The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of September 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Kaytranada Links Up With Andre 3000
1/2 of the legendary duo OutKast, Andre 3000, remains an elusive figure in the rap world, but we've been seeing him pop up here and there lately, giving us hope that he could still one day release a solo project.
Kid Cudi Reveals Tracklist For "Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin"
The best source for all things Kid Cudi is Kid Cudi's Twitter, which he spontaneously updates every several weeks with new information regarding his upcoming releases. Monday afternoon, he revealed the tracklist for his upcoming album Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin.
The 5 Best Features On Travis Scott's "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
Travis Scott's debut album, last year's Rodeo, was packed with guest features, coming from the likes of Quavo, Future, Chief Keef, Justin Bieber, and more. In a time when it seems like most stars of his caliber are keeping the guest spots to a minimum, Scott has remained intent on maintaining a collaborative mindset.
Stream Travis Scott's "Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight"
After tiresome delays, Travis Scott finally made good on his promise to release his sophomore album, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight, which gets its title from a Quavo lyric on "Pick Up the Phone." And he did so first by playing the album live on his ".Wav" radio show on Beats 1. Further indication of his recent deal with Apple, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight is now available for purchase on iTunes and to stream exclusively on Apple Music.
Young Thug Responds To Erykah Badu's Andre 3000 Comparison
After a slight delay, Young Thug finally released Jeffery (or, No, My Name Is Jeffery) on Friday last week. The album has been dissected and debated across the internet, and we've seen a lot of Thugger's peers share their praise for the project, OGs and young'ns alike. Among the former category, Erykah Badu tweeted out quite the compliment for Jeffery.
Andre 3000's "Solo" Verse Was Not Aimed At Drake; Is Two Years Old
The first listen of Frank Ocean's long-awaited Blond(e) provided many surprises, and for rap fans one of the major talking points came with Andre 3000's verse on "Solo (Reprise)". "After 20 years in, I'm so naive / I was under the impression / That everyone wrote they own verses / It's comin' back different and, yeah, that shit hurts me," raps Three Stacks on the record, spawning speculation that the bars might be a shot at Drake, who was criticized by Meek Mill last summer about his use of collaborative writers.
Classic Rotation: Outkast's "ATLiens"
Imagine pressing play on ATLiens for the first time in 1996 (it took me around ten more years to do so, I was 5 at the time). You're familiar with Outkast, whose debut album dropped two years prior and expanded the hip hop's borders to encompass Southern-fried funk, and maybe even Goodie Mob, who took that sound to darker, more gothic territory on Soul Food in '95.
The Best Lyrics On Frank Ocean's "Blonde"
Frank Ocean first revealed himself as a generational songwriting talent on his 2011 debut nostalgia, ULTRA, then emerged as a full-blown star on the strength of the 2012's Channel Orange, which amounted to a series of vignettes about wealth, drugs, friendship, and love.
Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Credits Beyonce, Kendrick Lamar, David Bowie & More
Frank Ocean just dropped, and everything seems to be in its right place again. His new album, which appeared on Apple Music in surprise fashion, is entitled Blonde and not Boys Don't Cry, which had been the rumored title for over a year. However, Ocean did put out a magazine called "Boys Don't Cry" in coordination with the release of Blonde. The magazine appeared at four different pop-up shops in four different cities.
Smothered & Covered: 6 Great Moments In Hip Hop X Waffle House History
There's something about Waffle House that brings out the inner beast in people. The food, combined with the ambience, is nothing short of incredible. It holds a special place in the hearts and minds of countless rappers. "This ain't IHOP," Waka Flocka rapped in his famed collaboration with Travis Porter, "Waffle House". "This the waffle house. Know how we rock, put it in her mouth."
Andre 3000 & Kid Cudi Were Recently In the Studio Together
As their first album with Tom Delonge replacement Matt Skiba approaches, Travis Barker is getting back in Blink 182 mode, but it hasn't stopped him from collaborating with some exciting rap acts along the way. In an interview with the “Kevin & Bean” show on Los Angeles’ KROQ, Travis was joined by his bandmates to talk about the new album, but also shared an interesting tidbit about running into Andre 300 at Coachella.
Chris Rock Says Andre 3000 Working On New Album, Can't Tell If Joke
Is Chris Rock trolling us? The actor took his twitter and Instagram accounts late last night to share a group photo that included Andre 3000, Jarobi, Dave Chapelle, D-Nice and Jack White. That's quite the group by itself, but it was Chris Rock's caption that's got the internet in a tizzy. The comedian, who is no stranger to a dry joke, captioned the post, "Me , Dave , D-nice , jack white and jarobi hard at work on the new Andre 3000 album." Hmmm. Is he just playing with our emotions? It's really hard to tell, so we'll just embed the post below and leave it at that.
Andre 3000 Reveals Outkast & A Tribe Called Quest Had Plans For A Joint Album
Last night, "A Celebration Of Phife" was held at the Apollo, an event which saw a number of special guests speaking and performing in honor of Phife Dawg, the legendary rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest who passed last month. Among the speakers were Tribe members Q-Tip, Jarobi, and Ali Shahed Muhammad, as well as Kanye West and Andre 3000.
Kendrick Lamar & Andre 3000 Remember Phife Dawg On Q-Tip's Abstract Radio Show
Earlier in the week, hip-hop experienced a huge loss, as Phife Dawg, legendary rapper and member of a Tribe Called Quest, lost his battle with diabetes. The day he died saw a large outpouring of tributes from artists and fans on social media, but last night, on fellow Tribe member Q-Tip's Abstract Radio show, Phife was honored more extensively. Tip offered a mix of classic verses and rarities, while a few artists who found inspiration in the late rapper's words shared thoughts on his legacy.
The 10 Best R&B/Rap Covers Of Classic Songs
Searching "rap covers" online is like walking into a minefield of acoustic guitars and webcams, leftovers from a war that began with Ben Folds' famous version of Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit." An earnest-sounding white dude with a guitar and an angelic backing choir singing things like "Lick on these nuts and suck the dick" was (believe it or not) novel at some point, but now that approach has been beaten to death. Last year, for example, a ten year old covered "Trap Queen."
Andre 3000 Brought A Woman He Met In An Uber To Kanye West's Studio Session
Kanye West's last minute studio sessions just keep getting crazier and crazier. His latest assemblance of people included 2 Chainz, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Diddy, Kid Cudi, and French Montana, but, as far as we know, they were just around to listen to the final product.
Andre 3000 Hints At New Music, Praises Kid Cudi's New Album
We've been waiting for a solo album from, Andre 3000 for years, and while we may never get exactly that, the Atlanta legend is looking to release some form of project somewhere down the line.
Stream Erykah Badu's "But You Caint Use My Phone"
Erykah Badu dropped her mixtape last night, But You Caint Use My Phone, however it wasn't a 'proper' mixtape (and by that we mean, 'free'), it was released exclusively via iTunes and Apple Music. Thus you can purchase your own copy or else stream it on Apple Music.
Outkast Turned Down An Opportunity To Perform At The 2004 Super Bowl
The New England Patriots narrowly defeated the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII, but no one remembers that. All that anyone outside New England remembers from that Super Bowl is when Justin Timberlake accidentally-on-purpose ripped of Janet Jackson's shirt and bared her titty for all of Earth to see. The "wardrobe malfunction" could have been prevented, if Outkast had accepted the NFL's invitation to perform at that year's Super Bowl.