The Rap Up: Week of February 7, 2014

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This Week In Music:
The past few weeks in music have offered a ton of newsworthy material. One of the most talked about happenings occurred during the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which saw the controversial awarding of independent artist Macklemore over hip hop favorite Kendrick Lamar in the Best Rap Album category. Kendrick’s Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City, considered a modern day classic by most, lost to Macklemore’s album The Heist (which was a joint project with Ryan Lewis). Although Macklemore’s album contained both hit records and extremely socially-conscious subject matter (including pro-gay messages), many felt that Kendrick Lamar was “robbed”, as GKMC was the standout project from 2012 in the eyes of the hip hop community. Macklemore even went as far as to agree that Kendrick should have won, texting the emcee immediately after the awards show.

The News:
Jay-Z sued as a part of lawsuit against the NBA for the Nets’ trademark
Justin Bieber’s plane detained on the suspicion of marijuana
DMX’s potential boxing bout with George Zimmerman canceled
The Cure announce their 14th studio album
Rick Ross releases tracklist for upcoming album Mastermind
TDE confirms Ab-Soul to be the next 2014 offering
Timbaland alludes to new Jodeci album in the works
Toronto mayor declares Bob Marley Day
Slaughterhouse announce new battle rap reality television show
MURS signs to Tech N9ne’s Strange Music

The Tunes:
Major Lazer – Aerosol Can (ft. Pharrell)
Justin Bieber – Confident (ft. Chance The Rapper) [Video]
St. Vincent – Prince Johnny
Broken Bells – Leave It Alone
Kelis – Jerk Ribs
Future – Move That Dope (ft. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Robes (ft. Earl Sweatshirt & Domo Genesis)
Jennifer Lopez – Same Girl [Video]
The Foreign Exchange – Better (ft. Eric Roberson & Shana Tucker) [Video]
Isaiah Rashad – Soliloquy [Video] | Menthol (ft. Jean Deaux)
Ratking – Canal

The Charts:
Hot 100: Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (ft. Juicy J)
Radio: One Republic – “Counting Stars”
Digital: Katy Perry – “Dark Horse” (ft. Juicy J)
200: Frozen – Original Soundtrack
R&B: Beyoncé – Beyoncé
Rap: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
Rock: Lorde – Pure Heroine
Independent: Of Mice & Men – Restoring Force
*Indicates New Entry

The Bonus Tracks:
Noisey goes to Chiraq, and a $5 million violin gets taken

The Listening Magazine Presents #MonthlyMix: January 2014

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The Listening Magazine is proud to drop the first edition of our monthly series titled Monthly Mix! The mix will consist of the hottest, most monumental tracks to be released over the past month. This month, the mix includes artists such as Drake, Beyonce, The Cool Kids, Broken Bells, and many more. Take a listen below and follow us on Soundcloud for more in the future!

The Rap Up | Week of January 24, 2014

Rap Up

This Week In Music:

Justin Bieber's mug shot after being arrested for DUI. (Credit to Miami Police Department)

Justin Bieber’s mug shot after being arrested for DUI. (Credit to Miami Police Department)

As of late, Justin Bieber’s knack for hit-making has been paralleled only by his ability to make headlines for controversial topics. In the latest of these headlines, the 19-year-old was arrested in Miami for driving under the influence, resisting arrest, and driving with a suspended license. The arrest came after the pop star reportedly was involved in a drag race with fellow musician and friend Khalil Sharief. The race saw both artists travelling at speeds twice the amount of the speed limit in a residential area of Miami. Continue reading

The Hype | Ultimate Warrior Presents “High Stake$”, Loaded Lux vs. Hollow Da Don

UW

Battling has always been a huge component of hip hop culture. From the days of its inception, the culture has always been influenced by the aggressive, lyrically-driven, competitive nature associated with battling. While some artists become known for their hits, emcees such as Busy Bee, Kool Moe Dee, and even LL Cool J remain infamous for their role in the battle culture over the years. With that being said, proponents of battle culture are as excited as they have ever been over the past few decades, as the Ultimate Warrior Battle League is set to host arguably the biggest rap battle event in history this weekend. Continue reading

The Feature: Drake, The Makings Of A Mogul

Drake

For half of a decade, Drake has been a mainstay in regards to the hottest names in the music industry. In a generation loaded with flash-in-the-pan artists, the Toronto-bred emcee’s perennial popularity is an astounding achievement, and a testament to his star power. Drake’s extended period of success has largely been due to the combination of his unique sound, his charisma and connection with his listeners, the establishment of his own brand, and his ventures outside of the music industry. Drake possesses a rare blend of qualities which have made him a household name and provide him the potential to be much more. 2014 will be the year that Drake solidifies his spot amongst the hierarchy of the music industry’s elite. Continue reading