Here’s some overload for your Monday blues. Check out what went down this past week, May 21st - 27th.
“I’m in shock, the nerve, the audacity"
In less than 24 hours, Drake clapped back at Pusha T’s closing track “Infrared” with "Duppy Freestyle." Drake goes in from implying he had a hand behind several Kanye tracks (which Kanye tweet about, thanking Drake when Pablo dropped), to throwing jabs at Pusha: “Don’t push me when I’m in album mode / You are not even top 5 as far as your label talent goes.” Drake even throws a quick one line at Quentin: “And as for Q, man I changed his life a couple times / Nigga was at Kroger working double time / Y’all acting like he made The Boy when I was trying to help the guy.” Lawd! Push then tweeted out “Send the invoice for the extra 20, which “The Boy” then did via Instagram. Will King Push respond back? Stay plugged, let’s hope Push doesn’t take another couple of years to respond this time around.
Speaking of Ty Dolla $ign, Taz Arnold recruited him and Anderson .Paak for his latest track, “Halla.”
Casanova recruited G-Eazy and Rich The Kid for an updated version of “Go Bestfriend.”
Dave East and long time collaborator, Vado, link up once again over Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up.” Check out their updated version and stay plugged - I’m sure they’ll be more Vado and Dave East on the way.
Chris Rivers dropped another Barzday Wednesday joint with Mac Miller’s “Can’t Fight The Healing.”
Rexx Life Raj teamed up with Lecrae and Mozzy for his first drop of the year, “Blessings.”
Wale has been on a roll lately ever since cutting ties with his record label. Now that he’s fresh off a deal with Warner Bros. Records, Wale is showing no signs of slowing down. He’s now taken over Cardi B’s “Bickenhead” and made it his own - check it out.
Not only did Cardi B release the visual for “Be Careful," Jennifer Lopez released the visual for their collab track with DJ Khaled, “Dinero.” Check out how two Bronx girls get shit done.
Tyler, The Creator released a visual for a track he recorded on his Flower Boy Tour. “435” is a simple video, shot in the studio - but far from simple with those bars! He took to Twitter to explain the random drop, saying that it was “just a verse I recorded in philly…this is not an indication of how future things will sound.” The Odd Future leader is always changing it up, the pack knows to expect it by now.
Speaking of collab tracks, Dave East linked up with Snoop Dogg for “Cripn 4 Life.” Shortly after releasing the single, the duo released the visual for the My Guy Mars-produced track. Bringing coasts together, one smooth beat at a time. Check it out.
After bypassing their April 13th release date with no album, the Glacier Boyz have still made no note of it. Now, they - Gucci Mane, Lil Yatchy and Migos - have dropped a visual for their latest single, “Solitaire.”
With the World Cup for a few days away, Nicky Jam links up with Will Smith, Era Istrefi and producer Diplo for the official song of the 2018 World Cup, “Live It Up.” This isn’t Nicky Jam’s first time dealing with a Smith. Jaden Smith teamed up with Jam for a remix to “Icon” from his debut single.
And so G.O.O.D Music Summer begins, starting with King Push. Pusha T has finally dropped his highly-anticipated King Push DAYTONA after three long years.
Def Jam executive Steven Victor took to Twitter to reveal a group conversation where Push declares “I’m scared to say it but I think it’s flawless.” Suffice to say, it damn sure is “flawless.” According to Nas, DAYTONA is a classic. Push via Twitter:
“This album is for my family… high taste level, luxury, drug raps fans. Literally, this is nothing more than the outcome of our musical therapy."
At just seven tracks, because supposedly all the G.O.O.D Summer drops will be seven tracks, DAYTONA only includes features from Rick Ross and Kanye - who also produced the entire project. That is all the guest appearances Push needs, as the project is just filled with barz! There is nothing but lyrical magic going on from the metaphors, double entendres, down to the quips about Drake. This was highly needed. Do yourself the favor and check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
A few months ago, A$AP Rocky told GQ that his new album would be all about “testing new sounds.” And here it is, Rocky’s third long-awaited album - Testing. He’s definitely been testing his fans, by dropping new music and sharing snippets of music. Those new sounds didn’t exactly cut the album, but the Testing is the essence of Rocky nonetheless. The 15-track album features the likes of Frank Ocean, French Montana, Kid Cudi, Lauryn Hill and more, plus special shout out from T.I. On the production tip, the A$AP mob leader recruited the likes of Hector Delgado, DJ Khalil, Dean Blunt and more. While Testing has gotten mixed reviews, you should still check it out for yourself: Apple | TIDAL | Spotify | SoundCloud.
Pras - yes, of The Fugees - has released a solo EP. Coming in at six tracks, Wave Culture is rumored to precede an unannounced and upcoming album. He recruits the likes of Young M.A, Zoey Dollaz, and Steph Lecor. This comes months after the announcement of his Blacture digital program that is designed to “promote black excellence and increase awareness and understanding of the tremendous influence the black artistic community has on American culture.” Stay plugged for that and more news from Pras. For now, pick your poison and check out Wave Culture: Apple | TIDAL | Spotify.
Planet Asia just recently released his ninth solo album, Mansa Musa, which revolves around the West African Mali Emperor who is known to be the richest man who ever lived. With 16 tracks, Planet Asia recruits the likes of Hus Kingpin, SmooVth, Bad Lucc, Phil the Agony and more. Stream Mansa Musa via Bandcamp.
