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  • Cover of Hottest Music Videos Of 2014
    Music videos have always been an integral part of hip-hop. Whether it’s shots of the neighborhoods that birthed some of the world’s biggest stars, or the spoils that come with commercial victories, the visuals are a crucial component to solidifying artistic expression.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Dec. 13)
    To say a lot of stuff happened this week would be a complete understatement. So we won't and will just give you a short recap. For one, we're living in a world where there's a new D'Angelo album. Secondly, we may soon live in a world where Bobby Shmurda is behind bars.
  • Cover of Top Beefs Of 2014
    With the rise of social media, we can only wonder if artists would have the balls to say the things they say via Instagram and/or Twitter in real ass life.
  • Cover of Top News Stories Of 2014
    2014 may have been a terrible year for hip-hop in terms of record sales, but don't let the numbers fool you into thinking the year was uneventful. In this case, the numbers most definitely do lie.
  • Cover of Hottest Viral Videos Of 2014
    The idea of a viral video is something music industry marketers dream of. Unfortunately, not everything goes viral. It takes a rare combination of things that professors get paid thousands a year to teach. Shit, they get tenure. So until we get that, we’re not giving you the science behind it. 
  • Cover of J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Debuts At Number One On The Billboard 200
    Rick Ross, move over -- J. Cole just topped your first week sales record for 2014. Rozay's Mastermind moved 179,000 units in its first week back in March, but now his tally's been handily topped by that of Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
  • Cover of Hottest Instrumentals Of 2014
    The hottest beats is a misnomer for this list of 20 productions that shaped the commercial sound of hip-hop culture in 2014.  Of all the thousands of tracks produced each year under the umbrella of hip-hop, we could only honor a select few as standing above the crowd.
  • Cover of Iggy Azalea Announces "The Great Escape Tour"
    When she wasn't being nominated for Grammys or flipping off her fans this year, Iggy Azalea spent most of the year touring behind her album The New Classic (which, despite its title, isn't showing up on too many year-end lists).
  • Cover of Review: J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
    J. Cole has come a long way from rapping about how to get up off the sideline. Three albums in, with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the “God” is home. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native composed an honest, nostalgic album without any apologies.
  • Cover of Breakout Artists Of 2014
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
    Interesting juxtaposition we have in the first two weeks of December. This week saw the release of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album projected to be highest selling hip-hop project of the year while having more than its fair share of aw shucks moments. We're turning up next week, though.
  • Cover of Top 10 Predictions For 2015
    2014 was a relatively quiet year for music. It almost felt like the first half of the year was dedicated to the remnants of 2013 (so we had Young Thug continue to blow up, all the Drake leftovers) and the second half was a build up to next year (we received no Lil Wayne or Kendrick Lamar album, etc).
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: December 11 (J. Cole Edition)
    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music.
  • Cover of Forbes Names Dr. Dre The Highest Paid Musician of 2014
    Dr. Dre hasn't come out with any new music in quite a while (although he did co-produce Kendrick Lamar's 2013 Good Kid m.A.A.d. City and had a verse on the hit-song, "The Recipe") but that hasn't stopped him from swimming in cash.
  • Cover of Diddy & Drake Reportedly Fought Over A Boi-1da Beat [Update: Video Of Diddy Claiming Ownership Of "0-100" Surfaces]
    As we reported yesterday, Diddy and Drake reportedly got into it (well, at least Diddy did) over the weekend, while the two were celebrating DJ Khaled's birthday party at Club LIV in Miami.
  • Cover of Most Searched Artists On HNHH Of 2014
    Like we did last year, we'll be rolling out a slew of year-end lists to round up everything that went down in rap and r'n'b in easy-to-digest list-form.
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
    Thus far in 2014, no one in hip-hop has been able to top the first week that Rick Ross' Mastermind had in March (selling 179,000 copies), but now J. Cole's been predicted to best it by quite a substantial margin.
  • Cover of Stream J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
    On November 14, J. Cole shocked the rap world with the announcement that his third solo album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, would be hitting stores before the end of 2014. Ladies and gentlemen, the day foretold has finally arrived.
  • Cover of Trick-Trick Suggests Banning J. Cole From Detroit Following Eminem "Diss"
    Trick-Trick may be a rapper, but he's primarily known as the creator of the "No Fly Zone" policy that he enforces in his hometown of Detroit. Trick has been known to ban rappers from the city if they do not actively support the Detroit rap scene or collaborate with artists from the region.
  • Cover of Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., J. Cole Slated To Play Power 106's "Cali Christmas" Concert [Update: Live Stream]
    L.A. radio station Power 106 hosts two big annual shows a year: one is the "PowerHouse," which took place in May, and the second is "Cali Christmas," which is going down on December 5th this year. The lineup's just been announced, and it includes Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T.I., J.
  • Cover of Stream Cam'ron's "1st Of The Month Vol. 6" EP
    With December 1st already upon us, Cam’ron quietly came through and released his 6th and final installment in his 1st Of The Month EP series.
  • Cover of J. Cole Takes Shots At Iggy Azalea, Eminem & Macklemore On "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Leak
    J. Cole is going a unique route with his upcoming album 2014 Forest Hills Drive. He's shying away from traditional promo and album campaign, instead getting the fans directly involved by hosting a listening session at his childhood home (which the LP is named after) and inviting fans to come through.
  • Cover of The Art Of Storytelling: The Best Stories Told In 2014
    There's a lot of bickering about lyrical content in today's rap game--well, that's always been the case. But old-headed purists argue, and will continue to argue, that today's lyricists lack the depth of their long gone favorite MCs. Of course, what you look for in a rapper depends on your personal taste.
  • Cover of Kanye West Going On Tour In 2015?
    It appears as though Kanye West is planning a North American tour for 2015, this, according to the Diamond Ball auction, which we know about thanks to a Rihanna tweet.
  • Cover of Lil Wayne Bought His Daughter 2 Cars For Her 16th Birthday
    Lil Wayne likes to spoil his oldest child, Reginae Carter, and of course her sweet 16 was no exception. Not only did Reginae's party feature a performance by Young Money's first lady Nicki Minaj, she scored two brand new cars (and not cheap ones at that).
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