SoundCloud Staff Picks Playlist (December 2)
On the music front, it was quiet for much of this week, and instead of looking ahead, it felt like everybody was looking back on all the great music that has dropped this year, especially as the year-end lists have begun to surface. That all changed yesterday, though, with news that J. Cole would be dropping his first album in two years. There's barely been a peep from him since 2014 Forest Hills Drive, though he's clearly still one of the biggest names in the game.
Everything You Need To Know About Famous Dex
Famous Dex is a name often associated with the virally adored new wave artists of the South, like Atlanta's Lil Yachty -- with whom he shares a hairstyle (and color) -- or Trill Sammy and Ugly God from Houston. Aside from Rich The Kid, the label's founder and CEO, Famous Dex is the only current signee of Rich Forever Music, and he's earned a deal with 300 Entertainment as a result, as the two companies officially partnered this summer.
Rich The Kid's Wife Accuses Him Of Domestic Abuse, Shares Photo Evidence
Atlanta rapper Rich The Kid has been accused of assaulting his wife, with whom he apparently has two children and another on the way. The woman in question is on Instagram -- with over 260k followers -- as realladyluscious. She's one-half of the Atlanta-based TwerkTeam, along with popular Instagram twerker MizzTwerkSum, who confirmed her partner's claims of abuse at the hands of Rich The Kid.
Meet Mozzy: The Fearless Torchbearer Of Sacramento Hip Hop
Mozzy is about to drop his twelfth album of 2016. It's called 1 Up Top Akh. One week ago, he released the album single "Messy Murder Scenes." "A sucka died, I love the nigga that murdered him," he raps matter-of-factly. "Another sucka died, I love the nigga that murdered him."
A$AP Mob & Rich The Kid Were Not Involved In NYFW Brawl
Yesterday, Page Six reported that A$AP Mob and Rich the Kid were involved in a brawl at New York Fashion Week. HNHH circulated the report. In an email to HNHH, A$AP Illz clarified that there was no pushing, shoving, punching, or anything remotely resembling a brawl.
A$AP Mob & Rich The Kid Reportedly Involved In NYFW Brawl
Apparently there has been tension between A$AP Mob members and Quality Control's biggest hustler, Rich The Kid. It's unclear where this drama stemmed from, but Page Six reports of a fight breaking out backstage during New York Fashion Week, involving A$AP artists and Rich.
10 Essential Famous Dex Tracks
With its 2016 freshman cover, XXL anointed four rappers as the princes of hip hop's newest wave: Lil Uzi Vert, Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, and 21 Savage. Many argued that Playboi Carti should have been included. A case could also have been made for Famous Dex, the exuberant Chicago rapper who recently signed to Rich the Kid's Rich Forever label.
10 Essential Rich The Kid Tracks
A little over 12 months ago, Rich the Kid was sitting in a jail cell. Since his release, he's been on a tear; he's released seven mixtapes, taken Famous Dex under his wing, and networked relentlessly to position himself among hip hop's upper class. Rich is a true hustler. He knows what he wants (money) and he'll stop at nothing to get it. Click through the gallery to listen 10 of Rich's best songs.
14 Rappers Who Play Pokemon Go
Whether or not Pokemon Go is a fad or a permanent institution, it has captured the hearts and minds of people around the globe. Rappers are not immune to its powers, and many have taken to the streets on their quest to catch 'em all. Of course, there are just as many detractors as there are addicts. Charlamagne tha God recently anointed Pokemon Go players his “Donkey of the Day” and many rappers share his sentiment that the game can be dangerous and is a distraction from larger issues at hand.
Maxo Kream Shares "The Persona Tape" Tracklist & Release Date
The hard-hitting Houston trapper known as Maxo Kream is about to drop The Persona Tape, his first project of the year. Going off Maxo's last few tracks, The Persona Tape should live up to the expectations set by last year's excellent MAXO 187.
Hey Mama: Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa & Others Reveal Their First Big Purchase For Their Mom
Mother's Day has always been one of our most cherished holidays. How do rappers celebrate their mothers? We asked 13 rappers what they bought their mom after they received their first big check. See how they showed their mommas love below and be sure to let your mom know you love her today. *** Ty Dolla $ign "After receiving my first big check, I bought my mom some diamonds and helped fund some updates for her house. I still contribute each day, just so she knows that my appreciation for her has no end."
Young Thug Is Refreshingly Weird: A “HiTunes” Tour Review
Situated on the corner of 44th Street and Broadway in Times Square, Playstation Theater hosted the second stop of the “Hitunes” Tour on Monday night. I am 25 and I was probably the oldest person who journeyed to the theater (capacity: 2,100) to see Young Thug perform the Thugger songbook front-to-back. Also performing: Thug’s trusty opening act Lil Yachty, the upstart rapper best known best known for his red dreadlocks and rapping over the ice cream truck song and the Rugrats theme song.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 22)
This week was pretty monumental. Of course, the sudden passing of Prince rocked the hip-hop world (and accompanying blogosphere) quite a bit, and many, fans and celebrities alike, are still in shock. Apart from that unfortunate news (and his wasn't the only death we reported on this week), we also had some pretty '
Staff Picks Playlist (March 11)
When it's been an extra long week, chances are you haven't been able to peep all the new music that has dropped over the past seven days. A few months into 2016, and the ever-fruitful genre of hip-hop continues to supply the goods, week after week. Lucky for you, keeping track of the constant flood of all that's hot and new is our job, and we've rounded up the best tunes of last week in an easy, cohesive playlist that's available to stream below.
Rich The Kid Starts Label, Signs Famous Dex
Earlier this week, Atlanta rapper Rich the Kid, signed to Quality Control, announced he would soon be unveiling his own label as well as his first signee. Today (Mar. 6), he has done just that. He has named his label Rich Forever Music, and his first signee is a promising one: buzzing Chicago rapper Famous Dex.
Behind The Beat: Murda Beatz
Murda Beatz is one of Migos' most frequent collaborators -- the producer behind hits like "Pipe It Up," "New Atlanta," and "Jealousy," who's had multiple tracks on almost every Quality Control mixtape dating back to late 2013. Would it surprise you to know he's a blonde, shaggy-haired 21-year-old from a small Canadian border town?
Rich The Kid Confirms Studio Session With Frank Ocean
Rich The Kid is one of the most consistent hustlers in the rap game, for real, dude is always on. Whether it's going to the studio or promoting himself in any way possible, the Quality Control rapper is on a mission to the money (and maybe a little fame along the way). Whereas RTK is constantly putting himself out there, Frank Ocean has become known as a recluse.
Bow Wow Disputes The Origins Of The 'Dab,' Migos Respond
According to Bow Wow, the whole world has been dabbing with incomplete knowledge as to the origins of the dab. Not to worry, Bow is here to explain it to us, much to the dismay of Migos and Rich the Kid. A video began circulating of Bow Wow telling fans, "the whole world dabbin, and they don't even know or understand what dabbin is. First of all, dab is a strong way to smoke marijuana, it's the purest form of marijuana, it's extremely strong. So the dance comes from when you smoke and you cough and the first thing you do is..." He says before doing a dab.
10 Essential Kodak Black Tracks
After delivering a tutorial on Kodak Black back in October, we've returned to highlight the youngster's music. The "SKRT" artist seems to make controversial headlines each month, whether it be for getting arrested or beefin' with Soulja Boy, but today we're going to put all of that aside and focus on the very thing that got him here.
Offset Has Been Released From Jail
Fantastic news for the hip-hop community: Offset has been released from jail.