A look at the best guest spots of Quavo's career.
While it is true that Migos is greater than the sum of its parts, it is also true that Quavo has emerged as the most popular member of the group, and the most likely to be poached for a guest appearance on another artist's songs. In the last year alone, Quavo has contributed to songs by Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih.
Beanie Sigel became the unlikely centerpiece of Meek Mill's beef with The Game and in the process introduced himself to many young rap fans unfamiliar with his exploits in the early '00s as a member of the Roc-a-Fella family. Nicknamed the Broad Street Bully, Sigel was widely respected for his dusty, stubborn, and realist portraits of his formative years in South Philadelphia.
Tonight marks the third and final presidential debate before the election on November 8th. Ever since the first one, which took place on September 26th, Donald Trump has taken a huge nose-dive in the polls, but as we've seen in races past, anything can happen in the final weeks.
It's been almost two years since Nicki Minaj dropped a new album. Yes, that seems hard to believe, but it's true: The Pinkprint, her third studio release, came out on December 12, 2014.
Lloyd Banks was 22 when he released his debut album The Hunger For More in 2004, one year after 50 Cent's monumental debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Banks had already forged a reputation as the Punchline King, and he was G-Unit's undisputed next-up. He felt like the next big thing in rap.
If you were in your teens between the years 2003 and 2009, having a Myspace was a must. The predecessor to Facebook was a major step up from instant messaging platforms like AIM, the only form of social network any of us really had until the mid-2000s, and it also had a big impact on the music industry.
Eminem exploded onto the scene in the late '90s with both middle fingers raised high. He has always been provocateur at heart, and in more ways than one. Beyond his critiques of mass media and hip hop culture, he has always been eager to share his most fucked-up urges, to shine a light on the most hellish recesses of his psyche.
Max B was out of jail for little over a year when he caught a robbery and murder conspiracy charge in 2006. For the three years that followed, up until the time he was convicted, he put out a volume of music rivaled only my Gucci Mane.
Kendrick Lamar started the year off strong with the release of untitled. unmastered, but he's also been keeping bust with guest appearances, showing up on range of records from fellow TDE members, underground emcees, and the biggest pop acts going.
Fans do crazy things when confronted with their heroes. Last year, we covered in depth the pattern of young white males hopping up on stage with Action Bronson, knowing well that he would hurl them back into the audience in a corpulent rage. For some, brushes with fame can provide a thrill like few other earthly pleasures.
If 2015 was the year of Metro Boomin, 2016 might go down as the year of Mike WiLL Made-It.
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits.
For a public figure who wears his emotions on his sleeve, like Wale, ignoring a troll can be more difficult than confronting one. On numerous occasions, when faced with someone seeking to get a rise out of him, Wale has given that person exactly what they wanted: recognition.
From the moment he stepped onto the scene in 2010, Future captivated Atlanta with his seemingly unlimited supply of charismatic street and strip club anthems. In retrospect, his ascent seems preordained, but at the outset of his career, he was just another young rapper trying to make a name for himself in the crowded and fickle hip hop universe.
This year's BET Hip Hop Awards were packed with flavor. Politically-charged and rhythmically-armed, 2016's award show featured performances from some of the culture's hottest including T.I., Gucci Mane, and Lil Uzi Vert. But the performances are never the event's most important part, nor are the awards themselves - what people give a shit about is the cypher, and as they should.
One rapper who's blown up like crazy this year is 21 Savage. He generated a serious buzz off a few murderous club hits in Atlanta and then went on to drop a remarkable joint album, Savage Mode, with his city's best producer in Metro Boomin. Being a new and unavoidable presence on the scene, 21 has already inspired plenty of biters.
Dave East has become a HotNewHipHop favorite for his gritty tales of his days as a hustler in the treacherous streets of East Harlem. East makes motivation music, and he puts out one project per year.
Shawty Lo unexpectedly passed away last Wednesday from injuries sustained in a single-car accident that occurred while he was driving home from the club with two women. He was survived by his 11 children, as well as his legacy as a co-founded D4L and a key figure in Atlanta in the mid- to-late-'00s. pushing infectious, radio-friendly snap music in a time when rappers like T.I.
Ty Dolla $ign has never been an overtly political artist. When it comes down to it, the majority of his songs still revolve around his rock star lifestyle, which hasn't changed on his new project, Campaign.
Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day was everything its ambitious title promised it would be. The event took place in Chicago's South Side at the White Sox's Cellular One Field, and brought out 47,000 attendees, making it a successfully unifying event for the city.
In his early career, you couldn't talk about Drake without mentioning his acting past on teen soap opera Degrassi.
A sex-positive, fashion-forward tomboy with a disarmingly buttery voice, DeJ Loaf is an anomaly in the hip hop world. She hasn't released an album yet, but her singular visual and musical style and talent for writing catchy hooks has earned her collaborations with Lil Wayne and Future and 4.5 million Instagram followers.
That Wale is signed to Maybach Music Group, the gaudiest label in all the land, belies his humble origins as a first-generation Nigerian-American whose bold, lyrical, heavily go-go-flavored style bridged the gap between backpacker and radio rap and became an instant sensation in his native Washington D.C.
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters. We're gonna take you on a tour of 20 rapper yearbook photos, an expansion of our previous list.
The Game's fallout with 50 Cent shortly after the release of The Documentary in 2005 led him to release not one, not two, but dozens of diss tracks against 50 and G-Unit. While Game has taken shots at other rappers -- and non-rappers ("I'd kick David Beckham's ass on any given day") -- roughly 97% percent of his diss tracks have attempted to humiliate and emasculate G-Unit.
In the Atlanta-dominated Southern rap scene, Tennessee's Isaiah Rashad represents a refreshing alternative, a rapper stylish, witty, and passionate who is unflinching in his portrayal of his own personal struggles with depression, money, fame, drugs, family, and the universal human burden of simply being alive.
In 1997, a 20-year-old 2 Chainz, then known as Tity Boi, formed a rap duo Playaz Circle with his friend Dolla Boy. They released their debut album United We Stand, United We Fall, which is now virtually unavailable online. (You can buy the physical copy for $299.99 (plus shipping)).
A new report has suggested that Lil Wayne is in sole possession of Tha Carter V masters, which he is withholding from his label, Cash Money, until they pay him what he is owed. It's the latest development in an ongoing battle between Wayne and Cash Money founder, Birdman, who Weezy has accused of holding out on payments (he's also far from the first to make such a claim).
A fifth of a century after his death, the conversation rages on - is 2pac the greatest rapper of all time? Was his flow as good as Biggie's? Did he really weave words as intricately as Nas?
In terms of an artist gaining direct access to his or her fans, there's no better social media platform than Snapchat. Indeed, the app has caused artists to blur the line between their public and private personas.