When Georgia-native Mike Will chose “Mike WiLL Made It” as his producer tag, he was only 17 years old; it was just so people could identify the newcomer’s productions. After impressing the likes of Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, and Ludacris over the next few years, it was clear that “Mike WiLL Made It” would take on another meaning. Let’s check out some of his best beats for this edition of the Friday Mixtape.
FRIDAY MIXTAPE: The Best of Hip-Hop Producer Mike WiLL Made It (Ludacris, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Juicy J)
August 31, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
August 7, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
The success of this edition of MEME ALERT is hinging on the fact that you are a) familiar with some of the most iconic hip-hop albums of the last twenty years, and b) familiar with the work of comedic actor Aziz Ansari. If you’re familiar with both, we think these album covers are really going to hit home for you. Seeing the cover of Self Made Vol. 2 with five Aziz Ansari heads instead of the Maybach Music crew has been the best part of our day so far.
July 31, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel and Chayne Japal
We’re proud to bring you the Pop Hunter Hip-Hop Decathlon. A ten-event rap battle royale, seeing fifty rappers from ten different crews face-off head-to-head. Who will win the Swagger Competition? Does anyone stand a chance at beating Lil’ B in the Originality Contest? Read and find out!
July 31, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
The stars have aligned, and Waka Flocka Flame and B.o.B. have finally come together, with a joint effort that, given their respective bodies of work, should rival some of the greatest collaborations in history. You’ve got “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie, “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith and Run DMC, uhhh, “Smooth” by Santana and the Matchbox 20 guy I guess, and now, behold a collaboration to rule them all…”Fist Pump,” by Waka Flocka Flame, featuring B.o.B..
June 5, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Sunday’s Summer Jam line-up included Rick Ross, Waka Flocka Flame, Young Jeezy, and many more, with Nicki Minaj set to headline the festival. Instead of being treated to spontaneous special guest appearances, the audience was faced with a surprise last-minute withdrawal from the festival. On Sunday at 3:35pm, Lil Wayne announced that the Young Money crew would not be participating in the Summer Jam festivities. So what happened?
May 11, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
It’s Mother’s Day on Sunday (don’t forget to buy flowers!), so we thought we’d post some of the most adorable photos of pop stars with their mothers we could find, including Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and more. Enjoy, and happy early Mother’s Day to all the lovely moms out there.
March 9, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
Born in Suffolk, Virginia, Lexus Arnel Lewis, a.k.a. Lex Luger, started making beats on a Compaq laptop in his Dad’s kitchen in 2009, when he was only 18 years old. Using only FL Studio (Fruity Loops), he quickly honed in on a synthetic and dramatic sound that would define hip-hop instrumentals for the next 3 [...]
February 22, 2012 | Aaron Zorgel
The Pop Hunter Podcast is a monthly half hour live DJ mix from BAD BIZ, a Toronto music production collective. The podcast is a live performance mix of Top 40, Hip-Hop, and Pop, with original remixes, mash-ups, and original beats – as much a party soundtrack as a portal for new music discovery.