News: @Drake Houston Appreciation Weekend Schedule

June 4, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

If you happen to be in Houston, Texas June 12-15 then Toronto’s own Drake has something very special in store for fans as he plans to dedicate the entire weekend to the city of Houston titled ‘Houston Appreciation Weekend’. Today we have the official schedule which you can check out after the jump. Read More

News: Pharrell Told Future “Man, I Don’t Know If I Should Do ‘Move That Dope.”

May 23, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

While Future’s “Move That Dope” featuring Skateboard P, Pusha and Casino was one of the better tastings of Future’s Honest opus, Mr. Happy was reluctant to attach his verse to the Mike Will Made It produced cut.

Rightfully so, Pharrell had plenty reason to be hesitant being on a track mentioning the service of Ye. With “Happy” sitting pretty in the faces of corporate america and the Oscars coming up, Williams didn’t want the backlash of the aggressive street anthem.

Future tells Billboard of convincing P to hop on the beat

“It was a difficult situation for him,” Future recalls. “He was going to the Oscars, and whatever he was in was a different music space, and to get him to do a verse on a song with that subject matter was difficult. He was like, ‘Man, I don’t know if I should do this, ’cause I don’t want, like, a big backlash on me. I love this song, but I don’t want a backlash.’ I was like, ‘Man, no, it’s a positive message. The verse is telling people to let everything go. You have a message that’s positive throughout your verse. I think people need to hear that, ’cause your voice is such a big voice in hip-hop.’ And he was down with it in the end.”

RESPECT: BB

News: Complete Lineups For Philly & LA ‘Budweiser Made In America’ Festival Revealed

May 22, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

The complete lineups have officially been revealed for both the Philadelphia & Los Angeles ‘Budweiser Made In America’ festivals which will take place August 30-31. The cast for this years is very strong especially on the LA portion of the festival which includes Kendrick Lamar, YG, Nipsey Hussle, Cypress Hill, DJ Mustard, Schoolboy Q, Rita Ora and many more. The Philadelphia lineup includes Kanye West, Kings Of Leon, Pharrell, J. Cole, & many more. Click the jump for the complete lineups and more information regarding the festival. Read More

Papoose On Summer Jam ’14: “If I Decide To Take Over This Year, That’s What I’m Gonna Have To Do.”

May 21, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  1 Comment

I’m truly convinced Mr. Poose is in his own bubble let alone universe. Aside from thinking his lyrical prowess tops Mr. Carter (hey everyone is entitled to their own opinion…even it’s complete bullshit), the Brooklyn rapper says if taking over HOT 97′s Summer Jam ’14 is on his plate Sunday, June 1st? Then that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Oh, you were under a rock last year? Well Pap jumped out on Kendrick’s set to the surprise of EVERYONE that was in attendance at hip-hop’s Super Bowl. From the good folks at HOT 97, to the goons in the high heights of the cheap seats, NO ONE knew what was going on when Pap and his smiley face pendant graced the historical stage.

One would think Pap would keep clear of Summer Jam this year since they’re probably trying to repeat last years fiasco, but nah- Pap wants back in on the action. Peep what Pap told XXLMag.com earlier today!

You never know,” he said, laughing, when asked if he had plans for this year’s festival. “I’m kind of like spontaneous; you never know what Papoose might do, it depends on how I’m feeling on a particular day. If I feel like coming out, I’m coming out; if I don’t I’ll fall back, same thing as last year. Like I did last year—I take what I want. So if I decide to take over this shit this year, that’s what I’m gonna have to do. I was the headliner last year, you know what I mean? [Laughs] By choice.”

RESPECT: XXL

Childish Gambino Set To Release New Project This Year

May 19, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Power 106′s Mando Fresko recently caught up with Childish Gambino who revealed that HE WILL be releasing a new project this year. The project will be his first full release since 2013′s, Because The Internet. Stay tuned for more information.

RESPECT: HHDX

NEWS: @S_C_ & @Beyonce Lead Nominations For 2014 BET Awards With Five A Piece

May 14, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  1 Comment

And the nominees are IN! The 2014 BET Awards are set to take place on Sunday, June 29th at 8pm ET on BET Networks from the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. The network just revealed the nominees today with JAY Z, Beyonce and Drake leading the nomniations with five a piece. Pharrell and newcomer, August Alsina are right behind them snatching four. The host for the show will be announced tonight on 106 & Park at 6pm! Peep the nominee list, below!

