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.
Migos & Rich The Kid To Release "Streets On Lock 4" This Week
Damn, the Quality Control gang is putting in work. Migos just announced that their joint project with Young Thug, Migos Thuggin, will be out on Halloween, but before that, the Atlanta trio will release a joint tape with their QC labelmate Rich the Kid. Migos shared a picture of the Streets On Lock 4 cover art today, and wrote that the mixtape will be out in 5 days.
Rich The Kid & ILoveMakonnen To Release "Whip It Up" Mixtape
Rich the Kid just announced that he and iLoveMakonnen have finished a mixtape together. The tape will be called Whip It Up, and it should be released in the near future. Along with Migo Thuggin and Coke Zoo, we've got a few collaborative projects to look forward to. Me & makonnen mixtape is done & on th way
Offset Says He's Been Mislabeled As A Gang Member, Argues For Bond
Offset, who is currently incarcerated, had a hearing yesterday (Oct. 9) in which he pleaded to the judge to let him out on bond, arguing that he had been wrongfully accused of being a gang member. TMZ reports that the prosecutor had labeled Offset as such because of a tattoo that reads "Black Migo Gang," which Offset (rightly) claims is a record label.
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.
Offset And Rich The Kid Give Phone Interview From Jail, Clear Up Rumors
Offset of Migos and Rich the Kid called in to Atlanta-based Hot 107.9's Durtty Boyz radio show Friday night to give an update and clear any and all rumors following their arrest on stage at a concert at Georgia Southern on April 20.
SXSW 2015 Photo Diary
If you follow us on Instagram and Twitter, you've likely already seen more than a few moments from SXSW which we documented on social media. Incase you aren't all up on our socials, we're recapping the two showcases we sponsored and our other adventures at South By right here.