Our 50 Favorite Wiz Khalifa Songs

In the music world, influence manifests itself in many different ways. Whether it be sonically — changing the sounds that artists use and often creating some sort of new trend and/or subgenre in the process — or aesthetically — changing the “cool” styles in music and the lifestyles that artists speak about in their songs — influence can arrive packaged as a quick viral moment or a lasting flame, both of which hold value in their own rights.  Pittsburgh’s own, the Taylor Gang representative himself, Wiz Khalifa, is one of the rare talents who comes around and entirely shifts the culture in both of the aforementioned ways. Especially when he first came out, Wiz’s lanky, tattooed build and effortlessly cool stoner lifestyle made him a genuinely alluring artist, and while his personal style (snapbacks, the dyed patch of hair, etc.) was worthy of mention, the music was there to back it all up. Simply put, Wiz’s style, both on the mic and off, quickly set a standard for creatives and other artists to congregate toward, marking him as one of music’s most underrated culture-shifters of the last decade or so. Even further, beyond the influence that Wiz has had on a …

Rotation – [NateTaylorr]

NateTaylorr is a rising crooner based out of New Jersey with an intriguing new single in “Rotation.” NateTaylorr gained a lot of traction and notoriety at first when he released his single “Famous” back in 2016 so he’s been grinding for a good while. If we fast forward to 2018, that’s when the Jersey vocalist released a short but impactful extended play with 4 For 1. After a couple of singles which dropped earlier this year, he’s back with a brand new offering in “Rotation.” If you’re into or accustom to the “trapsoul” sound that‘s become so prevalent in R&B now then “Rotation” will satisfy your musical needs. In all honesty, the hard-hitting 808s mixed with the autotune on the track this is similar to something that I’d hear from Travis Scott or even Bryson Tiller. This could be a downside in the future because to some people it could come off as derivative, but it’s still early in Nate’s career where he can still tweak and fine-tune his sound and might I say, he sounds promising so far. Stream NateTaylorr’s new track “Rotation” after the break.

Delaware’s Free Spirit With the Wild Mane, Lil West, Talks Mining Relationships, Finding ‘Balance’ and More on the New Vex Part 1

It’s a safe bet that the vast majority of Americans, asked to name someone from Delaware off the top of their heads, could only come up with that of Joe Biden, the former vice president currently dragging out a will-he-or-won’t-he-run guessing game regarding the 2020 presidential race. But that doesn’t mean the nation’s “First State”—our second smallest in area—hasn’t produced other accomplished individuals, including, in the hip-hop world, one of the more quietly promising young talents to emerge in recent years: melodic genre-buster Lil West. The southern Delaware town of Bridgeville—population, 2000 and change—isn’t what you’d call a hip-hop mecca, but then 20-year-old West is hardly a conventional singer and rapper. The first thing I notice as West and I sit down in a booth at the midtown location of Manhattan favorite Blue Ribbon Sushi—is that his famously wild hair has been brought under control. If the artist has one signature visual trait that’s helped stand him out from the pack during his come-up, it’s a leonine mane that serves as a nice  visual signifier of his free spirit. The hair has been on full display in videos like last year’s “No More” and the recent “Somedays” – but this …

Watch Trippie Redd’s brand new interview with Hot 97

Trippie Redd is one of the best new emcees in the game and his interviews are always entertaining, so when he recently stopped by Hot 97 for a brand new interview I was glued to my computer. You will find the two hosts (TT Torrez and Bobby Trends) asking him about a variety of things such as his jewelry, touring with Travis Scott, his relationship with Wiz Khalifa, Kid Cudi reaching out to him, Young Thug being a mentor to him, his next project, his music not being played on the radio enough, staying to himself, being inspired by Lil Wayne, how he started rapping and so much more. Check out this brand new interview below!

Hip-Hop And The Grammys: It’s Complicated

On the Recording Academy’s Up-and-Down Relationship with Rap     The scent of weed wafting its way down the hall to my room from Andre3000’s neighboring after party cements the night in my mind like it was yesterday. Andre had reason to celebrate: it was 2004, and Outkast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below had just won what is generally considered to be the top prize on “Music’s Biggest Night”—the Grammy Award for album of the year. I remember the night, and that smell of success, like it was yesterday. But it was hardly yesterday, was it? It’s the most oft-mentioned, ongoing streak of embarrassment for the Grammys, but it must be repeated annually until it’s broken: it has been fifteen years since that Outkast win, and no rap project since has reached the Grammy summit. Plenty of worthy LP’s have been nominated, but all have come up short, including exceptional  releases by Lil Wayne, Drake, Jay-Z and—three times each, Eminem, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar. That’s fifteen years, mind you, in which hip-hop has only solidified its place as contemporary culture’s preeminent sound and style. What can you say? Fool me once…but fool me fifteen times? The 61st Grammy Awards will take …

Victory Lap – [Nipsey Hussle]

Nipsey Hussle ends 2018 with a strong statement in the form of his new “Victory Lap” music video. The video follows Nipsey as he treks up ancient Mayan ruins, basks in the sun at the bow of a speeding boat and relaxing with the squad on the stoops of his hometown. Truly embodying a victory lap, Nispey reminds us what made his 2018 so great and what will make this new year even more successful as we are treated to a series of panoramic shots of Nipsey globe-trotting. Keep in mind Nipsey Hussle’s, Victory Lap is currently up for Best Rap Album of the year contending against Travis Scott, Cardi B, Pusha T and Mac Miller. Watch the new music video for “Victory Lap” from Nipsy Hussle and make sure to leave us your thoughts on the video and the album in the comment section below!

Watch Maxo Kream & Da$h Talk About The Making of Their Hit Song, “Fetti”

Without a doubt, one of the most important songs of the SoundCloud generation over the past few years is “Fetti” by Maxo Kream, Da$h, and Playboi Carti. Influential as can be and undeniably timeless, this track has touched all corners of the rap world in some way, shape, or form, and it goes without saying that “Fetti” will still shut down a venue on any given night. Here on our pages to speak on the creation of the song, Maxo Kream and Da$h stopped by No Jumper the other day to talk about how such an iconic offering came together. Additionally, they speak on a plethora of other rap-related topics and hilarious stories, offering gem-worthy anecdotes than any rap fans will love to hear on Houston, Travis Scott, putting on for your city, and much more. This is a fantastic interview, so check it out below and run back “Fetti” here!

YOSEMITE – [Travis Scott]

Needless to say, Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD has made major waves since its release, as aspects from the quality of music to the sheer skill in production and orchestration have found Travis in a lane all his own this year.  Recently receiving an honorary ‘ASTROWORLD DAY’ in his hometown of Houston, Texas, Travis is continuing his hot streak with the release of his cinematic visual for “YOSEMITE.” The video, in true La Flame fashion, taps into the creative mind of Scott while bringing his ASTROWORLD theme park to life. The video utilizes the suspense until the infamous beat switch of the song which is translated in the video through a boy’s journey through an alternate universe in which he discovers the abandoned, yet fully functional, ASTROWORLD. Gunna and Travis are seen aboard a private jet while rapping their respective verses looking down upon the desolate theme park. Watch Travis Scott’s new video for “YOSEMITE” below and tell us what you think of the cinematic new visual in the comment section!

Watch Travis Scott Perform a Skeletons/Astrothunder Medley on SNL with John Mayer & Kevin Parker

The opportunity to perform on SNL as the musical guest is an iconic moment in an artists career. Incredible artists like Prince, A Tribe Called Quest, SZA, Chance the Rapper and The Weeknd have all graced the SNL stage. This past Saturday Houston’s own, Travis Scott delivered an abstract and stunning performance of his songs, “Skeletons” and “Astrothunder.” The medley was brought to life by the accompaniment of John Mayer and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, who assist Travis Scott in bringing the medley to life. The performance focuses on the live instrumentation as the floor of the stage is filled with smoke. Dark lights and additional fog create a ghostly setting for the artists to truly shine, showcasing Travis’ vocal ability, Mayer’s subtle guitar and Parker’s deep bass. Get lost in Travis Scott’s live performance on SNL and give us your thoughts in the comments below!

Tha Carter V – [Lil Wayne]

Late last night hip-hop legend and Lyrical Lemonade favorite Lil Wayne released his long awaited album Tha Carter V, and any Lil Wayne fan can tell you about the true significance of this day, having waited seven years since Tha Carter IV. When this album released last night at midnight I listened all the way through it a couple times, but I wanted to run through it a few more times this morning before I wrote this post, and man I truly am speechless. There was plenty of high moments on this album for me, but a couple stand outs included the beautiful & soulful outro “Let It All Work Out” as well as master piece “Mona Lisa” featuring Kendrick Lamar where they both flex their storytelling skills. The features on this album were absolutely star studded, coming from the likes of Nicki Minaj, XXXTentacion, Travis Scott, Kendrick Lamar, Sosamann, his daughter Reginae Carter, Snoop Dogg, Ashanti, Nivea, Mack Maine and Sampha. I could continue to type for hours with the excitement I have from listening to this all around stellar album again & again, but go ahead & give it a spin for yourself via Apple Music here!   Production by Metro …