A pair of big collabs top our charts this week.
Easily the biggest story of this past week was the announcement of J. Cole's new album, 4 Your Eyez Only, the release of a "making of" documentary, and the ensuing drama. The doc contained videos for two new tracks, "False Prophets" and "Everybody Dies," which have been construed to contain disses of Kanye West and Lil Yachty, respectively. A J.
The law of six degrees of separation applies to the hip hop dating circuit -- a land where fast money, fast women, and horny men collide, resulting often in fireworks. As you can see in the dating map we have assembled below, there isn't much distance separating stars like Rihanna, Drake, Kanye West, Future, Lil Wayne, & A$AP Rocky. Ray J even has his own dating wheel, which giv
Activists who have been protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline scored a massive victory yesterday when the Army Corp of Engineers announced that it would look for an alternate pipeline route.
With Hodgy's (formerly known as Hodgy Beats) debut album Fireplace: TheNotTheOtherSide out this Friday, now is a good time to take a moment to look back at his career so far. Hodgy was a founding member of Odd Future collective and enjoyed a particularly close musical bond with Domo Genesis and Left Brain. Together, they were known as MellowHigh.
Everyone made some excellent suggestions on which songs would lead to an ass-whupping if their parents ever found the listening to it (now or in the past), and we’ve put them together in one playlist for your enjoyment.
On the music front, it was quiet for much of this week, and instead of looking ahead, it felt like everybody was looking back on all the great music that has dropped this year, especially as the year-end lists have begun to surface. That all changed yesterday, though, with news that J. Cole would be dropping his first album in two years.
Childish Gambino's extremely passionate fan base is somewhat split on his experimental, psychedelic new album "Awaken, My Love!" Some are hailing it is a thrilling galactic journey, others are firing up the trash can emoji. Artists like Ty Dolla $ign and Black Milk have weighed in as well. See what people are saying about "Awaken, My Love!" on Twitter below.
Earlier this week I came across a tweet from a music blog hyping a new artist as "mysterious," and for a second I thought I had travelled back in time to 2011.
With his level of productivity this year, J. Cole could've been nearing retirement for all we knew. As we should've suspected, though, he's been busy prepping his fourth album, 4 Your Eyez Only. Out of nowhere, the album appeared on iTunes today, with a planned release date of Dec. 9.
While Big Boi has fully embraced a solo career, Andre 3000 has kept to the shadows, appearing only once or twice a year to remind everyone that he is one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) rappers of all-time, and can still paint vivid and complex lyrical portraits with ease. "My oral illustration be like clitoral stimulation."
J. Cole's next album 4 Your Eyez Only was quietly uploaded to iTunes for pre-order on Thursday morning, and it wasn't long before Twitter found out. With the exception of the odd Cole detractor, the reaction was positive -- a triumphant explosion of GIFs and emojis.
With the release of this summer's Still Brazy, YG proved once and for all that he's more than just a very talented gangster rapper-- he's also one of the best album curators in hip hop. Those who thought the conceptual heft of My Krazy Life was just a fluke were silenced by a second consecutive album that mastered pacing, beat selection, and narrative skill.
This week in the Billboard 200, Bruno Mars debuted at #2 with his newest LP 24K Magic, joining A Tribe Called Quest, Rae Sremmurd, and Drake in the top 10. Behind them in the top 50 are Rihanna, Travis Scott, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin, Kanye West, and Solange.
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.
21 Savage has been pretty vocal about Kylie Jenner over the last little while, but he hasn't been the only rapper shouting out Jenner on or off record. We've collected some memorable quotes and social media posts from a variety of artists that all have one thing in common -- Kylie.From Nicki Minaj to Kevin Gates, everyone seems to have Kylie's name on the tip of their tongue these days.
Before we dive into Gucci Mane’s second mixtape in as many weeks, let’s take a quick look at just how much good Gucci has done for the world this year: there’s the way he pronounced Kevin Durant on “Good Drank” (or made bullets “tap dance” on Kodak Black’s “Vibin in this Bih”); “First Day Out Tha Feds” is a classic; the reunio
In the course of the past five years, The Weeknd has blossomed from cult favorite to international superstar, from Drake protegé to Drake foil. From the the opening notes of his 2011 debut House of Balloons, he represented a new paradigm for R&B. Has the quality of his music increased with his popularity?
On a sleepy, relatively quiet Friday last week, The Weeknd delivered Starboy. Early reviews, and general impressions of the album are extremely favorable.
Since debuting last year, Drake's OVO Sound Radio installation on Apple's Beats 1 has proven a huge force in debuting music by already-established stars as well as breaking new talent like Kodak Black, dvsn, and WizKid.
Cam'ron and Reebok have just launched their second Reebok Ventilator collab, aka the "Pink Monday" Fleebok 2, and we had a chance to sit down with Cam himself to talk about a variety of topics including the new Killa Pink Ventilator Supremes.
Much has been made of Drake' partnership with Noah "40" Shebib, but equally important to his success has been the quartet of producers of Boi-1da, Vinylz, Allen Ritter, Frank Dukes that often put their heads together to feed him a nearly endless supply of potential hits.
Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Drake have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
Hip-hop fans, before we let the music take us away on this Friday night, let's say a prayer for Kanye West, who, instead of spending the holidays with his young family, is in the hospital (allegedly) due to a state of psychosis induced by high levels of stress and exhaustion. Understandably so.
Fetty Wap hasn't exactly been quiet in 2016, dropping over 30 songs before this week (not counting the ones on Money, Hoes & Flows, his fun, albeit fleeting, July tape with PNB Rock). What he surely hasn't been though, is dominant, especially in comparison to his Rookie of the Year-worthy performance in 2015.
Ice Cube's filmography from the last decade belies his true nature as one of the hardest and most influential rappers of all time. With the possible exception of Rakim, no "golden age" rapper pushed hip hop forward more than Ice Cube, whose lyrical innovation, blunt portrayal of gang activity, and willingness to challenge unjust systems helped usher the genre into its modern era.
"Cause them punks like to hit it and quit it / And I'd rather stay and play" - Sir Mix-a-Lot, "Baby Got Back" ***
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.
For two unforgettable seasons of "Chappelle's Show," Dave Chappelle made us laugh. He made us cry. His fearless, intelligent, racially charged brand of comedy was nothing short of a revolution. The show shut down twelve years ago, and America's finest comedy minds are still playing catch-up.
Drake has become increasingly petty in his treatment of other rappers. His well-publicized beef with Meek Mill has seemed to engender an unapologetic scorn for anyone who does now kowtow at the feet of "the Boy -- Joe Budden, Kid Cudi, and even Matt Barnes.
Drizzy's petty nature may have come in the way of his reported joint project with Kanye West, at least, that's what is being speculated following subliminal comments during his AMA award acceptance speech.