Best Female R&B/Pop Artist
Beyoncé
Janelle Monáe
Jhené Aiko
K. Michelle
Rihanna
Tamar Braxton

Best Male R&B/Pop Artist
August Alsina
Chris Brown
John Legend
Justin Timberlake
Pharrell Williams

Best Group
A$AP Mob
Daft Punk
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
TGT
Young Money

Best Collaboration
August Alsina f/ Trinidad Jame$ – I Luv This
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Drake f/ Majid Jordan – Hold On (We’re Going Home)
JAY Z f/ Justin Timberlake – Holy Grail
Robin Thicke f/ T.I. & Pharrell Williams – Blurred Lines
YG f/ Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan – My Hitta

Best Male Hip Hop Artist
Drake
Future
J. Cole
JAY Z
Kendrick Lamar

Best Female Hip Hop Artist
Angel Haze
Charli Baltimore
Eve
Iggy Azalea
Nicki Minaj

Video of the Year
Beyoncé – Partition
Beyoncé f/ JAY Z – Drunk In Love
Chris Brown – Fine China
Drake – Worst Behavior
Pharrell Williams – Happy

Video Director of the Year
Benny Boom
Chris Brown
Colin Tilley
Director X
Hype Williams

Best New Artist
Ariana Grande
August Alsina
Mack Wilds
Rich Homie Quan
ScHoolboy Q

Best Gospel Artist
Donnie McClurkin
Erica Campbell
Hezekiah Walker
Tamela Mann
Tye Tribbett

Best Actress
Angela Bassett
Gabrielle Union
Kerry Washington
Lupita Nyong’o
Oprah Winfrey

Best Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Forest Whitaker
Idris Elba
Kevin Hart
Michael B. Jordan

YoungStars Award
Gabrielle Douglas
Jacob Latimore
Jaden Smith
KeKe Palmer
Zendaya

Best Movie
12 Years a Slave
The Best Man Holiday
Fruitvale Station
Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain
Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Subway Sportswoman of the Year
Brittney Griner
Lolo Jones
Serena Williams
Skylar Diggins
Venus Williams

Subway Sportsman of the Year
Blake Griffin
Carmelo Anthony
Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Kevin Durant
LeBron James

Centric Award
Aloe Blacc – The Man
Jennifer Hudson f/ T.I. – I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)
Jhené Aiko – The Worst
LiV Warfield – Why Do You Lie?
Wale f/ Sam Dew – LoveHate Thing

Best International Act: Africa
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Sarkodie (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)
Toofan (Togo)

Best International Act: UK
Dizzee Rascal
Ghetts
Krept & Konan
Laura Mvula
Rita Ora
Tinie Tempah

Coca-Cola’s Viewers’ Choice to be announced on “106 & PARK” tonight at 6 pm/ET.

@Kevin_Gates Announces “By Any Means” Tour

May 8, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

Rising Southern artist and 2014 XXL freshman, Kevin Gates, just announced that he’ll be embarking on a new tour on July 15th. Check out the tour dates above!

Ab-Soul Reveals New Album Title

May 6, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

TDE’s Ab-Soul revealed earlier tonight that the title of his next album will be These Days. Stay tuned for a release date of the album.

News: The 2014 XXL Freshman Cover Revealed

May 5, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS  |  No Comments

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Now the official cover for the 2014 XXL Freshman list has been revealed and although it was what I expected there were a few I thought were interesting. I will elaborate more on this tomorrow but here’s the list. Chance The Rapper, Rich Homie Quan, Isaiah Rashad, Ty Dollar Sign, Lil Durk, Vic Mensa, Kevin Gates, Troy Ave, Lil Bibby, Jon Connor, Jarren Benton, August Alsina

Video: 2 Chainz Responds To Funk Master Flex

May 1, 2014 |  by  |  NEWS, VIDEOS  |  No Comments

So a few weeks back Funk Flex took to ESPN and answered a few questions, one of them being “Who is the worst freestyler to come on your show”? The answer was “2 Chainz”.

Well 2 Chainz has lashed back with some not so encouraging words last night at DJ Prostyle’s birthday event in NYC. Check the video above for the whole clip.

Shouts: HHNM