10 Essential Clams Casino Tracks
There is something wondrous about the music of Clams Casino. It's hard to believe that the he was once a physical therapist student making beats on the side for fun. Indeed, he does not think like ordinary producers. "To find things to sample, I used to just type a random word-- like "blue" or "cold"-- into LimeWire or BearShare and download the first 10 results," he told Pitchfork in a 2011 interview.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Top Tracks: April 25 - May 1
We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
Review: A$AP Ferg's "Always Strive And Prosper"
There are three rappers who blew up in the early 2010s that I've always grouped together in my head, though they do hail from different corners of the country and are some of the most enigmatic artists currently working in hip hop. The categorization's based mostly on first impressions, which is unfair, but also on realizing that those impressions were wrong.
Top Tracks: April 18 - April 24
What a tumultuous last few days it's been. Reports of Prince's sudden passing rocked us on Thursday, but then hours later we got a new A$AP Ferg album. About 48 hours after that, Lemonade arrived, effectively shutting down everything else on the internet at the time.
Stream A$AP Ferg's Sophomore Album "Always Strive And Prosper"
The time has finally come. After weeks months of promotion, ASAP Ferg’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Always Strive and Prosper, was just made available for purchase on iTunes tonight at midnight.
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Listen To A Preview Of A$AP Ferg & Missy Elliot's "Strive"
Judging by what the rapper's been saying about it in interviews, we knew ASAP Ferg's upcoming album, Always Strive and Prosper, was going to be an ambitious move, and the varied list of contributors seemed to suggest it would be an eclectic batch, but the more we hear from it, the more it's clear that it's going to be even weirder than expected (in a good way, of course).
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Pusha T & G.O.O.D. Music, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug & More Announced For Summer Jam's Stadium Stage
Earlier in the week, Hot 97 shared the line-up for their festival stage, which serves as a smaller outdoor stage that warms up fans before they head inside the MetLife Stadium for the rest of the night.
ASAP Ferg Reveals "Always Strive & Prosper" Tracklist
ASAP Ferg has been speaking fairly candidly about the guests on his upcoming sophomore album, Always Strive & Prosper, in the months leading up to its release, but somehow we still weren't prepared for the large and diverse range of names on the tracklist, revealed today via Instagram.Among those featured on the album are Skrillex, Missy Elliott, ScHoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Lil Uzi Vert, Big Sean, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Chuck D, and "Mama Ferg".
A$AP Ferg & Tory Lanez Announce "The Level Up Tour"
A$AP Ferg and Tory Lanez are going on tour. Ferg and Lanez will co-headline the "Level Up" tour, a 25-city trek that kicks off May 18 in Philadelphia and wraps up on June 24 in Boston. They spent at least one night at SXSW making music at Lanez' mansion in the countryside, and it sounds like they have a special joint set figured out.
ASAP Twelvyy Announces "‘2127301090" Mixtape
The ASAP Mob is busy in 2016. Just last week, we received the release date for ASAP Ferg's highly-anticipated sophomore album, meanwhile, the Cozy Boys Vol. 1 compilation is apparently on its way, and at the same time, the Mob are releasing new records every week as part of their Wavy Wednesdays series.
A$AP Ferg Shares Snippet Of Big Sean Collab "World Is Mine"
Last week, A$AP Ferg celebrated #TrapLordTuesdays by sharing a 15-second snippet of his ScHoolboy Q collab "Let it Bang". Two days later, he released the song in full.
Top Tracks: March 21 - 27
The top tracks lists of the last few weeks got a little stale, with some songs (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Travi$ Scott's "Uber Everywhere" remix, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz's "Gotta Lotta") appearing week after week without much in the way of competition showing up to unseat them. Well, that changes this week, where the top nine tracks on the site are all newcomers.
Tory Lanez Reveals Collaboration With ASAP Ferg, Speaks On Debut Album
While we were at SXSW, we caught up with some of the artists we've been supporting since Day One, Tory Lanez obviously among them.
ASAP Ferg Announces "Always Strive & Prosper" Release Date, Teases ScHoolboy Q Collab
So far, everything we've heard about ASAP Ferg's upcoming studio album, Always Strive And Proper, has sounded pretty exciting, from the features to the ambitious production techniques, so we're happy to receive the official release date today. Taking to Instagram, ASAP's resident Trap Lord revealed that his highly anticipated project will be available on April 22nd, with a pre-order going up March 25th.
A$AP Ferg Shares "Always Strive & Prosper" Artwork
A$AP Ferg's upcoming album, Always Strive and Prosper, is hopefully on the near horizon. Ferg had promised an February release date, but now, three weeks into March, he has shared the album's cover art, which should signal that Always Strive and Prosper is still on the way.
Top Tracks: March 14 - 20
Last week was definitely dominated by SXSW, with most of the rap world seeming like they were down in Austin either to perform, kick it with some of their equals in the game, or announce mixtapes in creative ways.
Top Tracks: March 7 - March 13
After the excitement of new projects from Kevin Gates, Future, Young Thug, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, French Montana, and Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz, we seem to have hit a bit of a lull three months into 2016. Views From The 6 is (hopefully) in sight for April, and A$AP Ferg and ILoveMakonnen both should have new material out in the next few weeks, but March is definitely looking like a down month for hip hop's upper echelon.