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Roddy Ricch hits the gas in “Album Mode”



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If his sophomore album is anything like Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial, you can guarantee that just about everybody is ready for another full-length collection of music from Roddy Ricch.

The Compton rapper came onto the scene in a major way last year, proving all of his day one fans correctly by becoming one of the most buzz-worthy artists of the year. Despite not releasing a project in 2020, his late-2019 drop remains in rotation and was one of the best albums of the year. He has been described as one of rap’s MVPs of this year and, from the sounds of things, he’ll be taking over next year as well.

Landing in Atlanta, Roddy Ricch hopped out of the private jet and made a major declaration, claiming to be in “album mode” and getting us all riled up. Considering the fact that he’s working on the album right now, we can possibly expect a release in 2021, perhaps when the world is a little more normal. 

Roddy was recently featured on the “Lemonade” remix, which has been dominating the charts globally for the last few weeks.

Source: HotNewHipHop

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Megan Thee Stallion Auditioned for ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Before Her Fame



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Before Megan Thee Stallion became one of the most beloved rappers in the industry, she auditioned for a role on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop series.

On Monday, the network shared a video clip from Meg’s audition, with commentary from some current Love & Hip Hop cast members, including Sukihana and Ray J.

“It’s Megan Thee Stallion AKA young Tina Snow AKA H-Town Hottie and I’m from Houston Texas and I’m just the best female rapper that’s poppin’ off right now,” Meg said in the video. “And on top of that, I’m a full-time college student.” Meg also talks about her late mother’s rapping and how she told her mother at 18 that she wanted to become an artist.

“Megan is gonna become a household name,” she continued. “When you’re talkin’ about those poppin’ rappers, I’m going to be in that conversation.” While VH1 ultimately decided not to invite the rapper to be on the show, Meg seemingly predicted her own career.

In other Meg-related news, the Good News rapper recently appeared to address Tory Lanez’s announcement of his DaBaby collab. Lanez took to Instagram to share a photo of him and DaBaby on what looks to be a video shoot. While Meg’s fans were upset, she came to DaBaby’s defense, tweeting, “That shit was old and not cleared.” She also teased the impending arrival of her “Cry Baby” video with the Charlotte native.

Source: Hip Hop DX

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Lil Baby passes Taylor Swift in Album Sales for 2020 with ‘My Turn’



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Lil Baby’s My Turn album helped fuel the Atlanta native’s rise into the upper echelon of rap’s next generation of superstars and played a major role in Baby putting forth a banner 2020 campaign. On January 7, Neilsen Music/MRC Data revealed My Turn was 2020’s most popular album throughout all genres in the United States.

My Turn earned 2.63 million total album-equivalent units for the project to take the top spot over Taylor Swift’s Folklore at No. 2 (2.204 million). Baby’s sophomore album was also the most-streamed effort of the year with the collection of tracks, banking 3.93 billion streams during 2020. However, the LP has only sold about 40,000 copies in traditional album sales.

Rap was well represented across the Top 10. Behind Baby and T-Swift saw Pop Smoke’s posthumous debut Shoot For The Stars, Aim For the Moon (No. 3/2.198 million), Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die (No. 5/1.990 million), Post Malone’s Hollywood’s Bleeding (No. 6/1.895 million), Lil Uzi Vert’s Eternal Atake (No. 7/1.860 million) and Roddy Ricch’s Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial (No. 8/1.792 million) round out the list.

The Quality Control rapper unleashed My Turn on February 28 last year. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 with roughly 197,000 total album-equivalent units and held the No. 1 spot for five nonconsecutive weeks. My Turn reportedly raked in over $19 million during the year and became the first 2020 project to go multi-platinum.

According to Billboard, Hip-Hop/R&B was responsible for over 30 percent of all on-demand song streams in 2020, which is the largest of any genre in music.

Find the entire Top 10 list of albums below.

