Rolling Loud Brings the Party to the Big Apple 

If you’re a fan of hip-hop or music festivals then you’ve heard about Rolling Loud. The three-day music festival is now in its 7th year, and it has quickly become one of the biggest live music events around. Rolling Loud is easily considered as the premier hip-hop festival in the United States and around the world.

Rolling Loud is known for its diverse lineup, which showcases some of music’s most popular artists as well as artists on the come up. Past performers have included Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott and so many others. 

The renowned festival that started with one concert in Miami back in 2015, now takes place several times a year in multiple major cities around the world such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. RL made its return to New York City this weekend. Jam packed with electrifying performances across three stages, this year’s NYC lineup was of course impressive.

Day 1 Vibes

First day of Rolling Loud New York 2022 was full of epic moments, from electrifying performances to surprise appearances. Before headliner Nicki Minaj took to the stage, attendees as well as fans watching from home via RL’s stream were treated to several turnt up performances.

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An early highlight came when Lil Tjay brought his New York energy to a stage for the first time in months. The face of drill music Fivio Foreign kept the momentum going. He performed his bangers and had drill music’s current it-girl, Ice Spice pop out. Lil Uzi Vert made several appearances on day-one. He ran down his biggest hits during his solo set and then came through during Nicki and Chief Keef’s set.

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Kanye West surprised the RL crowd with a sighting during  Playboi Carti’s show time. The two performed their Donda collaboration, “Off The Grid” while rocking all black and Yeezy gear. Quen Nicki closed out the show with a setlist of fan-favorites. Her performance covered her decade-plus long career. Her Barbz gang was in full effect rapping along to just about every lyric.

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Day 3 Vibes

Super Future was ready to tear the stage down for the final night of Rolling Loud New York 2022, but mother nature wasn’t on his side. The superstar rapper was only a few songs into his set when the weather became unbearable. Before the show was shut down due to the bad rain storm, the artist who just sold his publishing for a whole lot of money, performed several anthems from his catalog, including the A$AP Ferg single. “New Level” and his solo hit “Stick Talk.” Right before attendees were forced to leave for safety reasons Offset came through and did a couple of his biggest records.

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The boogie down Bronx was in the house as Terror Squad’s Fat Joe and Remy Ma through it back to their mid-2000s bangers. Hometown heroes such as Dream Doll, J.I., Benny The Butcher and Shawny Binladen put on for the state of New York.

Big Drako aka Soulja Boy also brought the throwback vibes with his timeless hits. Pusha T, who released an album of the year contender earlier this year, Curren$y, Benny The Butcher, Dej Loaf, Yvngxchris and others also showed out.


Future Joins A Growing List of Artists Selling their Publishing Catalog and Masters

Earlier this week, it was announced that platinum-selling artist Future had sold his publishing catalog for a whopping amount of money. The music-rights company, Influence Media Partners scooped up Future’s catalog for a reported eight-figures. The catalog, which includes solo songs like “Mask Off”, as well as collabs with Drake ( “Life Is Good” and “Jumpman”), Kendrick Lamar, “Selfish” with Rihanna, The Weeknd and others features more than 600 songs that were released between 2004 and 2020. 

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Although the amount may seem huge, it really isn’t all that surprising when you consider Future’s track record. He’s been one of the most prolific and successful artists of the last decade. Future’s most recent album, I Never Liked You which dropped this year and doesn’t count towards the 600+ songs he sold off the rights to— debuted at No. 1 and features the No. 1 hit, “Wait For You.”

What is a Publishing Catalog?

Just what is a publishing catalog, you wonder? According to Songtrust, it’s a collection of works controlled by a songwriter or publisher. When an artist or songwriter sells their publishing catalog, they’re essentially selling the rights to the songs they’ve created. This is a big deal, as the catalog owner controls the publishing rights and the ability to exploit the songs commercially with things like sync licenses. 

With the rise in popularity of music streaming services, owning publishing rights is probably more important than ever. While some may question whether or not Future could have gotten more money, it’s clear as day that his publishing catalog is really, really valuable. This move comes as a surprise to some but not all, since it’s a part of a larger trend. Not only have some of the most well-known artists in the world sold their publishing catalog, but also songwriters and producers have sold the rights to theirs and their masters also.  

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The news of Future’s cash out broke just days after rumor circulated that Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) was looking to sell off his publishing for about $175 million. Kanye later shut those rumors down and the most Ye way. While artists like Ye, his big brother Jay-Z and Taylor Swift have fought for ownership of their music many artists are deciding to sell off all or portions of their lucrative body of works.  

Bling Bling! Lil Wayne once rapped “I made a 100 million dollars flat.” That statement runs truer than ever nowadays. The rap G.O.A.T. brought in big bucks in 2020 after selling his extensive catalog of songs (as well as the rights to much of his Young Money roster’s music) to Universal Music Group. The price tag attached to the transaction of epic portions was reportedly $100 million. Around the same time, Universal Music Group also acquired Bob Dylan’s collection of about 600 songs for a sum of $300 million

When international megastar Shakira decided to unload her extensive catalog, featuring almost 150 songs, she made a deal with Hipgnosis Songs Fund Ltd, another power player in the music rights space. The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer reportedly sold it off for an undisclosed amount. Justin Timberlake did the same thing earlier this year, selling his publishing rights to Hipgnosis Songs, which also has the rights to songs written by iconic writers and producers such as Benny Blanco, L.A. Reid, Timbaland, Mark Ronson, The Dream and many, many others.  

