The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
DMX Explains How He Gained Respect For Drake On The Breakfast Club
In the past, DMX has not been shy to share his negative feelings about Drake, candidly revealing that he didn't like Drake's music, his face, or his haircut on a 2012 Breakfast Club appearance -- so it was pretty surprising to hear him sampled on "U With Me?" from Drake's new album, VIEWS. The rapper returned to the Breakfast Club today to explain how that all happened, and how the experience changed his opinion on Drizzy for the better.
Future Cuts Set Due To Mic Issues, Willow Smith Brings Out Will Smith At Roots Picnic 2016
Today, we've seen two festivals interrupted by weather issues, so by comparison, The Roots Picnic in Philly which took place on Saturday was a great success, even though Future's set ended up being a bit rough. According to fans at the show, Future Hendrix only performed for about 20 minutes, exiting after he had serious issues with his microphone. Though the crowd was hoping for the Atlanta rapper to come back for more material, he did not reappear, causing fans ti throw bottles and other objects at the stage.
DMX, Desiigner, Shyne Make Appearances At Puff Daddy's 2nd Bad Boy Reunion Concert
Puff Daddy's highly anticipated Bad Boy reunion tour kicked off Friday night at the Barclay's Center, hosting not only performances from the many billed guests like Mase, The Lox, and Faith Evans, but also some surprise appearances from the likes of Jay Z, Nas, and more. Saturday night was the encore performance, and naturally, there were no shortage of special guests on day 2.
Smothered & Covered: 6 Great Moments In Hip Hop X Waffle House History
There's something about Waffle House that brings out the inner beast in people. The food, combined with the ambience, is nothing short of incredible. It holds a special place in the hearts and minds of countless rappers. "This ain't IHOP," Waka Flocka rapped in his famed collaboration with Travis Porter, "Waffle House". "This the waffle house. Know how we rock, put it in her mouth."
N.O.R.E. Helped Drake & 40 Clear DMX Sample On "VIEWS"
Word just got out that DMX is working on a new album that will apparently feature Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, and Dr. Dre. The news comes shortly after DMX made headlines for making a surprise appearance on Drake's VIEWS, as two of his classic tracks were sampled on "U With Me?", produced by 40 and Kanye West.
Kanye West & Dr. Dre To Appear On DMX's Next Album
It seems that there has been a renewed interest in the career of DMX after two of his classic songs were sampled on Drake's "U With Me?", a standout track off VIEWS. X released a new track last month, so it was thought that he might be prepping a full project.
Here Are The Samples Drake Used On "VIEWS"
As Drake has progressed as an artist, he has learned to gather all of his far-reaching musical tastes and incorporate them into his stylistic repertoire. He's been accused of appropriating music from other genres, and regardless if there's any basis to such claims, his ability to blend elements of hip-hop, dancehall, R&B, and UK dance music into an cohesive album -- as he has done on VIEWS -- is undeniably impressive.
Diddy Passed On Signing DMX Because His Voice Was "Too Rough"
During an appearance on the Drink Champs podcast, DMX told hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN about a meeting he had with Diddy at a Yonkers studio in 1997 or 1998 in which Diddy told DMX he was going to sign him to Bad Boy. "One thing I respect about Puff is he told me too my face what he thought," DMX recalled. "He said, you're voice is too rough, you're not marketable.' So in my mind, what he's saying is, 'work on this.'"
The 10 Most Iconic '90s Hip-Hop Album Covers
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
Kanye West Claims He Didn't Diss Taylor Swift In Epic Twitter Rant
At his Yeezy Season 3 spectacle yesterday at Madison Square Garden, Kanye West unveiled a new album replete with memorable one-liners, none moreso than his dig at Taylor Swift on "Famous:" “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ I made that bitch famous.” Last night, The New York Times music critic Jon Caramanica shared a statement from Taylor Swift's spokesperson that claims Kanye wanted Swift to release "Famous" on her Twitter account. Unsurprisingly, they declined the offer.
DMX Hospitalized After Reported Overdose
DMX reportedly suffered an overdose last night that caused him to temporarily lose his pulse and stop breathing. TMZ reports that Yonkers police found X unconscious on his back. at a Ramada Inn at about 6 PM Monday evening. According to the report, the 45-year-old rapper was lying on his back. His heart had stopped beating and he had stopped breathing. The cops successfully administered CPR and transported him to the hospital, where he is currently in stable condition.
Usher & Future To Headline Annual Roots Picnic 2016
The Roots Picnic happens every June, and has continued to grow in profile and popularity each year. This year is no different, as we’ve got some truly impressive artists playing the 2016 iteration.
G-Eazy & A$AP Ferg Bring The House Down At Terminal 5
Gerald Gillum, stage name G-Eazy, is trending right now. It’s easy to assume the emcee is riding white rapper fame to the top of the charts, but the man has been grinding for years. He released six mixtapes and three studio albums before the massive success of When It’s Dark Out, so he’s no tourist in the rap game.
Warrant Reportedly Issued For DMX’s Arrest Following Missed Court Date
It appears DMX just can’t seem to keep his name out of trouble. Having already been arrested once since being released from prison back in September, X could now be facing another arrest after failing to make it to court on Monday regarding child support payments to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons.
DMX Is Guest-Starring On ABC's "Fresh Off The Boat"
If you watch ABC's new sitcom Fresh Off The Boat, you'll know that hip-hop plays an essential role in the series. Not only does Danny Brown provide the theme song, the show follows a young Eddie Huang (it's based on the celebrity chef's memoir), who was obsessed with rap throughout his childhood. As a result, there are many reference to 90s rap, and the latest one comes from none other than DMX himself. Like Shaq in a previous episode, X will play himself, despite being 20 years older than he should be (it takes place in 1995).
DMX Arrested Again This Week; Judge Cuts Him A Break
A month after being released from prison and DMX has already encountered his first run in with the law. On Tuesday morning, X got arrested at his home in Westchester County, New York on a contempt of court charge for allegedly failing to pay $10,000 a month in child support to his ex-wife Tashera Simmons.
Fresh Out Of Jail, DMX Announces Plans To Hit The Studio
In his first interview since getting released from jail on September 25th, DMX informed WKBW-Buffalo reporter Justin Moore that he is headed to New York City with every intention of hitting the studio.
DMX Is Released From Prison; Further Hearings Await
DMX was released from prison today, after being sentenced to 6 months in July for missed child support payments. X was released 3 months early because his attorney seems to have temporarily convinced the court that X was never made aware of these particular child support payments. It's unclear if that means he wasn't aware that said baby mama was, in fact, his baby mama. There's a hearing scheduled for some time in the near future, and the court will decide if X is indeed telling the truth about his ignorance of the child support payments.
DMX's Son Is Selling His Platinum Plaques On eBay Without Permission
It seems like every time DMX is in the news it's about some new misfortune. Last we reported on him, in July, he was set to serve 6 months in jail. Now that he's been locked up, his son has taken it upon himself to sell off X's platinum plaques. I'm just gunna go ahead and say smh.