How Hip-Hop Has Permeated Pop Culture

Emerging from the ghettos of New York City, specifically the Bronx, in the '70's, Hip-Hop became the voice for a people who had been ignored for too long. It echoed the conditions African- Americans...

  • How Hip-Hop Has Permeated Pop Culture
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    Emerging from the ghettos of New York City, specifically the Bronx, in the '70's, Hip-Hop became the voice for a people who had been ignored for too long. It echoed the conditions African- Americans were living in - and still are, to an extent - and their daily struggles. Acts like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five laid down the roots for what would become, slowly, the genre that permeated...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 22)
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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. Hence our new feature.Sometimes it's the picture and sometimes it's the caption. Because so...
  • Review: Kevin Gates' "By Any Means"
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    March has been a damn good month for Baton Rouge hip-hop, and for fans of the genre as a whole. The release of Kevin Gates' highly anticipated mixtape By Any Means comes just weeks after southern icon and fellow Louisiana native Boosie was released from prison. It seems fitting that what could serve as a breakthrough project for Gates drops right around the time that Boosie, who helped...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 15-21)
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    Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities. This...
  • Samples Of The Week: March 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...
  • Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
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    In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now a usual sight to see emcees with fully tatted chests, sleeves, backs and even tattoos on the face. Artists such as 50 Cent, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa exhibit this perfectly. The choice of...
  • Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Piñata"
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    On paper, stone cold gangster Freddie Gibbs and alt-hop producer Madlib have little in common. But after releasing several highly enjoyable EPs beginning in 2011, it quickly became apparent that the duo were capable of vibing off one another. Four songs from those EPs show up on Piñata, and the rest of its seventeen songs fall in line with their smoked-out, sample-heavy sound, creating an...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: March 10-16
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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 cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Review: YG's "My Krazy Life"
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    YG first popped up on the radar with the 2009 song "Toot It And Boot It" featuring Ty Dolla $ign. While he was locked up serving a six-month sentence for a parole violation stemming from a home invasion, the Compton native saw the song steadily climb the Billboard charts. Once YG was released, he had several label options, eventually signing with Def Jam. As fans awaited his debut album, he...
  • The Beat Konducta: Madlib's Best Collaborations
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    With his dusty, warped, sample-heavy sound almost instantly recognizable at this point, Madlib has carved out quite a niche for himself in the underground hip-hop world. First emerging in the '90s with his group Lootpack, he's gone on to rap under the name Quasimoto, play jazz as Yesterday's New Quintet, release his Medicine Show series of concept-driven beat tapes, and of course, collaborate...
  • Crew Love: TDE
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    Top Dawg Entertainment, or TDE for short, is one of the biggest success stories in hip-hop in recent memory. Founded in 2004 by Anthony Tiffith, the label didn't release its first mixtape until 2008, and its first album until 2010, but since then, has reached commercial and critical heights the likes of which most other independent labels couldn't imagine. With a relatively small roster,...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 16
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    This week we find Rick Ross atop on the Billboard 200 with his sixth studio album proving he's still got it. Mastermind managed to sell more than the projected amount, although he didn't quite reach 180k, he moved 179,215 copies. This is still a large enough amount for Rozay to lock down the second-highest debut week total sales for anyone in 2014 thus far. Mastermind is Ross' second straight...
  • 50 Cent Reveals Some Features From "Animal Ambition"
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    50 Cent, like the rest of the music industry, is in Austin, Texas for SXSW right now, and after performing a new track, "Hold On", Fif participated in a fairly disorganized interview backstage-- but we did learn some things.  The Queens rapper gave us some inside info on a couple of tracks from the album, revealing that "two songs will be out on the 18th." Among the songs that will appear...
  • Underrated Audio: March 8- March 14
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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 week the web was busy with SXSW content pouring in, as many rappers both big (i.e. Jay Z and Kanye West took...
  • 10 Rappers In Love
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    This year we've seen several notable rappers lock down a lady lover, either by an engagement, a baby or both. This past year brought on engagements between Future and Ciara, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Macklemore and his girl Tricia Davis, plus Big Sean & Naya Rivera-- to name a few. Love appears to be in the rapper air, and to commend this we've created a photo gallery of various rappers...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 15)
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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. Hence our new feature.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing...
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