J. Cole Reflects On Tear-Jerking "Revenge of the Dreamers III" Session

As if it wasn’t already abundantly clear, J. Coie is seizing his probabilities in 2019 with an extremely formidable Dreamville compilation. Just this week, it was introduced that about 70 huge title contributors determine in J. Cole’s plans  Revenge the Dreamers III’s ultimate submission listing.

J. Cole and supervisor Ibrahim confirmed the presence Rick Ross, Wale, T.I., Vince Staples, Ok Camp, Ski Mask The Slump God, Reason, and Westside Gunn as contributing with vocal preparations. That listing would not even embody the Dreamville regulars already earmarked for the compilation with “reserved seating.” The listing producers submitted to ROTD III is nothing to scf at both; ChaseTheCash, T-Minus, Kenny Beats, Tay Keith, OG Parker, and Supah Mario being the early frontrunners, barring any surprises.

So sure, grounds for an emotional outbreak are readily obvious; this LP goes to be a BIG ONE. Just this morning, J. Cole saved his followers abreast Twitter by purporting verse he’d written in a single day had decreased him to tears. Within the identical line break, Cole then presses the historic weight Revenge the Dreamers III will carry when it lastly drops, a proclamation met with zero resistance on the social media entrance – by any means.

For what it is price, give us your ideas on his projections. Do you see Revenge the Dreamers III competing with the likes Rawkus: Soundbombing II, D.I.T.C (self-titled), Disturbing Tha Peace (self-titled), and Ryde or Die Vol. 1 & 2, for prime rank within the class “Best Label Compilation Album?”

The Weeknd, Boogie & Future Rep This Week's "FIRE EMOJI" Playlist

It’s taken the hip-hop institution a few week to get the wheels in movement. In the second week 2019, we have come to witness the sudden retirement a rapper with a reasonably respectable approval score. We noticed The Game drum up curiosity for his forthcoming LP by summoning Just Blaze and Dr. Dre to the manufacturing desk.

We additionally watched as J. Cole unraveled a scroll containing the 70 names related to the hotly-anticipated Dreamville compilation. But none them in a position to measure as much as Future, who for the second week straight, confirmed up holding “playable playing cards.”  This week, we Future stole our consideration with the 2nd single in as many weeks. “Jumping On A Jet” made the minimize on the up to date “FIRE EMOJI” playlist. But Future did not cease at that.

His newest single “Jumping On A Jet” was mailed to the press in a chunky knit-blanket. When unfolded, the package deal contained not solely a 7″ urgent as marketed however a mini-documentary in accompaniment. Otherwise, it was The Weeknd who made the best influence on the “FIRE EMOJI” playlist, by advantage the Twitterstorm that erupted consequently his visitor verse on Gesaffelstein’s “Lost within the Fire.” KXNG Crooked, Boogie, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Melii, Juice WRLD, and Gunna all adopted go well with with sturdy performances their very own. 

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J. Cole, Westside Gunn, & Benny Complete Griselda-Dreamville Alliance

As we communicate, J. Cole’s Dreamville group assembled some probably the most gifted names within the sport, united for a single goal: to craft Revenge Of The Dreamers three, a compilation album as a result of arrive later this 12 months. While the present roster will certainly be current and accounted for, a spread exterior artists and associates have been referred to as upon, becoming a member of the label in Atlanta; as now, over seventy artists and personalities have been issued invites. As it occurs, one such rapper was Griselda capo Westside Gunn, who made positive to deliver his affiliate Benny to the endeavor.

Gunn took to Instagram to share Cole and Benny, ensuring so as to add a hype-stoking caption. “I took this Picture for the CULTURE I informed Cole “u lookin at Top 5 lyricist within the Game,” he writes, endorsing the younger Griselda spitter with some hefty reward. “btw BENNY killed his Verse.” Though we suspected that Gunn could be getting a verse, it is excellent news to see that Benny might be given his time to shine; there is no phrase whether or not or not Conway got here by, however there’s little doubt that Griselda was represented to the fullest. 

This is not the primary time that Westside and Cole linked up. The pair beforehand linked for a flick again in August, maybe cultivating a friendship then and there. Look for extra protection from the Revenge Of The Dreamers periods to come back within the close to future. 

Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole Album Is Coming, Vows TDE DJ MackWop

Insar as unrequited hip-hop needs go, many followers maintain a Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole collaboration album in excessive regard. The undertaking has undergone varied standing updates, with rumor  its conception strengthening and waning with the lunar’ cycle’s consistency. Still, many select to stay optimistic, as each Kendrick, Cole, and their respective groups have remained open to the concept. Now, it could seem that TDE affiliate MackWop, who serves because the label’s tour DJ, has determined to take issues into his personal fingers.

Some time in the past, Wop uploaded a video titled “IM GONNA PUT OUT A NEW KENDRICK LAMAR & J-COLE RECORD IN 2019,” explaining that he is the one one succesful “facilitating these verses.” At across the twelve-minute mark, Wop explains that he will “be the n***a to place out the Okay.Dot J Cole data.” He continues, explaining that “everyone love MackWop.” 

“If we being sincere, I feel I’ll be the one to make it occur,” he explains. “They each my n***as, I am going get it achieved. So look ahead to that, 2019, we talking it into existence.” A number of days later, he uploaded a second video, offering an replace on the state of affairs; as January third, Wop had but to talk with any the events concerned, however stays hopeful that he can nonetheless make the method occur. Of course, it’s going to should be shortly to come back, as J. Cole could have his fingers full quarterbacking the upcoming Revenge Of The Dreamers three album.

In MackWop we belief!

J. Cole & Dreamville Announce "Revenge Of The Dreamers III"

On Sunday (January sixth), J. Cole and the Dreamville roster delivered on a bunch teasers that announce that impending arrival the Revenge Of the Dreamers III compilation undertaking.

