5 Under-The-Radar Albums You Don’t Want To Miss

June 8th, 2017

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Some choice upcoming releases: Brockhampton, Joyner Lucas, Terrace Martin, & more.

SZA, 2 Chainz, Vince Staples, and DJ Khaled are all about to release albums sure to dominate headlines and charts in the coming weeks. We’d like to draw your attention to a handful of upcoming releases that may not crack the Billboard Top 200, but are worth a listen from the discerning hip hop fan. And given that every hip hop fan considers herself discerning, everyone ought to bump these albums.

About SZA

Being the only woman on the artist roster of the most dominant label in hip-hop would be an intimidating experience for basically anyone. That is unless you’re as insanely talented as SZA, Top Dawg Entertainment’s PBR&B super villain. The Maplewood, NJ-songstress signed with Black Hippy’s label in July 2013, less than a year after she self-released her first project, See.SZA.Run. A few months after the signing, SZA released another free EP called S to rave reviews, followed by Z in 2014, her first project sold on iTunes. More recently, SZA was featured on “Consideration,” the excellent first track on Rihanna’s blockbuster album Anti.

About 2 Chainz

The artist formerly known as Tity Boi spent more than a decade in limbo before reinventing himself and breaking into the mainstream in 2012, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after features in the game (despite his alleged $100,000 verse fee).

Throughout his 15-year career, he’s collaborated with the likes of Cam’ron, Pusha T, Nelly, The Game, Travis Porter, B.o.B., T.I., Sean Kingston, Juicy J, Swizz Beatz, Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane, Robin Thicke, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Meek Mill, Young Buck, Chrisette Michelle, Kanye West, The-Dream, Beyonce, J. Cole, E-40, Jeezy, Rocko, DJ Khaled, Ace Hood, Meek Mill, French Montana, Rick Ross, Big Sean, Timbaland, Fall Out Boy and more, appearing on more than 50 different tracks throughout 2013 alone.

Unfortunately, he’s recently been dealing with some legal issues stemming from various drug charges, although he did perform at Leonardo DiCaprio’s 39th birthday party. Regardless, he’s currently working on his third studio album, and is preparing for the “2 Good To Be T.R.U.” tour with Pusha T, August Alsina and Cap 1, which is scheduled to unfold in February and March of 2014. Oh yeah – his latest album, B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, is nominated for Best Rap Album at the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards.

About Vince Staples

Vince Staples is an emerging emcee from Long Beach, California, part of the Cutthroat Boys alongside Aston Matthews and Joey Fatts and a frequent Odd Future collaborator. Throughout his young career, he’s released three mixtapes, having collaborated with Mac Miller, Earl Sweatshirt, Casey Veggies, Mike G, Jhene Aiko, Michael Uzowuru, Childish Major, No ID, Evidence, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Da$H, Hardo, Claton Samus, Domo Genesis, Cashius Green, The Jet Age Of Tomorrow and more. Most recently, there’ve been talks of an upcoming collaboration with Common, and he inked a deal with Def Jam Recordings as well. He’s currently… working on a new mixtape titled Shyne Coldchain Vol. 2 (the sequel to his debut mixtape), which is scheduled to drop in early 2014. Stay tuned.

About DJ Khaled

Hate it or love it, DJ Khaled is an undeniable presence in the rap game, both for his inescapable “we the best” ad-lib and his tendency to bring superstars together on hit records. On top of managing his We The Best record label (home to Ace Hood, Mavado and Vado), he’s also a radio host on Miami’s urban music radio station WEDR as well as Terror Squad’s official DJ.

Throughout the course of his career, he’s worked with Kanye West, T-Pain, Akon, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Dr. Dre, Nas, Plies, The Game, Rick Ross, Ma$e, Wale, Big Sean, Meek Mill, Chris Brown, Drake, Busta Rhymes, Ludacris, Jim Jones, Brisco, T.I., Fat Joe, Jadakiss, John Legend, Bun B, Pitbull, Nicki Minaj, Lil Boosie, Trick Daddy, Young Jeezy and more, and has organized countless posse cuts, which is perhaps what he’s best known for.

Most recently, he released his album Suffering From Success, which met with lukewarm reviews and sales (having been preceded by an elaborate publicity stunt, that being his marriage proposal to Nicki Minaj). Despite this, he continues to strive to be the absolute best, and we’d expect nothing less.

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Future Has Earned 7 RIAA Plaques This Month

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From gold to triple platinum, Future was awarded a total of 7 RIAA plaques in April.

“Um going platinum everyday,” Future tweeted last week. It ain’t far from the truth. Search for Future on the RIAA database, and you’ll see that he’s been awarded a remarkable 7 plaques during this month alone.

As reported, a platinum certification has been given to “Mask Off,” a single taken from the self-titled album Future released on February 17 — a week before he’d release yet another album, HNDRXX. “Mask Off,” produced by Metro Boomin, is currently the No. 7 song in the country.

The Drake-featuring “Used to This,” the non-album single Future shared in November, has also gone platinum.

You may be surprised to find that Future’s biggest-ever single (as a lead artist) is “Low Life,” which was recently certified triple platinum. The song features The Weeknd and was included on Future’s fourth album, EVOL, released in February 2016.

A double-platinum certification has been given to “Fuck Up Some Commas,” the song that landed on the 2014 mixtape Monster and also as a bonus track on Future’s fourth album, 2015’s DS2. Also off DS2, the song “Blow a Bag” has been certified gold.

Lastly, two more golden plaques have been given to Future’s first two albums, 2012’s Pluto and 2014’s Honest.

