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 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.
Full Lineup Revealed For 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers
The 2013 BET Hip-Hop Awards took place in Atlanta, Georgia yesterday, and information about this year's cyphers has been revealed. Footage of the first cypher is already available - it features Asia Sparks, Bad Lucc, Problem and Astro flowing over beats provided by DJ Premier. Slaughterhouse, A$AP Mob and TDE (Isaiah Rashad included) each have their own cypher, and Jon Connor, Action Bronson, Rapsody, Travi$ Scott and Lil Kim make appearances among others. There's also a group consisting of Real Husbands of Hollywood stars, led by Kevin Hart (aka Chocolate Drop).
Action Bronson Announces New Album Title [Update: Action Says Title Was A Joke]
Among Action Bronson's frequent Twitter ramblings, the rapper recently revealed the title to his new album. We'll have to wait for more details on said LP, but Action revealed on Twitter, "The name of my album will be "ROMANIAN WAITRESSES." If Romanian Waitresses is indeed an album on the way, Action definitely has his plate full, having promised Blue Chips 2 and another Alchemist collaborative project.
Action Bronson Reveals "Blue Chips 2" Tracklist [Update: Proper Release Date Revealed]
Action Bronson said on Twitter recently that he'd drop Blue Chips 2 on the first day it rains in November-- and although Action is often joking and talking shit on Twitter, he may be really serious about that, because today he revealed the tracklist for Blue Chips 2.
Action Bronson Announces "Blue Chips 2" Tour Dates [Update: New Dates With Eminem Added]
Action Bronson certainly spends a lot of time on the road. Following his co-headlining stint with Danny Brown, Bronsolino has announced a new set of dates in support of his well-received Blue Chips 2 mixtape. Bronson will kick things off January 10th in his hometown of New York, before the round in the US, and closing things off one month later in Hawaii.
Review: Action Bronson & Party Supplies' "Blue Chips 2"
Action Bronson is not your typical rapper. The portly fire-flame gourmet chef turned rapper with a shock of curly red beard, whose father is an Albanian immigrant and mother is a Jewish New Yorker, looks nothing like his peers. Sharpening his lyrical skills with several mixtapes, Bronson dropped his major label debut EP Saaab Stories a few months ago.
Rumor: Did Action Bronson Sign To TDE?
Following Summer Jam this weekend, there were plenty of rumors circulating concerning a TDE signing. Today it was confirmed that the crew had signed up and comer Isaiah Rashad, but it seems like even more rumors are brewing in the Black Hippy camp.
Lyrics Of The Week: September 25-31
We're back, folks. There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific bars are often overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us know in the comments section. Lines we're not sure about will be bolded.
Action Bronson Updates On "Saab Stories" With Harry Fraud & Debut LP
Action Bronson has worked with producer Harry Fraud often, and the two create such a great sound together that they've linked up for a joint project, Saab Stories. While the project was announced awhile ago, we haven't been updated on its status since then. Today, we get word on when to expect it, in a new interview with Action Bronson.
Full Stream Of Action Bronson & Harry Fraud's "Saaab Stories" EP
Action Bronson and Harry Fraud delivered the long-awaited Saaab Stories collaborative project today, although just an EP-version of it, with seven tracks. The project was released via iTunes and Spotify, with the latter providing a full EP stream of Saaab Stories. You can stream the seven tracks, which find features from Prodigy, Raekwon, Wiz Khalifa and more, below.
On The Come-Up: Action Bronson
For those of you still unfamiliar, meet Action Bronson, government name Arian Asllani, a 29-year-old chef-turned-rapper of Albanian descent. The 5’8, 300lb native of Flushing, Queens, New York City is a father of two, a friend of Saved by the Bell’s Mr. Belding and a former chef for the New York Mets. Having enlisted in the rap game not three years ago after an injury in the kitchen, he’s one of the most intriguing rappers to emerge on the