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Big Sean Releases New Single “Blessings”, Featuring Drake and Kanye West

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

After announcing the release of his upcoming album, Big Sean just shocked the world- twice. After teasing the release on on his Snapchat, Sean dropped the second single for Dark Sky Paradise, ‘Blessings’, following his hit single ‘IDFWU’. The track features Drake on hook and guest verse duty with production from OVO power producers Boi-1da and Vinlyz. Now, only about an hour later, the track has been re-released on Sean’s Soundcloud with a verse from his mentor, Kanye West. After releasing ‘FourFiveSeconds‘ and ‘Only One‘, there was speculation that Kanye had left rap to sing once again, mirroring his 2008 album 808’s & Heartbreak. Ye silences the critics on this new record, appearing unexpectedly at the end to drop a verse, with topics ranging from him sending Snapchat pictures to his daughter being homeschooled. Listen below. 

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iLoveMakonnen – “Swerve” (Prod. by Mike Will Made-It & Marz)

BY WILL LAMPLEY

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Atlanta producer Mike Will has had a long road to his new mixtape, Ransom. After dedicating himself to the project, fans have been able to see him change his mind on the project and it’s release daily through interviews and twitter feeds. At one point, there was an Interscope album with “Buy The World” as the lead single boasting features from Lil Wayne and Kendrick Lamar (and singing from Brandy and Future). Now, he has a mixtape to reclaim his thrown as Trap King. After a summer of Mustard and a year of other Atlanta beat wizards (Metro Boomin, Sonny Digital, 808 Mafia), it’s time for Mike to regain his position.

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PARTYNEXTDOOR Releases New EP Featuring Travi$ Scott & Ca$h Out and Announces World Tour

BY WILL LAMPLEY

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Last night, Canadian crooner and Drake protege PARTYNEXTDOOR tweeted “Stay Up”, which was quickly deleted. As fans speculated what was to come next, he promptly delivered with a new 4 song EP entitled PNDCOLOURS and announcement the World Tour dates for his I tour, this time stretching all the way across the United States and Europe. The new EP features a guest appearance from Travi$ Scott, as well as Ca$h Out and production from Cardo.

Listen and check out his tour dates below.

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Travi$ Scott ft. Young Thug & Rich Homie Quan – ‘Mamacita’ (Video)

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

After teasing fans with the release date ”12/2” on twitter for days, Travi$ Scott has finally released the visual for ‘Mamacita’ from his well received mixtape (or free album as some would call it) Days Before RodeoThe tape is a prelude to his upcoming album Rodeo, which is rumored to have guest appearances from John Mayer, PartyNextDoor, Kanye West and Young Thug, among others. For now, you can enjoy the video for ‘Mamacita’ and download it on iTunes here.

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Late Pass: An Introduction to 16yrold

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Producer ’16yrold’ is just getting started. After debuting his music on the internet only a year ago, he’s earned himself a following. Fans anticipate his regular stream of releases and collaborations with other producers and he’s satiated them, but now he’s doing something he’s never done before: release a formal project. At this point, he’s already met and began talks of collaborating with artists he was merely a fan of a few months ago, as well as gaining attention for his eclectic remixes- ranging from reworks of songs by Yung Lean to Willow Smith to a mash-up of “Club Goin’ Up on a Tuesday” and “The Piña Colada Song” (which is quite amazing). I spoke with him about his new EP with Divine, Slayer, as well as his collaborators and how he got into the music scene.

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Who’s Next Up: The Best Upcoming Rappers Across America

BY WILL LAMPLEY

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Daily, the internet means more and more to finding new music and supporting it. Because of the internet, the idea of an artist being regional and having to sound like where they come from is becoming smaller. Now, listeners can enjoy music from all over the country and compare to find out who the best from each area is. Let’s see who the best new artists of America really are…

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Radio Beef: A Timeline of the Rift Between Charlamagne Tha God and Peter Rosenberg

BY WILL LAMPLEY

For years, there has been a battle between popular New York radio stations Hot 97 and Power 105, as they battle for the top spot in ratings and relevancy. This has only been heightened by the exposure given through social media. Now, the interviews held by The Breakfast Club and the personalities on Ebro in the Morning are not only available for New Yorkers on their way to work, but everyone with access to YouTube. Specifically, Charlamagne Tha God and Peter Rosenberg have been bumping heads a lot lately. Let’s get into what’s been going on.

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2011 XXL Freshman List: Where Are They Now?

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Courtesy of XXL
Courtesy of XXL

Yearly, hip-hop magazine XXL does a freshman cover, showcasing nearly a dozen rising stars. Sometimes, these lists are underwhelming, leaving obvious choices out (Drake, Young Thug, Tyler, the Creator, A$AP Rocky, etc) but sometimes they can also be packed with to-be stars.

