10 NBA stars you need to be following on the gram.
The NBA season is finally upon us. In just a few hours the Cleveland Cavaliers will be receiving their championship rings and raising a championship banner into the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena as the 2016-17 season tips off from Cleveland.
Signing to Def Jam at the end of last summer, the fresh-faced 22-year-old Toronto singer who goes by his first name of Jahkoy is relatively new to the spotlight. Though he talks like he belongs, and he couldn’t be more excited to be here.
Any time Drake drops new music, it's an event, and his 30th birthday mix on OVO Sound Radio was no exception. On top of announcing a new project (or "playlist" as he calls it), Drake shared four new songs of various styles, and quite a few of the lines got people talking.
Well clearly the big news today is the announcement of Drake's new project More Life, and the ensuing tracks that the 6 God dropped on OVO Sound last night. Dude can still easily dominate the conversation whenever he wants to.
While it is true that Migos is greater than the sum of its parts, it is also true that Quavo has emerged as the most popular member of the group, and the most likely to be poached for a guest appearance on another artist's songs. In the last year alone, Quavo has contributed to songs by Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Young Thug, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, Jeremih.
Tip is one of the most intelligent and articulate thinkers in the game. Recently, he’s been on his socially conscious tip, no pun, promoting his politically charged new EP, Us or Else. He’s made his way through Ebro In The Morning, Power 106 LA, First Take, and the BET Hip-Hop Awards, as well as chastising Floyd Mayweather on Instagram for saying “All Lives Matter”.
Summer's over, but the hip-hop game continues to heat up. Today brought with it new albums from D.R.A.M. and Joe Budden -- not the craziest of New Music Fridays, but looking back at the week, there was a plethora of new tracks that are well worth checking out.
Everybody Looking was an almost perfectly-executed comeback album. Everything about it, from its quick turnaround, to Mike Will Made It's elephantine stomp, to the clear changes in Gucci Mane's voice and rhymes, to his triumphant posture on the cover, painted it as a triumphant return of mythological proportions.
Whether you're a Democrat or Republican, a Southerner or Yankee, American or Canadian, you would probably agree with us that this year's election for President of the United States of America is the most exciting/horrifying/bizarre/hilarious/nauseating and important election we've had in this country probably ever. Who are the contenders?
Beanie Sigel became the unlikely centerpiece of Meek Mill's beef with The Game and in the process introduced himself to many young rap fans unfamiliar with his exploits in the early '00s as a member of the Roc-a-Fella family. Nicknamed the Broad Street Bully, Sigel was widely respected for his dusty, stubborn, and realist portraits of his formative years in South Philadelphia.
With new albums at occupying the top three spots (Green Day, Norah Jones and OneRepublic in descending order) on the Billboard 200 chart, Drake is displaced to the #4 position, where he is later joined by the Suicide Squad soundtrack and Solange's surprise release.
Following a successful 5th season of On The Come Up, HNHH's video series that highlights artists that are on the cusp of making it big, we've put together the very first On The Come Up mixtape. The tape will feature exclusive tracks from 9 of the artists we interviewed on our most recent season, which includes RJ, Madeintyo, 21 Savage, Ralo, and Michael Christmas.
Tonight marks the third and final presidential debate before the election on November 8th. Ever since the first one, which took place on September 26th, Donald Trump has taken a huge nose-dive in the polls, but as we've seen in races past, anything can happen in the final weeks.
It's been almost two years since Nicki Minaj dropped a new album. Yes, that seems hard to believe, but it's true: The Pinkprint, her third studio release, came out on December 12, 2014.
"Performing live is the reason why we make music," Kanye West said in the announcement for his Touch the Sky Tour. "I think about how audiences are going to respond to hooks and intros and certain lines when I'm in the studio recording. Bringing these songs to the stage is the ultimate fulfillment of the creative process."
Last week gave us Gucci Mane's second album of the year, Woptober, The Game's 1992, and Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge (aka NxWorries)' Yes Lawd!, and we've still got projects from D.R.A.M., Joe Budden, Common, and Jeezy dropping soon, but it feels like it's been a while since any major releases have arrived.
October 17th is a special day for Gucci Mane. Any fan of the Atlanta Trap God will know he's has made the date the unofficial holiday of his 1017 Brick Squad movement, often dropping new music in celebration of the event.
Lloyd Banks was 22 when he released his debut album The Hunger For More in 2004, one year after 50 Cent's monumental debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Banks had already forged a reputation as the Punchline King, and he was G-Unit's undisputed next-up. He felt like the next big thing in rap.
Battle rap is growing as a culture. An art form once confined to street corners and YouTube ago has garnered national recognition, additional TV programming, Pay-Per-View events, and significant attention from the mainstream media.
If you were in your teens between the years 2003 and 2009, having a Myspace was a must. The predecessor to Facebook was a major step up from instant messaging platforms like AIM, the only form of social network any of us really had until the mid-2000s, and it also had a big impact on the music industry.
Earlier this week, Reebok hosted a two-day pop up shop in New York City, in celebration of the "Overbranded" InstaPump Fury- the shoe that Future has been rocking throughout the Summer Sixteen Tour.
Eminem exploded onto the scene in the late '90s with both middle fingers raised high. He has always been provocateur at heart, and in more ways than one. Beyond his critiques of mass media and hip hop culture, he has always been eager to share his most fucked-up urges, to shine a light on the most hellish recesses of his psyche.
Max B was out of jail for little over a year when he caught a robbery and murder conspiracy charge in 2006. For the three years that followed, up until the time he was convicted, he put out a volume of music rivaled only my Gucci Mane.
Kendrick Lamar started the year off strong with the release of untitled. unmastered, but he's also been keeping bust with guest appearances, showing up on range of records from fellow TDE members, underground emcees, and the biggest pop acts going.
There's four new records in the top 10 this week, but the #1 spot belongs to Solange Knowles with A Seat at the Table. Drake, the Suicide Squad soundtrack, and Travis Scott all keep her company in the top 10 spots. Rihanna and Kanye West stick in the top 20, while Beyonce, Frank Ocean, DJ Khaled, and Chance the Rapper trickle into the 30s.
Fans do crazy things when confronted with their heroes. Last year, we covered in depth the pattern of young white males hopping up on stage with Action Bronson, knowing well that he would hurl them back into the audience in a corpulent rage. For some, brushes with fame can provide a thrill like few other earthly pleasures.
Barring The Weeknd's Starboy and any late-year surprises, we don't seem to have a whole lot coming on the release calendar as fall settles in.
J. Cole has come along way from standing in the rain at Dave Chappelle's Block Party. It's hard to believe, but he's a true veteran in the rap game now. We're coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the release of his celebrated debut mixtape The Come Up.
If 2015 was the year of Metro Boomin, 2016 might go down as the year of Mike WiLL Made-It.
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits.