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.
Macklemore Speaks On Race In America, Eric Garner & Mike Brown
Macklemore stood in for Laura Stylez on Ebro in the Morning over at Hot 97 the other day, and during the lengthy sit down with Peter Rosenberg and Ebro, they got into a healthy discussion about race in America, white privilege when it comes to Macklemore's career (and rap in general), and much more. Macklemore has been noticeably absent since he (regretfully) won a Grammy last year, so this is the first time we've heard from him in a minute. The rapper shares his insight into the wrongful deaths of Eric Garner and Mike Brown, saying,
Snoop Dogg Talks "BUSH," Iggy Azalea & Macklemore In NY Times Profile
Remember Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea's Instagram "feud" from last year? It almost seems like ancient history now, and it looks like The Doggfather's changed his tune since then.
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.
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.
Grammys Boost Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" Sales 350%
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' Grammy wins (or moreso Kendrick Lamar's losses) may have incited quite a backlash from the hip hop community, but overall it looks as if the duo has profited from them. "Same Love", the song in which they performed alongside the wedding of 33 couples of all different ethnicities and sexualities, has experienced a 350% increase in sales the week following the Grammys. The track moved 51,000 units--a huge jump from the 11,000 the previous week--which adds to the already 2.4 million digital sales the song has acquired since its release.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Cover Complex
Yesterday, Complex unveiled a steamy photo shoot with Khloe Kardashian and the accompanying interview about the many trending topics surrounding her life (Kylie, Tyga, French Montana, Amber Rose etc). Today they've followed that up with their second August/September cover, and it's in a more direct hip-hop lane.
Watch Performances From The Weeknd, A$AP Rocky & More At The 2015 MTV VMAs
As we detailed in our recap of noteworthy moments from last night's MTV VMAs, the event wasn't super hip-hop-oriented, but nevertheless we got a few performances from some of our favorite acts, and Kanye West was there, so, that was cool.
Macklemore Visits A Fan Suffering From Leukemia In Vermont
Macklemore may have a couple of platinum plaques under his belt, but it hasn't stopped him from reaching out to fans.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake Lead Rap And R&B Billboard Music Award Nominations
The nominations for the annual Billboard Music Awards have arrived today. Perhaps unsurprisingly, considering these guys dominated the Billboard 200 over the last year, Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are among the top contenders with eleven and ten nominations respectively. However, it's actually Imagine Dragons and Lorde that lead the entire pack, both with twelve nominations a piece.
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 & 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.
Joey Bada$$ Weighs In On The Grammy's Kendrick Lamar Vs. Macklemore Debate
Yesterday it was revealed that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis almost didn't make it into the rap categories at the Grammys because they've been too successful aka mainstream aka pop this past year. However, in a landslide vote decided by the general Grammy committee, the final decision was to nominate them amongst rap competitors.
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 ^
Macklemore Tells Kendrick Lamar He Got "Robbed" At Grammys
As you are probably aware by now, much to the dismay of the rap community, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis took home Best Rap Album and Best Rap Song at the Grammys awards last night. This isn't exactly surprising, despite Macklemore himself (among others) asserting that Best Rap Album should go to Kendrick Lamar.
Kendrick Lamar On Grammy Snub: "Everything Happens For A Reason"
The Grammy Awards were once again in the crossfire of the hip-hop community when Macklemore took home four Grammys and Kendrick Lamar took home zero. We've heard Macklemore's stance on the subject plenty of times now, he even put a text message he sent to K. Dot following his Grammy win on display for the world to see.
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.
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.
Episode 2 Of Our Exclusive "4Eva N A Tour" BTS With Big K.R.I.T.
With this exclusive look at Big K.R.I.T.'s "4Eva N A Tour" behind-the-scenes, we catch a glimpse of life on the road with the "King Remembered In Time" artist. In this episode, K.R.I.T. gets his younger brother wasted as they celebrate his younger sibling's 21st birthday. We get a visit from Talib Kweli, who stops by the dressing room to reminisce on how his life got flipped when his girlfriend got pregnant and he lost his job at age 21, but saw a major turnaround in his life the following year with a record deal and the Black Star album.
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.