While he didn't actually release an album last year, Kendrick Lamar managed to put the rap game in a stir. "Control" kept the rapper in the conversation throughout 2013, but in the new year, the rapper has been a little more low-key.
Like his former collaborator 50 Cent, Game comes from a time in rap where calling rappers out was commonplace. On his most recent single, "Bigger Than Me", the Compton rapper takes aim at the entire Freshman class, accusing them of being "soft", and not of the same caliber as emcees he came up with.
50 Cent has been trolling long before the days of the internet. Almost every interview with the outspoken rapper finds him making a few deliberate statements to get a rise out of someone, often another rapper.
In the past month, T.I. turned heads when he was seen hanging out with recent XXL Freshman and Brooklyn native Troy Ave on Instagram and the Summer Jam mainstage. Especially after popping up on a remix of Troy's "Your Style" yesterday, T.I.
Troy Ave's buzz is growing steadily. The New York rapper is getting ready to drop his new album, named after his city, and the project sports plenty of notable producers and features. Guest appearances include Tony Yayo, Pusha T, Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Prodigy and King Sevin.
Troy Ave just covered the XXL Freshmen list, representing the sole New York quotient of the group. The rapper is only getting more prolific as his profile rises, releasing his crew's BSB Vol. 4 mixtape today.
Everyone seems to be in Eminem overdrive with the release of Marshall Mathers LP 2 (HotNewHipHop is no different, as you probably noticed), but Underrated Audio gives us a chance to shy away from whatever is taking over our Top 100 chart or taking over our News feed.
Troy Ave has had a pretty crazy 2014 thus far, making the XXL Freshman Class, performing at the Summer Jam mainstage and making a mission of collaborating with nearly every NYC rapper who was hot 10-15 years ago. Now, he's ready to embark on a tour across the nation, starting this Thursday in Chicago.
Appearing as a feature on some of the hottest recent tapes,
and on the heels of dropping a successful project himself with Bricks In My
Backpack 3, Troy Ave is gearing up to drop what he considers his first full
album. In a recent interview he also
LA Leakers have assembled 17 tracks from some of the artists they feel will hit it big in 2014. The compilation features records from the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J, Casey Veggies, Audio Push, Troy Ave, YG, Hit-Boy, IamSu!, Migos and more.