Weekly review of the Hip-Hop and R&B sales/charts.
Chevy Woods has been preparing his Gangland 3 mixtape for some time now. It seems as though the project is finally coming together, as the Taylor Gang rapper has revealed the official cover art via Twitter.
The first full week of 2015 comes with quite a bit of news. First, is the sad news of legendary SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. Then, there was the Charlie Hebdo situation in France.
Lil Snupe was only 18 when he was shot and killed following an argument in 2013. The rapper was just rising to prominence as an understudy of Meek Mill, on his way to becoming an official Dreamchasers artist.
Azealia Banks Lashes Out At Kendrick Lamar's Comments On Ferguson Jan 9, 2015 at 04:47pm 41,972 Views
Today Kendrick Lamar's Billboard magazine cover, as well as the story that goes along with it, was unveiled in its entirety. Kendrick isn't the most outspoken individual in the rap game, he's not the type to take his opinions and blast them all over twitter (like someone else in this news article), but he doesn't shy from offering an opinion when asked directly.
Now that 2015 is underway, we have plenty of good music to look forward too, when it comes to both mixtapes (just peep our Upcoming section) and albums. Even in this one-listen-then-on-to-the-next generation, it's still appropriate to bump music that dropped last year, right? Especially because some projects didn't get as much as love as the quality of said projects deserve.
In it's 23rd anniversary this year, the Air Jordan 6 is dominating the Jordan releases, with a plethora of classic colorways once again hitting retailers. 2015, though? That looks like it will be the year of the Air Jordan 4, as the 'Oreo' Jordan 4 will join this timeless classic.The 'Columbia' Air Jordan 4 will once again return after a hiatus since 1999, this time dubbed the 'Legend Blue'.
It's not often that the reclusive TDE rapper Kendrick Lamar tweets, so when he does, twittersphere pays attention. This was the case three days ago when K.
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.
Beanie Sigel Reportedly Released From Hospital [Update: Sigel's Lung Is Actually Still In Tact] Jan 9, 2015 at 11:36am 18,596 Views
Exactly a month ago, Beanie Sigel was shot in the torso following an altercation in Pleasantville, New Jersey, and he's been in the hospital ever since. Apart from an early report that the rapper was in "critical condition," we've been kept in the dark about his status, but thanks to his fellow former State Property member Neef Buck, we've got a bit of good news.
After appearing on the cover of XXL magazine and writing his feature story himself, Kendrick Lamar has nabbed another magazine cover, this time with Billboard.
Pro Era's A La $ole To Release Collaborative Project With BBAS' J57 Jan 9, 2015 at 06:22am 2,479 Views
While January 20th marks the release of Pro Era front man Joey Bada$$' solo debut, "B4DA$$", March 2015 will see the release of a collaborative project between Pro Era emcee A La $ole and Brown Bag All-Stars producer/rapper J57.
While February 7th is celebrated as "Dilla Day" in Detroit, this year, the celebration will be going down in Miami as "Dilla Day" turns into a weekend event, February 5th through the 8th. Scheduled performers include Joey Bada$$, Madlib, Pete Rock, Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Black Milk, Esta, and Camp Lo with more to be announced.
Chicago rapper & Treated Crew member Gerik "Gzus Piece" Raglin was reportedly arrested last week and charged with drug possession and heroin trafficking on the Ohio Turnpike, according to the Toronto Blade & various sources.
Under Armour has officially unveiled the first signature sneaker of Golden State Warriors' all-star point guard, and MVP candidate, Stephen Curry. The kicks, which are called the 'Curry One,' will officially launch in a 'Home' colorway on February 13th, just in time for the NBA's All-Star weekend.
Kid Ink Announces New Album "Full Speed" With Cover Art & Release Date [Update: Tracklist Released] Jan 8, 2015 at 06:03pm 41,493 Views
Now that Kid Ink's new single featuring Tinashe and Usher, "Body Language," is officially off the ground and taking over the airwaves, the rapper is ready to announce a release date, title and cover art for his upcoming sophomore effort.
Universal Targets Mixtapes Being Sent To Prison Inmates In New Lawsuit Jan 8, 2015 at 05:20pm 10,185 Views
While us average folk can easily and legally listen or download the latest music thanks to music platforms like iTunes, Amazon, Google Play (and the list goes on), prison inmates don't have the same accessibility to these sites. Thus, often times, friends and family will send them care packages, that, according to a new lawsuit from Universal Music Group, contain pirated music.
Last week, we were shocked to see YG and DJ Mustard, the bread and butter of L.A.'s rap scene last year, engaging in some light beef on social media. It didn't last long, as Mustard quickly cleared the air with a post that proclaimed "Jokes on yall dick heads !!!!" and showed him and his lyrical ally back together.
The iconic Puma Suede will serve as the base for Meek Mill's Puma collab, which will be releasing later this month on January 17th. The collaboration between Puma and the Philly rapper includes a set of kicks dubbed the '24k White Gold Pack.'
Migos seem to be kicking things into "album mode" right about now. After telling Vulture that the tentatively-titled YRN 2 would be arriving this Spring, the trio have shared two snippets of tracks that will most likely end up on their first commercial release. Oh yeah, and one of them features Lil Wayne, which was hinted at a few weeks ago.
Dr. Dre is really getting money like no one else in the rap industry right now. While various Forbes lists have already proven this to us many times over, a new list on the site Sky Range has broken down the money data in a very shocking manner. Calculating musicians' 2014 earnings by the second, they tell us that Dre made around $20 per second.
Houston, Texas has birthed some incredible rappers. One of them goes by Scarface, and together with Geto Boys, he helped to put Houston on the rap music map. With a style all his own, the baritone MC has released 11 solo albums along with doing countless features and more. Some of those songs helped to shape hip-hop throughout the past 30 years.
Love him or hate him, you can't deny that Drake's move to put a legit basketball hoop in his room isn't awesome.
Pain and Drama, two undeniably powerful forces, will be uniting in a big way later this year. That's right, before we get Stoicville from the one and only auto-tune phoenix, T-Pain, he'll be linking up with DJ Drama for a Gangsta Grillz tape by the name of The Iron Way. Although we don't yet have a release date, the artwork is available for viewing in the gallery above.
Philadelphia Rap Icon Cool C To Be Executed In January [Update: Execution Put On Hold] Jan 8, 2015 at 12:10pm 159,370 Views
Cool C has spent the last 18 years in prison following a 1996 murder conviction. The Philadelphia rap legend was given the death penalty when he was found guilty for the murder of police officer Lauretha Vaird in a robbery attempt assisted by Steady B, a fellow member of his rap group, C.E.B.
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