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There is so much happening in rap right now, so much to talk about. There’s last night’s still-reverberating Twitterpocalypse. There’s the whole new network of who hates who, those little now-public feuds working like spiderweb cracks in rap’s windshield. There’s the absolutely stunning, uplifting Chance The Rapper performance I witnessed on Sunday night in Chicago,… More »

For decades, Houston has been its own rap planet. There are Houston rappers who have legend status outside their city, like Scarface or UGK, the latter of whom actually come from the not-that-nearby town of Port Arthur. But Houston also has local legends with barely any profile in the rest of the world. Z-Ro and… More »

Two weeks ago we looked at the year’s biggest pop songs; now let’s run down the best ones. There will be a lot of overlap, of course, partly because sometimes great songs get popular and partly because sometimes popular songs that initially strike you as insufferable end up wearing you down through sheer persistence. (“Bang… More »

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2 Chainz – “Watch Out”

Mixtape master 2 Chainz has announced that his latest, TrapAVelli Tre, will be out next month. It’s preceded by “Watch Out,” a typically punchline-laden banger which you can stream and download below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 21, 2015 - 10:29 pm

Key & Peele And 2 Chainz Are The World’s Worst Wedding Band, ABSORPTION!

Key & Peele are so good at making sketch comedy that they’ll just casually knock out a piece of genius that’s not even intended for their Comedy Central show. Case in point: For the comedy collective JASH, Key & Peele recently made a sketch in which they play the two frontmen of ABSORPTION!, easily the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 14, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Kanye Addresses Charleston Shooting In New Freestyle, Hits Waffle House With OutKast

Kanye headlined Hot 107.9’s 20th Birthday Bash in Atlanta last night. At the event, he brought 2 Chainz onstage to perform “Mercy,” and he also addressed racism and the recent tragedy in Charleston, SC in an intense new freestyle. Watch both performances below. More »

By: Peter Helman / June 21, 2015 - 11:48 am

Travi$ Scott – “3500” (Feat. Future & 2 Chainz)

Up until the riot police showed up, one of the bigger stories coming out of Hot 97’s Summer Jam last night was the way the energetic young Houston rapper Travi$ Scott bullied a photographer off the stage during his set at the outdoor festival-stage preshow. Scott told the unfortunate shutterbug, “Hey, get your fucking nerdy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 8, 2015 - 9:25 am

50 Cent – “Get Low” (Feat. Jeremih, T.I. & 2 Chainz)

50 Cent was probably the most popular rapper in the world a decade ago, and his swift and extreme decline from stardom has been one of the strangest things I’ve witnessed in my time as a music critic. On his new single “Get Low,” 50 at least seems to be trying to do something about… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2015 - 9:52 am

Major Lazer – “Night Riders” (Feat. Travi$ Scott, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, & Mad Cobra)

Last night, the new animated series Major Lazer debuted on FX. It’s not online yet, but the timing was good, with the new Major Lazer album Peace Is The Mission looming. We’ve already heard the MØ/DJ Snake collaboration “Lean On,” and that thing got a huge reaction when MØ sang it at Coachella this past… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 17, 2015 - 8:40 am

De La Soul Launches Kickstarter For LP Featuring Damon Albarn, David Byrne, 2 Chainz, Little Dragon

Hip-hop’s royal trio De La Soul have announced that their eighth studio album will be funded through a Kickstarter campaign. The group is raising $110,000 for their first full-length since 2004’s The Grind Date. Once the project is funded, they’ll head into the studio next month with guest artists such as David Byrne, 2 Chainz,… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / March 30, 2015 - 4:02 pm

Jack Ü Release Surprise Album Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü

Skrillex and Diplo have just released their debut album as Jack Ü. Their new production team-up got their start last year, and made waves with their Kiesza-featuring lead single “Take Ü There,” which recently got an awesome remix from Missy Elliott. All day on Thursday, the two of them DJed on a livestream as a… More »

By: James Rettig / February 27, 2015 - 12:05 am

Stream Gucci Mane Views From Zone 6 EP

Atlanta overlord Gucci Mane might be behind bars, but that sure as hell won’t stop him from trolling the rap game when it needs it. Last week the hip-hop world collectively lost its shit over Drake’s very good new mixtape If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late. But for a long time he’s been trumpeting… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 18, 2015 - 12:33 pm

Watch Kanye West’s Performance At The Inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event

Earlier tonight, Kanye West performed at the inaugural Roc City Classic NBA All-Star Event in New York City. The pre-show featured an appearance from Oklahoma City Thunder basketball player Kevin Durant. The event was live streamed on Jay Z’s Life + Times website. Kanye brought out a bunch of people for guest performances, including Pusha… More »

By: James Rettig / February 12, 2015 - 7:59 pm

Download 2 Chainz The Real University (T.R.U. Jack City)

2 Chainz has been teasing his new mixtape The Real University (T.R.U. Jack City) all month with a very entertaining Nancy Grace interview about pot legalization and two strong early singles “Trap House Stalkin’” and “Road Dawg.” The mixtape serves as a showcase for artists on his new label The REAL University, and features track… More »

By: James Rettig / January 27, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Download Lil Wayne Sorry 4 The Wait 2

It’s unclear when Lil Wayne will put out his supposedly-final album Tha Carter V. After it was pushed back indefinitely late last year, Wayne came out and said that he was a “prisoner” on his Cash Money label. He’s now released an apology mixtape called Sorry 4 The Wait 2, a quasi-sequel to the first… More »

By: James Rettig / January 20, 2015 - 9:51 pm

2 Chainz – “Road Dawg”

Atlanta rap star 2 Chainz, fresh off of his entertainingly strange televised debate with Nancy Grace, is about to give the world a new mixtape called Tru Jack City. The tape mostly exists to highlight the roster of his his new imprint The REAL University, but he’ll be all over it too, and it’s alway… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2015 - 4:33 pm

Watch 2 Chainz Debate Nancy Grace About Legalizing Pot

Noël Wells’ SNL impersonation of reliably perturbed TV-news talking head Nancy Grace seems like a gross exaggeration, but when you actually watch this lady talking on TV, it’s possible that it doesn’t go far enough. She’s also a vocal opponent of the legalization of weed, which puts her at odds with everyone in rap. And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 14, 2015 - 8:46 am

2 Chainz – “Trap House Stalkin” (Feat. Young Dolph & Cap 1)

2 Chainz got his start guesting on Ludacris songs 15 years ago, but he really found his voice and built his name up on the mixtape circuit. Last year, he returned to that world when he released a pretty great EP-length mixtape called Freebase. Later this month, he’ll come back with another one called TRUMore »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Mike Will Made It Ransom Details

Mike WiLL Made It — one of the most prevalent producers of this year and last — is releasing his new mixtape, Ransom, next week and shared the finalized tracklist on his Instagram today. At twenty tracks, it contains a lot of big names: Lil Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Future, Chief Keef,… More »

By: James Rettig / December 10, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Watch SNL Parody Ariana Grande, Megan Trainor, Sam Smith, & Lorde With Young Tarts & Old Farts Commercial

A highlight of tonight’s funny (really) and cameo-filled (Jennifer Lawrence, Crazy Eyes) episode of Saturday Night Live was the fake commercial for Young Tarts & Old Farts, a compilation of duets in the style of Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga’s recent chart-topping album Cheek To Cheek. This gave the cast an opportunity to break out… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 16, 2014 - 9:18 am
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