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From Lukewarm To La Flames: Taking The Temperature On Summer 2015's Hottest Songs

We ranked the summer's hottest songs with fire emojis.

Soundtracking the summer 2015 heatwave was no challenge for rookies like Fetty Wap and Jidenna, whose debut singles not only heated up charts but served as beach day bangers.

As summer sadly approaches its finale, VIBE rolled through the season's most sizzling singles (plucked by a staff poll) and checked their temperature in flame emojis. Caution: contents may be hot.

🔥 = Breaking a sweat

🔥🔥 = Warming up

🔥🔥🔥 = Hot spell

🔥🔥🔥🔥 = Jalapeño spice

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 = Sriracha status

Fetty Wap "Trap Queen"

Billboard chart play-by-play: The New Jersey-bred rap chef whipped up a chart-topping single that led to his making history as the first artist to clock in four simultaneous Top 10 singles on the Hot Rap Songs list.
Number of Remixes: Two.

Notable summer shows: Summer Jam, Billboard Hot 100 Fest,
Heat check: 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 - Fetty and the Remy Boyz became turn-up kings with this hood rich ode to bae.

Jidenna Feat. Roman GianArthur "Classic Man"

Billboard chart play-by-play: Not only has the debonair Wondaland signee inspired gentlemen-to-be to suit up, he also added a touch of class to the Top Hot 100, peaking at no. 22.
Number of Remixes: One.
Notable summer shows: The twerk fest at Philadelphia's Made In America
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 - With Kendrick Lamar and the NBA's co-sign, the suited-and-booted singer mad getting fly funkier than ever.

Rihanna "BBHMM"

Billboard chart play-by-play: Barbados' unfiltered bad gal bagged another smash with her "FU, Pay Me" anthem, checking in at No. 15 during her 19-week tenure on the Hot 100.
Number of Remixes: One.

Notable summer shows: A surprise cameo at Kanye West's FYF Fest set
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥 - No IOUs allowed here—Rih Rih's money bags were a knockout for the Navy and non-members.

Future "F*ck Up Some Commas"

Billboard chart play-by-play: The rapper born Nayvadius Wilburn has made it rain thanks to some punctuation marks, debuting at no. 1 on the Top 200 with his recent release DS2
Number of Remixes: One

Notable summer shows: Made In America, HOT 97 Summer Jam
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 - Even if you're strapped for cash, Future's money talks apply to all checking accounts.

Silento "Whip Nae Nae"

Billboard chart play-by-play: Silento's viral dance lesson has not only taught the masses how to shake it, but copped him a Top 5 single on the Hot 100 list, clocking in at No. 3.
Number of Remixes: None
Notable summer shows: BET 2015 Awards, Good Morning America
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥  - The 17-year-old life of the party moved everyone from everyone from news anchors to Meek Mill's son to whip it and then some online and off.

Drake "Hotline Bling"

Billboard chart play-by-play: Amidst the 6 God's heated beef with Meek Mill this summer, he still managed to secure the No. 20 spot on the Hot 100 chart.
Number of Remixes: Two.

Notable summer shows: OVO Fest, New Look Wireless Festival 2015, Governor's Ball
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥  - Forget sliding through DMs—the OVO Casanova had flirts kissing through the phone with this after-hours love note.

Rich Homie Quan "Flex"

Billboard chart play-by-play: The Atlanta rep gave us a quick tutorial on how to stunt on them, which earned him the No. 26 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
Number of Remixes: One

Notable summer shows: Back 2 School Fest
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥  - Quan created a flex zone by flaunting his expensive tastes on wax.

Skepta "Shutdown"

Billboard chart play-by-play: This British MC’s scintillating summer banger peaked No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 list, with some help from fellow English mate, Idris Elba (See "Number of Remixes").
Number of Remixes: One, with Idris Elba.

Notable summer shows: New Look Wireless Festival
Heat check: 🔥 🔥 🔥  - The British invasion of America's summer could be credited to this Drizzy co-sign.

The Weeknd "Can't Feel My Face"

Billboard chart play-by-play: The XO leader’s numbing effect had him chart at the top of the Hot 100 list, dancing on fire at No. 1.
Number of Remixes: One.

Notable summer shows: Made In America, Annual California Festival, Hard Summer Festival
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥  - The crooner born Abel Tesfaye two-stepped his way into pop glory thanks to this Max Martin-produced dance track.

Kendrick Lamar "Alright"

Billboard chart play-by-play: K.Dot’s knack for using his bars as a vehicle for social change, landed his inspiring anthem at No. 4 on the Billboard + Twitter top tracks.
Number of Remixes: None
Summer show count: New Look Wireless Festival, Hot 97 Summer Jam 2015, Bonnaroo Festival
Heat check: 🔥🔥🔥🔥 - Regardless of the racial strife plaguing the nation, Kendrick Lamer's resounding hook was a salute to the youth.

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15 R&B Songs We Obsessed Over Most In 2018

Hip-hop may have become the Nielsen Music-declared most dominant music genre, but let's not overlook the strides R&B (including all its many sub-genres and cousin genres) have taken on the airwaves and within the culture in this year alone.

While persistent naysayers keep peddling the tired argument that "R&B is dead," the most recent news cycle has proven the exact opposite, as talks of a supposed King of R&B dominated discussions both on- and offline. Jacquees' lofty declaration notwithstanding, there's no denying that there are ample songs swimming around the 'Net from talented vocalists killing it within the genre.

For those looking to satiate rhythm and blues earworms—and in no particular order—VIBE compiled a list of the 15 bonafide R&B songs of 2018 (or at least ones that fall within the genre's orbit) that pulled us into our feelings each and every time we pressed play.

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J.Cole, Teyana Taylor And Other Snubs Of The 2019 Grammy Nominations

It's that time of year again when inner circles and strangers on the Internet debate who's up for a gramophone.

