Staff Picks Playlist (October 9)
It's that time of the week again. The weather might be crap, but work's over, school's out, and that should be enough to get your mind in the right place. If not, then we've got your musical medication, which will, no doubt, pair nicely with whatever other treats, medical-grade or otherwise, you've got on deck.
Stream Two-9's New EP, "#AugustTwo9"
Atlanta's Two-9 collective are ready to make major moves this year, and they should get the ball rolling on their breakthrough with the release of #AugustTwo9, a new EP featuring five new tracks. Curtis Williams, Jace, FatKidsBrotha, and the rest of the gang all contribute to the new EP, which is the first in a series of releases set to drop on the 29th of each month. The project features production from Mike WiLL Made It, as well as the always consistent Atlanta experimentalist, Childish Major.
Mike WiLL Made It Reveals Rae Sremmurd's "SremmLife 2" Is In The Works
Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife was a perfectly orchestrated album release in a broken system. While most rappers wait months or even years beyond the peak of their hype to drop their debut, the Sremm Bros were right on the money, and as a result, the album is still selling to this day (the fact that it was jam-packed with singles didn't hurt). While they've surely got a few more records to market from LP1, the follow-up is already underway according to mentor, Mike WiLL Made it.
Listen to 7 New iLoveMakonnen Songs
The last 24 hours in rap have been pretty damn crazy, and they don't seem to be slowing down anytime soon. As of today, seven new iLoveMakonnen songs have made their way online. Well, they've actually been floating around since earlier in the week, but it seems they were only recently discovered.
Future On New Album: "The World Is Ready"
Future's sophomore album, Honest, wasn't the landmark it was meant to be. While it spawned Future's biggest hit thus far, "Move That Dope," it failed to establish the rapper as the superstar he had the potential to be.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (June 20 - 26)
This week was wild. We got to hear new albums by Miguel, Vince Staples, King Los and Tyga, great new tapes from Boogie and Tory Lanez, and some true heat in the form of singles from Future, Meek Mil and The Game. What's more, we got the stacked tracklists for Meek's Dreams Worth More Than Money and Migos' YRN Tha Album, and quite a few crazy news stories to boot. As always, things were popping on on Twitter, too. Read on to get a selection of the craziest, funniest and/or most noteworthy tweets of the week.
Mike WiLL Made It Hints At Collaboration With Kanye West & 2 Chainz
Mike WiLL Made It's twitter timeline is just full of news today. The super-producer called out artists who are hopping on Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd's swag, and then after, hinted that Gucci Mane is coming home.
Gucci Mane Rumored To Be Released Next Month
Rumors are circulating on the web that Gucci Mane's freedom could be closer than you think. Even while he's been locked up, the rapper's presence has been felt simply because he has so much material in the stash that he continues to release music more frequently than some of your favorite free rappers. Case in point, he's dropping a new mixtape Trapology on July 1st.
Mike WiLL Made It Calls Out Rappers Who Are Copying Swae Lee's Style
Mike WiLL Made It's imprint, Ear Drummers, has already proven a success with the likes of Rae Sremmurd and Two-9. Rae Sremmurd have undoubtedly elevated higher than Two-9 off the bat, however, Two-9 are catching up with hits like "Check At." In the meantime though, the squeaky-voiced and energetic rappers of Rae Sremmurd, Swae Lee and Slim Jimmy, have cemented a new style and flow, and thus they are seeing imitators pop up everywhere.
The Best Prison-Released Gucci Mane Tracks Of 2015
Gucci Mane has released nine projects this year. We don't have to check-- that's more than any other rapper. He also happens to be in prison. Last year, he released 14 projects from the pen, making a cool $1.3 million, and he's on pace to topple those numbers this year. He's feeding his fans, he's feeding the streets-- though who knows if he's actually the mastermind behind any of this. No matter when these tracks were actually recorded, they're still among the hottest out.
Behind The Beat: Ducko Mcfli
A year ago, Ducko Mcfli had never gotten his name on a beat with an artist outside of Nashville. He and longtime production partner SykSense had been putting in work for years, even catching the eye of Boi-1da, who signed the pair to a short-term production deal a few years ago. Finally, last March, they sent him one that stuck. He passed it along to his right-hand man, aka the biggest rapper in the world, and next thing you know, Syk and Ducko saw their names next to Drake's "Draft Day."
Mike WiLL Made It & Future Prep "Ape Sh!t" Mixtape (See Artwork)
Future's rise to stardom wouldn't be possible without the help of Mike Will Made It, and vice versa. Mike Will produced many of Future's breakout hits, including Pluto's "Turn on the Lights", and he executively produced last year's Honest.
Underrated Audio: April 5 - April 11
After a brief hiatus, Underrated Audio is back. We're back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut. We had a busy week, with surprise drops from A$AP Rocky and Tyler, The Creator, so we forgive you for missing some of the lesser-known gems that also blessed the homepage. Though some of the names that follow are more familiar than others, all five ensuing tracks are essential listening.
Gucci Mane's "Trap House" Essentials
Along with T.I. and Jeezy, Gucci Mane is among the class of ATL rappers who are credited with founding trap music as we know it today. He's done this not only by dropping an absurd amount of music (even from behind bars), but also by locating his city's most promising young artists and grooming them to become the city's next wave.
Forbes' 2015 "Hip-Hop Cash Princes" Include Migos, Young Thug, YG & More
Since 2007, Forbes has been profiling young rappers who are making major cash money. Each year, the magazine chooses a list of "Cash Princes" who they think could eventually become "Cash Kings", a more exclusive list that includes industry moguls like Diddy, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre. This year's Cash Princes are: Mike Will Made-It, Migos, Rae Sremmurd, DJ Mustard, Young Thug, Nipsey Hussle, Iggy Azalea, Ty Dolla $ign, Hit-Boy, YG, PartyNextDoor, and Kid Ink.
30 Essential Future Mixtape Tracks
Since releasing his sophomore album, Honest, about a year ago, Future has been on a mixtape tear, sharing Monster last fall and the back-to-back heaters Beast Mode and
Future Announces "Dirty Sprite 2" Mixtape
There isn't a whole lot of consensus in the Future mixtape canon (namely because there are so many, and pretty much all of them are good), but Dirty Sprite is generally agreed upon as a strong contender for the Atlanta rapper's best non-album work. Early fans will be excited to hear the news that Fewtch is working on a follow-up to the beloved project, announcing the news on Twitter today.
Lil Wayne Shares "Sh!t" Freestyle Snippet, Full Track Dropping Today
Lil Wayne's Carter V may be in Cash Money limbo, but his Sorry 4 The Wait 2 mixtape is coming together as promised. Mack Maine shared two clips of a new freestyle from Weezy last night, indicating that the tape was one track away from completion.
Review: Rae Sremmurd's "SremmLife"
2014 may be remembered as one of the weakest years for rap in recent memory, but there were, however, some definite highlights, especially when it came to newcomers. Bobby Shmurda had one of last year’s biggest rap records, DeJ Loaf had one of last year’s most remixed rap records and Young Thug was one of last year’s most talked about rap artists (even if for all of the wrong reasons).
Hottest Instrumentals Of 2014
The hottest beats is a misnomer for this list of 20 productions that shaped the commercial sound of hip-hop culture in 2014. Of all the thousands of tracks produced each year under the umbrella of hip-hop, we could only honor a select few as standing above the crowd.