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."
Mike WiLL Announces "Buy The World" Single With Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar & Future
Mike WiLL Made It released a slew of huge singles last year, including Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop", Future's "Sh!t", and his own "23". Still, it seemed that the producer had something big in the works that he was preparing to unleash on the world.
More Details Emerge On Kanye West's New, Less "Abrasive" Album
The latest clue we got about Kanye West's upcoming album came courtesy of a Florence, Italy newspaper, in which West was interviewed saying that the album was "made in Florence." Yesterday, Billboard pulled together some new sources to give us a better idea of what to expec
DJ Mustard Vs. Mike WiLL Made It: Who Has More Hits?
One of the many unsung players in the game of hip-hop is the producer. So many of us tune into some music not even listening to the artist in question, but dancing along to the beat, most likely created by an entirely different person.
Listen To Snippets From Future's "Honest" Album
Future is finally getting ready to release his sophomore album, Honest on April 22nd. The album is set to feature guest appearances from Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Young Scooter, Drake, Andre 3000, Pusha T, Pharrell, Casino, and more. The new record-- executive produced by Mike WiLL Made It --will serve as the proper follow up to Future's debut album, Pluto which was released 2 years ago this week.
Skrillex Talks About Working With Chance The Rapper And Mike WiLL Made It
If you caught Mike WiLL's instagram, you might have noticed a photo with him, Chance, and Skrillex, opening a flurry of speculation and rumors. XXL Mag caught up with Skrillex, and asked him about it to which he confirmed that the three of them were working on projects together. On the topic, Skrillex said:
Mike Will Made It To Produce Rick Ross & Jeezy Collaboration [Update: "War Ready" Drops Today]
Two weeks ago, Rick Ross decided to reveal the official artwork to his highly anticipated album Mastermind. Along with the artwork, Rozay announced that a new "reunion" record with Jeezy, titled “War Ready”, will be featured on the album too.
Mike WiLL Made It Reveals Collabos With Kanye West, Pharrell, Pusha T On Future's "Honest"
Future tweeted the other day that we would be receiving the official album art and finally, a release date for his delayed album Honest in the coming week. While we wait on that information, Mike WiLL Made It, who's been working on Honest with Future, has revealed a few collaborations for the LP which we were not previously aware of.
Chance The Rapper Spotted In The Studio With Mike Will Made It & Skrillex
It looks like Chance The Rapper is working on more new music. After performing a never-before-heard Jeremih track the other night, Chano was spotted in the studio with super-producers Mike Will Made It and Skrillex tonight.
Eminem & Rihanna's "The Monster" Sales Skyrocket
Eminem's newest collaboration with Rihanna was always expected to be huge, but this week it got a pretty surprising second wind. "The Monster" had a 123% sales increase in the last seven days, giving it the biggest sales week yet for the single, which officially dropped back in October. Apparently, the huge increase in sales can be attributed mainly to iTunes gift card purchases. The track wa spurchased a total of 433,000 times, an impressive gain on it's first and biggest sales week, which only managed to move 373,000 units.