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Spotify Confirms Streaming For Drake’s ‘More Life’

It looks like More Life is arriving on (multiple) streaming platforms sooner than later.

After initial reports that the playlist would be an Apple Music Exclusive, similar to Drake’s previous projects If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015) and Views (2016), Spotify tweeted out that they will in fact be streaming it. “New Drake #MoreLife coming soon,” reads the Twitter caption, providing confirmation that More Life will be available to all streaming platforms.

This all-inclusive rollout means big things for Drake and his OVO Sound label, as early projections for the playlist predict over 400,000 equivalent album sales, and 600 million album streams. By comparison, Drake’s previous album, HipHopDX reports that Views pulled in 235 million its first week, on its way to setting multiple streaming records. With this in mind, it looks like More Life will equate to more streams when it premieres on Saturday, March 18th.

UPDATE: The Fader reports that Amazon will also be carrying More Life on the day its released. Check out the tweet below.

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Drake’s Top 5 Rap Feuds

When you’re at the top, people want to tear you down.

This is a lesson that Drake has learned over the years, as the Canadian emcee has been forced to deal with the wrath of several of his peers. From perceived love interests to subliminal shots fired on record, Drake’s catalogue of rap feuds is one to nearly rival that of his collaborative history– often times, with those same names overlapping. And with the upcoming release of his playlist project More Life, we decided now would be a good time to revisit them.

Since this list is comprised of “rap” feuds, that does leave off performers like Diddy and Chris Brown— both of whom had personal altercations with Drake, and didn’t air out their beef on record. We are also excluding feuds that were made up of rumor than they were hard evidence, i.e. the alleged Eminem beef in 2013 that never really went anywhere. So, now that the ground rules have been laid down, let’s get our bulletproof vests on and begin.


1. Jay-Z

Since they first collaborated on 2009’s “Off That,” Drake and Jay-Z have had a tentative relationship. The rap superstars have never overtly direct about their issues on record, but have spent the last six years airing them out through subliminal disses, shade-throwing interviews, and a general ambiguity as to whether they are friends or frienemies. Drake threatened to take the throne in 2011’s “I’m On One.” Jay threw shots back at him on his own instrumental with 2014’s “We Made It Freestyle,” and Drake responded with “Draft Day” later that year. It’s a back-and-forth the two have continued well into the present day, as Jay’s verse on “Shining” and Drake’s recent interview with DJ Semtex exemplifies.

When asked about Jay’s two-line cameo on his 2016 single “Pop Style,” Drake neglected to answer whether they had reconciled. According to him, the cameo was Kanye West’s idea, and the fact that Drake opted to go with a solo version of the song on his album suggests that he and Jay are still far from being cool. “I’ve expressed my admiration and respect for Jay countless times,” Drake told Beats 1 Radio, “[But] sometimes we just fall on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to the rap world.” Read more about their history here.

WINNER: TBD


2. Common

When Common first started beef with Drake in 2011, it was reportedly over the rapper’s perceived softness. This was the focus of the diss record “Sweet,” where Common dished out lines like “Some ho-a*s n*ggas/Singing all around me man, la la la/You ain’t motherf**kin’ Frank Sinatra.” Being that this was the first time Drake had been personally called out by another rapper, as he recounted to HipHopDX in 2013: “I reacted in a very poised way. First of all, I made sure it would run in the club because that’s more painful than anything. As opposed to just being on a blog, I wanted to be on a record that you would have to stand around and hear every night for a few months. That was my whole strategy going into that.”

Drake fired back at Common with a guest verse on Rick Ross‘ “Stay Schemin,” which became a street hit and all but swayed the feud in his favor. Common hopped on the same instrumental for a response, but with Drake lyrics like “It bothers me when the gods get to actin’ like the broads,” and “Back when if a ni**a reached it was for the weapon/ Nowadays ni**as reach just to sell they record,” the beef was over. Common later admitted to MTV that his words were partially inspired by Drake’s relationship with Serena Williams (whom Common had previously dated), but that didn’t stop the rap vet from taking an L.

WINNER: Drake


3. The Weeknd

Drake took The Weeknd under his wing in 2011, promoting the singer’s debut mixtape House of Balloons and giving him multiple guest spots on his Grammy winning album Take Care. Still, as time went on, The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) felt slighted by the arrangement between him and Drake, saying that he was being stifled as an artist. “I gave up almost half of my album. It’s hard,” he told Rolling Stone, “I will always be thankful—if it wasn’t for the light he shined on me, who knows where I’d be. And everything happens for a reason. You never know what I would say if this success wasn’t in front of me now.”

