To be the artist whose single is featured on HBR’s ‘Record of the Week’ means that yours will be the week’s most played single but that it is also the week’s biggest banger!
While this week is the start of another year-full of ROTW’s, here are 3 artists that featured the most on ROTW last year.
Lil Uzi Vert
At only 23 years of age, Lil Uzi Vert (real name Symere Woods) is most known for his iconic line from hit single and former ROTW ‘XO LIF3 Tour’,
‘Push me to the edge, All my friends are dead’
Lil Uzi’s 2017 EP ‘Luv is Rage 2’ had two songs feature on ROTW and later returned to ROTW as a featured artist on Nav’s ROTW single ‘Wanted You’.
His three time stay on ROTW therefore included his own singles ‘XO Life Tour’, ‘The Way Life Goes’ and Nav’s ‘Wanted You Single.
We’ve loved him since his bass heavy single ‘Friendly that features hilarious catchy lyrics like…
Ey, why you don’t grind, you no like money? We spend money like we no like money She love a ugly man making pretty money And I’m a ugly man making sexy money
Well this UK emcee had a great success with his debut album ‘Common Sense’ which features two of the tracks that were on ROTW in 2017, ‘Common Sense’ and ‘Did You See’.
J Hus also had other massive hits come out last year like ‘Spirit’ but it was the Dre Skull & Popcaan featured remix to his earlier track ‘Bouff Daddy’ that rounded his stay at ROTW to three.
Ty Dolla $ign
He was this year’s international act at the Jameson Connect party and when he isn’t producing for major artists like he did the theme track to hit movie Suicide Squad ‘Sucker For Pain’, he is making his own incredible hits like ‘Ex’.
Featured off of his compilation ‘Beach Life 3’, ‘Ex’ was one of three other jams of his that made it onto ROTW, the other two being features his made on singles with Kid Ink (F With U) and Fat Joe/Remy Ma (Money Showers).
Looks like the longest run for any artist to have featured on a ROTW for a whole year has been three times and we now look forward to seeing if this record gets broken in 2018… and more interestingly, by whom.
After recently shooting the video for “Make Love” with Gucci Mane, Nicki Minaj is now in the verge of shooting another music video with Future.
The rapper took to Instagram to share snippets of the video shoot. Sporting a red visor, red bikini, and thigh-high boots with elaborate lacing to match, a sexy Nicki posed for photos against an oceanfront backdrop.
She also shared a video with Future from the set, which was released today (Feb. 27). “At a secret location right here,” says Future. “You weren’t invited to this one.” Nicki adds: “Nah, it’s a secret. Ya dig?”
It is unclear when he Future collaboration will drop but the track could be part of her forthcoming Pinkprint follow-up, which is due at some point this year.
Future is currently sitting atop the Billboard 200 with his self-titled album, and is expected to reach No. 1 again with HNDRXX next week.
Minaj on the other hand has a feud on her hands. Over the weekend, Remy Ma unleashed “shETHER”, a diss track aimed at Nicki. We sure can’t wait for Nicki’s response.
Parental Guidance is advised when watching this video because raunchy does not even begin to describe it. (Depending on your definition of raunchy) Inspired by The Players Club, the Eif Rivera-directed clip takes place at a strip club in Miami. There is a lot of twerking and throwing money up in the air in the video.
The “Money Showers” visual, arrives before Plata O Plomo. Due Feb. 17, the highly-anticipated project is set to feature The-Dream, Kent Jones, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Sevyn Streeter. Of course, it will also include ‘All the way up’ the French Montana and Infrared-assisted banger that ruled 2016.
To celebrate her two Grammy nominations, the Bronx bombshell was on Hot 97 delivering fresh bars for Funkmaster Flex.
Over Nas’ classic “N.Y. State of Mind” instrumental, the “Love & Hip Hop” star spits bars about her impact on the game since prison. Back in 2008, Remy Ma was sentenced to 8 years in prison for assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion. After serving 6 years, she was released in 2014.
“In two years, no album, no solo single, no tour,” she rhymed. “Three million followers and got two BET Awards / Dropped the album of the summer independent and the shit popped / Legitimized the entire franchise of ‘Love & Hip-Hop.’” And for overkill: “Two Soul Train Awards, yeah, female rap changin’ / And yesterday, I woke up to two Grammy nominations.”
This is a reference to the fact that “All the Way Up,” her collaboration with Fat Joe and French Montana, is up for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song at the 59th Annual Grammys.
“It’s just so amazing,” Remy told the Los Angeles Times. “There’s so many artists out there that are working just as hard, or harder, as we are and we are all reaching for that same star. To be put in a category with Drake and Kanye West? It’s very humbling.”
During the Hot 97 freestyle, her husband Papoose also unloaded some bars, taking aim at the Mannequin Challenge viral craze. “Everybody on Instagram wanna be a mannequin,” he rhymed. “Bunch of b*tches, you should try to be a man again.”
Speaking at Ebro In The Morning Nicki mentioned that a collaboration with fellow New York rapper Remy Ma may be a possibility.
“When I was working on The Pinkprint, I wanted to do a song with Remy and Foxy [Brown]. And I still have the song to this day,” revealed Nicki. “It was on a Diplo beat, but it was super hood and hard… I think it’s only a matter of time before [Remy] and I do something.”
Nicki has stood by her man Meek Mill through his numerous feuds with Joe Budden, Drake, The Game, and Beanie Sigel and when asked about it she had this to say:
“There are times where he doesn’t share with me what he’s about to do. Especially when it’s like battle rap stuff,” said Nicki. “He’ll go in and just do him, and then I’ll react like a fan.” She continued, “I think everybody’s over [the beefing]. I mean come on. It’s pretty played out. It’s over.”
She went on to say that great music does change public perception. “If n-ggas got your name in their mouth for a year or two, then thank them. Because if you come with great music after all that, then none of that matters.”