• 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 21)
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    The rap game is still buzzing as we head into the final weeks of the year and await for the hearing from Ferguson. While the latter hasn't been announced when this post was published, rappers did find other things to be outraged about. They include the Knicks, Eminem doing what he has been doing for decades and, in Gunplay's case, Timbaland. The good news is if the world ended tomorrow, at least...
  • Meet Earlly Mac: Finally Famous Affiliate
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    Recently, HotNewHipHop chopped it up with Finally Famous rapper Earlly Mac. We first introduced Earlly to you back in 2012 when he collabed with FF members Big Sean and SayItAintTone and Taylor Gang's Juicy J on "On Deck." In 2013, he appeared on albums for both Big Sean and Slum Village. By 2014, it was clear that Earlly Mac was a force to be reckoned with, and the world was...
  • Contest: Win Tickets For B.o.B Live In NYC With Kevin Gates
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    B.o.B will be hitting up Irving Plaza on November 24th with special guest Kevin Gates. If you'll be in NYC on that date, and you haven't scooped up your tickets yet, we've got you covered. As we've done recently with Atmosphere and Ty Dolla $ign, we'll be supplying multiple winners with a pair of tickets to the show, so enter and tell your friend to enter too. As per usual, it's very...
  • 10 Essential Flume Tracks
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    Flume is one of the most exciting figures in dance-music culture, and it isn't even because he wants to be there. The Australian producer has carved his niche in the beat scene by making tunes big enough to get main stage approval. Not an easy task inn 2014.  Real name Harley Streten, Flume is only 23 this month, but has already worked with the likes of Lorde and Disclosure to bring his unique...
  • #TBT: Eric B. & Rakim
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    Eric B. & Rakim had a short 7 years and 4 albums of pure influence before disbanding in 1993. Widely regarded as one of the best duos in rap history, the two didn't release many songs that your favorite rapper didn't like. Rakim, who is considered to be an elite MC still to the this day, linked up with Eric B. through a mutual friend. The two got in touch and started borrowing records from...
  • Samples Of The Week: November 20
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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 honey".  This...
  • The Cash Money Timeline
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    The story of two brothers who came from nothing, from a city far off the hip-hop radar, and built an empire. But they didn’t do it alone. Brothers Bryan “Baby” Williams (who we now know as Birdman), age 22, and Ronald “Slim” Williams, age 24, wanted to get out of their projects and build a better life for their family and friends in Magnolia and the surrounding...
  • 10 Underrated Songs From Classic Albums
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    What qualifies an underrated song? What defines a classic album?  Who makes the rules? These are all important questions as we approach our good-natured discussion. It's an unusual and tricky exercise placing the "underrated" tag on a keystone element of a greater artwork. We can agree that the keystones of a great artwork are inherently valuable single...
  • "PRhyme Time" Remix Contest For Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier's "Courtesy"
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    Music fans rejoiced when news broke that Royce Da 5'9" and DJ Premier were teaming up to create PRhyme, a rapper-producer duo as well as the title of their debut album together. With Royce's undeniable wordplay and Premier's adaptation of music from Adrian Younge's catalog and signature scratches, hip-hop enthusiasts are in for a treat, when the album drops on December 9th.  Before then,...
  • Review: Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica"
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    A weird thing happens when an artist gets signed to a major label. It seems, no matter how talented they are, no matter how much their fans are willing to support, debut albums almost always come up short. There have been exceptions, of course. (Logic's Under Pressure being the most recent example.) But, more often than not, the curse of a major label signing is very real. Perhaps no record...
  • 10 Artists We'd Like Kanye West To Executive Produce Albums For
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    Kanye West has been juggling a lot as of late. He’s been raising his fashion-forward and absolutely adorable daughter, tearing down numerous Fashion Week shows, designing his capsule collection for adidas and putting the finishing touches on his as-of-yet untitled seventh solo album. Aside from all of that, Ye has also reportedly been busy executive producing forthcoming albums from Tyga and...
  • Remix Fix: Kaytranada Puts His Flip On "Kaleidoscope" By BADBADNOTGOOD
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    BADBADNOTGOOD is a jazz trio of young guys who met in 2010 while attending Humber Music College in Toronto, Ontario. Matthew Tavares, Alexander Sowinski, and Chester Hansen uploaded to YouTube their version of an Odd Future song "The Odd Future Sessions Part 1" and it went viral thanks to help of Tyler, The Creator (who became a fan after hearing the track). Since then they've collabed with...
  • Heat In These Streets:  Atlanta's New School
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    Heat In These Streets will give you the low-down on choice rappers putting on for a specific city and advancing the sound of hip-hop at the same time. For the first edition, we profile rappers making noise for Atlanta, a current hot-bed for auto-tuned, unique (sometimes weird), and creative rappers. Let us know if there is a city you'd like to see up next. Outkast showed us in 1994 that ATLiens...
  • Review: Migos' "Rich Nigga Timeline"
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    For some reason or another, my timeline has recently been bombarded with a ton of Tweets and Instagram posts claiming that the Migos are better than The Beatles. As most logical rap fans can attest, there are definitely better ways to champion the trio as leaders of this new school in rap than to compare them with arguably the greatest group in the history of popular music. But as outrageous as...
  • Classic Rotation: Dr. Dre's "2001"
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    It was 15 years ago today that Dr. Dre released 2001, his 20-track, star-studded, cinematic LP.  “It's a movie, with different varieties of situations. So you've got buildups, touching moments, aggressive moments…It's got everything that a movie needs,” Dre said of the album. There may not be a better-executed concept in hip-hop. For 68-minutes, Dre & co. take you in to the minds of some...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 16
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    While Taylor Swift's 1989 takeover of the charts continues, many of our r'n'b and hip-hop artists have been pushed down. Teyana Taylor actually finds herself the highest-up, debuting at #19, with her G.O.O.D. album VII. The album made a solid enough debut, moving 16,000 copies opening week, while Azealia Banks followed further behind with her own debut album Broke With Expensive Taste. Although...
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