Counting down the rappers who've survived and thrived on Sway In The Morning's "real MCs only" freestyle challenge, The Five Fingers Of Death.
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold.
Follow Kylie Jenner on Snapchat and you'll find her riding in the G-Wagon bumping Bryson Tiller and hamming it up for the camera and not watching the road.
DJ Khaled's stock was at a low when he released his widely-planned album I Changed a Lot last October. (It was evident that he had not changed at all. As this article will demonstrate. Khaled has always been incorrigible.) What followed was an unlikely resurgence, due in large part to the popularity of Khaled's Snapchat.
Last night, Gucci Mane responded to rumors that the skinny, mild-mannered Gucci released from jail is in fact a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he said.
Childish Gambino isn't someone who often loads his projects with features, but over the course of his career he has made some special bonds with a couple of artists, as well as experimenting with other rappers' sounds on his ROYALTY mixtape. With news that his PHAROS album is on the way in September, we've decided to revisit some of the best work Gambino has done with other artists.
Lil Yachty has nearly completed his evolution from Internet phenomenon to permanent fixture in the rap game. In the past 10 days, he earned a spot in XXL's 2016 Freshman class and signed to Quality Control to the surprise of no one -- QC head honcho Coach K has managed and mentored Yachty since late 2015.
Right now, two of the summer's most anticipated albums feature producers' names in the top-billed spot: Mike Will Made It's Ransom 2 and Clams Casino's 32 Levels.
It's no secret that dancehall has become en vogue outside of the Caribbean.
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of O.J. Simpson's white Bronco police chase. O.J. is locked up now at Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada for committing armed robbery. Even from behind bars, O.J. is still able to capture America's imagination's like few else. He was recently the subject of the FX show, "The People v. O.J.
A timeline of recent events regarding ScHoolboy Q's fourth studio album Blank Face, which is slated to drop on July 8th: April 4th: Q drops "Groovy Tony." Later in April: Q turns in album, celebrates by taking his homies on vacation to Hawaii. May 13th: Q drops "THat Part" feat. Kanye West.
Drake's VIEWS was just certified double platinum by the RIAA after only 6 weeks of release, making it his fastest-selling album yet.
There's been some recent talk that Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa aren't currently on the best of terms, a thought that has upset fans of both artists, who've been collaborating for years.
Playboi Carti fans are still waiting for him to release his debut mixtape Cash Carti. It's hard to believe that the young Atlanta rapper hasn't released a single project. He's signed to A$AP Rocky, Awful Records, and he's already made music with Frank Ocean and Skepta.
At Midnight, we debuted the second official single from Tory Lanez's long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album. "Luv" not only continues to pave the way to Tory's album, it came with his album title: I Told You. Tory had previously teased a summer release on twitter, but this cements that even further and gets us even more excited for the impending album.
Future's DS2 was certified platinum at the end of May. It was his first solo album to be certified platinum, but not his first solo single. In the past fourteen months, a whopping ten Future singles have attained gold or platinum RIAA certification. This surge of certified Future singles testifies to his status as a bona fide rap superstar.
A hacking spree took the internet by storm this past weekend. Industrious hackers seeking revenge, entertainment, or some other perverse pleasure hacked into several prominent social media accounts, including those of Kylie Jenner, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Keith Richards, Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, and the NFL
Gucci Mane and Zaytoven have been working together since they both scored there first hit in 2005 with "Icy," and have developed their respective sounds together ever since.
Mike WiLL Made-It has gone from Atlanta's rap underground to working with the biggest pop stars in the business in only a few years time, and he's continued to look bigger even as he's seemingly hit the top.
Premiering last July on Beats 1, OVO sound Radio has hosted many mixes, and many exclusive records have been premiered in the process. Just this weekend, three new records from Drake made their way out through the show, adding to large catalog of songs the 6 God has shared over the course of his Apple Music run.
There is no man more ubiquitous, no man more in demand in hip hop than Ty Dolla $ign. With melodic instincts second to none, he appeared on roughly 50 songs in 2015 outside of his debut album Free TC. A true hook maestro, he is proof that in the music business, the hook is where the money is made. The hook is what butters the bread.
Today has proved to be VERY HOTTTTT across the board, but at the top of the list, (if you checked our -definitive- ranking on the homepage) is Kanye West's new single for Cruel Winter, which just so happens to be a posse cut featuring G.O.O.D. Music artists and beyond.
Few other rappers have command of similes and metaphors like Pusha T. His ability to describe the same thing (selling drugs) in endless ways is one of the many reasons he’s among the best emcees doing it right now.
Gucci Mane's glorious emergence from jail last week spawned a saucy celebration track with Mike Will Made-It and a pow-wow sesh with Zaytoven. While we are happy to see him work with these top-flight producers, we would like to see La Flare branch out and forge new creative partnerships as he enters a new phase in his career.
It's difficult now to believe that not long ago, Meek Mil was one of the most respected emcees in the game. His bravado and unrelenting ferocity on the mic have been evident since the mid-aughts, when he was a raw talent rapping and selling drugs at the same time in North Philly (see below).
"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, manLet me handle my business, damn!" - Jay Z, "Diamonds of Sierra Leone (Remix)"
Sango is one of the few producers who has developed a fully original sound. His Da Rocinha mixtape series, which synthesizes trap drums and the "baile funk" aesthetic borne of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, is truly a marvel of modern electronic music.
Yesterday was a truly bizarre day in hip-hop. It started with news of a shooting at a T.I. concert the night before in New York, and reports soon connected to the incident to Troy Ave, as the NYPD caught footage of the Brooklyn rapper opening fire in a VIP green room. That footage was released to the public, and Troy has since been arrested on charges of attempted murder, among others.
R Kelly is 49 years old and still obsessed with sex. Look no further than the cunnilingus-referencing title of his newest album The Buffet.
The Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York just concluded, but not before boasting a number of one-of-a-kind events in the realm of hip hop, dance music, jazz, and beyond. One of the festival's events was a roundtable discussion with three of modern music's most influential producers: Zaytoven, Sonny Digital, and Metro Boomin.
These days, the line between mixtape and album is thinner than ever, and fans are fairly entitled when it comes to new music. As a result, we're seeing more and more projects being released in a shorter time frame, but there are only a select few who can impress both in terms of quantity and quality. The "run" is something a few artists have been praised for.