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.
Behind The Beat: Dun Deal
Dun Deal is the guy behind the breakout hits of both Young Thug and Migos. It’s been three years ago since “Stoner” and “Hannah Montana” both appeared on the third edition of the compilation mixtape series put together by DJ Spinz' Hoodrich Production Group, with which Dun Deal is still affiliated. In the time since, both acts have not only stuck around, they’ve become among the most influential young acts in the industry, with record deals to prove it.
Gucci Mane Is Going On Tour In September
Ring the town bells -- Gucci Mane is coming home in September. According to new reportage from journalist Neil Martinez-Belkin, Guwop will be released from jail on September 20, 2016. It gets better -- Gucci now says he's tooling up for a "Gucci Mane & Friends" tour that will commence upon his release.
Gucci Mane Is Coming Home In September
This past Friday (Feb. 12) was Gucci Mane's birthday, and while there were plenty of tributes to go around, the real good news for Wop fans comes tonight, as it has just been discovered that Gucci is set to be released from prison in September of this year -- if the database of the Federal Bureau of Prisons is to be trusted, that is.
Every Gucci Mane Song Released Since He Got Locked Up
On May 13, 2014, Gucci Mane pled guilty to weapons charges. He has been incarcerated ever since.
Gucci Mane Was Going To Host Mike WiLL's "Ransom 2" From Jail, But The Feds Shut It Down
We know that Mike WiLL Made It and Gucci Mane have a storied creative partnership, to the point that Guwop actually gave Mike his producer name (Mike Will Made It/ Gucci Mane slayed it"), so the fact that the two are still in contact despite Gucci being behind bars isn't all that surprising.
10 Essential PeeWee Longway Tracks
It's tough to keep up with the massive crop of Atlanta rappers who have skyrocketed into the eyes of the mainstream over the past few years. Today's lesson is on a fringe persona by the name of PeeWee Longway, a rapper who's been red-hot in the city for a few years now. And as he's still honing in on his unique brand of googly-eyed trap, 2016 looks to be his most successful year yet.
Mike Will Made-It Delays “Ransom 2” For A Gucci Mane Feature
Unfortunately, Mike Will Made-It’s sequel to Ransom won’t be releasing today as originally planned, but according to his excuse, the setback maybe well worth the wait.
Stream Gucci Mane & Zaytoven's "Mama's Basement" Mixtape
As if today wasn't already crazy enough, Gucci Mane just dug into the vaults and decided to share some unreleased songs he recorded with Zaytoven years ago back when he was living in his Mama’s Basement.
Freddie Gibbs May Be Going After Isaiah Rashad
Freddie Gibbs made headlines recently for stating in an interview that he considers himself on the same level as artists like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Whether or not you agree with him, Reddit user SaucyMustard has pointed out that Gangsta Gibbs may be subtly calling out TDE artist Isaiah Rashad in an Instagram post this morning.
Gucci Mane Will Not Be Released From Jail In March
Sad news for team #FreeGucci. Gucci Mane's label, 1017 Records, reports that La Flare will not be released in March, contrary to the announcement they made earlier this month. 1017 shared the unfortunate news via their Instagram account. "So Gucci Mane NOT release on march #Fuck12 #FreeGucci."
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.