Behind The Beat: Honorable C-Note
Over 15 years into his career, Honorable C-Note is just starting to get comfortable. He's become known as a master of suspense, lending thundering arrangements, or "scores," as he calls them, to some of the best talent in Atlanta, where he's resided for 10 years now. More recently, he's produced monsters for each of the two leading members of the A$AP Mob. His compositions are a recipe for goosebumps -- hearing shrill strings crawl atop a chorus of doomsday horns while A$AP Ferg howls about "bedbugs in the motel" on "New Level" gets me every time.
Summer Jam 2016 Recap
“SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: A storm is expected to hit between 6:00pm – 7:30pm. For your safety, please seek shelter in your vehicles.” Thus began Summer Jam 2016.
10 Essential Clams Casino Tracks
There is something wondrous about the music of Clams Casino. It's hard to believe that the he was once a physical therapist student making beats on the side for fun. Indeed, he does not think like ordinary producers. "To find things to sample, I used to just type a random word-- like "blue" or "cold"-- into LimeWire or BearShare and download the first 10 results," he told Pitchfork in a 2011 interview.
10 Joint Projects That May Or May Not Come Out
For every Watch the Throne or What a Time to Be Alive, there are scores of joint hip hop projects borne of one epic late night in the studio that never crystallize into a fully formed release. As fans, we should know better than to let these glimmers of collaborative greatness get our hopes up. But the possibilities are too great to ignore.
Review: A$AP Ferg's "Always Strive And Prosper"
There are three rappers who blew up in the early 2010s that I've always grouped together in my head, though they do hail from different corners of the country and are some of the most enigmatic artists currently working in hip hop. The categorization's based mostly on first impressions, which is unfair, but also on realizing that those impressions were wrong.
28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 23)
This week's biggest Instagram event would have to be the reunion of YG and DJ Mustard. Before taking the stage together at Coachella, the two made an official announcement that they were back at it, writing, "For a whole year me and this nigga @djmustard ain't been BOOL "at all" But niggaz FINALLY sat it down and holla'D like some successful azz day 1's pose 2 & uhhhhhhh now.... WE BACK BITCHES!!!!".
Best Photos From Coachella Weekend 1
One down, one to go. The first half of Coachella is now over with, and weekend #2 is gonna have to bring a helluva lot of surprises if it wishes to live up to this past weekend. As has been the case in recent years, hip-hop has already been a major part of the lineup. Fans who stormed the grounds to see A$AP Rocky's headlining show were treated to superstar cameos from ScHoolboy Q and Kanye West. The first weekend has already showcased some of Cali's best talent, including YG, Vince Staples, and Anderson.
L$D: Psych-Rap Tunes To Trip To
Drugs and rap have been pretty synonymous since the 90s, but recently there's been an influx of rappers talkin' about harder drugs than the chronic. Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap tape was perhaps the most illicit example of an ongoing trend that's taking place amongst the newer artists.
Live Stream Coachella 2016 To See A$AP Rocky, Ice Cube, & More
Week one of Coachella has arrived, but if you’re reading this you most likely are not among those lucky enough attend the California festival. Don’t worry, we’re in the same boat here at HNHH and we’ve got exactly what you need to help (or perhaps worsen) your crippling FOMO. A live stream of the festival.
A$AP Bari & A$AP Rocky Launch VLONE x Off-White Collaboration
A$AP Bari of the A$AP Mob might not be a rapper, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t making moves like the rest of the mob. After debuting his VLONE collection back in 2014, he and A$AP Rocky are in the midst of an even bigger launch.
Pusha T & G.O.O.D. Music, A$AP Rocky, Young Thug & More Announced For Summer Jam's Stadium Stage
Earlier in the week, Hot 97 shared the line-up for their festival stage, which serves as a smaller outdoor stage that warms up fans before they head inside the MetLife Stadium for the rest of the night.
10 Essential Joey Fatts Tracks
Joey Fatts is a California rapper who has been gaining recognition in recent years as the West Coast continues to experience its renaissance. He's close with man-of-the-moment Vince Staples, who Fatts has collaborated with multiple times over the years, most recently on "Farrakhan" off the latest project I'll Call You Tomorrow. In addition to Vince, he's worked with the A$AP crew, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, and Danny Brown among others.
Top Tracks: March 14 - 20
Last week was definitely dominated by SXSW, with most of the rap world seeming like they were down in Austin either to perform, kick it with some of their equals in the game, or announce mixtapes in creative ways.
Travis Scott, Kehlani, ASAP Ferg To Perform At ASAP Rocky-Hosted MTV Woodies
The MTV Woodies have always proved to be a pretty big party, and by the looks of the lineup, this year will be no exception. ASAP Rocky will be hosting the award show, which will take place in the thick of SXSW, going down March 16th in Austin, Texas. As for those performing, you'll see the likes of Travis SCott, Kehlani, Anderson ,Paak, CHVRCHES. The Chainsmokers, Lukas Graham, Jidenna, Jack Garrat, BØRNS, and ASAP Ferg hitting the stage that night.
Top Tracks: February 29 - March 6
We got an extra day of February this year, and while there aren't quite as many brand new tracks on that week's top ten list as the one that preceded it, we still got over 50% turnover.
When Beefs Go Too Far
Earlier this week, Troy Ave continued even further down the path of making his career double as a masterclass in wildly misguided beefing, taking aim at the deceased Capital STEEZ on a Joey Bada$$ diss track.
Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, & More To Perform At New NYC Festival Panorama
Goldenvoice, the company that runs Coachella, stirred up some controversy in January when they announced that they were attempting to bring a new festival, Panorama, to NYC. A petition attempting to block the festival circulated but ultimately failed, as the first ever Panorama Music Festival is slated to go down July 22-24 on Randall's Island Park between Manhattan and Queens.
A$AP Rocky, Atmosphere & Future Headline Soundset 2016
Soundset has announced the line-up for their annual mid-west festival, and they are definitely not slacking with this year's performers.
ASAP Rocky Sheds Light On New Zealand Elevator Incident
Last week, many fans were dismayed to hear that A$AP Rocky was jumped in an elevator in Auckland while on tour in New Zealand.
A$AP Rocky Was Reportedly Jumped In A Hotel Elevator In New Zealand
According to TMZ, A$AP Rocky was reportedly jumped by a group of guys in his hotel elevator in New Zealand early Thursday morning (remember their timezone is ahead of us).