A HotNewHipHop Thanksgiving: 10 Things We're Thankful For
Thanksgiving is here, and while we gather with our families to reflect on what we are thankful for this year, we here at HotNewHipHop can’t help but reminisce on the year thus far with gratitude. We’ve been spoiled with albums and mixtapes, as well as a healthy amount of "comebacks." As analysts of the genre, we’ve been overwhelmed with remarkable material from artists upcoming and legendary alike. As fans, our excitement has us feeling young again.
Apple Music Will Shut Down Beats Music At The End Of The Month
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine launched the Beats Music streaming service in January 2014, and about four months later, Apple purchased the entire Beats company for $3.2 billion, the largest purchase in the tech giant's history. It was assumed that Apple's acquisition of Beats signaled that the company intended to align itself with the Beats streaming service, though Apple Music was launched in June of this year, and Beats Music remained its own platform, though still under the Apple umbrella.
Dr. Dre's "Compton" & The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" Go Gold
Album sales don't move as fast as they used to, but the biggest releases do manage to hit gold within a year, with a very select few making it to platinum status. The two most recent 2015 releases to get gold certification from the RIAA (which is measured on a different scale than Nielsen Soundscan, and doesn't include streams) are Dr. Dre's Compton and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness.
Dr. Dre Hints At New Music Coming Today
Dr. Dre already gave us a full album this year -- something most of us thought was a complete impossibility at this point. Today, we may be getting even more music from the legendary producer/rapper, though it's not clear how old or new the selection might be.Dre has promised some "unreleased" music will be premiered on his Beats 1 Radio show The Pharmacy today, and while we know he must have a huge bank of music from multiple eras -- so it's hard to predict exactly what we'll be hearing tonight.
Jerry Heller Sues Dr. Dre, Ice Cube & "Straight Outta Compton" For $110 Million
Jerry Heller, the former manager of N.W.A., is suing all those involved in the group's recent biopic, Straight Outta Compton, for (at least) $110 million, reports TMZ. Heller, now 75, has just filed a lawsuit against Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, the estate of Eazy-E, NBC Universal, and others for defamation and using his likeness in their film without his permission.
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a "a producer who can rap and control the maestro," and when he said it, there weren't a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J. Cole have made some serious beats, and then blessed them with their own flow.
Dr. Dre Sued By Former Housekeeper
Raquelle Sagustume, a former housekeeper of Dr. Dre, is suing Dre and his wife, Nicole Young, on the basis of unfair working conditions during her 13 months working at the couple's estate. In the lawsuit, she claims that she was unjustly fired while she was in the hospital due to a work-induced panic attack.
Behind The Beat: Focus...
It takes a village to make an album. Dr. Dre was the executive producer, bossman, and visionary behind Compton, and he had at his disposal a team of some of the best hip hop producers money could buy, including Dem Jointz, DJ Dahi, and entire crew of Aftermath in-house artists.
Dr. Dre Wants To Tour Europe With Snoop Dogg, Eminem & Kendrick Lamar
Snoop Dogg guested on Dr. Dre's Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy" last night (Oct. 10), and as the legendary duo reminisced about their classic collaborations, Dre spoke of a wild concoction that he wants to employ in the future. European hip-hop heads will be happy to know that one of Dre's future dreams is to take a full live show to Europe and bring his most renowned collaborators with him -- Snoop, Eminem, and Kendrick Lamar.
The Game Says He Recorded About 700 Songs For "The Documentary 2"
The Game and DJ Skee are old friends, having been the dynamic duo behind the legendary diss track "300 Bars." Both have had very successful careers in very different ways, and The Game stopped by Skee's talk show recently to promote The Documentary 2. The interview covered a variety of topics and gave many insights about the album, none greater than the fact that The Game apparently recorded 700 or so songs and eventually narrowed it down to 38. He recalled showing Dre 20 tracks and Dre telling him they were all trash.
DJ Premier Announces Solo Album Featuring Nas, Dr. Dre & More
DJ Premier has been involved in countless classic projects throughout his career, and he's still at it. Last year, he gave us the collaborative PRhyme project with Royce Da 5'9", and he's still promising a similar project with Nas somewhere down the line. Before that, he's got a solo project in the works.
Review: The Game's "Documentary 2"
The Game is a man of contradictions. His long-awaited follow-up to 2005's The Documentary begins with the Compton rapper hopping out of his car to bust some heads, and ends with a cheery hook sung by will.i.am and Fergie that sounds like it belongs in a Mary Kate & Ashley movie set in Los Angeles. In between, he's all over the place, sometimes slipping up with his lyrics, collab choices, or subject matter, but more often than not giving us some of his best material in years.
Stream The Game's "The Documentary 2"
The Game has been promising The Documentary 2 all summer, and while it may have taken a little longer than expected, the project has been made available today.
The Game Don't Change: The Making Of "The Documentary 2"
“My nostalgia is one hundred percent Compton and zero percent snitch" - The Game --------------------- 3:35 PM, HNHH HQ, one Monday in September: the elevator door groaned open. There stood The Game and his entourage. I couldn’t actually see his face, but I could still see him, amid the flood of bodies pouring out of the elevator and into the adjacent room -- a camo snapback floating above the crowd, cocked up and backwards at the jauntiest angle possible.
10 Artists That Dr. Dre Put On
Dr. Dre is one of the most legendary figures in hip hop history. From his early days with the influential N.W.A. through to his most recent release Compton, the 50-year old artist has conquered multiple industries. For us, his most important contributions have been to rap music.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
6 Artists Who Cut Ties With Their (Former) Crews
In August, former Hustle Gang member Spodee ruffled more than a few feathers during his interview with DJ Smallz when he stated, "I have the potential to be bigger than Tip or if not, just as big." Grand Hustle chief T.I. didn't let this sit quietly, he took to Instagram to address Spodee’s claims of outgrowing the label and going against the Grand Hustle family.
Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List Includes Diddy, Jay Z, Drake, & More
Forbes released its 2015 Hip Hop Cash Kings list, and there are few surprises. Diddy holds down the top spot, matching the $60 million he raked in last year. He can thank Ciroc for his financial success. Sorry, 50.
Hip-Hop's 10 Best Surprise Projects
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either. Usually, these surprise releases wind up being incredible instalments of quality music.
Listen To The New Episode Of Dr. Dre's "The Pharmacy" With Quincy Jones
Drake's OVO Radio has been getting a lot of attention due to its many exclusive releases, but Dr. Dre's The Pharmacy has also had its share of memorable moments, and this week's installment was no exception.