Take a look at some of Kendrick Lamar's most notable mixtape moments.
Kendrick Lamar has captured the attention of all of us with his studio albums. Section.80 broke him into the mainstream, good kid, m.A.A.d city established him as a hip hop heavy-hitter, and To Pimp A Butterfly put him at the top. However, like most great artists, Kendrick struggled for years to get to the point he's currently at.
Since it's still pretty early in the year, we haven't had any big releases just yet, but that doesn't mean rap and R&B aren't selling a whole lot. This week, The Weeknd has moved back into the top 5 releases, while Bryson Tiller has hit his highest peak yet, proving his audience is growing each week. In other sales news, the RIAA has finally certified J.
Atlanta has a rich history of rap, but in recent years it's become known for producing a large number of stars and hits through its very supportive, collaborative and creative music scene.
When exactly Tinashe's sophomore album, Joyride, is coming out has been as difficult to pinpoint as any of the anticipated releases of the last year. 2015 wrapped without any sign of it, but today's announcement that the singer will be heading out on a world tour in support of the LP next month is surely a sign it'll be out soon, right?
Moreso than ever, we're seeing the fashion and hip-hop worlds overlapping, but sneakers have always held a special place in the hearts of the rap world. If you follow both music and sneaker culture closely, you should know just how many rapper-sanctioned shoes have been released over the years, and if so, you should fare pretty well on our latest quiz.From Kanye West to Tyga, Nike to Louis Vu
Yesterday, we learned that Kendrick Lamar fulfilled a wish he's had ever since the "Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe" remix ("In the White House with a mink/Running through that bitch like it's my house," although he didn't seem to be wearing any fur at the time), paying a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave as a guest of one of his biggest fans, President Obama.
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
There is hope yet for #AubRih.
One of the main things that fueled Future's career reinvention, which began with Monster, and dominated the majority of 2015, was his breakup with Ciara, his onetime fiancée and mother of the most recent of his four children.
In 2013, the new Maybach Music signee Rockie Fresh released three mixtapes: Electric Highway, The Birthday Tape, and Fresh Veggies alongside Casey Veggies. That same year, he also shined on four tracks on the Maybach Music Group compilation album.
There is much we can learn from rap Instagram, much to read between the lines as rappers attempt to craft their image without pesky publicists looking over their shoulder. Take a look at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week after the jump.
After taking a break over the holidays/daze, we've returned with Staff Picks in all it's playlist glory. Although music in general slowed down over the holiday season, things seem to be picking back up this week, as is reflected in the Staff Picks playlist.
Today was dominated by excitement for the return of G.O.O.D. Fridays, or at least, a new Kanye West song, per Kim Kardashian's tweet. She didn't say outright that the G.O.O.D. Friday series would be returning full force, but that's obviously what we gathered from it.
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 and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
DJ Premier was born in Texas in 1966, before moving to New York City during his teenage years. It was there that he would become an integral part of hip hop's blossoming in the 80s and 90s. Along with Guru, he was half of the seminal duo Gang Starr. With Nas, he produced three of the tracks off Illmatic, one of the great classic records of the golden era.
We didn't see many debuts this week, but pretty much all the big rap releases of 2015 experienced a considerable push.
When they're not getting in the studio making bangers and getting buckwild on stage, Killer Mike & El-P can often be found posing for photos with celebrities -- rappers, actors, talk show hosts, politicians, athletes -- with one hand extended in the shape of a gun, the other balled in a fist holding up an invisible chain.
Last year was amazing for hip hop. There were new sounds popping up all over the country and no shortage of albums, mixtapes, and projects to feast your ears on. From the West Coast renaissance to Atlanta's overall dominance, 2015 was awesome, straight up.
Chaz French was a complete unknown when he released his debut mixtape, Happy Belated, in April 2015. He followed that up with December's These Things Take Time, and the strength of those two projects have catapulted him to the forefront of the DMV rap scene and caught the ear of the likes of Pusha T. Indeed, the future is looking bright for the 24-year-old.
2015 was a pretty big year for hip-hop. We saw an unnaturally large number of releases from major artists, making for a good presence of albums and singles on the charts.
Kanye West couldn't have began 2016 any more differently than 2015, with the only similarity between "Only One" and "FACTS" being their midnight January 1st releases. Rather than getting into proud father/loving son mode to do some spiritual musing about the changes in his personal life, West rang in this new year by getting into reckless/Odell Beckham Jr.
Welcome to 2016, y'all. Did anything really change on January 1st, aside from waking up with a crippling hangover? Well, it certainly feels that way in the rap world, as some of the genre's biggest stars have made sure to come out with forceful statements that conveniently arrived in sync with the New Year.
Rap Instagram in 2015 was an unrelenting barrage of big butts, extravagant displays of wealth, #squadpics, and occasionally White House visits. And more!
Before all of the bad press, the head tattoos, and the kiss with Lil Wayne, Birdman was just Bryan Williams. Born in New Orleans in 1969, the rapper first made waves in the mainstream with Mannie Fresh as the duo Big Tymers.
Music is the most important part of any party, and on New Year's Eve, it's even more of a big deal.
Christmas is always a big week for album sales, and we saw a few releases dropping December 18th, just in time for last minute gifts. Chris Brown's Royalty certainly seemed to benefit from the strategy, coming in with a big week, despite not earning the usual smash single that precedes Brown's albums.
What's beef? Well, whatever it is, it sure has changed over the years. Beef is what ultimately lead to the murders of two contenders for 'best rapper ever.' In 2015, beef consists mostly of Twitter smack-talk and occasionally a diss track or two.
It's the time you've all been waiting for, or at least, the five of you that take trolling extremely seriously. It's the only year-end list you care about, our biggest trolls of 2015.
When Young Thug's Barter 6 came out, there was a bunch of beats produced by a dude named Wheezy. One couldn't help but to wonder if it was a part of the Lil Wayne worship that gave the album its name, or if it was more clever trolling in a burgeoning beef, or just a total coincidence. We're at least pretty sure that it was the latter.
Things were just beginning to slow down, as we had spent enough time arguing over the year's best music with a series of year-end lists and were ready to start thinking about what's in store for 2016. As we approached the holidays, though, some of our favorite artists were feeling particularly generous and gifted us with a wealth of new material.