Your monthly recap of what went down in the hip-hop industry.
The rap industry moves quick, and September was no exception. We saw the hip hop culture bleed into New York's Fashion Week, most notably when Kanye West debuted some new music at his Yeezy Season 2 show. We also got surprise releases by the likes of T.I., Drake and Future, and long-awaited releases by Travis $cott, Young Thug, and Mac Miller. Chris Brown and Rick Ross continued to get weighed down by legal troubles, but DMX was released from jail. Check out the full low-down below.
You won’t want to miss this star-studded lineup if you’re in the tri-state area. It all goes down on October 22nd, so be sure to get your tickets if you haven’t already.
Chris Brown never seems to get out from under his legal troubles. Lawsuits are thrown his direction every other day. This month it was from a fan who was injured during a show earlier this year.
The G.O.O.D. singer and her basketball-playing boyfriend announced their expecting a baby girl-- Teyana is already five months pregnant, in fact.
Tinashe revealed the title of her sophomore effort, JOYRIDE, which was quickly followed by the first single, "Party Favors" with Young Thug. It's looking like a Fall release for JOYRIDE.
Shout outs to J. Cole for selling a million copies of his latest album.
With little advance notice, Ricky Rozay dropped off Black Dollar just as September was getting started. The fans approved.
At 35 years old, Gucci might seem a little young for an autobiography, but he's lived quite the life over those years.
The follow-up to Yung Rich Nation arrived sooner than we expected. Not only that, but Migos later announced their departure from 300-- a claim which Lyor Cohen has since refuted. The plot thickens.
Cinematic has scooped up the rising Lil Herb, under the rule that he will still operate primarily out of his 150 Dream Team imprint.
The Weeknd has had a great year, and the success hasn't stopped yet, with BBTM moving 415,267 copies opening week, including streams. Not to mention, the album held on to Billboard's #1 spot for three weeks in a row.
Logic revealed his upcoming album, to follow-up Under Pressure, is titled The Incredible True Story.
The White Iverson was caught up in some controversy this month when a video surfaced of him using the N-Word in a casual light. He’s apologized and everyone has seemingly moved on.
Senseless violence continues to plague the rap world when another rapper is shot and killed.
After the success of "Straight Outta Compton," there have been a ton of movies in the rumor mill. Apparently Daz Dillinger’s Dogg Pound biopic is more than just a rumor, though.
Surprise release from the prolific Juicy J.
The Slaughterhouse member keeps busy with another album, coming out soon.
Larry Johnson, a writer, is suing Curtis Jackson, claiming that he stole the idea for Starz TV show "Power" from one of his manuscripts.
Maybe DMX will catch a break in 2016?...Read more headlines below to find out...
Atlanta’s flower child has a proper debut LP on the way.
It’s looking like Ty has finally settled on a release date that we hope will stick; November 13th. The L.A. native also dropped off the cover art for Free TC.
Surprise, surprise (sorta)! New T.I. via T.I.P.!
With his mixtape Fuck It still in rotation, Machine Gun Kelly is shifting focus onto his sophomore album General Admission. The album is available for pre-order.
Breezy was battling it out in court with his baby mama Nia Guzman, and finally came out with W, winning joint custody of their daughter Royalty. Not only that, the judge denied Guzman's attempt to hike up monthly payments from $2,500 to $15,000.
Tons of great acts are playing this one, from Snoop Dogg to A$AP Rocky to Odd Future to thrashing punks Trash Talk.
What did you think about Rodeo? The album may have been divisive, but it pulled in numbers with 90,940 copies sold, including streams.
Revered Wu-Tang producer has another upcoming on-screen project. The action-thriller titled "Breakout" will begin filming in early 2016.
Jay Rock's latest 90059 sold 16,012 copies opening week.
Trouble in paradise. And on a sort-of related note, reports circulated that Tunechi and Christina Milian are no more earlier in the month.
The new track samples Chicago house and features Ty Dolla $ign & Post Malone.
Add this one to the list of upcoming hip hop movies we want to see.
After bailing on the July 4th release date, Young Thug dropped his Slime Season mixtape.
Back in 2002, Nas put out The Lost Tapes. Fourteen years later, part 2 is coming.
Who needs a major label in 2015 anyways? Tip released his new EP Da Nic through independent distributor Empire.
Here’s some good news for Ross’ personal life amidst a sea of negativity.
The biggest news in the rap world was the mammoth collaboration of Drake and Future, two of the game’s most current killers. What a time to be alive.
Who’s diggin’ the new Jeezy material? Look out for Church In These Streets to drop November 13th.
The “CoCo” artist delivered a new mixtape this month.
And he responded.
Diddy holds down the top spot with the same $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success, (sorry 50).
MerryJane.com, a lifestyle website, will be an information center for all things cannabis. They will also produce weed-centric video and editorial content. It was only a matter of time.
So not only do we have new music from The Game on the way, we have a LOT of it.
Yela revealed the title of his third studio album is Trail By Fire.
The single they released is thumpin’!
We wonder what happened?
Epic collaboration for a hip hop head.
Buckle up, everybody. Boosie Badazz is going on tour. Boosie's "No Juice" tour will hit 16 cities, culminating in a 2-day Boosie Birthday Bash in mid-November.
Finally some new music out of Curtis Jackson, not that we don’t love the vodka promotion and all.
Ya can’t do that, Quan. The rapper later apologized, for what it's worth.
T.I. just dropped one of the best EPs of 2015, and his new album should stack up, what with the Jay Z feature and all.
Who says you can’t sell records in 2015?
After leaving Cash Money Records, Bow Wow has inked a management deal with Bad Boy.
The silver-lining in DMX’s year!
Following The Game announcing his own double disc LP, Cudder said he has one in the works too.
It features remix from the likes of Just Blaze, Alchemist, and many more.
Right as the month was coming to a close, the Chicago rapper came through with his anticipated mixtape.
He’s expected to recover, thankfully.
Kanye West is apparently running for president, but first he will try and raise some funds for the left wingers.
October's Rap Releases:
Chuck Inglish - Everybody's Big Brother - Oct 2
Bryson Tiller - TRAPSOUL - Oct 2
A3C Volume 5 - Oct 2
Janet Jackson - Unbreakable - Oct 2
Azizi Gibson - preHISTORIC Till Death - Oct 5
The Game - Documentary 2 - Oct 9
Joe Budden - All Love Lost - Oct 16
Raury - All We Need - Oct 16
MGK - General Admission - Oct 16
Kirk Knight - Late Knight Special - Oct 30
J Dilla - Dillatronic - Oct 30
French Montana - Mac & Cheese: The Album - Oct 30
M.E.D., Blue, and Madlib - Bad Neighbor - Oct 30