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Drake Drops New Tracks from Upcoming ‘Views From The 6′

Probably the best line is, “All the school kids are so sick of books and learning / They don’t read anymore… They just want to be like all the rappers that I can’t stand / N**gaz we don’t need anymore”. How Drake managed to pull off a boast about his own relevancy, a diss to all the irrelevant rappers, and a plea for children to stay in school is beyond […]

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Drake Vs. Lil Wayne Tour Ramps Up

Going up against your boss is never a small feat, but Drake proves that he is more than ready to go toe-to-toe with his mentor and Young Money label head in the Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour. Exciting lyrical battle? Check. Swag-dropping braggadocio? Check. One hell of a publicity stunt? Check. But has the student become the master now? The Drake vs. Lil Wayne tour began August 8 and is […]


Drake’s Houston Appreciation Weekend

He-Haw!! Drizzy Drake’s got mad love for Texas.  The “Started from the Bottom” rapper announced in March on his Instagram a first annual concert series called “Houston Appreciation Weekend (HAW).”  Now the big weekend is here, starting Thursday, June 12 and running through Sunday, June 15.  Scheduled HAW activities include: Drake’s Warehouse Live Concert, the launch of OVO Pop-Up Shop, a Habibiz Hookah Pop-Up, an after party featuring Lil Wayne […]


Diddy & Drake To Headline New York Pre-Super Bowl Concert

VH1 also to host nightly NYC concerts leading up to the Super Bowl

On Thursday, rapper Diddy made a special announcement via Twitter about a private concert to take place on Feb. 1 at Time Warner Studios in New York City, one day before the Super Bowl. The show, hosted by Diddy’s newly formed Revolt TV, will feature both Diddy and Drake, with New York’s very own Funkmaster Flex and Ross One as DJs for the evening.  Fans can get free tickets for […]


Drake and Noah Shebib Cancel Posthumous Aaliyah Album

MIMO is happy to welcome a new writer to our staff: Berenice Famili, who will be covering our hip-hop and R&B categories. Her debut piece is below. –Ed. So, remember that posthumous Aaliyah album that Producer Noah “40” Shebib and Drake were planning to release? Well, it looks like it’s not happening anymore–it has reportedly been canceled. Shebib stated in a recent interview with Vibe magazine: “The world reacting to […]

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Drake “Nothing Was The Same”–Album Review

OVO Sound/Young Money Cash Money/Republic (2013)

Wearing your heart on your sleeve and rapping about your feelings – be it about women, haters, family – is all but the norm in hip-hop. On the surface, that’s the perception driven by gossip-mongering websites and blog headlines, Facebook status updates, tweets and memes. The downside of this perception is a depreciation of music’s intrinsic value. Hip-hop core fans these days conveniently forget that the late great Tupac Shakur […]


Ten Most Anticipated Hip-Hop Albums For The Rest of 2013

It has been a busy summer for hip-hop releases, what with Kanye West’s Yeezus and Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail releasing within two weeks of each other, while the new crop of ‘it’-rappers, including J. Cole, Mac Miller and Wale, put out their sophomore albums in between. There are literally dozens of buzzing indie artists and upstarts who put out quality work–we would be remiss not to mention Queens […]


Started From The Bottom: Drake’s Newest Single & Its Freestyle Spinoffs

“October’s Very Own” is back with a vengeance. 2011 was Drake’s year, as evidenced by the success of his second LP Take Care. Young Money/Cash Money’s Canadian superstar blew up the internet when he announced that he was in the middle of putting together his third album. The lead single for that next album, titled “Started From The Bottom,” was set to be heard around the world on the evening […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 10.20.12)

Welcome to your Weekly Mixtape October 20, 2012.   A$AP Rocky ft. Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar, “F**kin Problem” This entry to the canon of collaborative promotional singles brings to the table a perfect mixture of star power, malleability and broader-than-hell themes. You have the aggressive, “back-off” attitude of the whole enterprise, combined with a beat that will kindly step aside and allow A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar to […]


Hip-Hop, meet Diplo. Diplo, Hip-Hop.

After achieving superstar status midway through the past decade thanks to his work with girlfriend/acolyte M.I.A., producer/DJ Diplo went to work dabbling his fingers in just about all of pop music’s current iterations. Often called in to lend hipster credibility and a danceable flavor to major pop releases, Diplo has wound up placing some of his best work on the albums of hip-hop artists whose ambitions include a crossover to […]


Weekly Mixtape: The Week’s Best Tracks (Edition 5.4.12)

Welcome to Weekly Mixtape, where we handpick the week’s best tracks for your auditory enjoyment. No need to thank us, it’s cool. Kanye West ft. Bon Iver, “Lost In the World” I might as well just start calling this thing “The Kanye West Report”. This single, perhaps the last from West’s brilliant My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, features Justin Vernon of Bon Iver lending a vocal hook to a K-West […]