9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.
The Game & Snoop Dogg Host Peaceful All-Male March To LAPD Headquarters
After a harrowing couple of days for the black community, the hip-hop world, and the nation as a whole, two of the West Coast's elite emcees, The Game and Snoop Dogg, have decided to lead a peaceful protest in their hometown of LA. They are calling today's rally Operation H.U.N.T., which stands for "Hate Us Not Today." The two veteran rappers are currently leading a group of men in a march to the LAPD headquarters, where the department is currently hosting a graduation ceremony for its latest class of new officers.
Staff Picks (July 1)
A tornado is planning to attack NYC upon this Friday night. The best way to fight it is by eliciting a whirlwind of intoxicating substances in your own system. If the turn-up is forced to move indoors, don't worry about a playlist -- we've got you covered with a party pack full of the freshest heat that the summer has to offer.
Stream RiFF RAFF's New Album "Peach Panther"
RiFF RAFF made a name for himself with his knack for colorful wordplay and formally announced his presence on the scene with his 2014 debut album Neon Icon. On his sophomore album Peach Panther, Riff dives deeper into the trap abyss by calling on producers like Metro Boomin, DJ Spinz, and the gentleman of 808 Mafia. If you liked "Carlos Slim," you're gonna love Peach Panther.
10 Rap/R&B Songs Kylie Jenner Posted To Snapchat That Prove She's A Real One
Follow Kylie Jenner on Snapchat and you'll find her riding in the G-Wagon bumping Bryson Tiller and hamming it up for the camera and not watching the road. With all due respect to Tiller, and Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Drake, Jenner's brother-in-law Kanye West, and all the other hip hop and R&B artists young Jenner bumps on the regular, she sometimes impresses by bumping unexpected artists of quality.
The Game Shares "Streets Of Compton" Tracklist & Release Date
Tonight at 9PM EST, The Game will premiere his new three-part documentary series, "Streets of Compton," on A&E. Ahead of the series' debut, he has also revealed the tracklist of the accompanying soundtrack, which is set for release on June 17.
Riff Raff Shares "Peach Panther" Artwork, Tracklist & Release Date
Riff Raff has laid down all the details regarding his upcoming album, Peach Panther, the follow-up to 2014's Neon Icon. Jody Highroller went on Instagram to share the Peach Panther cover art and tracklisting. He also gave the album a release date of June 24.
Stream Problem & DJ Quik's New EP "Rosecrans"
Keeping their word, Problem & DJ Quik come through tonight and release their newly-announced Rosecrans EP, which is named after the infamous “Rosecran Avenue” in their hometown of Compton, California.
Problem Reveals Release Date & Artwork For “Hotels 2”
Aside from a couple recent releases, Problem has been overall relatively quiet ever since he dropped off last summer’s Mollywood projects, but thankfully that’s all about to change here soon. On Thursday night, the West Coast spitter announced that his sequel to 2011’s Hotels mixtape will be arriving in just two weeks.
Stream Murs & 9th Wonder's Surprise Project "Brighter Daze"
The Murs-9th Wonder connection has proven to be one of the sturdier creative partnerships in hip hop, dating back to their classic 2004 album Murs 3:16: The 9th Edition, which still slaps. The partnership has now even endured a 2012 collab called The Final Adventure -- before the ball dropped on New Years Eve, they shared their sixth full collaboration, a new project called Brighter Daze.
Talib Kweli Announces Album With 9th Wonder
Over year and a half ago, Talib Kweli, mentioned that he was working on an album with acclaimed producer 9th Wonder. It now appears the album is done or close to completion.
Stream Manolo Rose's New Project "Concrete Rose"
Starting off with "All About The Money" last year (after we learned that the track wasn't originally Troy Ave's), Brooklyn's Manolo Rose has been building his buzz with tracks such as "Run Ricky Run" and "Gun Fu," and now he's ready to release a full-length project. Concrete Rose is 14 tracks in length, and although it's called a "mixtape," it's currently not available for free.
Underrated Audio: May 3 - May 9
Underrated Audio is back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut.
Stream DJ Clue's "Banned From CD 2015" Mixtape
We've hear DJ Clue in the booth every Friday night spinning for Fabolous during his Friday Night Freestyles. Now the renowned NYC DJ is back with his own project, Banned From CD 2015, and it's stacked with features Clue has earned from years in the industry.
Stream Bad Lucc's New Album "Off The Porch"
L.A. native Bad Lucc has been waiting for this moment for a long time. Today his debut album, Off The Porch, has finally arrived. The 16-track project boasts features from Stoney The Dealer, Candice, Kay Cola, Travis Barker and of course, Lucc's old partner in crime, Problem. Stream it below and cop it on iTunes.
Behind The Beat: Ducko Mcfli
A year ago, Ducko Mcfli had never gotten his name on a beat with an artist outside of Nashville. He and longtime production partner SykSense had been putting in work for years, even catching the eye of Boi-1da, who signed the pair to a short-term production deal a few years ago. Finally, last March, they sent him one that stuck. He passed it along to his right-hand man, aka the biggest rapper in the world, and next thing you know, Syk and Ducko saw their names next to Drake's "Draft Day."
10 Raunchiest Rap Music Videos Of All Time
In the world of rap, “raunchy music video” is almost always code for “ass-shaking fiesta.” Thus, when narrowing down this list from 30+ videos to 10, I was forced to take multiple criteria into consideration. Is the song any good? Was it popular?
Behind The Beat: Salva
Last year, L.A.-based producer Salva became a household name in hip-hop circles by scoring collabs with a diverse list of artists that included Schoolboy Q, Young Thug, Freddie Gibbs, A$AP Ferg, Kurupt, Problem and E-40. With his all-over-the-place Peacemaker tape and its "Old English" single, the beatmaker gained himself a much larger following in the rap world, and so we had to hit him up to be featured on "Behind The Beat."
Nipsey Hussle, Problem, Flatbush Zombies & More Share "Rap Monument" Verses [Update: YG & More Added]
A couple weeks back, "The Rap Monument" -- a project which recruited 30 rappers for one epic track -- was revealed. While we're still not sure when the NOISEY and Hennessey-sanctioned song will arrive, we do know that the record is produced by Hudson Mohawke and S-Type, engineered by Nick Hook, and will feature verses from the likes of Pusha T, Danny Brown, Raekown, Action Bronson, and many more.
Samples Of The Week: October 30
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey". This week, see who Drake, T.I. and Que & Problem sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.