drugs, violence, brotherhood, and sex-- Future's in his feelings a considerable amount of the time. His caterwauling, damaged voice has become one of the most emotive instruments in music today, saturating every bar with his current state of mind and often making his mixtapes feel like extended mood pieces.
When you blow up in the hip hop game, it's your responsibility to use your shine to put on some younger cats. Dreamville is J. Cole's way of doing just that. After founding the music collective, Cole has grown the talented roster of MCs to include Bas, Omen, and Cozz, along with awesome producers like Cedric Brown, Ron Gilmore, Elite and more.
They say that rappers want to be athletes and athletes want to be rappers. For no one is this axiom more true than Drake.
Rihanna entered the music industry on an entirely unprecedented run, delivering seven albums that cracked the top ten, as well as 20 top ten singles, all within seven years. She released one album per year and was a mainstay on the radio, with each new single popping up just as the last was waning in popularity.
The year's gotten off to a quick start, with long-awaited new music from Kanye West and Meek Mill, and another predictably site-crashing mixtape from Future. With all of that, and seeing that a new Migos mixtape isn't a rare occurrence these days, you might've glossed over Migos' YRN 2.
Despite arriving two days late, Kanye West's latest G.O.O.D. Friday Sunday track did not disappoint.
Ciara's $15 million lawsuit against Future marks the culmination of an increasingly ugly feud over their 1-year-old son Future Jr. and Ciara's boyfriend, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, an earnest evangelical and perfect foil for the swaggy stylings of Future Hendrix.
Beef is good for Hip Hop its like high school fights niggas dont really get hurt most the time but when they do? AWW MAN #youngveggiesvoice — Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 5, 2014
In a hip hop climate that's almost unhealthily focused on trending topics and followers, no one has committed to and excelled in catering to short attention spans like Future and Young Thug.
This week, the charts belonged to the late David Bowie. Days after releasing what would prove to be his swan song (an a very much intentional one), Blackstar, the legendary artist lost his battle to cancer.
This week, we got the third and perhaps final installment of Wiz Khalifa's Cabin Fever mixtape series, which began all the way back in February 2011. Released before the major label Rolling Papers, the first edition presented a very new and startling persona for the once laid-back and amicable rapper: Trap Wiz.
One month into 2016, and a whole lot of crazy shit has taken place in the hip-hop world.
As the most popular female rapper since... basically ever, Nicki Minaj faces more than her fair share of hurdles in the media.
It’s taken Macklemore and Ryan Lewis a little over three years to finish their sophomore album, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made. By contrast, Drake has released three albums, Kendrick Lamar two, and Gucci Mane more than a lifetime’s amount. Yet, when you can create an unheard of level of success like The Heist did, there’s no need to rush.