#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.
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
Talib Kweli, Common, Bun B, & More Putting On Michael Brown Benefit Show
Today marks the one year anniversary of Michael Brow's death at the hands of Office Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. As a part of the commemoration events today, Talib Kweli and his Action Support Committee are hosting a free concert called "Ferguson Is Everywhere" in St. Louis. In addition to Kweli, the lineup features Common, Bun B, M1 from Dead Prez, Rapsody, Tef Poe, Kendra Ross, Rebel Diaz, Jasiri X, Immortal Technique, & Pharoahe Monch.
Is G.O.O.D. Music A Good Label? 5 Artists Whose Careers Stalled While Signed
Reaching peak visibility during Kanye West's inescapable "G.O.O.D. Fridays" series that served as a prelude to 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, G.O.O.D. Music has since become one of the most revered labels in hip hop. Even if it's not nearly as prolific as other indies, most would still call you a fool if you turned down a chance to sign with Kanye, especially in the wake of recent successes like Dark Sky Paradise and My Name Is My Name.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?
#TBT: Common's Classics
At this point, we really have to consider Common as one of the great MCs of all time. Rankings aside, the guys has had an insanely fruitful career: twenty-three years, a bunch of acting stints, and let's not forget the ten albums (a few of which, at least, are classics). It all started in 1992 with Can I Borrow A Dollar? The Chicago MC enlisted an unknown No I.D. to produce the 13-track LP, and it's definitely considered a classic.
6 Successful Crossover Rappers
It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).
Classic Rotation: Common's "Be"
There are few artists who can make seriously great hip-hop albums that are captivating and cohesive for the entirety of their duration. However, those who do understand the medium do it really, really well, time and time again.
Met Gala 2015: Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna & More On The Red Carpet
Last night the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City hosted their annual Met Gala, inviting the wealthiest of people to converge on their red carpet in all sorts of haute couture.