Charts Don't Lie: November 23
The top story on the Billboard charts is A Tribe Called Quest, who returned last week with a brand new album that put a ray of light on a relatively dark week. The record features contributions from legends like Andre 3000 and Elton John, along with frequent collaborators Busta Rhymes and Consequence. Just a few spots below Tribe is Rae Sremmurd, who represent a totally different sound on the hip hop spectrum, but are seeing some measurable success after "Black Beatles" the soundtrack for the mannequin challenge.
Charts Don't Lie: November 16
It's a good week for those who dig the soulful side of hip hop music, with Alicia Keys' new album HERE debuting at the #2 spot and Common's Black America Again debuting at #25 with his latest LP. Rae Sremmurd have managed to soar back up the charts with help from the viral success of their single "Black Beatles," while our mainstay, Drake, comes in #8 at with VIEWS. The Suicide Squad soundtrack leads the way for Meek Mill, Jeezy, Travis Scott, Rihanna, A$AP Mob.
Top Tracks: November 7 - November 13
The state of high-profile stars' song creation processes is such that we often don't know how credited songwriters and/or guests factor into the equation until long after the song is released. Time and time again this year, we've seen "original versions" by people other than the lead artists surface, basically proving that they're the main crative forces behind the song in question.
Charts Don't Lie: November 9
Each of this week's top four albums are debuts, including Jeezy at #1 and Meek Mill at #3. Drake and the Suicide Squad soundtrack also make it into the top 10, while A$AP Mob just misses the mark by coming in at #13. Travis Scott and Rihanna slip a few spots with their respective efforts, while Rae Sremmurd and 21 Savage/Metro Boomin continue to climb the charts with theirs. D.R.A.M. slips from #19 to #32 with his full-length debut, and Chance The Rapper also slipped out of the top 30 by coming in at #35 this time around. ***
First Week Sales For Jeezy's "Trap Or Die 3" & Meek Mill's "DC4"
Last year, Jeezy's Church in the Streets sold 107,000 copies its first week and debut at #4 on the charts. Fast-forward a year later -- Jeezy's new album Trap or Die 3 sold 89,000 copies its first week and has debuted at #1. Trap or Die 3 beat out Kenny Chesney's Cosmic Hallelujah by less than a thousand units and marks Jeezy's third #1 album, following The Recession and The Inspiration.
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of October 2016?
At the beginning of August, less than two weeks after Everybody Looking, Gucci Mane announced that Woptober would be his follow-up album, basically claiming the month of October for himself. Little did he know that the month would be filled with top-notch projects from his peers; to be fair, Woptober is still in the running for the month's best, though it's a tight race.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of October 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.
Jeezy Reflects On The Loss Of Bankroll Fresh & Shawty Lo
Now in the game for over ten years, Jeezy has seen a lot of change in the Atlanta music scene over the course of his career. It's found him befriending both the veterans of the regional rap scene as well as the newcomers, so the passing of both Shawty Lo and Bankroll Fresh this year was a hard thing to witness.
Jeezy Explains Why He Decided to Revisit The "Trap Or Die" Series
In 2005, Jeezy released Trap Or Die. In 2010, he released Trap Or Die 2: By Any Means Necessary.
Digital Cover Story: Jeezy (October/November)
It's Snow season, almost quite literally, but even though we're not officially there yet weather-wise, we are there when it comes to one of the original Atlanta trap boys, Jeezy.
First Week Sales Projections For Jeezy's "Trap Or Die 3"
Jeezy released Trap or Die 3 on the same day he announced his next album, Snow Season.
Top Tracks: October 24 - October 30
For the past few years it's been clear that regardless of quality, everything Drake announces or releases is guaranteed to produce more pageviews on HNHH than any of his contemporaries. We've known this for a while and capitalized upon it a few times, which many of you have noticed and decried, but hey, you're still clicking on it. Drizzy dropped four tracks on OVO Sound Radio last weekend and nothing has changed, despite the fact that they did arrive too late for last week's Top Tracks list.
Jeezy Announces New Album "Snow Season"
Jeezy just released Trap or Die 3, the third installment of the series that began 11 years ago. He celebrates the occasion by announcing his next album in a press release: Snow Season.
Stream Jeezy’s “Trap Or Die 3” Album
Well here it is. After weeks of heavy promotion, which included a friendly roll out strategy of several leaks, Jeezy’s highly anticipated seventh studio album, Trap Or Die 3, was just made available for purchase on iTunes.
Jeezy Reveals Tracklist For “Trap Or Die 3”
Winter is coming and with that so is #SnowSeason. A couple weeks ago, the Snowman himself, Jeezy, announced that the third installment in his Trap Or Die series would be coming next, and now we have some further details on it. At the stroke of midnight, Jeezy decided to make the album available for pre-order on iTunes, ultimately sharing the release date, album cover & tracklist in the process.
Staff Picks Playlist (October 7)
This week started out slow, at least when it comes to new songs, although news has been poppin since the week began-- although it wasn't the necessarily good news. Kim Kardashian was robbed and held at gunpoint, driving multiple reports following the incident, and we also saw a couple rappers get hacked: J.
Presidential Debate Tonight, Anticipated To Be Most Watched Of All Time
This is gonna be a moment. After what has felt like a decade of campaigning, we the people have reached a momentous landmark in one of the strangest elections of the last century - the first debate. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square off on live television tonight at 9pm EST with the world watching, for what is widely expected to be "the largest audience for a campaign event in American history."
Jeezy Announces "Trap Or Die 3" As Next Album
The Snowman is back. Jeezy's last album, November's Church in These Streets, was a turn in the politically-minded direction for the veteran rapper. Perhaps his latest single, "Magic City Monday," featuring Future and 2 Chainz, should've signaled a return to the hard-hitting trap anthems he's best known for. Jeezy has now announced that his next project will be the third installment of his beloved "Trap or Die" series.
DJ Quik Says YG's Management Failed To Credit Him For Work On "My Nigga" [UPDATE: YG Responds]
Six weeks ago, Compton legend DJ Quik threatened to sue an unnamed Compton rapper. Welp. It turns out that that rapper is YG. Late Sunday night, Quik took to Twitter to call out YG and his management for failing to credit him for his contributions to YG's platinum hit "My Nigga." "Y'all had me engineer and record My Nigga for YG and did not give me credit," Quik wrote. "My Lawyer has you [in] his sights. You've fucked up."
French Montana's "MC4" Tracklist Features Kanye West, A$AP Rocky, Nas & More
French Montana finally has a concrete release date for his album MC4, which is also (finally) getting some buzz thanks to his single with Drake, "No Shopping," although the single caught more attention for Drake lyrics possibly dissing Joe Budden than it did for French.