10 Essential Vinylz Productions
Much has been made of Drake' partnership with Noah "40" Shebib, but equally important to his success has been the quartet of producers of Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes that often put their heads together to feed him a nearly endless supply of potential hits.
Stream OVO Sound Radio Ep. 31 With Boi-1da & Vinylz
Tonight brought another bi-weekly edition of OVO Sound Radio. Episode 31 was hosted by OVO producer Boi-1da as well as his frequent production partner Vinylz, who's also been one of Drake's most entrusted beatmakers. Both mixes are worth listening to, with Vinylz running through the past 20 years of New York hip-hop and dropping a few of his latest hits, and Boi-1da setting the scene in Toronto with an OVO-heavy array of memorable tunes.
Boi-1da Implicates Tory Lanez For "Trolling For Record Sales"
A-list producer Boi-1da sent out a tweet today regarding simmering tensions between Drake and an unnamed artist. "One dude is selling out Madison Square Garden 4 nights," he wrote, "And the other dude trolling for attention & record sales. There's levels to this." The first dude, of course, is Drake, whose "Summer Sixteen" tour, featuring Future as a co-headliner, just ran through four sold-out shows at the Garden. Now it's not definitive, but "the other dude" is presumed to be another Torontonian in Tory Lanez, with whom Boi-1da sparred a couple of months ago.
Did Drake Inadvertently Expose His Own Reference Tracks In 2014?
By now we all know the story. Last July, Meek Mill called out Drake on Twitter, accusing him of using ghostwriters to pen his raps. Now, in an unexpected development, it appears that Drake may have exposed his own reference tracks on Instagram over eight months before Meek leveled his accusations.
Boi-1da Brings Out Drake At Mad Decent Block Party In Brooklyn
After shows on Thursday and Friday, Drake had yesterday and today (Aug. 7) off in NYC before he's set to close his three-night "Summer Sixteen" run at Madison Square Garden tomorrow night. He managed to sneak in a performance earlier this evening, though, as he went over to Brooklyn to show up as a surprise guest during Boi-1da's set at the Mad Decent Block Party.
Boi-1da Calls Out Tory Lanez' "Luv" For Being A "Terrible" Dancehall Imitation
For months now, tension has been brewing between Tory Lanez and the undisputed top boy in Toronto, who goes by the name of Drake. There are notable similarities in the styles of the two artists, namely that they both skillfully blend elements of hip-hop, R&B, and other genres as well. Tory believes he's the face of The New Toronto, which was the title of his December mixtape.
Review: Drake's "VIEWS"
It felt like the hot takes on VIEWS started coming in before the album even dropped.
Drake's "VIEWS" By The Numbers
Did Drake's VIEWS live up to the hype? "Man don't live off di hype," as Baka says. Nonetheless Drizzy's album has been heavily fueled by it, and continues to be-- while the critics have yet to say their piece on the LP, the album is reportedly doing big, big numbers-- with one site alleging 741k units over the span of two days.
Fetty Wap, Joey Bada$$ & G-Eazy Among Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Princes"
Forbes, #1 producer of lists of wealthy people, is back with another category of the wealthy. This one is called “Hip Hop Cash Princes,” specifically ranks the rising under 30 stars who have already managed to start a solid bankroll for themselves. Without further ado, the Hip Hop Cash Princes Of 2016: 1) Boi-1da 2) Dej Loaf 3) Fetty Wap 4) G-Eazy
Top Tracks: January 4 - January 10
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
Top Tracks: December 28 - January 3
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year.
Top Tracks: December 7 - December 13
We're quickly approaching the holidays, which means the year-end lists are in full effect. While many of us are looking back at the abundance of great music that's dropped over the past 50 weeks, some of our favorite rappers are showing no signs of showing down. Shortly after dropping his Black Friday remix package with Kendrick Lamar, J.
Chris Brown & Big Sean Among Guest Features On G-Eazy's Upcoming Album
We attended a NYC listening session for G-Eazy's upcoming album When It's Dark Out. We learned a lot, including some of the featured artists and producers we didn't already know would appear.
Listen To OVO Sound Radio Episode 7 Featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR & Boi-1da
By now, you've probably heard the SEVEN new tracks PARTYNEXTDOOR debuted on Saturday's episode of OVO Sound Radio, but now you have a chance to listen to the entire broadcast. Regular host Oliver El-Khatib started things off big with a newly mastered version of "Can I," a Drake and Beyonce collaboration that leaked a little while back.
Listen To PartyNextDoor's 7 New Tracks Premiered On OVO Sound Radio
It was gonna be tough to top last week's episode of OVO Sound Radio, when Drake premiered his joint album with Future, What a Time to Be Alive, but tonight's episode certainly gave episode 6 a run for its money. Oliver El-Khatib started things off and was then followed by Boi-1da, who reminded us just how many smash hits he's been behind. The focus was all on the third and final guest, though: PartyNextDoor, who blessed listeners with 7 unheard tracks.
PARTYNEXTDOOR & Boi-1da To Provide Mixes For Tonight's Episode Of OVO Sound Radio
UPDATE/RECAP: The show began with a mix from OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib, who played mostly Drake material, including a mastered version of the long-awaited Drake and Beyonce collaboration, "Can I" -- listen here. Then it was Boi-1da's turn, and he went through some of his most memorable productions, reminding us that he's been behind so many smash hits. The focus then shifted to PartyNextDoor, and he premiered 7 (SEVEN!) new records.
"What A Time To Be Alive" Tracklist & Production Credits
Soon after Drake began playing What a Time to Be Alive, he posted the tracklist on Instagram.
Tinashe Collaborates With Boi-1da, Travi$ Scott, Hit-Boy & More For New Album
Tinashe's quickly becoming the next big pop star. The girl has been touring the world with Nicki Minaj, as part of the opening acts on "The Pinkprint" tour, and soon she'll be joining Katy Perry for Perry's South American tour. The singer is always on her grind, needless to say, and after releasing her debut album Aquarius to positive reviews in 2014, she's quickly returning in the Fall for a sophomore effort. She's already recorded thirty records for it.
140 Bars: Top Tweets Of The Week (July 18 - 24)
Holy beef. This week saw arguably more online clashes in the rap game than any other week in the past five years, with Nicki Minaj v. Taylor Swift, Meek Mill v. Drake, Boi-1da v. OG Maco, Ghostface Killah v. Action Bronson, and Bruno Mars v. Ed Sheeran (lol) all clashing. Those dominated the headlines and Twitter alike, so this week's edition of 140 Bars features some of the spillover. We only chose the funniest, weirdest and most thought-provoking though.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Meek Mill & Drake Controversy
Where to begin? Last night saw people from nearly every corner of hip hop (and even some pop mainstays) engaging in a widespread online conflict, oddly enough kicked off by some tweets exchanged between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.