Drake felt some of way about the artistic severing, and took subliminal shots at The Weeknd on his 2013 song “5AM In Toronto.” The line “Cause I show love, never get the same outta n—as/ It’s funny how money can make change outta n—as” was seen as a direct reference to The Weeknd, who responded with his own subliminals on the song “Sidewalks.” In a happy turn of events, however, it looks as though the two have squashed their beef and made up. The Weeknd is even set to appear on More Life.

WINNER: Draw


4. Kendrick Lamar

It all started with a guest verse. Kendrick Lamar‘s scene-stealing turn on “Control” took the world by storm in 2013, as he called himself the King of both coasts and called out several rappers–Drake included– by name. The Canadian rapper was initially indifferent, but by the time he released “The Language” a few months later, it was obvious that he didn’t appreciate the name drop. “F–k any ni–a that’s talking sh-t just to get a reaction / f–k going platinum, I looked at my wrist and it’s already platinum,” he rapped. Lamar came even harder at the 2013 BET Cypher (watch below), where he mentions tucking a “sensitive rapper back in his pajama clothes.”

The feud caused a mass divide in the culture, as fans were forced to choose between the crossover appeal of Drake and the hardened lyricism of Kendrick Lamar. It wasn’t long before things settled down, however, as Drake buried the hatchet, despite what many thought was a subliminal attack from Lamar in the 2015 song “Darkside/Gone.” For right now, this epic battle lies dormant. As for who’s currently winning, we may have to give the nod to K. Dot on this one.

WINNER: Kendrick Lamar


5. Meek Mill

Drake’s feud with Meek Mill has been the most discussed of his entire career. The two emcees had a friendly relationship in the past, collaborating on songs like “Amen” and “R.I.C.O,” but Mill reportedly took offense when Drake didn’t promote his album Dreams Worth More Than Money (2015). Mill hopped on Twitter and caused a media firestorm when he claimed that Drake didn’t write his own raps, and instead relied on ghostwriter Quentin Miller: “If I woulda knew I woulda took it off my album….. I don’t trick my fans! Lol.” Drake didn’t appreciate the call out, and released the ominous, subliminal-laden diss record “Charged Up” not long after. It went over decently, but many felt that a strong rebuttle from Mill could sway things his way.

A week went by with no new Meek Mill, and Drake decided to follow up his jab with the verbal knockout that was “Back to Back.” It was obvious with lyrics like “Trigger fingers turn to Twitter fingers/You gettin’ bodied by a singin’ n*gga,” that Drizzy had all but solidified his victory. By the time Mill clapped back with the lukewarm “Wanna Know,” his rap tombstone was already etched. It’s no coincidence that his career has been one filled with beef and controversy ever since.

WINNER: Drake

Spotify Confirms Streaming For Drake’s ‘More Life’

After confusion over which platforms will stream Drake’s “More Life,” Spotify tweets out confirmation that they will indeed be carrying the playlist.

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Stream Rick Ross’ New Album ‘Rather You Than Me’

Rick Ross attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Center on February 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty)

After teasing the artwork and the star-studded tracklist, Rick Ross has released his anticipated album Rather You Than Me. the project features guest spots from Dej Loaf, Anthony Hamilton, Nas, Future, Gucci Mane, Jeezy, Wale, Ty Dolla Sign, Raphael Saadiq and Young Thug among many others. Even comedian Chris Rock drops by to appear on the controversial track “Idols Become Rivals.”

The album, Ross’ first since 2015’s Black Market, has made headlines for Ross’ perceived disses at Cash Money mainstay Birdman. The song also drew the praise of rapper Lil Wayne, who is curiously absent from the tracklist despite the lengthy roll call of rappers. Still there are more than enough to make thoroughly satisfy any Ross fan.

Stream the fourteen track album below.

Rick Ross Hints at Birdman Diss on New Album

The Miami rapper told Billboard that he will discuss an idol who’s become a rival on his album.

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Drake’s Producer 40 Says He’s Almost Done With ‘More Life’

It’s getting down to the wire, and More Life is just about ready for release.

After delays, speculation, and an overlooked release date that came and went, Drake‘s long-awaited playlist is 24 hours away from its official premiere. Those nervous about the rapper making good on his claim are slowing gaining confidence based on the project’s streaming announcements and official confirmation from Drizzy himself. There’s been no confirmed tracks outside of the previously released “Fake Love” and “Sneakin,” but there are rumors of up to 30 songs could land on the tracklist, including collaborations with 21 Savage, Giggs, and The Weeknd.

