10 Surprising Rap Writing Credits

There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot. "Ghostwriting" by its...

  • 10 Surprising Rap Writing Credits
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    There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot. "Ghostwriting" by its proper definition refers to contributions from rappers who have not been credited-- which is a pretty grey area. Rather than look into rumors surrounding that type of writing (with one exception),...
  • Stay Sober: Rappers Who Don't Smoke Or Drink
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    Drugs are everywhere in hip-hop. Whether they're mentioned on the radio, seen in music videos, or smuggled into concerts, drugs are pretty much unavoidable in the genre. Weed, lean, pills, coke, booze, shrooms, you name it, dope's not to hard to find. Many rappers, like Juicy J or Lil Wayne, have made it clear in their music that they love getting fucked up. Despite the popularity of drugs in...
  • Crew Love: HBK Gang
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    HBK (Heart Break Kids) are a crew from the San Francisco Bay Are who count rapper/producer Iamsu! as their de facto leader. Formed in 2008 by Su and producers Chief and P-Lo, the crew went on to add Sage The Gemini, Skipper, CJ, Rossi, Dave Steezy, Jay Ant, Kool John and the production team The Invasion (consisting of Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kuya Beats, Jay Ant, and Chief).  HBK Gang carry...
  • 9 Vintage Hip-Hop Inspired Ads
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    There is sometimes a fine line between hip hop and advertising, with rappers constantly namechecking their favorite brands, or even promoting their own. A french art director by the name of David Redon may have seen this connection when he began work on a project called "Ads Libitum", which reimagines rap songs as vintage ads. Pulling from 1950s style one-pagers, Redon has turned songs from...
  • Charts Don't Lie: April 13
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    This week we have a new entry on Charts Don't Lie, with Mobb Deep's new album The Infamous Mobb Deep, celebrating their 20-year anniversary since The Infamous. Their sales are not huge mainstream numbers, but obviously loyal hip-hop heads came through for Havoc and Prodigy as they clock in at #49. We continue to see Jhene Aiko's Sail Out hold on to a spot on the Billboard 200, not too high and...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 11)
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    Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly burst into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope."?  Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop...
  • Get Your Music Video On HotNewHipHop With HeatSeekers Video Edition [Update: April 6-12]
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    Want your music video promoted and featured on HNHH? Submit your original music video for the chance to be posted on HNHH's YouTube channel and in our video section.   This week's winner is Honey The Hippie with her track, "Faded". To view other past winners click HERE. What you get:- Your music video will be Posted on the HNHH's Youtube Channel and HotNewHipHop.com.- Video will...
  • Underrated Audio: April 5 - April 11
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    Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. As per usual, we've got five slightly overlooked cuts from the last seven days. The rappers on this week's list are...
  • Review: SZA's "Z" Album
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    Top Dawg Entertainment’s big-haired, freckled, suburban newcomer released her debut album, Z on April 8th. The ten-track album is the follow up to her 2013-released free EP S. TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad appear on the album along with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. The new offering of her self-described “glitter trap” has production by Mac Miller, Toro...
  • 50 Cent's Top 20 Vixens
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    50 Cent has been dropping some new videos lately, and after watching some of his new material, it's become clear that the rapper has always had a fine selection of vixens in his visuals. We decided to take a look back at all of Fif's videos, and highlight some of the hottest women in each. Turns out, there's even more than we expected, but we decided to break it down to 20 girls in total. Take...
  • Samples Of The Week: April 10
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    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh...
  • 25 Best Hip-Hop Commercials Of All Time
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    It would seem like a no brainer, rap and advertising belong together, but the ad industry didn't always recognize what hip-hop could really do for marketing. This all changed in the 1980s. Each side began realizing what the other could for them. Rappers could help boost sales, and rappers could, of course make money. So rappers began wearing ridiculous outfits, singing silly jingles, drinking...
  • Kanye West Vs. The Press: 10 Run-Ins With The Media
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    Kanye West has always been well aware that the press is a necessary evil when it comes to gaining success. But as his presence in music and his other ventures have grown (his affiliation with Kim Kardashian not withstanding), so has the demand for pictures and coverage of him. The constant prying into his life and being hounded by photographers, paired with the feeling that he is not taken...
  • 20 Most Fashionable Rappers Through The Decades
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    In celebration of the contribution hip-hop has made to fashion, HotNewHipHop will look at the 20 most fashionable rappers of all time through the decades, from the 1980s to the present, from shelltoe Adidas and gold chains, Coogi sweaters and shiny suits. From perfectly-angled fitteds to pink minks, Louis Vuitton Dons to Ice Creams and Chuck Taylors to Adidas with Wings. From Versace to Tommy...
  • Lil Bibby Discusses Upcoming EP "The Book", Buying A House In Chicago & More
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    Lil Bibby is quickly catapulting into rap fame following the release of his debut project, Free Crack, in November. The mixtape had already built up a strong amount of anticipation before it was released, thanks in most part to a co-sign from Drake, however, after the tape dropped and everyone heard just how dope Bibby's ear for production and bars are, plenty more hopped on the bandwagon. Soon...
  • This Is Hot 97: Interview With The Morning Show Hosts
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    In case y'all were wondering about VH1's new reality series "This Is Hot97", our very own Ashlee Ray recently caught up with the principal cast in New York City for an in-depth interview. The program stars the staff from the pioneering hip-hop radio station, with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds at the forefront. They discuss a big career move on Ebro's part, Rihanna's...
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