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Canadian music rights management firm, Kilometre Music Group purchased superproducer Murda Beatz and platinum singer Bryson Tiller song catalogs. The announcement was made in the earlier half of 2022. According to the LA Times, John Legend “sold the copyrights as well as the rights to receive royalties from music he wrote from late 2004 through early last year” to KKR & Co. and BMG.

There are just some of the musicians and songwriters who have recently sold their publishing catalogs. And the list continues to grow.


The Five Ways Bill Russell Changed Basketball Forever

On Sunday afternoon (July 31st), the family of Bill Russell announced his passing at 88 years old. Alongside his reputation as undoubtedly the greatest winner in all American team sports, Russell’s legacy is amplified by his various on and off-the-court accomplishments- the only difference being that they happened during or after his playing days. But their impact? Still immensely powerful.

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There’s a historical fact and context instilled in every conversation about Russell’s 11 NBA championships (the most in league history). To win despite living in more than challenging times was unprecedented– the Civil Rights movement, Jim Crow laws, this country remaining in war– but Russell never shied away from helping the people and doing what he felt was right.

As generations come and go, basketball fans’ relationship with the legendary Boston Celtic has changed. Some fans will never forget Russell as a player, but others only know of him because the NBA Finals MVP award got named in his honor. Or maybe you saw him smiling widely at a game or still taking a stand for a cause in his 80s. But no matter your connection to Russell, there’s one familiar feeling: Respect.

Here are five ways the late Bill Russell greatly impacted basketball.

Russell and the Celtics rewrote the standard for winning in the NBA

When Russell entered the NBA, the league was only 11 years old and had just experienced its first taste of winning by George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers (five championships). But that was a prelude compared to what Russell and the Boston Celtics would accomplish.

By winning 11 championships in the following 13 seasons, Russell and the Celtics permanently rewrote what it meant to succeed in the NBA. Until now, no other team has won that many titles in that long of a stretch.

Blocking and rebounding were revolutionized by Russell

While Russell technically isn’t the inventor of rebounding and shot-blocking, he’s gathered much credit for popularizing and effectively doing those acts. Back when the general thought was “a good defender never left their feet,” Russell’s blocks and rebounds often kick-started the Celtics’ high-octane offense.

On the all-time rebounding list, Russell is second with 21,620. And despite his blocks not being recorded because the league didn’t begin tracking that and steals until 1973, Russell reportedly averaged at least six blocks per game.

Russell is one of five NBA players to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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As much respect people have for Bill Russell, the player, there’s arguably more for Bill Russell, the man. Even dating back to his playing days, Russell was vocal and active in helping out Black and Brown communities across the United States, protested alongside them, and studied his African heritage during the offseason.

Such efforts remained the lifeline of his existence, culminating in an extremely special moment in 2011 when President Barack Obama rewarded Russell with the Presidential Medal of Freedom– the highest honor any U.S. citizen could receive.

“And I hope that one day, in the streets of Boston, children will look up at a statue built not only to Bill Russell, the player, but Bill Russell, the man,” President Obama said about Russell at the ceremony.

Russell was the first Black man to become a head coach in league history

As previously mentioned, a historical fact and context are always instilled in any Russell-related conversation. While still a few years from retiring, Russell was named the new head coach of the Boston Celtics in 1966 after the legendary Red Auerbach retired before the following season.

Russell not only thrived in his new role— he won two titles as a player/coach– but he was the first Black head coach in league history.

New generations of hoopers were embraced by Russell
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Among all his fellow legends, Bill Russell ranks high in terms of avidly supporting the NBA’s upcoming talents. It became common to watch him give the Finals MVP award, named in his honor, to the winning recipient and show support to the league’s biggest stars by exchanging hugs and thoughtful advice.

When it came to “paying it forward,” fewer did it better than him, and we should be inspired to follow in Russell’s footsteps.


10 Metro Boomin Projects, Ranked

To a degree, hip-hop as we know it wouldn’t exist without Metro Boomin. Born Leyland Wayne, Metro Boomin has been one of the most prolific and influential producers of the last decade. He has produced top 10 hits for Drake (“Knife Talk”), The Weeknd (“Heartless”), Migos (“Bad and Boujee”) and other superstars. According to Lil Durk, he and Metro are currently cooking up a collaborative project. Metro Boomin projects are studded with so many precious metals it would make even the most experienced gemologist blush: 1 diamond single, over 30 platinum songs, another few dozen gold records. Here’s the official, inarguable ranking of the 10 best Metro Boomin projects. 

10. Double Or Nothing
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Big Sean is an easy target; he once rapped “I’m Quagmire, I fuck hoes/My cashflow I ‘giggity-get’ it” without a hint of irony. And part of the reason it’s so easy is that a lot of it is also true. While Big Sean has evolved into a more thoughtful and effective artist, Double or Nothing finds him in a weird half space between the artist he was (the musical equivalent of that time Hillary Clinton was just chillin’ in Cedar Rapids) and the artist he would become (an above-average rapper). Here, vagina jokes run aground on Rosa Parks analogies run around on 69 jokes run aground on Colin Kaepernick takes. It’s a weird hodgepodge of juvenilia and half-baked social commentary that not even Metro’s beats can fully salvage. 

