Top Tracks: September 19 - September 25
Last week's biggest news story continued to be The Game and Meek Mill's beef, which has now spiraled out to include accusations of ratting, an alleged brawl with Beanie Sigel, and
Stream Chance The Rapper's Magnificent Coloring Day Festival Featuring Lil Wayne, Lil Uzi Vert & Young Thug
Chance The Rapper is throwing a pretty awesome festival in U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago today (Saturday, September 24th), and he's letting those who weren't able to attend a chance to watch from home. You'll need a Tidal subscription, but once you're in, you'll be able to watch all of the sets today, which include performances from Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, John Legend, Tyler, The Creator, Young Thug, Lil Uzi Vert, Skrillex, and of course Chance himself.
20 Legendary Rapper Yearbook Photos
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters. We're gonna take you on a tour of 20 rapper yearbook photos, an expansion of our previous list.
Top Tracks: September 12 - September 18
Summer '16 seemed to come and go without a good, entertaining beef, but in the week before the official Fall equinox, one has emerged. You could definitely deem the new Meek Mill Vs. The Game beef as a spinoff of Meek and Drake's last summer, but when it comes to bars, this beef's picking up the long-dormant one's slack. We've already got a diss apiece from both parities involved, and although Meek's came in too late on Sunday night to be counted in Top Tracks this week, Game's is in here, and you can be sure Meek's will be next week.
Dave East Enlists 2 Chainz, The Game & More On Debut Album "Kairi Chanel"
Dave East has been steadily building his buzz and fanbase, proving that hard work and dedication does indeed pay off. The Mass Appeal signee and recent XXL Freshman is almost ready to let fans hear his debut album, and takes the first step towards that today with the release of the project's cover and tracklist. The Harlem spitter's debut is set to be titled Kairi Chanel, and it'll round up appearances from Fabolous, 2 Chainz, Beanie Sigel, The Game, Sevyn Streeter and more-- no Nas, though.
#TBT: When 2 Chainz Was Tity Boi
In 1997, a 20-year-old 2 Chainz, then known as Tity Boi, formed a rap duo Playaz Circle with his friend Dolla Boy. They released their debut album United We Stand, United We Fall, which is now virtually unavailable online. (You can buy the physical copy for $299.99 (plus shipping)).
35 More Artists To Follow On Snapchat
In terms of an artist gaining direct access to his or her fans, there's no better social media platform than Snapchat. Indeed, the app has caused artists to blur the line between their public and private personas.
Live Stream: Jay Z's "Made In America" Festival Featuring Rihanna, Lil Wayne & Chance The Rapper
Jay Z's annual Made In America festival kicks off today, and those who weren't able to attend will be happy to know that the fest will be live-streamed through Tidal. No need to groan though, as this stream is complimentary and open to subscribers and non-subscribers alike. The fest sports an impressive lineup of hip-hop and R&B including Rihanna, Chance The Rapper, Travis Scott, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, Tory Lanez, DJ Khaled, Lil Uzi Vert, Desiigner, and DJ Mustard. Other genres are also represented with Coldplay, Grimes, and Jamie XX set to perform.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of August 2016?
Summer is fast turning to autumn, vacation to school. Soon, the sun's oppressive reign will end and give way to increasingly temperate conditions. With August in the books, we look back at ten of the most notable hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes of the month and ask our readers to decide which one they believe is the best. Pour one out for Noname's Telefone, which came out on July 31. Here are the ten:
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of August 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Top Tracks: August 21 - August 28
Can we finally breathe a sign of relief after what's proven to be a crazy August?
Top Tracks: August 15 - August 21
Last week was a funny one for album delays. On one hand, Frank Ocean delivered not only his first, but also his second album since 2012's Channel Orange, but on the other, we didn't get the projects that we'd been expecting from French Montana, Young Thug, and Travis Scott.
Lil Wayne Announces Special Guests For Lil Weezyana Fest 2
Lil Wayne is hosting the second annual Lil’ Weezyana Fest in New Orleans this month, but until today he’s been silent on who his special guests would be aside from his Collegrove partner 2 Chainz. Today, Weezy revealed those guests, and people who already bought tickets for the August 27 event will be more than pleased.
Top Tracks: August 8 - August 14
In terms of the calendar, summer is winding down, but someone forgot to tell that to the rap game. We've only seen things heat up in the past week, with SremmLife 2 providing more than enough turn up fuel for the next few weeks, and P3 reminding us to squeeze every last bit of fun out of summer flings before cuffing season arrives.
10 Quotable Lines From 2 Chainz' "Daniel Son; Necklace Don" Mixtape
2 Chainz has always had a way with words, and somehow he hasn't run out of ways to talk about how dope he is increasingly entertaining ways. The rapper's new project, Daniel Son; Necklace Don, was guaranteed to have some colorful brags on title alone, and now that we've heard it, the project did not disappoint. From "Self, I need a new bracelet," to rhyming "chain reaction" with "lame reaction," there are plenty of rewind-worthy bars, and coupled with the impressive production stable of TM88, DJ Spinz, Dun Deal, and Mr. 2-17, the tape is front-to-back hits.
Top Tracks: August 1 - August 7
The next two weeks will see new albums from two guys vying to be the third most popular rap/R&B artist out of Toronto, PartyNextDoor and Tory Lanez (Drake and The Weeknd are one and two, respectively). Only time will tell how P3 and I Told You will stack up against each other, but over the last few weeks, we've gotten a few previews in the form of singles and other assorted loosies. Both Party and Tory pop up in our Top Ten, although here it's obvious which one is dominant.
Here's The Tracklist For 2 Chainz's "Daniel Son; Necklace Don"
Two days ago, 2 Chainz surprised fans with the announcement that he would be dropping a new mixtape on Friday. He's been grinding hard this year, and isn't letting up any time soon.
2 Chainz Shares "Daniel Son; Necklace Don" Artwork
A day after revealing -- via a screenshot of a text conversation with Drake -- that he had a project dropping this Friday (Aug. 5), 2 Chainz has shared the cover art to said mixtape: Daniel Son; Necklace Don.
2 Chainz Says New Mixtape Dropping Friday Called "Daniel Son; Necklace Don"
It looks like Frank Ocean might not be the only one getting ready to secretly release a new project this Friday. Just moments ago, 2 Chainz took to his IG to announce that he has a new mixtape coming Friday called Daniel Son; Necklace Don.
2016 MTV VMA Nominations Announced
MTV has announced the nominees for the 2016 Video Music Awards. Beyonce earned a whopping 11 nominations. The artist with the second most nominations is Adele, who earned eight, seven of which are for "Hello." Ariana Grande (5), Drake (4), and Rihanna (4) could also be lined up for a big night. Other nominees of note include Chance the Rapper, The Weeknd, Bryson Tiller, 2 Chainz, & Desiigner,