J Cole’s 5th Studio Album “KOD” Secures 2018’s Best Selling Album

After 1 week of its release, J Cole’s KOD has set record release numbers for 2018 by selling approx. 397K units, a few shy of 400K. From the 397K sales, 166K were sold from traditional physical CD copies. For a very private rapper, J Cole has been way more visible in public interaction than he typically is. This past week, he announced physical Vinyl’s & CDs to be sold via Dreamville.com with his autograph; he was interviewed in depth by Vulture and even took time to interact with fans by answering their questions via Twitter. To end the successful week, the whole Dreamville team announced a Dreamville Music Festival set to take place in Raleigh, NC. To lead off the album push, a music vi

Da Summer Bangz Vol. 1 The Playlist

What's up guys i'm back with another volume of playlist, this time I've picked some summer bangers for you to enjoy.The playlist is 17 tracks and has a runtime of 57 minutes. I've featured some of todays hottest artist like Drake, Ty Dolla Sign, Post Malone, YBN Nahmir, J Cole, Cardi B and more. Stream it here

Taking a Listen to Post Malone's Sophomore Album "beerbongs & bentleys"

Post Malone’s second studio album beerbongs & bentleys was released April 27th, 2018 after being long awaited by his fans. Malone teased 3 hit singles for months before the album drop, pushing his album status to Platinum in under 24 hours. The project boasts 18 tracks with 15 of them being totally brand new to listeners. Hit songs like rockstar ft. 21 Savage, Psycho ft. Ty Dolla $ign and Candy Paint from the Fate of the Furious album are all included in the track list, along with other songs and features from some of the biggest names in hip-hop music. After listening to the album, I had some strong opinions on the music. As always, Post’s voice is exceptional on every track, but the lyrics

Ella Mai - "Boo'd Up"

British singer-songwriter Ella Mai just dropped the music video for her breakout single "Boo'd Up", off her 2017 EP Ready. The song debuted at No. 78 on Billboard's Hot 100 just a few weeks ago and is currently at No. 6 on the Hot R&B Songs chart. Mai is no stranger to the world of R&B - with three EPs under her belt and having toured with Kehlani, the rising star is gearing up to release her debut album later this year. "Boo'd Up" is one of those boppy, fun tunes with catchy lyrics that gives us a feel-good vibe, as seen in the visual as well. In the clip, Ella is joined by her 'boo' at an amusement park, where the two are playing mini-golf, riding bumper cars and just enjoying each other's

Toronto's Upcoming Talent GNA

Toronto's upcoming talent GNA is stirring things up in the music industry with her sensational writing skills and good music. From working alongside artists like Tory Lanez and Memphis Bleek, GNA is kick-starting her place amongst some of the best. Beginning her career in theatre, commercials and independent films, the young singer landed a star role in The Lion King A Musical Broadway. When I asked her about the experience she said "I think my experience in Broadway opened my eyes up to actually understanding this is something I love doing (performing on stage) I could take my talent to a much larger scale." Modeling and acting have also played a role in GNA's career and i'm sure many want

Saweetie’s Interview with Hip Hop Basement: Her Struggles, Working with Kehlani, Touring

On April 26th, 2018, I was blessed with the opportunity to interview the iciest chick in the rap game who charges by the minute because her time is very pricey. The California native Diamonté Harper, widely known by her stage name , Saweetie, has been developing her rap career since she was 14 years old. Today, she is an ambitious upcoming artist who is making major moves to amplify her success in the rap game. The interview kicked off with her discussing her five years in college. She started off at San Diego State and transferred to USC, where she obtained her degree. When asked why she left San Diego State for USC, she replied “I felt that there would be more opportunity like for my music

Meet Dani Leigh

Miami native Danielle Curiel, or Dani Leigh, is an up and coming force to be reckoned with. At the age of 18, Leigh was discovered by Prince when he asked her to write,direct, and star in his music video "Breakfast Can Wait", a single released by renowned artist in February of 2013. In an interview with RESPECT, she stated "I picked up a lot of traits from him. I'm smarter on business decisions that I make, my pen game is stronger and I'm just overall grateful. He made me realize I am made for this." The Dominican singer and dancer has worked with multi-platinum selling artists such as Pharrell and Meghan Trainor from a young age. In 2017, Leigh was signed to Def Jam Records and has since br

CARDI 101: HOW TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD

Cardi B can’t lose. At all. She had an incredible 2017, and when people thought she was only stretching her 15 minutes of fame to an unbearable amount, she made it evident that she was here to stay whether you like it or not. All of her haters can suck her “d*ck.” From the pole to IG to TV to platinum plaques. Her name has been inscribed in the music industry history books already. Let’s unpack some of Bardi’s greatest successes to date. Coachella Beychella was a the epitome of any Coachella performance (or actually any performance ever) but BOACHELLA was in full effect for two weekends! The first week, Cardi rocked a Left-Eye inspired look in $400K worth of jewels, but was obviously pregnan

Eric Bellinger Appreciation Day

As a lover of the R&B world and all that it brings, it saddens me and other R&B lovers alike, to know that the genre isn't what it once was. Singers started rapping more and it seems like every other artist was falling into the " trap R&B" category. Now and days, they're just talking over smooth beats and the songs are barely about "love" anymore. Alas, they're a select few who stays to the craft, and creates those same vibes we all once loved. Eric Bellinger is a notable artist that comes to mind when you think of classic R&B cuts with a modern feel. An individual who once turned down a scholarship to pursue his real passion of music. To no surprise, he clearly did the right thing. Though

Hip Hop All Summer 18?

In 2018, Hip Hop has received some great content over just four months. The content varies from the usual hit makers like Fayetteville's own J.Cole to new comers like the icy girl, Saweetie. Below is a quick recap of what Hip Hop has garnered thus far in 2018. January 2018: Dave East’s Paranoia II Migos’ Culture II February 2018: Black Panther: The Album Kodak Black’s HeartBreak Kodak Tyga’s Kyoto Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Day 69 Blac Youngsta’s 223 March Phonte’s No News is Good News Tory Lanez’ Memories Don’t Die August Greene’s August Greene YFN Lucci’s Ray Ray from Summerhill Lil Yachty’s Lil Boat 2 XXXTENTACION’s ? Curren$y’s Back At Burnie's Saweetie’s High Main

JAX$ - MR. JAX$ FROST (HOSTED BY DJ SCREAM AND DJ SWAMP IZZO) MIXTAPE

Upcoming Artist JAX$, teams up with DJ Scream and Swamp Izzo, for his latest project "Mr. Jax$ Fro$t." The Charleston South Carolina native, laces his mixtape with 14 heavy hitting tracks, that all trap fans can love. The mixtape has been featured on a wide range of publications, as JAX$ continues to gain popularity through his latest release. With the city behind him and his efforts to branch out into bigger cities like Atlanta's Metropolitan area, you can bet this artist is just getting started. The first track introduces a fun vibe which captures the essence of a club banger, you can hear JAX$ rap these words over track Animal Planet "Perky's all in my body/ Currency on my conscience/ we

Let's Talk About Billboard's Top Rap Female Nominations

On April 17, 2018, the official Twitter account for the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) released the nominations for Top Rap Female Artist 2018. The nominations included Cardi B., Nicki Minaj, and Bhad Bhabie. Bhad Bhabie, also known as Danielle Bregoli, is a 15 year old girl that claimed fame by appearing on the Dr. Phil show in September 2016 which subsequently started a viral meme thread best known as “cash me outside”. With the power of social media, Danielle scored a starring role in rapper Kodak Black’s “Everything 1K” opening video for his “Lil B.I.G Pac” mixtape in February 2017 and in August of the same year, Danielle introduced the world to Bhad Bhabie when she released her first s

The Queen Bey Slays the Coachella stage in style

The Queen Bey put on a performance more than two hours on the coachella main stage. The queen’s breathtaking performance consisted of about two hundred singers and dancers, a drumline, Jay-Z, Solange, and a reunion with Destiny’s Child that marked the groups 20th anniversary. The icing on the cake to the performance deemed by Beyhive as “Beychella”, was the five outfits that incorporated the touch of the famous Balmain creative director Olivier Rousteing and the queen’s personal stylist, Marni Senafonte. According to Vogue magazine, Senofonte approached Olivier Rousteing after his Fall 2018 runway show for Balmain and explained to him that she was in search of the right designer to create

J. Cole Releases “KOD” and Drops ATM Video

On Monday, J.Cole shook things up on the internet when he returned with news of his new project. The rapper announced his fifth studio album entitled “KOD" (abbreviated for “Kidz On Drugz, KingOverdose and Kill Our Demonz.”) Fans ran rampant taking to the internet with speculations of what the album would be like. Without even dropping a single, Cole dropped off a new body of work in the midnight hour. This time, his album has a strong message for the kids and youth worldwide. From his cover art, to his lyrics, the rapper embodies everything today's generation is so desperately fighting against - drug addiction and depression. Written at the top of the cover art, it states "This album is in

#NickiDay Interview Analysis

BARBIE’S BACK! “[We] need rappers like [her]!” she exclaimed on “Chun-Li,” 1/2 of the initial double-single release for Nicki Minaj’s HIGHLY anticipated 4th studio album (from now on, referred to as NM4). This was an exciting day for pop culture as #NickiDay was Thursday’s #1 trending topic on Twitter. She also sat down with Zane Lowe on Beats Radio for her first interview in months to debut the new singles. It had been at least 3 months since we heard new music, an interview, or even saw a post from the self-proclaimed Queen of Rap. Sightings during this time included her attendance at Bey and Jay’s Oscars after-party and her very own Mercedes commercial. So why did the superstar take a bre

Nicki Minaj Drops Selfie Music Video For "Chun-Li"

Rapper Nicki Minaj has been in the headlines these past couple of days - from releasing two new songs in one day, to addressing the Cardi B/Quavo/Motorsport feud. Her name is also trending on the internet today, as she releases the visual for her song "Chun-Li". The selfie-style, vertical video gives us a close-up of Nicki, dressed in a black and leather ensemble, while showing off her curves and lounging on a sofa under a bright pink neon light. The “Street Fighter”-themed anthem is one of two tracks that Nicki released earlier this week - the other is "Barbie Tingz". Both songs are set to appear on her upcoming album, the follow-up to 2014's The Pinkprint. According to Minaj, she said in a

R&Blunts V7

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Cardi B Teams Up With SZA For "I Do"

It's Cardi B's world and we're just living in it! The rapper dropped her first album Invasion of Privacy this past Friday, and it is already certified gold and set to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart. A number of artists also appear on the album, such as Chance the Rapper, Migos, Kehlani, J Balvin, and more. R&B singer SZA is also featured on the project for the empowerment anthem "I Do". The song, produced by Murda Beatz and CuBeatz, brings these two powerful women together as they sing about leaving men on read and doing whatever they like to do. For the record, I set record, record sales / I like ni**as that are in it, not in jail / They said by now that I'll be finished, hard to tell (

2018 Hip Hop Basement Style Issue

Since the 1970's Hip-Hop has rose to become the worlds most streamed music genre, making a huge impact on almost every part of pop culture. One area that Hip-Hop holds major influence within, is the fashion industry. As time passed many stars recognized the power they had of making consumers want to purchase an item just to feel "larger than life" like your favorite celebrity. Since designers and labels have utilized famous faces to sell some of their most recent and fashionable products. Now designers are influenced by Hip-Hop and its culture that continues to be deep-rooted in gold, diamonds, and the finest clothing. ​ In today's times its safe to say Rappers and Singers are the leading f

Hip Hop's Influence in Fashion

During the 1980's Run DMC had a huge impact on making shell toe Adidas a trend, the MC who was a fan of the shoe spiked sales in the company and in return was offered a one million dollar deal. This was the start of Hip-Hop getting major endorsements from large corporations. Not only did shell toe Adidas spark a trend in the culture of the world, it fed Hip-Hop's style which continued to evolve and thus came forward thick gold jewelry, Kangol bucket hats and large eyeglasses. While Hip-Hop continued to grow in the fashion world, Russell Simmons kept his eyes on rappers clothing purchases. He noticed their gravitation towards labels like Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger. The mogul made a way t

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