10 Must-See SXSW 2015 Showcases
Every March, the relatively small city of Austin, Texas bursts at the seams for a few weeks to host South by Southwest (SXSW), a music, arts and film festival put on in venues around the downtown. Thousands of artists and industry folk alike make the trek down south, and so the festival's schedule is a jam-packed, often chaotic affair. As the music kicks off in just a little over a week, we're breaking down the ten most promising showcases that have been announced thus far, including two we're sponsoring.
Samples Of The Week: March 4
After getting two big albums, Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise and Chris Brown & Tyga's Fan Of A Fan: The Album, last week, this week has been all about the singles. Everyone from Ludacris to Juicy J to Wale seemed to drop off a new track, and so this edition of Samples Of The Week focuses on three of the best we've heard recently.
Five Courses Of Action Bronson's Best Food Lyrics
Hip-hop has always had its fair share of food-related lyrics-- with Outkast repping for fish and grits, Lil Wayne comparing himself to lasagna and MF DOOM releasing an
Top Tracks of the Week: February 24 - March 3
Here it is, the once-weekly look at the tracks toward the top of our charts that you need to know about. Keep in mind that these tracks are culled from the very top of our Top 100 and, by their very nature, lean toward more ppopular artists. We still think these tracks are worthy of your attention, but if you need a look at artists you may have missed, take a look at Underrated Audio.
Samples Of The Week: February 19
With an unexpectedly sample-heavy release from Drake blowing up your newsfeeds all week, we have a wealth of tracks to pick from for Samples Of The Week. We could've easily devoted this entire thing to If You're Reading This It's Too Late, but we thought we'd spare you another feature article on Drake. Still, one or two songs from the tape are included on here.
Action Bronson Reveals That "Fuck That's Delicious" Is Coming To Cable TV
We caught up with Action Bronson the other day for an interview about his upcoming album Mr. Wonderful, and while discussing the forthcoming LP he happened to let slip that his fan-favorite Munchies YouTube series "Fuck That's Delicious" will be coming to a cable TV near you.
Action Bronson Shares The Artwork For "Mr. Wonderful"
After tweeting the tracklist for his highly anticipated Mr. Wonderful, Action Bronson just got on Instagram to share the artwork for the project. The CD cover shows a shirtless Bronson perched atop some golden steps, addressing a crowd we can't see, with "Sincerely, Mr. Wonderful" signed in cursive above him. It's designed by FRKO, who did the totally crazy cover art (which shows Bronson riding a laser-headed, missile-firing shark through space) for "Actin Crazy," the second single off Mr. Wonderful.
Top Tracks Of The Week: February 3 - February 9
After a few paltry weeks, we finally have a chart we can be proud of. Good on you, HNHH fam. Our Top 100 chart contained a number of notable tracks this week. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
Samples Of The Week: February 5
After devoting a few of the most recent editions of "Samples Of The Week" to break down sample-heavy albums by J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco. Joey Bada$$ and Fabolous, we return to the usual format this week. That means it's back to covering three big tracks that dropped this week, and this time around, they're taken from all corners of the hip-hop spectrum. First, Action Bronson paired up with The Alchemist for a dusty gem, then Cannibal Ox returned with DOOM in tow for one of their space-age anthems, and the last track on the list... well, you know what the biggest song of the week was.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 16)
Nothing too new is going on in the game this past week. In other words, hip-hop is just going right now. And that's not bad: Vince Staples is alive and still hating on Chris Paul, Jay Z still knows how to tweet, Meek Mill is still free and he's #woke. Common and John Legend won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song ("Glory" from Selma), but other than that, things have been a 40 degree day. The tweets are still fire though.
Samples Of The Week: January 15
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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Top Tracks Of The Week: January 5-13
Here it is, our weekly rundown of whats new and notable at the top of our charts. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our Top 100 chart. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
Action Bronson Tweets Tracklist For "Mr. Wonderful" [Update: Features Added]
It's been a crazy week for Action Bronson. Bringing the focus back to his music, Bronson took to Twitter this morning to speak on leaked tracklists for his upcoming album, Mr. Wonderful
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 2)
For some, a New Year's Day is just another day — except a little newer. That's the impression you'd get from a quick glance at rap Twitter. Old grievances carried on to 2015. But that's OK, because there are only three things that matter: new Migos, new Kanye West and Plain Pat. Check out the details on 140 Bars Or Less.
Rap Industry Recap: December
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay afloat with the industry.
Azealia Banks Calls Action Bronson A Coward, He Responds
Azealia Banks has always been ready to go at it on Twitter, but now she's getting support for her opinions. Both Solange and Q-Tip took her side after a recent tiff with Action Bronson on Twitter. Bronson attacked the Azealia when his name was mentioned by a fan who was discussing the Harlem rapper's recent comments about white privilege.
Q-Tip Schools Iggy Azalea In Hip-Hop History [Update: Iggy Azalea Responds]
Yesterday, Q-Tip was dragged into an argument between Azealia Banks and Action Bronson, questioning Bronson on his word choice on a few occasions. Today, the former Tribe Called Quest member targeted Iggy Azalea, who made some remarks about Banks on Twitter yesterday.
Action Bronson & Azealia Banks Go At It On Twitter
Both Azealia Banks and Action Bronson are known to be rather candid and outspoken when it comes to Twitter, and they just so happened to butt heads today. Following Banks' HOT 97 interview, where she spoke her mind about white appropriation of black culture, it seems that a fan of hers brought Bronson's name into the conversation.
Action Bronson's "Mr. Wonderful" Coming "Early 2015"
Action Bronson has been so prolific over the last few years, it's easy to forget that he hasn't actually put out a proper full length since signing with Vice/Atlantic. Mr. Wonderful will fill that spot, and while the New York rapper has been tossing around the title for some time, he finally gave us some details on the release last week.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 21)
The rap game is still buzzing as we head into the final weeks of the year and await for the hearing from Ferguson. While the latter hasn't been announced when this post was published, rappers did find other things to be outraged about.