On Friday (Dec. 7), the nominees for 2019's Grammy Awards (Feb. 10) were announced to a span of hot takes, early but informed predictions, and a wall of confusion as to why certain artists were overlooked. While some entertainers excitedly received the good news (Cardi B discovered her nods while leaving a courthouse), others were left scratching their heads.

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5 Stories From Meek Mill's #CRWN Conversation That Flew Under The Radar

Meek Mill made his return to Elliot Wilson's #CRWN conversation on Sunday (Dec. 2) for an in-depth discussion of Championships, his behind-bars experience and prison reform.

Live from New York City’s Playstation Theatre, the stage was set with two throne-like chairs as Mill and Wilson's fans began to swarm through the packed house. Loaded with fans from Philly, Jersey and NYC alike, the crowd was buzzing in anticipation for Meek’s grand arrival. Introduced by Wilson, the veteran journalist briefed in-house and live-streamed listeners with his relationship with the Philly rapper, discussing the many times the two have linked “from the MMG days to now.”

“It’s just amazing to see how he’s continued to fight this adversity and continued to deliver great music,” says Wilson, engaging in a back and forth conversation with the crowd. “When you put out a title and say you’re going to name your album Championships, you better deliver,” Wilson continues. “And he delivered.”

Appearing on stage sporting a mid-length fur coat and glistening jewels, Meek and Wilson exchange a quick embrace as the live audience jumps to its feet to welcome their champion. Taking his experience to lean into activism, Meek engaged in a 90-minute conversation with the journalist, answers fan-questions and candidly tell his story as he sees fit.

But as tabloid fate would have it, one of the sole stories to come out of the meaningful conversation was his awkward date with then-girlfriend Nicki Minaj, Jay-Z and Beyonce. The memories Meek decided to share like adorable moments with his son, his newfound position in the battle for criminal justice reform and recording Championships fell to the wayside.

But don't fret. Here are some other memorable moments from the interview.


1. Meek's Best Day in Jail Included a Visit From Kevin Hart

Meek's final day in jail was similar to the others. He woke up, successfully avoided jail food by making his morning oatmeal and knew his day was heading in a good direction when he won five consecutive ping pong games against his daily opponent– who want the smoke?

After heading back to his cell, Meek's day got a whole lot better when Kevin Hart and 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin had pulled up on him by surprise. "They come on the block and I was like, 'Man come in my cell and see how this sh*t look,'" Meek starts. "So Kevin Hart and Mike, they come in the cell and they like 'It's not that bad,' they tryna make me feel good, I'm like 'The hell you mean it's not that bad? I got my boxers hanging up on the f**king string'" the rapper jokingly recalls. After the much-needed hour-long visit, Meek returned to his daily jailhouse activities when he learned that he would be released from jail within hours. What a day.

2. Friends and Family Would Send Him IG Post Printouts Through Mail

When Meek packed his cell to go home, he had over 10,000 photos to sift through since his tribe brought the world of Instagram to him through the mail. "I used to tell everybody like, 'Yo, just send me everything that's going on on Instagram, I wanna see everything that's  going on in life.'"

The rapper separated his photos by importance, keeping the photos of his family in a separate pile with his other pile (filled with pictures of all the IG models and famous ladies) holding a different level of importance to those who stood behind bars with him. "It was valuable cause some guys in there they got 25 years in this s**t, they ain't never see the fake a**es yet and the girls with the new bodies, so you know, they all in my cell like, 'What's up with these pictures?'"

3. He Purposely Steered Away From Lending Tekashi 6ix9ine Advice

While breaking down Championships cut "Respect the Game," Meek spoke on hip-hop's freshman class including Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Durk and YoungBoy NBA. "[Tekashi] used to be poppin' so much sh*t on Instagram, I be like 'I don't even wanna say nothing to this young boy, this young boy start sayin' all this crazy sh*t to me on the internet," he joked.

On a more serious note, Meek speaks on the real issue he had with 6ix9ine, sharing his concern for the 22-year-old's habits in starting drama with some of hip-hop's most dangerous faces. "With my music, I wanted to reach all of 'em," he said, explaining how when the music speaks for itself, you don't need to ensue controversy to sell records.

4. His 7-Year-Old Son Already Has a Rapper Name

Give it 10 years and we might see Meek Mill's son on the Billboard charts. Answering a fan question about "Lil Drip," Meek clarifies that Lil Drip is actually his son Papi's, rapper name. "Sometimes I be in the studio I be like 'Yo, I give you $500 if you go in the booth and rap right now and he just go in the booth and lay it.'" Sampling a few adorable bars, Meek reveals that his son consistently shocks him with his material, bringing up some of the most trivial experiences he's shared with Meek.

"He be like, 'Private jet/ Who I met/ Ben Simmons/ That's a bet,'" spits Meek, referring to a previous birthday trip he's taken with Papi.

5. Jay-Z's Verse on "What's Free" Was a Pivotal Moment in Meek's Career

A Jay and Meek collaboration has been a long time coming. In Meek's promotional single "Stay Woke" featuring Miguel, the rapper spits, "When I talked to Em and Hov, they said, "I'm proud of you/ You stood tall back when everyone doubted you"/ My reply is, "I did what I gotta do/ And I need that verse 'fore you retire too."

During the conversation, Meek speaks on "What's Free" with Rick Ross and Jay-Z, remembering the first time he heard Jay's 44 bar verse. "When I got it back I was in the bathroom, I was just standing in the mirror listening to it," he says while bopping his head, fully immersing himself in the moment.

"I represent the path that HOV created," Meek tells Wilson. "I always wanted that Jay-Z feature and he came through this time, shout out to HOV."

Stream the entire conversation here.

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