DJ Esco & Zaytoven Expected To Drop New Future Music On OVO Sound Radio
Tonight's episode of OVO Sound Radio (No. 34) boasts two esteemed special guests, both from the city of Atlanta. As usual, Oliver El-Khatib will serve as the host, and tonight's show will include two guest mixes, one from DJ Esco and another from Zaytoven. Both are among Future's closest affiliates, and it'll be worth tuning in tonight to see if they will debut new material from the Freebandz boss.
Gucci Mane & Future's Top 5 Collabs
Unlike many of Gucci's other former protegés, Future didn't seem to be in any rush to collaborate with the East Atlanta legend after he was released from prison this May. Almost five months came and went with no new music from the pair (who put out joint tape Free Bricks in 2011), while Young Thug, Migos, Peewee Longway, and even outsiders from Drake to Desiigner, released tracks with Wop.
Jay Z & Zaytoven Are JAYTOVEN
Zaytoven has already earned himself a spot in the Hall of Fame, though it sounds like his best work is still ahead of him. He's produced for all of the best artists in Atlanta and has been an indelible part of the careers of artists like Gucci Mane, Future, and Migos. His most recent big score is Future and Drake's soon-to-be smash hit "Used to This." He's now intent on working with the great ones from outside of the South, and he's recently found himself in the studio with one of the all-time greats from any region: Jay Z.
Zaytoven Talks Producing Future & Drake's "Used To This," Gives Updates On "Beast Mode 16" & "6'ers"
On Friday, Future released his new Drake-assisted single, "Used To This," which featured an especially colorful piano-led beat from Zaytoven. Hearing Zay's keys on the record suggested that perhaps Future's long-awaited sequel to his Beast Mode mixtape (a full length collaboration with the producer), tentatively titled Beast Mode 16, was on its way -- so we had to talk to Zaytoven to get the details.
Marvel Reveals 5 More Variant Covers: Future, Masta Ace, & More
It's a good day when Marvel releases a new batch of their hip hop variant album covers. After releasing five covers two weeks ago, they released five more today, including one for one of the best underground rap albums ever, Blackalicious' Blazing Arrow.
Gucci Mane's "Woptober" (Review)
Everybody Looking was an almost perfectly-executed comeback album. Everything about it, from its quick turnaround, to Mike Will Made It's elephantine stomp, to the clear changes in Gucci Mane's voice and rhymes, to his triumphant posture on the cover, painted it as a triumphant return of mythological proportions. But once Odysseus returned home to Ithaca and slaughtered all of his wife's suitors, once Jason slayed the dragon and acquired the golden fleece, where did they go from there? For GuWop, the only choice was returning to the basics.
Rick Ross, Cam'ron, 21 Savage To Headline A3C 2016
A3C Festival and Conference has just announced the lineup for its 12th year. Headlining acts include Rick Ross, 21 Savage, Bone Thugs N' Harmony, YFN Lucci, Bun B, Cam'ron, Young Dolph, Royce 5’9”, Redman, Too Short, Mystikal, Zaytoven, Bun B. 1000+ artists and 75+ shows. God damn! But wait, there's more: the festival will host "dozens of panels, workshops, meetups, mentor sessions, podcasts, interviews and screenings" with everyone from Master P to distinguished hip hop photographer Jonathan Mannion.
Future To Drop Single With Drake "Within Two Weeks"
Although it is true that Future has had a relatively quiet 2016 compared to his monstrous 2015, he has already released three projects this year -- Purple Reign, EVOL, & Project E.T.
Zaytoven Says Future’s “Beast Mode 16” Is Finished
Back in July, ATL producer Zaytoven cleared up rumors that Drake would be featured on Future’s Beast Mode 16 project (which he says he will be), and now he just revealed some more details on the long awaited mixtape. In a new interview with Vlad TV, Zaytoven confirmed that Future’s Beast Mode 16 project is completely finished.
