Rap Industry Recap: April
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Waka Flocka Flame Says Beef With Gucci Mane Is "Under The Rug"... For Now
Waka Flocka Flame has a had a busy week--celebrating his favorite holiday, 4/20, searching through stacks of resumes to hire a personal blunt-roller, and, oh, announcing his presidential candidacy for the 2016 election.
Gucci Mane Announces Upcoming Album With Diplo
Gucci Mane is still behind bars, though he's releasing more music than ever. With his latest tape, Trap House 5 (The Final Chapter), the 1017 boss has now put out nine projects this year alone--seven mixtapes (or digital albums) and two EPs. His Twitter account is still active as well.
Gucci Mane's "Trap House" Essentials
Along with T.I. and Jeezy, Gucci Mane is among the class of ATL rappers who are credited with founding trap music as we know it today. He's done this not only by dropping an absurd amount of music (even from behind bars), but also by locating his city's most promising young artists and grooming them to become the city's next wave.
30 Essential Future Mixtape Tracks
Since releasing his sophomore album, Honest, about a year ago, Future has been on a mixtape tear, sharing Monster last fall and the back-to-back heaters Beast Mode and
Stream Gucci Mane's New "Dessert" EP
After dropping off three new albums last week dubbed Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner, Gucci Mane decides to follow that up with some new Dessert for us now.
PeeWee Longway Says Gucci Mane Is Coming Home In A Couple Months
PeeWee Longway recently sat down with Atlanta's Hot 107.9 to talk his recent mixtape The Blue M&M Vol. 2 (King Size). PeeWee was the last guy signed to 1017 Records before Gucci Mane's imprisonment, so, naturally, he was asked when his boss is getting back on the streets, and PeeWee gave listeners a surprising response: "We gonna break your stage in a couple months. I broke the news, man. Guwop a couple months."
Stream Three New Albums From Gucci Mane: "Breakfast", "Lunch" & "Dinner"
Gucci Mane continues his absolute onslaught of new releases. With three projects already on deck this year, the ATL native decides to come through tonight and surprise fans with THREE more new albums called Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
Stream Gucci Mane's New Album "Mr. Clean, The Middle Man"
Even though he remains locked up behind bars, Gucci Mane continues to release music at an unmatchable pace these days. A couple weeks ago, Gucci Mane released an 8-track EP called Views From Zone 6, and then shortly followed that up with the release of Brick Factory 3.
Top Tracks of the Week: February 17- February 24
Here it is, our weekly rundown of the best of our Top 20. Please keep in mind this list was culled from the top of our charts, so more popular artists are more likely to be represented. For a look at under-the-radar tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This week was taken over by Big Sean and the City of Atlanta. The top of our chart's features a number of tracks from the Detroit native and the spots he didn't take were filled with the old and new guard of Atlanta.
5 Reasons You Should Be Listening To Peewee Longway
In an Atlanta currently populated with colorful stars such as Migos, Rich Homie Quan, Young Thug and Rome Fortune, Peewee Longway tends to slip under the radar. He's not as prolific as his peers, has yet to score a big radio hit and had the misfortune of being signed to 1017 Records just as Gucci Mane went away to prison, all of which make him less visible to the public. But even with those factors working against him, Longway has crafted quite the resume, collaborating with a top-tier rolodex of ATL stars, helming his own MPA crew and dropping three consistent tapes.
Stream Gucci Mane's New EP "Views From Zone 6"
Gucci Mane keeps his finger on the pulse of the rap game, even while locked up. We know the rapper has no trouble releasing heat from jail, and after serving us a few loose leaks (including a reunion Waka Flocka on "Against All Odds") the rapper returns today with a complete EP.
Stream Gucci Mane's "Brick Factory 3"
Whenever a month goes by without a new Gucci Mane project, it feels like something is amiss in the hip-hop world. The East Atlanta Santa's last project dropped on January 3rd, and now five and a half weeks later, he's given us another.
The GuWop Effect: A History Of Gucci Mane's Co-Signs
Gucci Mane has been sculpting talent, and promoting new artists since the beginning his career, but it's only over the last couple of years that he's been recognized as a great A&R. Part of that is because following his most recent incarceration in September 2013, we saw many of the young artists he was working with at the time earn Atlanta the title of rap's most exciting city once again.
20 Lyrical References To Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj's third album, The Pinkprint, dropped a few weeks back, so we thought we'd go ahead and compile the best rap references to the female beast. And damn were there a lot. Dropping Nicki Minaj's name in a song seems to be a thing. Of course, not all of the references were about Nicki specifically. A lot of them were about her butt or wanting to have a "menage" with Nicki Minaj (that one may be a tad overused). But there were a few clever, meaningful references that stood out, which we've highlighted for you here today.
Stream Gucci Mane's "1017 Mafia"
Another week, another new Gucci Mane project. After the incarcerated 1017 boss dropped both East Atlanta Santa and C-Note Vs. Gucci last week, he's kicking off 2015 by dropping another album, this one entitled 1017 Mafia.
Stream Gucci Mane's "East Atlanta Santa"
As 2014 draws to a close, the endlessly prolific Gucci Mane has dropped not one, but two projects on Christmas day. Following his and Honorable C-Note's mixtape C-Note Vs. Gucci, the incarcerated 1017 boss drops off an album entitled East Atlanta Santa. As you may know, this follows GuWop's tradition of Christmas releases, as he dropped off The State Vs. Radric Davis on this day a year ago.
Gucci Mane Reveals Cover Art For "Trap House 5"
As you very well know, when it comes to Gucci Mane, the hustle never stops. The locked up rapper delivered his joint effort with Chief Keef relatively recently, Big Gucci Sosa, and has once again turned around rather quickly with another project in the works.
Stream Chief Keef & Gucci Mane's Collaborative "Big Gucci Sosa" Project
After teaming up together for a new track off Chief Keef's upcoming Back From The Dead 2 earlier today, Chief Keef and Gucci Mane return once more with a full stream for their joint effort, Big Gucci Sosa.
Gucci Mane Pens Open Letter To Fans From Prison
Gucci Mane may be locked up, but it sure feels like he's in the studio every day, as he's constantly dropping new singles and he's got a slew of albums lined up. In fact, the Trap God just appeared on ILoveMakonnen's "I Don't Sell Molly No More" remix with Wiz Khalifa last night.