The Rap Up: Halloween 2015
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Hip-Hop Halloween 2015

Student Loans… commitment… exams… Sorry didn’t mean to frighten you, but then again, who doesn’t love the excitement of Halloween? Your favourite artists would agree, and really brought their A-game this year. Schoolboy Q was a blunt, Jhene Aiko got her Audrey Hepburn on, Beyonce was Storm from X-men, Chris Brown redid Michael Jackson’s werewolf, Nicki Minaj was on point with her fairy god mother look, but by far, hands down, the best Halloween costume of 2015, and I think the internet and Future would strongly agree, is the unknown guy who made his own Gucci Flip-flop costume (see featured photo). After all, we thought it was a drought.

 

In Yeezy We Trust

That’s right, FINALLY we have an update. In similar fashion to how a chosen prophet announces the coming Jesus, Travis Scott has foretold the second coming of Yeezus. In a recent phone interview, Travis Scott told Hot 97 that Kanye West’s incredibly mysterious and highly anticipated upcoming album SWISH, was “coming very soon”. On top of that exciting proclamation, Scott also said that the album should not be slept on, and earlier in the year teased fans that it would be a game changer. Wow. That’s a lot of hype to live up to but if anyone knows what Kanye has in store, it would be his producing protégé Travis Scott. Last month Kanye also released two tracks on his SoundCloud profile, to which Travis Scott confirmed was legitimate and captioned a photo with “it begins” and another stating something that he and Kanye had been working on for years would soon surface. In a recent phone interview Kanye also added to the hype by describing the album as a “sonic painting”. Either way, Travis Scott and Kanye West need to stop playing with our hearts but then again, it’s kind of surprising we even got this warning. Caution, Yeezy season approaches.

 

Rider Demands

There’s no debate that Jay Z and Kanye West might be the biggest artists you may ever have in your city, however, have you ever wondered what they ask for when spending a few nights in the most luxurious hotel your city has to offer? Well for Mr. West it starts with; no cylindrical vases, a brand of speakers (Genelecs 1031a) that’s been discontinued for ten years, only black towels, Kashi Go Lean cereal, mint flavored dental floss, and finally thirteen bottles of alcohol totaling $3,200, three of those bottles being Paradis Hennessy. While this would be an absurd list of requests for the average individual, this is pretty much what we expected from Kanye and to be honest, we’re surprised it isn’t more ridiculous. As for Hov, he requests no vacuuming near his room, that none of the hotel staff ask for concert tickets lest they “avoid embarrassment”, that the hotel room temperature be set at 71 degrees, three $80 Mayan tuberose-scented candles, and finally one bottle of Ace of Spades champagne, and not be charged for it (which makes sense considering he owns the company). That actually isn’t too crazy considering Jay’s status, and we here at The Rap Up appreciate that Hov likes to set the mood, and saving a little cash is always a smart move. Maturity is a good look Mr. Carter.

 

Songs Played:

White Iverson (remix) – Post Malone Ft. Rick Ross

Whole Lot – Akon Ft. Migos

Royalty – Jeremih Ft. Future & Big Sean

Third Shift – Fabolous

Sitting Pretty – Ty Dolla $ign

Solid – Ty Dolla $ign

Angel – Fetty Wap Ft. French Montana

Stuck In My Ways – Fetty Wap

The Omen – Ace Hood

Real (interlude) – Ace Hood

Workin’ – Diddy ft. Travis Scott & Big Sean

MMM – Diddy Ft. Future & King Los

Most of Us – wiz Khalifa

Outsiders – Wiz Khalifa

Illuminate – Wale

New Phone – Wale

Mind Right – Young Thug

Phoenix – Young Thug

Angel Dust – Lloyd Banks (prod. AraabMuzik)

Live4Ever – Lloyd Banks

The Rap Up: Post-Reading Week
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We Know When That Hotline Bling

Seems like the music video for Drake’s ever popular summer jam “Hotline Bling”, took longer than it should have to drop but the reward far outweighs the negative. Sure, the music video is kind of cool, colourful and so on, but the one thing everyone is fixed on is the 6God’s dance moves. Twitter’s meme game is at an all-time high, and this was a free-throw. Who seems to love it most of all? Drizzy of course. He’s even uploaded some of his favourites to his Instagram encouraging the strange love, which we think is a very smart move. Drake hopes “Hotline Bling” will be his first single to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 100 despite a wave of placements already (more than the beetles, that’s right). The number #1 spot is currently being occupied by none-other than The Weeknd. Oprah’s looking at like Toronto like “And you get a W, and you get a W, and you get a W!”.

 

Shhh… It’s a Documentary

The Game has been let’s say, active in recent months? I mean, recording near 700 songs for your double disc album, interviews and promotion all over the country, and taking shots at Young Thug whenever he gets a breather seems to be a full schedule. The Documentary 2 and The Documentary 2.5 are now available for purchase and stream although Game is probably hoping you choose to purchase the two disc set. Despite being very solid projects with an all-star roster of features, both discs brought in “meh” first week sales combining for less than 150k. Perhaps this might be a lesson in quality over quantity.

 

2015 BET Hip-Hop Award Winners

Take a look at some of the winners from this year’s BET Hip-Hop awards. Your host of The Rap Up TJ Mroz also made his expert picks and try’s to defend the ones he missed (Winners in bold text).

Best Hip Hop Video

Big Sean featuring Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $Ign – “Play No Games”

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings”

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself” – TJ (It’s hard to bet against Queen B on anything)

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Best Collabo, Duo or Group

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings” – TJ (Sean, Drake and Kanye? Shut up already and take my money)

Big Sean featuring E-40 – “Idfwu”

Fetty Wap featuring Monty – “My Way”

Nicki Minaj featuring Beyoncé – “Feeling Myself”

Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter”

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Best Live Performer

Drake

Cole

Kanye West – T (But Kanye’s shows are almost a full on Broadway performance?! Love Cole though!)

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

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Lyricist of the Year

Big Sean

Drake

Cole

Kendrick Lamar – TJ (Duh)

Nicki Minaj

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DJ of the Year

DJ Drama

DJ Envy

DJ Esco – TJ (Thought they’d give it to Esco for the all Future mixtapes this year, oh well)

DJ Khaled

DJ Mustard

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Producer of the Year

DJ Mustard

Cole

Kanye West – TJ (Okay seriously, why they ridin’ Mustard?)

Mike Will Made-It

Pharrell Williams

Timbaland

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MVP of the Year

Big Sean

Drake – TJ (Of course)

Future

Cole

Kendrick Lamar

Nicki Minaj

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Track Of The Year

“Alright” – Produced By Pharrell Williams & Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar)

“Blessings” – Produced By Boi-1da & Vinylz (Big Sean FEATURING Drake & Kanye West)

“Commas” – Produced By Dj Spinz & Southside (Future)

“Idfwu” – Produced By Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane (Big Sean FEATURING E-40)

“Trap Queen” – Produced By Tony Fadd (Fetty Wap) – TJ (You know you love this song too)

 

Album Of The Year

Big Sean – Dark Sky Paradise

Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late

Cole – 2014 Forest Hills Drive

Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly – TJ (Thought they’d ride Kendrick on this one, Cole truly deserves it!)

Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Wale – The Album About Nothing

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Who Blew Up Award

Bobby Shmurda

Dej Loaf

Fetty Wap – TJ (Yaaaaa Baby – Fetty voice)

Rae Sremmurd

Tink

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Hustler Of The Year

Dr. Dre – TJ (Let’s face it, Dre had a monster year… Get it, monster? Headphones? Anyone?)

Drake

Cole

Jay Z

Nicki Minaj

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Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)

A$Ap Rocky

Dej Loaf

Drake

Kanye West – TJ (But the Yeezy Boost…?)

