Top Tracks: July 11 - July 17
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
Popcaan Is The Special Guest On OVO Sound Radio Tonight
We're quickly approaching another highly anticipated episode of OVO Sound Radio. Episode 25 begins at 6PM EST on Beats 1 radio, and as usual, hosting duties go to OVO co-founder Oliver El-Khatib. After he opens the show, there will be a special guest mix from Drake's good friend from Jamaica, the OVO-affiliated Unruly dancehall star known as Popcaan.
Gucci Mane To Appear On Official Remix Of French Montana & Kodak Black's "Lockjaw"
There isn't much you could do to make French Montana and Kodak Black's "Lockjaw" collaboration better. It's pretty much a perfect song. However, a well-selected feature could be the only thing to possibly make the track even more powerful, and Gucci Mane La Flare seems like the man for the job.
Gucci Mane Might Leak "Everybody Looking" If He Gets 3 Million Instagram Followers
Since his joyous return after nearly three years of confinement, it seems like Gucci Mane has been dropping something new just about every day.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 15)
Things are still unsettling in terms of our social climate, and obviously yesterday's incident at Bastille Day out in France isn't helping, leading to social media's usage of the #prayfortheworld hashtag. However on the music front, we had a pretty thriving week.
Stream Dreezy's Debut Album "No Hard Feelings"
It's album stream day, more commonly known as Friday. At Midnight, we got new releases from a few rappers on the rise.
Gucci Mane Set To Headline "Stop The Violence" Concert In Mississippi
It looks like Gucci Mane has lined up his second formal post-prison concert. On Thursday night, it was announced that Gucci Mane & Friends will be taking over the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center for an “All Lives Matter” event. Going down September 24, the "Stop The Violence" event will feature Gucci Mane and "friends," with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the families of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were both senselessly gunned down by police offers on duty last week.
Top Tracks: July 4 - July 10
Even on the very rare occasion that Drake doesn't show up in our top ten tracks of the week, his presence is still felt. In this case, he's directly responsible for three separate tracks in the top ten, whether that entails remixes or disses aimed at him.
Zaytoven Says A Drake & Gucci Mane Project Has Been Discussed
It's been just over a month since Gucci Mane was released from prison, but he's already accomplished a whole lot -- turning in collaborations with Kanye West, Dreezy, Kodak Black, and recording an entire album, Everybody Looking, which will be released later this month. One of the records on the LP is "Back On Road," a collaboration with Drake -- who has been pretty tight with Guwop following his release, stopping by the rapper's mansion a couple weeks back to take some Instagram photos and of course, talk business.
Zaytoven Confirms Drake Feature On Future's "Beast Mode 16"
Drake has been hyping up this current summer season ever since wintertime, dropping his "Summer Sixteen" single at the end of January. At the end of April, he announced a "Summer Sixteen" tour with his WATTBA collaborator Future. The joint tour kicks off later this month month, and indeed, Drake has already dropped off more than enough music to soundtrack the summer. VIEWS is still the No. 1 album in the country -- for the ninth week in a row -- and "One Dance" is still the No. 1 song.
Gucci Mane Reveals "Everybody Looking" Tracklist
The tracklist for Gucci Mane's Everybody Looking has been made available courtesy of Amazon. The album comprises of 14 songs with features from Kanye West and Young Thug.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
#TBT: Early Gucci Mane
Gucci Mane's freedom after a 39-month stint in jail has been more glorious than anyone could possibly have imagined.
Gucci Mane & Girlfriend Keyshia Ka’oir Rumored To Be Getting Reality TV Show
It looks like Gucci Mane’s newly-announced album, Everybody Looking, isn’t the only thing fans can start to look forward to. Rumors have been swirling heavily on the internet this past week that Guwop & his girlfriend Keyshia Ka'oir are getting their own reality TV show on the Oxygen Network soon too.
Top Tracks: June 20 - June 26
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
Gucci Mane Announces New Project "Everybody Looking"; Reveals Artwork & Release Date
You had to figure it was only a matter of time before Gucci Mane officially announced his first post-prison project, and thankfully that time was tonight. Moments ago, the ATL legend took to his IG to announce his new album Everybody Looking, which he says will be dropping July 22!
Gucci Mane Has Recorded "An Album And Then Some" Since Release, Zaytoven Says
On May 26, Gucci Mane walked out of a federal correctional center and right into the studio. He has seldom left since. In a conversation with The Fader, Gucci's go-to producer Zaytoven, who was featured in HNHH's most recent installment of Behind the Beat, confirmed that Gucci has recorded "a whole album and them some" in the past month.
Stream RiFF RAFF's New Album "Peach Panther"
RiFF RAFF made a name for himself with his knack for colorful wordplay and formally announced his presence on the scene with his 2014 debut album Neon Icon. On his sophomore album Peach Panther, Riff dives deeper into the trap abyss by calling on producers like Metro Boomin, DJ Spinz, and the gentleman of 808 Mafia. If you liked "Carlos Slim," you're gonna love Peach Panther.
Drake Poses For Photo With Gucci Mane: "That Ain't No Clone"
Most conspiracy theories go by without a need to be addressed, but Gucci Mane is not your average dude. The Atlanta rapper, who was released from prison after 3 years last month, decided to have fun with a Twitter theory that the Gucci that came home from the pen was actually a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he joked on SnapChat.
Behind The Beat: Zaytoven
Most mornings, Zaytoven rises to take his son Xavier, 10, and daughter Olivia, 7, to school. He drops them off at 7:30 and returns to his house, looking for something to do. So he descends to the studio in his basement and starts making beats.