“From doing records from sampling, I started learning the science about what happened to soul music,” the Alchemist told me 13 years ago. One evening, at New York’s Baseline Studios, I sat in a backroom full of ancient, dusty records, and I listened to the Alchemist and Just Blaze talk about disco. The … More »
Meek Mill’s decade-long legal battle is finally over. NBC Philadelphia reports that the Philadelphia rapper has pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm without a license; all other charges against him have been dropped. “I know this has been a long road for you and hopefully this will be the end of it,” Judge … More »
We never got our snake. A year ago, by way of promoting his Slime Language project, Young Thug had pet snakes sent to a bunch of different websites and magazines. People were just sitting at their desks, banging out blog posts, when delivery guys showed up with surprise snake terrariums. Writers tweeted excitedly. More »
Last night, as promised, Drake brought his OVO Festival back to Toronto. Drake’s annual festival had taken last year off, but Drake couldn’t resist the opportunity to gloat about the Toronto Raptors’ NBA Championship win, so he walked out onstage with a Larry O’Brien trophy, and a giant version of the trophy was … More »
With the stroke of a pen, Meek Mill and JAY-Z inked a record label dedicated to the identification and development of new musical talent guided by Meek’s creative direction. Christened Dream Chasers Records, the label will foreground talent acquisition, creative strategy, and marketing as some of its central operative focuses. Dream Chasers Records’ current state differs from its past: now backed by JAY-Z’s Roc Nation, Dream Chasers Records’ was previously established in 2012 as a label imprint under Rick Ross’ Mayback Music Group. At the time, Dream Chasers signed a modest selection of ascendant artists such as YBS Skola and Lil Snupe; it functioned mainly as an auxiliary project for Meek Mill, as the rapper worked to further expand his own catalog.
“I think the time is now [to grow Dream Chasers],” the Championships rapper told Rolling Stone. “I’m 32-years-old, I’m in a nice spot in the music business and I think it’s time for me to focus on growing artists because that’s what I love to do. I love to spend time on helping artists grow, and I think it’s time for me to dive in, business-wise.”
Meek Mill assumes presidency of Dream Chasers and will supervise a team based in New York. He will also help to facilitate a recording studio for those signed to the label. For now, Meek Mill is recalcitrant when it comes to the artists with whom Dream Chasers will seek to pen deals, or conversely, those who the label has recently signed. The label, after all, is “still in the beginning stage,” according to the rapper.
JAY-Z is meanwhile adamant that Roc Nation’s support of Dream Chasers Records’ will bolster Roc Nation, Dream Chasers’ nascence aside. “The overall and overarching view is for us to boss up and do things together and pull each other up and get control of the things that we produce,” JAY-Z said of Roc Nation and Dream Chasers’ newly forged agreement.
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A Pennsylvania appeals court has thrown out rapper Meek Mill’s decade-old conviction in a drug and gun case. The unanimous three-judge opinion Wednesday grants the rapper born Robert Williams a new trial because of new evidence of alleged police corruption. The Pennsylvania Superior Court also overturned the trial judge’s parole violation findings that sent the … More »
Future might not be as central to the rap conversation as he was a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean that he’s slowing down. Just last month, Future came out with a strong new EP called Save Me. And today, he follows that up with the new single “100 Shooters,” an energetic … More »
To say Ed Sheeran has become one of the most successful artists in the streaming era in an understatement. He is the number one most streamed artist on Spotify with over 61 million listeners a month, with the number one most streamed song, “Shape Of You,”—the only song with over 2 billion plays. Sheeran has four songs with over a billion plays, and from the looks of the roster on his upcoming No. 6 LP, he’s rearing for more.
Featured collaborations on the newly revealed tracklist include Skrillex, Khalid, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Stormzy, Yebba, Travis Scott, Eminem, 50 Cent, Young Thug, JHUS, Ella Mai, Paulo Londra, H.E.R., Meek Mill, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Bruno Mars, and Chris Stapleton. This is also leaving out the two singles on the album that have already been released—”Cross Me” featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock and number 2 Billboard chart-topper “I Don’t Care” with Justin Bieber. In an eclectic variety of collaborators, the British singer/songwriter has blanketed his album with a smorgasbord of artists in almost every pop genre.
The album, No. 6, is set for release July 12.