Stream Philthy Rich & Mozzy's New Album "Political Ties"
Oakland's Philthy Rich, who's been around for awhile, and Sacramento's Mozzy, a more recent sensation, have teamed up for a joint album, entitled Political Ties. More so than many of the other artists popping in The Bay, both Philthy and Mozzy are sharply focused on street-level content. The project arrives after Philthy had been embarking on an impressive run of far-reaching collabs, featuring the likes of Migos, Shy Glizzy, Birdman, and G Herbo. Political Ties is entirely situated in killer California.
Staff Picks Playlist (August 26)
It's been a pretty wild week, kickstarted with the surprise drop of Frank Ocean's Blonde. The boy really came through. But it didn't end there. Last night, another boundary-pushing artist released his own highly anticipated project, as Young Thug attempted an artistic rebirth of sorts with No, My Name Is Jeffery, which arrived with the most memorable album cover of the year.
Behind The Beat: Cassius Jay
Jesus had Paul. Han Solo had Chewbacca. And Zaytoven has Cassius Jay. Cassius Jay actually considers himself the Scottie Pippen to Zaytoven’s Michael Jordan. Both Chicago Bulls players were members of the 1992 Dream Team, and when Cassius came by the HNHH office to share his story, he wore an emphatic grin, the grin of a man who woke up that day happy to simply be alive on Earth, as well as a patriotic red, white, and blue shirt emblazoned with the name of another Dream Team player across the chest: EWING.
Zaytoven Shares Details On Upcoming Drake & Gucci Mane Project
Right around the release of Gucci Mane's first album post-prison, Everybody Looking, the rapper's go-to producer Zaytoven revealed the next project Gucci had his sights on: a joint effort with Drake. Zay has been the main person speaking out on the project thus far, and he continues to shed light on how it transpired in a new interview with Vlad TV.
Lil Uzi Vert's "The Perfect Luv Tape" (Review)
Were Lil Uzi Vert's last three mixtapes planned as a trilogy? That much is unclear, but the connections between them are. Start off with the obvious (similar color schemes on the covers, minimal features, day-glo beats), move to the deeper ties that bind them (loose themes of "luv" rather than the trappier focus of earlier tracks like "Motorola," structures that place more standard beats in the first half and the experimental ones in the back end), and they seem to fit easily alongside each other.
Stream Lil Uzi Vert's "The Perfect Luv Tape," Featuring Future & More
UPDATE: Lil Uzi Vert's The Perfect Luv Tape can now be downloaded here!
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Gucci Mane's "Everybody Looking" By The Numbers
Gucci Mane's return home from prison was greeted with plenty of excitement, and the Atlanta trapper is ensuring he lives up to the hype with his new album Everybody Looking-- hype which is also translating into sales, thankfully enough for the ATL king.
Gucci Mane's "Everybody Looking" (Review)
I didn't listen to each and every one of the 32 projects Gucci Mane released during his three year stint in federal prison, but I can say that of the 15 or so I am familiar with, none have anything approaching how heavy the majority of his first post-prison release is. Gucci had a ton of material lying around when he went away, most of it relatively close in character to what he was doing on 2013's uneven State Vs. Radric Davis II project, and none of it reflecting his mental state behind bars.
A Drake & Gucci Mane EP Is "Definitely Happening," According To Zaytoven
Gucci Mane's comeback album, Everybody Looking, is out tomorrow, but he already has another project in the works, according to his loyal collaborator, Zaytoven.
No Sleep: Recapping Gucci Mane's 7 Weeks Of Freedom
It's Guwop season. The release of Gucci Mane from prison on May 26th was cause for celebration. No one celebrated more than Gucci himself. Largely confined to his Atlanta mansion, the big fella has spent his time marinating in the Southern sunshine by his backyard pool, chilling with his girlfriend, or cutting records in his home studio, the walls of which he has covered with raps he wrote while incarcerated. Click through the gallery to revisit everything Gucci has done since he got out. Everybody Looking out July 22.