9. Perfect Timing
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I mean, there’s nothing wrong with it. Like all Nav projects, Perfect Timing just kind of exists; it sounds nice—the beats are expansive and moody, Nav is capable of twirling out a few earwormy-y melodies, the guest list is star-studded—but you never leave a Nav project hungry for more Nav. In this sense, it’s musical fast fashion, something adequate and satisfying but ultimately disposable. Nav’s greatest strength as a rapper is his ability to match his collaborator’s energy, yet he’s surprisingly inert on Perfect Timing, in large part because Metro Boomin doesn’t provide him with the most exciting backdrop. Ultimately, it’s a project that indulges both of their less good impulses—NAV is all too happy to settle into the low-gear groove that Metro creates for him. In the end, Perfect Timing is enjoyable without being memorable.  

8. Not All Heroes Wear Capes
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When Not All Heroes Wear Capes hits, it really hits. Unsurprisingly, the best tracks come from his most frequent collaborators—21 Savage menacingly whispers his way through “Don’t Come Out the House” and is uncharacteristically excitable on “10 Freaky Girls;” Gunna glides through “Space Cadet;” Travis Scott and Young Thug turn the studio space on “Up to Something” into their personal Dreamatorium. The rest of the album, however, is plagued by ponderous songs and gratuitous experiments. Forays into of-the-moment reggaeton and afrobeat sounds are clunky and unnatural; tracks like “Dreamcatcher” and “Lesbian” are so narcotized they border on narcoleptic. As is typical for this kind of producer album, NAHWC has some astounding highs but is padded out by lots of filler. 

7. Droptopwop
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Released on the one-year anniversary of his 2016 release from prison, Droptopwop is a triumphant victory lap from one of hip hop’s most beloved elder statesmen. Even if it’s not quite up to the standard of Gucci’s best work, it’s a fun little joyride. Just try not to smile when Gucci tries his hand at Offset’s hypnotic triplets-flow on “Met Gala” or when he calls himself a “conniver, a miser, a plug despiser” on “Finesse the Plug Interlude.”

6. What A Time To Be Alive
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Ever since it dropped in 2015, Drake and Future’s collaborative mixtape has had high school basketball layup lines in a headlock. Overall, this is a fairly one-note project, it’s just that that one note happens to bang. Obviously “Jumpman” is the enduring hit but slightly deeper cuts like “Diamonds Dancing” and “Scholarship” offer even greater rewards; Drake’s flow switch in his “Scholarship” verse is just about as good as any other micro-moment in his career.  

5. Savage Mode 2
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Whereas the original Savage Mode was a punishing, spartan experience, Metro Boomin and 21 Savage pull out all the stops for their legendary mixtape’s sequel. On Savage Mode 2, the whole enterprise feels luxer—the beats click along at a more head-nod-able pace, the sample budget is fat enough to accomodate interpolating 50 Cent’s “Many Men,” Drake shows up. Perhaps the single biggest flex, though, is that Morgan Freeman narrates the project, which adds depth to the expanding 21 Savage-Metro Boomin universe. 

4. Purple Reign
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Released in early 2016, Purple Reign capped an 18 month stretch where Future became the best rapper alive. The full breadth of Future’s powers are on display—“All Right” and “Salute” are bitter, curdled bangers; “Perkys Calling” and “Purple Reign” are two of the tenderest songs of Future’s career, laying the foundation for his balladeer turn on HNDRXX.  Although it doesn’t quite measure up to DS2 or Monster (more on this later), Purple Reign has more great songs than most rappers have in their whole career.

3. Without Warning
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A surprise drop on Halloween 2017, Without Warning enlists Offset and 21 Savage to tell horror stories. With Metro supplying eerie, menacing production, Offset and 21 unspool tales of violence and gunplay with unsettling casualness. Although the tape didn’t spawn any radio hits (“Ric Flair Drip” is probably the closest thing to one), there’s a thrilling cohesiveness to the project as all three of its principals work in concert. 

2. Savage Mode
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From the moment he rose to prominence in 2014, Metro Boomin has been one of the best producers in hip hop. The Savage Mode, though, established him as an artist beyond merely being a beat-maker. Across its nine songs and 32 minutes, there’s not a single extraneous bar or drum kick. The beats are lean to the point of brutalism and the lyrics are bleak to the point of nihilism. The first album with Metro listed as an artist rather than just as a producer, Savage Mode is evidence of the clarity of purpose that’s fueled his greatness. 

1. Monster
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One of the very Metro Boomin projects, if not one of the very best mixtapes at large. If you don’t understand why, go listen to “Throw Away” and “Codeine Crazy until you do. 


What’s Next For Devin Booker and Nike?

Even though Devin Booker’s season didn’t end the way he wanted, his offseason has gotten off to a great start. Just minutes after free agency started nearly two weeks ago, the Phoenix Suns All-Star signed a super-max extension worth $224 million. Then he was named the cover athlete of the NBA2K23 video game. And now? Booker has signed another new extension– this time with sneaker giant Nike.