“Your presence and participation is requested for the recording periods the upcoming compilation album ‘Revenge The Dreamers III,'” reads a poster-like invitation. According to the invitation, the recording periods are to happen in Atlanta starting Sunday, to final by means of January 16th.

Among those that have publicized their invite are Dreamville’s most interesting, together with Bas, Cozz, EarthGang, J.I.D, and Ari Lennox whereas the invite has additionally been prolonged to a handful others exterior the Dreamville scope together with latest TDE signee Reason, Boston-based producer Ricky Felix, and even executives comparable to Barry Hefner Since The 80s.

The final time we acquired a Revenge Of The Dreamers compilation was with the second version the collection in 2015 with vocals coming in from J. Cole, Bas, Cozz, Omen, Lute, and Ari Lennox. The effort went on to peak at No. 24. This time round, the trouble appears to be a way more concerted and calculated effort with a roster that is clearly grown since 2015.

Stay tuned for extra updates on ROTD3.

21 Savage & J. Cole's "A Lot" Chosen As First Single Off "I Am > I Was"

21 Savage had followers ready for the whole thing 2018 for his sophomore album. Issa did not essentially hit the mark for 21, however the subsequent visitor verses he dished out constructed the anticipation for what he had in retailer on I Am > I Was. The undertaking did not disappoint by any means. As against holding down the undertaking on his personal as he did on his debut album, he proved that he might maintain his personal amongst titans within the sport resembling J. Cole who appeared on the opening observe. After the quantity success the tune garnered, it appears to be like like it should function the lead single f the undertaking. 

21 Savage & J. Cole's "A Lot" Chosen As First Single Off "I Am > I Was"
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According to HHNM, 21 Savage has chosen the J. Cole-assisted, “A Lot” because the undertaking’s lead single. The tune will probably be serviced to radio stations throughout the nation early subsequent week. Hopefully, because of this the 2 will serve up some visuals for the tune.

The selection to make use of “A Lot” because the lead single comes shortly after it was revealed that 21 Savage changed J. Cole’s half with an extra third verse on the bodily copies. It’s uncertain if this will probably be fastened sooner or later or if 21 Savage’s third verse will keep on the CD’s. 

I Am > I Was is Savage’s most commercially profitable album to this point. The rapper’s sophomore album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 after transferring 130Ok within the first week. Expect to see extra from 21 Savage in 2019. 

21 Savage's CD Version Of "A Lot" Reportedly Does Not Feature J. Cole

The individuals who pre-ordered 21 Savage’si’m > i used to be within the days previous to its launch had been in for a shock when the CD model arrived. They weren’t handled to a bonus monitor or something that nature however one the primary options from the undertaking was truly eliminated. 

Fans have began to react to a 3rd 21 Savage verse on the track “loads,” which options J. Cole in its digital model. Cole’s portion the track is one the standouts your entire album, opening up the tracklist with a bang. Unfortunately (or thankfully relying on how you are feeling in regards to the North Carolina rapper), Cole’s verse was reportedly not added to the CD model i’m > i used to be.

According to some followers, a 3rd verse was recorded by 21 Savage, which is admittedly fairly good. A low-quality video the part was uploaded to  by one fan who ordered the bodily copy. It’s probably that since J. Cole recorded his verse simply earlier than the album dropped, the label did not have sufficient time to mass-produce CDs with the adjustments to the intro track. Regardless, the monitor continues to be fireplace.

Have a hearken to the CD model “loads” right here and tell us which is your favourite.

Drake Picks Up J. Cole In A Rolls-Royce Ghosty "No Casper"

J. Cole and Drizzy documented their reunion as an Instagram Story final evening. The final recorded historical past a get-together dates again to 2013, on the midway level to their Boyz 2 Men journey. Quite a bit has transpired prior to now 5 years, particularly for Drake; he’s arguably the most important business draw the rap recreation has seen thus far – or not less than on par with Jigga over a 5-year stretch. Whereas J. Cole put the sport on discover in 2018 with no intentions handing it again. Everyone has their lane I suppose.

With Drake again in Los Angeles after a family-oriented stint in his hometown, the 2 rappers made plans to hyperlink up, and hyperlink up they positive did. The video picks up with the OVO mogul giving us his Drake-like banter, with J. Cole to his proper within the passenger seat. Drake says, “Who would have thunk it, man?.. in a Ghosty, man, no Casper!” with Cole issuing adlib commentary within the background.

The meet-up has had the impact reminding hip-hop followers that expertise and perseverance go hand-in-hand, and what higher to show that, than in a conjoint method? If a J. Cole – Drake is being talked about behind closed doorways, please let it’s so.

Barack Obama's Favorite Songs Of 2018: Cardi B, Jay-Z, J. Cole, Khalid, & More

With 2018 coming to a detailed, we have appeared again in any respect the superb moments we have witnessed in hip-hop this 12 months. From the most inventive music movies to our favourite songs the whole 12 months, we have coated all of the bases. We’re not the one folks reminiscing on all the enjoyable we had in 2018 although. Barack Obama determined to do the identical factor, itemizing f some his favourite inventive achievements from the final 12 months. 

The Forever President shared his lists the very best films, books, and songs to have been launched in 2018 and whereas some picks are apparent, others are extra stunning. To know that Obama listened to your track and thought of it among the many finest the 12 months is kind of the accomplishment and we’re positive there might be loads celebrating tonight for the next artists.

Among Barack’s prime songs, he included tracks by The Carters, J. Cole, Khalid and Normani, H.E.R, Jay Rock, Chance the Rapper, Cardi B and extra. When it involves his favourite films from the 12 months, Black Panther, Roma, BlacKkKlansman, Annihilation, and extra made the listing. Of course, his favourite e book the 12 months belongs to his spouse, Michelle Obama. Shocker.

