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  • Cover of Diddy To Give Commencement Speech & Receive Degree At Howard University
     Even though Puff Daddy never officially graduated from Howard University when he was a student there back in 1989, the Revolt TV executive will be delivering the 2014 commencement speech at his alma mater this Spring.
  • Cover of Classic Rotation: MF Doom & Madlib's "Madvillainy" 10 Years Later
    On certain occasions obscure and experimental sounds explode into something extraordinary. An explosion that is heard from far away, from one end of their genre to the other, even spilling over into other disciplines, effecting everyone from A to Z with their creative ooze. Too much? Perhaps.
  • Cover of New Orleans Hip-Hop: From Under Water To Underground
    In 2005, the largest residential disaster in U.S. history hit the South and destroyed the city of New Orleans. 80 percent of the city was flooded, with flood waters ranging from one to ten feet in depth. The city was in ruins, leaving over a million people in the Gulf Coast region displaced.
  • Cover of Slick Rick Shares "The Great Adventures of Slick Rick" Tour Dates
    Slick Rick's debut, The Great Adventures of Slick Rick celebrated its 20th anniversary back in November, and in (Slightly delayed) celebration of the event, Rick has announced a U.S. tour. 
  • Cover of Top 15 "Apache" Samples: The Evolution Of One Of Hip Hop's Most Well Known Instrumentals
    Hip Hop’s favorite sample has the least Hip Hop origins. Jerry Lordan, a British RAF veteran and part-time songwriter, was inspired by the story Massai - who was the last Apache left after Chief Geronimo surrendered New Mexico to the United States.
  • Cover of 15 Of Big L's Best Lines
    Last Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of hip hop legend Big L’s untimely death. The Harlem rapper helped propel the strong New York hip hop movement in the nineties, and collaborated with dozens of artists including a young Jay-Z, Tupac, Fat Joe.
  • Cover of 50 Cent Leaves Interscope, Signs With Caroline/Capitol/UMG & Announces "Animal Ambition" Release Date
    50 Cent has struggled in recent years to release new music and to stick to release dates for his oft-delayed Street King Immortal as well as the more recently-announced album Animal Ambition.
  • Cover of Lil B Gives "Thank You Based God" Lecture At University Of California, Riverside
    This isn't the first time we've heard of the most based Lil B giving a lecture at a university. In April of 2012, Lil B gave his very first university lecture to the student of NYU. Now Lil B has once again hosted a lecture organized by University of California, Riverside, yesterday, February 5th.
  • Cover of Nas To Release 20th Anniversary Edition Of "Illmatic"
    Just the other week we heard Nas' take on the possibility of releasing a sequel to his critically acclaimed debut album Illmatic. With the 20th anniversary of the album right around the corner, Illmatic talk continues to rise day by day.
  • Cover of Azealia Banks Furiously Trashes Universal And 'Begs' To Be Dropped
     She's no stranger to controversy and, indeed, she's quite famously outspoken, but Azealia Banks caused a particularly big splash today when she released a string of twitter posts targeting her current label, Universal, notably referring to them "as a group of old white guys," who don't understand the first thing
  • Cover of Cast & Crew Of "Juice" Share An Oral History Of The Film
    The movie "Juice" remains a classic when it comes to hip-hop dramas/gangster flicks, even, or perhaps especially, 22 years later. With the 22-year anniversary being today, January 17th, MySpace decided to go in-depth with the surviving actors and creators of the film to get the oral history of "Juice."
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj Calls Universal Out For Removing "Boss Ass Bitch" From Soundcloud
    Nicki Minaj is not happy with Universal. The Roman Reloaded rapper called her label out by name in a tweet today, after realizing that her recent "Boss Ass Bitch" freestyle had been taken down. 
  • Cover of 27 Important Moments In Hip-Hop's 40 Years
    We've officially wrapped up a big year for the genre we all love-- new albums from Jay Z, Kanye West, Pusha T, Mac Miller, Drake, Juicy J (and the list goes on), only made 2013 that much sweeter.
  • Cover of Yao Ming Is A 3rd Year College Student In China, Wants To Live On Campus
  • Cover of Kendrick Lamar On Snoop Dogg's Debut: "There Wouldn’t Be A Kendrick Without 'Doggystyle'"
    Kendrick Lamar may have compared himself to the King of New York on his "Control" verse, but he's a West Coast rapper through and through.
  • Cover of Snoop Dogg Has Never Listened To "Doggystyle"
    Snoop Dogg's classic debut album, Doggystyle celebrates its 20th anniversary today, and while this date will be an invitation to many to revisit the project, Snoop himself will likely not be among them-- considering he's never once listened to it through!
  • Cover of Tyler, The Creator Writes Gushing Letter About "Camp Flog Gnaw" & Performance With Kanye West
    Anyone that knows Tyler, The Creator is familiar with his Twitter account, which is a mix of complete absurdity, extreme profanity, up-typing, and enthusiasm for art of all kinds. His latest stream of consciousness letter, posted to the Odd Future tumblr earlier today, contains every one of those things.
  • Cover of Underrated Audio: November 2 - November 8
    Everyone seems to be in Eminem overdrive with the release of Marshall Mathers LP 2 (HotNewHipHop is no different, as you probably noticed), but Underrated Audio gives us a chance to shy away from whatever is taking over our Top 100 chart or taking over our News feed.
  • Cover of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Announce "20th Anniversary Mecca And The Soul Brother Tour" Dates
    The iconic duo of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth are hitting the road for their upcoming "20th Anniversary Mecca And The Soul Brother Tour," which takes its name from their debut effort together, Mecca And The Soul Brother.
  • Cover of Universal To Reissue Classic Albums From Eminem, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne & More On Vinyl
    Vinyl was once an inseparable part of hip hop culture, but as technology has advanced, the format has naturally fallen out of favor (even in the DJ world). Universal Music is making an effort to give collectors another (or in some cases, first) chance to own some of genre's seminal albums on wax.
  • Cover of Tupac Photo Gallery: 17 Years Since His Death
    Today marks the 17-year anniversary of legendary emcee Tupac Shakur's death. Pac passed on September 13th in 1996 at the age of 25 after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas left him hospitalized. We all know the story of his death, so we won't focus on that. Let's focus on his legacy.
  • Cover of Tyler, The Creator & Frank Ocean Headline Odd Future Carnival [Update: Full Line-Up Revealed]
    For the second year in a row, Odd Future will be holding their OFWGKTA Carnival in L.A., and they have announced Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean as the headliners. 
  • Cover of Russell Simmons Launches New Label "All Def Music"
    Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam and a music mogul, has announced the launch of a new musical endeavor, alongside film director/producer Brian Robbins and music executive Steve Rifkind. This endeavor is a partnership with Universal Music Group, for a new record label, "All Def Music."
  • Cover of Harvard University Introduces The Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship
    Nas is one of the most respected emcees in the game, and it seems his clout is only growing, with the announcement that Harvard is creating a fellowship in his name. The announcement comes as a joint project between the Hip-Hop Archive and the W. E. B.
  • Cover of Tufts University References Drake & Asks Applicants What "#YOLO" Means To Them
    Apparently Drake's words have reached the iconic status of "Carpe Diem," and "No Day But Today," as Tufts University is asking university applicants what the term "#YOLO" means to them (yes, they actually used a hashtag).
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