SoundCloud Staff Picks Playlist (December 2)
On the music front, it was quiet for much of this week, and instead of looking ahead, it felt like everybody was looking back on all the great music that has dropped this year, especially as the year-end lists have begun to surface. That all changed yesterday, though, with news that J. Cole would be dropping his first album in two years. There's barely been a peep from him since 2014 Forest Hills Drive, though he's clearly still one of the biggest names in the game.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 25)
Hip-hop fans, before we let the music take us away on this Friday night, let's say a prayer for Kanye West, who, instead of spending the holidays with his young family, is in the hospital (allegedly) due to a state of psychosis induced by high levels of stress and exhaustion. Understandably so. Could anyone live a life of such vast ambition, under such constant scrutiny, and maintain his or her sanity? Yes, his ego has proven to be too big for his own good many times over, but through it all, he's never let his lust for greatness drown out his love for humanity.
Lil Durk Announces North American Tour Dates
In July, Lil Durk dropped off his new album Lil Durk 2x, and while he did his fair share of album promotion, including a pre-album mixtape, he's yet to really capitalize off the album with a tour.
10 Essential DeJ Loaf Tracks
A sex-positive, fashion-forward tomboy with a disarmingly buttery voice, DeJ Loaf is an anomaly in the hip hop world. She hasn't released an album yet, but her singular visual and musical style and talent for writing catchy hooks has earned her collaborations with Lil Wayne and Future and 4.5 million Instagram followers. Click through the gallery to get acquainted, or reacquainted, with DeJ Loaf, from her initial plunge into the rap game in 2012 to her 2014 breakout hit "Try Me" and beyond.
Lil Durk Cleared Of Gun Charges, Probation Violation
Lil Durk emerged from Cook County court victorious on Friday after a judge cleared him of violating probation when he was arrested on felony gun charges, the Chicago Tribune reports. The judge's decision led prosecutors to drop those charges. "I was kind of nervous, but I ain't ever nervous about the truth because I know God is on my side and I got a good lawyer," Durk said after the hearing.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Stream Lil Durk’s New Album “Lil Durk 2X”
After a couple delays & setback, Lil Durk has finally released his long awaited 2X album on iTunes today.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
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.
Lil Durk Shares Tracklist For "LilDurk2x" Sophomore Album
UPDATE: The "digital deluxe" version of LilDurk2x also includes a collab with Future entitled "Hated On Me." Those interested in going deluxe can pre-order the album here. Original text below:
Lil Durk Shares "LilDurk2x" Artwork, Features & Release Date
LilDurk2x is another release that's been delayed, as it was originally set to drop on May 1. Due to the quality of his last couple of tracks, though, fans are still more than eager for a new Durk tape, and the OTF rapper is gonna make sure to provide them with a fresh batch of tunes for the summer season. Durk now promises that LilDurk2x will be out on June 24, and along with the release date, he also took the time to share the project's cover art -- showing his two sons -- as well as the guests who will appear on the tape.
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.
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.
Lil Durk Announces "LilDurk2x" Mixtape
With a productive 2015 in the books, Lil Durk has finally announced his first mixtape of 2016: LilDurk2x, currently slated for a May 1st release.
Photo Diary: SXSW
March 15 & March 16 We're taking on SXSW literally as I type this. As I type this, I'm sitting in a studio in Austin suburbia, where we expect to create some fire emoji collaborations with everyone from Nessly to Audio Push to Skeme to Allan Kingdom and more. However let's rewind a couple of days, and run through everything we've seen and done in our two days since landing in the Lone Star state.
Behind The Beat: C-Sick
C-Sick has been one of Chicago's hardest working producers for quite a few years now, and within the last little while, his name has begun to catch up with his impressive body of work. Recently working with artists like Meek Mill, Lil Durk, and Chance The Rapper, as well as keeping up relationships with longtime collaborators King Louie and Logic, the producer is more recognized than he's ever been, but his work ethic has remained the same throughout.
Lil Durk Previews Fire Collab With Young Thug
Lil Durk went on Instagram today to give fans a preview of a collab he's got on deck with Young Thug. In the clip, Durk sings along with what sounds like the hook, on which Thug namedrops both 2Pac and GuWop. One can hear Durk rapping a few seconds of a verse before the clip ends, and though it's just a snippet, this ish is sounding very hot.
Lil Durk Announces "300 Days, 300 Nights" Tour
Lil Durk set out on an exhaustive Remember My Name over the course of the summer to give all his fans around the United States a chance to see him in person.
Staff Picks Playlist (December 18)
We received three kinda-big mixtapes earlier this week, from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Durk and Juicy J; and Pusha T and Chris Brown made sure we ended the week on high note with new albums from either artists. However the week wasn't none too crazy when it comes to singles, although Ferg made a splash with "New Level," it hasn't made it's way on to SoundCloud yet.
Lil Durk Shares "300 Days, 300 Nights" Tracklist With Meek Mill, Dej Loaf & More
Lil Durk's 300 Days, 300 Nights mixtape was originally set to drop in October, but now that the official tracklist has arrived, it's sure to be worth the extra wait.