Check out the complete lists under and tell us the place you suppose he bought it proper.

21 Savage "I Am > I Was" Review

I Am > I Was clearly demonstrates a dreadful flawed flip within the studying 21 Savage’s perceived maladroitness as a lyricist. Prior to its unveiling, 21 Savage was pegged a personality belonging to the center ranks beneath the higher echelon, as a result of his vocal inflections being misconstrued as missing in ardour. What was then misunderstood to be a symptom inexperience is now gaining a way propriety all its personal. In some respects, 21 Savage turned a sufferer his success when he opted to say, “I ain’t actually know what it was gon’ be,” in relation to his then-career objectives.

I Am > I Was, because the title suggests, is a self-affirmation the unsolicited selection – akin to a politician taking the rostrum, solely to depend on rugged dignity as a determine advantage, as a substitute delving into superfluous language. 21 Savage has made a behavior out shortening the understated message  his music, as a means hitting again at “speak-up tradition,” and the adulterated filters that stand in his means.

From an inventive level view, 21 Savage traces his musical trajectory all the best way again to his Issa debut on his new challenge, with delicate inferences change undertaken with absolute management: the exploration a (barely) broader sound, and a newfound sense camaraderie with the invited friends on I Am > I Was, giving f the allusion his venturing out pocket when in fact, there isn’t a believable change to his insanity in any respect, solely slight enhancements throughout the board.

The rub towards his vocal inflections being inexpressive begins to put on f the deeper you plunge into I Am > I Was, nearly to the purpose fixing the damaged indicators that arose on his debut LP. To right these wrongs is to confess that 21 Savage was all the time in management even although his conflicting persona traits proceed to present us matches, particularly the honest climate followers taking over useful actual property.

I Am > I Was, as a complete train in itself, explains why 21 Savage was left open to misidentification within the first place: as a result of there was little in the best way a reference level drawing 21 Savage to different rappers from a historic perspective. As all the time, 21’s mournful repose is the epitome “mercy kill jobs” giving strategy to a numbing impact. When 21 Savage launches right into a sadistic chuckle, he does certainly move for a sociopath. But what makes his presumed sociopathy kind of palatable, and due to this fact much less harmful than conduct exhibited by a twisted demagogue like Donald Trump, is that he offers his viewers a wink and a nod between takes – so his viewers can relaxation comfortably.

On “alot,” 21 Savage would not mitigate his ruthless disposition for nobody, a lot much less a rapper as earnest as J. Cole – nor does he pander to those that need to see him sputter out in flames. In lieu tipping the size or demonstrating any variety inconsistency, J. Cole and 21 Savage comply with phrases given the nuances their disparate beginnings.

As the title I Am > I Was would counsel, there is no means projecting intrinsic worth onto a challenge minimize within the mildew 21 Savage’s private experiences, with a toothless whisper word approach unbeknownst to us all. In concept, 21’s musings are wholly related to real-life occasions in a means that does not push us to underscore an underlying fact. 21 is inherently responsible making the Zone 6 expertise appear palpable to outsiders with no actual connection to the topic in any respect. The wink and the nod that he musters solely suffices in scary a deeper exploration right into a two-ply character uniquely his personal, equal elements controllably deranged and humorous.

The most tasteful change to his artistic output on I Am > I Was, distinguishable from Issa, Savage Mode, and the collaborative efforts with Offset and Metro Boomin amongst othersis his predilection in direction of hip-hop historical past. On I Am > I Was, we discover 21 Savage paying homage to famous figures like DJ Paul Three Six Mafia, and to some extent Ice Cube, in naming his collaborative track “good day” after the 1992 basic “It Was a Good Day.” It’s plain to see, the Three Six components has been copied advert nauseam in 2018, to various levels success, however solely 21 Savage manages this conversion by retaining his whims in test. With “good day” redressed to its full potential, we discover ourselves listening prusely to a track bustling with 21 Savage’s DNA, even because it borrows from Three Six on a structural stage, from Ice Cube for its naming rights, and thru the coercive interaction ScHoolBoy Q, and Project Pat, the latter which wrote the ebook on “darkly transgressive” temper music.

With respect to the darkly transgressive moods displayed on I Am > I Was, nobody, and I imply nobody is best capable of elicit a cutting-emotive responsive in fewer than two bars, than 21 Savage at peak ranges. As he readily demonstrates on “letter 2 my momma,” ethical particulars do not all the time comply with the standard stretch sample storytelling. 21 Savage’s motions to his momma because the inspiration to all his insanity, nevertheless incomprehensible as it might appear for him to leap from boiling ramen to committing the act a felony with unimaginable efficacy. 

With Metro Boomin’s presence looming overhead, 21 Savage reveals a willingness to drag from the musical canon that labored for him prior to now, earlier than both occasion opted for yearlong sabbaticals. In reality, there is just one occasion on I Am > I Was the place the overall ambiance is upended by the obsequious presence a visitor, and that is on “all my buddies” with Post Malone the place a Louis Bell string association momentarily knocks free a collection seamless transitions, however not for a scarcity fruitfulness in its personal proper.  I Am > I Was is unequivocally the second we’ll begin to view 21 Savage with a thicker lens, with respect to previous misgivings, and most significantly, with a constructive outlook on the intense future that lies forward for the Slaughter Gang initiative.

We Need The TDE Vs Dreamville Competition In 2019

Hip-hop’s tradition has historically been predicated on 4 key components: MC’ing, DJ’ing, Beatboxing and Graffiti Writing. With the latter two extra by-products the renegade motion that originated within the minds the Bronx’s expressive youths quite than being intently aligned with its present guise, it begs the query as as to if there are persisting attributes which might be extra befitting the worldwide phenomenon that it has since turn out to be. First delivered to the fore by the warring factions Boogie Down Productions and The Juice Crew as they sought to claim their respective borough’s pre-eminence over the rap recreation, one defining attribute life on the creative frontlines has been the irrepressible urge to check your prowess in opposition to your fellow inventive minds. Whether it manifests in shows wordplay, a perceived slight or trespass on a fellow MC’s skillset, or within the morbid form violence, the will to check your mettle in opposition to these perched on the style’s highest totem is dyed within the wool hip-hop like little else.

