140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 7)

We get a little bit of everything this week in hip-hop, including a surprise. It didn't look like it was coming anytime soon, but Azealia Banks ' debut — Broke With Expensive Tastes — is finally...

  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 7)
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    We get a little bit of everything this week in hip-hop, including a surprise. It didn't look like it was coming anytime soon, but Azealia Banks ' debut — Broke With Expensive Tastes — is finally here. This is undoubtedly a bit achievement for her after years of delays. There's just one problem: everybody (including one surprise fan) has been listening to Migos' mixtape. Such is life for...
  • Review: Joe Budden's "Some Love Lost"
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    Ladies and gentlemen, Joe Budden is back in Mood Muzik form. Early last year Joe released No Love Lost, which packaged club and radio songs along with some more personal tracks. That album left many of his longtime fans wanting more of the intimate feel they get from his darker projects. Almost two years later and Joey is back to documenting his turmoil in a way that only he can. Joe Budden is an...
  • Origins: The Samples From Logic's Debut Album, "Under Pressure"
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    For almost a year, living in his friend’s basement, MC Logic worked non-stop on a deadline to make "it" happen before the year was up. And that he did. The Maryland native signed with Visionary Music Group and Def Jam, and began working on his first project, Under Pressure. The album debuted at #4 last month on the Billboards, falling only behind veteran emcee T.I. and his Paperwork album....
  • Review: Theophilus London's "Vibes"
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    Who is Theophilus London, anyways? The Brooklyn-based, Trinidad-born 27-year old isn't really an MC, but he doesn't really sing all the time either. He cares about The Smiths more than he cares about Gang Starr and for some reason all of this attracts the likes of Kanye West to take on the roll of executive producer on his newest album Vibes.  He's released a few mixtapes and a...
  • Samples Of The Week: November 6
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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 honey".  This...
  • #TBT: Early Busta Rhymes
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    Before Busta Rhymes was jacked, he was skinny. Before he was bald, he had dreadlocks. Before he was collaborating with Lil Wayne, he was with the likes of Q-Tip and J Dilla. Busta Rhymes has released 9 studio albums over his prolific career, and his earlier work is regarded as some of the best from the late 90s era of hip-hop. Albums like The Coming, When Disaster Strikes, ELE: The Final...
  • On The Come Up: Alex Wiley
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    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll be able to check out some of their best...
  • Kanye West's Most Notable TV Moments
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    Love him or hate him, we all know that Kanye West is always an entertaining character. Whatever the situation, when he is on TV, you need to be tuning because he will most likely to be the talk of hip-hop (as well as non-hip-hop) sites the next day. We can always trust Kanye to be honest, and say it like it is. This list of TV appearances of West prove that he is not rapper that requires a...
  • Review: Future's "Monster"
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    Part of Future’s appeal lies in a musically indefinable existence. While both Pluto (and the 3D version) and Honest became somewhat of a set template for artists like Travi$ Scott, Future himself is a blend of the past, some not so distant. Given his early tutelage under first cousin Rico Wade, of Organized Noize, whom Future credits with “masterminding” his sound, the...
  • A History Of Rapper Break-Ups In 2014
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    It has clearly been a tough year for rappers when it comes to love. In 2014, we saw some very long-term relationships, marriages and short flings sadly come to an end, some of which were really unexpected. Being in the public eye as much as some of these rappers are no doubt makes it extremely difficult to maintain normalcy in a relationship. Furthermore, the hectic careers that these artists...
  • Remix Fix: Stwo's Version Of "Drowning" By Banks Is Fire
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    If you haven't yet heard the Brit pop and R&B singer, Banks, then you're welcome. Her voice is like water and her dark lyrics and hooks are a breath of fresh air for R&B fans. She gained mad attention in the music industry with her biggest hit "This Is What It Feels Like." Stwo is a 20-something Parisian producer and DJ who quickly gained popularity following the release on Beyond EP in June of...
  • DeJ Loaf Lists Her 10 Favorite Songs From Detroit
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    All too often, emcees get caught up listening to and taking influence from the majors instead of looking at the wealth of material growing right in their local music scene. DeJ Loaf is not that kind of emcee. The following ten tracks, all of which Loaf picked herself, were so underground Detroit that half of the emcees listed didn't even come up in a Google image search. Throughout the interview,...
  • Contest: Win Tickets For Joey Bada$$'s "B4DAMONEY" NYC Shows
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    After doing a ticket giveaway for the West Coast tour dates as part of Joey Bada$$'s "B4.DA.MONEY" tour, we, of course, had to bring things back to the East Coast for Joey's home show in the coming weeks. As he works on his debut album B4.DA.$$, Joey Bada$$ has been touring the U.S. The tour comes full circle on November 8th, with one of two shows in New York City at Irving Plaza. The...
  • Top 10: Fall Mixtapes
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    A couple Mondays ago, we counted down the best freestyles of the Fall so far, and now that we're into November, we figured we'd stay with that theme. This year, it seems as the temperature keeps getting colder, the music keeps getting hotter, as we've had a ton of new heat lately from hip-hop heavyweights and up-and-comers alike. Due to the influx of all the new dope music, we...
  • Classic Rotation: Juvenile's "400 Degreez"
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    Juvenile’s 400 Degreez was released in 1998, 16 years ago today. Solely produced by Mannie Fresh, it was Juvenile’s third studio album and first album released on a major label. 400 Degreez was the follow up to the NOLA artist’s previous 1997 release, Solja Rags. Certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA, this album is what solidified Cash Money Records as a force to be reckoned with and...
  • Top 30 DJs In Hip-Hop Right Now
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    If Def Jam taught us anything, it's to respect the DJ. The DJ is responsible for the perpetuation of the art form that is hip-hop. Without DJs, there'd be no medium for the streets and masses to access the music they crave. While many claim the title of DJ, few claim the throne, and only 30 can make the cut as the most influential tastemakers in the business. Even casual hip-hop fans may...
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