Hottest Album Covers Of 2015
The Golden Era of cover art likely ended with the rise of CDs. But even with the Golden Age of CDs behind us, cover art still plays a vital role in the listener's consumption of music. Along with the album title, it serves as a sort of opening salvo or prelude that sets the tone for the music itself, and it is often the last image that remains in the listener's mind. It is the face of the music. With that in mind, here our picks for the best cover art of 2015.
Pusha T On A Joint LP With The-Dream, His Favorite Future Release & Beanie Sigel
On Friday, Pusha T dropped off the prelude to his highly anticipated album, King Push. Although acting as a warm-up album, Darkest Before Dawn is about as dope of an album as any rapper could wish for. Trimmed of any excess fat, Push keeps the album at 10 tracks, with features that compliment his dark style without overpowering him-- except for maybe that Beanie Sigel verse, as we discuss later in our interview. It might even be a better record than his debut, My Name Is My Name (should I be so bold as to say it?).
Hottest 50 Songs Of 2015
It's holiday season, and that means it's time to start rolling out the year-end lists. There was almost too much good music to handle, as notable releases week after week meant that only the hottest tracks were able to attain a shelf-life of longer than a couple of months.
Hottest Albums Of 2015
2015 was a pretty phenomenal year for music. After the relatively dry 2014, we thought it was a drought, but the overwhelming amount of material made making our year-end list both very easy and very difficult. On one hand, there was a wealth of album to choose from, but on the other hand, a lot of great stuff had to be left on the cutting room floor.
Charts Don't Lie: December 9th
It wasn't the most exciting week for releases, with Erykah Badu's But You Cain't Use My Phone being the sole big project. Outside of that, we saw the same players running the charts, with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Bryson Tiller continuing to do numbers.Check out the full breakdown below.
Pusha T On Future: "He Will Go Down In History As A G.O.A.T."
Pusha T was the latest guest on Pitchfork's Over/Under series, and he has definitely set the record for the most times the word "GOAT" was uttered in the segment.There were three subjects that the GOOD Music president got particularly excited about, all of which he deemed GOATS, and highly underrated ones at that.1. Ric Flair
Most Searched Artists On HNHH Of 2015
We kicked off our annual year-end segments with the first part of Hottest 50 Songs of 2015. While you wait for the next two parts, we're releasing our list of the top 10 Most Searched Artists on the site over the past year.
Future Announces "Purple Reign Tour" With Ty Dolla $ign
Future's four Dirty Sprite 2 shows over the summer caused quite the ruckus/police overreaction. This morning, the rapper announced that he will be embarking on the "Purple Reign" tour in early 2016 and he's taking Ty Dolla $ign with him. At last, DS2 is getting a proper tour.
Charts Don't Lie: December 2nd
While we had debuts from Jadakiss, Tech N9ne and the Empire soundtrack, this was Adele's week. The UK songwriter moved 3.48 million equivalent units of her third album 25, making it simultaneously the biggest sales week of the year, the biggest selling album of the year, and the biggest sales week of ALL TIME. It replaces N'SYNC's previous record, in which they sold 2.416 million of their sophomore LP Bye Bye Bye in 2000.
Future Being Sued By Promoter For Reportedly A No-Show At Concert
In cases we wear quite often, Future is being sued by a promoter for reportedly bailing on a show, but there’s always two sides to every story he says. According to TMZ, promoter Robert Caillier filed a lawsuit against Future claiming he gave Future’s camp an advance of $15,000 for a show back in August of 2014, but Future never showed up, causing him to lose an anticipated $150K profit, plus the 15K advance.
Top Tracks: November 23 - November 29
No one was more thankful last week than hip-hop fans.
Chris Brown Shares "Royalty" Album Tracklist
Chris Brown just dropped a 34-track mixtape this weekend, so it's hard to believe he still has a studio album coming in just a few weeks. Like clockwork, just after the mixtape impacted, we've now got a look at the tracklist for Brown's new album Royalty.Those looking for a large selection of features may be left a bit disappointed, as the only two guests on the album are Future (who shows up on a bonus track) and surprisingly, Atlanta up-an-comer Solo Lucci (the fact that -- like Chris -- he's an RCA signee, makes things a little more clear).
Future's Tour Rider Reveals He Makes $150K For 45-Minute Show
Undoubtedly one of the best parts of being a successful rapper is that you can request literally anything on your tour rider and the show promoters will do its best to deliver.
Lil Wayne's "No Ceilings 2" Tracklist Revealed
After hitting us with a trailer to increase the anticipation and excitement for No Ceilings 2 last night, Weezy F returns this afternoon with a tracklist, so we know it's real. The highly anticipated mixtape will serve as a follow-up to the much-beloved first No Ceilings, and thus it's got quite a reputation to live up too. The tracklist is stacked though, so let's hope Weezy didn't spare quality for quantity.
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.
ASAP Ferg Talks "Huge Smash Song" With Future, Recording For A Week With 40
ASAP Ferg is getting ready to drop his sophomore album at the top of 2016, and from the sounds of his new interview with MTV, it's bound to be something special. "Early January you're gonna get a HUGE smash song called 'New Levels' with Future," said Ferg, promising the song will drop after we get to see the "Thought It Was A Drought" video he directed.
Big Sean Previews New Music With Future, Metro Boomin & Mike WiLL Made-It
Big Sean scored the biggest album of his career with 2015's Dark Sky Paradise, but from the sounds of his upcoming material, he's only just getting started. Sean was in L.A. last night for Red Bull Sound Select, and made sure to treat the audience to some samples of his new music. First up, he shared a preview of a track with Future and his go-to producer Metro Boomin, a recipe for success on paper, and judging by the video clip, also in practice.
Future On WATTBA: "It Never Happened"
Anyone who follows Future on Twitter knows that the man loves to remain cryptic, constantly tweeting vague phrases, any of which could probably be read as either a subtweet or a mixtape title under a magnifying glass. In a recent interview with Mass Appeal, Fewtch continued in that tradition of puzzling but highly hashtag-able phrases when asked about one of his projects, and it has the Future Hive in a frenzy.
Stream The Soundtrack For "Creed" Featuring Joey Bada$$, Future, Nas & More
The "Creed" movie, which stars Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone, hits movie theatres in five days. The official soundtrack for the film arrives a few days prior to the movie premiere, with a stream available via Spotify today. We've had a lot of album streams hit the web today already, so adding to that list, you'll find new (and old) music from the likes of Meek Mill, Future, Joey Bada$$, Nas, Childish Gambino, Jhene Aiko, Vince Staples, Krept & Konan and others.
Future Covers Mass Appeal, Talks Post-Breakup Comeback
It's hard to say anyone had a bigger 2015 than Future. His only competitor when it came to hitmaking was Drake, and by the end of the year, even he was knocking on Future's door. The Atlanta MVP is the star of the new Mass Appeal cover story, where he muses on his enviable mixtape run, rising out of a difficult breakup with Ciara, and throwing away his crossover dreams to return to his original gritty sound.