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Chances are you’ve watched Silentó Whip, watched him Nae Nae at some point this summer. Perhaps you’ve even Whipped, Nae Nae’d, or done the Stanky Legg yourself. The then-unknown Atlanta teenager born Ricky Hawke — which is a much better pop-star name than Silentó — uploaded “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” to SoundCloud back in January. More »

Drake is rap’s biggest star and probably its most compelling figure, too. He’s effectively remade the whole idea of the rap star, turning the center of the genre away from hungry street-rap and toward this sonically manicured, stylistically cosmopolitan sound that currently dominates. He’s someone who’s constantly thinking about his own persona and about the… More »

Some weeks, choosing the 5 Best Songs can be difficult and polarizing. This was not one of those weeks. Of course, it’s hard to pit so many different genres against one another, which is why these lists are always so varied. This week wrangled in stoner folk, rap, and straight-up pop, and none of the… More »

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Drake Clowns Meek Mill; Brings Out Kanye, Pharrell, Future At OVO Fest

Drake headlined his own sixth annual OVO Fest in Toronto tonight, and he took the opportunity to go all-in on his recent beef with Meek Mill. Early in the day, Drake was spotted wearing a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt — which he also wore last year, back when Meek was actually in jail and they… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 3, 2015 - 11:27 pm

Future – “Kno The Meaning” Video

Future’s monumental new album Dirty Sprite 2 debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart this week, marking his first-ever #1 album. Accolades or not, the Atlanta rapper continues to drop new videos at the same blistering pace. Still, this video is a far cry from some of the starker mixtape clips he dropped in the… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 30, 2015 - 6:10 pm

Free Future Show Moved After Attracting Too Many Fans, Cops

Police in riot gear is pretty much never something that anyone wants to see at a rap concert — or ever — but it’s especially not something that anyone wants to see at a rap concert given the recent spate of tragic police killings and the current social/political climate. But that’s exactly what Future fa… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 23, 2015 - 7:11 pm

DeJ Loaf – “Hey There” (Feat. Future)

Since her tough-as-fuck breakout anthem “Try Me,” DeJ Loaf has been honing in on her softer, more romantic side. (Just check out that cover art above if you don’t believe me.) And what does romance require but a worthy partner? That helps explain her recent string of collaborators: Lil Wayne, Kevin Gates, Young Thug… the… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 23, 2015 - 5:32 pm

Status Ain’t Hood: Future’s New Album Is Fucking Incredible

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Vic Mensa – “Codeine Crazy (Icarus Story)” (Future Cover)

As Rap-Up points out, the young Chicago rapper Vic Mensa debuted his own version of Future’s “Codeine Crazy,” a track from last year’s Monster mixtape, at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival. I didn’t see him do it, since he was on at the same time as Sleater-Kinney, but the studio version of his track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 22, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Stream Future DS2

Future is a machine. He just announced his new album DS2 a week ago, and, as promised, it’s already out in the world (as of right now). DS2 is a sequel to his controversially lean-inspired 2011 mixtape Dirty Sprite, and it’s the Atlanta rapper’s third full-length project so far this year(!). We’ve heard “Blow AMore »

By: Peter Helman / July 17, 2015 - 12:05 am

Future – “Where Ya At” (Feat. Drake)

Future’s new album DS2 comes out tomorrow, and as someone who hasn’t gotten a promo copy yet, I am climbing the walls with anticipation. Other than the single “Blow A Bag” and a couple of tracks that were already on mixtapes, Future hasn’t let any of the album’s songs out into the world. But now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2015 - 9:02 am

Status Ain’t Hood: Drake, Rap’s Leading Curator

This past weekend, I was driving my family back from the beach, where we’d been on vacation, and I had to contend with Maryland’s Bay Bridge, the most terrifying structure ever devised by man. The Bay Bridge is basically a pencil-thin piece of bent metal that stretches roughly five miles above the Chesapeake Bay. The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2015 - 12:51 pm

Future – “Blow A Bag” Video

Another day, another Future video. The ever-prolific Atlanta rapper is about to drop his new album Dirty Sprite 2 next Friday, and he’s just shared a video for first single “Blow A Bag,” produced by Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, and Southside. Directed by Rick Nyce, the clip shows Future driving around Los Angeles in a… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 10, 2015 - 7:45 pm

OG Maco: “Future Has Destroyed Countless Lives By Making It Cool To Be A Drug Addict”

As Future readies the release of yet another collection of songs, this one an official album called Dirty Sprite 2 — a common nickname for lean, or the drug cocktail of codeine and promethazine cough syrup — OG Maco has some criticism for his fellow Atlanta rapper.

As XXL points out, Maco went… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 10, 2015 - 1:16 pm

Future’s New Album DS2 And Documentary Like I Never Left Out Next Week

Future announced that he will drop his new album, Dirty Sprite 2, next Friday. The record went up for pre-order last night on iTunes, which comes as no surprise after he hinted on Tuesday that it would drop soon:… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 10, 2015 - 10:13 am

Future – “Real Sisters” Video

Future never stops. In the past six months alone, he’s released three different mixtapes with three different producers, and he’s kept up a steady stream (actually more like a river) of music videos from all of them. The latest track to get the video treatment is “Real Sisters” off of Beast Mode, his mixtape with… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 8, 2015 - 8:24 pm

Meek Mill – “Jump Out The Face” (Feat. Future) Video

Meek Mill’s new album Dreams Worth More Than Money is racking up critical praise right and left — including our own blessing in Status Ain’t Hood last week. Following a stint in jail, Meek rejoined society and bossed up his social status; following weeks of rumors, he’s now publicly dating fellow rapper Nicki Minaj. Their… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 6, 2015 - 11:37 am

Ty Dolla $ign – “Blasé” (Feat. Future & Rae Sremmurd)

Hey, look! It’s a summit meeting of people who routinely turn enthusiastically horny nursery rhymes into irresistible rap-radio gold! R&B adventurer Ty Dolla $ign has his official debut album Free TC coming out this fall. We’ve already heard him team up with Charli XCX and Tinashe on “Drop That Kitty,” with YG, Joe Moses, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 26, 2015 - 11:45 am

Status Ain’t Hood: Tyga Is Rap’s Smarmiest Villain, And That’s A Good Thing

Rap needs villains. They keep things interesting. For years, Suge Knight reigned as rap’s dominant supervillain, and he did it without rapping a single bar, which somehow makes it more impressive. Lately, Birdman has played a more low-key version of the domineering-label-owner type that Knight pioneered, but he’s enforced his dominance by locking people into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Future – “News Or Somthn”

Future has been doling out new videos and songs every week via his #MonsterMonday series, and today he’s given us a new track called “News Or Somthn.” He’s recently been rapping over production from Zaytoven (Beast Mode) and Southside (56 Nights), but for this song he’s opted for a smoother, synth-heavy sound provided by Nard… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 22, 2015 - 12:52 pm
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