5 Rappers Who Got Sober
Gucci Mane's gentle post-prison demeanor took many by surprise and even fueled a conspiracy theory that a Gucci clone had been released and the real Guwop was still in prison.
Chance The Rapper Joins Macklemore & Miguel, Covers Biggie At Bonnaroo
Chance The Rapper was THE surprise guest of Bonnaroo Day 2, making appearances during both Bryson Tiller and J. Cole's sets, but during Saturday's day 3 festivities, he did it all over again, blessing both Macklemore and Miguel with guest spots.
Macklemore & Barack Obama Team Up To Tackle Opioid Addiction
Macklemore visited the White House to film a conversation with President Barack Obama that will be included in an upcoming MTV documentary on opioid addiction. Macklemore, who has struggled with addiction in the past, will serve as the documentary's host. Macklemore also sat in on Obama's weekly address to discuss the recent rise in drug overdose in the United States.
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.
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.
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100
If you've been watching the charts over the last few years, you'll know that rap isn't dominating the Hot 100, and many of the songs that do make their way to the number one spot might no necessarily represent the genre all that well. Looking back at all the prior rap #1s on the Hot 100, this trend moves in waves. In the early 90s, we saw acts like Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark earning the highest honors of chart presence, but by the early 00s, the reigning singles on the chart were largely authentic rap and R&B songs.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
Charts Don't Lie: March 9
With the appearance of a brand new #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, each and every hip hop release highlighted below slipped over the past week, with the exception of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who debuted at #4. That's a pretty wild trend to see: Rihanna went from #2 to #3, The Weeknd went from #6 to #12, Kevin Gates went from #9 to #13, so on and so forth.
First-Week Sales For Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "This Unruly Mess I've Made"
There's not much happening on the new Billboard chart, hip-hop-wise, that is -- as 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne's ColleGrove as well as Kendrick Lamar's surprise album, which both dropped on Friday (Mar. 4), will appear on next week's chart. The only notable hip-hop entry onto this week's Billboard 100 is Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' sophomore album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, which has made its debut at No. 4.
Review: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "This Unruly Mess I've Made"
You may find it hard to believe that Macklemore was once a ramshamble everyman. But it’s true. Ever since he dropped his debut album The Language of My World in 2005, Macklemore has presented himself as an earnest, funny, knucklehead regular white kid from beautiful, rainy, blunt-tastic Seattle. (Full disclosure: I am also a white guy from Seattle.)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cover Billboard, Speak On "White Privilege II"
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis released their long-awaited follow-up to The Heist, titled This Unruly Mess I've Made, last Friday. With the album in stores for almost a week now, Billboard magazine has unveiled their latest cover story featuring the Seattle-based duo.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce World Tour
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis just dropped their new album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, on Friday, and now they've let go of the large tour schedule behind the project. The dates stretch begin in Europe, as the duo travel through Germany, France, and Spain before coming back to hit North America, at which point they will headline Bonnaroo.Raury will serve as the supporting act on select dates. Check out the full schedule below.03-08 Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg - Rockhal ^03-10 Antwerp, Belgium - Sportspaleis ^
Adele Declined To Appear On Macklemore's "This Unruly Mess I've Made"
There were a number of high-profile features on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' This Unruly Mess I've Made, but one industry superstar declined an invitation to appear on the Seattle duo's sophomore album. In an interview with The New York Times, Macklemore revealed he had reached out to Adele to collaborate on the song "Growing Up," but the British singer/songwriter "graciously passed" on the opportunity.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' First Week Sales Projections Are In
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' breakthrough album, The Heist, is platinum certified, but its follow-up, This Unruly Mess I've Made is looking at fairly modest first week numbers. HDD reports that the LP is projected to sell 45-55,000, or 50-60,000 including streaming data.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Announce "This Unruly Mess I've Made" Tracklist
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis will release their sophomore album This Unruly Mess I've Made on February 26th. Mack has now shared the tracklist... The standout features are YG, Chance the Rapper, Idris Elba (!!), & the gawd Anderson. Paak. Macklemore recruited several OGs for the project, notably Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee & Grandmaster Caz, KRS-One, & DJ Premier.
Machine Gun Kelly: "Race Is An Issue For People Like Macklemore"
Everyone seems to have an opinion on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's new nine-minute single "White Privilege II." Machine Gun Kelly offered his two cents on the song when TMZ accosted him as he walked through the airport Tuesday morning. "Race is not an issue," MGK said. "Race is an issue for people like Macklemore and shit."
Activist DeRay Mckesson Details His Conversation With Macklemore About "White Privilege II"
Macklemore's new single is the subject of heated debate on social media and elsewhere. Upon hearing "White Privilege II," Black Lives Matter activist and famed Twitter persona DeRay Mckesson called the song "important." He also apparently DM'd Macklemore and asked if he would be willing to get on the phone and talk about the track.
Talib Kweli Blasts Iggy Azalea Over Her Response To Macklemore
Macklemore's latest single, "White Privilege II," has been causing quite a storm on social media. On the track, he namedropped Miley Cyrus, Elvis Presley, and the easiest target of them all: Iggy Azalea. "You're Miley, you're Elvis, you're Iggy Azalea / Fake and so plastic, you've heisted the magic," rapped Macklemore, referring to himself in the second person.
Iggy Azalea Responds To Macklemore "White Privilege II" Diss
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are ramping up their activity as they prepare for the February 26 release of This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.
J Cole, Vince Staples, & Miguel To Perform At Bonnaroo 2016
Those able to endure the withering Southern heat at the annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, are richly rewarded with one of the most massive and diverse music gatherings on the planet. Bonnaroo has announced the full lineup for its 2016 festival, scheduled for the weekend of June 9-12. Hip-hop & R&B acts include J. Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Vince Staples, Miguel, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Tyler, the Creator, RL Grime, Post Malone, Goldlink, Allen Stone, & The Internet.