Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
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.
Top Tracks: April 25 - May 1
We've officially entered the whirlwind release period of 2016, with hip hop's (arguably) biggest current male and female stars, Drake and Beyoncé, both dropping projects in the past ten days. What's more, Chance 3 should be dropping any moment now.
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.
Charlamagne Tha God Responds To Young Thug's Threat Over Birdman Squabble
Birdman's been trending heavily thanks to his unintentionally-hilarious "interview" with The Breakfast Club.
Top Tracks: April 18 - April 24
What a tumultuous last few days it's been. Reports of Prince's sudden passing rocked us on Thursday, but then hours later we got a new A$AP Ferg album. About 48 hours after that, Lemonade arrived, effectively shutting down everything else on the internet at the time.
Young Thug Threatens Charlamagne After Birdman Interview
Young Thug and Charlamagne Tha God, who have sparred in the past, both have had eventful days. Thug featured heavily on the brand new album from Bankroll Mafia, and as for Charlamagne, he helped contribute to the interview of the year -- as Birdman rolled into the Breakfast Club studio backed by a few young goons and demanded that the morning show hosts treat his name with respek, prompting Charlamagne to ask him if he'd pull up on Rick Ross or Tricky Daddy in the same fashion. "Y'all finished or y'all done?" Birdman then asked rhetorically, before making a dramatic exit.
Listen To Bankroll Mafia's Debut Self-Titled Album
Bankroll Mafia took a hit when one of its founding members, PeeWee Roscoe, was sent to prison. With Roscoe still locked up (free da goat), the Mafia has reemerged as one of the nation's strongest collectives, made up of T.I., Young Thug, Shad da God, London Jae, and Duke. Earlier this week, the group shared a video to its January banger "Out My Face," and today, T.I., Shad, and Jae dropped off a cool stoner's anthem in "Smoke Tree" along with an accompanying video. Now, as promised, the self-titled album is here, and it looks incredible.
Behind The Beat: C4
Most of Atlanta's most successful musicians were born in the city and haven't left since. The transplants that have been able to make it are mostly from the South, as Atlanta is really the only place in the region that provides any opportunity for a career in music. That's where C4 headed after he had seen DJ Spinz, also from the town of Augusta, make a name for himself in the Georgia capital.
Travi$ Scott Debuts Full Version Of His Upcoming Young Thug & Quavo-Featured Record
A couple weeks ago, Travi$ Scott previewed a Young Thug-assisted record at one of his shows, which quickly caught the attention of many fans and had the internet buzzing. While the record still hasn't arrived unfortunately, more new footage has surfaced in the meantime giving us a much better idea of what the record sounds like.
Young Thug Teases New Mixtape "I Came From Nothing 4"
Young Thug has become quite active on Snapchat in the past few months, the platform has become one of the most important marketing tools for an artist, giving inquiring fans a look into daily lives of celebrities and, beyond that, makes the fan feel personally connected with the artist.
Nipsey Hussle & Young Thug To Release "Thuglife" Single Next Week
Nipsey Hussle announced that he'll be dropping a new single with Young Thug called "Thuglife" next Monday.
Top Tracks: April 11 - April 17
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon. Teasers, singles, and release date announcements seem to keep flooding in, but this Friday, when A$AP Ferg releases Always Strive And Prosper, things will really get cooking.
Bankroll Mafia Is Dropping An Album Next Week
Atlanta-based rap collective Bankroll Mafia has released two tracks to date: "Bankrolls on Deck" and the extraordinarily fiery "Out My Face." With a fan base already in place, they announced that they will release their first album on Friday, April 22.
Young Thug & Lyor Cohen Star In Episode Of CNBC's "Follow The Leader"
Follow the Leader is a new show on CNBC that profiles a different "superstar entrepreneur" each episode. The show's second episode ever aired last night and spotlighted 300 Ent executive Lyor Cohen and his star artist, Young Thug. At one point, Thugger and Cohen debrief after an interview.
Young Thug Reportedly On "Suicide Squad" Soundtrack
Young Thug is headed to the big screen. At least, his music is. The Atlanta native will reportedly contribute music to the highly anticipated "Suicide Squad" movie, this according to Thugger's sister, Dora. If you keep up with Thug on social media, you know he keeps his family in tow at all times. While the only report we have comes from a tweet from Thug's sister, it's likely that if anyone knows, she knows. She tweeted to her followers yesterday, "Did you guys know Jeff (@youngthug) did a song on #SuicideSquad soundtrack?!?!"
Top Tracks: April 4 - April 10
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
Pusha T & G.O.O.D. Music, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug & More Announced For Summer Jam's Stadium Stage
Earlier in the week, Hot 97 shared the line-up for their festival stage, which serves as a smaller outdoor stage that warms up fans before they head inside the MetLife Stadium for the rest of the night.
Travis Scott Previews New Single With Young Thug
Last week, 300 Ent prez Lyor Cohen took to Snapchat to announce that Travis Scott and Young Thug would be releasing a single within a matter of days (and to say that Scott's upcoming album is a "classic"). While the single has yet to drop, Scott played a portion of the song at one of his recent shows. The preview was captured by one quick-thinking concertgoer.
Charts Don't Lie: April 6
It's April 6th, and time for another edition of our Charts Don't Lie series. This week, we see a couple new records begin to chart, in the form of K. Michelle's More Issues Than Vogue and Young Thug's Slime Season 3. The two releases land at #2 and #7 respectfully. It's worth noting that Zayn's solo debut Mind of Mine snagged the #1 spot for its debut on the Billboard 200.