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Having been signed to the ‘Swoosh’ since arriving in the NBA seven years ago, Booker has proven to be a successful investment. Despite what some fans say about him, Booker is well-liked and accomplished–a high-level player who is clutch, hasn’t abandoned his team yet, and is racking up endorsements at the same rate as All-Star (three times) and All-NBA team appearances (Just made his first one this year).

So when considering that and the details of Booker’s latest extension, which is rumored to be six years long, the question is, what’s next for Booker and Nike? Suppose you were to go off the company’s current handlings of their NBA stars (Think LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, for example). Would these following options be the most realistic?

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Nike makes D-Book their go-to player to wear new signature sneakers

Similar to what Jordan Brand recently did with Jayson Tatum and the Air Jordan 36, Nike can make Booker their go-to player/litmus test to unveil new signature sneakers.

In his case, it makes too much sense for Booker to be the player revealing new color aways of the late Kobe Bryant’s sneaker line, given their relationship and similarities in playing style.

Does Booker receives his own shoe and collection?

While this option is closer to unlikely than likely, given his lack of a championship, I wouldn’t rule it out– even if he doesn’t win one within the next few years. Like any other shoe company, Nike is looking to build its following line of superstars, especially with LeBron James and Kevin Durant nearing the end of their careers.

A signature shoe and collection is never out of the question as long as D-Book continues playing at a high level.

Nothing changes (for now)

This option only exists because it could very well be the case. Nike doesn’t have to elevate Booker’s stature within the company. Not with LeBron and KD being their long-time acts, Antetokounmpo’s line getting pushed following his 2021 championship run, and Kobe’s on-court legacy properly preserved through his collection.

It’s going to be a lot of fun watching these two sides continue their relationship! Congratulations to Devin Booker once again.


15 of Our Favorite Met Gala-Inspired Rap Lyrics

It’s that time of year again. It’s the first Monday in May, which means the Met Gala is once again upon us. This year the hotly anticipated gala officially returns to its normally scheduled programming. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the annual event, also known as the Costume Institute Gala, was placed on hold in 2020, while last year’s downsized version took place in September during New York Fashion Week.

The Met’s 2022 theme is In America: An Anthology of Fashion. It’s the second half of the Costume Institute’s two-part exhibition dedicated to American fashion, which began with 2021’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion. For this year’s Met festivities, Hollywood A-Listers Regina King, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are holding down the co-hosting duties.

The Met Gala raises funds that benefit programs and exhibitions sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. It also gives celebs a reason to pop out in some of the most unique and eye-catching outfits. With nicknames like the Super Bowl of fashion and fashion’s biggest night out, the Met Gala is arguably the biggest night in fashion. Famous faces from all walks of entertainment come together in celebration of the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s yearly fashion exhibition. It’s a big deal not only for the fashion world, but for the world of hip-hop as well.

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Nowadays, hip-hop heavyweights are permanent fixtures on the Met’s red carpet and at the after-party. The likes of Ye, Megan Thee Stallion, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Cardi B, A$AP Rocky, Diddy, Migos, JAY-Z and many, many others have made their presence felt at the Met Gala. So it should come as no surprise that the Met Gala has been the subject of quite a few rap songs and lyrics. The star-studded affair has inspired some dope bars, as well as some not-so-dope lyrics. The gala has been mentioned by rap stars who have attended and popular artists who haven’t been lucky enough to strut their stuff at the event. In honor of the 2022 Met Gala, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite Met Gala raps.

“I was that n*gga locked up in the cell and they treated me like I was normal/Thankin’ the Lord for them blessings I just left the Met Gala dressin’ up formal.” -Offset on Gucci Mane’s “Met Gala” (2017)
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“It’s easy to slip, don’t want you to fall/Walk in with the drip, that Met Gala Ball” — Gunna on “Met Gala” (2020)
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“You can’t even get on my guest list/They want me to go to the Met Gala/I want a Percocet and a gallon/That Actavis, Hi-Tech it don’t matter” — Future on Drake’s “Grammys” (2016)
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“Met Gala, 42/but I fuck ’em like I’m 22/Macking and hanging that’s all I do” — Nas on The Weeknd’s “Tell your Friends (Met Gala Remix)”
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“Attitude, gotta holla/She caught me slippin’, dressin’ like the Met Gala” — 24hrs & PnB Rock on “Met Gala” (2018)
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“I had to give her a new nickname/Designer call us Met Gala Gang” — Quavo on“Champagne Rose” (2018)
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“Watch how I drip when I hit that Met Gala/Codeine I sip with my lip, don’t get splattered” — Gunna on “Drip Or Drown [Remix]” (2018)
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“Saint Laurent boots on Gucci saddles, Met Gala/ dab capital, abracadabra” — Quavo on Migos’ “Too Hotty” (2017)
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“I’m a great example, great sex haver/In-shape for the Met Gala” — Kevin Gates on “Kung Fu” (2018)
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“Red bottoms on, I’m at Met Gala” — Young Thug on “Daddy’s Birthday” (2017)
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“They was losin’ they mind when I hit the Met Gala/Tail so long, it dragged 30 minutes after” — Cardi B on “Bet It” (2021)
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“Spend a quarter million on a coupe, guess what?/MET Gala, hunnid for the suit, bless us” — Rick Ross on Russ’ “Guess What” (2020)
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“A vet stylin’ in Met Gala/tuna salad from La Scala” — Nas on “White Label” (2018)
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“I brought a Hollywood bitch to Club Crucial/I was at the Met Gala with my shooter” — 21 Savage on “Runnin’” (2020)
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“I missed the Met Gala, eatin’ linguine with the best scallops/I knew we was the best before I met Khaled” — Dave East on “Bad Boy On Death Row” (2016)
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DJ Khaled and Drake’s Top Collaborations, Ranked

