Staff Picks Playlist (August 26)
It's been a pretty wild week, kickstarted with the surprise drop of Frank Ocean's Blonde. The boy really came through. But it didn't end there. Last night, another boundary-pushing artist released his own highly anticipated project, as Young Thug attempted an artistic rebirth of sorts with No, My Name Is Jeffery, which arrived with the most memorable album cover of the year.
Lil Wayne Announces Special Guests For Lil Weezyana Fest 2
Lil Wayne is hosting the second annual Lil’ Weezyana Fest in New Orleans this month, but until today he’s been silent on who his special guests would be aside from his Collegrove partner 2 Chainz. Today, Weezy revealed those guests, and people who already bought tickets for the August 27 event will be more than pleased.
Quavo Calls Out DJ Drama For Not Mentioning Migos Among Top ATL Influencers
During his recent interview with The Breakfast Club, DJ Drama spoke on the enduring strength of the Atlanta hip-hop scene, naming some of the city's most influential artists past and present, albeit with one glaring omission. "If we take the OutKast’s, the Ludacris’s, the T.I.’s, the Jeezy’s, and the Gucci’s, and the Future’s, and the Chainz’s, and the Thug’s, you know, it’s in a good place,” said Drama.
The 7 Best Murda Beatz Beats
A 22-year-old white dude who resembles Scooby Doo's BFF Shaggy, Murda Beatz has emerged as one of hip hop's most in-demand producers over the course of the last 12 months. Migos, Drake, PartyNextDoor, Jeremih and many more have called upon his ability to cater to the whims and preferred sonic environment of each artist.
10 Essential Rich The Kid Tracks
A little over 12 months ago, Rich the Kid was sitting in a jail cell. Since his release, he's been on a tear; he's released seven mixtapes, taken Famous Dex under his wing, and networked relentlessly to position himself among hip hop's upper class. Rich is a true hustler. He knows what he wants (money) and he'll stop at nothing to get it. Click through the gallery to listen 10 of Rich's best songs.
Top Tracks: July 11 - July 17
I'm not going to take the time to crunch all of the numbers for the 28 weeks of 2016 we've experienced thus far, but in terms of artists who show up most often in our weekly top ten tracks list, it's not even close. Drake is the clear victor, seeming to find a way on here every week. Second place is a little more murky.
Rae Sremmurd & Migos To Drop "Look Alive" Remix
Big-time remix incoming. The two waviest groups in the game, one a duo and one a trio -- both made up of blood relatives, are teaming up to drop a remix of one of the year's hottest club songs: "Look Alive." The track, released in April, is the third single off Rae Sremmurd's upcoming sophomore album, SremmLife 2. For the remix, brothers Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi have recruited the three cousins who make up the Migos.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 15)
Things are still unsettling in terms of our social climate, and obviously yesterday's incident at Bastille Day out in France isn't helping, leading to social media's usage of the #prayfortheworld hashtag. However on the music front, we had a pretty thriving week.
Ty Dolla $ign's "Campaign" To Feature Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Migos, Wiz Khalifa & More
Since releasing his excellent debut album, Free TC, in November of last year, Ty Dolla $ign has appeared on a number of features but hasn't yet given fans a project in 2016. Last month, however, Ty announced two upcoming mixtapes: Beach House 3 and Campaign. Earlier today, he premiered the title track of the latter project. "Campaign" is a heavy club anthem featuring Future that finds each of the melodic hitmen at his most ratchet.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 8)
This week was dominated more by saddening news stories than it was by music, but the social outcry regarding the many innocent lives that were taken in the past week have also resulted directly in new music-- it's bittersweet, obviously. With plenty of artists hitting the booth to give their own take on the tense social climate, we definitely didn't lack in songs this past week.
Stream Migos' "3 Way" EP
Well here it is. After announcing the release just a few hours ago, Migos keep their word and drop off their new EP called 3 Way.
Migos Are Dropping An EP Tonight
UPDATE: Migos hath revealed the title of their new EP: 3 Way. It's dropping at 9PM EST tonight on Migos' SoundCloud. Check back with us in a couple of hours for the stream. This is surely the best 3 Way that's available on a Thursday night. 9pm. Migos Soundcloud 3 Way EP pic.twitter.com/6QMvcgxBYM
Migos Say R.I.P. To The Dab
Earlier this month, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who's known to pop a hot dab after a huge play, declared that he would no longer be using the dance move, which had been popularized in his hometown of Atlanta after being originated within the camp of the Migos.
Fool's Gold Day Off Lineup Includes Migos, Juelz Santana & Lil Yachty
Fool's Gold Day Off will return for its seventh year at the end of summer, taking over a spot in Brooklyn with a few of the rapper and DJ friends. Today Fool's Gold has announced the lineup for the New York edition of the festival, which has branched out to include stops in L.A. and Miami. The New York event goes down on August 20, with Miami following suit on September 17 and then finally L.A. on September 25th. The lineup includes Migos, Juelz Santana, A-Trak, Lil Yachty, Dave East, Nick Catchdubs, Leaf and more.
Behind The Beat: Honorable C-Note
Over 15 years into his career, Honorable C-Note is just starting to get comfortable. He's become known as a master of suspense, lending thundering arrangements, or "scores," as he calls them, to some of the best talent in Atlanta, where he's resided for 10 years now. More recently, he's produced monsters for each of the two leading members of the A$AP Mob. His compositions are a recipe for goosebumps -- hearing shrill strings crawl atop a chorus of doomsday horns while A$AP Ferg howls about "bedbugs in the motel" on "New Level" gets me every time.
Migos Have Recorded "Multiple" Songs With Kanye West
We recently got to hear 1/3 of Migos on Kanye West's lead Cruel Winter single, "Champions," however it sounds like the group as a whole has a lot more in store with Ye. This isn't exactly surprising, we did see the trio chilling with Kanye on Easter, however now we have proper confirmation that there's stuff "in the chamber."
Migos & Peewee Longway Clash Over Who Said "Dab" First
Migos have certainly done a lot for the terms "dab" and "pipe it up," but according to Peewee Longway, he's the first person to say each of the phrases on a track. After laying claim to the lingo on Twitter, writing "Who the first one to say piped it up (ME) who the first to say dab (ME)," and hastagging the tweet with "#FACTS". It didn't take long for Migos to respond, writing, "SINCE WE TALKIN FACTS .. Migos Gave U Life!!," while Offset offered his own thought on the matter, captioning an Instagram post with "CLAIMING WORDS AINT HELPING CAREERS... MAKE A HIT N*GGA".
Smothered & Covered: 6 Great Moments In Hip Hop X Waffle House History
There's something about Waffle House that brings out the inner beast in people. The food, combined with the ambience, is nothing short of incredible. It holds a special place in the hearts and minds of countless rappers. "This ain't IHOP," Waka Flocka rapped in his famed collaboration with Travis Porter, "Waffle House". "This the waffle house. Know how we rock, put it in her mouth."
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 22)
This week was pretty monumental. Of course, the sudden passing of Prince rocked the hip-hop world (and accompanying blogosphere) quite a bit, and many, fans and celebrities alike, are still in shock. Apart from that unfortunate news (and his wasn't the only death we reported on this week), we also had some pretty '