Behind The Beat: J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League was formed in 2003 when Rook and Colione, two established producers in their mid-twenties, teamed up with Kenny Barto, a young Full Sail University student in Tampa, Florida. Their discography hides the years of hard work each put in perfecting their craft. You won’t find obscure local artists or years of mixtape instrumentals among their early production credits. The first 3 entries in their discography on Wikipedia are Young Jeezy, Mary J. Blige, and Juelz Santana.
Big Sean, Chance The Rapper Express Disappointment Over "Living Single" Leak
Leaks suck for artists, and when they're unfinished leaks, they suck for everybody. It seems "Living Single," a new song with Big Sean, Chance The Rapper, Jeremih, and Smino that surfaced online this week, is in the latter category. Both Chance The Rapper and Big Sean expressed their disappointment over the track's unofficial release.
Chance The Rapper To Honor Muhammad Ali At Tonight's ESPY Awards
Chance The Rapper recently took to twitter to announce that he'll be apart of a special tribute in honor of Muhammad Ali at tonight's ESPY Awards on ABC. Although there are no specific details as to what Chance's role will be in the tribute, you know ESPN is going to go all out in memory of The GOAT so it's going to be worth tuning in for. The ESPYs, hosted by John Cena, will take place tonight at 8pm on ABC. A "2016 ESPYs Countdown" show will air prior to the awards ceremony on ESPN at 7pm.
10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
Stream Jamila Woods' Debut Album "HEAVN"
Activist, poet, and singer Jamila Woods may well be the next big thing out of Chicago. Following appearances on Macklemore's "White Privilege II" and Chance the Rapper's "Sunday Candy" and "Blessings," Woods delivers her 13-track debut album HEAVN.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
4th Of July Playlist
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music. There's no better way to celebrate than with some great tunes -- as even President Obama will be spending the evening taking in a White House concert performance from Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar this evening. As there will be many barbecues to soundtrack today, we've put together a Spotify playlist with some of our favorite summer records from 2016 so far.
Chance The Rapper Calls Out Whirly Ball: "It's Very Inaccessible If You're Black"
Chance The Rapper has given Chicago's Whirly Ball nothing but praise in the past, but today, he's made serious accusations against the recreational center, accusing the establishment of employing a racist dress code among other criticisms.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Kanye West, The Weeknd, & Chance The Rapper To Headline NYC's Meadows Music Festival
The same company that produces Governor's Ball has announced that the first annual Meadows Music and Arts Festival will take place in Queens, New York on October 1st and 2nd.
Chance The Rapper Announces "Magnificent Coloring World Tour"
Chance the Rapper is taking Coloring Book on tour. The Chicago rapper announced "Magnificent Coloring World Tour" Tuesday morning via Twitter and Instagram.
Top 5 Childish Gambino Collaborations
Childish Gambino isn't someone who often loads his projects with features, but over the course of his career he has made some special bonds with a couple of artists, as well as experimenting with other rappers' sounds on his ROYALTY mixtape. With news that his PHAROS album is on the way in September, we've decided to revisit some of the best work Gambino has done with other artists.
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Claims Chance The Rapper Never Paid Them For Beats
It appears Flying Lotus’ comments yesterday about producer’s rights have inspired another production clique to speak up as well. Earlier today, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League took to their twitter accounts to voice their frustration at the music industry, even calling out famed independent rapper Chance The Rapper in the process.
Stream Only Music Now Eligible For Grammy Consideration
In May, a petition started circulating the internet, demanding that free projects i.e. mixtapes be made eligible for Grammy consideration by the Recording Academy. Following the petition going viral, a spokesperson for the Academy conceded that a free music category isn't too far off base-- "The Grammy Awards process is fluid and, like music, continues to evolve," the spokesperson said.
Every Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa Collaboration
There's been some recent talk that Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa aren't currently on the best of terms, a thought that has upset fans of both artists, who've been collaborating for years.
Meet SaveMoney's Joey Purp: A Bracing New Presence In Chicago Rap
It's been the better part of four years since the SaveMoney comrade turned professional emcee Joey Purp released his debut project, The Purple Tape, which dropped on his 18th birthday.
Vic Mensa: "I Don't Do My People Dirty"
There has been a fair amount of speculation on whether or not Vic Mensa's Instagram picture of a blurred out Chance the Rapper, coupled with his combustible L.A. Leakers freestyle, constituted a shot at Chance.
The Biggest Star From Each XXL Freshman Class
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways. Some years have been stronger than others, but every issue has spawned at least one certified star, and today we're looking back at the artists that made the biggest impact following their appearance.
Malik Yusef: "There Is No Beef Between Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa"
Vic Mensa seemed to hint strongly that he had terminated his friendship with Chance the Rapper last week by A) obscuring Chance in a picture of the two of them with Jay Z and Beyonce, B) shouting out the rest of his Savemoney homies in ensuing Instagram posts, & C) calling out an unknown party in an
Chance The Rapper Joins Macklemore & Miguel, Covers Biggie At Bonnaroo
Chance The Rapper was THE surprise guest of Bonnaroo Day 2, making appearances during both Bryson Tiller and J. Cole's sets, but during Saturday's day 3 festivities, he did it all over again, blessing both Macklemore and Miguel with guest spots.