DJ Khaled is a multifaceted entertainer. He’s a DJ’s, a producer, a record executive, an undisputed hitmaker, he’s groomed platinum artists and is amazing at promoting the hell out of stuff he’s attached to. The Grammy Award winner also has a knack for collaborating with Drake. The We The Best mogul has been telling us that he’s the best for a minute now. So it’s only right that he teams up with the crème de la crème. The duo have been linking up for more than a decade and it seems like they have more music on the way.

Khaled, who recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, teased an upcoming track with Drizzy. In a video posted to his Instagram story, Khaled can be heard saying, “They didn’t believe in us. Drake did.” The social clip was accompanied by a caption that read, “#DRAKEDID ! Vocals been in !!!! ALBUM MODE !”

Khaled’s last album, Khaled Khaled dropped in 2021. Led by two solo Drake joints it became his third album to top the Billboard 200. While we wait to see what these two cook up next, let’s look back at DJ Khaled and Drake’s top collaborations from the past.

7. “Fed Up” – DJ Khaled featuring Usher, Drake, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross
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Released: 2009

Album: Victory

“Fed Up” was the first official link up between DJ Khaled and Drake. It’s probably also their most forgettable collaboration to date. Although this The Runners-produced track features an all-star cast it just didn’t hit like their follow ups.

6. “To the Max” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2017

Album: Grateful

DJ Khaled’s 2017 album, Grateful, featured a few huge records. Top 10 hits like “I’m the One,” “Wild Thoughts” and “Shining” overshadowed every other song featured on the album, even the Drake song, “To the Max.” One of the least successful collabs between the dynamic duo, “To the Max” only peaked at 53 on the Billboard Hot 100. The experimental track is still a banger however.

5. “Greece” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2020

Album: Khaled Khaled

“Greece” was first heard when it leaked along with a bunch of other Drake tracks in 2020. The platinum single was an international hit. It charted in the top 10 in several countries, including the US, Canada, New Zealand and Belgium, topping the singles chart in Greece. A dope record, “Greece” just doesn’t compete with Khaled and Drizzy’s best joints.

4. “Popstar” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2020

Album: Khaled Khaled

Ever so often Drake really goes off on a track, and “Popstar” definitely falls into that category. 6 God with his spicy flow and boastful lyrics floats over the production crafted by one of his go-to producers, OZ. Popstar Justin Bieber stars in the music video that was just as entertaining as the song, which is certified 3x platinum.

3. “For Free” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake
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Released: 2016

Album: Major Key

Both DJ Khaled and Drake were on top of the world in 2016. Drizzy dropped one of his biggest albums, VIEWS and Khaled had a career resurgence off the strength of him being him. The two joined forces for the first single to Khaled’s ninth album, Major Key. “For Free” samples and references several cult classics, including Too Short’s “Blow the Whistle,” Akinyele’s “Fuck Me For Free” and Kendrick Lamar’s “For Free? (Interlude).”

2. “No New Friends” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
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Released: 2013

Album: Suffering from Success

Gang, gang, gang! “No New Friends” was an ode to all of the day-ones out there. The song was initially a remix to Drake’s “Started From The Bottom” and featured contributions from Future. Produced by Boi-1da, Vinylz and Noah “40” Shebib, the final version of No New Friends” became Khaled’s sixth Top 40 hit.

1. “I’m on One” – DJ Khaled featuring Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
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Released: 2011

Album: We the Best Forever

 “I’m on One” helped set the tone for summer 2011. Drake, Ross and Wayne had three of the most anticipated albums at the time of this track’s release and it lived up to all of the hype that they built up. The Grammy nominated single peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Future’s Best Album, Ranked By Album Title

If you’re out of the loop for some reason, the Toxic King also known as Super Future, Fire Marshall Future, Future Hendrix, and Future Vandross has announced that his new album drops this Friday, April 29th.

The announcement that an album was coming this month was met with intrigue, but the announcement of the album’s title, I Never Liked You, saw fans rejoice. This type of pettiness is exactly what Future’s fanbase has come to expect from him in recent years and this album title and cover feels like him fully embracing it in a way he’d only done on social media previously.

To commemorate the event in a unique way, we had the idea to rank all of Future’s solo albums up to this point… purely by their title. Album titles can sometimes tell us a lot about the music packaged inside them and sometimes, time tells that the names don’t hold up at all.

9. HNDRXX (2017)

Alright… I called this man Future Hendrix in the introduction to somewhat acknowledge how many crazy nicknames he had, but it’s time to get serious. Future has said before that calling himself that is him “feeding off Jimi Hendrix and just what it represents to me as being different.” Being different is cool, but I still need a little more for you to justify essentially naming your album after arguably the greatest instrumentalist in Rock history.

