Swae Lee’s ‘Swaecation’ Solo Debut Is Coming Very Soon

It may still be winter, but it looks like it's time for a Swaecation.

Swae Lee is breaking out from his brotherly duo Rae Sremmurd momentarily to give fans his first solo project. On Twitter the 24-year-old rapper/singer announced that 2018 will be the year of Swae Lee with Swaecation Vol. 1, alongside Rae Sremmurd’s highly-anticipated next album SremmLife 3.When a fan asked how soon we could expect a project full of melodic hooks and R&B flavors, Swae responded “definitely in like less than a month confirmed.”

Of course Swae is no stranger to working without his brother Slim Jxmmi. The singer has lent his melodious vocals to many collaborators including French Montana, Ty Dolla Sign, and Trippie Redd.

This new project, however, does not signal steps toward the end of one of the most successful sibling duos of all time. On the contrary, it looks like they're just getting started. SremmLife 3 is on the way, and in a new documentary about the group, Mike WiLL Made-It said “Sremm, they're ready to be in movies, they're ready to be in commercials, they're ready to be models.” 

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There's no word yet on what collabs, if any, will be on Swae's upcoming project or what kind of sounds we can expect, but we'll take this little piece of advice from the artist himself and stay optimistic that good things are coming our way. 

 

Stay optimistic , what’s yours will come your way

A post shared by Swae Lee (@swaelee) on Jan 8, 2018 at 2:01pm PST

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It’s Time to Stop Using the Term “SoundCloud Rap”

As of right now, we promise not to call anything SoundCloud rap.

Despite how restrictive that label was, we all knew what it meant. It described a unique scene that existed on the SoundCloud platform and for a minute, it was useful. Since then, things have changed. Artists like Lil Pump, Trippie Redd, and Ski Mask The Slump God are now a part of the mainstream discussion. They're in the charts, on the radio, and selling out shows around the world. It's much bigger than SoundCloud.

For some reason, a lot of people are still calling it all SoundCloud rap. Let's stop. In our latest P&P Update, we discuss the term SoundCloud rap, explain why we're done using it, and look to the future.

R.I.P. SoundCloud rap. It was fun while it lasted.

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Trippie Redd, Jessie Reyez, and More Artists Set to Take Over in 2018

It’s almost the end of the year, and 2017 was a crazy one for music. We heard some incredible albums, listened to some amazing songs, and were introduced to a lot of great new artists. 2018 is probably going to be a breakout year for a lot of them, and for our latest P&P Update video we take a look at just four artists set to take over.

Watch the video above, and see more video content with Trippie Redd, Injury Reserve, Jessie Reyez, and Joji below.

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Bill Nye Comes for B.o.B About Flat Earth Beliefs

B.o.B made us scratch our heads when he shared in a series of tweets that had “scientific” evidence the Earth was flat and not round.

Bobby Ray is so committed to being a flat Earth truther that he tried to confront Nasa and Neil Degrasse Tyson’s logic on Twitter (and wrote a diss track called “Flatline” at him), dropped a series of mixtapes where he comments on society, politics, and conspiracy theories, and now wants to launch a satellite through a GoFundMe to prove once and for all the Earth is flat.

Then there’s Kyrie Irving, who is also a firm believer that the Earth is flat. But he could be trolling with his stance, who the hell knows.

It’s enough to get Bill Nye so fired up that he wants to debunk every flat Earth theory out there. Complex's Khal and Frazier Tharpe sat down with him recently to hear his thoughts about the phenomenon.

“The dismissal of so much human knowledge is crystallized that the Earth might be flat. It’s just saying, everyone we came before me is a dumbass and that’s wrong,” he says. “The passion, beauty, and joy – the PB&J of science – is you can do it for yourself. It’s not man, woman. It’s not recently from Africa, recently from Europe. It’s true for everyone—the Earth goes around the sun, the Earth is a ball.”

“And if you believe the flat Earth, go to the freaking edge, and take a picture. Post it on the ‘Gram.”

Facts. You can watch the video above.

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Watch DRAM Get Interviewed by Puppies

When the twisted minds behind Hounded first conceived of the show, DRAM's name was circled in red at the top of our guest wish list. His buoyant personality, excellent music, and pro-dog lifestyle put him squarely in our sights—but it almost didn't happen.

Because DRAM's been busy in 2017. He opened for Kendrick Lamar on the latter's DAMN. tour, dropped a bunch of videos, released the #1HappyHoliday EP and high-profile collaborations with the likes of Trippie Redd and Playboi Carti, gifted us a deluxe version of Big Baby D.R.A.M.—the list goes on. 

So the anticipation was real by the time DRAM faced off with the puppies of Hounded (baby bulldogs this time), and the Virginia crooner didn't disappoint. They grilled DRAM on the difference between Hampton Beach and the DMV, his experiences with Kendrick, and what triggers his rage. Watch what happens in the Season 1 finale above, and look out for more of Hounded in 2018.

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Here Are the First Week Sales Projections for Eminem, N*E*R*D, and G-Eazy

This week saw a considerable amount of releases in the hip-hop realm, from Eminem's highly anticipated ninth studio album Revival and G-Eazy's third studio album The Beautiful & Damned, to Jeezy's Pressure. Though we still have a bit of time before the official numbers come in, HITS Daily Double has released its projections for what those numbers will look like.

