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.
Stream Ludacris' "Burning Bridges" EP
After almost five years without any major retail releases, Ludacris finally returns today with a brand new EP. Now available for free via Google Play, Burning Bridges finds the DTP head honcho teaming up with some of the game's biggest hitmakers for some of his most personal records to date. Give the record a list below. If you're feeling it, be sure to head over to Google Play and download the project in its entirety.
Rick Ross & MMG Take Shots At Timbaland's Mosley Music Group Logo
We know that Rick Ross wasn't the most pleased when Timbaland decided to let us hear an alternate version of "Movin' Bass," which heavily featured his artist Tink (and was coincidentally much better than the version that landed on Rozay's album).
Mastermind Vs. Hood Billionaire
Compared to Gucci Mane's onslaught of projects in 2014, Rick Ross releasing two albums in one year may not seem too impressive. However, the fact of the matter is this: Rick Ross is the first major-label rap artist to release two studio albums in one year since 2010, when Lil Wayne released Rebirth and I Am Not A Human Being, respectively. It is no easy feat, especially considering how hesitant record labels are nowadays to release new music.
First Week Sales For "Shady XV" & "Hood Billionaire"
Last week, the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2013 and the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2014 (thus far) dropped new albums.
Stream Omarion's "Sex Playlist"
Today, Omarion is letting people everywhere listen in on his Sex Playlist. Although we don't know for sure if he's tested it out in its literal sense, the album (his first as an MMG signee) is sensual in nature. Check out the playlist -- with producers to the right of the songs -- below, and stream the project below that, via Spotify.
Samples Of The Week: November 27
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 Rick Ross, Boldy James and Azealia Banks sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Rick Ross Is "Disappointed" That Timbaland Leaked Tink's Version Of "Movin Bass"
Timbaland caused a stir last week when he leaked out what he called the "original version" of the Rick Ross and Jay Z track he had recently produced, "Movin Bass." Apparently, Rick Ross wasn't happy about the way he handled the situation.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 17-23
TOP TRACKS BACK, TOP TRACKS BACK. After a brief hiatus, our weekly rundown of notable and popular releases has returned. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go check out Underrated Audio.
Review: Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
Releasing two full length albums in one year is a rare feat most rappers will never accomplish, but in a sense, it's really nothing new for Rick Ross, who yesterday released Hood Billionaire, his second solo album of the year. The rapper has been dropping albums, along with mixtapes that have been considered to be as good as albums, within months of each other for years now. His latest album, however, isn’t a fitting follow-up to his sixth solo release, Mastermind, which hit retailers in March of this year.
Pear Farmers Thank Rick Ross For The Shoutout
If you've been anywhere on the internet in the past month, you may have come across a now legendary vine of Rick Ross giving a shout out to "all the pear". The rapper has recently lost a ton of weight on his self-described "Ross-fit" diet, and was simply describing the benefits of his lifestyle change in the Tim Westwood interview. The quote has become quite a sensation, to the point that Ross' Instagram comment section has been berated by pear emojis.
Stream Rick Ross' "Hood Billionaire"
When Rick Ross announced his second album of 2014, Hood Billionaire, just nine weeks ago, he had many people wondering whether he'd be able to rush out a project so quickly during a year that's seen more than its fair share of album delays and push-backs. Well, now that it's available for streaming, Hood Billionaire seems like it truly is locked in for a November 24th release date.
Rick Ross Signs Yowda To Maybach Music Group
When he’s not busy betting ridiculous bets like the Miami Heat will have more wins than the Cavs, Rick Ross is busy handling business transactions to strengthen his MMG label. Earlier today, The MMG bawse announced that Las Vegas-rapper, Yowda, is officially the newest member of Maybach Music Group. In this new video released today, the Bawse introduced his newest member, and had the following to say about him…
Rick Ross Announces New Track With Jay Z, "Movin' Bass" [Update: Artwork Revealed; Single Expected To Drop Later Tonight]
Having released two tracks, "Elvis Presley BLVD" and "Keep Doin' That (Rich Bitch)," from his upcoming album Hood Billionaire (out November 24th), Rick Ross is back in full-on album promo mode. His rounds brought him to Angie Martinez's show on Power 105 this morning, and during his interview, Rozay let some more details slip about the album.
BTS Photos: Rick Ross And K. Michelle's "If They Knew" Video
The day before Halloween, Rick Ross let loose a track from his forthcoming album Hood Billionaire called "If They Knew." Also featuring K. Michelle, the song saw Rozay slowing things down for a bit of relationship talk. Now, a video's on the way. Take a look at BTS pictures, shared on both artists' Instagrams, above.
Rick Ross Reveals Cover Art For "Hood Billionaire" [Update: Tracklist With Features Revealed]
Rick Ross has wasted no time in getting into the Hood Billionaire promo, and really, he doesn't have any time to waste considering it drops on November 24th.
Review: Stalley's "Ohio"
Rick Ross and the Maybach Music Group have taken their time with Stalley. Signed in 2011, the same year as Meek Mill and Wale (who were almost immediately launched in to mainstream eyes), the MC is just getting a proper debut album released.
Rick Ross Covers Urban Ink Magazine
Rick Ross is one of the many heavily-tatted rappers in the game, it seems to be a right of passage when it comes to rapping. The MMG boss connected with Urban Ink once again to put all his tattoos on display, and discuss some of them in detail. His go-to tattoo artist Lordgyn “Gino” Belizaire is also interviewed for their Holiday issue. For the cover of Urban Ink magazine, we see a close-up shot of Ross as he's blowing smoke out of his mouth. Peep the cover above, as well as another shot from the Urban Ink shoot.
Samples Of The Week: October 2
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 Ab-Soul, OnCue and Rick Ross & Stalley sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.