Independent labels are taking over the game, and we're here to highlight a selection of them.
We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control over their artists. The tide is changing, and the result is a mainly positive one. Fans are receiving music how they want, when they want, from their favorite artists without the major-label hassle.
Whether we know him as the infamous 2 Chainz, Tity Boi or one half of Playaz Circle, the rapper has written some of the funniest and sometimes plain ridiculous lines in hip hop. His fans can’t help but memorize and shout out his outrageous quotables, something which is beginning to characterize Tity 2 Necklace.
What's beef? Well, whatever it is, it sure has changed over the years. Beef is what ultimately lead to the murders of two contenders for 'best rapper ever.' In 2015, beef consists mostly of Twitter smack-talk and occasionally a diss track or two.
With its blunt illustrations of the dangers of life growing in inner city Chicago, drill music has had a powerful influence shaping the sound of hip hop over the course of the last half-decade. Many of the genre's purveyors are active themselves in gang life, and as such some have been killed at an extremely young age.
OVO Sound is a label founded by Drake, Noah "40" Shebib, and Oliver El-Khatib in 2012. The label consists of Drake and in-house producers 40, Boi-1da, T-Minus, Mike Zombie. PartyNextDoor, Majid Jordan, ILoveMakonnen and OB O'Brien are also affiliated with the crew.
No Ceilings 2 was always going to be stacked up to the first one. The classic 2009 tape is often regarded as Lil Wayne's last great project, with each album and mixtape since falling below the bar he set with his classic run of releases in the late '00s.
The lives of rappers are in the spotlight daily, allowing the public to constantly observe what these rappers are up to. Whether they are topping the charts, or involved in a media frenzy, the public is always in the know.
New Orleans native Curren$y might be part cyborg. Either that or they’re putting something in the weed down there, because the man is prolific in a way that few other artist can achieve and still retain top quality.
It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.
Last week, at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Jay Electronica gave fans a set to remember as he brought out labelmate Jay Z, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Talib Kweli. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jay is an elusive rapper and producer who joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation roster label in 2010.
Listening to Chris Brown records is a bit more involved an activity than ingesting your average pop album. Listeners are required to constantly do mental arithmetic, weighing variables like catchiness and artistic merit to determine if their need to listen > the knowledge that Chris Brown has done some heinous things and your listens are enabling him, albeit in a very small way.
Even as little as nine months ago, no one would have really expected Birdman and Lil Wayne to beef.
Before Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kanye West walked with Jesus, and the deadly East-West Coast rivalry, there was a young kid observing life and crime through his project window.
Why have old white women, from Hillary Clinton to this 95-year-old grandma, been seen hitting dabs in the past few months? Despite what the Quality Control artists behind tracks like "Dab Fever," "Look At My Dab," and "Dab Daddy" would have you believe, it's not because these ladies have suddenly become interested in trap music.
We're long past the East/West rivalries of the '90s, but place isn't as irrelevant in modern hip hop as some would have you think. Sure, sounds and styles fly more freely between area codes than they used to, but they're more often than not traceable to a specific time and location where certain tempos, slang, and flows bear traces of local history in their DNA.
Last night, Meek Mill announced to the world that Drake's verse on their collaboration "R.I.C.O." was in fact written with the help of someone else. This isn't "news" per se, as Quentin Miller (the writer in question) appears in the song's credits, but Meek said he had only recently found out, or else he "woulda took it off my album."
This week, we saw the debut of Lecrae, an artist who -- with the Christian rap audience behind him -- managed to score a #1 debut with his last project, Anomaly.
You might be thinking "Here we go, yet another dissection into the enigma that is Young Thug." But that's just the thing with Thugger.
Though undeniably potent, a Drake/Future collab isn't a 100% natural fit on paper given their differing rapping styles. That said, they share a lavish and deeply enviable lifestyle, in which they routinely make it rain monsoons at Magic City, eat at 3-star Michelin restaurants, fly in private jets, and have sex with hordes of beautiful women.
Since 2011, Drake and The Weeknd have dominated the thriving hip-hop/R&B scene in Toronto, though their relationship hasn't always been squeaky clean. Now, with The Weeknd's new album out today, and Drake's following soon after, the spotlight has never been brighter. Will Drizzy and The Weeknd continue to feed off each other? Or will the two finally go their separate routes.
Beats. For most fans of rap music, they're just the background for the "real" action: the lyrics. To others, they can make or break a track completely. And to some, beats are music all by themselves.
Releasing three mixtapes over the course of six months is no easy task; dropping three that are celebrated by critics and fans alike is almost unthinkable.
Aubrey Drake Graham was born in October, and while many artists choose to name their record labels after hometowns, personal mottos and/or expensive vehicles (looking at you, Rozay), Drizzy paid tribute to his birth month by founding October's Very Own, now known as OVO Sound.
Tory Lanez is a 22 year old with a super-bright future ahead of him. Features with Meek Mill, Rick Ross, French Montanta, and The Game might prove that much, but thirteen mixtapes and a recent EP alongside super-producer squad Wedidit certainly drive the point home.
After dropping No Label 2 and Rich Nigga Timeline last year, Migos have spent the months leading up to YRN The Album sharing their music in a more haphazard, less organized fashion. Plenty of this is due to album delays (and consequently Offset's continued presence in jail), as well as the usual leaks that have plagued patrons of various Atlanta studios this year.
Today, we take enjoyment from the misery of others.
Ranking Jay Z albums can be like doing any other Jay-related list: it's impossible to get it right. The God MC himself ranked his albums last year via Life + Times and caused an uproar from just about everyone, including die hard fans, casual listeners and committed Internet trolls, who bombarded the comment section with commentary like, "Nah! Vol.
When exactly Tinashe's sophomore album, Joyride, is coming out has been as difficult to pinpoint as any of the anticipated releases of the last year. 2015 wrapped without any sign of it, but today's announcement that the singer will be heading out on a world tour in support of the LP next month is surely a sign it'll be out soon, right?
Part of the rapper lifestyle means lots of travelling, lots of fans and/or groupies, and hardly any time to settle down and wife up. Thus it may not come as a surprise that rapper seeds often get sprinkled across the states, and often times, they've got multiple baby mamas.
“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.’"