Unsurprisingly, Eminem is projected to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Charts with an estimated 280-300k total units moved.

G-Eazy's The Beautiful & Damned isn't too far behind with 135-155k. Jeezy's Pressure, which is stacked with features from Diddy , 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, Rick Ross, Kodak Black, Trey Songz, Kendrick LamarJ. Cole and more, is projected to move 55-65k while the soundtrack for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is also dominating the box office, comes in fourth on the list with  38-44k. 

N*E*R*D's fifth studio album NO_ONE EVER REALLY DIES rounds it off with 16-21k. The project boasts features from FutureRihanna, Kendrick Lamar, and more. 

G-Eazy will head on the road beginning in February to support his newly released album. The tour, in which he will be accompanied by Trippie Redd, Phora, and Anthony Russo, will kick off in Houston. Check out dates below. 

The Beautiful & Damned Tour Dates
Feb. 15 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
Feb. 17 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Feb. 18 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at The Moody Theater
Feb. 20 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre
Feb. 22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
Feb. 24 – Los Angeles, CA – The Shrine
Feb. 25 – Las Vegas, NV – Park Theater
Feb. 28 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
March 1 – Oakland, CA – The Fox Theater
March 3 – Seattle, WA – ShoWare Center
March 6 – Denver, CO – 1STBANK Center
March 8 – Minneapolis, MN – Roy Wilkins Auditorium at St. Paul RiverCentre
March 9 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
March 13 – Toronto, ON – Rebel March 14 – Toronto, ON – Rebel
March 16 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Event Center
March 17 – Washington, DC – DAR Constitution Hall
March 18 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
March 20 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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XXXTentacion Reportedly Signs $6 Million Deal With Capitol Ahead of Assault Trial

Florida rapper XXXTentacion has signed a $6 million record deal with Capitol Music Group, according to Billboard. The deal is reportedly through Capitol's indie distributor Caroline. 

XXXTentacion, who was born Jahseh Onfroy, dropped his debut album 17 back in August. It's lone listed feature comes from Trippie Redd. The album, which was released through Bad Vibes Forever/EMPIRE, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, moving 87,000 equivalent album units.

The 19 year-old artist was able to make the deal despite having significant legal troubles. On Oct. 8, 2016, XXX was arrested after allegations of domestic violence were made by his then-girlfriend. He was subsequently charged with aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment, and witness tampering. XXX is set to go to trial on Dec. 11. 

Pitchfork published disturbing excerpts from the alleged victim's 142-page testimony. XXX has denied the charges. 

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How No Jumper’s Adam22 Became an Unlikely Rap Tastemaker

Adam Grandmaison aka Adam22 is a polarizing figure, as are many of the people he interviews. He's a lifelong BMX rider and fan who has become an influential part of conteporary rap culture with his DIY No Jumper video podcasts and vlogs. Based out of his OnSomeShit store on Melrose in Los Angeles, Adam sits down with rising artists for in-depth, unfiltered interviews that often end up feeling like a conversation between old friends.

“The only thing that I want to do in rap is to let up and coming people tell their story,” Adam says, and interviews with artists like Lil Yachty, Ugly God, XXXtentacion, Smokepurpp, Trippie Redd, and Action Bronson have racked up hundreds of millions of views. So how did a lifelong BMX fan in his mid-30s rack up hundreds of millions of views and gain the trust of so many rising rap stars?

We spent some time with him in Los Angeles to find out. Watch what went down above.

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XXXTentacion Builds Hype for Debut Album With 2 New Songs

As fans get closer to the Aug. 25 release date of XXXTentacion’s debut album 17, the South Florida rapper wanted to give them something special. Over the weekend, he shared two tracks—“Ok Shorty!” and “In the End”—that tease the sonic direction of his project.

Or, maybe not? X made sure to write a disclaimer before anyone pressed play: “Don’t worry this is not what my album sounds like lol.” Instead, fans will have to go with his earlier words that 17 is an album that’s “for the depressed ones, for the lost ones.” Earlier snippets displayed a more melancholic sound, and he also previewed a collaboration with Trippie Redd titled “Fuck Love.”

These tracks are roughly two minutes long, but possess X’s infectious energy that you’ve seen before if you watched him perform live. “OK Shorty!” has a Ski Mask the Slump God vibe, with him repeating the refrain “OK Shorty!” several times. “In the End”—not to be confused with Linkin Park’s classic record—​is sorrow-filled as X contemplates about love. “In the end, I won’t run, I won’t hide/It’s too late I won’t stare at the altar,” he sings.

Two different sounds from X. Which one are you feeling more? Check them out below.

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Watch Our Uncut Interview With Trippie Redd

Earlier this month, we spent a day in Miami with Trippie Redd while he was there to perform with XXXTentacion and Tekashi69. We used some of the interview for our 24 Hours in Miami With Trippie Redd video, but a lot of good stuff didn't make the cut.

During the full version of the interview, Trippie tells us about where he comes from (the same small town as Marilyn Manson), why he hates comparisons but loves the number 14, his hit song “Love Scars,” and what he thinks of Kanye West, Drake, and MF DOOM. 

Trippie Redd is a versatile artist with a dynamic personality and there's still a lot we don't know about him, but this interview offers some good insight into Trippie's goals, perspective, and background. Watch the full thing above, and see more from our time in Miami below.

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