Now, Drake’s longtime producer, Noah “40” Shebib, has hopped on Twitter to give us an update. “Almost done,” he writes alongside the hashtag “MoreLife.” It’s a promising sign for fans, as the producer and sound engineer rarely takes time from his busy schedule to tweet. Those needn’t worry about the project being completed on time, either, as “40,” whose worked with Drake since 2009, has made working up to the wire something of a tradition.

According to HNPP, the producer was putting the finishing touches on Views (2016) just days before its official release. “40” posted a similar message a few weeks ago on Instagram, but given the teaser nature of this most recent message, we’d say he’s simply wetting the appetites of Drake fans everywhere.

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More Life is scheduled to premiere tomorrow (March 18) on OVO Sound Radio at 6 p.m. ET.

UPDATE: “40” has tweeted out that he’s officially done with the album.

Spotify Confirms Streaming For Drake’s ‘More Life’

After confusion over which platforms will stream Drake’s “More Life,” Spotify tweets out confirmation that they will indeed be carrying the playlist.

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LISTEN: Rick Ross Releases Birdman Diss ‘Idols Become Rivals’

Rapper Rick Ross attends The 59th GRAMMY Awards (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for NARAS)

Today Rick Ross released his tenth album “Rather You Than Me” and while the album is getting a lot of buzz, there’s a track that sticks out. Beef in hip-hop is not a rarity however over the last couple years the conflict between artists has been subdued or caused by subliminal messaging/social media. In “Idols Become Rivals” Rick Ross makes it clear that he’s going after Cash Money co-founder Birdman.


After an intro by Chris Rock, Rick Ross starts his first verse praising Birdman for being an inspiration to him growing up. However from that point on it’s all shots. Ross brings up other artists Birdman has taken advantage of over the years mentioning Mannie Fresh, DJ Khaled, Trick Daddy and more.

Still Ross gets more vivid comparing Birdman to a Catholic Priest: “Catholic record labels, niggas gettin’ raped, boy, Birdman’s a priest, moans in his synagogue”. Furthermore Rick Ross continues to call out Birdman in the third verse. “You stole them boys pub and bought a foreclosure, Scott Storch demons in it, which is more poison”. This is alluding to Birdman’s purchasing of Scott Storch’s mansion in 2012. Rick Ross believes Birdman bought the mansion to help Storch who had filed bankruptcy due to his cocaine addiction.

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Rick Ross releases his latest album ahead of schedule.

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Ross goes on to say that he’s helped Birdman numerous times. Lastly Rick Ross closes the track saying he has love for Birdman, but continuing to blame him for his crooked ways. Cash Money emcee Lil Wayne has already offered his piece on the track, as he took to Twitter to show Ross gratitude.

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Young Thug and Travis Scott Are Confirmed Features on Drake’s ‘More Life’

After mass speculation regarding who will feature on Drake More Life, fans have finally gotten some concrete news.

According to Music News and Rumors (seen above), Young Thug has been confirmed to appear on the project for a still untitled track. This will be first time Drake and Thugger have collaborated on a song, despite the fact that the Atlanta rhymer opened for Drake when he was on tour in the U.K. and openly praised him as “1 of the realist rappers I know.”

Additionally, there has also been news that rapper Travis Scott will also be making an appearance. Similar to Young Thug, there’s no word yet on the song title, but given Scott’s recent acclaim with the album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, we can assume it will be a keeper. Drake and Scott previously collaborated on “Company,” which appeared on Drake’s 2015 mixtape If You’re Reading This Its Too Late.

Scott may also be on hand to contribute as a producer, given his talent behind the boards for artists like Kanye West, Big Sean, and Jay-Z.

Drake’s Producer 40 Says He’s Almost Done With ‘More Life’

Noah “40” Shebib tweeted out that he’s nearly finished mixing Drake’s anticipated playlist “More Life.”

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Mike Will Made It Reveals Tracklist for ‘Ransom 2’

Atlanta producer Mike Will Made It is getting set to release his debut album “Ransom 2”. The sequel to his mixtape “Ransom” which came out in December of 2014 boosts numerous AAA features. 17 tracks deep, we get features from Young Thug, Future, YG, Chief Keef, Rihanna and many more. However what’s catching everyone’s attention is something that Mike Will, tweeted that his album would be the only place we’d get a track with Gucci Mane, Rae Sremmurd and Kendrick Lamar on the same track.

The track entitled “Perfect Pint” is one of many star-studded guest appearances on “Ransom 2”. Below you can check the back cover and the tracklist for the album which comes out March 24th.

