Taking a look the Jamaican influence OVO has embraced since its inception.
What's with the Jamaican patois in Drake's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late? Why is he going all cha-cha in the "Hotline Bling" music video? It seems that our boy Drizzy has caught a small case of the Caribbean fever, so to speak, because he's nodding to the culture everywhere these days.
D.R.A.M., whose real name is Shelley Massenburg-Smith, is a rapper out of Hampton, Virgina. You might know him from his viral hit "Cha Cha," or from his track "$" with Donnie Trumpet. You also might not know him at all, which exactly why he deserves the spotlight on this weeks Essential Tracks segment.
Hip-hop is an art form with a lot of wiggle room for diversity. Nowadays, it’s a little more common to embrace eccentricities, whereas in the 90s everything was a little more cohesive.
You know what it is. Staff Picks playlist has arrived, this week featuring a few familiar faces (Ty Dolla $ign seems to have been a Staff Picks playlist requisite the past few weeks).
There's a certain part of Sean "Puffy, Puff Daddy, P. Diddy, Diddy" Combs that will always live in the '90s. Everyone relives their glory days, and few had days more glorious than the Bad Boy architect's were from the time Notorious B.I.G.'s first album dropped until he shortened his name in 2001.
If traditional "bangers" are what you're looking for, 2015 Young Thug is not your go-to guy. You'd be better off trying some of his other locations, like 1017 Thug or I Came From Nothing 3. Maybe even take a trip on up to Black Portland if you feel so inclined.
Sean Combs can't settle on a name. As far as we're considered, he's still Diddy. But yesterday, he released his free album MMM under his old moniker "Puff Daddy."
It's been about 11 years since Lloyd Banks began releasing a string of platinum singles for his debut album The Hunger For More. The Queens-born MC took the game over with those cuts: "On Fire," "I'm So Fly," and "Karma." Banks didn't slow down for about a decade, marking an unforgettable run that has to be given tribute with a Throwback Thursday.
This week wasn't all that exciting for debuts, as the biggest new album came from DJ Khaled, and didn't manage to crack the top 10. This week we did see a lot of albums continue to hold on to high chart positions with The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, and Drake and Future's project all proving they have some longevity on the charts.
With her new album slated for release later this month, Adele's name is on the tip of everybody's tongue. 25, the third and final album of the singer-songwriter's 'age' series, will be released on November 20th via XL Recordings (and Columbia in the United States). The record will follow up 2011's 21.
When Young Thug's on the mic, any topic's fair game. He'll reference kids movies and famous gangs side-by-side, name-drop close friends who are unknown to the rest of the world, and arrive at conclusions in the most roundabout ways possible (who else orders "boneless chicken like an egg"?).
'90s hip-hop is back on everyone's mind (for some, it probably never left, mind you) thanks to the recent Vince Staples' debate. We're helping you uncover the rapper inside with today's quiz: which '90s rapper are you? Who doesn't want to know?
Summertime '06 is widely considered to be one of hip hop's many interesting albums of the year. Vince Staples' take on gang-infested California culture was unique and refreshing, and the record is tinder for plenty of socio-political conversations.
10. Kanye West - When I See It (Tell Your Friends Alternate Mix) Kanye West's demo version of The Weeknd's "Tell Your Friends" surprisingly outperformed the other impromptu release on Yeezy's brand new soundcloud, "Say You Will," which placed No. 2 on last week's chart. Hopefully both drops are teasers for SWISH, which Travi$ Scott says is coming "very soon."
It's Weezy season, y'all. Late last night, Wayne announced that his fans shall have to much to be grateful about on this coming Thanksgiving, as he plans to serve up No Ceilings 2, the sequel to his beloved mixtape from 2009, on a platinum platter.
Rappers already get pretty creative with the way they dress themselves, but Halloween is the time to take things up a notch. Thanks to Instagram, we got to see a lot of the crazy outfits some of our favorite artists put together.
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. Plies explained the ugly friend's responsibilities, Chris Brown & Tinashe got down and dirty, and Gucci Mane apparently lost a ton of weight.
It's once again Halloween: That time of year when kids hustle for candy, grown folks hit up parties and "slutty" is considered politically correct. Hallow's Eve is also associated with masked serial killers and gratuitous violence, so what better way for HNHH to usher in the holiday than by throwing together a list of hip hop's most disturbing and murderous bars?
If there has been one consistent story in hip hop this year, it’s been consistency from the west coast. The year has seen a ton of releases from the game’s biggest names, but the albums that continue to make headlines seem to be from California.
All year round, hip hop is the center of our universe. Yet, some times of year can be so enthralling that we can be swept off of our feet by the seasonal fan fair, put down the headphones for just a moment and trade in our bangers for some indulgent celebration.
Happy Halloween! As you head into the weekend, as per usual, we're giving you a recap on some favorite releases, at least when it comes to the HNHH office. From the return of Freddie Gibbs, to up & comer Lil Uzi Vert, to some new Chance The Rapper, these were definitely some of the highlights of the past week.
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.
BeatKing isn't necessarily on your radar if you live on the East Coast, but in Houston, he can't go to a Wal-Mart without inspiring what he describes as a "minor riot". The Texas rapper and producer has been building a loyal fanbase in his hometown over the last 5 years, developing an aggressive, explicit, but ultimately fun-loving sound he's coined as Gangsta Stripper Music.
Sir Michael Rocks might have said that The Cool Kids are never coming back, but that doesn't mean that the duo didn't run things during their tenure. Over four years, Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish released six mixtapes, an EP and a proper album titled When Fish Ride Bicycles.
Over 20 years later, "Gin N Juice" is still that track to get the party started. You can feel the liquor loosen up your system right as the opening synths start to smolder. It remains a party classic not just for the sticky production but because the D-O-double-G laces the Cali classic with some of the most quotable lyrics of all time.
"The sophomore album is one of the most treacherous obstacles for any rapper," said G-Eazy in his recent HNHH interview. "I dug as deep as I could until I was literally drained of inspiration."
"Dis for the ones that abandoned me," Future wrote on Instagram one year ago today, hours after releasing his mixtape Monster.
Last week was all about The Game, and one would have assumed this week would be a similar story, but despite neck-and-neck projections, Machine Gun Kelly's General Admission pulled ahead of the Documentary 2.5, giving MGK the number one rap album this cycle.
Whether we like it or not, our minds begin becoming more and more susceptible to believing in the supernatural whenever Halloween comes near. While prevailing theories regarding the afterlife of some of our favorite emcees still burn year-round, the flame burns with even more heat the closer Hallow’s eve approaches on our calendar.
DJ Khaled just dropped his eighth studio album I Changed A Lot, and he's been dropping knowledge in interviews all week -- so by now, you should know a fair bit about the DJ and his successful brand of suffering. We've come up with a few questions to test you on your Khaled knowledge, so if there are an Khaled scholars in the building -- now's your time to shine.