Nicki Minaj

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Best Club Banger

Big Sean featuring E-40 – “Idfwu” (Produced By Dj Dahi, Dj Mustard, Kanye West & Key Wane) – TJ (Everyone report to the dancer floor please)

Dej Loaf – “Try Me” (Produced By Dds)

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen” (Produced By Tony Fadd)

Future – “Commas” (Produced By Dj Spinz & Southside)

Rich Homie Quan – “Flex” (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh) (Produced By Dj Spinz & Nitti Beatz)

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Best Mixtape

Future – 56 Nights

Future – Beast Mode – T (Either way Future was winning this one)

Future – Monster

Lil Wayne – Sorry 4 The Wait 2

Travis Scott – Days Before Rodeo

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Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse

Drake – “Blessings” (Big Sean Featuring Drake & Kanye West) – TJ (no excuse for this one)

Drake – “My Way Remix” (Fetty Wap Featuring Drake)

E-40 – “Idfwu” (Big Sean Featuring E-40)

Kendrick Lamar – “Classic Man Remix” (Jidenna featuring Kendrick Lamar)

Lil Wayne – “Truffle Butter” (Nicki Minaj featuring Drake & Lil Wayne)

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Impact Track

Big Sean featuring Kanye West & John Legend – “One Man Can Change The World”

Common & John Legend – “Glory” (From The Motion Picture “Selma”) – TJ (But the movie was so good)

Cole – “Apparently”

Cole – “Be Free”

Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

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People’s Champ Award

Big Sean featuring Drake & Kanye West – “Blessings” – TJ (Im waaaaay up, I feel blessed)

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”

Future – “Commas”

Kendrick Lamar – “I”

Rae Sremmurd – “No Type”

Rich Homie Quan – “Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)”

 

 

Songs Played Tonight:

Pour Up – Lil Wayne

Clarity – Ace Hood

Fuck It – Tyler The Creator

Streetz – Jeezy

When I See It – Kanye West

Woodcrest Manor II – Raury

Like Woah – Logic

Me Myself & I – G Eazy Ft. Bebe Rexha

The Ghetto – Game Ft. Nas, Will.i.am

Up on the Wall – Game Ft. Problem, Ty Dolla $ign

From Adam – Game Ft. Lil Wayne

Magnus Carlsen – Game Ft. Anderson Paak

I Don’t Play About My Paper – DJ Khaled Ft. Future & Rick Ross

You Mine – DJ Khaled Ft. Jeremih, Trey Songz & Future

Gold Slugs – DJ Khaled Ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina & Fetty Wap

Saved – Ty Dola $ign Ft. E40

Don’t – Bryson Tiller

Rambo – Bryson Tiller

Overtime – Bryson Tiller

Exchange – Bryson Tiller

 

The Rap Up: Definitely The Time To Be Alive
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The Rap Up: Definitely The Time To Be Alive

What A Time To Be Alive… Indeed.

Through a sea of speculation, trolling and hints, What A Time To Be Alive arrives as what many people are calling a victory lap for two of the biggest artists this year. Whether you’re a mixtape junky, a Drizzy-remix addict or someone who has walked into any club anywhere in North America, you’ve probably noticed 2015 has been an enormously successful year for both Drake & Future. While first-week sales are not yet in for WATTBA, the album is projected to move around 500K in its first week. To put things into perspective, if this is achieved, it will rival the largest Hip-Hop album sales in 2015, which is held by who? Drake of course, and despite where you may stand on FBGOVO, possibly going platinum twice in one year is an incredible feat in itself.

 

The Game is bringing his A-game

While it was already exciting enough that The Game would be releasing a follow up album to his infamous and highly regarded debut album, The Documentary, we’re now getting word that not only are we getting a follow up, but it’s a “double” follow up if you will. After revealing an already feature-stacked 19-song tracklist, tapping talent from all corners of the industry, The Game stated in an interview with Peter Rosenberg recently that fans would also be getting a part 2 packed with another 19 tracks. The first installment of The Documentary 2 will drop October 9th and the second installment will arrive on October 17th. Seems like Game has been putting in some serious work in the studio recently, let’s hope it lives up to the hype.

