Jan 18, 2015
Some very tragic news arrives this Sunday morning, as we learn that 26-year-old A$AP Mob founder ASAP Yams has passed away. No details are yet known of the reasons for his death, but many friends and collaborators -- including ASAP rocky and ASAP Ferg -- have shared their condolences on social media.
Yams -- real name Steven Rodriguez -- formed the group in 2007, with Rocky coming on board in...
Dec 27, 2014
Since Bobby Shmurda and members of GS9's indictment last week, we haven't gotten much new information about their case, as no news about bail has surfaced. Yesterday, Shmurda's attorney, Howard Greenberg, spoke to The FADER about his client's whereabouts, potential release on bail and the (in his opinion) "bullshit" nature of the charges. Read his interview below.
So where is your...
Jan 17, 2015
With "Album Weezy" being put on hold throughout the year (Tha Carter V's now expected to drop in early 2015), is "Mixtape Weezy" soon to return? When similar setbacks befell Tha Carter IV, Tunechi dropped off an aptly-titled Sorry 4 The Wait mixtape, and now members of his squad are hinting that a sequel might be on its way.
Young Money CEO Mack Maine and Weezy's longtime...
Jan 10, 2015
This was bound to happen sooner or later. In the age of online beefing, Azealia Banks and Lupe Fiasco are two of the most prolific personalities in hip-hop. While they may often struggle to get their music out, their opinions seem to face no such problems. Lately, they've been circling each others' orbits, nearly always coming out on the opposite sides of issues, but never colliding head-on until...
YG and DJ Mustard proved they were an unstoppable team with the former's debut album, My Krazy Life, but many great creative partnerships end ugly, and things may be going that way for these two judging by their recent Instagram quarrel.While it's not entirely clear how things got started, the first (now deleted) post found Mustard addressing fans, requesting people stop asking him about "that YG...
Jan 22, 2015
By now you've probably downloaded Lil Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait 2 mixtape, and you've likely given it a listen or two and added it to your phone/iTunes catalogue.
With Tha Carter V heavily delayed, Weezy felt the need to say "sorry for the wait." Fans were more than willing to accept the apology, as it came in the form of a free mixtape. More than just giving us Sorry 4 The Wait 2,...
Jan 21, 2015
Over the weekend, much of the hip-hop community was shocked to hear that one of the founding members of the New York collective A$AP Mob had passed away. The reason for A$AM Yams', real name Steven Rodriguez, death was unknown, although rumors said it was drug overdose. A$AP Mob members and affiliates quickly shut those rumors down. Now, several days removed from his unfortunate...
Jan 24, 2015
We've been hearing about this record for a minute now, and Rihanna has decided to drop it out of the blue on her website today. For now, you'll have to head there to listen to the acoustic guitar-led record. Early reports suggested that the song would land on the Kanye record, but the fact that it showed up on RiRi's site rather than Ye's suggested it may have jumped ship to R8.The song is...
Jan 24, 2015
After almost two months of Lil Wayne complaining about his record label, it looks like he's finally doing something legal about it. The Cash Money/Young Money MC will target CEO Birdman in a suit that will ask for both $8 million and Wayne's freedom from the label.
TMZ reports that Birdman owes Lil Wayne that $8 mil as an advance for Tha Carter V that hasn't been paid yet. In addition to...
Jan 20, 2015
We've seen August Alsina lash out when he thinks necessary in the past, and this past weekend while performing in St. Louis, August got into a bit of a scuffle backstage with the show promoters.
Unfortunately, the fight went down at an event that was promoting non-violence-- proceeds from the show went towards the 'Put down the Pistol' program. The show was called 'State Of...
Jan 19, 2015
While earlier in the day we were hit with the tragic news of A$AP Yams passing, A$AP Ant talked with Vlad TV, explaining that people shouldn't feel sad.
"It's crazy, my grandfather just passed, that shit fucked my head up. But Yams, he wouldn't want nobody to feel sorry for him. He'd want niggas to live it up for him. Throw a party for him or something like that. Smile for him"
Jan 25, 2015
If you've followed A$AP Rocky's career, you know A$AP Yams has always loomed over it. From creative decisions, to promotion, to production choices, Yams was always around. The two were also good friends, or "brothers" as Rocky described their relationship in a recent Instagram post, so it was clear that the rapper would be deeply affected by Yams' sudden passing. Billboard caught up with Flacko,...
Dec 29, 2014
Drake was not happy with the way his Rolling Stone article came out back in February. Whether it was an issue of Drizzy not quite grasping the concept of "off the record", or the journalist twisting his words, there were a couple quotes included that the rapper was not expecting to see. One in particular seemingly took jabs at both Kanye West and Fabolous, as Drake shared his thoughts on...
Dec 31, 2014
It appears that Big Sean’s infectious club banger, "IDFWU", was originally intended for the hands of another pop artist.
According to one the song’s producers, Mike Free, the hyped anthem was actually created with Justin Bieber's vocals in mind. Free told XXL Magazine recently,
"Originally I think Justin Bieber was supposed to have it; he had posted a video of a snippet and...
Dec 30, 2014
Young Thug may bool in the bondo with his Bloods, but it doesn't mean he can't chill at the crib with some Crips as well. The Atlanta rapper raised some eyebrows when he threw up a Crip gang sign in the new DeJ Loaf video, and guess what, the song is literally called "Blood". West Coast rapper Glasses Malone was not pleased when he spotted the pretty obvious contradiction, and took to...
Were it not for Drake's "Tuesday" remix, the majority of rap listeners still probably wouldn't know who iLoveMakonnen is. There's no doubt that the OVO co-sign has immeasurably aided the singer/rapper's career, but now it seems like Makonnen wasn't always the biggest fan of his current label boss. Someone's just dug up some tweets of his, the oldest of which dates back to 2010, that take some...