Staff Picks Playlist (March 18)
It seems like the tide in the rap game has finally slowed down a bit, after all the theatrics surrounding the release of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo (which is still being amended) and, then, the surprise release of a masterful compilation of outtakes from Kendrick Lamar. Still, on a song-by-song basis, the genre continues to bring us more quality than we can handle.
Timbaland Reveals "King Stays King" Tracklist
Timbaland is gearing up to release a new mixtape on Christmas day, King Stays King. The producer has been putting in work on Pusha T's new album, Darkest Before Dawn, and of course "Empire," but hasn't forgotten about his personal music. For the Christmas Day release, Timbo taps Young Thug, Tink, Rico Richie, Mila J, Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz, Migos and many more. Take a look below.
R. Kelly, Jhene Aiko, Tink Appear On Spike Lee's Chi-Raq Soundtrack
Spike Lee's Chi-Raq has already ignited a lot of conversation based on its trailer alone, and while advance screenings have already taken place, the world won't have an opinion until this Friday when it gets a wide release.At one point it was rumored that Kanye West would be involved in the soundtrack of the film, and while it's still possible he had a hand in it somewhere, his name is not among the artists featured on the tracklist.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2015 Cypher To Feature Vince Staples, Redman, & More
The best part of the BET Hip Hop Awards is the cypher. It has produced a ton of great moments over they years, including Kendrick Lamar's epic verse in the TDE 2013 cypher. BET just announced the list of rappers who will participate in the 2015 edition...
Staff Picks Playlist (September 25)
The first day of Fall has come and went, and with that, we're slowly but surely getting to all those things we we're excited about, from the expected like GO:OD AM and the premiere of "Empire," to the unexpected like What A Time To Be Alive.
5 Artists Aaliyah Influenced
Although she passed away fourteen years ago at the all-too-young age of 22, Aaliyah still fervently burns like an R&B sun, atop the solar system of artists that she fuels and influences posthumously. Despite her age, her career lasted nearly a decade. Her sex appeal, style, and squad of collaborators, who are also mega-stars in their own right created the perfect storm to set pop music on a course that is still traveled by some of music’s best and brightest to this day.
Tink's New Mixtape Is Coming This Month
Whether you've only recently discovered Tink, or you've been following her for years,you've probably made your way back through Winter's Diary 2. The R&B-centric project is easily among the rapper and singer's best work, so the announcement of Winter's Diary 3 is an exciting one for Tink fans.
Underrated Audio: July 12- July 18
This weekly feature provides you with some of the most-fire yet least-viewed records that we featured on the homepage this past week. Whether they were simply overlooked because the artist name was not familiar, or perhaps they just weren't seen at all, we want to give them a second chance at your iTunes here.
Staff Picks Playlist (June 26)
This week proved to be a big one for albums, with Vince Staples and Miguel letting us hear their respective albums early (and early listens are giving positive reviews), plus Tyga's surprise drop of The Gold Album, as well as a big mixtape drop from Boogie with The Reach, not to mention Tory Lanez's (brand new)
XXL Freshman Class 2015 Revealed
The XXL Freshman list is always a huge conversation piece in the rap world, and this year should be no different. While the wait has seemed a little longer than usual, the full list and cover has now been revealed.
Contest: See Tink Live In NYC!
As you probably know by now, we're big fans of Chicago MC/singer/Timbaland signee Tink here at HNHH, which is why we're excited to announce that we're giving you a chance to catch her live in NYC next week, for free! She's performing at SOB's next Monday, May 18th, with Detroit Che and Asia Sparks, and if you're selected as the winner, you'll get a pair of tickets for the show. Please note: only one winner will be selected, and they will receive two tickets.
After providing you with smoke-worthy material on 4/20, we're moving on to the internet's Wednesday obsession, #WCW. In celebration of Woman Crush Wednesday, we've compiled some notable records from a few of our favorite female rappers and singers.
10 Essential Tink Tracks
Tink is a young, talented MC that, by now, you should be familiar with. With five mixtapes, a few sick features and an album on the way, this young artist has been making tons of waves in the rap game recently.
5 Reasons You Should Be Listening To Tink
As is obvious from the multiple "who??" comments that still somehow show up on pretty much everything we post about Tink, many of you still need to get familiar with one of hip-hop's most talented young stars. The 19-year-old Chicago native first popped up on our radars with her pair of Winter's Diary tapes, and ever since then, she's been elevating her craft with each ensuing track.
Timbaland Says Aaliyah Visited Him In A Dream And Called Tink "The One"
At just 19, Tink, Timbaland's latest prodigy, is already one of hip-hop's rising stars. She's in the running for this year's Freshmen class (she made our list), and we're expecting her debut album on Tim's Moseley Music imprint later this year. Tonight (March 21), during the final Fader SXSW showcase, Timbaland told the crowd that his partnership with Tink is meant to be.
10 HNHH Pitches For 2015 XXL Freshman
Each year around the beginning of March, artists begin sending in pitches to XXL, hoping to wind up on the magazine’s highly-coveted Freshmen list. Thus far, we’ve seen Lil Herb, Bishop Nehru, Fat Trel, and a few others try to convince us they have what it takes to grace the cover along with eleven of their peers, each turning in a short video clip to the publication.
Tink Announces Timbaland-Produced "Ratchet Commandments" Single, Shares Artwork
Tink is someone who we've had our eyes on for a while, and 2015 is shaping up to be her big year. After being signed by Timbaland last year and nabbing a Fader cover this month, the Chicago MC has now announced the first single from her forthcoming debut album.
Tink Covers The Fader
Tink is poised for success. With Timbaland backing the rapper-slash-singer, and a strong buzz thanks to the producer leaking a few records during a Breakfast Club sit-down last year, she has the rap game's full attention. The Fader capitalizes on that today by nabbing the soon-to-be star for the cover of their new issue.
Rick Ross Is "Disappointed" That Timbaland Leaked Tink's Version Of "Movin Bass"
Timbaland caused a stir last week when he leaked out what he called the "original version" of the Rick Ross and Jay Z track he had recently produced, "Movin Bass." Apparently, Rick Ross wasn't happy about the way he handled the situation.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 17-23
TOP TRACKS BACK, TOP TRACKS BACK. After a brief hiatus, our weekly rundown of notable and popular releases has returned. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go check out Underrated Audio.