A scholar the artform’s doctrines in each method, the observe pitting the deserves your materials in opposition to your contemporaries has been tantalizingly reignited by Atlanta’s J.I.D. Scarcely various days after he fered a late contender for album the yr with earth-rattling sophomore mission Dicaprio 2, the J. Cole protégé didn’t mince his phrases on his aspirations for the Dreamville collective within the years to come back. Boasting artists similar to Bas, EarthGang, Ari Lennox and Lute amongst others, an interview with Complex noticed the “East Atlanta Playboy” throw the gauntlet all the way down to their Los Angeles based mostly counterparts in Top Dawg Entertainment: “We competing with TDE. That’s what must be identified. Dreamville, we gotta step this shit the fu*okay up. Cause them n***as is fireplace! I do not even know any entities that I fu*okay with, however I fu*okay with TDE.” Derived from admiration quite than animosity, this call-to-arms hasn’t gone unnoticed by the label that comes full with one the best rosters ever to assemble beneath one incorrigibly creative banner.

We Need The TDE Vs Dreamville Competition In 2019

J.I.D – by HNHH

A scorching prospect in his personal proper with an undeterred self-belief akin to J.I.D’s, TDE signee Reason responded to his light-hearted provocation after the 2 met at Rolling Loud. Comically captioned as “bumped into this random man at @RollingLoud he stated he was half some dream group or one thing idk. Really cool man tho,” the picture the 2 conversing intently despatched a transparent message that the respect he’d proven to the non secular dwelling Kendrick, Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock and extra was reciprocated, however that his problem had been duly famous.

At a time the place many hip-hop heads have been left disenchanted by uniformed passibility appearing because the low barometer for important or business success, the information that two factions revered for thought-provoking output gained’t be banding collectively, however will as an alternative draw the battle strains, has left many clamouring for dream hook-ups quite than hotly-contested square-fs. Despite the truth that any ardent connoisseur theartform would salivate over the announcement the long-gestating collaboration between Kendrick and Cole, to decry these two labels for respectively wanting supremacy is to negate the aggressive spirit that’s an important side hip-hop’s lifeblood. There is a false impression that beef and rivalry are indivisible from each other, however this might not be farther from the reality. Where one is shaped on real; or within the case some right now’s artists, manufactured, hostility, the opposite is extra in keeping with a sporting contest with the clear aim crowning a victor and placing as a lot a deficit between you and your opponents within the course of.

On J.I.D’s half, there was possible no apprehension in sending this jol shot throughout the bow to TDE, contemplating its de-facto chief, Kendrick Lamar, as soon as lobbed an incendiary machine into what he noticed as a wilting and detrimentally harmonious eco-system with “Control.” Alongside stealing all the headlines from a monitor that featured verses from Big Sean and the elusive Jay Electronica, this 2013 fering noticed Ok-Dot proclaim that “I’m normally homeboys with the identical n***s I’m rhyming with, however that is hip-hop and these ‘n***s’ ought to know what time it’s” earlier than offering a laundry checklist MCs that he wished to bloodbath on wax. Cole was among the many stock rappers that Kendrick needed to displace, a frontrunner that might bly protest Ok. Dot’s standing as hip-hop’s kingpin. This pleasant rivalry has merely been inherited by their respective crews.

On the topic the rosters at their disposal, there has by no means been a time the place they’ve been on such an equal footing on the subject of vitality, creative distinction and relevance as they’re at present. Bolstered by not solely Dicaprio 2, however the globe-trotting sound Bas’ breakout mission Milky Way, in addition to the clear anticipation for EarthGang, Cole’s declare that “Dreamville stacked like the soldiers” appears apt (lest we neglect, Lute, Cozz and Ari Lennox are solely warming up). Coupled with the label mastermind’s engulfing opus KOD, it could possibly be argued that Dreamville goes into 2019 a step forward their West Coast rivals. That’s to not say that TDE has laid dormant in 2018 nonetheless, fering stellar initiatives from SiR, Reason’s debut There You Have It and most notably, Jay Rock’s Redemption. Now that the seeds warfare between the 2 have been sown within the listeners’ thoughts, success upcoming initiatives from each camps might be made all of the extra pivotal resulting from its results on our inner scoreboards.

We Need The TDE Vs Dreamville Competition In 2019

Jay Rock – by HNHH

While the standing  Kendrick’s new mission stays unclear, the discharge slates each imprints appear greater than succesful besieging the business in 2019. On Dreamville’s beginning line-up, there’s Cole’s The Fall Off, EarthGang’s full-length Mirrorland, a brand new fering from Ari Lennox, whispers a ‘conceptual mission’ between J.I.D & No ID and that’s with out even broaching whether or not the t-teased Revenge Of The Dreamers three will lastly emerge. Meanwhile in Cali, the ever-imposing Schoolboy Q, who purposefully delayed his new file after Mac Miller’s premature passing, might be returning to the fray, possible alongside the enigmatic Ab-Soul, Tennessee import Isiah Rashad and the important darling that’s SZA. With each Dreamville president Imbrahim Hamad and TDE’s patriarch Anthony ‘Top’ Tiffith’ proclaiming 2019 to be a large yr, the looming specter   competitors respiration down their necks ought to lead each artist to hone their new initiatives till they border on perfection.

Harbouring all of the makings essentially the most contentious tug–war over the market share because the days Bad Boy and Death Row, the essential distinction is that every bout might be determined by achieved music quite than bullet wounds, which makes it not a combat to be worrisome over, however one to bask within the sheer brilliance .

