Top Tracks: November 28 - December 4
Easily the biggest story of this past week was the announcement of J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, the release of a "making of" documentary, and the ensuing drama. The doc contained videos for two new tracks, "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies," which have been construed to contain disses of Kanye West and Lil Yachty, respectively. A J.
The Hip Hop Dating Map
The law of six degrees of separation applies to the hip hop dating circuit -- a land where fast money, fast women, and horny men collide, resulting often in fireworks. As you can see in the dating map we have assembled below, there isn't much distance separating stars like Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Future, Lil Wayne, & A$AP Rocky. Ray J even has his own dating wheel, which gives credence to Vince Staples' mind-blowing Theory of Ray J.
Top Tracks: November 21 - November 27
Since debuting last year, Drake's OVO Sound Radio installation on Apple's Beats 1 has proven a huge force in debuting music by already-established stars as well as breaking new talent like Kodak Black, dvsn, and WizKid. Obviously, it's an engine that's benefitted its creator the most, creating huge events out of the debuts of What A Time To Be Alive, "Summer Sixteen," and VIEWS, but the 6 God has spread the love too.
Top Tracks: November 14 - November 20
By the time the next edition of Top Tracks drops, it'll almost be December, which means that in terms of music releases, we're entering the year's equivalent of garbage time. We've still got projects from The Weeknd, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane, and Drake on the way in 2016, but beyond that, don't expect too many surprises in term of full-length projects. What you can bank on, though, are some new singles dropping in order to carry hype into the new year. Let's start shaping up that early 2017 release calendar.
Thanksgiving 2016: Get Ready With The #UNameItChallenge
In three days, Thanksgiving will grant us all temporary respite from the shitstorm that is life. A Thanksgiving-themed internet meme that has gained sigifnificant traction in the past week is the #UNameItChallenge, which features a clip of gospel singer Shirley Caesar reciting everything she plans to cook for Thanksgiving -- "beans, greens, potatoes, tomatoes," and much more -- over a trap beat added by Instagram user RemixGodSuede.
Cops Break Up Future's Rowdy Birthday Party
Last night, Future's birthday bash got unlawfully turnt up. According to TMZ, the drank connoisseur's Beverly Hills party involved plenty of strippers and debauchery, and only lasted until 1:30AM before it all got broken up. Apparently, 5 BHPD units pulled up on the party in response to four separate noise complaints. Luckily, no one was arrested, and the cops came to help make sure the party's abrupt ending went smoothly.
Top Tracks: November 7 - November 13
The state of high-profile stars' song creation processes is such that we often don't know how credited songwriters and/or guests factor into the equation until long after the song is released. Time and time again this year, we've seen "original versions" by people other than the lead artists surface, basically proving that they're the main crative forces behind the song in question.
Chris Brown Previews New Music On Instagram
Chris Brown has released two mixtapes this year with his OHB crew -- Attack The Block and Before The Trap -- but he has not released very much solo music.
Top Tracks: October 31 - November 6
When Drake and Future linked up just over a year ago for What A Time To Be Alive, it was an almost earth-shattering event in hip hop, regardless of the album's quality. One was (and still is) undeniably the most popular rapper on the planet, and the other was (and probably isn't at the moment) the hottest, the guy who was just capping one of the craziest 12-month runs we've seen in this decade.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of October 2016?
At the beginning of August, less than two weeks after Everybody Looking, Gucci Mane announced that Woptober would be his follow-up album, basically claiming the month of October for himself. Little did he know that the month would be filled with top-notch projects from his peers; to be fair, Woptober is still in the running for the month's best, though it's a tight race.
Top Tracks: October 24 - October 30
For the past few years it's been clear that regardless of quality, everything Drake announces or releases is guaranteed to produce more pageviews on HNHH than any of his contemporaries. We've known this for a while and capitalized upon it a few times, which many of you have noticed and decried, but hey, you're still clicking on it. Drizzy dropped four tracks on OVO Sound Radio last weekend and nothing has changed, despite the fact that they did arrive too late for last week's Top Tracks list.
Here Are The Costumes Rappers Wore For Halloween 2016
Year in and year out, Halloween never ceases to produce amazing costumes. This year witnessed some intriguing costume choices from the hip hop set. Big Sean was a storm trooper to Jhene Aiko's jedi warrior; Tyga was Juelz Santana; Beyonce was Pepa, Drake was as hip hop lawyer 2-Dollar Steve; Diddy was Thor; Chris Brown was Deadpool. But wait, there's more. Check out the embedded Instagram posts below to see how Bow Wow, Big Boi, Tech N9ne, Christina Milian, Fabolous, and a host of others did it large for Halloween 2016.
Ray J Is About To Respond To Kanye West's "Famous" Video On A Song With Chris Brown
Ray J was so upset about his image being used in Kanye West's "Famous" video that he almost sued, but he's decided to put that emotion into his music instead. As Billboard points out, Overheard has done an interview with Ray J in which he reveals new information about his upcoming music.
Top Tracks: October 17 - October 24
Well clearly the big news today is the announcement of Drake's new project More Life, and the ensuing tracks that the 6 God dropped on OVO Sound last night. Dude can still easily dominate the conversation whenever he wants to.
Top Tracks: October 10 - October 16
Last week gave us Gucci Mane's second album of the year, Woptober, The Game's 1992, and Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge (aka NxWorries)' Yes Lawd!, and we've still got projects from D.R.A.M., Joe Budden, Common, and Jeezy dropping soon, but it feels like it's been a while since any major releases have arrived.
Top Tracks: October 3 - October 9
Barring The Weeknd's Starboy and any late-year surprises, we don't seem to have a whole lot coming on the release calendar as fall settles in. Gucci Mane's Woptober, Anderson .Paak and Knxledge's Yes Lawd! under their Nxworries title, and D.R.A.M.'s debut album Big Baby D.R.A.M. are all coming later this month, but compared to the summer we just had, that's small potatoes.
Top Tracks: September 26 - October 2
Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, has had one of the most unexpected career paths of any R&B artist in the new millennium. Basically paving the way for every ensuing singer/rapper who's warranted the "mysterious" tag when first emerging, his early tracks paired The-Dream's Lothario musings with an indie-influenced, lo-fi sound, and druggy themes. After major label move Kiss Land flopped commercially and critically, he went back to the drawing board and returned with a pop sheen courtesy of superproducer Max Martin.
Chris Brown's Investigators Reportedly Hit Dead End In Gun Case
Chris Brown's latest legal saga is looking good for Chris Brown.
Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and
Chris Brown Reportedly Being Investigated By Child Services Following Alleged Gun Charges
It looks like Chris Brown’s pending gun charges are hurting more than just his chances of entering Japan next week for his show.