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.
Top 5 Moments From Action Bronson's "Fuck, That's Delicious"
“All I believe in is food and myself” “Fuck, That’s Delicious” is a perfect conglomeration of everything that defines Action Bronson-- food, hip-hop, and his true affinity for giving zero fucks.
Action Bronson Reveals New Album Title
Action Bronson has been known to troll us in the past. Last August, the rapper announced an album title (Romanian Waitresses), which he later clarified was a joke following its circulation onto rap blogs across the web.
Action Bronson Announces "Mr. Wonderful" World Tour
Action Bronson gave us hi highly-anticipated debut album last week, so we knew it was only a matter of time before the constantly-touring rapper gave us some new dates to support the project. Today, he's more-than-delivered on the assumption, announcing the first leg of what is promised to be a world tour.
Fool's Gold Announces 2015 Day Off Lineups
Every year, Fool's Gold makes sure that summer goes out with a bang by putting on multiple "Days Off" around the country, featuring a revolving cast of big names (we had a blast at last year's NYC date). Today, the label has announced the lineups for this year's set of shows, taking place in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, Miami and Austin.
Action Bronson: "Album 2 On The Way"
Currently down in Jamaica filming his sublime web series "Fuck, That's Delicious," Action Bronson shared some exciting news with his fans. "I create the best when I feel I have a point to prove," he wrote on Twitter. "That's how I'm feeling right now. Album 2 on the way."
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.
Action Bronson Announces New Vice Shows Coming This Month
In celebration of 4/20 a few months back, Action Bronson and Vice aired an "Ancient Aliens" special where Bronson, Alchemist and Big Body Bes smoked a ton of weed and broke down an episode of the History Channel's "Ancient Aliens." Of course, like all things Action Bronson it was wildly fascinating and entertaining. The special was so riveting that Action and Vice went ahead and filmed 10 more episodes of "Ancient Aliens with Action Bronson and Friends," which will drop on July 21st at 11pm exclusively on Viceland.
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.
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?
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.
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: 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.
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.
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 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".