Samples Of The Week: February 13
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 Elijah Blake, Mac Miller and Rick Ross chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH.
T.I. Apparently Responsible For Jeezy & Rick Ross Ending Beef [Update: T.I. Explains]
It came as a surprise to many when Rick Ross announced that his new single "War Ready" would feature Young Jeezy, who Ross has had a high-profile beef with, escalating to an altercation between crews at the 2012 BET Awards. "War Ready" finally dropped yesterday, as did some news of how the reconciliation happened. T.I. claims to be the man who squashed things, explaining that he spoke to both parties separately, and reminded them of something the had in common-- a desire to make money.
Top Tracks Of The Week: Feb. 3-9
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Rick Ross Unveils "Mastermind" Tracklist [Update: Producer Credits Revealed]
In 2012 Rick Ross made waves with his album God Forgives, I Don't. Prior to that album most people knew him from his flamboyant appearances on other rappers' tracks. But now folks are waiting with bated breath for his new album, Mastermind, which we now know will feature Kanye West, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, and The Weekend.
Mike Will Made It To Produce Rick Ross & Jeezy Collaboration [Update: "War Ready" Drops Today]
Two weeks ago, Rick Ross decided to reveal the official artwork to his highly anticipated album Mastermind. Along with the artwork, Rozay announced that a new "reunion" record with Jeezy, titled “War Ready”, will be featured on the album too.
Rick Ross To Use New Georgia Mansion For Charity Endeavor
Near the end of January we learned of Rick Ross' new purchase, a massive mansion located in Georgia, previously owned by the boxer Evander Holyfield.
Rick Ross' "Mastermind" Album Being Mixed By Diddy [Update: Diddy Is Executive Producing Too]
Although Rick Ross has delayed Mastermind, and we've yet to receive a new release date, Rozay is still keeping us in the loop with the album process through his Twitter. It sounds as though Mastermind may be nearing completion, if not already, as late last night the MMG bawse revealed he was "Sitting at the SSL board #Mastermind on repeat," before revealing that the album is getting mixed by none other than music mogul Diddy.
Rick Ross Unveils "Mastermind" Cover, New Single With Jeezy [Update: Deluxe Edition Art Added]
Rick Ross has had quite the rollout for his 6th studio album, which has suffered some delays, but will finally be arriving (we hope) on March 4th through Def Jam. Rozay gave us a sign today that the date is set in stone, revealing the official (and very pink) artwork for the project. On top of that, he's announced the new single from the project, which will be titled "War Ready", and will feature none other than Young Jeezy, which comes as a surprise, as the two have had their differences in the past.
Rick Ross & Big K.R.I.T. Are In The Studio Together
We've seen some surprising pair ups in the studio recently (Future and Andre 3000 comes to mind), but this latest one may take the cake. A photo posted to Big K.R.I.T.'s Instagram shows the Mississippi rapper in the studio with none other than MMG bawse Rick Ross.
Rick Ross Purchases 109-Room Mansion In Georgia
One of the biggest bosses in the game continues to prove himself just that. Rick Ross purchased a new home in Georgia, which happens to be a 109-room mansion previously owned by heavyweight champ Evander Holyfield.
Rick Ross In Talks w/ Steve Stoute For "Maybach Films" Projects
Rick Ross is attending the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, and has taken to Twitter (as he is wont to do) to announce potential film collaborations with author, artist manager and advertising / record executive Steve Stoute. Stoute has worked with many rappers throughout his career, including Jay Z, Nas, Eminem and Eve during his time with Sony Music and Interscope. Last night, Ross tweeted a photo of the two of them with a caption that read "at Sundance discussing Maybach Films with Steve Stoute".
Photos Of Ashanti & Rick Ross' Video Shoot For "I Got It" In Miami
Ashanti has still got it. The R&B singer and her co-star Ricky Rozay were caught getting rather cozy Thursday at The Bank Lounge in downtown Miami while shooting the music video for their collab “I Got It”. DJ Khaled and the song’s producer, L.T. Hutton, also joined the lavish set as Ashanti showed off her sexy curves in a skimpy all-black corset. The record is set to appear on Ashanti’s upcoming album BraveHeart. Look for that album to arrive sometime this year.
Rick Ross Reveals New "Mastermind" Release Date
Rick Ross was originally going to cap off 2013 with Mastermind, but to the surprise of very few, the project was pushed back indefinitely. The album now has a brand new release date, so let's hope this one is the real deal. In a new viral ad, soundtracked by an apocalyptic opera sample, and ripe with imagery of ominous clouds and racks upon racks, Rozay has announced March 4th as the official release date for his 6th studio album.
Freeway Ricky Ross Is Taking Rick Ross To U.S. Supreme Court
Freeway Ricky Ross may not have been successful in getting his name back from Rick Ross, but he hasn't given up just yet. After losing his legal battle in the L.A. Supreme Court, he's now taking Rozay to the United States Supreme Court. The former gangster spoke more about his decision in an interview with the Murder Master Music Show.
Rick Ross Beats Freeway Ricky Ross In Court [Update: Freeway Ricky Ross Responds]
It looks as though the on-going battle between rapper Rick Ross and former drug lord Freeway Rick Ross has finally come to a close.
Judge Denies 50 Cent's Request To Have Sextape Lawsuit Dismissed
Whether he likes it or not, 50 Cent is still facing charges pertaining to the sextape he appeared in (via photoshop). The tape in question was a recording of the mother of Rick Ross' child, Lastonia Leviston, having sex with her then-boyfriend Maurice Murray.
Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over Copyright Infringement
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, it seems Ricky Rozay & Jermaine "Mayne Zayne" Jackson (half of the producer duo The Runners) are suing Pop/EDM duo LMFAO for copyright infringement concerning their 2010 single "Party Rock Anthem." A lawsuit filed in a Florida federal court states that the chorus of the track includes "a direct interpolation" of the hook from Ross' 2006 single "Hustlin'", that being the lyric "every day I'm shufflin'".
Hip-Hop's New Year's Eve: Rappers Celebrate 2014
As we continue to recover from New Year's Eve festivities, memories from the evening are slowly coming back to us. Despite how hype you believe your night was, it probably can't compare to the level at which the rap game's elite partied. From Rihanna's elaborate New York City penthouse bash to Diddy's star-studded party at the Versace mansion in Miami, no one turns up quite like the urban community. Click through the galleries to see how some of your favorite artists rang in the near year.
Hottest Singles Of 2013
Another stellar year for hip-hop. As the digital market continued to flourish, singles did accordingly. From Chicago trap to New York boom-bap to Houston trill, it’s all here. Not only were the year’s top singles diverse, but their marketing tactics were unique as well (take Kanye’s “New Slaves”, for example).
Rick Ross Reveals Artwork For Jay Z-Featured Single "The Devil Is A Lie" [Update: Track Drops Today, New Art Revealed]
After announcing the delay of his new album Mastermind few weeks ago, Rick Ross decided to tease fans Tuesday night by revealing the artwork for his highly anticipated first single “The Devil Is A Lie” featuring Jay Z. Taking to Instagram/Twitter, Rozay retweeted the single’s artwork along with the caption: “Biggest record you'll ever hear in your life. Stay tuned.” Lets just hope that by “stay tuned”, Rozay means any day now. Artwork done by DJ Sean Mac. Check out the artwork in the gallery above. Thoughts on it?