Staff Picks Playlist (October 9)
It's that time of the week again. The weather might be crap, but work's over, school's out, and that should be enough to get your mind in the right place. If not, then we've got your musical medication, which will, no doubt, pair nicely with whatever other treats, medical-grade or otherwise, you've got on deck.
Joey Bada$$ In The Studio With Metro Boomin & Lil Herb
Joey Bada$$ released his debut album, B4.DA.$$, earlier this year, and it was exactly what fans asked for -- a well-crafted slice of 90 boom-bap-influenced rap. Judging by his recent studio sessions, it seems Joey might be moving away from that sound on his new material, revealing some surprising new collaborators on Instagram.
The Fall: 16 Things We're Excited For This Autumn
Take a deep breathe of that cool, fresh air. Summer came, and it was awesome, but it's time for fall and all the wonderful things that come with it. Sure, hoodie season and Halloween come to mind, but to keep it real, we're more stoked on new music and huge tours from some of our favorite artists.
The 10 Best Diss Tracks Of The 2010s
Of the many things that old heads will insist "were better back in the day," diss tracks are among the few that most younger rap fans can also agree upon. Even if you didn't live through them, the 2Pac / Biggie, Eazy-E / Dr. Dre and Jay Z / Nas beefs all produced shot-firing tracks that still loom large today-- Notorious' "Who Shot Ya" is still referenced by rappers all of the time, and Nas' "Ether" is now so baked into the foundation of rap that its title is now synonymous with a devastating diss.
How Hip Hop Has Reacted To The Bill Cosby Scandal
The Bill Cosby saga continued over the weekend when the New York Times uncovered additional deposition transcripts in which the comedian presented himself as an "unapologetic, cavalier playboy, someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women." Since Barbara Bowman's November 2014
Joey Bada$$ Says He Doesn't "Fuck With The Bill Cosby Slander"
Bill Cosby has been a hot topic this year. Allegations of rape have flooded in against the once-beloved actor, and more seem to come out the woodwork each day. At first, there was plenty of skepticism facing the story, however with Cosby's own confession coming to light via an unearthed deposition from a sexual abuse lawsuit, there is now little doubt that he did perform the acts he is being accused of.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (June 20 - 26)
This week was wild. We got to hear new albums by Miguel, Vince Staples, King Los and Tyga, great new tapes from Boogie and Tory Lanez, and some true heat in the form of singles from Future, Meek Mil and The Game. What's more, we got the stacked tracklists for Meek's Dreams Worth More Than Money and Migos' YRN Tha Album, and quite a few crazy news stories to boot. As always, things were popping on on Twitter, too. Read on to get a selection of the craziest, funniest and/or most noteworthy tweets of the week.
Eminem Reveals Tracklist For "Southpaw" Soundtrack
That Eminem is executive producing the soundtrack for upcoming boxing film "Southpaw" came as a pleasant surprise. His lead single "Phenomenal" went hard. Shady Records tweeted out the soundtrack tracklist early Friday morning a couple weeks after tweeting out the album cover. Gahdam, its stacked.
Troy Ave & Joey Badass Send Subliminal Shots On Twitter
Troy Ave has been the topic of hot conversation on social media these past couple weeks thanks in part to his extremely low record sales and attitude towards it all. On Monday, the BSB leader made his way by the Hot 97 studios where he spent about 40 minutes justifying his album sales and self-proclaiming himself the biggest and best independent artist out today.
Wrath Of The Based God: A History Of Lil B's Disses & Curses
Never before has a rapper been as inextricably linked to the NBA playoffs as Lil B has been in 2015. Dishing out warnings, curses and pardons like he's a 14th century pope, the Based God's been central to the conversation around the games, interacting with rappers on Twitter, attending games to strengthen his magic and even popping up on ESPN to clarify just who's on his shit list.
Summer Jam 2015 Recap
Summer's here, and festival season has arrived. Unfortunately, for hip-hop heads, most of the summer's premier music destinations are filled with laptop DJs or bands that introduced your parents to LSD 40 years ago. Luckily, for all of us on the East Coast, there's Summer Jam. Though it's just one day, the HOT 97-curated concert features over 10 hours of straight hip-hop in Giants' stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Ticket Giveaway: Joey Bada$$'s "World Domination" West Coast Leg
Joey Bada$$ is going to be very busy this summer, taking his talents to the Left Coast and then to other parts of the globe. Joey's "World Domination" tour with Mick Jenkins and Denzel Curry kicks off with "Phase 1: Westside Connection," for which we'll be giving away tickets. We've got 1 pair of tickets to give away for each stop on the list below.
Joey Bada$$ Announces 1st Annual "Steez Day" Festival
This past Christmas Eve marked two years since Pro Era member Captial Steez's tragic death, and since leaving us, he's been sorely missed, especially by his bro Joey Bada$$. To commemorate his late friend, the Pro Era honcho is launching an annual event called "Steez Day" to benefit the rapper's family.
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.
8 Must-See Hip-Hop Tours This Summer
The summer concert season is quickly approaching, as we close out the month of April. It’s comparable to Christmas for avid music fans. It doesn’t get much better than beautiful weather complimented by beautiful people dancing to bass-laden tunes. Excess amounts of cheap alcohol and THC add to the excitement at summer concerts.
Joey Bada$$ Joins Freddie Gray Protests In NYC
The last two days have seen protests in Baltimore following the funeral of Freddie Gray, a young black man who died while in the custody of police officers earlier in the month. Now New Yorkers have decided to show their support for the unjust death of Gray, coming together in Union square to show solidarity with those in Baltimore. The gathering was organized by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, but he wasn't the only rap flag-bearer in attendance, as Joey Bada$$ and a couple of other members of the Pro Era crew also made it out to show their support for the cause.
Joey Bada$$ Announces "World Domination" Tour With Denzel Curry & Mick Jenkins
Joey Bada$$ delivered his debut solo album earlier this year, and he's now announced a headlining tour to support the project. The "World Domination" Tour will occur in two phases, making its way through the West Coast in June, before heading over seas to Europe and Asia over the course of July.Always doing a good job of selecting opening acts, Joey has asked Denzel Curry and Mick Jenkins to support him for the tour, which should be some great exposure for both acts.Check out the full list of dates below.
10 Things To Do On 4/20
The holidaze are finally here, and instead of waking up and giddily running to the tree like we did on Christmas morning, we lethargically roll over and smoke trees, and go down the lazy river that is 4/20. Whether you’re new to this form of recreation and are unsure about the traditions, or you’re a veteran stoner looking for a way to spice up your special day, we've got a few possibilities on deck to keep the good vibes going. Click along as we go through the ten best ways to ring in the most important day of the year for pot-smokers.
Ticket Giveaway: Joey Bada$$, Lil Herb & More At The Smoker's Club 4/20 Show In NYC
The Smoker's Club is throwing a 4/20 event in New York, and we want to send you there! Joey Bada$$, Pro Era, Domo Genesis, Lil Herb, Young Roddy and more are headed to Terminal 5 on April 19th, and we're giving two lucky people the chance to get their hands on a pair of tickets. All you have to do is follow the rules below, and you could be bringing in 4/20 with the Pro Era crew! Keep in mind, entries for the contest will close on Monday, April 13th, so make sure you tweet @ us before then. THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:
10 Rappers We Want To See Live With The Roots
The Roots have collaborated with nearly everyone in hip hop. As the rap scene's resident band, they've made music with everyone from Jay Z and Kanye to Rae Sremmurd and Miley Cyrus. There's literally nobody they can't pair up with, and their residency on Jimmy Fallon's talk shows has proven that.