Drake and Future's many name drops on "WATTBA," broken down.
Drake and Future successfully created a moment with What A Time To Be Alive, successfully dodging leaks and getting rap fans everywhere tuned in to a a good old-fashioned radio show. Of course, the main difference with doing this in 2015 is the project could instantly be discussed on a major scale, with fans everywhere tweeting out lyrics as they happened.
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.
Mac Miller's GO:OD AM was meant to start your day off on the right foot. The positive-minded rapper boasts a smooth flow throughout the project, so it isn't just the name that makes us want to bump these tracks first thing in the morning.
As one of the biggest producers and pop stars of recent history, Skrillex has been able to lend his production work to a load of big names. Chance The Rapper, Damian Marley, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, and Ellie Goulding are just a handful of the artists that Sonny Moore has been able to work with since his skyrocketing to fame.
There is much we can learn from rap Instagram, much to read between the lines as rappers attempt to craft their image without pesky publicists looking over their shoulder. This week was an eclectic one in the hip hop world, as Nas and Swizz Beatz got it lit together celebrating their birthdays, the old Hot Boys hit squad reunited in the studio, and 2 Chainz got blunted with Kanye West.
Young Thug is no stranger to using animal metaphors in his raps. On Barter 6 earlier this year, the eccentric rapper littered his verses with animal references, and dropped clever lines about Willie B. and piranhas, amongst others.
If Migos have a fallback producer, it's Zaytoven. He produced 7 of the 15 songs on their new tape Back to the Bando, and since "Versace" they have collaborated on over 30 records together.
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.
Mac Miller is officially releasing his newest album GO:OD AM tomorrow on Warner Bros. Records. Despite the fact that the new LP, which is already available for streaming via NPR by the way, is only Mac's third proper full-length, he's delivered no less than eleven mixtapes over the years and some EPs to boot.
Unfamiliar with Post Malone? Well it's time to get acquainted. The Dallas singing rapper just signed a contract with Republic Records based largely in part off the stunning success of his breakout record, "White Iverson," which now has over 30 million plays on soundcloud. Malone is white, but he doesn't play basketball.
Jay Rock’s highly anticipated sophomore effort 90059 is finally upon us and it’s a great listen that is equal parts trippy and trappy. The unique production value takes aim at combining the high points of other 2015 standouts like Sremm Life and AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP.
Kendrick Lamar is a nimble, flexible rapper who uses clever wordplay to shift between characters, places, times, to explore worlds other than this, the composite of all which is a multi-dimensional self-portrait.
It was nineteen years ago today that Tupac Shakur's life was taken too soon. The rap world would never be the same, and the community really felt the loss.
It was yet another big week on Instagram. PartyNextDoor got in the studio with with Noah Shebib, 50 Cent posed with the dude who got pistol whipped by Rick Ross, and Kehlani, Kylie Jenner, Beyonce, and Karrueche were up to their usual bag of tricks. And more! Take a look at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week after the jump.
Jaden Smith, Will Smith's seventeen year old son, has a very impressive resume for someone his age. The Pursuit of Happyness co-star has kept busy in both the movie and music industries over the years, opting to take full advantage of his genetics and connections as opposed to fitting with with 'normal' kids.
An Angela Yee slip-up on air earlier this week opened the floodgates for speculation regarding a possible Drake/Future mixtape, and there is substantial evidence supporting the theory that this tape is not only happening, it's dropping today.
With his debut album Only Way Is Up finally out, rapper K Camp is really able to secure himself as success in the rap game-- or at least, that's the hope. For the past year or two, Kristopher Cambell has been delivering massive hits in Atlanta to great success and everyone's enjoyment.
In the world of southern hip-hop, there's only so many artists that have sold 10 million or more records. Juvenile is a part of that class. With eleven (solo) albums in total, Juvenile is also one of the more consistent MCs of the past 25 years.
By dropping his newest mixtape Black Dollar, Rick Ross added another great addition to his line of releases, album and mixtapes alike. It always seems to be that mixtapes hit harder than albums (remember Rich Forever?), but let's divert our attention back to Ross' albums for a minute.
Slim Jesus is going viral. His video "Drill Time," released on August 18, had humble beginnings, garnering a touch under 3,000 YouTube views in its first two weeks of life. It gained some modest traction the first week of September, and now it has absolutely exploded, skyrocketing from less than 15,000 views to over 600,000 in the last 24 hours.
Take a deep breathe of that cool, fresh air. Summer came, and it was awesome, but it's time for fall and all the wonderful things that come with it. Sure, hoodie season and Halloween come to mind, but to keep it real, we're more stoked on new music and huge tours from some of our favorite artists.
Jay Rock has made quite the name for himself over the past few years with strong features alongside his peers Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Schoolboy Q. Just recently, the California native released his second full-length album 90059, so what better time to look back at some of the essential tracks he's delivered throughout his tenure, both from that album and prior.
The VMAs were the biggest event of the week providing an opportunity for the lovely ladies of hip hop to rock their most revealing and/or over-the-top outfits. Naturally, Tinashe came out on top.
Rodeo just dropped, and along with Travi$ Scott's virtuoso artistry, there are loads of quality features on the album. From R&B crooner The Weeknd, to the indie icon Toro Y Moi, newer rappers like Quavo and Swae Lee, to established cats like Juicy J, the album boasts a variety of guests who offer their own style to the tracks.
When you think of club-ready hip hop music that was bumpin' from 2000-2010, Swizz Beatz is one of the elite names that should come to mind. The Bronx producer-DJ-rapper-fashionista-artist can virtually do anything under the sun, but he was at his most potent through the aforementioned years when he was producing rap bangers for the likes of Jay Z, T.I., DMX, and many more.
Tyler The Creator recently made headlines because he was banned from going to Australia and the UK, due to his controversial lyrics. Apparently lyrics from tracks like "VCR," "Blow," "Sarah," "Tron Cat" and "French" have been ruled so obscene, that the UK doesn't want him in their country. The craziest part? This is nothing new.
With a box office record to its name thanks to millions and millions earned, "Straight Out of Compton" -- the NWA biopic -- has set Hollywood on fire. It comes as no surprise that the film industry is now looking in to the history of hip-hop to tell more stories on the silver screen.
Whether you saw it live on Sunday night or saw it later on the Internet, everyone and their mom knows that Kanye announced he will be running for U.S presidency in 2020. The announcement came at this year's VMAs during Kanye's acceptance speech for the prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
Rick Ross's last couple albums have left something to be desired. With Black Dollar coming out this Thursday, hope springs eternal that he'll regain his peak form. Despite his pear-induced weight loss, Ross is about to turn 40 years old, potentially on the downslope of his rap career and in need of boost.
While the 2015 VMA's had its share of fireworks, it was quite the vanilla affair.