Charts Don't Lie: September 1
We see two new entries when it comes to hip-hop on Charts Don't Lie this week. They belong to Odd Future's Earl Sweatshirt and A$AP Mob's A$AP Ferg. While both rappers moved respectable amounts, it gives us a moment to think about the whole ideas of crews in hip-hop, and how no matter what, there is always one rap leader who has to make an impression on the audience first. For OF, this is Tyler, The Creator, for A$AP Mob it's Rocky. Following their rise in popularity, they try to put on their friends, as rappers tend to do-- sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "The Heist" Goes Gold [Update: Album Goes Platinum]
We're not sure if we can still call Macklemore and Ryan Lewis underground anymore-- the duo have now not only gone 5x platinum with their lead single "Thrift Shop" but the album it's off, The Heist, has gone gold as well.
Full List Of Winners From The 2013 MTV VMAs
The 2013 MTV VMAs have come to a close. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake came out with the most moonmen, earning 3 a piece. Outside of those two artists, there weren't very many winners in the Rap/R&B sphere. If you missed the performances, you can watch all of them here. View the full list of winners below. BEST VIDEO WITH A SOCIAL MESSAGEMacklemore & Ryan Lewis, “Same Love” SONG OF THE SUMMEROne Direction, “Best Song Ever”
J. Cole Explains How Macklemore's "Thrift Shop" Single Helps His Own Single "Crooked Smile"
J. Cole's Born Sinner album is doing consistently well on the charts, and he's looking to have the same success with his single "Crooked Smile." While it may not be a traditional single in terms of content for radio and pop standards, the rapper is nonetheless hoping it will get a lot of airplay at Pop radio stations.
Macklemore Talks "Control," Getting Called Out By Yelawolf & Method Man
Macklemore is not going away any time soon. The rapper has been a mainstay on the charts since his breakthrough single "Thrift Shop," and with that success, he's had both positive and negative attention form critics and fellow rappers.
Macklemore Covers Rolling Stone Magazine
Macklemore continues to pile up the accomplishments. Next up on his list is the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. The Seattle rapper took to his twitter a little while ago to reveal the cover. Alongside the picture, Mac wrote #Sharkfacegang. Coincidental that Shark Week just ended, but I do kind of see what he's saying there. Make sure to pick up a copy of the issue when it hits newsstands at the end of the month. Check out the cover in the gallery above.
ScHoolboy Q Thinks Macklemore Should Win VMA For Best Hip-Hop Video Over Kendrick Lamar
Although it seems like the Black Hippy rappers are loyal to each other, ScHoolboy Q still has to give props where props are due.
Yelawolf Calls Macklemore Out For Similar Deer Logo
YelaWolf is not happy with Macklemore. This weekend, both rappers performed at the Osheaga Music Festival in Montreal, Canada. All was well until Yela was approached by a fan for a photo. The rapper obliged the fan, but took interest in the festival-goer's shirt. Catfish Billy, who has been pushing his deer logo for some time now, assumed that the shirt was one of his own, but it turned out to be a Macklemore tee, which also happened to use a deer as its logo.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Will Tour With Big K.R.I.T. And Talib Kweli
Continuing to ride the wave of their recently insanely successful record sales, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who are currently touring in Europe, have announced that after finishing up there that they will be touring the U.S., and bringing along a couple dope respected rap veterans.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cover Respect Magazine
The popularity of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis continues to rise, and as it does, the two nab the cover of the upcoming issue of Respect Magazine. Peep their cover in the gallery above, the issue hits stands on June 18th.
Charts Don't Lie: June 2
French Montana joins Charts Don't Lie this week, with his debut album Excuse My French. French, Diddy and the whole Bad Boy team went hard with promo for this one, rounded up the biggest features in the game, but the album wasn't able to move more than 50k opening week. With the decrease of hip-hop album sales forever waning, this isn't horrible, but it isn't the "classic" numbers French may have been expecting.
Earl Sweatshirt Questions Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us" On Twitter, Macklemore Responds
Macklemore has already received some criticism for his radio-friendly massive hit "Thrift Shop," namely from the NY Times music critic Jon Caramanica.
Chance The Rapper To Join Macklemore & Ryan Lewis On European Tour
After the recent success of his latest project, Acid Rap, Chance The Rapper looks to be making some big time moves. Earlier today, Chance announced that he will be joining Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their upcoming European tour come this Fall.
Macklemore Responds To "Thrift Shop" Criticism, Talks Success In Industry
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' music has dominated airwaves, and the charts, to the suprise of almost everybody, including the artists themselves.
Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Miguel & More Perform At 2013 Billboard Music Awards
Miguel, Chris Brown, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were among this year's performers at the 2013 Billboard music awards. The event is still happening live at the MGM grand, but check out footage of the artists that have taken the stage so far, and stay tuned for updates with the latest performances!
Charts Don't Lie: May 19
This week on Charts Don't Lie some of the less consistent rappers have fallen off, while others prove they're on the charts for the long-term. We already knew Justin Timberlake would be here awhile, after he went platinum in very little time following his album's debut. However, there are some chart main-stays which we couldn't have predicted when the album initially dropped-- such as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' The Heist.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cover Billboard Magazine
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been dominating the Billboard charts, whether it's on the Billboard 200 with their album The Heist, or with their singles "Can't Hold Us" and "Thrift Shop" on the Hot 100.
Macklemore Upset That OKC Thunder Play "Can't Hold Us" At Games
Seattle is trying desperately to bring basketball back to their city, and a group led by billionaire Chris Hansen is putting up serious cash to entice the NBA in relocating the Sacramento Kings to Seattle where they will be the second iteration of the Supersonics. Losing their basketball team is a sore spot for Seattle NBA fans as their Seattle Supersonics left in 2008 to become the Oklahoma City T
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis "Can't Hold Us" Hits Platinum [Update: Song Hits No. 1, Makes Billboard History]
After the success of their last single "Thrift Shop", Macklemore and Ryan Lewis have added another platinum hit under their belt. The duo's recent single, "Can't Hold Us", has officially hit platinum.
Method Man Calls Macklemore Out For Walking On Crowd, Claims He Invented It
Fans at the mtvU Woodie awards were impressed by a stage move Macklemore broke out the show, which found him performing an act similar to crowd surfing, but instead walking across the audience as they held him by his feet. It seems that Wu-Tang rapper Method Man was not impressed by the feat, mainly because he's been doing it himself for some time.