The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently 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.
Check Out The Full Tracklist For Snoop Dogg's Upcoming "Cool Aid" Album
One week ago Snoop Dogg shared the cover art to his upcoming album Cool Aid. It hearkens back to the artwork for his earlier releases, using an illustrated style and featuring the Doggfather himself in canine form. Now we have the full 20-song tracklist to share.
Freddie Gibbs May Be Going After Isaiah Rashad
Freddie Gibbs made headlines recently for stating in an interview that he considers himself on the same level as artists like J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar. Whether or not you agree with him, Reddit user SaucyMustard has pointed out that Gangsta Gibbs may be subtly calling out TDE artist Isaiah Rashad in an Instagram post this morning.
Stream E-40's "Poverty & Prosperity" EP
E-40 came through, rather quietly, with his new EP Poverty & Prosperity.
G-Eazy Reveals "When It's Dark Out" Tracklist
G-Eazy is about to have a moment. He drops his sophomore albumWhen It's Dark Out on December 4th, and his world tour with A$AP Ferg and Nef the Pharaoh kicks off at the top of 2016. This afternoon, he came through with the official album tracklist, and it looks very promising indeed.
Stream E-40's "Choices (Yup)" Remixes Featuring 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, & More
Almost certainly E-40's biggest hit from the past year is his silly and infectious "My Dick"-esque anthem "Choices (Yup)." To commemorate the song's success, Forty Fonzarelli released a deluxe "Choices" remix bundle pack. The bundle features 5 songs, 4 remixes and the original. 40 busted out the big guns, scoring verses from fellow veterans 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, and Rick Ross as well as 20-something mainstays French Montana, Migos, and Kid Ink. One of the remixes is Houston centric, with verses from Slim Thug, Z-Ro, and Kirk Bangz.
G-Eazy Taps Kehlani, Too Short, Tory Lanez & More For "When It's Dark Out"
G-Eazy has been taking his time with the announcements for his sophomore effort, which he recently revealed is titled When It's Dark Out. The rapper also unveiled a release date of December 4th, and the lead single "Me, Myself & I," featuring singer Bebe Rexha.
Top Tracks: October 13 - October 18
10. Ty Dolla $ign - Violent (Prod. by DJ Spinz & Southside)
Behind The Beat: Salva
Last year, L.A.-based producer Salva became a household name in hip-hop circles by scoring collabs with a diverse list of artists that included Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Ferg, Kurupt, Problem and E-40. With his all-over-the-place Peacemaker tape and its "Old English" single, the beatmaker gained himself a much larger following in the rap world, and so we had to hit him up to be featured on "Behind The Beat."
E-40 is still a relevant rapper in 2015, but is everyone aware of this dude's tenure in the game? The 47-year-old rapper has been crushing it since 1990 with his flamboyant style of rapping. He stayed in the underground until about 1995 when his album In A Major Way was released. Slowly, people started catching on to the west coast sound, where a quirky style of funky raps were taking over.
10 Must-See SXSW 2015 Showcases
Every March, the relatively small city of Austin, Texas bursts at the seams for a few weeks to host South by Southwest (SXSW), a music, arts and film festival put on in venues around the downtown. Thousands of artists and industry folk alike make the trek down south, and so the festival's schedule is a jam-packed, often chaotic affair. As the music kicks off in just a little over a week, we're breaking down the ten most promising showcases that have been announced thus far, including two we're sponsoring.
2Pac Letter Reveals Potential Supergroup With OutKast, Scarface, E-40 & More
Ah, what could've been. The most recent discovered treasure penned by Tupac Shakur is a letter to his friend Big Lock. Unfortunately, there's no date on the letter, but in it, Pac tells Lock that his record sold five million copies, so it's safe to assume he means All Eyez On Me, which was released February 1996. He would be killed in September of the same year.
What Is Hyphy Hip-Hop?
In its four-plus decades of existence, hip-hop has always been steadily evolving. Like all evolutionary paths, hip-hop’s hasn’t moved in a straight line. For every decision that moved the genre forward as a whole, there were artistic niches and splinter groups that either went flourished before rapidly going extinct or moved on into their own lane entirely. In this series, we’ll look to introduce our readers to some of the more interesting branches and subgenres that sprouted from the hip-hop family tree and give a primer of some essential tracks.
Stream E-40's "Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 & 2"
E-40 only announced his new album less than two months in advance, and now the Sharp On All 4 Corners 1 & 2 release date has arrived. You can stream the full two-disc project below, via Spotify.
E-40 Announces New Album "Sharp On All 4 Corners" [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
E-40 is back at it again. Following the success of his first tri-album release, The Block Brochure, West Coast OG, E-40, is doing it again.
G-Eazy, E-40, IAMSU! & Jay Ant Announce "From The Bay To The Universe" Tour
G-Eazy won big this year with his album These Things Happen, and now he's taking his show on the road in a 31-date tour called "From The Bay To The Universe." Accompanied by E-40, IAMSU! and Jay Ant, the rapper, toted as "USA Today's Hottest College Ticket" in his press release, will being the tour on October 21st in Sacramento, CA.
E-40 Announces Plans To Release 4 Albums On July 15
In the wee hours of the morning, E-40 announced on his instagram and his twitter that he plans to drop a grand total of 4 albums simultaneously this July, on the fifteenth. These albums compose what Bay Area Ambassador refers to as “Sharp On All 4 Corners," - a massive quadruple album project that will be sectored into four parts named Corners 1,2,3 and 4, respectively.
E-40 Talks Musical Roots & Storytelling In Rap
E-40 is a vet in the game, and he's more prolific than ever. The Bay Area legend has released three albums this year alone, and 12 since 2010. Throughout his career, he's kept an emphasis on narrative. In an interview with XXL earlier this month, he spoke of his feelings of an absence in proper-storytelling in the current rap climate, comments he chose to clarify in an exclusive sit down with HNHH.
E-40 Reveals Artwork & Tracklists For "The Block Brochure Parts 4, 5 & 6"
E-40 hasn't been satisfied with dropping only one album a year for a while now. He's released a whopping 7 full-length albums in the last two years (9 if you count his two collaborative projects with Too Short). Thus it was strange that 2013 nearly passed by with no new projects from the Bay Area legend, but 40 has set things straight with 3 new volumes of his Block Brochure series, which all drop December 10th.
Cover Art Revealed For E-40's "The Block Brochure: 4, 5, & 6"
E-40 continues to go big with his upcoming album releases. Last year the vet in the game released his three-disc project, The Block Brochure: 1, 2, and 3 and he's continuing the theme with The Block Brochure: 4, 5, and 6.