Staff Picks Playlist (February 5)
It's about that time. With the weekend imminent, as well as the SuperBowl, you surely need a playlist that will soundtrack your every move. This week's playlist is ultra-modern, occupied almost exclusively by a new generation of artists-- Young Thug, Roy Wood$, Tinashe, Jazz Cartier, Belly and more (we'll just glide over 2 Chainz, he's a strange case in that he's old-but-new). There's a fair amount of trap-influenced records, before moving into more musically-inclined songs. Shout out Angus for exclusively picking Young Thug records.
Yams Day 2016 Recap
The inaugural Yams Day got off to an inauspicious start, as a shortage of security guards led to a bottleneck at the entrance to Manhattan's Terminal 5, thus forcing thousands of eager fans to wait outside the venue for an hour or more, in a temperature that can only be described as cold-as-balls.
Flatbush Zombies Announce Debut Album Title, Release Date, Tour Dates
Big day for the Flatbush Zombies. Along with this morning's release of new single "Glorious Thugs," The meddlesome trio from Brooklyn announced that their debut album will be entitled 3001: A Laced Odyssey and it will arrive on March 11th.
Flatbush Zombies' Debut Album Is Coming Early 2016
Last night was huge for the Flatbush Zombies, as they took the stage alongside the likes of Jay Z and Lil Wayne at Barclays Center in their native Brooklyn for the TIDAL X 1020 concert.
10 Essential Flatbush Zombies Tracks
While New York City is forever the birthplace of hip hop, the past decade or so has been run by other parts of the country. Atlanta is on fire, Chicago is too, and the west coast has been steady dropping jewels for a few years now as well. We can't forget about Houston and Miami as well, who have had a fair share of artists spring up to reach massive heights over the course of the past ten years.
10 Essential Underachievers Tracks
The Underachievers are one of Brooklyn's up-and-coming rap groups. They're most recent album Evermore: The Art of Duality was just released this past Friday, and might just be the duo's best work to date.
Made In America Line-Up Includes Beyonce, The Weeknd & More
Jay Z and Budweiser are teaming up for another edition of their Made In America festival, and today they've revealed the 2015 line-up.
Joey Bada$$ Announces 1st Annual "Steez Day" Festival
This past Christmas Eve marked two years since Pro Era member Captial Steez's tragic death, and since leaving us, he's been sorely missed, especially by his bro Joey Bada$$. To commemorate his late friend, the Pro Era honcho is launching an annual event called "Steez Day" to benefit the rapper's family.
Samples Of The Week: March 12
After a week where Kanye West, Wale and Ludacris dropped off new tracks, we had fewer top-tier artists releasing material this week. Instead, some fan favorites returned from dry spells to bless us with new material, all of which was pretty dope. In this edition of Samples Of The Week, we look at flips by Freddie Gibbs, Flatbush Zombies and Curren$y. As always, some of these are very unexpected, some are obscure, and all are expertly executed. Read on to get the scoop.
Top Tracks of The Week: March 3 - March 9
Here it is, the once-a-week look at the tracks toward the top of our charts that you need to know about. Keep in mind that these tracks are culled from the very top of our Top 100 and, by their very nature, lean toward more popular artists. We still think these tracks are worthy of your attention, but if you need a look at artists you may have missed, take a look at Underrated Audio. With no outright superstars to talk about this week, our top tracks consisted of quite a few up-and-comers (and several familiar faces we haven't heard from in a while).
Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Flatbush Zombies & More Share "Rap Monument" Verses [Update: YG & More Added]
A couple weeks back, "The Rap Monument" -- a project which recruited 30 rappers for one epic track -- was revealed. While we're still not sure when the NOISEY and Hennessey-sanctioned song will arrive, we do know that the record is produced by Hudson Mohawke and S-Type, engineered by Nick Hook, and will feature verses from the likes of Pusha T, Danny Brown, Raekown, Action Bronson, and many more.
Stream Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers' "Clockwork Indigo" EP
Last month, Brooklyn's psychedelic rap factions Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers came together to release "The Butterfly Effect", the first track from their collaborative project, Clockwork Indigo. Today, the supergroup has released the EP in its entirety. The 5-track project is now available for free stream via SoundCloud. Take a listen below, and make sure to check out the two acts on tour this fall. Find the dates and the EP below.
Flatbush Zombies And The Underachievers Announce "Electric Koolaide Experience" Tour
After sharing their first track under the "Clockwork Indigo" moniker earlier today, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have announced a fall tour called the "Electric Koolaide Experience." All the dates are below, and you can cop tickets here.
Underrated Audio: September 6 - September 12
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
Samples Of The Week: April 3
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Underrated Audio: February 8- February 14
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. This week we see choice records from the Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, Adrian Lau of Harry Fraud's Surf School label, some grimy Onyx, and Chicago's Lil Herb. Click through the images above and let us know which record you had on repeat all week long in the comments below.
On paper, hip-hop and opera seem like completely different styles of music, but many producers have shown us otherwise. Using dramatic, often high-pitched vocal samples, they add a theatrical element to rap tracks. The vocals can come from samples of actual operas or, more commonly, presets on synths or keyboards, and they've been used by everyone from Three 6 Mafia to RiFF RAFF to Tech N9ne.
Flatbush Zombies Announce Release Date For "BetterOffDEAD"
New York natives Flatbush Zombies are gearing up for a new project, BetterOffDEAD, for which they announced a release date today. The project is expected to drop on September 11th. Check out the trailer below.
Underrated Audio: June 15-21
This past week proved to be a big one for hip-hop. Definitely a week to be remembered, with three big rap albums (and one r'n'b album) all dropping on the same day (and every one knows this date by now)-- June 18. While Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller had the spotlight for the majority of the week, that's not to say there weren't some dope releases from other artists. This week in Underrated Audio we look over some ill drops from the likes of Dom Kennedy, Deniro Farrar, Flatbush Zombies, Freddie Gibbs, among others.
Joey Bada$$ Announces Beast Coast Tour Dates
Joey Bada$$ is gradually making quite a name for himself.