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.
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.
TDE Trolls Fans With Footage Of "Fight" Between Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q
Today some reports/rumors have been circulating that a fight went down between Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q. The details surrounding the fight are sparse, but when a twitter use asked TDE's CEO about it, he brushed it off as a "family disagreement."
The Obamas' 10 Most Hip Hop Moments
President Obama recently made headlines when he announced that his favorite song from the year was Kendrick Lamar's "How Much A Dollar Cost?" If there's one year-end list you want to be on, it's the President's. Our current commander-in-chief, and his family, have been the most culturally-savvy first family that this country has ever had, and a big portion of that is how their names continuously pop up next to hip hop culture.
Kendrick Lamar Covers XXL
XXL have revealed their Winter 2015 magazine cover, going with none other than the Grammy leader, Kendrick Lamar. It's been a year since Kendrick penned his own cover story for XXL's 2014 Winter issue, so it seems like a good time to follow-up with the rapper. Once again, K. Dot writes his own story for the magazine. You can read an excerpt from his write-up below, and check out the cover in the gallery above.
Kendrick Lamar Was Grand Marshal Of The Compton Christmas Parade
Kendrick Lamar was the Grand Marshal of the Compton Christmas Parade today. He was given the honor by Major Aja Brown, who also invited Bompton's own YG to join the parade and spread the holiday cheer. Lamar rode in the backseat of a slick beige lowrider next to his girlfriend, and YG was decked out in his usual all-red, perfect for the occasion. Watch a clip of K-Dot addressing the Compton crowd below.
Kendrick Lamar Responds To Obama Naming "How Much A Dollar Cost" His Favorite Song
We aren't the only ones making year-end lists. The President and the First Lady are also marking down their official favorites of 2015, and Barack Obama's top track of 2015 happened to be a hip-hop number -- Kendrick Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost."
President Obama Says Kendrick Lamar's "‘How Much A Dollar Cost" Is His Favorite Song Of 2015
Kendrick Lamar appears to be making it onto everyone and their mama's year-end lists. To Pimp A Butterfly is reigning supreme atop most album year-end lists thus far, not to mention, it's a candidate for the Grammys (and a very likely winner). Today President Barack Obama gets in on the year-end fun, by revealing his personal favorites of 2015. Kendrick makes the cut.
Kendrick Lamar Fan Suing For $1 Million Over Failed Meet & Greet
This is one of the stranger lawsuits we've seen in a minute. A fan of Kendrick Lamar, Whitney Larkin, has filed a lawsuit against the rapper after she was banned from the VIP meet & greet. Larkin filed the suit herself-- no lawyer necessary.
Top Tracks: November 30 - December 6
We got a wealth of new music last Friday, and, indeed, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, and Jeremih all added tracks off their new albums to this week's Top 10. Lyrically-minded fans are still reeling from the week before, though, when Kendrick and Cole exchanged remixes. Both "Black Friday" tracks comfortably stuck around for this week's Top 10.
Jay Rock Responds To Wale's Kendrick Lamar Call-Out
Wale was up to his usual ways this morning, responding to his lack of Grammy nominations on Twitter. While he had a lot to say about being unappreciated, it was actually a comment about Kendrick Lamar that got the most attention.
2016 Grammy Nominations Announced
The 58th Annual Grammy Awards are going down on February 15th, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Today the nominations have been announced, with Kendrick Lamar and The Weeknd nabbing quite a few-- Kendrick has eleven nominations, while The Weeknd has seven. The Weeknd's "Can't Feel My Face" is up for Record of the Year, against Ed Sheeran ("Thinking Out Loud"), Mark Ronson ("Uptown Funk"), Taylor Swift ("Blank Space") and D'Angelo and the Vanguard ("Really Love").
Staff Picks Playlist (December 4)
Where last week we were overwhelmed with mixtapes, this week, we're bombarded with albums. A ton of album/EP streams have hit the site today, with the most notable belonging to Rick Ross, Curren$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.