Hip hop dominated this year's Hottest 100

And more hip hop news this week.

Music’s biggest countdown, the triple j Hottest 100, went down yesterday, with the votes revealing just who listeners have been vibing on the hardest over the past twelve months. While Ocean Alley’s ‘Confidence’ took the #1 spot, hip hop and R&B staked their claim on the countdown for 2018, with 21 artists nabbing spots. From Drake (‘God’s Plan’, ‘Nice For What’), BROCKHAMPTON (‘BOOGIE’, ‘1999 WILDFIRE’), Thundamentals (‘Everybody But You’, ‘I Miss You’) and Hilltop Hoods (‘Clark Griswold’, ‘Leave Me Lonely’), international and local flavours alike were ranked impressively throughout the Top 100. In the Top 20, Travis Scott’s ‘SICKO MODE’ came in at #3, Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ clocked in at #4, and the A$AP Rocky/Skepta collaboration ‘Praise The Lord (Da Shine)’ ranked at #13.

US rapper YG has been amongst a slew of hip hop artists in Sydney for the first ever Rolling Loud Festival over the weekend; but for one fan, meeting the rapper wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. An Instagram video, which has now gone viral, shows YG at Sydney airport, seemingly flipping the script on the young fan for apparently filming the rapper without his consent. Looking sheepish, the individual in the video is still while YG proceeds to tell him, “If we weren’t in an airport, I’d knock your ass out.” The incident calls back to the confrontation Cardi B’s publicist had with an Australian woman upon the rapper’s landing in Perth for Origin Fields over New Year’s Eve, where the older woman threw an insult at her marriage with Migos rapper Offset. The Australian leg of the Rolling Loud franchise featured the likes of Future, Tyga and more, while Lil Uzi Vert and Ski Mask The Slump God pulled out the day before the event was to take place, with Rae Sremmurd and Gunna stepping in as replacements. 

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After being released from custody in Paris following a rape allegation last week, Chris Brown has returned to the US. Last Monday, a young woman came forward claiming she was raped by Brown and three other members of his crew in the singer’s hotel suite. Brown, whose history of assault is obviously well known, was posted bail by French authorities not long after, apparently due to a lack of believability of the accuser’s story. Since the arrest, Brown has filed a defamation suit against the woman in question and has been vocal about his innocence, and while the case hasn’t yet been dismissed, the singer’s legal team is pursuing reparations hard. According to TMZ, who have been at the fore of the story, certain statutes related to false accusations carry a minimum sentence of five years imprisonment, should the defendant be convicted.