The hottest beats is a misnomer for this list of 20 productions that shaped the commercial sound of hip-hop culture in 2014. Of all the thousands of tracks produced each year under the umbrella of hip-hop, we could only honor a select few as standing above the crowd.
Someone once remarked that Chicago and Atlanta had replaced New York City and Los Angeles as the capitals of modern rap music. As blasphemous as that claim might seem, it’s 100% true in 2014. Atlanta has been a dominant force in hip-hop for over a decade now, but since 2010, it has experienced a lot of change.
Fergie's first and (to date) only solo album, The Duchess, just celebrated its eighth anniversary yesterday, and right on the heels of that comes news of a follow-up. Rap-Up reports that the female quarter of the Black Eyed Peas is "working on a new album," and Mike WiLL Made It is involved.
Over the past few years, five piece Atlanta collective Two-9 have made a name for themselves as independent artists, and now it looks as though all the hard work has paid off. Today the group officially announced their signing to Mike WiLL Made It's new Interscope imprint, Eardruma Records.
Two of the biggest names in Atlanta's trap scene are about to team for a big single. Very soon, Young Thug and Mike WiLL Made It will unveil their collaborative track "Take A Picture," and today they've unveiled the artwork. Check it out in the gallery above.
Mike WiLL Made It released a slew of huge singles last year, including Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop", Future's "Sh!t", and his own "23". Still, it seemed that the producer had something big in the works that he was preparing to unleash on the world.
The latest clue we got about Kanye West's upcoming album came courtesy of a Florence, Italy newspaper, in which West was interviewed saying that the album was "made in Florence." Yesterday, Billboard pulled together some new sources to give us a better idea of what to expect from the follow-up to last year's divisive&n
One of the many unsung players in the game of hip-hop is the producer. So many of us tune into some music not even listening to the artist in question, but dancing along to the beat, most likely created by an entirely different person.
Future is finally getting ready to release his sophomore album, Honest on April 22nd. The album is set to feature guest appearances from Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Young Scooter, Drake, Andre 3000, Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino, and more.
Future is in full album mode, after releasing the Sonny Digital-produced "Covered N Money" the other week off the upcoming Honest album, he'll be releasing another new single on March 31st. This one is definitely one of the more anticipated cuts, as it features Kanye West, "I Won."
We've known a "Yeezus" film was in the works, thanks to "American Psycho" author Bret Easton Ellis. However, very few details have been revealed, and that stands true today. What we do have though, is a teaser for the Hype Williams-directed "Yeezus", premiered on Kanye West's website today.
If you caught Mike WiLL's instagram, you might have noticed a photo with him, Chance, and Skrillex, opening a flurry of speculation and rumors. XXL Mag caught up with Skrillex, and asked him about it to which he confirmed that the three of them were working on projects together. On the topic, Skrillex said:
Two weeks ago, Rick Ross decided to reveal the official artwork to his highly anticipated album Mastermind. Along with the artwork, Rozay announced that a new "reunion" record with Jeezy, titled “War Ready”, will be featured on the album too.
It looks like Chance The Rapper is working on more new music. After performing a never-before-heard Jeremih track the other night, Chano was spotted in the studio with super-producers Mike Will Made It and Skrillex tonight.
Eminem's newest collaboration with Rihanna was always expected to be huge, but this week it got a pretty surprising second wind. "The Monster" had a 123% sales increase in the last seven days, giving it the biggest sales week yet for the single, which officially dropped back in October.