Charts Don't Lie: January 6th
We didn't see many debuts this week, but pretty much all the big rap releases of 2015 experienced a considerable push. The most logical explanation would be that many of the most popular rap albums depend on streams to chart, and when Christmas rolled around, physical and iTunes copies were being sold a whole lot more, but it was pop releases like Adele's back catalog that saw the greatest boost. Now, that the surge is over, heavily streamed albums are now back in their rightful positions.
Top Tracks: December 28 - January 3
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year.
Top Tracks: December 21 - December 27
Things were just beginning to slow down, as we had spent enough time arguing over the year's best music with a series of year-end lists and were ready to start thinking about what's in store for 2016. As we approached the holidays, though, some of our favorite artists were feeling particularly generous and gifted us with a wealth of new material.
Stream Kid Ink's New Project "Summer In The Winter"
Kid Ink announced his surprise project Summer in the Winter by sharing its first official leak earlier today, a tropical banger with Fetty Wap called "Promise." Although the project isn't official available to purchase until 12/25, the stream is available early via Spotify, an early Chrimma present for the fans.
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.
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.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2015 Green Carpet Interviews: T-Pain, DeJ, Esco, & More
The heat index pushed 100 at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. T-Pain was sweltering in his red leather suit jacket. "I'm sooooo hot," he said. HNHH's own S. WHiT endured the heat as she held it down on the green carpet before the show, interviewing 16 rappers, producers, and industry power players, including DeJ Loaf, Big K.R.I.T, Redman, Casey Veggies, Southside, and many more.
London On Da Track Responds To Gay Rumors After Video Shows "Gay Porn" In Studio
Earlier this week, producer Beatmonster Marc posted a seemingly harmless video of himself hanging out with a bunch of guys, one of whom happened to be London on da Track, while a Young Thug song plays in the background. During the clip, though, the camera passes over a TV monitor, on which there appears to be video of two men hooking up.
Kid Ink To Tour Europe With Vee The Rula, Bricc Baby & Pia Mia
The success of Kid Ink's third album, Full Speed, released in February, has earned the L.A. rapper a 28-city headlining European tour. The tour starts in 11 days, on October 13, in Dublin. Kid Ink will be joined by Vee Tha Rula and Bricc Baby throughout the tour. The three Alumni brethren recently collaborated on "Forbes," featuring Shy Glizzy.
Chris Brown Brings Out Royalty On Stage After Winning Joint Custody
Chris Brown has just been awarded joint custody of his one-year-old daughter, Royalty, and to celebrate, he brought her out on stage during a concert in Albuquerque. The touching moment happened as Brown and Kid Ink, one of his "One Hell of a Nite" tourmates, were performing their collab "Show Me." See footage below.
Kid Ink & His Fiancée Cover Urban Ink
Kid Ink nabs the new cover of Urban Ink, and he's joined by his equally-tatted up fiancée, Asiah Azante. Ink and Asiah just recently got engaged, so this serves as a nice way of celebrating. To really make it a family affair, the couple also brought along their dog Roxie (no tattoos on her, though).
DJ Mustard Says New Album, Single With Chris Brown Coming "Real Soon"
During a recent appearance on the LA Leakers radio show to promote his new mixtape 10 Summers: The Mixtape Vol. 1, DJ Mustard said he's already got his second studio album waiting in the wings, nearly completed and ready to go.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Meek Mill & Drake Controversy
Where to begin? Last night saw people from nearly every corner of hip hop (and even some pop mainstays) engaging in a widespread online conflict, oddly enough kicked off by some tweets exchanged between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift.
Kid Ink Is Engaged
For as long as we've known him, Kid Ink's had his girl Asiah Azante by his side, and now he's ready to make that love eternal. As told by some recent Instagram posts, the Bat Gang rapper put a (very large) ring on it recently. As early as last November, he was talking about popping the question, but told Hot 97 that he was waiting for the right moment:
Chris Brown Announces "One Hell Of A Nite" Tour With Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, Omarion & Teyana Taylor
It looks like Chris Brown is taking his talents on the road yet once again. Coming off his "Between the Sheets" tour & yesterday’s Summer Jam performance, the “New Flame” crooner will be hitting the road late this Summer for the “One Hell Of A Nite” Tour alongside Fetty Wap, Kid Ink, Omarion, & Teyana Taylor. Kicking off August 12 in Kansas City, the tour will trek through cities like Chicago, New York, Detroit, Miami, and San Diego before wrapping up September 19 in Concord, California.
Stream Jamie Foxx's "Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses"
Led by the Kid Ink-featuring single "Baby's In Love," Jamie Foxx has been rolling out his new album for the better part of 2015, also sharing collaborations with Chris Brown and Wale along the way. Today marks Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses' official release date, so thusly, we've got a stream of Foxx's latest for you. Check out the full tracklist below, stream via Spotify below that, and purchase it on iTunes.
Vote On The Song Of The Summer
Summer's almost here, and as the weather heats up, so does the music. More than any other season, we define summer by our favorite tunes, which usually coincide with our most memorable (or never to be remembered) moments of revelry.
See The Tracklist To Jamie Foxx's "Hollywood: A Story Of A Dozen Roses"
If you didn't get enough of Jamie Foxx's chops on the national anthem before last night's #MayPac fight, the 47-year-old Renaissance man has a new album on the way: Hollywood: A Story of a Dozen Roses."
Top 10 Amber Rose Name-Drops
By now, you all don't need an introduction to Amber Rose. Like it or not, she's a big deal in hip-hop. The former stripper turned video girl first caught the eye of Kanye West in Ludacris' "What Them Girls Like" video, and the two soon began a relationship that lasted almost two years. After 'Ye, she moved on to Wiz Khalifa, whom she married two years later. Somehow between marriage and a kid, Rose continued to cement herself as one of the baddest bitches in hip-hop.
Ticket Giveaway: Kid Ink's NYC Show On 4/20
What are your plans for 4/20? If you haven't figured that out yet, you should probably try and win a pair of free tickets to Kid Ink's Irving Plaza show on every weed smoker's favorite holiday. The West Coast rapper will be making his way to NYC on April 20th, for a second year in a row. He'll be performing in NYC as part of his "Full Speed" tour, with special guest Black Dave. We'll be giving away one pair of tickets to five lucky winners.