Gucci Mane Has Recorded "An Album And Then Some" Since Release, Zaytoven Says
On May 26, Gucci Mane walked out of a federal correctional center and right into the studio. He has seldom left since. In a conversation with The Fader, Gucci's go-to producer Zaytoven, who was featured in HNHH's most recent installment of Behind the Beat, confirmed that Gucci has recorded "a whole album and them some" in the past month.
Drake Poses For Photo With Gucci Mane: "That Ain't No Clone"
Most conspiracy theories go by without a need to be addressed, but Gucci Mane is not your average dude. The Atlanta rapper, who was released from prison after 3 years last month, decided to have fun with a Twitter theory that the Gucci that came home from the pen was actually a government clone. "I will neither support nor deny those accusations," he joked on SnapChat.
Top 10 Compilation-Style Albums By Producers
Right now, two of the summer's most anticipated albums feature producers' names in the top-billed spot: Mike Will Made It's Ransom 2 and Clams Casino's 32 Levels. Most of the excitement hinges on the projects' star-studded guestlists (although we can't say a damn thing against Clammy Clams' three prior instrumental compilations), and as far as producer-led albums in hip hop go, that's usually been the case.
Documenting Mike WiLL Made-It's Incredible 2016 Run
Mike WiLL Made-It has gone from Atlanta's rap underground to working with the biggest pop stars in the business in only a few years time, and he's continued to look bigger even as he's seemingly hit the top. Now mentoring young artists like Rae Sremmurd, Mike is illustrating the difference between a beatmaker and a producer, always remaining attentive to every detail of how a song is constructed, and crafting songs alongside his collaborators rather than simply delivering his half of the music.
Top Tracks: May 30 - June 5
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory. At the top we've got DJ Khaled, who's collaborated with more of rap's A- B- and C-listers in his career than arguably anyone else, and who's accompanied by Drake.
Mike Will Made-It's New Single With Rihanna Drops Tonight
Mike Will's Ransom 2 mixtape was supposed to touch down at the beginning of this year. After a few delays, the Ear Drummers boss said he wanted to hold onto the tape until he could get a fresh verse from Gucci Mane. With the Trap God coming home last week, he should have that taken care of in no time. However, the next Ransom 2 single we'll get to hear won't feature Wop. Instead, Mike has enlisted another superstar, albeit from a different realm: Rihanna. Damn...we see you Mike Will.
Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd Among Adult Swim's 2016 Singles
Adult Swim has announced the 2016 program for its Singles Program, in which artists give out free singles over the course of the summer. This year's lineup is strong: the list of artists includes Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels (for the fourth consecutive year), Earl Sweatshirt (with KNX), Mike WiLL Made-It, Thelonius Martin [with Joey Purp], and D∆WN.
Review: Beyoncé's "Lemonade"
The credits on Beyoncé's new album Lemonade read like an oddly-selected history of pop, R&B, and rock music, with modern indie names like Ezra Koenig and Animal Collective sitting alongside titanic legends like OutKast, Led Zeppelin, and Isaac Hayes.
Chief Keef & Mike WiLL Made It Hit The Studio
Besides for twitter antics and skipping a show, Chief Keef has generally been laying low and staying out of trouble, while releasing music intermittently. In March he took to twitter to announce his retirement from rap, since his sound has been rehashed too many times
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Review: Young Thug's "Slime Season 3"
The first two installments of Young Thug's Slime Season series arrived a little over a month apart last fall, providing a good display of both Thugger's speed in the studio and his versatility.
10 Tracks To Celebrate Bankroll Fresh's Legacy
This past weekend, the rap world suffered yet another senseless tragedy with the murder of Bankroll Fresh. Hopefully the frequency of the loathsome killings of promising young talents will not dilute the legacy of any one of hip-hop's fallen stars. In this case, the world lost a rare talent from the fiercely competitive city of Atlanta, right at the time when his movement was taking shape -- when he was set to experience a level of success he couldn't have dreamed of a few short years ago.
Listen To Young Dolph's Debut Album, "King Of Memphis"
Young Dolph has been grinding for years, but more recently he's found himself with a considerable regional following and a few breakout hits. After consistently dropping mixtapes, it seems like the right time for Dolph to come through with his first album, which he's releasing independently. King Of Memphis has the rapper teaming with mostly Atlanta producers, with Mike WiLL Made It, TM88, Zaytoven, Nard & B, and Drumma Boy contributing.
Review: Young Thug's "I'm Up"
In a hip hop climate that's almost unhealthily focused on trending topics and followers, no one has committed to and excelled in catering to short attention spans like Future and Young Thug.
Gucci Mane Was Going To Host Mike WiLL's "Ransom 2" From Jail, But The Feds Shut It Down
We know that Mike WiLL Made It and Gucci Mane have a storied creative partnership, to the point that Guwop actually gave Mike his producer name (Mike Will Made It/ Gucci Mane slayed it"), so the fact that the two are still in contact despite Gucci being behind bars isn't all that surprising.
Red Lobster Responds To Beyonce's "Formation"
Beyoncé's new single, and accompanying video, is bold and unapologetically black. Due to her celebrity, she may only be able to dine at the most exclusive of 5-star restaurants these days, though on "Formation," she reminded fans of her Southern-fried roots. "When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster," sings Bey on the opening verse, in what's become the song's most talked about lyric.
Ebro Gets Into Twitter Feud With Mike Will & Slim Jxmmi Over Beyonce's "Formation"
Today's biggest event was the unveiling of Beyoncé's new single and accompanying video, "Formation." Shortly after its release, it was revealed that the song was produced by Mike Will Made-It as well as Ear Drummers producer Apluss and that it was co-written by Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd.
Top Tracks: January 25 - January 31
One month into 2016, and a whole lot of crazy shit has taken place in the hip-hop world.
Mike Will Made-It Delays “Ransom 2” For A Gucci Mane Feature
Unfortunately, Mike Will Made-It’s sequel to Ransom won’t be releasing today as originally planned, but according to his excuse, the setback maybe well worth the wait.