Samples Of The Week: June 26

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...

  • Samples Of The Week: June 26
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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...
  • The Tortoise & The Hare: First Week vs. Longterm Sales
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    Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say. In an era of immediate consumption and instant gratification, we want something the second it becomes available, if not before. We wait in line overnight so we can be the first in our group of friends to have the newest iPhone, Call of Duty, or retro Jawwdins. Being a first adopter is a pride thing, and some care about it more than others, but nobody...
  • Don't Call It A Comeback: 12 Triumphant Returns To Rap
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    "You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again." -Pat Riley What makes a great comeback album? Is it an artist that left the scene for awhile, only to triumphantly return? Or is it more about an artist rebounding from a disappointing project, whether critically or commercially? It's both, really. It's very rare for an artist to...
  • Review: RiFF RAFF's "NEON iCON"
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    Today marks the culmination of the strangest rap career genesis this country’s ever seen, one that has included an MTV reality show, a hip-hop trio name Three Loco, OG Ron C, a Harmony Korine film, a slew of investigative articles and perhaps most importantly, about as much hate as the internet can muster. The career in question is that of RiFF RAFF, AKA Jody Highroller, Jody Three Moons,...
  • Who's That Girl?: The Brooks Twins (Interview & Gallery)
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    Although social media stats do not define who we are, people including urban models Simfany and Shelly Brooks have been able to move forward in their line of work through social media apps such as Instagram (@therealbrookstwins). From being contacted for spreads in urban magazines to roles in Hip Hop videos, they are known in the Hip Hop music video industry as The Brooks Twins.  “We...
  • Crew Love: Save Money
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    The Save Money crew is still pretty young to the rap game, but if the successes of members Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa are any indicator (both MCs have appeared on the new XXL Freshmen 2014 cover) it won’t take long for them to become a household name. The Chicago-based crew of creative, like-minded dudes boasts an eclectic roster of rappers, musicians, artists, producers, directors,...
  • 5 Underground Players From North Carolina
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    When you think hip-hop, North Carolina is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, hip-hop knows no borders and thanks to the internet, we often don't know the regions of the music we receive either. Back in the mid '90s, the most well-known rapper from NC could very well have been Petey Pablo, but with J. Cole's rise in the rap game and his mainstream popularity, he's...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 22
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    This week we saw quite a few albums get pushed down thanks to new entries on the Billboard 200 that weren't strictly hip-hop. Jack White's Lazaretto took over the #1 spot, and various other albums, including a country record and "The Fault In Our Stars" movie soundtrack, rounded out the top 5. We won't spend too much time discussing those LPs as you likely have no interest in knowing where...
  • Rappers With Unique Hobbies
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    Rappers have extremely demanding work schedules, especially the successful ones. With all the time they need to prioritize towards writing music, recording, performing and engaging in press interviews, a lot of them just simply use the time to rest and unwind. However, some of them find extra time to pick up truly unique and worthwhile hobbies. When thinking about what rappers do for fun most...
  • Underrated Audio: June 14- June 20
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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's contenders offer a range of sounds, from slightly ratchet to low-key chilling. We're looking at four...
  • Hip-Hop's Fashion Evolution
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    Jay Z made a song dedicated to Tom Ford last year, one of Harlem's hottest rappers wears strictly skinny jeans (A$AP Rocky), and one of the industry's most talked about rappers (Kanye West) is addicted to high-fashion. A little over a decade ago, the genre's finest openly wore baggy clothing, throwback jerseys, and du-rags. It's an understatement to say hip-hop's fashion sense has changed a...
  • Fantastic Flows Follow Up: MCs With The Best Flows
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    Two days back we had an article about the origins of certain flows, and some of our ever reliable commenters took it to be some sort of ranking of the best flows, which was not the case. The entire point of the article was to point out that some flows are influenced by region, and some by other artists. It was in no way a ranking of the best flows, yet the internet kids kept yelling "HOW IZ WIZ...
  • Samples Of The Week: June 19
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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...
  • Accents, Ad-libs & Animation: Rappers With Distinctive Voices
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    While emcees and rappers are mostly lauded for their lyrical capability, there’s something astonishing about having voice control, diversified delivery and for whatever reason, having a voice that stands out. When discussing the art of rap, lyrics, record sales, popularity and winning infamous battles are often key ingredients. Hip hop critics very seldom consider an emcee’s voice...
  • The Progression Of Fantastic Flows
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    Soooo, I was assigned an article about tracing the origin of a lot of the flows in hip hop to different regions around the country. Originally, I thought that would be fairly easy to do, and to a certain extent it is, but the article really went in a different direction the more research I was doing. While there are clear regional influences in today's music, it's almost minimal in the grand...
  • Meet Boogie: Rising Rapper From Long Beach, CA
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    It's that time again, when we introduce you to a new rapper who will soon be making waves in the rap game. After meeting WELL$ back in May, next up for a formal introduction is Calfornia's Boogie. Boogie hasn't released too much music thus far, but that's okay because everything he has dropped is strictly quality. We first came across the rapper with his "Bitter Raps" record, which got us...
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