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  • Cover of Jose Guapo Announces Controversial "Osama Bin Guapo" Mixtape
    If you're looking for a news story to parody or riff on, 9/11 is rarely the right choice.
  • Cover of Tyler, The Creator Cries During N.E.R.D, Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q & More Perform At Odd Future Carnival
    From the beginning, Odd Future's taste has been as visible as their music. When they first hit the scene, we knew they hated west coast jerking trends, and loved The Neptunes and Adventure Time.
  • Cover of Azealia Banks Released From Universal Music Group
    Azealia Banks' career has been stagnating lately, as she hasn't released any new music since last October and often seems more focused on starting Twitter beef than working on albums.
  • Cover of Kanye West Does Community Service At Fashion School
    Kanye West has found the most appropriate way of doing his community service hours, by giving lessons at a fashion school in Los Angeles.
  • Cover of Diddy Reveals Cause Of His Father's Death During Howard University Commencement Speech
    Diddy handled Howard University's commencement speech this past weekend, during which he shed some light on his youth as well as his time at the university.
  • Cover of Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports Celebrates One Year Anniversary
    Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports agency decided to go big for their first-year anniversary, by taking over New York's Times Square with a massive banner.
  • Cover of Classic Rotation: Nas' "Illmatic" 20 Years Later
    Yeah, yeah, it's been twenty years and you're old now. Twenty years since those early copies of Illmatic graced those long-lost, seemingly eternally dusty, record store shelves (remember record stores?
  • 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.
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