Bonafide R&B superstar the Weeknd, surpassed even his own wildest visions in terms of the massive success he achieved wit his latest sonic effort. 2015 saw the metamorphosis of the Weekend into a chart topping and consistent radio entity subsequent to the release of the unique album Beauty Behind the Madness. While crossing over into a household name has introduced a new fan demographic to the Toronto artist, the Weekend’s initial wave of cult followers and XO fanbase remain infatuated with the falsetto emanating artist. It is now in Abel’s undisputed crowning as certified Gold recording artist that the XO brand stands brawnier than ever.
Abel Makonnen Tesfaye, has collaborated with one of the most revered designers of today. After appearing alongside a myriad of artists and celebrities as apart of Alexander Wang’s recent Do Something campaign, the Weeknd has worked with the famed label on a distinctive set of branded clothing. The high end outfitter took to Instagram to reveal a white XO logo juxtaposed on the signature Alexander Wang barcode design. Details at this point are few and far between yet the social media posting invites us to stay tuned. The Weeknd will be exclusively wearing the #WANGXO apparel collection along with the standard Alexander Wang clothing offering during the forthcoming “The Madness” Fall 2015 arena tour.
Fetty Wap‘s self-titled debut album is due out this Friday, via Lyor Cohen‘s 300 Entertainment, but that will likely be a blip on his radar as far as 2015 accomplishments go. The Patterson native dominated radio and the charts this year, tied Billboard records, and became a force to be reckoned with in the pop world.
This song, “My Way”–the follow-up to his breakthrough hit “Trap Queen”–has got a lot to do with that. The song could’ve been found on Fetty’s Soundcloud as early as late 2014, but with Drake‘s help, it took off, and it didn’t need a music video to help it skyrocket to the Billboard Hot 100 top 10, where it would bow at #7.
Still, with Friday looming, Fetty links with Monty, his most frequent collaborator and the artist originally featured on “My Way,” for the official video, which you can watch above.
With a new project on the horizon, you could say Rellajamu is just getting us warmed up for the excitement around the corner. The brand has just released the mixtape’s official cover art, as well as the first single entitled Gratification from artist Rellajamu, produced by Atlanta native Two-9’s Dylan Tran. The eerie instrumental and silky flow makes for a strong first impression and single from Sins of a Father. The cover art was in collaboration with contemporary artist Robert Gallardo, as well as Tampa photographer Kenny Bobby. Give it a spin below.
Breaking onto the scene is newfound emcee Jordan Jordan as he connects with Memphis spitter Young Dolph for a fresh new joint in which he keeps it ‘Exotic’. Since taking rap music serious, Jordan Jordan has recorded along the likes of Project Pat, Zed Zilla, Don Trip, Shawty Lo, iHeart Memphis, and Snootie Wild. His latest single “Exotic” features fellow Memphis artists Young Dolph and his label mate Bino. The song speaks about the lifestyle that’s attached with wanting the finer things in life. Give it a spin below and let us know how you’re feeling!
Baltimore’s fastest upcoming emcee Phizzals returns this evening after releasing his highly anticipated video for his new single entitled, “TruE Step.” The uptempo, and always perky artist has been touring along the east coast, giving his live audiences a taste of what exactly the “TruE Step” is so that they can live the music rather then just listen. Kudos to Abeni Nazeer as he captures Phizzals and his entourage as they side-step any confusion as to the direction they are heading. Phizzals is bringing a new but familiar style to hip-hop that hasn’t been seen in years. Being called “Heavy P” by his fans that he calls “P-Gang” supports the many similarities and comparisons to the late great legend Heavy D. Hit the play button below and get ready to “TruE Step.”
Drew Parks, who is known for creating new sounds left and right, returns today to drop off his newest single “OMW.” The artist, who formerly went by the name of Drew32 a short time ago, is assisted on the production end of things, teaming up with frequent cohort Paul Judge. Parks is poised as he moves into a new chapter of his career, reassuring the listener of that with his polished flow and confident demeanor. Expect Drew Parks’ upcoming project Away We Go to arrive in mid-October.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days–even so, it might still have reached you–Future and Drake have a new mixtape-album on iTunes. Yes, they’re at it again.
Next week, it will likely debut at #1 on the Billboard 200, and on Twitter, it’s occupied a similar spot, instantly becoming pretty much the ONLY thing anyone who debates Hip-Hop on social media is talking about. So, the good folks over at Rukkusdecided to try and quantify the chatter, so they called this What A Time To Be Alive On Twitter.
Below is a comparative chart, broken down by song, showing just how much a particular song is being talked about, and standing that stat next to just how often someone is mentioning that a certain track is the album’s “best song.” There are some surprises, and some very interesting disparities, and you can check out a little more of their analysis here.
In terms of Hip-Hop, the New York City borough of Staten Island has not had many new faces emerge into the spotlight. With that said, Shoalin native Sha has been changing the narrative. Having collaborated with several notable talents and making his rounds in the club circuit with major DJs spinning his tunes in the nightclubs, The Park Hill area native reveals the visual for his breakthrough single “Patrick Ewing.” Named after the New York Knicks basketball legend, Sha likens his prowess in music and on the street to that of the NBA Hall of Famer. Be sure to pick up the single on iTunes and follow Sha on Instagram & Twitter @Sha225si.
Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj have been the underrated narrative throughout this summer, thanks to the overbearing nature of Drake and Meek Mill’s unique riff, but GQ is helping to highlight an intricate Hip-Hop relationship.
“I definitely think we have a normal relationship off-camera. We’re like any other couple in the hood,” started Nicki Minaj, in her interview with Mark Anthony Green, GQ‘s new Style Guy, “We’re growing as a couple and as people and as human beings, but we still have our careers. And I think probably the only thing that makes it un-normal is that we’re both successful artists, and that’s probably not normal. But other than that, our feelings are very normal. Like, if I were to speak to a hundred girls right now about what they go through with their boyfriend, we’d probably have stuff in common.”
The photos, which were shot by Ellen von Unwerth, picture Nicki and Meek rocking a variety of designer threads, going about what one would imagine is their daily business, including hopping out of ridiculous expensive cars, and counting money in the back of them. Check them out below, and read their full, insightful Q&A here.
Rick Ross has had his fair share of legal trouble recently, and unfortunately, you can add this recent allegation to the list.
According to a TMZreport, a woman that’s–for now–being referred to as Jane Doe has filed a lawsuit against Thaddeus “Black” James, an associate of Ross’, who she says took advantage of her by offering her a spiked drink, and sexually assaulting her in the back of Ross’ vehicle. It should be noted that the lawsuit does not implicate that Ross physically contributed to the alleged assault in any way, but Ms. Jane Doe feels that the “Sanctified” rapper is responsible because James was working for him at the time, and the vehicle was his.
Ross has since responded to the news of the lawsuit, which broke yesterday, and in a brief statement given to TMZ, Rozay had this to say.
It has been brought to my attention that serious allegations have been made against an independent contractor, who’s services I use often. And while I am not directly involved or implicated, as a man and a father, I take this very seriously. I don’t believe any woman’s safety should be compromised and she should never be forced to do anything outside of her will, regardless of the circumstances. While I personally have no knowledge of the specifics surrounding these allegations, it is my hope that this is rectified quickly and with sensitivity.
We’ll have more details on this developing story once they’re made available. Ross’ lawyers more than likely have their hands full, considering he’s already in the middle of dealing with a previous case, stemming from his arrest in June following an alleged assault on his groundskeeper.