1. “On the Come Up” Feat. Big Sean
2. “W Y O (What You On)” Feat. Young Thug
3. “Hasselhoff” Feat. Lil Yachty
4. “Gucci On My” Feat. 21 Savage, YG and Migos
5. “Oh Hi Hater (Hiatus)” Feat. Fortune
6. “Perfect Pint” Feat. Kendrick Lamar, Gucci Mane and Rae Sremmurd
7. “Razzle Dazzle” Feat. Future
8. “Bars of Soap” Feat. Swae Lee
9. “Burnin’” Feat. Andrea
10. “Y’all Ain’t Ready” Feat. 2 Chainz
11. “Ariges (YuGo)” Feat. Pharrell and Station Wagon P
12. “Emotion Unlocked” Feat. Eearz
13. “Big God” Feat. Trouble and Problem
14. “Faith” Feat. Lil Wayne and Hoodybaby
15. “Come Down” Feat. Chief Keef and Rae Sremmurd
16. “Outro”
17. “Nothing Is Promised” Feat. Rihanna

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What Time Will Drake’s ‘More Life’ Be Released Today?

Drake accepts Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist during the 2016 American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

After a long, at times frustrating wait, More Life is finally here.

Drake‘s anticipated playlist is set for release today, and fans couldn’t be more ecstatic. The compilation project is set to feature an all-star array of musicians like The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Young Thug along with rumored guest spots from Kanye West, Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna. But what time will it be released? And where can one listen to it?

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According to reports from Drizzy and his manager Oliver El-Khatib, More Life will premiere this evening on OVO Sound Radio. The Apple Music Radio show has a scheduled air time of 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. ET, and will presumably hit iTunes, Spotify, and various other streaming services not long after. For those wanting to hear it as soon as possible, however, its best to tune into OVO Sound.

It is unclear whether Oliver will play old material on the show prior to the premiere, but given the rumors hinting at More Life‘s lengthy runtime (30 tracks), its would come as no surprise if he got right into the new project. You can tune into today’s episode of OVO Sound Radio right here. Check out Drake’s post Instagram post below.

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Young Thug and Travis Scott Are Confirmed Features on Drake’s ‘More Life’

Young Thug and Travis Scott have been confirmed as guest artists on Drake’s ‘More Life’ playlist.

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Read more about Drake’s More Life in Spanish at AhoraMismo.com:

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Hoy sale un nuevo álbum de Drake. Entérate a qué hora sale 'More Life.'

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How to Stream & Listen to Drake’s ‘More Life’

Drake’s More Life is hours away from its premiere on OVO Sound Radio. Fans are eager to get their hands on the long-awaited project, which will sport guest spots form The Weeknd, 21 Savage, and Giggs. Drake discussed the album/playlist to DJ Semtex on Episode 39 of OVO Sound, saying its “what would happen If I did an OVO Sound Radio but it was all new Drake songs.”

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With that in mind, and affirmation from producer Noah “40” Shebib that the project was delivered yesterday, More Life is set for release on 3 p.m. PST/6 p.m. EST. How can you listen to it? Tune into the OVO Sound Radio on Apple Music, where series host Oliver El-Khatib will presumably air the project at the designated.

The link to stream the episode and More Life is right here.

UPDATE: OVO Sound was reportedly delayed for some last moment alterations. Check out the tweet below.

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Young Thug and Travis Scott have been confirmed as guest artists on Drake’s ‘More Life’ playlist.

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LISTEN: Drake Takes Shots At Meek Mill On ‘More Life’

The feud between Drake and Meek Mill has been well documented. Meek called out Drake for using a ghostwriter in 2015, all because the rapper neglected to promote the album Dreams Worth More Than Money. Drake responded with the one-two punch of “Charged Up” and “Back to Back,” all but squashing Meek on his own terms, while Meek responded with the muddled “Wanna Know.”

Now that the world has been blessed with Drake’s playlist More Life, its become obvious that the Champagne Papi is far from over Meek’s insulting words. On the opener “Free Smoke,” Drake drops subliminal jabs at his old foe, asking “How you let the kid fighting ghostwriting rumors turn you into a ghost?” Drake goes on to clown Meek, rapping “Oh you n*ggas got no jokes.” Read full lyrics here.

Drake takes another jab at Meek and his hometown of Philadelphia on the song “Can’t Have Everything.” Amidst his mid tempo meditation on life’s finer things, he raps “Finally got my n*gga in a free state/n*ggas tried to serve me a cheesesteak/I gave ’em back a full plate.”

This plays on Philly’s signature dish (Cheesteak), while affirming that Drake did indeed wash him in the beef. Check out the full lyrics on Genius, and stream the entire More Life playlist below.

How to Stream & Listen to Drake’s ‘More Life’

Want to hear Drake’s “More Life’ the moment its released? Learn how to do so right here.

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