A look at the cream of the cop of our Top 100 chart.
In these tumultuous and confusing times, it’s good to know we have Lil Wayne. Weezy was just about the only constant in this week’s Top 10, with nearly all other tracks getting washed out in a wave of new music. Let’s get started. 10) Tyga ft. Boosie Badazz – Pleazer
Since it's still pretty early in the year, we haven't had any big releases just yet, but that doesn't mean rap and R&B aren't selling a whole lot. This week, The Weeknd has moved back into the top 5 releases, while Bryson Tiller has hit his highest peak yet, proving his audience is growing each week. In other sales news, the RIAA has finally certified J.
Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on shelves with MMLP2.
This weekly feature provides you with some of the most-fire yet least-viewed records that we featured on the homepage this past week. Whether they were simply overlooked because the artist name was not familiar, or perhaps they just weren't seen at all, we want to give them a second chance at your iTunes here.
Tech N9ne has been doing music since the '90s, and along the way he's picked up a fan or two (or a lot more). However, the rapper still isn't satisified, and he continues to grind to reach those people who have yet to call themselves Tech N9ne fans.
Universal Music Group is being sued over a potentially unauthorized sample used in Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie," which featured Jay Z and was produced by Timbaland. The single peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 100 and appeared on Timberlake'd 2013 album The 20/20 Experience.
It was yet another unpredictable week on the charts, with Meek Mill being dethroned by none other than -- Tyrese? That's right, the veteran R&B star turnt Furious 7 actor has landed his very first number one with his sixth studio album. Meanwhile, Meek Mill keeps the units moving, sticking close at the number three spot.
We're quickly approaching the holidays, which means the year-end lists are in full effect. While many of us are looking back at the abundance of great music that's dropped over the past 50 weeks, some of our favorite rappers are showing no signs of showing down. Shortly after dropping his Black Friday remix package with Kendrick Lamar, J.
It's a mantra that hip-hop listeners are all too familiar with. Year after year, statistics prove that the black community in America--particularly in lower-class neighborhoods--is subjected to unjust treatment from those supposedly designated to protect them. For the most part, these are the same communities that dominate the rap marketplace.
After the Kanye-inspired chaos of last week, the past seven days have been relatively tame in the rap world, with the twin titans of last weekend (TLOP and the substantially less interesting Grammy awards) still dominating the conversation.
"Dis for the ones that abandoned me," Future wrote on Instagram one year ago today, hours after releasing his mixtape Monster.
This past week proved to be a big one for hip-hop. Definitely a week to be remembered, with three big rap albums (and one r'n'b album) all dropping on the same day (and every one knows this date by now)-- June 18. While Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller had the spotlight for the majority of the week, that's not to say there weren't some dope releases from other artists.
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 and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
As physical copies of albums become more and more elusive, and the younger generation turns to iTunes or Spotify to cop/stream new albums, we're missing out on a fundamental element to that very first listen of a new LP-- opening up the packing and looking through the liner notes with a fine tooth comb.
Atlanta, Georgia. The city bursting with waffle houses and strip clubs also happens to be one of today’s hip-hop capitals. Trap music has skyrocketed over the past couple years, ATL being its home. Twenty years ago, however, there was a much different picture in the A. The Dirty South was simply trying to garner recognition while the East and West Coasts shared a stranglehold on the rap scene.
We didn't see many debuts this week, but pretty much all the big rap releases of 2015 experienced a considerable push.
On Friday we posted a photo of Dwyane Wade's ex wife in the streets of Chicago holding a sign that read "NBA Miami Heat Star Mother Of His Children Out On The Streets," and now we get more info about why Siovaughn Funches-Wade was "protesting." It all stems from the court case between the two, as we reported earlier had sued the Heat star, and then that lawsuit was removed.
Last year, there’s no question that the West had it locked. Acclaimed albums by Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Jay Rock, Ty Dolla $ign and The Game proved that the left coast can build off the momentum established by the legends – like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, NWA, Nate Dogg, etc. – and continue to release quality music that stretches the boundaries of hip hop at large.
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either.
Nicki Minaj dominates the charts this week, although, there is one artist she isn't able to dominate: you guessed it, Taylor Swift. No matter, Nicki outdid sales projections with her first week on shelves, after moving a sold 244,00 units; basically 100k more than we expected. Magic? Or did Cash Money snatch up 100k copies? We'll let you be the judge.
This week wasn't all that exciting for debuts, as the biggest new album came from DJ Khaled, and didn't manage to crack the top 10. This week we did see a lot of albums continue to hold on to high chart positions with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Drake and Future's project all proving they have some longevity on the charts.
The week is finally, almost, over. That doesn't mean Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa's beef has subsided yet though, with Kanye attempting to clear his name in the #FingersInTheBootyAssBitch scandal, and Wiz continuing to take aim at Ye during live shows. It's amusing and entertaining, to say the least.
This week we're seeing several new hip-hop and r'n'b entries on Charts Don't Lie, or more to the point, the Billboard 200. Nothing too crazy happened though, with r'n'b singer Tank taking our top spot, but that's only with a debut at #13 (selling 17,000 units). We're mainly seeing underground/indie numbers with our new entries.
Although it is the holidays, rappers never stop putting in work. Rappers love to release shit on holidays specifically, and this year was no different. Quite a few artists came through with big records in the spirit of Xmas, but there were also some smaller gems which we're shining light on in Underrated Audio. Have a look through to see what you may have missed in the past seven days.
The songs that received the most attention last week in our Hot 100. 10. Tory Lanez Feat. Nyce - Traphouse Tory Lanez brought back Fargo Fridays with a melodic banger in which he closes the doors of his traphouse to all females who don't understand the rules of the game. We gonna get that debut album in 2016? 9. YG Feat. Mozzy - City Mad (Prod. by P-Lo)
Earlier this year we’ve done Classic Rotations pieces on Outkast’s Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik and ATLiens, and today we’re bringing you a reflection piece on Outkast’s third album, Aquemini. The 1998 follow-up to ATLiens was recorded in Atlanta and features a sound along those lines.
The week is almost over, and with that, comes our Staff Picks playlist. This past week wasn't so heavy on the mixtapes/albums (although French Montana did make a splash with Wave Gods), as it was on the songs/news.
Rome Fortune, usually as prolific as anyone in his home city of Atlanta, slowed down in preparation for the release of his debut album, Jerome Raheem Fortune, which arrived today on Fool's Gold Records, the Brooklyn-based independent label that has long mitigated the divide between genres, especially hip-hop and electronic.
The first day of Fall has come and went, and with that, we're slowly but surely getting to all those things we we're excited about, from the expected like GO:OD AM and the premiere of "Empire," to the unexpected like What A Time To Be Alive.