Top Tracks: May 16 - May 22
This past week, we were finally able to take a deep breath and reflect on all of the major projects we've heard in the past month -- A$AP Ferg, Bankroll Mafia, Beyoncé, Drake, Skepta, Rittz, Chance The Rapper, and Post Malone have all dropped full-lengths in that relatively brief timespan. It would appear that the summer's first burst of high-profile albums has subsided, but as we await projects from Travi$ Scott, YG, ScHoolboy Q, and others, at least guys like The Underachievers and Casey Veggies have given us something new to chew on.
Did T.I. Accidentally Confirm Lauren London & Nipsey Hussle Are Expecting A Child?
There have been some rumors circulating that Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle are expecting a child together, and while London has denied the reports, T.I. has managed to bring the whole thing up again. Speaking on the upcoming film, ATL 2, Tip accidentally suggested the reason for the film's delay was due to Lauren's pregnancy.
T.I. Previews New Single, "Dope"
T.I. has is one of the few rappers to earn multiple number 1s on the Hot 100 track, so it's safe to say, he knows how to make a single. Today, the Atlanta rapper has shared a preview of his upcoming record, "Dope," which is sounding like one of his classic hits, and features vocals from Marsha Abrosius.The clip also gives us a look at the upcoming video, which will premiere on May 16th, and features guest appearances from the likes of Andre 3000, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Killer Mike, and Nelly. It also happens to sample Aaliyah's iconic single, "Rock The Boat".
Kodak Black Wants To Take Tiny's Daughter Zonnique To Prom, Isn't Worried About T.I.
Like most 18-year-olds, Kodak Black plans on going to prom this year, though he has higher aspirations than his male peers when it comes to his date. As of now, candidates include one Jenner and one Kardashian, but his top choice Zonnique Pullins, the 20-year-old daughter of T.I.'s wife, Tiny Harris. The singer is signed to T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records and has appeared frequently on his and her mother's "The Family Hustle" VH1 reality show.
Review: Bankroll Mafia's "Bankroll Mafia"
Regardless of your opinion of T.I., you have to admit that the majority of the music on his Hustle Gang tapes fell somewhere between uneven at best, and total jumbled mess at worst. The two G.D.O.D. projects featured a solid enough core of Tip, Young Dro, Shad Da God, Young Booke, Doe B (RIP), Spodee, and Trae Tha Truth, but the many attempts to outfit that already seven-strong crew with a wildly varied array of guests made for "too many cooks"-style chaos more often than not.
Listen To Bankroll Mafia's Debut Self-Titled Album
Bankroll Mafia took a hit when one of its founding members, PeeWee Roscoe, was sent to prison. With Roscoe still locked up (free da goat), the Mafia has reemerged as one of the nation's strongest collectives, made up of T.I., Young Thug, Shad da God, London Jae, and Duke. Earlier this week, the group shared a video to its January banger "Out My Face," and today, T.I., Shad, and Jae dropped off a cool stoner's anthem in "Smoke Tree" along with an accompanying video. Now, as promised, the self-titled album is here, and it looks incredible.
Behind The Beat: C4
Most of Atlanta's most successful musicians were born in the city and haven't left since. The transplants that have been able to make it are mostly from the South, as Atlanta is really the only place in the region that provides any opportunity for a career in music. That's where C4 headed after he had seen DJ Spinz, also from the town of Augusta, make a name for himself in the Georgia capital.
Best Photos From Coachella Weekend 1
One down, one to go. The first half of Coachella is now over with, and weekend #2 is gonna have to bring a helluva lot of surprises if it wishes to live up to this past weekend. As has been the case in recent years, hip-hop has already been a major part of the lineup. Fans who stormed the grounds to see A$AP Rocky's headlining show were treated to superstar cameos from ScHoolboy Q and Kanye West. The first weekend has already showcased some of Cali's best talent, including YG, Vince Staples, and Anderson.
