With apologies to De La Soul, five is the magic number. It’s usually the amount of albums in a standard record deal, but few MCs ever fulfill their contractual obligations with as much aplomb as they started. Whether an artist peaks early or late, staying consistent over the duration of five albums has proven challenging no matter the era in hip-hop. XXLmag.com decided to rank the best first-five album runs in hip-hop history (First 5). A new act and their ranking will be revealed each day of the week throughout the month of October and the Top 5 will be revealed on November 5th.
October 09, 2012
October 09, 2012
"Ball" ft. Lil Wayne hits iTunes next Tuesday, October 16th. The music video will premiere October 22nd.
T.I.'s new album "Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head" available December 18th.
October 08, 2012
Trouble Tuesdays start tomorrow with exclusive, behind the scenes photos from the video shoot for "Ball" feautring Lil Wayne.
October 03, 2012
In a new interview with Rap-Up, Tip spoke on writing his second novel, as well as the recent brawl that broke out at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Check out his comments below...
On Writing Trouble & Triumph:
“It was actually easier, because I had a starting point,” he said. When asked if the novel’s street love story was inspired by real life, the King of the South laughed it off. “Nah, these are entirely fictional characters.”
On the recent fight between Rick Ross and Young Jeezy:
“I didn’t even know about the fight,” said Tip, although he did attribute male ego and pride as being the root of most
October 02, 2012
T.I. will be on tonight's episode of Fuse's Top 20 Countdown! Tune in and watch at 10/9c!
September 28, 2012
Congratulations to Atlantic's own king, T.I., who gives an awards speech after being presented with the "Living Legend" award from ASCAP at the kick off Legends Ball for the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards.