You Can Now Dictate WhatsApp Messages via Google Now Voice Command
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Hip-Hop’s newest hit-maker is already breaking records
Fetty Wap broke onto the scene late last year with “Trap Queen,” the song that makes rapping about guns and drugs sound like a Disney Musical theme song, and in his first summer, he’s become rap’s surest thing on the charts. Despite Future and Meek Mill‘s dominance on the Billboard 200, Fetty Wap has dominated the Billboard 100, with his three hits, “Trap Queen,” “679,” and “My Way” all charting in the Top 20 this week.
That’s better than a hot summer, that’s record-setting. Fetty becomes the first rapper since Lil Wayne in 2010 to have 2 singles in the Top 10, and the first since Eminem in 2013 to have 3 singles simultaneously in the Top 20. It’s an impressive feat for Fetty, who has only officially released those three singles in his young career, and has yet to release, or even announce, his debut album.
Chicago spitfire Dreezy releases her new project, Call It What You Want. The five-track appetizer features big names like K Camp, Teyana Taylor, Southside, 1500 or Nothin and D. Brooks. She states that this project isn’t her official EP but a “separate project.”
#CallItWhatYouWant and my EP is 2 different things. This just some free music for yall…EP still comin soon. This sumn different..
— Dreezy (@dreezydreezy) July 28, 2015
After exploding onto the scene in 2014 with the release of “Chiraq,” the young upstart has been making steady steps since signing with Interscope Records in December 2014. The “Princess of Chicago Rap“ was featured on Common’s Grammy-nominated album Nobody’s Smiling and released several previous mixtapes like Business N Pleasure and Schizo plus her most recent song “Boss (Remix)” featuring fellow Chi-town MC Lil Herb. The 21-year-old rapper/singer shows off her growth as an artist and range as she switches between spitting bars and singing sultry lyrics all throughout the new mixtape. Get to know more about her on The Break.
Bump Call It What You Want above and peep the tracklist below.
Call It What You Want tracklist:
1. Real produced by Earl & E
2. Don’t Know Me produced by Nick Smith and Rance of 1500 or Nothing
3. Ain’t Rocking With You ft K Camp produced by Southside (808 Mafia)
4. How I’m Coming ft Teyana Taylor produced by D Brooks
5. Distant Lover produced by D Brooks
Chance The Rapper fans are restless. Sure, there was Surf, the dense, reverent album from his creative collective, The Social Experiment. But nothing he’s done in the last two years has hearkened back to Acid Rap, his star-making turn from 2013, or to his breakthrough mixtape, 10 Day. His decision to recede into the background instead of force his way onto every television screen in the country might have upped his stock, but it’s left a lot to be desired in the way of accessibility. Fortunate for them, the new father is headed on a month-long, 27-date tour. Dubbed the Family Matters Tour (and featuring as-of-yet unnamed special guests), the jaunt will take him through the heartland and up either coast. No word yet on whether he’ll be debuting music from his forthcoming collaboration album with Berkeley-born spiritual leader Lil B. You can purchase tickets and see the list of venues right here.
October 11: Austin, Texas
October 13: St. Louis, Mo.
October 14: Kansas City, Mo.
October 15: Minneapolis, Minn.
October 16: Milwaukee, Wis.
October 18: Detroit, Mich.
October 19: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 21: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 22:Philadelphia, Pa.
October 23: New York, N.Y.
October 27: Boston, Mass.
October 29: Richmond, Va.
October 31: Live Oak, Fla.
November 1: New Orleans, La.
November 2: Atlanta, Ga.
November 5: St. Petersburg, Fla.
November 7: Miami, Fla.
November 8: Orlando, Fla.
November 9: Raleigh, N.C.
November 10: Charlotte, N.C.
November 12: Houston, Texas
November 13: Dallas, Texas
November 15: Albuquerque, N.M.
November 16: Denver, Colo.
November 17: Salt Lake City, Utah
November 23: San Diego, Calif.
November 24: Los Angeles, Calif.
Roy Wood$ is OVO’s Newest Member
19-year old Roy Wood$ has been going hard for a minute. After dropping ‘I Got’ last year all the way to the Michael Jackson inspired ‘All Of You’ earlier this year, he’s created a significant amount of buzz in Toronto and online. Recently, he’s had the internet on fire after dropping two songs on OVOSOUND Radio, one with the 6 God himself. Today OVO formally drops the official audio of the two bangers, “Get You Good” and “Drama” (featuring Drake) on their soundcloud leaving little doubt that he is the next OVO signee. Roy is gearing up to drop his debut EXIS on July 31st as confirmed by the OVO blog. For now, stream the official CDQ versions of the songs below.
