The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
Hopsin Explains Why He Left Funk Volume
In “Ill Mind of Hopsin 8,” the Funk Volume co-founders lays some unkind rhymes towards co-founder Damien Ritter before declaring he’s moved on to his own company Undercover Prodigy.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2015 Green Carpet Interviews: T-Pain, DeJ, Esco, & More
The heat index pushed 100 at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. T-Pain was sweltering in his red leather suit jacket. "I'm sooooo hot," he said. HNHH's own S. WHiT endured the heat as she held it down on the green carpet before the show, interviewing 16 rappers, producers, and industry power players, including DeJ Loaf, Big K.R.I.T, Redman, Casey Veggies, Southside, and many more.
Mos Def Responds To Lupe Fiasco & King Los: "I’m Not Trying To Arrange Fights With Them”
Fans of battle rapping, lyricism and all-around #BARS rejoiced yesterday when it looked like Lupe Fiasco and King Los were about to jump into the ring with Mos Def (AKA Yasiin Bey), who had issued a challenge to other rappers to battle him.
Mos Def Invites Rappers To Battle Him, Lupe Fiasco & King Los Respond
Mos Def seems to be inspired by the recent wave of rap beef, and he's ready to take on a battle of his own. The rapper shared a video challenge today, suggesting he, King Los, and Black Thought could take on any rapper in a battle. It didn't take long for rappers to start responding, with King Los co-signing the challenge, and Lupe Fiasco starting writing some mock bars (including one with a Quentin Miller punchline).
Best Freestyles Of 2015 (So Far)
2015 has truly been a landmark year for hip-hop. There have been countless quality album releases from rappers all over, impressive music videos, and the emergence of a new crop of rappers. The ambition and attention to detail on this year’s releases, exemplified by their authoring emcees is indicative of a current renaissance in hip-hop.
Charts Don't Lie: July 4th
The only true debut in this week's charts came from King Los' God Money War. While the pre-cursor to Los' upcoming official debut managed to move 7,357 units (8,331 with streams), it only came in at number 67. Another notable debut was Tyga's Gold Album, though it actually failed to crack the Billboard 200. Released on Spotify on a Tuesday and later as an iTunes Download on a Friday, T-Raww's new album had a near full-week of streams and a few days of purchases to accumulate under 5,000 sales.
Review: King Los' "God, Money, War"
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140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (June 20 - 26)
This week was wild. We got to hear new albums by Miguel, Vince Staples, King Los and Tyga, great new tapes from Boogie and Tory Lanez, and some true heat in the form of singles from Future, Meek Mil and The Game. What's more, we got the stacked tracklists for Meek's Dreams Worth More Than Money and Migos' YRN Tha Album, and quite a few crazy news stories to boot. As always, things were popping on on Twitter, too. Read on to get a selection of the craziest, funniest and/or most noteworthy tweets of the week.
Stream King Los' "God, Money, War"
HNHH favorite King Los dropped his new project God, Money, War today, a prelude to his upcoming album that will feature Pharrell and drop early 2015-2016.
Giveaway: Win A Trip To Meet King Los On The Set Of His "Glory To The Lord" Music Video
After a bit of a quiet period, King Los is back with a vengeance on his new mixtape-album, God Money War. The album dropped today, although it's being called a prelude to Los' debut album and not his official major label debut. The RCA-signed MC has always had a strong relationship with his fans, and so he's teamed up with us to give back to one very lucky fan.
King Los Says Pharrell's On His Debut Album, Will Be Out Late 2015 Or Early 2016
Last week, King Los came up to the HNHH office to play us some new music from his project God Money War (dropping tomorrow) and sit in for an interview, and in addition to detailing the new download-only release, he shed some light on his upcoming debut album. Still untitled, the project will feature Pharrell, and Los is aiming to get it out either late this year, or first quarter 2016. "Just know I got Pharrell on deck," Los said, "And I got some legends on deck. Just know, they on standby."
King Los Reveals "God Money War" Artwork & Release Date
King Los shared the soulful, R. Kelly-assisted "Glory To The Lord" yesterday, and his new project seemed closer than ever. Sure enough, today Los has revealed the release date for God Money War, which will be available June 23rd.
Top Tracks: April 27 - May 3
After a new set of artists entered the Top 10 of our Top 100 chart, we're tracking how they're maintaining this week. King Los finally hit #1 with his recent single, while DeJ Loaf's remix falls back a bit, and more. Check out the past week's Top 10 songs on the HNHH Top 100 below. 10) K Camp feat Fetty Wap – 1Hunnid
Hip-Hop Reacts To The Death Of Freddie Gray & Baltimore Riots
On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore for possession of a switchblade, though it's still not clear why he was pursued in the first place. Police claim Gray was apprehended without force, though bystanders have suggested otherwise, and video evidence shows Gray screaming while being forced into the police's van. What happened next is still being investigated, though by the time Gray arrived at the police station, he was unresponsive, unable to talk or breathe.
Top Tracks Of The Week: January 21- January 26
Welcome to ALL WEEZY, ALL THE TI- We mean...Top Tracks. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our Top 100 chart. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.
King Los Announces New Deal With RCA, Debut Album Executive Produced By Diddy
Earlier today we premiered a new record from former Bad Boy rapper King Los, "Only One Of Me." Along with the new single, Los had some big news to share; he inked a deal with RCA for himself and the After Platinum imprint. Now, in a press release about the new deal, we get a few more details. The rapper is working on his debut album for 2015 which will be executive produced by Diddy.
Bizzy Crook Talks His Musical Origins, Eminem's Influence And Overcoming Depression
Miami, Florida emcee Bizzy Crook is currently accompanying Kid Ink and King Los on the "My Own Lane Tour," and our very own Damon Campbell recently caught up with him for an exclusive interview at The Intersection in Grand Rapids, Michigan, during which they discussed his origins, Eminem's influence, his battle with depression and more. Read excerpts from their conversation and watch the whole thing below, as well as Crook's recent video for "No Limit," which has been co-signed by Master P himself.
King Los "Zero Gravity II" Ticket Giveaway [Update: Winners Announced]
With the recent news of King Los' departure from Bad Boy Records, 2014 is shaping up to be a big year for the Hip Hop free agent. He dropped a massive "5 Fingers of Death" freestyle on Sway In The Morning last week, and spoke to HNHH about his future plans in a recent interview at his mixtape listening party in New York City.
Top Tracks Of The Week: March 23-30
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.