At time when numerous stars are criticized for complacently using waves or counting on a well-trodden sound, the problem that J.I.D issued is not going to solely push the events concerned, however encourage hip-hop at giant to succeed in a better plateau. In that sense, this declaration warfare from J.I.D shouldn’t be a trigger for alarm however a time to rejoice, in what has all of the makings a compelling and historic occasion for tradition as we all know it.

Who Won 2018? Vote Here

The thought “profitable” a 12 months looks like a uniquely internet-age notion; in any case, one would possibly argue that making it by way of with spirit, physique, and thoughts intact is a victory in itself. Yet that is, in any case, the lawless Dystopian panorama our instances, the place Twitter and Instagram stand in for the native saloon. Therefore, any individual have to be topped the winner 2018, lest our complete equilibrium be thrown out whack. It’s hip-hop, issues should at all times be ranked. That is the established order.   

In all seriousness, use this not as a possibility to vouch to your private favorites, however to have a good time the varied accomplishments in an goal style. Of course, you would possibly discover that the actions one artist got here to embody the 12 months in its entirety. You would possibly even really feel compelled to make a case; in that occasion, be at liberty to take action within the remark part beneath. Essentially, what we’re making an attempt to determine, is who the HNHH group is using for.

We’ve assembled a couple of notable candidates to your consideration. Should you consider a “snub” to have occurred, there’s at all times the “Other” possibility. 


TRAVIS SCOTT

Astroworld platinum. Grammy-nominated. A new child child daughter. Some hip-hop’s most profitable and acclaimed merch. Possible free Jamba Juice for all times. Baby mama lined Forbes. Consistently sold-out North American tour. “Sicko Mode.” 


PUSHA T

One the 12 months’s finest albums. Toppled a hip-hop famous person in single fight. Played a pivotal position within the “Surgical Summer.” Helped deliver lyricism to the forefront. Quietly made being petty kinda badass. Seemed totally unflappable when underneath strain. 


CARDI B

Became a crucial darling rattling close to in a single day. Invasion Of Privacy. Had a new child daughter. Numerous high 10 album the 12 months spots. Every track on her album went platinum. The “Money” video. Grammy-nominated. Ubiquitous. 


J. COLE

Platinum with no options. Our choice for finest album the 12 months. Killed each visitor look, and there have been many. Embraced OG standing. Attempted to save lots of Lil Pump (A for effort). KOD tour. Helped usher in JID. Delivered our choice for the Hottest verse the 12 months. Collaborated with 21 Savage, Royce Da 5’9″, Moneybagg Yo, Rapsody, JID, and extra. 


MEEK MILL

From “Free Meek” to legal justice reform icon. Buried the hatchet with long-time rival Drake. Became a individuals’s champion. Appeared on CNN to boost consciousness. Discovered his “freaky facet.” Dropped f, fairly arguably, one of the best album his profession. Landed a Jay-Z characteristic. 


LIL WAYNE

Escaped from the Man-Bird’s clutches. Finally dropped f Tha Carter V after literal years. Solidified himself as a hip-hop fan favourite. Took dwelling BET’s “I AM Hip-Hop Award. Carter V platinum.


EMINEM

Bounced again from Revival. Dropped f a shock album that broke the web. Delivered what many known as his finest work in years. Deftly dealt with Machine Gun Kelly in a single the 12 months’s finest beefs. Kamikaze platinum.


DRAKE

Grammy-nominated. Singlehandedly tripled the recognition the title “Keke.” Fought admirably in a heated and memorable beef. Had his first son. Platinum standing. “God’s Plan.” Headlined one the 12 months’s largest excursions. Helped usher within the likes Blocboy JB, Lil Baby, and BlueFace. Simply put, an unstoppable gross sales juggernaut. 


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Pusha T: Mike Lawrie/Getty s
Cardi B: Rich Fury/Getty s
J. Cole: Tabatha Fireman/Getty s
Meek Mill: Mike Coppola/Getty s
Lil Wayne: Michael Tullberg/Getty s
Eminem: Kevin Winter/Getty s
Drake: Christopher Polk/Getty s 

Top Tracks: Future & Young Thug's New Loosie "Do It Like" Hits #1

By every their absurdly excessive requirements, it has been considerably a quiet 12 months for each Future and Young Thug. They each received to strive their hand as A&Rs with the Superfly soundtrack and Slime Language, respectively, and each launched comparatively temporary, however nice collections their very own music (Beastmode 2 and On The Rvn). Aside from their respective options on Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead” and Camila Cabello’s “Havana,” although, neither have been the omnipresent fixture in popular culture that they often are. They capped f delicate a 2018 with a brand new collab entitled “Do It Like,” which debuts at #1 this week.

Two artists with brand-new albums, 21 Savage and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, are tied with most appearances inside the highest ten our TOP 100 chart this week with two apiece. New tracks barely lacking out on spots this week embody Swae Lee’s “Christmas At Swae’s (#11), Blueface’s “Bleed It” (#12), Kodak Black’s “This Forever” (#13), and 6LACK’s “Been A While” (#14). 

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10. Lil Wayne & Ty Dolla $ign Feat. XXXTentacion – Scared the Dark

Last week’s #1 can be the one repeat inside the highest ten this week (in truth, the one Week 2 track within the prime 17 spots), with the mix Weezy, Dolla, and X’s star energy in a position to maintain on for extra views. In its second week out, “Scared the Dark” is down 9 locations from #1 to #10.  

9. Agnez Mo Feat. Chris Brown & Juicy J – Overdose (TSD Remix)

Earlier this 12 months, Indonesian singer Agnez Mo dropped her single “Overdose” with Chris Brown in tow, and now Juicy J has joined in for a remix. This marks the second time this month that Juice and Breezy have appeared on the identical observe, with the primary occasion being Smooky Margielaa’s “Flight To Memphis.” The TSD remix “Overdose” debuts at #9. 

eight. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie – The Reaper

This previous week, A Boogie gave us a brand new full-length by the identify  Hoodie SZN, and as beforehand talked about, he is landed two its tracks inside the highest ten this week. The first is “The Reaper,” which debuts at #eight. 

7. 21 Savage Feat. Childish Gambino – Monster

Although they appear like an odd pair on paper, 21 Savage and Childish Gambino have a small present historical past collectively, with 21 offering ad-libs on Gambino’s “This Is America” and Gambino (alright, Donald Glover) throwing a couple of references to 21 into his present Atlanta. Glover simply confirmed up on a lower from 21’s new album, I Am > I Was, and the ensuing observe, “Monster,” debuts at #7. 

6. Bow Wow – Wish I Never Met Her

2018 marked yet one more 12 months through which Bow Wow could possibly be present in tabloid headlines and never many different locations. He did, nevertheless, one way or the other handle to get his newest observe, “Wish I Never Met Her,” into the highest ten this week. It debuts at #6. 

5. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Feat. Tekashi 6ix9ine – Swervin

The second Hoodie SZN lower on this week’s checklist is the Tekashi 6ix9ine-featuring, London on da Track-produced jam referred to as “Swervin.” It debuts at #5. 

four. 21 Savage Feat. J. Cole – A Lot

Directly following a observe that includes Tekashi is a observe referencing him. On this album opener from 21’s newest, J. Cole hops on for a blazing visitor verse that befuddlingly features a shout-out to the now-incarcerated rapper. “A Lot” debuts at #four. 

three. Jhene Aiko – Wasted Love Freestyle 2018

We undoubtedly weren’t anticipating any new music from Jhene Aiko earlier than the 12 months’s finish, and particularly not a freestyle all issues. Following a quiet 12 months for her, the singer’s “Wasted Love Freestyle 2018” debuts at #three. 

2. Nipsey Hussle – Perfect Timing

Nip earned himself an under-the-radar, fan favourite W (just about indicative his profession) with this 12 months’s Victory Lap, and final week he capped f a quietly profitable 12 months with a brand new lower referred to as “Perfect Timing.” This one debuts at #2. 

1. Future & Young Thug – Do It Like

Throughout the 12 months, Future’s been randomly taking to YouTube to add loosies, some fairly commonplace chopping room ground fare, others a little bit extra noteworthy. “Do It Like,” a joint effort with frequent collaborator/pal Young Thug, is one the latter. It debuts at #1. 

J. Cole Prays For Markelle Fultz, But Is It Enough To Save His Spiraling Career?

Both the rap recreation and the sporting World took discover when J. Cole despatched overwhelmingly constructive needs toTekashi 6ix9ine and troubled NBA sophomore Markelle Fultz, whose circumstances could not be any extra totally different. Markelle Fultz is struggling to get his NBA profession f the bottom, whereas Tekashi 6ix9ine is legitimately going through half-a-century. Nevertheless, J. Cole grouped them collectively within the verse he despatched to 21 Savage for his I Am > I Was album opener “rather a lot.”

Cole spits, “I pray for Markelle ‘trigger they fucked up his shot – Just need you to know that you simply received it, my n***a. Though I by no means met you, I do know that you simply particular, and that the Lord blessed you, do not doubt it, my n**a,” earlier than on a tangent the place he mentions fellow NBA sophomore Dennis Smith Jr. for no motive in any respect. Besides the very fact, J. Cole is a identified basketball aficionado, which explains his fascination with NBA expertise, therein lies an actual challenge concern to these with a vested curiosity in Fultz’ profession, together with Markelle himself. It’s come to the purpose the place Fultz’ struggles to adapt, whether or not a confidence challenge, a mistaken case damage woes, or all of the above, have led his mother to put in surveillance cameras in his house, so she will monitor his “actions.” Weird proper?

And then on December 4th, they hit us with an replace on Fultz’ bodily situation. Apparently, the second-year guard has been unknowingly dealing with neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome, in different phrases, an enormous hole between the collarbone and the primary rib rendering him weak. We is likely to be methods away from predicting the result his tenure with the 76ers, or his NBA Career, however one factor stands to motive: the 76ers are in win-now mode and may entail Fultz sitting on the bench, or someplace else. There’s solely a lot J. Cole can do with prayer and tune. Tangible actuality is helluva binch.

Most Creative Music Videos Of 2018

2018 has been a particular yr for followers hip-hop music. We’ve obtained some standout initiatives from new and veteran artists alike. Most musicians positioned a deal with the amount content material they put out this yr; with our technology’s dwindling consideration span, that wasn’t the worst technique. That reality really shined an excellent brighter highlight on music movies. If an artist determined towards releasing a brand new music altogether, they ten opted to drop a dope video to advertise their present materials. In the previous couple of years, we haven’t created “Best Of” lists for movies however 2018 fered too many high quality visuals for us to go on.

In an effort to maintain this record concise, we’re leaving out some fairly notable clips: A$AP Rocky’s “A$AP Forever,” Kali Uchis’ “After The Storm,” and Kelela’s “Frontline” all narrowly missed the reduce. The aforementioned works are price your time and should you haven’t already seen them, test them out when you’re completed with these twelve.

The cinematography, modifying, social commentary, or else all these elements mixed made these movies stand out from the remainder. Have a have a look at our high picks for Most Creative Videos 2018 and tell us your favourite music video the yr within the feedback.


12. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake – “King’s Dead”

Kendrick Lamar is well-known for his extravagant music movies. Usually, he’ll collaborate with Dave Free to launch some probably the most progressive video work within the music trade. The TDE group struck gold with the Kendrick-curated Black Panther soundtrack as a good quantity the movies shot for it might have made this record. “King’s Dead” is the strongest selection for a number of causes, although.

For starters, the cinematography is on level. We begin f with an establishing shot and the second vocals are launched, the digicam zooms into Kung Fu Kenny as he’s perched atop a palm tree. We transfer right into a chaotic and old-school newsroom the place Kendrick sits together with his ft up on the desk and a tie round his head, because the digicam zooms out. Future seems wildly out place behind him as he stunts together with his chains on, clearly not getting the wardrobe memo. There’s additionally an insanely cinematic zoom right into a barbershop the place Jay Rock is getting a recent line-up, which might be worthy its personal thinkpiece. Obviously, this was directed by Dave Free… however was that basically a query? “La di da di dah,” certainly.


 11. Kanye West & Lil Pump – “I Love It” (feat. Adele Givens)

While the execution Kanye West and Lil Pump’s music video for “I Love It” might not have been probably the most advanced, it leaves a memorable impression and thus retains an enduring energy greater than most clips launched this yr. We’ll nonetheless be speaking about how ridiculous “I Love It” is for years whereas different movies will fizzle out. The rollout this music solely helps to focus on its creativity because it was premiered on the Pornhub Awards, all locations. An Adele Givens cameo opens and closes the video, lamenting concerning the “previous days” and saying that girls will be rather more upfront with their sexual companions at this time.

Kanye and Pump are lastly launched, rocking their ludicrous Roblox-inspired costumes, which ended up being an insanely-popular Halloween outfit this yr. Kanye has on a goy smile a lot the time as he clearly can’t comprise his childlike pleasure. There are just a few scenes, however the place this music video lacks in storyboards, it makes up for basically hilarity. Produced by Spike Jonze, the thoughts Kanye West will be thanked for the course the video as he collaborated with Amanda Adelson.


10. Anderson .Paak – “Bubblin”

I’m not gonna lie, I used to be actually shocked when “Bubblin” wasn’t included on the Oxnard tracklist. The monitor serves as considerably a James Bond-esque theme music for .Paak and, however for no matter purpose, it was left f the album. That doesn’t imply that the music didn’t get the eye it deserves although. If something, it’s most likely one  .Paaks hottest songs ever.

The clip has an identical vibe to J. Cole’s “ATM” as a slew money is thrown round by a busted ATM machine. When Anderson .Paak discovers that the ATM will simply proceed spitting out cash, he hijacks it and drags across the metropolis with him. While many music movies present your favourite rapper stunting with a fistful money, this executes the identical concept in a way more ingenious approach. The artist dives right into a pool stuffed with payments and a girl acts because the ATM’s therapist, saying she admires the machine for not being “afraid to spill all of it out.” Unfortunately, the ending is just a little morbid as a six-armed Anderson will get crushed by the money dispenser, calling for the tip to the Calmatic-directed video.


 9. Denzel Curry – “Clout Cobain”

Denzel Curry launched one the strongest efforts the whole yr. His three-part report TA13OO has distinguished themes that carried into the visuals offered for the challenge. “Clout Cobain” is a favourite from the album, getting its personal video in July this yr. Considering how far Denzel strays from the remainder his “SoundCloud Rap” contemporaries, followers had been concerned with seeing how his imaginative and prescient would translate onto our screens. Thankfully, he didn’t disappoint.

The transitions are spooky, the make-up and costumes are haunting, and the general vitality is fairly spectacular. Aside from splashes purple blood and colourful face tattoos, the whole video has been shifted to black & white, popping issues that are supposed to be the deal with the display screen. “Clout Cobain” is unafraid critiquing what rap has develop into to youthful generations. Denzel ends the circus efficiency by taking pictures himself within the head, stunning all people within the viewers and actually closing with a bang.


 eight. 2 Chainz – PROUD (feat. YG & Offset)

When you assume a typical rap video in 2018, you probably image costly automobiles, bikini-clad girls by the pool, and rappers stunting with heaps money. 2 Chainz and Howard Ross had a distinct concept after they had been directing the video for “PROUD.” While there’s nothing extraordinary taking place in phrases cinematography or modifying, “PROUD” earns a spot on the record for the idea.

Instead filming themselves flexing in entrance muscle automobiles, 2 Chainz, Offset, and YG’s moms respectively are all the celebrities this video. Their cameos make the “PROUD” video equal quantities cute and hardened, as they actively outperform their rapper sons.

How can we write about this video with out shouting out YG’s momma too? Her vitality was on level the entire approach by means of as she ferociously lip-syncs alongside to her son’s lyrics. Seriously, it feels as if she wrote the verse for him.


7. Valee – “Womp Womp” (feat. Jeremih)

“Womp Womp” impressed many rappers to mimic Valee’s infectious stream and the video was additionally fairly ingenious. The clip begins out with Valee and a girl in mattress as they attempt to determine what to observe on TV: typical. Telemundo is settled on, which finally ends up being a serious theme within the video.

The visuals for “Womp Womp” are straight out a DVD rental retailer because it skips between cutscenes, giving choices to observe developments like “Heist,” “Throwdown,” and the hilariously misspelt “Resturaunt.” To give it much more an inexpensive cinematic vibe, credit score sequences roll out and the viewer chooses between English, Spanish, or “Womp Womp” as their most well-liked language. Much like the following entry on the record, Valee and Jeremih execute their idea in a near-flawless method as work was clearly put in whereas planning this video.


6. Vince Staples – “FUN!”

There’s one thing particular about selecting a video idea and absolutely dedicating your self to it. That’s what Vince Staples did with “FUN!” because the Long Beach native chosen a theme, caught to it, and ended up with one the very best movies the whole yr. “FUN!” is ridiculously easy; any person explores Google Earth photographs Vince’s neighborhood and falls on a lot hilarious scenes. While it isn’t as eye-catching and flashy as some the opposite clips on this record, “FUN!” piques your curiosity as you wish to discover extra what you’re seeing. Fights escape, a theft happens, a number of youngsters comically dance within the entrance yard. There’s a lot occurring on this video and most its attraction is that it doesn’t take itself severely in any respect. These issues are handled as if they occur regularly.

