Freddie Gibbs Says He's On Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Level
In December Freddie Gibbs put out Shadow of a Doubt. It was a sonic departure from Piñata, his previous record with Madlib, but familiar to anyone who had followed Gangsta Gibbs from before that acclaimed 2014 album. In December 2015, he sat down with NPR’s “Microphone Check” for a long, in-depth interview.
13 Things We Want In 2016
Last year was amazing for hip hop. There were new sounds popping up all over the country and no shortage of albums, mixtapes, and projects to feast your ears on. From the West Coast renaissance to Atlanta's overall dominance, 2015 was awesome, straight up.
Gucci Mane To Be Released In March According To 1017 Records
Yesterday, we were surprised to see that Gucci Mane's usually-active twitter and Instagram accounts had been removed. There was no explanation as to why, but now we've received another piece to the puzzle.
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.
Gucci Mane's Twitter & Instagram Accounts Have Disappeared
Gucci Mane has been in prison since September 2013, and since that time, he's managed to put out more music than just about everybody in hip-hop. He, or someone on his team, has also managed to keep up an active social media presence, which has been useful in promoting all of his music. But today, with no warning, both GuWop's Twitter account as well as his Instagram have disappeared.
Hottest Album Covers Of 2015
The Golden Era of cover art likely ended with the rise of CDs. But even with the Golden Age of CDs behind us, cover art still plays a vital role in the listener's consumption of music. Along with the album title, it serves as a sort of opening salvo or prelude that sets the tone for the music itself, and it is often the last image that remains in the listener's mind. It is the face of the music. With that in mind, here our picks for the best cover art of 2015.
Gucci Mane Reveals "East Atlanta Santa 2" Cover Art
Gucci Mane continues to make headway on his East Atlanta Santa 2 roll out. This morning he sent over a song with Chaz Gotti, "Ran Wit It," to leak off the upcoming album. He's now giving us the first look at the project's official artwork. As he initially announced, East Atlanta Santa 2: The Night GuWop Stole X-Mas will be arriving on December 22nd. The cover art finds Gucci wearing a Santa outfit, with a rifle in hand, coming out the sewer surrounded by 'Wanted' posters.
Gucci Mane Announces "East Atlanta Santa 2"
Before we could receive the last project Gucci Mane announced, The Machine, GuWop has already gone ahead and announced another project. No word yet on when/where The Machine will land, but in the interim, fans can look forward to East Atlanta Santa 2.
A Conversation With Freddie Gibbs: Rap's "Silent Killer" On Embracing Melody & Honoring Gucci Mane
Things haven't always looked this clear for Freddie Gibbs. The Gary, Indiana rapper could have ended his career as another major label casualty, stuck in a deal that didn't have his best interests in mind. After failed stints with Interscope and Jeezy's CTE World, Gibbs set his sights on the independent route, allowing him the freedom to give his loyal fanbase new music how and when he wanted.
Gucci Mane Announces New Project
Gucci Mane's prolific output has not seen any signs of slowing despite the rapper being locked up for over a year, and 2016 will likely continue that tangent as the rapper has announced a new project.In a recent letter from prison, Gucci game himself a new nickname -- The Machine; the pseudonym being a reference to his ability to put out music at an inhuman pace and function as his own label.
Quiz: How Well Do You Know Gucci Mane?
Although it's no longer 10/17, we still have Big Guwop on our minds. He made sure to give fans new music in celebration of 10/17 two days ago, and perhaps as a consolation prize for the fact that his anticipated movie "The Spot" was delayed.
Gucci Mane Shares Letter To Fans On "Guwop Day"
Though we dearly miss his public presence, we're grateful Guwop and his team have continued to bless us with new music throughout the year. And, behind bars, Gucci can still feel the love, and, tonight, on "Guwop Day," he's written an inspiring letter to his fans. In the letter, Gucci explains the difference between himself and a major label rapper. Unlike the latter, writes Gucci, "The streets signed me and the trap named me God."
Vince Staples Roasts Heckler Who Doesn't Like Gucci Mane
You can always count on Vince Staples to fight for all that is good in the world, and at a show earlier this month, he did just that when he took a heckler to task for hating on Gucci Mane. Strangely, this went down in Atlanta of all places.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 2)
It's everyone's favorite day of the week. Friday. While we stare at the clock for the next two or three hours and count down every single second until the work day (/school day) finishes, we've rounded up our favorite Soundcloud releases from the past week for the weekly Staff Picks playlist. Last week we got pretty indie on you guys, but this week we have more of a balance between underground/rising artists and established dudes. You'll also see how the playlist gets increasingly ratchet as it wears on. Give it play tonight or during your weekend activities.
Meet Gucci Mane's Middle Man: Sean Paine
Gucci Mane is a man of many mysteries. There's the general mystery that surrounds his life, his upbringing. There's the mystery that surrounds his constant string of releases, despite his constant prison stints. Who truly knows what's going on inside GuWop's head at any given moment, anyways? Although his lyrics paint a picture, and can be deceivingly funny, he's not as transparent as say, a rapper like Drake. It's possible we'll soon be granted a close look inside the many mysteries of Gucci Mane, by way of an auto-biography the rapper is reportedly working on.
Gucci Mane Releases Movie Poster For "The Spot"
Gucci Mane's upcoming film "The Spot" is a reality, and we're proud to premiere the official poster to prove it. Check out the incredible artwork in the above gallery. On October 17 (10/17), Gucci will officially make his directorial debut. Here's the official statement he's given us: "On 10/17, I'm making history, and I'm glad my fans can be a part of it. It's my first time ever producing a movie. Please check out my movie, 'The Spot,' the first of many more." ~Gucci Spielberg
Top 5 Recent Chief Keef Collaborations
Chief Keef dropped Finally Rich in 2012 when he was just 17-years-old and still very much in the streets. He had long been a household name in Chicago, and he was quickly blasted onto the national stage, where the response was not always welcoming.
Transplant Rap: 9 Rappers Who Blew Up Away From Home
With his debut album Only Way Is Up finally out, rapper K Camp is really able to secure himself as success in the rap game-- or at least, that's the hope. For the past year or two, Kristopher Cambell has been delivering massive hits in Atlanta to great success and everyone's enjoyment. What's funny though, is despite his successes and a particular ear for the desires of the A-Town market, K Camp's origins couldn't be more far from Atlanta; in fact he initially heralded all the way from Milwaukee.
Gucci Mane To Release Autobiography "Within The Next Year"
Gucci Mane plans to immortalize the legend of LaFlare in the form of an autobiography that is "on the horizon and will be released within the next year." At 35 years old, Gucci might seem young for an autobiography, but he's lived more in this 35 years then just about any old person has in their whole life. This autobiography promises to be nothing short of riveting. Guwop has behind bars for a second now and no doubt has had plenty of time to put pen to paper and tell the story of his life.
Gucci Mane Opens LinkedIn Account, Asks For Help Marketing His New Movie
After recently announcing that he'll be releasing his film "The Spot" on 10/17, Gucci Mane took to his newly created LinkedIn profile to ask his fans for advice on how he can best market and distribute the film, emphasizing that there are no ideas too preposterous: