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.
The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
Top Tracks: June 13 - June 19
For ten out of the 24 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, Drake has held the top spot in our Top 100 tracks list. Similar to the streak VIEWS is currently enjoying at the top of the Billboard charts, Drizzy's dominance in our metric of streaming-and-viewing success is pretty astounding, especially considering the mixed reaction his new album received.
The "Suicide Squad" Soundtrack Includes Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates & More
The star-studded upcoming film "Suicide Squad" is currently hogging much of this summer's box-office buzz. Based on the DC Comics team of antiheroes who take the same name, "Suicide Squad" will star Jared Leto, Will Smith, Cara Delevigne, Ben Affleck, and more. The film also happens to have quite the soundtrack, featuring number of hip-hop elites as well as some unexpected cross-genre collaborations.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Logic Launches His Own Gaming Channel
Yesterday, Logic posted the first video to his new YouTube gaming channel. Speaking over an in-game clip from Metal Gear Solid, he repeatedly emphasized that he created the channel first and foremost to have fun. "I'm making this channel because I wanna have fun," he says. "I wanna have a good time... for me this isn't about money, this is about just having a good time." Logic says he wants to connect with fans and people who love video games; he wants it to feel like the viewer is his homie sitting on his couch and watching him play.
Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, Logic, & More To Perform At Bumbershoot 2016
Seattle's Bumbershoot Music Festival has announced its full 2016 lineup. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are headlining. Notable hip hop acts include Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, Run the Jewels, G-Eazy, Anderson .Paak, Tyler, the Creator, Logic, Flatbush Zombies; other acts that may be of interest to hip hop fans include Pretty Lights, Kamasi Washington, Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta.
Behind The Beat: 6ix
6ix was in his last semester at University of Maryland when he got a phone call from Logic, who had just signed a deal with Visionary Music Group. “The label wants me to come out to LA,” Logic told him. “I want you out there with me. Let’s fucking move!”
Logic Says He’s Currently Working On Two Albums
It looks like the Ratt Pack, aka Logic fans, have something to look forward to. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the Def Jam rapper spilled the news that he’s currently working on TWO new albums at the moment. "I'm currently working on two albums at the same time...One of them is “fun” lets put it that way. The second one is from the perspective from all different types of people," Logic explained.
G-Eazy, Logic, YG, & Yo Gotti Announce "Endless Summer" Tour
The tour life never ends. G-Eazy wrapped up his "When It's Dark Out" tour with A$AP Ferg two months ago and Logic performed the final leg of his "The Incredible World Tour" last week in NYC. This summer, Young Gerald and Maryland's favorite son will hit the road together for the "Endless Summer" tour with YG and Yo Gotti in support. The 23-city tour kicks off June 28th in Dallas and snakes throug the contiguous United States for five weeks before wrapping up on August 5 in Hartford.
Future, Mac Miller, Logic, Tory Lanez, & More To Perform At Osheaga 2016
Osheaga Music Festival will return to Montreal for the 11th time this summer. The festival announced its lineup yesterday evening, revealing a very promising collection of hip hop artists that will perform this year.
Fetty Wap, Joey Bada$$ & G-Eazy Among Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Princes"
Forbes, #1 producer of lists of wealthy people, is back with another category of the wealthy. This one is called “Hip Hop Cash Princes,” specifically ranks the rising under 30 stars who have already managed to start a solid bankroll for themselves. Without further ado, the Hip Hop Cash Princes Of 2016: 1) Boi-1da 2) Dej Loaf 3) Fetty Wap 4) G-Eazy
Charts Don't Lie: December 2nd
While we had debuts from Jadakiss, Tech N9ne and the Empire soundtrack, this was Adele's week. The UK songwriter moved 3.48 million equivalent units of her third album 25, making it simultaneously the biggest sales week of the year, the biggest selling album of the year, and the biggest sales week of ALL TIME. It replaces N'SYNC's previous record, in which they sold 2.416 million of their sophomore LP Bye Bye Bye in 2000.
Logic Announces "The Incredible True Story" World Tour
Logic's sophomore album, The Incredible True Story, was a rather quiet success for Def Jam. The album surpassed early sales projections, stealing the show for #1 rap album the same week Ty Dolla $ign and Jeezy dropped respective albums. The next logical move (ha) is to take the album on the road. Logic isn't only visiting North America, he'll be heading overseas for his "Incredible World Tour."
Charts Don't Lie: November 25th
After multiple weeks without any big chart debuts, we were starting to think it was a drought. Thankfully, last week saw some HUGE releases, with Justin Bieber, Logic, Jeezy, and Ty Dolla $ign all dropping their albums. Biebs unsurprisingly came out on top, beating out fellow pop superstars One Direction in what turned out to be less of a battle than expected (1D moved 460,000 units to Bieber's 649k). Nevertheless it was the first time two debuting albums had sold over 400k in one week since Kanye West and 50 Cent's infamous head-to-head in 2007.
Logic, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, & Justin Bieber First Week Sales Are In
The final first-week sales numbers are in for albums released on Friday, November 13th. According to Hits Daily Double, Justin Bieber's Purpose reigned supreme, with a whopping 649,000 units moved in terms of STS (sales-plus-streaming).
Review: Logic's "The Incredible True Story"
Twenty-five-year-old Logic, the author of four buzzworthy mixtapes and, now, with the release of The Incredible True Story and the Transformation of the Man Who Saved the World, two studio LPs, is clearly equipped with immense talent. His first studio effort, Under Pressure, was good enough to put Logic himself under pressure. Yes, there were some enjoyable tracks on Under Pressure (“Bounce” and the eponymous track come to mind), but it didn’t do for Logic what his rap ability might indicate.
Top Tracks: November 9 - November 15
Last week saw a few highly anticipated releases, including new albums from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, and Logic. Surprisingly, none of those guys made it into Top Tracks -- well, except Logic, who somehow ended up on a Juicy J track. Instead, Pusha T, the new prez of GOOD Music, came out of hiding and hit us with two top 10's. The other winner of the week has to be the astoundingly prolific Metro Boomin, who has three new productions in this week's list.
Sales Projections For Jeezy, Logic & Justin Bieber
The biggest battle on this charts is between pop sensations Justin Bieber and One Direction, but it's far from the only one.As it stands, Bieber is looking to take the number one spot with Purpose, with 425-450k in traditional sales, and 475-500k with streams, but it's damn close, with 1D looking to come in with 415-440k (450-475k with streams).And of course, on to the actual rap releases -- Logic is set to move an impressive 85-90k (90-95k with streams), while Jeezy is expected to sell a more modest 60-65k (65-70k with streams).
Logic Releases His Sophomore Album "The Incredible True Story"
Logic has taken a slightly different approach than usual when it comes to the roll out strategy for his sophomore album The Incredible True Story. Instead of doing a ton of interviews & dropping a plethora of singles, like Ty Dolla $ign, Bieber, & Jeezy just did, the Def Jam rapper has remained relatively lowkey over the past few weeks, releasing only two singles and going by his fans' houses to play them a private listening session of the album. Now will this more personal & intimate approach carry over to success in the record sales?