Now of course, this album was the second part to FUTURE and they were released just a week apart. But the album title must be judged on its own merit and that’s why it ends up last here.

8. FUTURE (2017)

The aforementioned FUTURE. Self-titled albums are interesting in that artists often do theirs when they feel that they’re making their most introspective music, or the music that best defines them and their artistry. In a way, Future did exactly that here… just like he always does. The album kicks off with “Rent Money” where the Atlanta rapper brags “I just fucked a rapper bitch, I should diss you”, the type of line that’ll make you screw your face up. The entire album follows suit, with Future lacing hypnotic instrumentals with infectious melodies.

In terms of its music, the album is a little underrated, with cuts like “Feds Did A Sweep” being among Future’s best. But of course, we’re not interested in the music today, not primarily anyway. For its lack of creativity, but avoidance of unnecessarily drawing on the late great Jimi Hendrix, FUTURE narrowly avoids last place.

7. Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (2019)

The WIZRD was released in 2019 and follows the weird trend that HNDRXX started in leaving out vowels… but it doesn’t even do that properly. Surely the album title being The WZRD would make more sense. It’s not like there’s another word you could confuse “wzrd” for, but Future felt like he needed the I in for some reason.

“The Wizard” is a nickname Future’s late uncle gave him and when he went around wearing Pamela hats for a while, he did actually somewhat suit the aesthetic, so he gets points for that at least. The woods that he’s seemingly in on the trippy album cover also give off that vibe.

6. High Off Life (2020)

Released in May of 2020, this album was originally called Life Is Good, which would have of course meant the title track was the Drake-featured single. Perhaps with the pandemic going on though, Future or someone wise on his team decided this was not a smart move. We agree.

High Off Life serves the same purpose, but doesn’t speak to the hierarchy in the same way “life is good” might have. We’ve all felt high off life before and it’s all relative. For that, Future gets some points.

The album itself does feel like somewhat of a celebration, but not anymore than any Future album does.

5. Honest (2014)
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Released in 2013, this album came at an interesting time for Meathead. He was in a high-profile relationship with Ciara and many were accusing him of going Hollywood on us, leaving Atlanta in the rear-view.

Of course, we know how that all played out, but while he was in the moment, Future did need to address everything going on in a way that didn’t alienate his core fans. That’s when Honest dropped.

It’s a short and sweet title that’s kind of genius because it gives you a pass to do and say whatever you want for the duration of the album with the premise being that you’re just telling your truth. With some of the songs on there though, perhaps Unapologetic would have been a better fit.

4. EVOL (2016)

The contrast between “live” and “evil”, the latter being the former backwards and vice versa, is not a new concept at all. Miles Davis named his 1971 album Live-Evil and in 2012, on MTV’s ‘Hip Hop POV’ show, Lil Wayne even took the concept a step further and said that he had an album coming called Devol, “because that’s loved backwards.” So it’s clear that the concept isn’t entirely new, but with that being said, is there anyone that embodies the idea of love being evil more than Future?

My only wish, and maybe this is too much to ask, is that Future actually explored the concept of love being evil a little bit within the body of music itself. Instead, we got hard cuts like “Ain’t No Time” and “Wicked,” which are great, but could have appeared on literally any Future album in the past seven years.

3. DS2 (2015)
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Future’s 2011 mixtape Dirty Sprite was the first time that many were introduced to him and to this day, it is called a classic. Coming off of a classic mixtape run years later with Monster56 Nights and Beast Mode, Future bravely titled his next album DS2. He could really do no wrong during his trilogy of mixtapes, so turning the pressure up here was bold.

From top to bottom, it’s filled with lean raps and some of the best music of Future’s career. “Thought It Was A Drought” is a middle finger to critics of his cough syrup habit, “Groupies” is a middle finger to his old relationship and “Kno The Meaning” gets weirdly introspective by Future’s standards.

Had this album actually been called Dirty Sprite 2, as opposed to its abbreviated version, it might even take the top spot here. Go all the way with it! Of course, that name has implications that might not have sat well in label meetings and boardrooms, but it would have been the only way this album could have been improved. 

2. Pluto (2012)

Pluto is such an incredible album title that it’s also a nickname for Future and years down the line, Lil Uzi Vert decided to call himself Baby Pluto. That kind of impact can’t be overstated and for the ATL rapper to do that with his debut album is special.

With his 2012 album, Future really did introduce the planet to his own world, so the name couldn’t have been more fitting. If Pluto isn’t going to get love as a planet from us, at least Future’s holding it down.

1. I Never Liked You (2022)

Just last night, Future set social media ablaze when he revealed the artwork and title of his new album. I Never Liked You got a rise out of everybody online, because it feels like Future is very self-aware about what he adds to hip-hop culture and what people want from him. “I never liked you”, just as a sentence, has so many connotations and all of them feel like Future.

Admittedly, it’s a trait of Future’s that no-one wants to see in their partners, friends or family, but that’s not what Future is. He represents that side of us that we’re all a little ashamed to let out and know isn’t right.

