Top Tracks of The Week: December 29 - January 6
New Year, New Tracks. For the new readers, TTOTW is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts.
Most Anticipated Albums Of 2015
2014 is over and done with, and we the hip-hop community are moving onto greater endeavors. After an overall mediocre year for rap albums, 2015 is destined to be different. Hip-hop's biggest names are all scheduled to release albums this year, and the timing could not be more right. Today, who better than Rae Sremmurd to kick off the new year of releases with their debut album, Sremm Life. Only two weeks after that, the long-awaited debut album from Joey Bada$$ will hit stores nationwide (hence why they are not featured in this list).
Rich Homie Quan Has Drake On His Album, Will Appear On Lil Wayne's "Grindin" Remix
Rich Homie Quan's biggest gig yet may be his work with Young Thug on the latest Rich Gang mixtape, but he's got big plans for his first solo album due out in 2015. Closely working with Birdman and the rest of the Cash Money team, Quan has already done songs with some of the label's biggest names.
Migos & Lil Wayne Spotted In Studio Together
Although Lil Wayne has been facing a setback or two when it comes to his new album Tha Carter V, he's not letting that hinder his work process. The rapper recently hit the studio with Migos, presumably cooking up a hot collaboration or two.
Lil Wayne Reportedly Threatens Cash Money With Lawsuit
While it's not clear exactly what's going on behind the scenes at Cash Money, it seems that Lil Wayne may still be having some difficulty releasing his upcoming album, Tha Carter V. We've heard mixed reports from Wayne on his current situation, first airing out frustrations with the label on Twitter, and later stating that there was "nothing else" but Young Money for him.
Secret Santa For Your Favorite Rappers
Christmas is finally here and no doubt you’ve already finished your shopping. You left a few very important people off your shopping list, however. Namely, your favorite rappers. They’ve done nothing but provide us with great music and be good little girls and boys (GS9 excepted) all year. And yet you stiffed ‘em.
8 Rappers' Face Tattoo Evolution
Yesterday Lil Wayne showed off several new tattoos, all of which were on his face.
Lil Wayne Shows Off New Face Tattoos
While most of us cannot pull off the face tatt, whether it be because of the environment we work in, the fact our parents would highly disapprove, or simply because we're not rappers-- however, if there's one rapper who's got the face tattoo down pat, it's Weezy F. Lil Wayne already had a healthy amount of ink on his face and the rest of his body, but he's taken that up notch with several new tattoos on his face.
Top News Stories Of 2014
2014 may have been a terrible year for hip-hop in terms of record sales, but don't let the numbers fool you into thinking the year was uneventful. In this case, the numbers most definitely do lie. Aside from numerous relationship gossip, 2014 saw the return of Lil Boosie, the rise of August Alsina, and the (maybe) beginning of the end for Cash Money Records. The following news stories were among the most popular that HNHH had to offer over the past 12 months, sequenced chronologically. Take a trip down memory lane and re-live the top twenty most-viewed new stories of 2014.
Listen To Nicki Minaj's New Album "The Pinkprint"
Nicki Minaj dropped off her new album The Pinkprint, which has quickly reached #1 in 14 countries, according to Nicki's Instagram. The album features her labelmates Drake and Lil Wayne, as well as Chris Brown, Meek Mill, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Skylar Grey and more.
Mack Maine Confirms "Carter V" Is Coming First Quarter Of 2015
Lil Wayne recently expressed frustration with both Cash Money and his mentor, Birdman following the latest of many pushbacks of his upcoming studio album, Tha Carter V.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
Interesting juxtaposition we have in the first two weeks of December. This week saw the release of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album projected to be highest selling hip-hop project of the year while having more than its fair share of aw shucks moments. We're turning up next week, though. The Pinkprint is coming out, and those thinkpieces will be on their way soon.
Top 10 Predictions For 2015
2014 was a relatively quiet year for music. It almost felt like the first half of the year was dedicated to the remnants of 2013 (so we had Young Thug continue to blow up, all the Drake leftovers) and the second half was a build up to next year (we received no Lil Wayne or Kendrick Lamar album, etc). Nonetheless, the year is ending on a high note, with albums from J. Cole, PRhyme, Wu-Tang Clan, Nicki Minaj, Eminem etc-- a lot of the big projects were saved for this last quarter.
Lil Wayne On Cash Money: "I'm In A Bad Situation, But I Will Be Out Of It Soon" [Update: Wayne Says There's "Nothing Else" But Young Money]
When Lil Wayne took to Twitter earlier this week to announce the delay of Carter V, it wasn't all that surprising. What was surprising was his vocal frustration with both the label and his mentor/father figure Birdman. Wayne expressed that he wanted out of his deal as soon as possible, but it wasn't clear whether he'd attempt to see the threat through. Performing at Vice's 20th anniversary party last night, Wayne once again touched on his rickety deal, remarking, "I'm fucked up in a bad situation, but I will be out of it soon."
Cortez Bryant Says Everything Is "Good" At Cash Money
With Lil Wayne and Tyga seeming all but ready to jump ship yesterday, Cash Money Records' stacked roster appears to be in danger of losing a few of its hottest talents. Cortez Bryant (Weezy's longtime manager), however, insists that everything is "good" inside the label.
Tyga Says "The Gold Album" Won't Be A Cash Money Release
Trouble seems to be brewing among the ranks at Cash Money Records.
Lil Wayne Says Cash Money Is Refusing To Release His Album [Update: Pusha T Responds]
In his lengthy career, Lil Wayne has rarely (if ever) publicly said anything about Birdman, the man he often calls "daddy," so with that in mind, the tweets he just sent out are shocking.
Lil Wayne Says He's One Of The Few Artists Left Who's "Only About The Music"
Lil Wayne is supposed to be releasing his new album Tha Carter V on December 9th. Seeing as Nicki Minaj's Pinkprint is due out a week later and is now available for pre-order while Wayne's record is not, we're probably looking at another delay. Regardless, Weezy is starting the promo tour, appearing on the cover of Nylon this month, for which the cover and a few choice quotes have been revealed. Read what the YM leader has to say about his work ethic, his dependence on weed, and his dedication to music below.
Lil Wayne Bought His Daughter 2 Cars For Her 16th Birthday
Lil Wayne likes to spoil his oldest child, Reginae Carter, and of course her sweet 16 was no exception. Not only did Reginae's party feature a performance by Young Money's first lady Nicki Minaj, she scored two brand new cars (and not cheap ones at that). Wayne's daughter earned herself a BMW SUV as well as a Ferrari GTO. No word on whether she can actually drive these things. Reginae's mother, Toya Wright and her husband Memphitz were also in attendance. It's not clear whether or not they contributed to the luxurious gifts.
Q-Tip Announces Lil Wayne's Induction To The Zulu Nation
The Universal Zulu Nation is an organization created by proto-hip hop icon Afrika Bambaaataa, aiming to use the genre to spread awareness of social and political issues. Many rappers have adopted the cause since its inception in the 70s, with Rakim, KRS-One, Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and De La Soul identifying as members.