The real-life blurriness navigational stware because it’s loading is precisely mimicked as scenes take a number of seconds to completely begin. It was positively enjoyable to find Norfy, California with Vince Staples. Until subsequent time.


5. J. Cole – “ATM”

J. Cole’s “ATM” video sees the North Carolina rapper develop into a gold-clad Santa Claus as he flies by means of the sky on his throne. Instead reindeer, he’s adopted by a handful kids who sit atop a bottle codeine cough syrup, chasing after a greenback invoice. It all follows the Ok.O.D. themes to a tee.

Cole will get ingenious in his show as he fairly actually critiques how individuals are prepared to fer an arm and a leg for his or her materials possessions. He transforms right into a used automotive salesman, a miniature model himself dwelling inside a cash bag and, most memorably, a crazed particular person sitting in a room lined with cash whereas sporting a straitjacket.

The Scott Lazer-directed flick will not be solely on this record as a result of it’s memorable although. “ATM” earns a spot as a result of it’s so efficient in speaking the story it got down to inform. J. Cole echoes the truth that you’ve got a selection in terms of consumerism, a tone that’s absolutely obvious within the visuals.


four. Travis Scott – “SICKO MODE” (feat. Drake)

Much the mastery behind the “SICKO MODE” video has to do with the work that was put in within the modifying room. From the filters utilized in post-production to the glitchy results, superimposition, and inventive additions twerking girls in locations you would not anticipate, “SICKO MODE” reveals much more evolution from Travis Scott. La Flame has entry to all of the assets he might have with a purpose to make a memorable video and he did so. Somehow, Travis manages to please all people with this effort; he’s received women shaking their asses for the standard hip-hop video followers, vivid colours for the obscure artwork geek, and glitchiness for the modernists amongst us.

Directed by Dave Meyers, the identical man that was behind “Stop Trying To Be God,” “SICKO MODE” is surreal. It jumps from each nook Trav’s creativeness whereas nonetheless one way or the other paying homage to town Houston. On paper, this shouldn’t work. One scene has Travis appearing as a pressor in entrance a large chalkboard and the following has him mimicking the actions a classic soul star. “SICKO MODE” is an ode to Travis’ hometown and a splendidly extravagant world in itself.


three. Lil Dicky – “Freaky Friday” (feat. Chris Brown)

Before releasing “Freaky Friday,” Lil Dicky teased followers by admitting that it was the very best work his total life. He additionally gloated that it might be the “finest music video you’ve ever seen.” While that’s an enormous declare to make, LD didn’t disappoint. Sure, the idea the video has been executed earlier than however Lil Dicky breathed new vitality into the concept by taking some his well-known buddies alongside for the experience: Chris Brown, Kendall Jenner, DJ Khaled, Ed Sheeran, and so on.

What’s really inventive about “Freaky Friday” is how the story is informed in correlation to the music. Zooming, superimposition, and goy appearing all helped Dicky garner tons consideration, racking up over 447 million views on the time publication. Lil Dicky and Chris Brown swap our bodies for a number of hours as Breezy strolls round city in his Ferrari, flexes his dancing potential, and hangs within the VIP part the most well liked golf equipment. This video is hilarious, ingenious, and in contrast to anything that was launched this yr. It will not be the very best music video all time as Dicky promised but it surely positive as hell is an entertaining 5 minutes.


2. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”

As Donald Glover begins singing the now unmistakable “Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, go, go away,” we first see* an enormous warehouse. Surrounded by industrial pillars, an empty chair with an acoustic guitar is within the center the shot. A person walks over and begins taking part in when Childish Gambino seems from behind a column, dancing awkwardly together with his shirt f earlier than making his approach over to the seated man. The guitar participant is now with out his instrument, sitting nonetheless with a hood over his face as Gambino randomly pulls out a handgun and fires the set off.

The scene describes “This Is America” completely because it has develop into considerably a operating joke for Donald Glover. The chaos really begins after Childish discards the gun; automobiles race all through the warehouse, kids be a part of him in a choreographed dance, and smoke fills the air. Each shot was well-thought out and executed to perfection, making certain the tip result’s almost flawless. From the flowery monitoring photographs to the unique use lengthy takes, the eye to element in every single place is very respectable.

“This Is America” is one probably the most seen movies on this record. It actually strapped a rocket onto the accompanying music, making it one Childish Gambino’s extra fashionable tracks ever.


1. Tierra Whack – “Whack World”

Out all people that made unimaginable first impressions this yr, Tierra Whack is one the one artists to have carried out so by means of audiovisual means. Whack World is rather more than only a music video. It’s an album, a brief movie, and a chunk artwork. Everything from the modifying, mise-en-scene, make-up and costuming make this fifteen-minute work artwork so particular. Each monitor on the album is filtered by means of a singular lens. It’s troublesome sufficient to inform one efficient story by means of visuals, however the rising Philly product managed to do exactly that over a dozen occasions in Whack World.

For many, this served because the formal introduction to Tierra Whack, and it was a particularly highly effective one at that, proving to an unfamiliar viewers that she might ascend to a Missy Elliott-type stage. Tierra wears many hats within the clip, taking up the function a canine groomer, a disco trailer woman, and a flashy aerobics pupil. Wacky certainly. Director Thibaut Duverneix did an exceptional job bringing Tierra’s imaginative and prescient to life. The rapper earned a spot on our Breakout Artists 2018 record and it’s actually all based mostly on the creativity displayed in Whack World. If you haven’t watched it but, test it out. This is definitely one the very best clips the whole yr.