HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Meek Mill released the Legends of the Summer EP as his first project following his prison stint. Also, Future and Zaytoven surprised fans this week with Beastmode 2. Lastly, Drake‘s Scorpion album broke multiple streaming records.
Meek Mill Unleashes New Music
THIS FOR YOU BABY 😏 I KNOW YOU GOING THRU SOME CHANGES! @pnbrock @jeremih TONIGHT ON ALL PLATS!!!
Legends of the Summer arrived this week as Meek Mill’s first project since his release from prison in April. The EP features four tracks and guest appearances from Jeremih, PnB Rock, Swizz Beatz and Miguel.
Stream Meek Mill’s Legends of the Summer here.
Future Surprises Fans With Beastmode 2
Future and Zaytoven delighted fans by dropping Beastmode 2 this week. The nine-track project’s only feature is Atlanta’s Young Scooter, who appears on the track “DOH DOH.”
Beastmode 2 was released on his ex-fiancée Ciara and her husband Russell Wilson’s second wedding anniversary (July 6), so it was suspected on social media that’s why he dropped it on that day. Sources close to Future, however, insists he chose the date to avoid releasing on the same day as Drake.
Stream Beastmode 2 here.
Drake’s Scorpion Is A Streaming Giant
New era. New platinum. Thank you a billion times over (a billion plus). 🦂
Speaking of Drake, his Scorpion album accumulated one billion streams within the first week of its release and broke streaming records on both Spotify and Apple Music in doing so. It also went platinum the day it dropped.
The drama surrounding Drake’s personal life in relation to Scorpion was further highlighted this week when it was revealed he supposedly let Kanye West hear “March 14,” the song about his son, in Wyoming. It’s now alleged West shared this information with Pusha T to use as ammo for “The Story of Adidon” diss track.
Drama aside, Scorpion is on pace to have the biggest sales of 2018.
Read more about the release of Drake’s Scorpion here.
– Bump J — I Don’t Feel Rehabilitated
– Michael Christmas — Role Model
– Casanova — Commissary EP
– Freeway — Think Free
– Drake — Scorpion
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Find out who’s up next here.
Westside Gunn Ranks His Own Top 5 Projects
Westside Gunn ranked his own Top 5 projects for HipHopDX. At #5, he names There’s God And Then There’s Flygod.
“I made [There’s God And Then There’s Flygod] in a couple of hours,” he says. “It was all Daringer; we just sat at his house and put on beats … I just started throwing shit. Then I shot the ‘Peter Luger’ video. That project was dope to me.”
Peep Westside’s Top 5 projects ranked here.
Hip Hop Pioneer Ralph McDaniels To Host “Video Music Box” 35th Anniversary Concert
Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels is holding a 35th anniversary celebration of the vintage Hip Hop show, and he explains how important videos began to become during this time.
“Not all Hip Hop artists had music videos back then, so we use to catch them live at the parties,” McDaniels told HipHopDX. “In the beginning, it was important because the fans never saw the artist performing the song. They just had to imagine what they were talking about.”
Read the full interview with Ralph McDaniels here.