After dropping their Cloud 909 project, Audio Push is back with another project. The duo has just released Melange, a 5-track EP that’s entirely produced by Azul Wynter. Check it out via SoundCloud.
Montana of 300 released Pray for the Devil. He took to Instagram to thank his fans:
“I really appreciate all the support. I’m independent and y’all are helping me show prof that you don’t have to sell your soul to be on top or to be the best at what you do or to live out your dreams. … Make sure y’all listen close and know that everything is deeper than the surface. Seek for and take the messages and jewels that’s sprinkled through this project and take them for what they’re worth in life.”
Coming in at 11 tracks, Montana recruited the likes of Talley of 300, No Fatique, Don D and Savage - on production, there’s Congo Beats, Real McCoy, Dray Royal and more. Stream Pray for the Devil via SoundCloud.
Hit-Boy dropped a surprised project, Tony Fontana. The 10-track project features the likes of 24hrs, Dom Kennedy, 03 Greedo, Rich The Kid and more, and can be streamed via Apple, SoundCloud, and Spotify.
Black Thought and 9th Wonder have teamed up, thank the heavens! Black Thought revealed via Twitter that their joint project, Streams Of Thought Vol. 1, is set to release June 1st.
We should also be seeing the second release of G.O.O.D summer from Kanye West. No title has been revealed, but keep an eye out for his eighth album as we get closer to June 1st. The next release should be Kids See Ghost from Kanye West and Kid Cudi on June 8th. Following is a release from Nas on June 15th. “Nas sounds like 2028 Nas,” Push told Angie Martinez,
“With Nas particularly, ‘Ye is such a fan that he can pull all the greatest moments in seven songs, and update that energy. He knows how to harness that energy, update that energy beat-wise, and Nas just gets to be him."
And the fifth G.O.O.D Music release will be Teyana Taylor. Like Nas, she has revealed a title for her upcoming album but it is set to release June 22nd.
Jorja Smith and Ne-Yo are both set to release on June 8th as well, with Lost and Found and Good Man respectively.
Jay Rock took to Instagram to announce that Redemption, his highly-anticipated album, is all set to release on June 15th. With “King’s Dead” and “WIN,” the TDE member has been gearing up for some time now and finally it’s his turn.
Also set to release June 15th is Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, with Post Traumatic.
Classified jus announced that his upcoming album is slated for a June 22nd release date.
And of course at some point, Drake’s Scorpion is set for a June release date. So any day now...
With June looking overcrowded, Nicki Minaj moves Queen’s release date to August 10. No concern, Barbies. Nicki may just be making a tactical move to end the summer with a smash.
Yeah, I didn’t exactly see this coming. After J. Cole threw shots at Lil Pump in “1985” from K.O.D., many wondered if anything would happen since the two had their own sets at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami just a couple weeks ago. In efforts to settle things, J. Cole brought Lil Pump to his studio in North Carolina. Their discussion touches on several topics, one being their supposed “beef” as well as their relationships with other people in the industry. Watch J. Cole and Lil Pump interview each other above, and also check out Cole’s interview with Angie Martinez - compelling, to say the least.
As Spotify made their move to remove artists like R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from its playlists due to the new “hate content and hateful conduct” policy, Kendrick Lamar now threatens to remove his catalogue from the streaming service. Representatives from other artists also feel the same way, causing Spotify to change their policy. As reported by Bloomberg, the policy now punishes artists for their personal misconduct. They have announced that eventually they will restore XXXTentacion but make no plans of restoring R. Kelly’s.
SZA has been pulled from the TDE Championship Tour for several dates due to a vocal chord injury. After missing stops in Phoenix and Albuquerque, Top Dawg himself made the announcement:
“I got some bad news. I have to take SZA off for a few days on the tour. Her vocal chords are swollen and she [has] to rest her voice to prevent any permanent damage. [We’ve] been monitoring her close and this is the reason she missed the Arizona and New Mexico dates. She’ll see the doctor again in a few days, and I’ll update you guys on her status. As for the dates she missed, we’ll figure out a way to make it up to you guys.”
With the tour wrapping up June 16th in Pittsburgh, she may not make it. Let’s just hope she recovers - sending positive vibes her way. For now, check out her latest visual she dropped just a couple weeks ago for “Garden.”
Donald Glover is EVERYWHERE! And I love it. It is now being reported that Donald Glover is in talks to star in Black Panther 2. An insider reveals that while it’s unclear if Michael B. Jordan’s character “will return in some capacity, but if he doesn’t it’s likely Gambino may play some kind of villain.” While his “This Is America” sits high on the Hot 100, Glover is currently in movie theaters as Lando Calrissian in the new Star Wars movie as well as set to play the voice of Simba in the upcoming Lion King reboot.
Still riding the wave made from his sophomore hit, Beerbongs & Bentleys, Post Malone’s next move has been revealed. His manager, Dre London, spilled to Billboard that Posty has plans on launching his own record label.
“Post Malone is starting his own label, and he gets a lot of it now. He’s seen the music business inside out and now wants to start his label. We’re going to do it how we been doing it from the beginning, and obviously a distributor is going to come along. Let the bidding begin.”
That sums up this past week in Hip Hop. Come back next week for more.