 

Forbes Hip-Hop Cash Kings

It’s that wonderful time of year again, when Forbes tells us who really took home the ‘W’ this year. While it isn’t much of a surprise as to who holds the crown once again, what’s interesting is who filled the other spots. In 2015, P. Diddy comes in at #1 largely in part to Ciroc, with Jay Z holding down #2. Drake surprisingly arrives at #3, I guess OVO Fest did well this year, not to mention he’s on the brink of going double platinum in 12 months. At #4 is Dr. Dre who is no doubt seeing some big bucks thanks to this summer’s hit movie Straight Outta Compton and to his new radio show on Beats1 appropriately titled “The Pharmacy”. Coming in at #5 is master-producer Pharrell, who can attribute most of this year’s earnings to his role in the TV Series “The Voice” and royalties from producing.

 

Songs Played:

B.L.O.W – Tory Lanez

Church in These Streets – Jeezy

No Dayz Off – 2 Chainz         

Work – Rick Ross

Dedicated – Game Ft. Future & Sonyae

El Chapo – Game ft. Skrillex

Stunna – Young thug

Came From nothing – Migos

Scholarships – Drake  x Future

Live From the gutter – Drake x Future

Jumpman – Drake x Future

30 for 30 freestyle – Drake

 

The Rap UP: Beam Me Up Scotty
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Beam Me Up Scotty

The Internet always seems to operate at its best whenever there’s a highly anticipated album about to drop. This time was no exception as fans now have their hands on Travis Scott’s Rodeo in all of its chaotic lean-fueled glory days before its original release date. While the album doesn’t have much direction, personality or sense, all 16 tracks bang as hard as you could hope for, and can be best described as drug induced space-rap. And we mean space, as in chrome helmets, lazers and spaceship parties. Most of the sounds used are unusual, futuristic, grimy and require a high end speaker system with tons of bass to truly be appreciated. Definitely the album to be bumping on your friend’s new car stereo.

 

The West Wing

As the internet scrambles to concoct the cleverest pun for this situation, Kanye West prepares to run for President of The United States. No you didn’t read that wrong, but we understand if you really want to double check. During the MTV VMA’s last Sunday, Kanye West was not only presented an award by none other than Taylor Swift who years before was interrupted by Kanye while receiving an award herself, but continued on to deliver a speech as confusing as it was entertaining. In that speech he made many notable and unusual quotes but none was better than admitting to “rolling one up” before coming on stage. Soon after, Mr. West practically broke twitter with his announcement that he’s running for presidential office in the year 2020, but hey, if that walking hair piece they call Donald Trump can be taken seriously, so can Yeezy.

 

Happy birthday Harden

It shouldn’t be any surprise James Harden’s birthday bashes are better than yours. After all, hosted by the Kardashians on a yacht is the way to do it. Throw in a lot of famous friends, couple photo bombs, an epic fireworks show and an all-white dress code and all of sudden you’re almost at P. Diddy level. Harden’s girlfriend Khloe Kardashian was present with most of her family including Kim, Kanye, Tyga and Kylie Jenner who all participated in some photo booth antics. Congrats on turning 26 James!

 

List of songs played this week:

Easy Bake – Jay Rock Ft. Kendrick Lamar & SZA

Off The Rip (Remix) – French Montana Ft. ASAP Rocky, NORE & Chinx

God – Jeezy

Up – B.o.B

By My Lonesome – Trizz & Chuuwee

Nothin at all – Trizz & Chuuwee

Money Dance – Rick Ross Ft. The Dream

Forclosures – Rick Ross

Pornography – Travis Scott (with T.I. doing the intro)

90210 – Travis Scott

Pray 4 Love – Travis Scott Ft. The Weeknd

Piss On Your Grave – Travis Scott Ft. Kanye West

Real Life – The Weeknd

Losers – The Weeknd

Tell Your Friends – The weeknd (Prod. Kanye West)