The album cover got just as many laughs from people. It’s taken from a GQ shoot that was released earlier in the week and sees the rapper wearing about $60k worth of clothes and jewelery, without the Chrome Hearts ring on his left hand even being listed.

Of course, what the music is like remains to be seen, but if the past ten years are anything to go by, this one will have some problematic anthems on it.


Pusha T, Megan Thee Stallion and More: Bops That Just Dropped

Every week a bunch of new projects, songs and snippets hit the airwaves and streaming platforms and it can be a tall task sorting through all of the noise. Luckily, ONE37pm is here to help keep you in tune with what should be on your radar.

It’s Almost Dry — Pusha T

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Pusha T has returned to flood the streets with his latest album, It’s Almost Dry. According to King Push, the album, produced entirely by Kanye West and Pharrell Williams, is his “most well-rounded body of work.” The 12-track project, which he previewed at his Cokechella listening party, features the singles  “Neck & Wrist”, “Diet Coke” and “Hear Me Clearly,” as well as collaborations with Kid Cudi, Don Toliver and Lil Uzi Vert. Can’t get enough Push? Don’t stress it. He could be coming to a city near you soon. His It’s Almost Dry Tour starts next month.

“Plan B” — Megan Thee Stallion

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“Ladies, love yourself, because this shit can get ugly,” raps Megan Thee Stallion on “Plan B,” her latest anthem for the ladies. Hot Girl Meg lets it be known that she ain’t playing with these goofy men on the track that samples the classic Wu-Tang Clan remix to  Jodeci’s “Freak’n You.” The hotly anticipated song was first previewed in front of thousands of people during Megan’s Coachella performance last week. 

“Hold That Heat” — Southside featuring Future and Travis Scott

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Super-producer Southside’s track record is full of hits. He’s been crafting beats for A-list artists for more than a decade. His most recent release is a collaboration of epic proportions. “Hold That Heat” features Future and Travis Scott. Southside’s signature sound mixed with Future and Travis’ signature flows is a recipe for an undeniable banger.

Southside isn’t the only platinum producer to drop new music this week. Tay Keith, Sonny Digital and the Internet Money crew have also delivered some new tunes. This week also sees the release of some heat from Erica Banks, Blxst, Dream Doll, Fredo Bang, Rico Nasty, NLE Choppa, BRS Kash and others. Tap in with our new weekly playlist below and don’t forget to come back next Friday and every Friday after that for a round up of the best of what’s new in music.

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19 Rap Songs that Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100

TikTok does it again! The popular social networking platform has helped catapult another song to the top of the Billboard charts. After a snippet of Jack Harlow’s latest single, “First Class” trended on TikTok, the full version upon its official release (April 8th) debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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The second single from his upcoming album, Come Home the Kids Miss You has been making noise outside of Tiktok also. With more than 10.6 million streams in the first 24 hours of its release, the single that samples Fergie’s Ludacris-assisted No. 1 hit “Glamorous” had one of the biggest single-day streams of the year on Spotify’s global chart. Currently the fastest selling single of 2022, the Louisville, Kentucky native’s latest hit moved more than 420,000 units in its opening week.

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In the history of the Billboard Hot 100, there have been 17 hip-hop songs that have debuted on top of the chart. These songs represent some of the biggest hits in hip-hop history. This significant achievement is a testament to not only how dope the songs are, but also the popularity of the artists (and producers) and behind them. Once a rare feat, debuting in the top spot has become more and more frequent over the last few years. There were 10 songs released since 2017 alone that spent their first week on Billboard’s singles chart in the No. 1 position. Drake has dropped several first-week-chart-toppers and so has Travis Scott. Here’s a look at all of the hip-hop hits that have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“Jimmy Cooks” by Drake featuring 21 Savage

Debut Date: June 27, 2022

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  • “Wait For U” by Future featuring Drake & Tems

Debut Date: May 9, 2022

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Future landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the eight time with I Never Liked You. The album features tracks with Kanye West, Gunna and Young Thug. Pluto’s ninth album also features the Drake and Tems-assisted single, “Wait For U,” which also debuted in the top spot on the Billboard charts. The video for the song that topped the Billboard Hot 100 within seven days of its release racked up 5.7 million views in just four days.

  • “First Class” by Jack Harlow

Debut Date: April 18, 2022

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Jack Harlow has another smash hit on his hands. “First Class” is receiving love from all around the world. The song debuted at No. 1 in the US, as well as in New Zealand and Australia. It also debuted at No. 2 in several countries including the UK, Germany and Ireland.

  • “Way 2 Sexy” by Drake featuring Future and Young Thug

Debut Date: September 18, 2021

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The first official single from Drake’s Certified Lover Boy claimed the top spot on the Hot 100 after a massive streaming week “Way 2 Sexy” led the way on the single’s chart, while nine other CLB tracks occupied the top 10 slots on the chart, making Drizzy the first artist in history to do so. “Way 2 Sexy” became the 6 God’s ninth number-one and extended his reign as the rap star with the most No. 1 songs in history.

  • “Rapstar” by Polo G

Debut Date: April 24, 2021

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Polo G is leading the way as one of hip-hop’s next undisputed superstars. He further cemented his status in the game with “Rapstar,” his first Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper. With more than 77.7 million streams in its first seven days, the lead single to Polo’s first No. 1 album, Hall Of Fame, became an instant hit. 

