Top Tracks of the Week: February 17- February 24
Here it is, our weekly rundown of the best of our Top 20. Please keep in mind this list was culled from the top of our charts, so more popular artists are more likely to be represented. For a look at under-the-radar tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This week was taken over by Big Sean and the City of Atlanta. The top of our chart's features a number of tracks from the Detroit native and the spots he didn't take were filled with the old and new guard of Atlanta.
Troy Ave Says He Has A 7-Figure Deal In The Works
Troy Ave is doing pretty well for himself as an independent artist, and while he's looking to maintain that level of creative control, he's looking for some type of major label backing as well. Speaking with HOT 97, Troy revealed that he's in the process of working out a joint-venture deal, which while he did not elaborate, we can assume would be earning a major label imprint for his indie label, BSB Records.
T.I. Thinks Iggy Azalea Will Win Best Rap Album At The Grammys
T.I. is one of the lucky rappers to have a couple of Grammys to his name, but he's still not convinced the awards are going to the right people. In an interview with HipHopDX, the Atlanta rapper spoke of the issues with the current Grammy system, as well as giving a prediction of who'll take the Rap Album of The Year Award.
T.I. On Iggy Azalea's Twitter Beefs: "I Think She Should Focus On What Got Her Here"
Iggy Azalea has always been pretty vocal towards her haters on social media, but the last few months have certainly spawned more feuds than usual for the Australian rapper. Iggy's gone head-to-head with the similarly filter-less Azealea Banks, HOT 97's resident troll Ebro Darden, and most recently clothing brand Steve Madden over the last little while, with the rapper's constant controversies seeming to take precedence over her music. Azalea's mentor, T.I.
T.I. Reportedly Plans To Open Restaurant In Atlanta
T.I., ever the business man, is looking to start a new venture this year. The rapper and Atlanta native will be keeping his talents in the south as he plans to open up an upscale restaurant in downtown ATL.
The-Dream Reveals Single Art For "That's My Shit" Featuring T.I.
The-Dream says he's going the traditional route when releasing new music off his forthcoming album, the title of which remains unknown. After first servicing the single "Fruition" to radio stations, a smooth, classic r'n'b-flavored joint, The-Dream appears to have revealed the next single we can expect to hit the airwaves: "That's My Shit" featuring T.I.
T.I., J. Cole & Raekwon To Be Featured On LL Cool J's "G.O.A.T. 2" [Update: Eminem To Be Featured]
LL Cool J's final Def Jam album, entitled G.O.A.T. 2, has been in the works for quite some time, and today we got some more details about the upcoming project. In a new interview with XXL, Cool J reveals that T.I., J. Cole, Raekwon, Loaded Lux, Murda Mook, Uncle Murda, Maino, Mavado and Fred The Godson will all appear on the project. Speaking to XXL, the NYC veteran said:
T.I. Addresses Q-Tip & Iggy Azalea, Azealia Banks Says He's "Indoctrinated"
T.I. once again came to Iggy Azalea's aid today on Twitter. Responding to Q-Tip, who sent Azalea a long-winded history lesson on social media earlier this week, Tip decided to share his feelings on white people in the hip-hop industry, claiming "not all white people out to steal our culture." He then addressed Iggy herself, telling his protege not to let the negativity get her down--that it's "a part of the territory."
Catching Cases: Rappers Locked Up Too Early In Their Career
Rap and jail time have had a close relationship ever since the Fat Boys rhymed about doing time for holding up a pizza place. Unfortunately, prison bids have stymied many promising careers over rap music's history. For every Tupac "out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin'" there's five rap stars whose careers never recovered after doing time.
T.I., The Game, Tech N9ne, And More Sign On As Celebrity Judges For "One Shot"
Earlier this Fall, rapper KXNG CROOKED (aka Crooked I) announced on Sway In the Morning that he'd be delivering a hip-hop competition series in 2015. Titled "One Shot," the show will follow Crooked as he travels to eight cities across the United States on the hunt for up-and-coming talent. The winner of the competition will take home a grand prize of $100,000 and a record deal with SMH Records.
