Charts Don't Lie: April 25
This week we saw debuts from both Tyler, The Creator, and Young Thug. Neither artist is known to play on mainstream radio (though Thug gets a fair share of rap radio play), but each has a pretty supportive fanbase. Tyler managed to crack the top five, despite the experimental leanings of Cherry Bomb, while Thug remained locked out of the top 20, which can be partially attributed to his decision to drop the album on a Friday instead of a Tuesday.Check out this week's rap rankings below.
Tyler, The Creator Says "Smuckers" Beat Was Intended For Kanye West & Jay Z
Tyler, The Creator's new album, Cherry Bomb, is a bit of a divisive LP, but the one record that people seem to be agreeing on is the Kanye West and Lil Wayne collaboration, "Smuckers".Not only are the performances top notch, the instrumental is also quite an achievement, which makes sense, as it was apparently intended to be given to Jay Z and Kanye.
First Week Sales For Tyler, The Creator & Young Thug
Last week (April 13), we saw two big-time releases that both dropped in surprising fashion. Tyler, the Creator released Cherry Bomb, his fourth studio album, after announcing its release only a week prior. A more contentious project came from Young Thug, who, days before the release date, changed his Carter 6 to Barter 6 due to legal threats from Lil Wayne. Here are the first week numbers for both.
Tyler, The Creator, Vic Mensa, T-Pain, More Tapped For Mad Decent Block Party
The Mad Decent Block Party has managed to grow every year, and the 2015 event is no exception, with the fest touting a very large lineup and a 22-date schedule. Among those on the bill are Diplo-centric acts, Major Lazer, and Jack Ü (as well as a solo set), while rap-oriented performers include T-Pain, Tyler, the Creator, Vic Mensa, and ILOVEMAKONNEN.
Review: Tyler, The Creator's "Cherry Bomb"
In line with the recent (and awesome) trend of surprise albums, Tyler, the Creator announced Cherry Bomb just a few days prior to its April 13th digital release. The album’s single, “Fucking Young,” along with its attached snippet of the record's opening track, “Deathcamp,” showed a Tyler who is wearing his N.E.R.D. influence plain and proud, while also struggling with the trappings of fame and...statutory rape.
Tyler, The Creator Was An Answer On "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"
Which of these is a member of the Hip Hop group Odd Future, and NOT the character of a children's show?A.) Dora the Explorer B.) Tyler, the CreatorC.) Thomas the Tank EngineD.) Bob the BuilderThe answer would be laughably obvious to the average rap fan, but it earned a contestant on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire $25,000 earlier today. The show (which apparently airs during the day now) was caught by a couple of OF fans, who made sure to screencap the hilarious question (view it in the gallery above).
Tyler The Creator's Most WTF Moments On "Cherry Bomb"
Tyler The Creator is known for his crazy attitude, style, and lyrics. The latter of which have been shocking, cruel, grotesque, immature, and usually all of them combined, leaving the listener to ask himself, "WTF!?!?" Tyler gets really clever with it and it's a massive part of his appeal. His past work has tackled everyone from Justin Beiber to Spike Lee on topics including sex, family, drugs, and murder. The dude is out of his mind on the mic, and it's probably the reason most of us think he's dope.
15 People, Places & Things Tyler, The Creator Disses On "Cherry Bomb"
What do 2dopeboyz, Bruno Mars and Kendall Jenner all have in common? They've all been dissed by Tyler, The Creator at some point during his career. Following the Coachella show in which he dissed that aforementioned member of the Kardashian brood, the Odd Future lightning rod dropped Cherry Bomb, and along with its music came a whole host of additional insults.
Tyler, the Creator's "Cherry Bomb" Is Now Available For Download
Tyler, the Creator's third album Cherry Bomb is now available for download on iTunes. The 13-track album features appearances from heavyweights Schoolboy Q, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West. Gotdam. A quick listen through reveals a mixture of Tyler's characteristic grimy/horrorcore with some more jazzy tracks. The entire album is self-produced.
Tyler, The Creator Releases "Cherry Bomb" Tracklist
Last week, Tyler, the Creator surprised us all by announcing that his new album, Cherry Bomb, would be out in less than a week. Last night, before going on stage at Coachella, Odd Future's head honcho gave us the tracklist, further amplifying our excitement around the surprise release.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 4 - April 10)
This time last week, we had no idea that Tyler, The Creator and Young Thug would be giving us new projects by the end of April, but I guess that's how things work now. Tyler announced his by returning to Twitter for the first time this year, and Thug shared his with some instantly-viral artwork.
Tyler, The Creator's "Cherry Bomb" Will Feature Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Schoolboy Q & More
Last night, Tyler, The Creator announced that his new album Cherry Bomb was less than a week away, and now, we've found out some exciting details about the project.
Tyler The Creator Announces New Album "Cherry Bomb"; Set To Release Next Week
It looks like Tyler The Creator is the latest artist to partake in the surprise album release strategy. Tonight, the Odd Future leader decided to surpise fans by throwing up a new album on iTunes called Cherry Bomb.
Tyler, The Creator Announces Golf Media App, Golf Magazine
Tyler, The Creator has found success in rap, production, design, and festival organizing, but he's about to bring the Odd Future brand to unexplored territory-- the app game. Today, Tyler is launching the Golf Media App, which will connect fans to the rapper's many ideas. “Golf Media is basically my brain in one place," reads the description of the app. "It does just about everything except cure asthma. If you find an app that cures asthma, definitely let me know.”
Rap Industry Recap: March
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
10 Essential MellowHigh Tracks
MellowHigh is an offshoot of the Odd Future group MellowHype. It gets a tad complicated, but stay with us now. MellowHype = Hodgy Beats (rapper) + Left Brain (producer) But when you add weedhead Domo Genesis in the mix, it becomes MellowHigh...usually. Sometimes they forgo the Left Brain production for someone else, too. MellowHigh only has one self-titled album out and a few scattered tracks from features and mixtapes. However, the album is pretty sick, and if you're down with Odd Future's brand of crazy West Coast rap, you're sure to dig it.
Lollapalooza Reveals 2015 Line-Up
Last year Lollapalooza had a headliner that would many most hip-hop fans weak at the knees, with both OutKast and Eminem on the bill. This year they do a 180, with absolutely no hip-hop headliner, although there are rap artists scattered throughout the three-day festival.
Odd Future's Most Disturbing Music Videos
Shock value was everything for Odd Future when they were getting started. Whether donning ski masks and performing alongside possessed-looking girls on Jimmy Fallon, detailing ridiculously violent sexual encounters, or mixing seemingly-lethal drug cocktails in their music videos, the L.A. crew first got attention for their antics, in addition to their considerable talents.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 27)
Kanye wept. Drake reigned. Dark Sky Paradise happened. This week in hip-hop can be summarized in those three tersely worded sentences.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 20)
Things turned down a few notches after last week, which isn't a bad thing considering how crazy that week was. Kanye West returned to The Breakfast Club, and that was pretty much the biggest thing. We're still on the look out for his album and Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise.