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.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Drake Unveils Full OVO Fest Lineup
Now in its seventh year, OVO Fest has become one of the biggest events and tourist attractions that the Toronto summer has to offer. About a month before the 4-day extravaganza, Drake has unveiled the full OVO Fest lineup.
Stream Snoop Dogg's "Coolaid" Album Two Days Early
This is becoming the norm these days, but Snoop Dogg has released his album two days ahead of schedule exclusively through Apple Music. The album won't hit iTunes until July 1st, but if you've got Apple Music you can find out what you're in for. Although you probably already know what you're in for as Snoop has been really generous with the leaks leading up to Coolaid.
Check Out The Full Tracklist For Snoop Dogg's Upcoming "Cool Aid" Album
One week ago Snoop Dogg shared the cover art to his upcoming album Cool Aid. It hearkens back to the artwork for his earlier releases, using an illustrated style and featuring the Doggfather himself in canine form. Now we have the full 20-song tracklist to share.
Snoop Dogg Reveals "Cool Aid" Cover Art
Snoop Dogg revealed the cover art for his upcoming album Cool Aid early Monday morning. The cover depicts Snoop Dogg as a dread-headed dog (similar to the dogs on the cover of Doggystyle) vending various flavors of cool aid to thirsty locals. Note the "Crip" Bat-signal cast into the sky.
Staff Picks Playlist (June 10)
It's that time of the week. The past seven days have been pretty eventful-- the momentum all started on last weekend, when a new episode of OVO Sound Radio dropped as many gems as one could hope for in the span of seven days-- except they did it all within the span of their two-hour segment. It's safe to say, the bar was set pretty high for the weekdays that followed. Even so, we managed to get some dope material in the days that followed.
Artists Pay Tribute To Muhammad Ali Following His Death
News of Muhammad Ali's death at the age of 74 broke Friday night, inspiring mourning of the beloved athlete on social media, but also, celebration of his philosophy and accomplishments. Through the night, we've seen an outpouring of tributes from all types of people the three-time world heavyweight champion has inspired, including many artists working in hip-hop.
Snoop Dogg Announces Title Of His Upcoming Album
Snoop Dogg took to his preferred social media medium, Instagram, last night to announced the title of his upcoming album. Here it is, y'all: Cool Aid.
Snoop Dogg Criticizes "Roots" Reboot: "I Don't Understand America"
The History Channel has chosen to revive the 1977 miniseries Roots, airing its the first episode tonight, but despite his friend and collaborator, T.I. scoring a role on the show, Snoop Dogg will not be tuning in. Taking to Instagram today, Snoop criticized Roots, as well as other recent projects like 12 Years A Slave.
Summer BBQ & Chill: A Playlist
"It's cool to danceBut what about the groove that soothes that moves romance?Give me a soft subtle mixAnd if ain't broke then don't try to fix it" -The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" It's about to be Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, which means that summer has unofficially begun. Time to celebrate. We've put together a 64-track playlist of the all the essential jams to help you get through this torrid portion of the year. Music from Snoop Dogg, Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, UGK, Juvenile, & more. All the good shit, basically.
Snoop Dogg's Next Album To Drop On July 1
On 4/20, Snoop Dogg returned with a criminally smooth Mike Will-produced single, "Late Nights." He's since been revamping his label, DoggyStyle Records, by signing promising young artists and promoting their records through his SoundCloud.
Stream Webbie's New Album "Savage Life 5"
Webbie has been holding it for Trill Entertainment and Baton Rouge, LA for over a decade. He's kept it consistent with his album titles, not straying outside of his vaunted "Savage Life" series. (Savage Life 4 dropped in '13.) He continued Friday with the release of Savage Life 5. The 15-track album features appearances from Boosie Badazz, Snoop Dogg, Kirko Bangz, as well as such lesser known artists as Wanekago, Lundon, Lil Trill, Shell, Lil Lonnie, Foxx, and Kym McCoy.
De La Soul Reveal Tracklist & Cover Art For "And the Anonymous Nobody" Album
De La Soul was supposed to drop their Kickstarter-funded album And the Anonymous Nobody on April 26. Due to outstanding clearances and assorted legal obstacles yet to be hurdled, the album wasn't ready in time. So the group instead delivered a token of their appreciation, a 4-track EP called For Your Pain & Suffering, and announced that the full album would arrive on August 26.
Snoop Dogg Had No Idea That Vetements Was Selling A $924 Shirt With His Face On It
Would you ever pay $924 for a t-shirt? What if that t-shirt had your face stamped on the front of it? If you answer 'no' then you and Snoop Dogg have at least one thing in common. In a recent interview with Hypebeast, Snoop Dogg found out that Vetements was selling a shirt with his face on it for a cool $924. As it turns out, the shirt being sold by Vetements is a replica of an old tee that was for sale via Death Row Merchandise way back in 1993. When he found out about the '900-something dollar' shirt, his reaction was classic Snoop:
Snoop Dogg To Host "Hoop 4 Water" Charity Basketball Event In Flint
Snoop Dogg is a baller in every sense of the word. He has an avid hoops fan and has participated in many basketball exhibitions, including the 2014 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. This weekend, he heads to Flint to host a basketball fundraiser called "Hoops 4 Water." The event is being organized by former Toronto Raptors star and Flint native Morris Peterson.
Where Is Nipsey Hussle? Tracking His Movements Since "Mailbox Money"
Nipsey Hussle and YG's new anti-Donald Trump anthem "Fuck Donald Trump" is a song so caustic (and black) that its music video shoot got shut down by the cops.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
The Game, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg & More Respond To Birdman's Breakfast Club Walk-Out
This morning, Birdman gave us a healthy dose of drama by pulling up and then quickly backing out of his interview with The Breakfast Club, all within the span of two minutes.
Every Rap Single To Go #1 On The Hot 100
If you've been watching the charts over the last few years, you'll know that rap isn't dominating the Hot 100, and many of the songs that do make their way to the number one spot might no necessarily represent the genre all that well. Looking back at all the prior rap #1s on the Hot 100, this trend moves in waves. In the early 90s, we saw acts like Vanilla Ice and Marky Mark earning the highest honors of chart presence, but by the early 00s, the reigning singles on the chart were largely authentic rap and R&B songs.