Haleema is getting ready for OVO Fest. Either way, follow her on twitter – @LVLPLATINUM
Visitors to Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will soon be able to walk through the life and career of Eric Church. The “Like a Wrecking Ball” singer has been tapped as the subject of the venue’s next cameo exhibition, opening September 18th.
Dubbed “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider,” the exhibit will span the musician’s childhood in North Carolina to his platinum-selling, boundary-pushing present. Artifacts hand-picked by Church will include guitars, handwritten lyrics, stage attire and personal photos, among other memorabilia.
Also sure to be on hand are at least a few awards from the singer-songwriter’s burgeoning trophy case, which started accumulating hardware in 2011 on the strength of his game-changing album, Chief. Church was already a radio success before the LP, with six of his seven singles from previous projects Sinners Like Me and Carolina reaching the Top 20. But it was Chief that made him a household name beyond country music, with the album reaching platinum sales certification, topping several critics’ lists and winning both the CMA and ACM awards for Album of the Year.
“All of a sudden we went from the act that was a couple from the headliner, to headliner, and it’s just weird,” Church told Rolling Stone last year of the status boost that accompanied Chief. “I try not to overthink it.”
A fourth studio album, The Outsiders followed in 2014, marking Church’s most sonically adventurous project to date. The rock and metal-tinged LP took home Favorite Country Album at the American Country Countdown Awards and has spawned two Number One singles (so far).
Church’s Hall of Fame spotlight follows recent exhibits celebrating Glen Campbell, Trisha Yearwood, Kenny Rogers, Miranda Lambert and most recently, Luke Bryan. “Eric Church: Inside the Outsider” runs through February 2016.
Seattle rapper Macklemore, real name Ben Haggerty, admitted in a new cover story for Complex that he relapsed into taking pills and smoking weed following the monumental success of his 2013 LP with Ryan Lewis, The Heist. His recovery, however, was crucial in inspiring the duo’s new album, slated to arrive later this year.
“I was burnt out,” Haggerty said. “I was super-stressed. We weren’t sleeping — doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country. In terms of the media, I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame — everything. All the clichés, man — like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of [12-step] meetings — all of that put into one pie was just… I just wanted to escape.”
Haggerty copped to sneaking around to get high and promising to get clean but never following through. Lewis said he noticed a change in his partner’s behavior, too, especially when progress on their new album stalled. But it wasn’t until his fiancé Tricia Davis learned she was pregnant that the rapper again embraced sobriety.
“And, as it always works, the minute that I start actively seeking recovery — not just sobriety, but recovery — music is there,” Haggerty said. “It always has been. Songs write themselves. My work ethic turns off-to-on in a second and I get happy again. I get grateful again.”
The duo said they’re three-quarters done with the follow-up to The Heist, with Lewis drawing inspiration from the methodically textured records of Led Zeppelin, Queen, Pink Floyd and the Beatles, while a larger budget allowed him to indulge his production whims.
Haggerty, for his part, didn’t reveal much about the album’s lyrical content, though he did hint at a quasi-sequel to “White Privilege” off his 2005 solo record, The Language of My World. While the original, Haggerty said, was more of a cultural observation, he acknowledged his vantage point is significantly different now that his detractors have accused him of being an example of cultural appropriation and white privilege in hip-hop.
“How do I participate in this conversation in a way that I’m not preaching, where I’m not appearing like I know it all?,” the rapper said. “‘Cause I don’t know it all… How do I affect change? How do I not preach to the choir? How do I authentically initiate discourse without co-opting the movement that’s already happening? You are constantly having to check your intention as a white person doing any sort of antiracist work.”
To bolster his understanding of racism and how he can help inspire honest, earnest change, Haggerty attended a daylong seminar about the causes and effects of institutionalized racism. Beyond music, he said, he hopes that his next tour with Lewis can incorporate a series of town hall meetings in various cities with the help of local artists.
“A concert’s not going to do it,” Haggerty said. “Regardless of the song that I write, or that ends up coming out, it’s not going to do it. It’s going to be a tiny piece. This needs to be part of my life’s work if I’m going to be authentic in the discourse.”
Read the full interview at Complex.