  • “What’s Next” by Drake

Debut Date: March 20, 2021

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If in 2021, you wondered what was next for Drake, he had an answer for you: more hits! “What’s Next,” the lead single for his three-track, Scary Hours 2 ep, conquered the Hot 100 immediately after its release. While the high energy track landed at No. 1, the accompanying tracks “Wants and Needs,” featuring Lil Baby and the Rick Ross-assisted “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” occupied the No. 2 and 3 spots. Drake became the first artist ever to have three singles debut in the top three positions of the Hot 100.

  • “Franchise” by Travis Scott featuring Young Thug and MIA

Debut Date: Oct. 10, 2020

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Travis Scott has been a franchise player for a while. The Cactus Jack head honcho was assisted by all stars Young Thug and MIA for “Franchise,” his third number-one debut. The hit single was at the time supposed to be the lead single for Scott’s fifth solo album, Utopia. Scott is the only artist to have three songs debut at number-one in less than a year.

  • “WAP” by Cardi B featuring Megan Thee Stallion

Debut Date: Aug. 22, 2020

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What happens when two of the biggest female rappers of the moment come together? Well, when Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion connected for “WAP,” they almost broke the internet. Their bass heavy, sex-positive Balitimore club-inspired banger spent four week on top of the Billboard Hot 100. With the immediate success of “WAP,” Cardi became the first female rapper to chart a No. 1 in two decades. “WAP” was her fourth and Megan’s second chart-topping single.

  • “Trollz” by 6ix9ine & Nicki Minaj

Debut Date: June 27, 2020

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Controversy sells and the career of 6ix9ine has been proof. For his single, the infamous rapper linked up with Nicki Minaj for a third time. The combination of controversy and lots of hype resulted in the tandems’ track debuting at No. 1. The track only spent four weeks on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • “The Scotts” by Travis Scott & Kid Cudi

Debut Date: May 9, 2020

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The legend known as Kid Cudi made his first appearance on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “The Scott’s,” the 2020 collab between him and Travis Scott. Following the huge debut of the single produced by Take A Daytrip, Dot da Genius and Plain Pat, Scott became one of only six artists in history to have multiple songs debut at No. 1.

  • “Toosie Slide” by Drake

Debut Date: April 18, 2020

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“Toosie Slide” became Drake’s third number-one debut on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as his seventh chart-topping song. The song named after social influencer, Toosie was the lead single from Drizzy’s Dark Lane Demo Tapes mixtape.

  • “Highest In The Room” by Travis Scott

Debut Date: Oct. 19, 2019

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The 2019 single brought in 59 million streams in its first week and was remixed by Lil Baby and Latin star Rosalia.

  • “This Is America” by Childish Gambino

Debut Date: May 19, 2018

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“This Is America” was the 31st song to spend its opening week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was also Childish Gambino’s first chart-topping and top ten single. It went on to win four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap/Sung Performance, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Music Video. “This Is America” became the first rap song to take home the Grammy trophies for both Record and Song of the Year.

  • “Nice for What” by Drake

Debut Date: April 21, 2018

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An ode to the independent women out there, “Nice for What” contained a sample of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor,” as well as vocals from Big Freedia. Upon its debut, it replaced “God’s Plan” in the No. 1 spot, making Drake the first artist in history to replace one No.1 debut with another No.1 debut. The hit song held down the top spot on Billboard’s single charts for eight nonconsecutive weeks.

  • “God’s Plan” by Drake

Debut Date: February 3, 2018

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Drake seemingly had a plan when it came to his 2018 album Scorpion. That plan was to rule the charts. “God’s Plan” was the first of several Scorpion singles that topped the Billboard Hot 100. The Grammy Award-winning song broke first-day streaming records on Spotify, as well as on Apple Music and became the most streamed song of 2018 for both Spotify and Apple Music.

  • “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne

Debut Date: May 20, 2017

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DJ Khaled told us he had been grinding all his life. With “I’m The One,” the second single from his tenth album, Grateful, he finally reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song which has been streamed more than a billion times on Spotify also debuted in the top position on the UK Singles Chart.

  • “Not Afraid” by Eminem

Debut Date: May 22, 2010

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What hasn’t Eminem done? The megastar rapper broke several records through his lengthy career. His 2010 single was the first rap song in about 12 years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Boi-1da-co-produced track became Em’s second certified diamond single.

  • “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill

Debut Date: November 14, 1998

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One of the G.O.A.T. female rappers, Lauryn Hill shook up the game when she released her debut solo single, “Doo Wop (That Thing).” The lead single from her debut album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill became the first debut single to top the Hot 100 in its opening week. The two-time Grammy Award-winning song is also the first song by a female rapper to hit No. 1.

  • “I’ll Be Missing You” by Puff Daddy & Faith Evans Featuring 112

Debut Date: June 14, 1997

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The first rap song to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 was a tribute to the late and great Notorious B.I.G. “I’ll Be Missing You” featured Biggie’s wife Faith, as well as Bad Boy crooners 112. In the US, the single spent 11 weeks at No. 1, while it also landed in the top position in 15 countries around the world. To date, the Grammy Award-winning single is one of the top-selling songs of all time.