Samples Of the Week: August 28
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". This week, we cover a wacky batch of samples from Action Bronson, Yelawolf and Travi$ Scott. This is the weirdest edition of Samples Of The Week yet.
SXSW 2015 Photo Diary
If you follow us on Instagram and Twitter, you've likely already seen more than a few moments from SXSW which we documented on social media. Incase you aren't all up on our socials, we're recapping the two showcases we sponsored and our other adventures at South By right here.
Action Bronson's "Blue Chips 7000" Is Complete, Might Drop This Month
Good news for Action Bronson fans. The Queens rapper-cum-globetrotting chef has completed his anticipated Blue Chips 7000 mixtape. What's more, he wants to drop it as soon as possible. Bronson shared the good tidings during an interview with Zane Lowe of Apple Beats 1 Radio. “Just have to tie up some loose ends,” he said. “This month, as soon as it’s done I’m gonna drop it.”
Mad Decent Reveal Line-Up For Block Party 2014: OutKast, Action Bronson & More
Following the news of Power 106's Powerhouse line-up, which enlisted Nicki Minaj, ScHoolboy Q, YG and more as performers, we've received yet another festival line-up today. This time it's for Mad Decent's annual Block Party, and they've been able to nab OutKast as a headliner, which will make up another date in OutKast's reunion 40-date festival run.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 15)
This week definitely ended on a high note. The past two days alone we've been inundated with music, from Rae Sremmurd (who also announced a release date and tracklist for the highly anticipated SremmLife 2) to Skepta (another album announcement on deck here) to ASAP Ferg, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, vintage Nas, and that's just scratching the surface of yesterday's songs list-- need I go into today's, which includes a Kid Cudi x Mike WiLL Made It collab?
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.
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.
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.
Underrated Audio: October 4 - October 10
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
Stream Statik Selektah's New Album "What Goes Around..."
Tomorrow, Statik Selektah will drop his new album What Goes Around on iTunes, but a day ahead of time, the Spotify stream is available.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (September 12)
Breaking news: The NFL is corrupt! Because rappers wanting to be athletes and vice versa is sort of a running motif, a few have weighed in with their thoughts about the Ray Rice/NFL cover-up situation. Some made more sense than others.
Action Bronson Announces Second Leg Of "Blue Chips 2" Tour
Action Bronson kicked off a tour for Blue Chips 2 at the beginning of January, and following some new dates with none other than Eminem (he and Action are managed by the same guy), Action has returned with even more tour dates for a second leg of the "Blue Chips" tour.
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".
Roots Picnic 2014 Announce Snoop Dogg, Jhene Aiko, Action Bronson & More To Perform
The annual Roots Picnic is going down this year at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia on Saturday, May 31. The seventh annual event has announced the performers lined up today. Of course the Roots will be headlining, alongside Snoopp Dogg. Other artists tapped to perform include Action Bronson, Janelle Monáe, A$AP Ferg, Jhené Aiko, Just Blaze, Rudimental, Araabmuzik, and Biz Markie, among others. Peep the full line-up in a flyer in the gallery above. Does it look like a solid line-up to you? Who'll be attending?
Digital Cover Story: Action Bronson (March/April)
We're very excited today to debut our first-ever digital cover story, with Mr. Wonderful himself, Action Bronson. HotNewHipHop is known as a hub for your daily intake of songs, mixtapes, and news, however, more than just reeling off the daily releases, we want to be able to give you first-hand coverage of your favorite artists, complete with in-depth feature stories and photo spreads. So we did.
Action Bronson Is Working On A Cookbook
Action Bronson has been diversifying his portfolio of work over the past few years, recently making the jump to cable television along with Vice’s new TV network. What’s next for the talented Queens emcee? The publishing world, according to Rolling Stone.
Behind The Beat: Statik Selektah
If you want to understand Statik Selektah in a nutshell, look no further than the first 20 seconds of his 2014 song “Carry On.” The first words you hear are sampled from AZ’s verse on Nas’ 1994 “Life’s a Bitch”: “Others such as myself are tryna carry on tradition.”
Action Bronson Announces UK Tour Dates
For all those UK fans of New York native Action Bronson, good news has arrived today, as the rapper has announced a set of tour dates overseas. In a weird, magic trick-filled YouTube video, Bronsolino starts by talking to a bird, before making the tour date announcements, announcing each city and venue he'll be at. The five-stop tour will kick off on May 12th in Manchester, and wraps up on May 17th in London.
Samples Of The Week: March 26 (Action Bronson Edition)
This Monday, Action Bronson dropped his madcap, adventurous debut album Mr. Wonderful. Although it was a little less sample-driven than his prior mixtapes, its live instrumentation was still often based around skeletons of existing songs taken from far-flung genres, as is Bam Bam's habit. We've already covered "Easy Rider," "Actin Crazy," "Terry" and "Baby Blue" in previous editions of Samples Of The Week, so this time we're putting some of the deeper cuts under the source-material lens. Let us know your favorite tracks in the comments section.
N.O.R.E.'s Good Belt Gang To Release Compilation "Resource Room" [Update: Stream The Project]
With N.O.R.E.'s ensemble, the Good Belt Gang, releasing tracks left, right and center for the past few months, we have been keenly anticipating their compilation, Resource Room. On February 11th, he will be releasing the Good Belt Gang project in full.