Dark Times – The Weeknd Ft. Ed Sheeran

All That Shines – Vic Mensa

Go Hard or Go Home Pt. 2 – Wiz Khalifa Ft. French Montana, Trey Songz & Ty Dolla $ign

Right Now – Uncle Murda Ft. Future

Glitta – Tyga

Ilan Bluestone ‘Big Ben EP’ Review
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Ilan Bluestone ‘Big Ben EP’ Review

Ilan Bluestone just might be my new favorite producer. With his newest release on “Above & Beyonds” mega Label “Anjunabeats” the “Big Ben” EP is sure to do some serious floor damage. He has three songs on the EP “Big Ben,” “Waves of L.A.,” and “Elysian” all of which are amazing tracks. All three songs hold a vast array of melodies and big drops for trance or house lovers to enjoy. The feature track “Big Ben” has an amazing progression, starting out with a heavy kick and then a deep bassline; it’s exactly what any edm fan wants. At first, I was worried in not knowing how trance, electro, and progressive house would all fit together, but he has made it work like magic. “Big Ben” being more on the trance-electro side and the other more the progressive side; you really get a nice blend of music that compliments each other. When listening to all three songs back-to-back, you notice how smoothly one plays after another, giving you that euphoria that you feel in a crowd at a huge concert or festival before the big drop – pure happiness. You can tell that serious work went into making these pieces, and Ilan’s hard work has paid off. What more he will bring to 2014, I’m not sure, but Ilan Bluestone is one serious producer to watch out for. With festival season just around the corner, the “Big Ben” EP is gonna be seriously ‘Big’.

It’s Been A Pleasure!
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It’s Been A Pleasure!

Wuddduppp friends?! Done eggzams? Us neither. But that’s okay because we here at The RapUp are willing to provide a little study break and potentially a sentimental recap of the year that was. That’s right folks, 2013 is almost over and what a year it was; in hip-hop that is. We had some ups and downs, some realness and some ratchetness and some big time rants. Thanks ‘Ye.

We kicked things off with a little rant of our own about this year’s Grammy nominations. No disrespect to Macklemore or anything but one song doesn’t make entire album. I mean, The Heist was cool for sure but ‘album of the year’? Miss me with that. Yall already know that Kendrick has our vote. If only pirus and crips could get along. Check out the full Grammy nominations list right here.

Now, usually, Kamo and I would make our own little list of the best of the best in hip-hop this year but year we switched it up. Since we do this all for yall (and the streets) we decided to base our ‘best of the best’ on what you guys thought. We put together a survey that asked you guys to vote on your faves from the year that was. We had a craaaazy amount of votes and some really close results. Thanks again to everyone who casted their votes. It’s much appreciated.  Some of the final decisions were actually pretty surprising but if that’s what yall were rockin’ with all year then sooo be it. Anyways, check out out our winners below as voted by YOU GUYS!

Best Rapper of 2013: Kendrick Lamar

Best Collaboration of 2013: All Me – Drake Feat. Big Sean & 2 Chainz

Biggest Disappointment of 2013: Lil Wayne

Best Club Banger of 2013: Versace Remix – Migos Feat. Drake

Best Beat of 2013: Pound Cake – Drake Feat. Jay-Z

Best Mixtape of 2013: Acid Rap – Chance The Rapper

Best Crew of 2013: Black Hippy

Best Verse of 2013: Control – Kendrick Lamar

Best Album of 2013: Nothing Was The Same – Drake

Best Song of 2013: Power Trip – J Cole Feat. Miguel

 

Feel some type of way about the winners? Let us know about it on Twitter —-> @RLRapUp

Well, that’s it from us this week semester year. We appreciate all the love yall showed us in 2013 and we PROMISE to bring you more of your favorite rap and hip-hop in the new year. Annnnnnnd as always… keep it real.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace, Love & Christmas Dinner At Rick Ross’ House