Rihanna & T.I. Make Surprise Appearances At Coachella
Judging by the number of celebrities that roll through Coachella just to hang out, there's bound to be a surprise performance or two, and while Kanye West's crash of the ASAP Rocky set was a big way to kick things off, there were a few more big moments still to come.
Bankroll Mafia Is Dropping An Album Next Week
Atlanta-based rap collective Bankroll Mafia has released two tracks to date: "Bankrolls on Deck" and the extraordinarily fiery "Out My Face." With a fan base already in place, they announced that they will release their first album on Friday, April 22.
Classic Rotation: T.I.'s "King"
Back in December, I wrote about an album that really threw open the floodgates for Southern rap. If OutKast made people take the region more seriously, Lil Wayne’s “Best rapper alive” proclamation on Tha Carter II showed us that it could be home to GOATs and kings. It only took a remarkably short three months for another Southern album to arrive with that swagger already ingrained in its DNA.
T.I. & Tiny Welcome Third Child Together
T.I. and Tiny already have a large family, with two of their own children, and four from previous relationships, but yesterday, the Clifford household got a brand new addition, with the birth of the couple's third child together (and seventh overall), a baby girl.News of the arrival of Tip's daughter first leaked through The Shade Room, who tracked down a post from Tiny's niece.
T.I. Posts Angry Video Message For Donald Trump
As Donald Trump continues to remain the frontrunner for the GOP nomination, big names from the hip-hop world have begun to proclaim their disapproval of his potential presidency.
Young Thug: "I Want Every Grammy"
Last week, Kanye West raised some good questions about the Grammys on Twitter, most notably, asking why Future and Young Thug were not present at the awards. It's been a hot topic all week, so when Young Thug made a surprise appearance during T.I.'s interview with DJ Drama this weekend, he was asked about his absence from the awards."I don’t know why they didn’t invite me to the Grammys," he told Tip. "Yeah, that is a crazy question."
T.I. Reportedly Owes The IRS A Ton Of Money
T.I. had some good news to share with us last night when he announced that he’s the newest part owner in Jay Z’s streaming services Tidal, but unfortunately that celebration was short lived as some bad news surfaced tonight. According to The Daily Mail, T.I.
T.I. Signs With Roc Nation; Announces Ownership Deal With Tidal
Back in September, T.I. took to Instagram to hint that he and Jay Z had collaborated on “something” for his upcoming album Da Dime Trap, which we thought at the time was a record for the album. Well it turns out, that’s not necessarily the case anymore.
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League Release Stacked Album Featuring Drake, Future, & More
One of the respected names in the beat game, production trio J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League surprised fans this morning by releasing a new album called J.U.S.T.I.C.E. For All containing 13 never-before-heard songs. The project is absolutely stacked with features; artists appearing on the album include Drake, Rick Ross, Lupe Fiasco, Future, Chris Brown, T.I., Wale, R. Kelly, Jeremih, & Jeezy. Gotdamn.
T.I. Accepts Fan's Anti-Gravity Hat Challenge, Reminds Him Who's King
T.I. is known for many things, including recent peace-keeping efforts between artists, his successful work as an A&R, and of course, his large catalog of music. If you've been following Tip from the beginning, you'll know that he has also become famous for his hat game -- not so much what he chooses to put on his head, but WHERE he chooses to put it.
Top Tracks: January 11 - January 17
Another week, and the rap game ain't slowing down. TDE proved its youngest member is one of its most prized assets, Tyga finally dropped his mixtape, Mike Will seriously upped the expectations for Ransom 2, and a random Thugger leak managed to crack the Top 5. And that was before the weekend...
T.I. Reportedly Sued By Jewelry Company For $700,000
T.I.'s prosperous career has not come without its fair share of financial woes. Last August, Uncle Sam hit the Atlanta rapper with back to back liens totaling $4.5 million in unpaid taxes. Now, TMZ reports that he is being sued for $700,000 by Georgia-based jewelry company Aydin & Co.