Now that a couple years have passed, it would definitely be interesting to observe how well some of 2011’s freshman have fared, because frankly, the gap between superstars and unknowns is huge.

Let’s begin.

Meek Mill

At the time of the 2011 XXL Freshman cover, Meek Mill was just a young guy entering a game with a fierce voice, a record deal from Rick Ross and an allegiance with the promising producer Jahlil Beats. Mind you, the 2011 XXL Freshman cover was published before the release of Meek’s first singles through MMG (“Tupac Back”, “Ima Boss” respectively) so looking back now, you can see the hunger and charisma in the young MC. Since the cover, Meek has been one of the leaders of street music and while his authenticity has helped him, it has also harmed him- he’s currently in jail.

Lil B

The mysterious, illusive and always positive figure known as Lil B (or the BasedGod) has survived what many expcected to be a short career. He still releases music regularly to entertain and inspire his fans, as well as becoming an omniscient figure to pop culture, even getting co-signs from Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa and others.

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Kendrick Lamar

Since 2011, Kendrick Lamar has definitely turned heads and leaped past his peers and competitors. In early 2011, Kendrick wasn’t really known to a large audience, besides a co-sign from Dr. Dre and a few features. The cover was issued before his independent album Section.80 was even released, but since then, K. Dot has built his fan base across the world, as well as dropping a phenomenal Interscope debut, earning 7 Grammy nominations and going Platinum in the U.S.

YG

West coast MC YG has had his fair share of ups and downs, going from hit singles to jail time. While it seemed like he would forever just be looked at as a regional artist, YG, Rich Homie Quan and Jeezy challenged that notion with a worldwide hit- “My Nigga”. Soon enough, YG had another hit, with the help of superstar Drake-“Who Do You Love”. After doing well with both singles, the time seemed just right to execute his plan and drop his debut album My Krazy Life. With fellow Pusha Ink collaborators DJ Mustard and Ty Dolla $ign flourishing and his album recieving some of the best reviews for a rap album this year, YG is finally on top.

Mac Miller

Mac Miller went through a real transformation since his appearance on the 2011 XXL Freshman cover. He sold 145,000 copies of his debut album Blue Slide Park in one week, making history-but that wasn’t enough for him. Mac went back to the drawing boards, moving to California, learning how to produce and linking up with LA based labels TDE and Odd Future, to find his sound and make the best music possible. Since then, we’ve got Macadelic, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Faces and countless EPs, beat tapes and one-off projects.

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Gangsta Rap in 2014 : “I been selling crack since like the 5th grade”

BY WILL LAMPLEY

Courtesy of YouTube
Courtesy of YouTube

Hip-Hop is a young man’s game, but as the pioneers of Gangsta Rap have became film stars and headphone moguls, the subgenre faded off into the distance, making way for the shiny suit era (post-Biggie Bad Boy), middle class rap (Kanye West, Childish Gambino), and emotional rap (Drake, Lil B).

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2012 XXL Freshman List: Where Are They Now?

BY WILL LAMPLEY

2012-xxl-freshman-mixtape-front-cover

Yearly, hip-hop magazine XXL does a freshman cover, showcasing nearly a dozen rising stars. Sometimes, these lists are underwhelming, leaving obvious choices out (Drake, Young Thug, Tyler, the Creator, A$AP Rocky, etc) but sometimes they can also be packed with to-be stars (2011’s issue).

Now that a couple years have passed, it would definitely be interesting to observe how well some of 2012’s freshman have fared, because frankly, the gap between superstars and unknowns is huge.

Let’s begin.

Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Future

The autotune crooner was already known by the time this cover was released and he’s done well for himself. While his record sales are mundane for someone at his status, his singles are still popular. Future Vandross has went completely left from his original trap persona to dive into writing for R&B artists and defying the odds, as most wrote him off to be a one hit wonder since his hit ‘Tony Montana’.

Kid Ink

Back in 2012, to the general public, this guy was just a Chris Brown look-a-like with an overly simple rap name/aesthetic. But to the mixtape circuit, he was moving around and grinding heavy. The grind finally paid off once he scored two Chris Brown features and DJ Mustard produced hits. The sad thing is he’s only known for singles.

Danny Brown

Detroit MC Danny Brown was known by 2012 but he’s only worked harder since the cover has passed, dropping a critically acclaimed album, opening for Eminem and touring worldwide. He has no plans of stopping and is fully satisfied with sacrificing radio spins for quality music.

French Montana

French’s album flopped. But he didn’t let that stop him, he instead continued to release hits as well as linking with Khloe Kardashian the goddess, solidifying his pop culture relevancy. Let’s see how he responds to the break-up.

Macklemore

Who would’ve thought? The seemingly random white rapper Macklemore, independent, corny and somewhat conscious, went on to release his Grammy award winning album in late 2012 and ran 2013 as the biggest pop artist. I still don’t get it.

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