After 37 episodes, four background changes, and one cake to the face, Trending Topics is no more. But don't worry, a similar and better show is taking it's place. Say hello to Delete Your History.
Delete Your History is a show about one celebrity and the internet. We'll dig up their embarrassing old tweets, pictures that make us wonder, and videos that need some explaining.
Comedian, actor, and screenwriter Marlon Wayans has a long history in entertainment. He also has a long history with the internet. On the series premiere of Delete Your History, Marlon explains why 2Pac wouldn't like today's rap and how Lil Pump is showing early signs of “crackheadness,” but he can't deny the catchiness of “Gucci Gang.”
Season 1 of Delete Your History will feature 12 episodes, and we've got a wild cast of guests coming up that includes plenty of new rappers, one of the internet's most polarizing antagonists, a celebrity with a sex tape, and the most family-friendly artist to ever collaborate with R. Kelly. It's going to get interesting. Check out the Marlon Wayans episode above, and get ready for a fun season. Thanks for watching.
Lil Skies released his first-ever project, Alone, in January of 2017. By the end of that same year, his life had changed drastically: the Waynesboro, PA rapper had become one of the internet's buzziest rappers, was about to go on tour with Lil Uzi Vert, signed a deal, and even made it through his first press tour. Skies made the right allies along the way, including director Cole Bennett, the YouTube sensations CUFBOYS, and singer/songwriter Landon Cube.
The 19-year-old teamed with Bennett and Cube for the “Nowadays” and “Red Roses” videos, both of which have become breakout hits for Skies. The songs appear on the Life of a Dark Rose project, which dropped back in December. When we linked up with him in New York City, the artist born Kimetrius Foose had just announced his first headlining tour. “I'm making it, but I ain't made it yet,” he told us. “This is my art… I'm trying to make all types of music for all types of crowds. I want it to be everywhere.”
Part of his appeal lies in a subversion of expectations. Lil Skies might have similar traits (tattoos abound, including the numbers eight and nine on his eyelids) to the wave of “SoundCloud rappers” that dominated industry conversations in 2017, but he's coming with a different sound. Life of a Dark Rose is unique in its straightforwardness—Skies' voice is largely unimpeded by effects and filters, and he has the bars to back it up. From the opening “Welcome To The Rodeo,” he's right up in your face, a defiant new voice of a generation finding its confidence. Skies' career is just beginning, but he's already sounding like a pro. “I can't stop even if I wanted to,” he says. “Now I got it, so I have to keep moving. Even when shit's good.”
Watch our latest Who Is? with Skies above, and revisit his Trending Topics episode below.
Chicago singer Ravyn Lenae has the voice of an angel. Her Midnight Moonlight EP was one of our favorite projects of 2017, and she's showing no signs of slowing down in 2018. Her latest project Crush is out today, and is executive produced by Steve Lacy. So it's only right we brought her in for the latest episode of Trending Topics to talk about her new EP, Steve's studio habits, why Chance The Rapper represents Chicago so well, and much more.
Check out the interview with Ravyn above and listen to her excellent new EP now.
Smokepurpp doesn't give a fuck what you think. That much will be clear if you've spent any time watching his and Lil Pump's adventures on social media. Their raw and reckless energy is part of what their fans like so much about the two artists, and that same energy has them Tweeting things like “Bitch I'm better than j Cole. Fuck all that lyrical shit” (Lil Pump, 2016) and teasing a J. Cole diss track.
In a new interview with Montreality, Smokepurpp makes clear that none of this should be taken too seriously. “Nowadays everything is kind of a troll, so people know it's trolling, but if you don't, we don't care, Pump doesn't care,” he says. He goes on to remind critics of younger artists that music is always evolving, and that's just natural.
“The OGs that are around right now don't sound like the OGs that were around before them. We don't sound like our OGs and when we're the OGs, the younger people are not going to sound like us. Music is art, there's no specific way to make art, you could do what you want, you could grab a mic and fart on that sh*t and go viral. If we want to mumble rap, we can mumble rap.”
Smokepurpp also speaks on Lil Peep, his favorite rapper 50 Cent, chasing your dreams, and more. Watch the interview below and then check out what happened when we had Smokepurpp on Trending Topics.
Earlier this year, Los Angeles-based artist Kailee Morgue went viral on Twitter with a raw version of a song she was working on. That song ended up being the awesome “Medusa,” and now it's racking up hundreds of thousands of plays across platforms. Kailee's signed to Republic Records now and working on her debut album, and we can't wait to hear what's next. For now, get familiar with Kailee's history, love for Paramore and Gwen Stefani, and her job before becoming a full-time musician in our latest episode of Trending Topics.
Watch Kailee's Trending Topics episode above, and check out “Medusa” below:
Wiz Khalifa's new project Laugh Now, Fly Later dropped earlier this month, and he came by for a new episode of Trending Topics to speak about his favorite rapper in the world (Cam'ron), why people should smoke weed instead of cigarettes, and his close relationship with Curren$y.
Having come up during the peak of the blog era, Wiz also took a moment to share his thoughts on the current relevance of blogs: “I just think blogs definitely still matter as much as they did before, I just think the content is different. People have come up so many other ways, like SoundCloud. And now if you, like, piss on your homeboy while he's sleeping, you'll get popular on Instagram.”
During his visit, Khalifa also had a chance to make good on his promise (eight years later) to reward every blog and DJ for their support of Burn After Rolling with white papers:
Maryland rapper IDK just released his debut album IWasVeryBad, so it's only right we brought him on Trending Topics.
The artist formerly known as Jay IDK discusses the time he met Diddy, the SZA collab of his dreams, his new album, and why everyone in the industry is copying him. Seriously guys, stop stealing ideas from IDK. Check out the full interview above, and let us know in the comments who you want to see on Trending Topics next. We also spoke with IDK to discuss the making of “Pizza Shop” as well as the role that visuals play on his album.
Listen to IWasVeryBadhere, and watch our Who Is? with IDK below.
In the past year, we've seen so many rappers go from SoundCloud sensations to mainstream newcomers. It feels like an entirely new wave, but how many of these artists are going to last? That's still to be seen, but one thing is becoming increasingly clear: Ski Mask The Slump God is here to stay. He's been making all the right moves while dropping quality music, and it's paying off.
A Boogie Wit da Hoodie is on fire. His song “Drowning” is racking up hundreds of millions of plays, and his new album The Bigger Artist includes features from 21 Savage, Trey Songz, Kodak Black, and more. A Boogie stopped by for the latest episode of Trending Topics, and discussed his new music, NYC summers, Kanye's College Dropout, and having a daughter. Let us know who you want to see on Trending Topics next in the comments.
Check out our Who Is? with A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and our Trending Topics with Smokepurpp below.
As we learn more about the group of artists first classified as “SoundCloud rappers,” the title feels increasingly inadequate. Smokepurpp is the latest South Florida phenom to break big, recently signing with Alamo Records and landing features from Chief Keef, Travis Scott, and D.R.A.M. for his Deadstar release.
Now that he's fully in the public eye, we wanted to see what Smokepurpp was thinking about during his rise—so we took a trip in Twitter's time machine and asked the Miami rapper what was going through his head when he forgot what a chicken was.
Watch the latest episode of Trending Topics above, and listen to Deadstar below.
Catch Smokepurpp live on the Pigeons & Planes stage at ComplexCon, which goes down November 4 and 5 in Long Beach, California. Tickets are on sale now.