Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Gucci Mane Is A Huge "Game Of Thrones" Fan
When one is released from prison, they must first acclimate to current cultural trends. Boosie had to learn what a selfie is. Gucci Mane had to get caught up on Game of Thrones. The first two of Game of Thrones had been released when Gucci Mane entered prison in early 2013. But it was hardly the global phenomenon it has become. Gucci's girlfriend has been watching the show with him. And he is a huge fan.
10 Infamous Hacking Moments In Rap History
A hacking spree took the internet by storm this past weekend. Industrious hackers seeking revenge, entertainment, or some other perverse pleasure hacked into several prominent social media accounts, including those of Kylie Jenner, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Keith Richards, Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, and the NFL
Behind The Beat: Honorable C-Note
Over 15 years into his career, Honorable C-Note is just starting to get comfortable. He's become known as a master of suspense, lending thundering arrangements, or "scores," as he calls them, to some of the best talent in Atlanta, where he's resided for 10 years now. More recently, he's produced monsters for each of the two leading members of the A$AP Mob. His compositions are a recipe for goosebumps -- hearing shrill strings crawl atop a chorus of doomsday horns while A$AP Ferg howls about "bedbugs in the motel" on "New Level" gets me every time.
5 Classic Gucci Mane & Zaytoven Collaborations
Gucci Mane and Zaytoven have been working together since they both scored there first hit in 2005 with "Icy," and have developed their respective sounds together ever since. Since 2013, Gucci Mane has been behind bars, unable to record music (though constantly releasing songs from his stash), while Zay has been further fine-tuning his sound, adding his signature church-informed organ sound to mixtapes from Future, Migos, and more. Gucci was released last month, and has already released one song, "First Day Out Tha Feds," a sequel to his Zaytoven collabm "First Day Out".
Fonzworth Bentley Explains How Kanye West & Gucci Mane Linked For "Champions"
During Fonzworth Bentley's Twitter Q&A yesterday, the industrious @TeamKanyeDaily posed the following question: "You briefly mentioned getting Gucci and Kanye together for 'Champions,' can you tell the story?"
Top Tracks: May 30 - June 5
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory. At the top we've got DJ Khaled, who's collaborated with more of rap's A- B- and C-listers in his career than arguably anyone else, and who's accompanied by Drake.
Tomorrow's Drake-Hosted OVO Sound Episode Is Dedicated To Gucci Mane
What to expect on tomorrow night's episode of OVO Sound Radio? Well, Drake and Khaled's new summer anthem already got the Beats 1 drop earlier today from Zane Lowe, though it's likely that Drake will play the song tomorrow night. He is DJing after all.
5 Producers We Want To See Collaborate With Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane's glorious emergence from jail last week spawned a saucy celebration track with Mike Will Made-It and a pow-wow sesh with Zaytoven.
Gucci Mane & Zaytoven Back In The Studio Together
Gucci Mane was putting in work even while he remained behind bars, so it's no surprise that he's really getting back to it now that he's a free man.
Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
Gucci Mane's "First Day Out Tha Feds" Has Already Been Streamed Over A Million Times
Gucci Mane has had a strong following for years, but it seems that following his release from prison this week, there more eyes on him than ever before. After many mixtapes of material pre-prison material were rolled out during his three year bid, Gucci delivered his first brand new verse since being locked up in 2013 yesterday, a sequel to his 2009 track "First Day Out," called "First Day Out Tha Feds". Naturally it earned a lot more immediate attention than anything that was released while he was incarcerated, and possibly, more than anything he'd put out before.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 27)
Perhaps this week's playlist won't be as useful as usual, as most rap fans will likely have GuWop on repeat all weekend in celebration of the Trap God's surprise release from prison yesterday. He had been locked up for three years, and unsurprisingly, he recorded a track on his first day out, aptly titled "First Day Out Tha Feds," produced by his reliable longtime collaborator Mike Will Made-It.
A Recent History Of The Post-Prison Comeback Track
Yesterday was a truly bizarre day in hip-hop. It started with news of a shooting at a T.I. concert the night before in New York, and reports soon connected to the incident to Troy Ave, as the NYPD caught footage of the Brooklyn rapper opening fire in a VIP green room. That footage was released to the public, and Troy has since been arrested on charges of attempted murder, among others. Ultimately, though, it was a joyous day, made possible by the surprise return of Gucci Mane, who had been locked up in an Indiana penitentiary for almost three years.
Gucci Mane Announces "First Day Out Tha Feds" Dropping Tonight
The rap world went into celebration mode when news broke that Gucci Mane had been released from prison yesterday, and the conversation quickly turned into how soon we could expect new music from the impossibly prolific rapper. After Snapchats from girlfriend Keyshia Ka'oir confirmed GuWop was in the studio hours after being released, it seemed we might be getting a new track soon, and sure enough, we are getting some new material tonight, though it's not clear whether it's a track or a mixtape.
Gucci Mane Released From Prison
Sound the bells. Gucci Mane has been released from prison. Gucci ended a 39-month stint in prison today after a judge agreed to free him four months ahead of his scheduled release date. According to TMZ, Gucci's lawyer filed a motion several months ago asserting that his client had not received proper credit for previous time served. The judge granted the request. Gucci will live under house arrest for the next few months and receive probation after that.
15 Mixtapes That Deserve Grammys
Over the weekend, a petition surfaced that called for Grammy policy changes. The Change.org item argued retail albums should not be the only projects considered for awards, as there have been many important projects released for free over the last few years that were not eligible due to way they were released.
Riff Raff Shares "Peach Panther" Artwork, Tracklist & Release Date
Riff Raff has laid down all the details regarding his upcoming album, Peach Panther, the follow-up to 2014's Neon Icon. Jody Highroller went on Instagram to share the Peach Panther cover art and tracklisting. He also gave the album a release date of June 24.
Gucci Mane Releases 36-Track Album "Meal Ticket"
Without so much as an announcement, Gucci Mane has taken to iTunes today to drop a new album, Meal Ticket, a combination of his Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, & Dessert projects that results in one monstrous tracklist.
10 Tracks To Celebrate Bankroll Fresh's Legacy
This past weekend, the rap world suffered yet another senseless tragedy with the murder of Bankroll Fresh. Hopefully the frequency of the loathsome killings of promising young talents will not dilute the legacy of any one of hip-hop's fallen stars. In this case, the world lost a rare talent from the fiercely competitive city of Atlanta, right at the time when his movement was taking shape -- when he was set to experience a level of success he couldn't have dreamed of a few short years ago.