Staff Picks Playlist (August 12)
New music Friday brought us two more big-time albums with PartyNextDoor's P3 and Rae Sremmurd's SremmLife 2. The Sremm brothers were kind enough to welcome us to their LA abode to get the inside scoop on the inspiration behind their sophomore album. Read about our experiences with the hedonistic duo in our latest Digital Cover story.
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.
Stream Amir Obe's New EP "Won't Find Love In The Hills"
The talented Amir Obe has put together another short EP, only three months to the day after dropping the Happening In The Grey Area EP. Obe’s skillful vocals are on full display throughout all three tracks on Won’t Find Love In The Hills. He enlisted OZ, NYLZ, Ashton Mills, Eli Sostre, STWO and The MeKanics for the production. The beats are all right in Amir Obe’s wheelhouse, mostly downturned trap-influenced R&B beats.
Staff Picks Playlist (January 15)
This week, as you probably noticed, the VERY HOTTTTTs were killing it, and no, we weren't just in a giving mood, there was just a lot of fire music dropping. Not only that, the songs lists were phenomenally long each day (who peeped our Snapchat?). All this to say, everyone should have a song they were fucking with this past week.
Stream Amir Obe's "Happening In The Grey Area" EP
Amir Obe kept this project on the downlow for long enough. The singer/rapper announced the EP officially yesterday, with the release of the project's artwork (and release date). Today he's followed up as promised with a full stream of Happening In The Grey Area.
Amir Obe Announces "Happening In The Grey Area" EP, Dropping Tomorrow
Amir Obe has been putting out quality music since his days as Phreshy Duzit, but his visibility has risen significantly since he received endorsements from OVO's Drake and PartyNextDoor. HNHH is pleased to announce the Obe will release Happening in the Grey Area EP tomorrow, December 11th.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 20)
Today has been very heavy on the album release side, as you've probably noticed by the almost insurmountable number of streams we've posted thus far (and there are more to come). In between this week's long list of new releases, as well as last week's, your iTunes should be busy for a while. That's not even mentioning the mixtapes that'll drop on Thanksgiving Day next week-- Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 9)
It's that time of the week again. The weather might be crap, but work's over, school's out, and that should be enough to get your mind in the right place. If not, then we've got your musical medication, which will, no doubt, pair nicely with whatever other treats, medical-grade or otherwise, you've got on deck.
10 Essential Amir Obe Tracks
Amir Obè is a fresh voice in hip hop. Taking on the melodic, ethereal sound that has been spearheaded by Drake, Obè is poised to be one of the big names in a world that continues to embrace that sound. Along with the likes of Quentin Miller, Partynextdoor, and Frank Dukes, Amir Obe is one of the up-and-coming names that contributed to Drake's album If You're Reading This It's Too Late. The MC also dropped off Detrooklyn last year, which was a solid mixtape that has propelled his music into the ears of millions.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 31)
This week's edition of Staff Picks seems to be (accidentally) OVO themed, like a light/curated version of OVO Radio. Drizzy dominated this week, dropping two diss records (back to back), to be followed up by Meek's own attempt at a diss track last night.
5 Dope Tracks From Episode 2 Of OVO Sound Radio
The Oliver El Khatib-Drake-Noah "40" Shebib triumvirate dropped a quartet of bombs during Saturday's episode of OVO Sound Radio: PND's "No Feelings" feat.
On The Come Up: Amir Obe
HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists and producers ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll be able to check out some of their best work, and we'll break down what makes them great by category.
Underrated Audio: July 5- July 11
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. After going on a brief break over the 4th of July weekend, we're back this week giving you five looks that deserve a second look. Among them, Rome Fortune teamed up with Childish Major for a low-key ode to night time fun, Nikko Lafre gets on his story-telling tip, King Chip is lazy, and more.
Underrated Audio: June 7- June 13
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. For this week's selection of records, we've got five drops, two of which happen to both belong to Detroit rappers, Amir Obe and ZelooperZ respectively. There's also overlooked music from West Coast OG Murs, new Rostrum Records' signee Boaz and more.
Underrated Audio: March 22- March 28
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.