headlined two of 2013′s biggest hip-hop tours. The Young Money label boss had tapped Atlanta heavyweights T.I.
and 2 Chainz
for America’s Most Wanted Festival
, while his signee nabbed Miguel
, plus recurring guests Jhene Aiko
for his own Would You Like a Tour?
This year, however, they decided to hit the road together.
The two are co-headlining a 31-date tour, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne, that launches August 8 in Darien, New York, and wraps September 27 in Woodlands, Texas. Their announcement arrives just as “Believe Me,” their collaboration for Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter V, breaks into Billboard’s Hot 100 and hits No. 9 on its Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
So with that, the sheer potential for high-profile guests (Drake had one for nearly every stop of his tour) and perhaps even more new music on the way, Drake Vs. Lil Wayne is bound to be one of 2014′s biggest hip-hop tours, second only to Beyonce and Jay Z‘s On the Run trek. See the dates after the jump. More »
This weekend, October’s Very Own guru Drake
dropped new song “0 To 100/ The Catch Up.” Produced by Boi-1da
, Noah “40″ Shebib
, and Ninteen85
, the two-part track follows “Days in the East”
and “Draft Day
, ” songs that the Drizzy released back in April.
While “0 To 100” starts off with a menacing, hard-hitting beat, it suddenly takes a slow-burning, introspective turn as Drake seems to hint at the possibility of a brand new album. “Listen up boy you’re better off eavesdroppin’/ We already got spring 2015 poppin’/ PND droppin’, OB droppin’, Majid Jordan droppin’, not to mention me droppin.”
Listen to the track below. More »
Well, that’s a headline you don’t write every day. The always-entertaining Lily Allen
jazzed up her Instagram account this afternoon (May 27) by posting a video of her dancing topless to Drake’s 2013 hit “Started From The Bottom” wearing only flesh-colored spanx. Needless to say, it’s an eye-popping spectacle that you really need to see.
The 28-year-old didn’t give an explanation for the video, simply captioning it “cool mom”. Fair enough. Lily is currently promoting her new album Sheezus, which debuted at number one in the UK and reached the top 20 in America. Watch the mouthy Brit deliver what could be the weirdest Drizzy impersonation of all time after the jump. More »
, Jay Z
lead the nominations for the 2014 BET Awards, to the surprise of no one.
All three artists earned five nods each. Drake faces off against Jay Z, J. Cole, Future and last year’s winner, Kendrick Lamar, for Male Hip Hop Artist. That category aside, Hov only scored big for his collaborations, Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” and “Holy Grail” featuring Justin Timberlake. (His touring schedule in recent years seemed to predict this.) Meanwhile, Beyonce is up for Video of the Year twice with “Drunk in Love” and “Partition,” a hefty contender in that same category being Pharrell‘s “Happy.”
Not all of the nominees are no-brainers, though: Last year’s Female R&B/Pop Artist, Rihanna, is nominated this year too, though she faces off against Janelle Monae and Jhene Aiko. After having released his solid debut Testimony, newcomer R&B singer August Alsina ties Pharrell with four nods, including Best New Artist with Ariana Grande. Daft Punk is nominated for Best Group. And the most interesting list of nominees could be for Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Nicki Minaj, Eve, Iggy Azalea, Angel Haze and Charli Baltimore.
See the full list of music nominees after the jump. More »
What’s left for Lil Wayne
to prove? In “Believe Me,” the first single off his (purported) last album Tha Carter V
, he focuses on his kingpin status (“Shoutout, Capone and Noriega”), enormous wealth (two Ferraris) and tongue-twisting wordplay. “Diamonds on my Rollie / face, can I be exfoliated? They think I’m associated, I’m the one who orchestrated,” he insists.
Then, as if to reestablish his behind-the-scenes role, he steps to the side – and lets Drake deliver shorter, punchier verses for a second (!) time. (Hear the song below.) More »
took to his Weezy Wednesdays series to confirm that Tha Carter V
‘s lead single will be “Believe Me,” featuring Drake
. Wayne posted a 15-second snippet of the song, and the fact that the chunk doesn’t feature any vocals will only make fans hungrier for the full track.
All that can be heard in the preview is a rumbling horror movie beat that transforms into an ominous trap stomp care of producers Boi-1da and Vinylz. Curious to see if Drizzy will be rapping or singing over it, or both. Hear the snippet below. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Has Mariah Carey delayed the release of The Art of Letting Go, again? While originally due out May 6 — and following her new single (and several remixes of) “You’re Mine (Eternal)”— the album has been quietly removed from her label Island’s release schedule. [Popdust]
:: Michelle Obama will appear alongside American Idol alum Kellie Pickler in the penultimate episode of Nashville, which airs May 6. As she has in talk shows and award shows, Obama will appear as herself. [ABC]
:: Canadian magazine Fashion denies touching up Lorde‘s nose for a cover story shoot, despite the Royals artist’s claims. “Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are,” editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra said. [E!]
:: Drake‘s sports commentary poked fun at Jay Z during an NBA playoff game between their hometown teams. “This is the people’s team out here tonight,” Drake said of the Toronto Raptors, adding, “Jay Z’s somewhere eating a fondue plate.” [Rolling Stone]
:: Miley Cyrus has decided to give away Moonie, the puppy that her mother Tish gifted her following the death of the Bangerz tour-featured Floyd. “It’s just to [sic] soon for me right now,” she says. [Us Weekly]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Drake goes hard for the Toronto Raptors. He not only signed on as the NBA team’s global ambassador but also narrates their latest commercial. And Drizzy does a great job of talking the team up. [Rap-Up]
:: There are big changes ahead for Selena Gomez. She recently changed management (the diva is now signed with WME) and is looking to take her career to the next level. According to rumors, she’s also shopping for a new record label. [The Hollywood Reporter]
:: John Legend is riding high on the Billboard Hot 100 with power ballad “All Of Me” at the moment but he also has his sights set on the box office, signing on to produce a new dance movie with the writer of Step Up 5. [Same Same]
:: Obsessed with Future Islands frontman Sam Herring‘s sweet dance moves (as seen on David Letterman)? Then you need to check out the band’s performance at Spin’s SXSW day party in March. [Spin]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
is being sued for some $300K for using a sample of jazz musician Jimmy Smith
on Nothing Was The Same
track “Pound Cake/Paris Morton Music 2,” according to TMZ
. Before the beat drops in on the seven-minute double track, there’s a 35-second spoken word intro from the 1982 track “Jimmy Smith Rap”
— and the interesting thing is that the liner notes for Drake’s album indicate the snippet was licensed (“Featuring samples of the Jimmy Smith recording ‘Jimmy Smith Rap’ produced under license from Atlantic Recording Corp., by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.”).
But Smith’s estate claims that not only was Drake never given permission to use the content, but that his camp never even asked. So it’s either blatant stealing or just a case of wires getting crossed at the labels’ legal departments. Either way, the estate is suing Drake and Cash Money for over $300,000. Hear the Drake track in question below. More »
is streaming his long-delayed, highly anticipated album Honest
ahead of its April 22 release. We could spend a whole post just talking about the features — there’s Kanye West
, Lil Wayne
, Pusha T
, Wiz Khalifa
and even Andre 3000
(although, that last one was purposely left off the stream) — but it’s more rewarding to absorb the project as a whole.
It’s such a varied and sprawling offering, going from the cold-as-fuck “Move That Dope” on one end of the spectrum to the doting “I Won” on the other end, and it covers just about everything else in between. It’s the type of thing that could only be pulled off by this robo-crooning, hollering, ATL trap astronaut.
Stream the album below. More »