Staff Picks Playlist (July 22)
Happy Friday, people of the internet. The end of the (work) week has proved pretty fruitful. Desiigner finally unleashed "Timmy Turner" unto the world, and the world had a lot of shit to say about it. PARTYNEXTDOOR surprised fans late last night when he not only announced a release date for long-awaited P3, but dropped a new record, "Not Nice," which makes it onto this week's Staff Picks playlist.
Meet Kamaiyah: The Bay Area’s New Rising Star
Unlike just about any other region, Bay Area hip hop is better known for its signature sound -- melodic big booty bass and minimalist drums -- than for the artists it produces. Kamaiyah is an exception; the exuberant 21-year-old Oakland native has emerged as one of hip hop’s most exciting breakout stars of 2016.
YG, Drake & Kamaiyah Shoot "Why You Always Hatin?" Video In LA
Drake got himself into some drama this weekend, as he took shots at Joe Budden on French Montana's "No Shopping," which premiered on OVO Sound Radio. Hours later, the veteran rapper hit him back with yet another diss track, "Afraid," his third one in the past month. If Drake is plotting another reply, which seems highly unlikely, then he's not worrying about it right now.
The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.
#TBT: Mixtape YG
Between 2009 and 2013, YG released five mixtapes: 4Fingaz, The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, 4Hunnid Degreez, & Just Re’d Up 2. There was also a joint mixtape with Ty Dolla $ign and Bobby Brackins called Young and Hung...over. YG made immense strides as an artist during this stretch, becoming one of the most passionated and polished bard of the streets on the west coast.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
4th Of July Playlist
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music. There's no better way to celebrate than with some great tunes -- as even President Obama will be spending the evening taking in a White House concert performance from Janelle Monae and Kendrick Lamar this evening. As there will be many barbecues to soundtrack today, we've put together a Spotify playlist with some of our favorite summer records from 2016 so far.
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.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
Charts Don't Lie: June 29
While Drake's VIEWS remains unmoved from the #1 spot (sorry YG), there were still a few switch-ups this week with hip hop albums on the Billboard 200. YG made his debut with Still Brazy at #6, a precocious new LP from the California gangster rapper. Fellow Cali native and mainstay, The Game, debuted at #25 with his soundtrack "Streets of Compton," which coincides with an A&E documentary of the same name.
10 Rap/R&B Songs Kylie Jenner Posted To Snapchat That Prove She's A Real One
Follow Kylie Jenner on Snapchat and you'll find her riding in the G-Wagon bumping Bryson Tiller and hamming it up for the camera and not watching the road. With all due respect to Tiller, and Lil Yachty, Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Future, Drake, Jenner's brother-in-law Kanye West, and all the other hip hop and R&B artists young Jenner bumps on the regular, she sometimes impresses by bumping unexpected artists of quality.
YG's "Still Brazy" By The Numbers
YG followed up an impressive debut album with an almost more impressive sophomore album. That alone is quite a feat. The rapper who replaces his c's with b's (and basically turned that into a thing, even for those without gang ties), stealthily avoided a sophomore slump with Still Brazy, and not only that, he showed us a more grown up side of himself-- he evolved. He evolved, yet he also turned the clock back, taking from bygone eras of West Coast rap through out Still Brazy.
YG's "Still Brazy" (Review)
Two years ago, My Krazy Life surprised everyone. It was a debut album made by someone whose biggest claim to fame was novelty club smash "Toot It And Boot It," but somehow, it had the scope and consistency of a select few L.A. classics-- The Chronic, Doggystyle, and more recently, good kid, m.A.A.d city.
YG Talks Kendrick Lamar Comparisons & Backlash From "F*ck Donald Trump"
There have been few debut albums over the past decade or so that have made a bigger impact than YG's My Krazy Life. The album transformed him from a purveyor of the "ratchet" club sound to a masterful storyteller and a recognizable heir to some of LA's all-time greats. With his new album, Still Brazy, he intends to become a West Coast icon. After his successful debut, YG's life didn't get much easier, which is reflected on Still Brazy, by far his darkest work yet.
First Week Sales Projections For YG's "Still Brazy"
YG's sophomore album, Still Brazy, technically dropped yesterday (June 17), though he provided early streaming access via Apple Music on Tuesday night (June 14). HDD, the source that is known for providing first-week projections a day after an album's release, has already released its forecast for Still Brazy.
Digital Cover Story: YG (June/July)
We've been waiting two full years (plus a few months, or to be extremely precise, 832 days) for YG's sophomore effort. The West Coast rapper quickly rose to prominence with his debut My Krazy Life, after a string of gangster-rapper-solidifying mixtapes. 'Krazy' is an apt description of YG's life, although, by now, that shit's probably pretty average-- especially given everything that's happened since My Krazy Life-- thus 'krazy' is more so a descriptor for the benefit of the non-gang-affiliated listener.
YG's "Still Brazy" Now Available On iTunes & Spotify
Apple Music scored yet another win earlier this week when they secured an exclusive stream of YG's sophomore album Still Brazy for 48 hours. Now that Friday is here (bless up), the album is now available on iTunes and Spotify. It doesn't appear to be available on TIDAL.
Stream YG's "Still Brazy" On Apple Music
Well look what we have here! Out of nowhere, YG decides to do something special for the fans tonight by releasing his sophomore album, Still Brazy, a few days early on Apple Music. Set to officially arrive Friday (6/17), Still Brazy can now be streamed exclusively on Apple Music for the next 48 hours.
YG Weighs In On The Troy Ave Shooting
YG caught some collateral damage when Live Nation cancelled his New York City concert, along with the concerts of several other high-profile rappers in the aftermath of the May 25 Irving Plaza shooting.
10 Essential Ty Dolla $ign Hooks
There is no man more ubiquitous, no man more in demand in hip hop than Ty Dolla $ign. With melodic instincts second to none, he appeared on roughly 50 songs in 2015 outside of his debut album Free TC. A true hook maestro, he is proof that in the music business, the hook is where the money is made. The hook is what butters the bread. Let's celebrate Ty Dolla $ign's supreme hook skills. Click through the gallery to listen to 10 essential Ty Dolla $ign hooks: five on other artists' songs, and five on his own songs.