Staff Picks Playlist (December 4)
Where last week we were overwhelmed with mixtapes, this week, we're bombarded with albums. A ton of album/EP streams have hit the site today, with the most notable belonging to Rick Ross, Curren$y, G-Eazy and Kid Cudi. This week's Staff Picks catches up on a few big songs that came out late in the day last week (most important: Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole). Catch up on some of our favorite songs of the last seven days below. TGIF.
A Tale Of 2 Black Fridays: Comparing & Contrasting J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar's Remixes
The "real rap" answer to Drake and Future's What A Time To Be Alive has been gestating for just about as long as those two stars' chemistry, and like their more hedonistic counterparts, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole seem to have held out for a full-fledged collab project until they were both top-tier rappers.
Top Tracks: November 23 - November 29
No one was more thankful last week than hip-hop fans.
Kendrick Lamar Co-Headlining Hyde Park With Florence & The Machine
You may recall last year we found out that Eminem was reportedly banned from performing at the British Summer Time's Hyde Park event, because of his "offensive" lyrical content. He ended up performing at Wembley, making it the first time a rapper headlined the event. This year, Hyde Park seems to have found a more 'suitable' rapper, with Kendrick Lamar nabbing a co-headlining spot on the event.
Kendrick Lamar, The Weeknd Among 2015 Soul Train Award Winners
The 2015 Soul Train Awards went down this evening, and right from Erykah Badu's opening monologue we knew we were in for a special night. We got two very excellent medley performances from a couple of the best songwriters in the R&B game (Babyface and R. Kelly), which featured the likes of Brandy, Fantasia and Boyz II Men.
Is This The Release Date For Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole's Joint Project?
Rap fans have been talking about Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole's promised collaborative project for years, and just when it seemed all hope was lost for the album, some major hints have arrived. Yesterday, K.Dot and Cole remixed one another's songs for Black Friday, and right at the end of his track, Cole shared a vague promise: "When you and K. Dot shit dropping? / Bitch never, they can’t handle two black niggas this clever / But this February, bet shit get scary when I fuck around and drop..."
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.
Get The Guap: Songs To Motivate Your Money Hustle
It's Monday morning, and you're reading this. Clearly you need to get off your ass and get money. We empathize. We're here to help.
Kendrick Lamar Tried To Crash A Wedding And Got Kicked Out
Sure, Wedding Crashers was a pretty good movie, but Kendrick Lamar has proved that it would've been a whole lot better with one additional element -- dabbing.
Top Tracks: November 2 - November 8
10. Fetty Wap - Jimmy Choo It's been less than two months since Fetty Wap's debut self-titled album, which went No. 1, and he's already dropped a joint tape with French Montana and has another EP in the works. "Jimmy Choo," dedicated to the Malaysian fashion designer, would sound nicely on the upcoming release. It's softer than most of Fetty's radio anthems, as Zoovier channels the sound of his new life of luxury.
A Travi$ Scott, Diddy & Kendrick Lamar Collaboration Is Coming Soon
Diddy (who's been gone back to Puff Daddy these days) just dropped his impressive new mixtape MMM, and while the project plays like an album, it's just the pre-cursor to his upcoming opus No Way Out 2. While we don't know very much about the album, we assume it will be similarly loaded with notable guest appearances, and a new video from Travis Scott may be a clue as to what to expect.
Kendrick Lamar Sings Travi$ Scott's "Antidote" At Columbus Concert
Here's something some of y'all never saw coming: Kendrick Lamar rapping along to a Travi$ Scott song. For some reason, La Flame die-hards on HNHH think Kendrick spreads the plague every time he spits and K-Dot stans see Travi$ Scott as the antithesis of everything hip-hop stands for. Well, said rivalry doesn't extend to the artists, as Kendrick was recorded singing along to "Antidode," and Scott posted the video on his Instagram.
Powerhouse NYC 2015 Recap
Two nights after hosting TIDAL X 1020, Barclays Center played host to Powerhouse NYC, the annual showcase concert put on by NYC radio station Power 105.1. The billing promised Jidenna, Omarion, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Fetty Wap, Big Sean, Future, Kendrick Lamar. But the true measure of such a showcase event is the surprise guests. All those who attended Powerhouse knew this, and they quivered with anticipation as they began to file into the spacious Brooklyn arena.
Kendrick Lamar Adds Dates To His "Kunta's Groove Sessions" Tour
Kendrick Lamar is finally heading out on a tour in support of his immense new album To Pimp A Butterfly, and while it started as a very short stint, he's decided to extend the tour with a few additional dates today.
Kendrick Lamar, Future, Fetty Wap, & More To Headline Okeechobee Fest
If you'd never heard of Okeechobee Music Festival, you have now. It's in Florida, and it's first ever weekend is going down next year March 4-6. In terms of hip hop, the festival will feature performances from Kendrick Lamar, Big Grams, Fetty Wap, Miguel, Future, Skrillex, Michael Christmas, & Shabazz Palaces. Others of possible interest to hip hop heads include Gramatik, Flying Lotus/Thundercat affiliate Kamasi Washington, and WeDidIt member RL Grime.
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.
J. Cole, Diddy, Jeezy & More March On 20th Anniversary Of The Million Man March
Today, October 10, thousands gathered in Washington D.C. for the Justice Or Else march, which comes on the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March, led by Minister Louis Farrakhan, who also led today's march. Many of hip-hop's elite, including Diddy, Jeezy, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Ty Dolla $ign, and Jay Electronica, showed up to walk and show solidarity in the fight against police violence.
Drake's "IYRTITL" Is 2015's Highest-Selling Digital Album Through Q3 By Far
The official SoundScan report for the first three quarters of 2015 is in. Taylor Swift's 1989 is the overall top selling album, Mark Ronson's "Uptown Funk" is by far the best-selling single of the year, and Drake's If You're Reading This It's Too Late is far and away the best-selling digital album in the entire music industry.
Kendrick Lamar Shares "Kunta's Groove Sessions" Tour Dates, Jay Rock To Support
Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is still among the very best rap albums released this year, but unfortunately, we still haven't seen a proper tour in support of the ambitious LP. Today, Lamar has shared dates for the "Kunta's Groove Sessions" tour, which he teased as "8 cities. 8 nights, 8 intimate shows" earlier this week. The poster also promised "Music! Dance! Performance! and More!".