2017 was a lot. Everybody did a collaboration album and not many of them had replay value, Migos owned the early part of the year and Offset handed the game to his fiance Cardi B who ran with it to the finish line and every week seven albums dropped, which made it hard to keep up with what was the must listen at the time. But guess what, somehow we heard it all. Aside from “Bartier Cardi” who dominated the headlines? Jay-Z released a cheating manifesto and taught us about financial responsibility all at the same time, Kendrick Lamar did
With the first half of 2017 being in the books, we’ve had some of our current heavy hitters not only in music but in hip hop drop some pretty good albums this year. I love all kinds of music but hip hop and sports are like hand in hand. Every ball player wants to rap and every rapper wanted to play ball at some point. The thing that makes them synonymous is the spirit of competition. I want to not only be better than you I want to dominate the art form. Some of the best projects come from a
This past weekend the Broccoli City and Rolling Loud festivals ushered in Festival Season and provided a glimpse of the warm weather and good sounds that will be a part of the forthcoming months. Eyes are set on grand occasions like Lollapalooza and Hot 97 Summer Jam but for those who don’t like outdoors and crowds, arena concerts are heading to your city. 2016 served as the showcase for a number of dazzling tours such as The Bad Boy Family Reunion tour and the Drake and Future tag team of the Summer Sixteen tour. The Freebandz Gang leader will be
Can a non-rapper be the rap MVP of the summer? If not, we need to change the unwritten rules because with DJ Khaled there is a strong argument to be made. The Snapchat King has for years put together compilation albums that enlists top tier hip-hop talent on dream posse cuts. That recipe for creating is no different with his new album Major Key, however, this may be the strongest batch of ingredients that he has had to date. When you take a glance at the playlist there is a collection of your favorite rappers, some amazing newcomers and singers
The 2016 edition of The BET Awards has been one of the best shows in the history of the program. Hosted by Black-ish co-stars Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson the night celebrating black excellence across various entertainment and social mediums was equipped with must see performances from some of your favorite artists. Billed for the evening were Bryson Tiller, Future, Desiigner, Alicia Keys and an amazing Tribute to Prince featuring some legendary names, however, it may be those who were unannounced to rock the core of the show. Check out which performances set Twitter ablaze on the following page.
As the LEMONADE HBO special drew to a close with Beyoncé standing in front of a crowd of gorgeous black women belting out another new song, my ears perked. When the arrival of the Just Blaze instrumental crashed into the short film’s production my head nodded. When I realized the faint voice I heard in the transition to the final song was that of Kendrick Lamar, I knew whatever played was a problem, amazing and I needed to get my TIDAL app open immediately to experience it in full. That song turned out to be “Freedom.” The Just-produced Bey and K Dot tag team
It’s April 20th, a weed smoker’s paradise. The annual stoner day has returned and with weed being legal in numerous places across the country it very well could be the biggest one ever. But what if you are like me and don’t smoke at all? When 420 rolls around and people are getting ready to blow all day and then run to their favorite wing spot, I make my drive to the chicken full of all my tracks that would be played if I did get blazed. In this special edition of The Seven check out a set of tracks