Suge Knight claims his ex-wife and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr ‘killed Tupac

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Marion ‘Suge’ Knight has finally he revealed that he was the real target in the drive by that killed Tupac Shakur, according to his attorney’s affidavit
Rapper has always refused to identify the shooter of Tupac until now
He claims that it was his ex-wife Sharitha and former Death Row Records security chief Reggie White Jr
Suge said that new documentary Tupac Assassination: Battle for Compton had got the facts about the 1996 fatal shooting right, according to the filmmakers
Also tells of attempted coup at Tupac’s label Death Row Records which was co-founded by Suge and Dr Dre
Filmmakers say they have a signed affidavit from Suge’s attorney confirming that everything in their documentary is true
Lawyer also claims shooting was first in a history of attempts on Knight’s life
Suge, 50, is currently behind bars charged with murder and attempted murder after running over two men in Compton January 2015

Big Sean Becomes Youngest To Get Detroit’s Key To The City

big-sean-1491091834-640x560 Big Sean has always represented his hometown since the start of his career, and now city officials have given the G.O.O.D. Music artist a valued honor. The City of Detroit and Mayor Mike Duggan awarded the rapper with a key to the city on Saturday (April 1), due in part to Big Sean’s philanthropic efforts.

Sean posted an image to his Instagram of the city key, as seen above.

“Today I got one of the highest honors a person can receive, the key to the City Of Detroit. The mayor said he’s given it to 3 people… Stevie Wonder, Berry Gordy, and Me. I’m the youngest person to receive this in the history of the city!” the 29-year-old Sean wrote in the Instagram caption.

Sean Don added that the key was given because of the work done by the Sean Anderson Foundation, Sean’s non-profit that aims to aid and assist Detroit youth across a variety of educational focuses. The foundation also applies its program for other disadvantaged youth across the nation.

Sean also noted that the foundation’s “Mogul Prep” initiative will be taught this fall in high schools in Detroit and Baltimore, Md. The program was created in collaboration with his mother, Myra Anderson, a former schoolteacher.

In a report from CBS Detroit, about 100 students from local schools met at Detroit’s Madison Building to meet with Sean and Mayor Duggan. The mayor greeted Sean behind a backdrop that featured the hashtag “#MogulPrep.”

Sean’s fourth studio album, I Decided, is available now.

Student Becomes The Master: Drake Overtakes Lil Wayne For Hot 100 Record

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Drake has surpassed Lil Wayne for the most songs to chart on the Hot 100, as all 22 tracks from More Life reach the list.

According to Billboard, that brings Drizzy’s tally to 154 songs. This is the most songs by any solo artist to chart on the Hot 100. Only the cast of Glee has more appearances on the list, with 207. Weezy F. Baby previously held the title with 135 songs. He passed Elvis Presley in 2012 for the crown when he notched his 109th entry with an appearance on The Game’s “Celebration.”

Drake also makes chart history with a total of 24 songs on the Hot 100 at the same time, the most by an artist at one time ever. Besides More Life cuts including “Passionfruit,” “Portland” with Quavo and Travis Scott and the single “Fake Love,” Gucci Mane’s “Both” and Nicki Minaj’s “No Frauds” also landed on the chart. This breaks his own record from last year when he had 20 songs chart the week that VIEWS dropped and debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. More Life follows in VIEWS’ footsteps and also notches the #1 position on the Billboard 200 in its first week.

Nicki Minaj just took the crown for female artist with the most Hot 100 hits when “No Frauds” debuted on the charts along with “Regret in your Tears” and “Changed It” as her #3PackFromParis. The Queen Barbie passed Aretha Franklin with a total of 76 songs.

Check out all of Drake’s charting songs and their Hot 100 placements below.

No. 8 “Passionfruit”
No. 9 “Portland,” f. Quavo and Travis Scott
No. 15 “Fake Love”
No. 18 “Free Smoke”
No. 29 “Gyalchester”
No. 35 “Teenage Fever”
No. 36 “Sacrifices,” f. 2 Chainz and Young Thug
No. 38 “Blem”
No. 40 “No Long Talk,” f. Giggs
No. 45 “Get It Together,” f. Jorja Smith and Black Coffee
No. 48 “KMT,” f. Giggs
No. 49 “Jorja Interlude”
No. 50 “4422,” f. Sampha
No. 51 “Madiba Ridim”
No. 54 “Glow,” f. Kanye West
No. 58 “Both,” Gucci Mane f. Drake
No. 60 “Do Not Disturb”
No. 61 “Nothings Into Something”
No. 62 “Ice Melts,” f. Young Thug
No. 64 “Lose You” (debut)
No. 70 “Since Way Back,” f. PARTYNEXTDOOR
No. 76 “Skepta Interlude”
No. 82 “Can’t Have Everything”
No. 84 “No Frauds,” Nicki Minaj, Drake & Lil Wayne

Chance the Rapper Announces $1 Million Donation to Chicago Public Schools-Video

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Chance the Rapper held a press conference today at Westcott Elementary School in Chicago to announce that he is donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.

“Our kids should not be held hostage because of political positions,” he said. He later revealed that he and Common will speak on the phone to discuss further funding.

The announcement follows his meeting with Illinois governor Bruce Rauner last week, where they discussed public education and other “important issues affecting” the city of Chicago and Illinois as a whole. Immediately following the meeting, Chance expressed his frustration, saying, “It went a little different than it should have,” and that he was given vague answers when speaking with the governor.

At the press conference, he reiterated that Gov. Rauner gave him “vague” answers, and shouted, “Gov. Rauner, do your job!” Watch the press conference below.

Chance has also updated his website with a link to support Chicago Public Schools.

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