1. Lil Baby, My Turn (2.632 million)
2. Taylor Swift, Folklore (2.204 million)
3. Pop Smoke, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon (2.198 million)
4. The Weeknd, After Hours (2.032 million)
5. Juice WRLD, Legends Never Die (1.990 million)
6. Post Malone, Hollywood’s Bleeding (1.895 million)
7. Lil Uzi Vert, Eternal Atake (1.860 million)
8. Roddy Ricch, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial (1.792 million)
9. Harry Styles, Fine Line (1.522 million)
10. Luke Combs, What You See Is What You Get (1.475 million)

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Vio Beats shares his recipe for success in his interview



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After producing countless instrumentals and songs, producer Vio Beats tells us what is most important for an artist or producer to become successful.

Today we are interviewing the record producer behind many catchy songs, and even more sales on BeatStars. Vio Beats has been making moves in the industry and now they are starting to pay off. See what the young producer has to say.

Hey Vio, what’s good? It’s good to have you on our blog. How are you?

Hey, what’s up! I’ve been doing great lately. Thanks, and yourself?

I’m doing great as well, thanks. Let’s get started with the first question.
How did you come up with the name Vio? Is there any special meaning behind it?

The name Vio has developed through a few circumstances actually. It never really was planned at first. I was listening to an amazing German artist named Cro who had his own clothing merchandise that went by the name VioVio and I thought it sounded cool, but only without being doubled. Then after a while, I was thinking to myself that the “V” could stand for Virgo since that’s my zodiac. It’s short, simple, and has meaning to it, that’s why I ended up using it as an artist name.

Did you grow up listening to Hip-Hop since you are mainly producing in that genre?

Yes. The first time I was exposed to Hip-Hop music was around the age of six. I still remember Eminem’s Lose Yourself running on MTV and jamming to it. Usher’s song Yeah! was also a big hit I enjoyed listening to a few years after. For some reason, those things just stick with you, even after all this time has passed.

When did you produce your first beat?

I believe I was in 12th grade at the time, which means in 2014. To be honest, I didn’t really know too much about making beats. Most of my friends weren’t into the modern type of rap or weren’t into producing music themselves. I just figured, hey what’s it like to make your own beats, and gave it a shot. At the time, I first used FL Studio and didn’t know anything about mixing or mastering. The creativity was there but everything sounded awful.

Did you continue to go to school after high school?

I did. I went to study General Studies at Tidewater Community College in Virginia Beach from 2016 to 2017 and got my Associate’s degree. Then, I decided to take a break for a year and went to Germany to get my certificate in Audio Engineering. As of now, I am still continuing my studies and trying to advance my knowledge as best I can. I’m currently studying for my Bachelor’s degree in Audio Engineering at the London Metropolitan University.

Is there anything you regret doing since you started?

Yes, of course. For the most part, everything went pretty decent, but you realize that a lot of people you hang around with aren’t your actual friends. You honestly receive more support from the people you don’t know, then the ones close to you.

What’s the story behind Vio Beats and Turtle Boy Troy?

Nice, you’re actually the first to ask about that. We met on a music website named Clowdy (now Twine) back then. We exchanged information and started talking and working on some projects from there on out. After a few years, things just got a whole lot more serious and his popularity started rising. We are still working together on songs and plan to do so for as long as possible.

Are you signed now?

Yes, under an independent record label. Major Vibe.

We have seen you offer kits for producers. Do you plan on releasing more in the future?

Most definitely! I love making kits! There will be many more to come.

What do you think of BeatStars?

BeatStars is a wonderful platform for producers to unleash their talents, no matter what age or income. They offer free membership, so you don’t even have to spend a dime. I think they have helped lots of producers from all over the world make a living.

What would you like to tell upcoming producers?

Wherever you are, no matter your income, or the circumstances you are facing, remember that you can do what you desire if you put your heart and passion into it. Stop looking for new gear online. Trust me. A lot of new producers make that mistake and believe that buying new gear will make your music so much better. It will improve your sound but not by the amount you’re expecting. Rather use the money for marketing and your brand. You will benefit way more from it. Success comes from hard work and it takes consistency, even when you are feeling down and are facing issues. The question is what is stronger, your passion for music, or the urge to give up? You decide.

That would be it. Thanks for sharing with us!

Absolutely! Thanks for having me.

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