Take a peak at some of the most ridiculous, expensive chains out there!
From its birth, Hip Hop culture has been majorly influential for a lot of fashion trends. One of the most recognizable is the sporting of chains. But why do rappers wear these flashy pieces of jewelry? There are probably a ton of different theories and possibilities as to why but some think that wearing "ostentatious articles indicate monetary success.
Gerald Gillum, stage name G-Eazy, is trending right now. It’s easy to assume the emcee is riding white rapper fame to the top of the charts, but the man has been grinding for years. He released six mixtapes and three studio albums before the massive success of When It’s Dark Out, so he’s no tourist in the rap game.
We kicked off our annual year-end segments with the first part of Hottest 50 Songs of 2015. While you wait for the next two parts, we're releasing our list of the top 10 Most Searched Artists on the site over the past year.
Critics are always fighting conflicting urges. On the one hand, there's the need to be objective and evaluate each work on its own merits. On the other, there's the desire to fit each new release from an artist into an over-arcing career narrative. The trick is to find a balance between the two.
This week saw a range of debuts from a range of artists. The top entry within rap and R&B went to Jason Derulo who slid in at number four, just under Rocky who managed to have another strong week. A little farther down Chicago drill hero Lil Durk put his debut album in at number 14, and Dom Kennedy quietly slipped in at 23.
Drake is at a point where all of his video HAVE to be events or their deemed as failures, but at the same time, he's also at a point where he can make a video of himself doing weird dance moves for 4 minutes and it WILL be an event.That's exactly what happened with "Hotline Bling," which seems perfectly designed to be preserved as a GIF collection rather than a music video.
Hype Williams may have only directed four videos in 2014, but that doesn't mean we can't all remember a time when every dope hip-hop video seemed to have Hype's fingerprints on it. Countless legendary MCs collaborated with Hype Williams, including the likes of Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest, and also R&B stars like Blackstreet, Aaliyah, Usher and Mary J.
It's somewhat ironic. Chief Keef gives us so much music on a weekly basis, yet he owes us just as much. How is this possible? Well, he either has a terrible memory, or he is naturally bad at keeping promises.
20 years ago, André 3000 and Big Boi were riding the massive wave of commercial success that followed "Player's Ball," their debut single, as it rose up the charts and secured them a gig opening for Notorious B.I.G. in New York. It was only the beginning for OutKast, a duo that would go on to win six Grammys, make six platinum albums, and put the South on the map as a hip-hop powerhouse.
There is no one answer for why some cities get so much love in the hip-hop industry while others producing loads of talent go unnoticed. Maybe it's because major labels are based in, and focus on the so-called hip-hop meccas of the United States: NYC, Houston, LA, Chicago, New Orleans, and so on.
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.
In the last two years between his last album and now, Rick Ross has been through a lot, including surviving a targeted hit on his life. Critics bashed God Forgives, I Don’t and many wondered if Ross had peaked too soon and lost his touch. After numerous setbacks and delays, the bawse is back with his sixth album to prove that he’s a man with nine lives and a rapper with hits for days.
Professional wrestling and hip hop – sounds like an odd combination, but the two cultures that have a lot in common and quite a lot of respect for each others craft. Wrestling federations, whether it has been WWE, WCW, or TNA have all dabbled in hip hop. These companies have frequently collaborated with the genre to make some dope theme tunes for wrestlers.
After multiple weeks without any big chart debuts, we were starting to think it was a drought. Thankfully, last week saw some HUGE releases, with Justin Bieber, Logic, Jeezy, and Ty Dolla $ign all dropping their albums.
HBK (Heart Break Kids) are a crew from the San Francisco Bay Are who count rapper/producer Iamsu! as their de facto leader. Formed in 2008 by Su and producers Chief and P-Lo, the crew went on to add Sage The Gemini, Skipper, CJ, Rossi, Dave Steezy, Jay Ant, Kool John and the production team The Invasion (consisting of Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kuya Beats, Jay Ant, and Chief).
Big K.R.I.T. keeps busy, man.
“I am the struggle. I am the hustle. I am the city. I’m the pot in the kitchen.” Yo Gotti raps on the title track of his latest album, I Am. The self-proclaimed king of Memphis has been involved in the trap game for a while now, and he has much to share, telling stories through out his new album, I Am. Gotti‘s strong southern influence is clearly shown throughout the 13-track project.
No album in 2014 left some A$AP fans disgruntled, but last night, Rocky took to his tumblr, Flacko Jodye Season, to answer any, yes any, and all questions that came his way. "Dashboard Confessions" was followed by the release of the "Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2" video. The Q&A features revelations on Rocky's personal preferences in many areas of interest, including: weed, sex, and music.
Despite arriving two days late, Kanye West's latest G.O.O.D. Friday Sunday track did not disappoint.
This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Kanye West's albums. They've each played a unique role in the progression of hip-hop (and music in general), each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.However it's fun to really dissect a great artist's work, and Kanye's is no different.
Rap and jail time have had a close relationship ever since the Fat Boys rhymed about doing time for holding up a pizza place. Unfortunately, prison bids have stymied many promising careers over rap music's history. For every Tupac "out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin'" there's five rap stars whose careers never recovered after doing time.
On May 26, 1926, Miles Davis was born in small-town Illinois. He would go on to change the course of music with a nearly 50-year career centered in jazz.
While New York City is forever the birthplace of hip hop, the past decade or so has been run by other parts of the country. Atlanta is on fire, Chicago is too, and the west coast has been steady dropping jewels for a few years now as well.
Perhaps trying to match Kim Kardashian’s nude selfie from last week, Amber Rose freed the nipple in a censored Instagram post (she shared an uncensored version of the photo on Twitter). Rita Ora also got in on the shirtless action, as she shared some scantily clad photos of herself during her shoot for a lingerie brand.
There's definitely been an influx of songs dedicated to rappers' favorite brands in the last year or two, but it's been happening forever. Whether it's the designer labels of Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, or casual sportswear like Nike or FILA, emcees have always made a point of shouting out what they wear. So without further ado, check out our list of 20 of the most memorable odes to brand names!
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year.
On May 12th, Snoop Dogg and Pharrell will link up to release their first joint album, BUSH. Although they haven't previously worked on an entire album together, this is far from their first rodeo as a team, as they have a joint hitmaking streak that extends back to The Neptunes' early 2000s heyday.
Remember, as recently as a few months ago, when we all were all speculating on the inevitable decline of Cash Money? Then, Wayne and Birdman partied together on New Year's, and earlier today, Mannie Fresh put out a collab between himself, Lil Wayne, Juvenile, and even Baby, and damn, that 9th ward sound is alive and hot as ever.
Jay Z made a song dedicated to Tom Ford last year, one of Harlem's hottest rappers wears strictly skinny jeans (A$AP Rocky), and one of the industry's most talked about rappers (Kanye West) is addicted to high-fashion. A little over a decade ago, the genre's finest openly wore baggy clothing, throwback jerseys, and du-rags. It's an understatement to say hip-hop's fashion sense has changed a bit.
This week has proved to be pretty eventful when it comes to song releases. There was actually a lot to choose from when it came time to compile our weekly Staff Picks playlist, and we're expecting the commenters to call us out on any and all oversights. There were Drake leaks. There was a Weeknd remix of Bryson Tiller. There was a G-Eazy remix. There was a 50 Cent remix.