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.
Mike WiLL Made It's "Ransom" Mixtape Gets A Release Date [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
We've been waiting on a release date for Mike WiLL Made It's Ransom mixtape for at least one minute now.
Mike WiLL Made It & Future Working On Joint Mixtape "Ape Shit"
Atlanta producer Mike WiLL Made It has more than just his Ransom mixtape in the pipeline. The producer recently spoke with XXL, and revealed he's got something in the stash with Future.
Stream Gucci Mane's "Trap God 3"
After momentarily hitting a stumbling block with Big Gucci Sosa, the collaborative tape with Chief Keef that was never released, Gucci Mane returns to his impeccably on-time release schedule for 2014. After already releasing 10 projects this year, big GuWop is prepared to drop Trap God 3, predictably, on 10/17.
A Guide to Atlanta Producers
Someone once remarked that Chicago and Atlanta had replaced New York City and Los Angeles as the capitals of modern rap music. As blasphemous as that claim might seem, it’s 100% true in 2014. Atlanta has been a dominant force in hip-hop for over a decade now, but since 2010, it has experienced a lot of change. T.I., Jeezy, and Ludacris (sorta) are still around, but a new crop of artists has emerged.
Fergie Is Working On A New Album With Mike WiLL Made It
Fergie's first and (to date) only solo album, The Duchess, just celebrated its eighth anniversary yesterday, and right on the heels of that comes news of a follow-up. Rap-Up reports that the female quarter of the Black Eyed Peas is "working on a new album," and Mike WiLL Made It is involved.
Mike WiLL Made It Signs Two-9 To Eardruma/Interscope Records
Over the past few years, five piece Atlanta collective Two-9 have made a name for themselves as independent artists, and now it looks as though all the hard work has paid off. Today the group officially announced their signing to Mike WiLL Made It's new Interscope imprint, Eardruma Records.
Young Thug Announces New Single With Mike WiLL Made It [Update: New Artwork Revealed]
Two of the biggest names in Atlanta's trap scene are about to team for a big single. Very soon, Young Thug and Mike WiLL Made It will unveil their collaborative track "Take A Picture," and today they've unveiled the artwork. Check it out in the gallery above. Fans of Thugger will remember the phrase "Take A Picture" being repeated quite a bit on his 1017 Thug song "Picture Baby," but like "parade," "slime," "YSL" and other keywords he often uses, the phrase is (for some reason) part of his very unique personality.
Mike WiLL Made It Announces New Mixtape "Ransom"
Mike WiLL Made It is still prepping his debut album, but to hold fans over until that arrives, he's announced a new mixtape effort titled Ransom.
Mike WiLL Made It Reveals He Did Three Records For Lil Wayne's "Carter V"
Mike WiLL Made It had a lengthy interview with The Breakfast Club as he begins the rounds promoting his new album Est. in 1989 Pt. 3. The producer dropped off a new single to follow up the somewhat lacklustre "23", "Buy The World", which is getting a much better reception from hip-hop fans, and as Mike WiLL explains in the interview, that was the point. He refers to "Buy The World" as some "hood Phil Collins shit."