Staff Picks Playlist (October 21)
Summer's over, but the hip-hop game continues to heat up. Today brought with it new albums from D.R.A.M. and Joe Budden -- not the craziest of New Music Fridays, but looking back at the week, there was a plethora of new tracks that are well worth checking out. We've rounded up 10 notable selections in our weekly Staff Picks playlist, which should provide a reliable soundtrack to the weekend's turn-up activities.
BTS Pics Of 2 Chainz’s “Good Drank” Video With Quavo & Gucci Mane
Earlier in the week, 2 Chainz linked up with Quavo & Gucci Mane to shoot the official video for their newly-released Mike Dean-produced banger “Good Drank,” and now we have some exclusive behind the scenes pics to share with y’all thanks to WeHardProductions. Shot at 2 Chainz’s new bar called “Escobar Restaurant” on Peters Street in ATL, the Howard Ross-directed clip looks to go back in time with each rapper looking dapper in suspenders & standing next to some old school cars & props.
Quavo Reveals Rough Tracklist For Migos' Upcoming Album "CULTURE"
September came and went and Migos' album CULTURE, did not drop as promised. After publicly pressuring 300 Ent. to release the album over the weekend, Quavo posted a mockup of the tracklist to his Instagram page Monday night.
Quavo Pushes 300 To Release New Migos Album: "You Makin' The Fans Angry"
Quavo feels his fans are more than ready to hear Migos' upcoming album CULTURE, but his label 300 has yet to grant the group a release date. The Atlanta rapper is putting pressure on the label via Twitter, suggesting that Migos supporters are getting impatient."You makin the fans Angry they Ready for #CULTURE Comment if U Tired Of Waiting!! REALTALK!!,” he tweeted at the official 300 account.
Pharrell, Metro Boomin, Possibly Kanye West To Appear On Post Malone's "Stoney"
During a recent interview with Real 92.3’s Bootleg Kev, Post Malone teased features that may appear on his upcoming debut album Stoney. “Justin [Bieber], Quavo, Kehlani. We’re working on some very special things. We got Pharrell on there,” he said. He also mentioned that he's been working with Kanye West and that we would "have to see" if those collaborations will make the album.
Meek Mill Previews Snippet Of "DC4" Track With Quavo
Meek Mill's Dreamchasers 4 is supposed to drop this month. Take that with a grain of salt, as Meek Mill announced the project almost a year ago. Impressively, there's still immense anticipation surrounding what will be the first full-length follow-up to last summer's Dreams Worth More Than Money. Meek shared two separate 4-track EPs in January of this year.
DJ Mustard Shares "Cold Summer" Tracklist, With YG, Young Thug, Meek Mill & More
Summer technically ends this month, but not for DJ Mustard. Some time during the month of September, Mustard will release a new project entitled Cold Summer. He announced the project and shared the cover art a week ago, and today, the chart-flooding producer has shared the Cold Summer tracklist.
Migos Are Dropping Their 2nd Album, "CULTURE," This Month
With two rock-solid 2016 releases, YRN 2 and 3 Way, already under their Versace belts, the Migos have revealed their plans to share a full album, which will be the follow-up to their debut album, last summer's Yung Rich Nation. And it's coming this month. Keep in mind that Streets on Lock 5, a collaborative project with Rich the Kid, is also set to drop this month, due out on Sept. 16. No Label 3 was also supposed to be on the near horizon.
A Song-By-Song Guide To Young Thug's "No, My Name Is Jeffery"
Late last night, after a few delays as well as a number of different and increasingly confusing tracklists, 300 Entertainment finally released Young Thug's third project of the year: No, My Name Is Jeffery. Just before, Thug shared what has to be the most memorable album cover of the year, showing him in a floor-length periwinkle dress with his face obscured by an umbrella-like hat that, the likes of which has never before sat on a rapper's head. But with this project, Thug is intent on proving himself to be far more than just a rapper.
Staff Picks Playlist (August 12)
New music Friday brought us two more big-time albums with PartyNextDoor's P3 and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2. The Sremm brothers were kind enough to welcome us to their LA abode to get the inside scoop on the inspiration behind their sophomore album. Read about our experiences with the hedonistic duo in our latest Digital Cover story.
Top Tracks: August 1 - August 7
The next two weeks will see new albums from two guys vying to be the third most popular rap/R&B artist out of Toronto, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez (Drake and The Weeknd are one and two, respectively). Only time will tell how P3 and I Told You will stack up against each other, but over the last few weeks, we've gotten a few previews in the form of singles and other assorted loosies. Both Party and Tory pop up in our Top Ten, although here it's obvious which one is dominant.
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
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Top Tracks: June 6 - June 12
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
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."
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.
Days After Rodeo: A Travis Scott Timeline
It's been seven months since Travis Scott dropped his debut album Rodeo. His buzz grew steadily leading up to the album, and exponentially following the album's release. Of course, touring with Rihanna (on top of relationship rumors) didn't hurt, and Travis has also consistently kept his name in the blogosphere circle thanks to a stream of leaks (both unofficial and official).
Travi$ Scott Debuts Full Version Of His Upcoming Young Thug & Quavo-Featured Record
A couple weeks ago, Travi$ Scott previewed a Young Thug-assisted record at one of his shows, which quickly caught the attention of many fans and had the internet buzzing. While the record still hasn't arrived unfortunately, more new footage has surfaced in the meantime giving us a much better idea of what the record sounds like.
Top Tracks: March 21 - 27
The top tracks lists of the last few weeks got a little stale, with some songs (Drake's "Summer Sixteen," Travi$ Scott's "Uber Everywhere" remix, Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz's "Gotta Lotta") appearing week after week without much in the way of competition showing up to unseat them. Well, that changes this week, where the top nine tracks on the site are all newcomers.