After announced the supporting acts on her upcoming North American leg of The Pinkprint Tour, today we have the dates and locations for Nicki Minaj’s summer tour with Meek Mill, Rae Sremmurd, Tinashe and Dej Loaf. The North American tour will kick off July 17th in Dallas and will wrap up the next month in Canada. Tickets go on sale March 19th and 20th here, and you can check out the dates below.
Big Sean may not “f*ck with you” but he certainly f*cks with a “G.O.O.D.” live performance as he just got off stage for a sold out crowd at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, CA. If Big Sean wasn’t enough, to make things even more special for his Los Angeles performance, which was streamed online by Yahoo! Live, Big Sean brought out a number of guests and guest performers including Kanye West, J. Cole, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, YG, Chris Brown, Ty Dolla $ign, Tyga, Kylie Jenner, Justin Bieber and DJ Mustard.
Watch Meek Mill’s new video for his Big Sean and A$AP Ferg collaboration titled ‘B-Boy’. This song and video were both recorded last year, but today we finally have the track and video (which was randomly uploaded and virtually unseen on Vimeo). Also be sure to watch out for Big Sean’s upcoming album Dark Sky Paradise, available next month! Stream the unreleased track and video below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
After Meek Mill was sentenced to serve up to six month in county jail because of terms of his probation, a county judge says Meek will not be released “until at least September.” Hope your summer is going better than Meek Mills’.