T.I. Gives Iggy Azalea Props For Her Grammy Nominations
Iggy Azalea is the rapper who pulled in the most Grammy nominations this year. With four nods across all of the categories, the Australian rapper might have most of the hip-hop world experiencing Macklemorian levels of shock and outrage, but the man who stands to profit the most from her achievements, T.I., is not one of them.
Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., J. Cole Slated To Play Power 106's "Cali Christmas" Concert [Update: Live Stream]
L.A. radio station Power 106 hosts two big annual shows a year: one is the "PowerHouse," which took place in May, and the second is "Cali Christmas," which is going down on December 5th this year. The lineup's just been announced, and it includes Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., J. Cole, Lil Jon, Kid Ink, Tinashe, G-Eazy, and Kalin and Myles. Expect longtime chums Chris Brown and Trey Songz to perform together, as they've been pairing up for remixes lately.
Azealia Banks Attacks Iggy Azalea & T.I. On Twitter, Again
Since getting dropped by Universal Music Group this summer, Azealia Banks has kept herself busy, but not in the way you'd think. Instead of working on new music, she's practicing her favorite pasttime: attacking people through Twitter.
Charts Don’t Lie: November 30
This week on the charts proves to be rather uneventful, as there are no new entries to speak of, although G-Eazy was able to re-enter with These Things Happen. Cadillactica, on the other hand, experienced a steep drop from its top 5 debut.
Iggy Azalea Wins "Best Hip Hop Album" At The American Music Awards
In the ongoing debate about whether or not Iggy Azalea is "hip hop," the judges at the American Music Awards have cast their vote as an overwhelming "yes." Beating out Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2, as well as Drake's Nothing Was The Same, Iggy's The New Classic took home the ceremony's award for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Album.
10 Artists We'd Like Kanye West To Executive Produce Albums For
Kanye West has been juggling a lot as of late. He’s been raising his fashion-forward and absolutely adorable daughter, tearing down numerous Fashion Week shows, designing his capsule collection for adidas and putting the finishing touches on his as-of-yet untitled seventh solo album. Aside from all of that, Ye has also reportedly been busy executive producing forthcoming albums from Tyga and French Montana. If history is any indication, it’s safe to assume that we should have a lot of good music (no pun intended) to look forward to within the next few months.
Rick Ross Announces New Track With Jay Z, "Movin' Bass" [Update: Artwork Revealed; Single Expected To Drop Later Tonight]
Having released two tracks, "Elvis Presley BLVD" and "Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)," from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire (out November 24th), Rick Ross is back in full-on album promo mode. His rounds brought him to Angie Martinez's show on Power 105 this morning, and during his interview, Rozay let some more details slip about the album.
Charts Don't Lie: November 9
This week something quite significant went down on the Billboard 200, albeit it's outside of the genre of hip-hop. Taylor Swift basically broke the mold and sold over 1 million copies of her new album, 1989, in turn giving her the highest sales in one week since 2002. That's twelve years ago. There is a small hip-hop connection here, because the last album that sold just over 1 million, in 2002, was Eminem's The Eminem Show. Anyways, with T Swift's chart takeover, a lot of our hip-hop dudes got pushed down.
Charts Don’t Lie: November 2
This week the race between T.I. and Logic for the top spot on the Billboard 200 comes to a close. Many fans have been anticipating the competition between the OG and the newcomer, and the final tally finds Tip coming out ahead by less than 10,000 copies. Paperwork didn't nab the #1 spot but finagled #2 with 80k copies. Under Pressure comes up under T.I. at #4 with a solid 72k. Both rappers performed better than expected. However, when it comes to long term maintenance, we have a feeling Logic may eventually conquer Paperwork.
Cam'ron Is Selling "Ebola Masks" [Update: Cam Says He's Sold 5,000 Of Them]
According to the CDC, "The spread of Ebola between people occurs only by direct contact with the blood or body fluids of a person after symptoms have developed." Despite that, Cam'ron seems to think that you can catch Ebola by simply breathing the same air as an infected person. He's now selling completely useless "Ebola masks" with his likeness on them.