Trunk Bangers

The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test? There isn't a precise recipe for passing the car test. What goes in the living room, livens up an...

  • Trunk Bangers
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    The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test? There isn't a precise recipe for passing the car test. What goes in the living room, livens up an elevator, or tears the roof off of a nightclub, may not be suitable for the cabin of your automobile. If you asked me, I would say that passing the car test requires a certain bold, yet uninvasive...
  • East Coast Vs. West Coast: Revisited
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    In case you're living under a rock and missed the story, Suge Knight caught a few strays the other night at a VMA pre-party. This raises a few burning questions that need to be answered. First, who's still inviting Suge Knight to these parties? Clearly where he goes, so do hella bullets. Second, if we're reminiscing about Suge and award show violence, why not talk about a little East Coast versus...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Aug. 18-24
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    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 cataloging the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Review: Travi$ Scott's "Days Before Rodeo"
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    The most gratifying events in music are the moments where you can literally hear the construction in the artist’s mind, the building onto the promise of greatness. While not a guarantee, Days Before Rodeo provides the listener with the glimpses of the incredible, long-ranging capabilities of Travi$ Scott. Scott has been bubbling from below, as both an MC and as a notable producer,...
  • Top 10: Meanest Funk Flex Freestyles
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    Forget mixtapes and albums, some of the hottest verses in hip hop come right from the offices of Hot 97 via Funkmaster Flex's famous freestyle sessions. Whether artists go right off the dome, kick something they plan on using later, or a combination of both, rappers always bring their A-game for Flex. His high energy demeanor and top notch ad-libs only add to the turnt up atmosphere, making every...
  • Red Carpet Photos & Important GIFs From The MTV VMAs 2014
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    The annual MTV Video Music Awards went down in Inglewood, CA last night. While there was no twerking extravaganza/controversy from Miley Cyrus this year, there were plenty of other memorable moments, as we saw stars walk the red carpet, receive and give awards, perform on stage (and almost have a major wardrobe malfunction), plus, Blue Ivy was there. For those of you uninterested in watching the...
  • Shooting The Shit With Sir Michael Rocks
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    Sir Michael Rocks is not new when it comes to this rapping thing. He's been doing it for almost ten years now, yet he can still be considered a young'n at the current age of 26 (and in fact, he's often grouped in with the young'ns, something we discuss during our interview). When he started out with Chuck Inglish as The Cool Kids back in 2005, he was too ahead of his time. Now that time has...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: August 24
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    This week we're seeing several new hip-hop and r'n'b entries on Charts Don't Lie, or more to the point, the Billboard 200. Nothing too crazy happened though, with r'n'b singer Tank taking our top spot, but that's only with a debut at #13 (selling 17,000 units). We're mainly seeing underground/indie numbers with our new entries. FKA twigs (whom you may recall Ro Ransom recently compared to...
  • Get Your Music Video On HotNewHipHop With HeatSeekers Video Edition [Update: August 23]
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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 Era, with his song "Swear To Gawd" 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 bare HNHH...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (Aug 23)
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    Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly bursted 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...
  • Underrated Audio August 16- August 22
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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. This past week proved to be a pretty good one for those VERY HOTTTTT songs, with new music from Chris Brown, Future,...
  • 8 Battlers Who Should Be On "Road To Total Slaughter" Season 2
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    The reality TV show "Road To Total Slaughter" brought battle rap into a spotlight it hasn’t seen for quite some time (if ever). In addition to being a showcase for battling in general, it shined a light on eight battlers in particular (nine if you still want to count Cortez), giving each one a chance to be seen on a much larger stage. The Total Slaughter event itself was heavily...
  • Who's That Girl?: Sacha Chang (Interview & Gallery)
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    Name: Sacha Chang Age: 25   Hometown: LA   Relationship Status: Single   Are you familiar with Hot New Hip Hop?: Of course! Check you out everyday to get the latest. Sacha, let's get right to it, you have an accent, where are you from? I was born in England/UK. What is your ethnicity? My father is Chinese/Jamaican and my mother African...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (August 22)
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    Ferguson. The ALS Challenge. Rihanna apparently still banging Drake. "Anaconda" threatening the drown America in thirst. Etc., Etc. There wasn't much new material to come out of the hip-hop community, but the artists still had plenty to talk about and cause controversy over during the past couple of days. The weather might be cooling down, but this summer isn't going away lightly. There's been a...
  • Who's Bringing New York Back First?
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    It doesn't come as a surprise to know that the future of New York hip-hop looks extremely bright. Once the birthplace of rap, the city still harbors some of the best talent in the genre.  But while others coasts and regions have taken off, many have been quick to accuse New York of losing its stature in rap music. While it's fair to say that hip-hop has developed scenes throughout the whole...
  • Samples Of The Week: August 21
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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...
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