The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of November 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.
Charts Don't Lie: November 16
It's a good week for those who dig the soulful side of hip hop music, with Alicia Keys' new album HERE debuting at the #2 spot and Common's Black America Again debuting at #25 with his latest LP. Rae Sremmurd have managed to soar back up the charts with help from the viral success of their single "Black Beatles," while our mainstay, Drake, comes in #8 at with VIEWS. The Suicide Squad soundtrack leads the way for Meek Mill, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Rihanna, A$AP Mob.
Common Explains Decision To Release "Black America Again" Right Before Election Day
Common's new studio album Black America Again finds the Chicago rapper addressing issues of race and injustice in America today, and the fact that it was released a week or so before election day was no accident. Common explained his decision to release this album at this point in time in an interview with Esquire.
Stream Common's New Album "Black America Again"
Over the past couple months, Common has been promoting the hell out of his socially-charged new album Black America Again, releasing tracks like “Letter To The Free,” “Red Wine,” Home,” & “Joy & Peace” in the process, but now the time has finally come. At the stroke of midnight, the Chicago emcee released his eleventh studio album just in time for next Tuesday’s presidential election.
5 Rappers Who Dissed Drake & Heard A Reply For It
As popular an artist as he is, Drake is a bigger target than ever, and while he'd like to think otherwise, he can't help but respond to his detractors. This means that he spends a lot of time going back-and-forth with other artists, making his line from 2009 single, "Successful;" "diss me, you'll never hear a reply for it" laughable in its inaccuracy.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 21)
Summer's over, but the hip-hop game continues to heat up. Today brought with it new albums from D.R.A.M. and Joe Budden -- not the craziest of New Music Fridays, but looking back at the week, there was a plethora of new tracks that are well worth checking out. We've rounded up 10 notable selections in our weekly Staff Picks playlist, which should provide a reliable soundtrack to the weekend's turn-up activities.
Common Reveals "Black America Again" Tracklist
Common returned to music recently, with the release of his title track from his forthcoming album. "Black America Again" features the legendary Stevie Wonder, although it was actually the second song released from the album, preceded by "Lovestar" with Marsha Ambrosius and PJ.
The 5 Best Moments From Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day Festival
Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day was everything its ambitious title promised it would be. The event took place in Chicago's South Side at the White Sox's Cellular One Field, and brought out 47,000 attendees, making it a successfully unifying event for the city. It brought out acts that normally might not perform on the same stag,e including LiL Uzi Vert, Tyler The Creator, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, a closing set by Skrillex, and of course, Chance himself.
#TBT: The Best Kanye West Beats From 2001-2005
"I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye" - Kanye *** Now a titanic figure in American music, Kanye West first made inroads into the music industry as a producer for Roc-a-Fella records. His talents on the MPC were so immense that he only got his record deal as a rapper so that they label could have access to his production. Click through the gallery to revisit Kanye West's best productions from 2001-2005, the first stage of his career in which he worked with Jay Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys, The Game, and many others.
Artists React To Barack Obama's Final Summer Playlist
Earlier today, Barack Obama “dropped” (his words) a two part summer playlist, also serving as a cultural farewell as his eight years in the White House come to a close this fall. Barry O’s taste in music runs the gamut, but most relevant to HNHH are the many hip hop and R&B artists he included in both the daytime and nighttime segments.
Jay Z Shares "Songs For Survival" TIDAL Playlist
The recent wave of police shootings and ensuing protests inspired Jay Z to release a new single "Spiritual." He followed that up over the weekend with a 24-track playlist called "Songs for Survival."
The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
Common Announces New Project
Common's been killing it in the acting game, though his name come back up in the rap world recently, when Drake might have sent a shot at him during a recent Nardwuar interview by confusing his Like Water for Chocolate album with Limp Bizkit's Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.
Common Is Working On A New Album
Common hasn't popped up in the news, at least when it pertains to music, for a bit.
20 Hip Hop Artists Who Threw Out The Ceremonial First Pitch
The pitcher's mound is a stage, a very different stage from the one rappers and singers are accustomed to standing upon. The ceremonial first pitch is ostensibly a celebration, and throwing the ball 60 feet in a particular direction may not seem like much of a challenge. But much can go wrong. From Kendrick Lamar to Snoop Dogg to MC Hammer to 50 Cent (!), here are 20 hip hop artists who took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch.
10 Other Rappers Who've Visited The White House
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama. He and his crew were given a tour, hitting a rap squat along the way, and making for a pretty historic moment.
Photos: Nicki Minaj, Eve, & Common In "Barbershop: The Next Cut"
"Barbershop: The Next Cut," the first "Barbershop" film in 12 years, will be released on April 15, 2016. "Barbershop" is a classic film in its own right, "Barbershop 2" managed not to submarine the franchise, and now "Barbershop: TNC" is on the way, with Nicki Minaj, Eve, and Common joining Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer in the cast.
Common To Star In "John Wick 2"
Common's acting career is on fire right now. He's recently appeared in "Selma," "Run All Night," and AMC drama "Hell on Wheels," and he will appear in "Barbershop 3," "Suicide Squad," and NBC's upcoming production of "The Wiz." Now the Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the Chicago MC has been cast as the main villain opposite Keanu Reeves in the upcoming film "John Wick 2."
Common Weighs In On Drake & Serena Hooking Up
Back when the Common-Drake beef was happening, it was rumored that tennis player Serena Williams played a part-- she was coupled up with Common before the two parted ways, and then she reportedly linked up with Drizzy. Common later admitted that Serena was indeed the fueling factor, saying, "So unfortunately the war might have been over a girl, but at the time I never said that."
Drake & Serena Williams Rekindle The Flame?
"My Way" may have been the Fetty Wap song Drake chose to bless with a guest verse earlier this year, but it might have more accurate if he had chosen "Again." He was just spotted making out with tennis star Serena Williams in a Cincinnati restaurant, and if you'll recall from his beef with Common a few years back, this wasn't his first encounter with her.