• Samples Of The Week: January 22 (Joey Bada$$ Edition)
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    This Tuesday marked the release of Joey Bada$$' long-awaited commercial debut, B4.Da.$$. We'll be reviewing the album soon enough, but first, we're using this edition of Samples Of The Week to give some shine to the production on the project. Ever the '90s-revering youngster, Joey's laced his album with allusions and references to '90s hip-hop, mostly in the lyrics department. While he...
  • Top 15 Star Wars References In Hip-Hop
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    The teaser trailer for the first new Star Wars movie in nearly a decade dropped on Thanksgiving Day and we all began to process it in stages. First, we had to get all the cross-joint/lightsaber jokes out our system. Then, we had to deal with a bunch of low-key racist nerds who couldn’t handle the idea of a black Stormtrooper. Finally, we had to learn to cope with the crushing...
  • What Is Hyphy Hip-Hop?
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    In its four-plus decades of existence, hip-hop has always been steadily evolving. Like all evolutionary paths, hip-hop’s hasn’t moved in a straight line. For every decision that moved the genre forward as a whole, there were artistic niches and splinter groups that either went flourished before rapidly going extinct or moved on into their own lane entirely. In this...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: January 12- Jan. 20
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    Here it is, our weekly rundown of what’s new and notable at the top of our charts. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our Top 100 chart. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration.  This week features a...
  • Remix Fix: Introducing Gardiner Express & Their Version Of A$AP Rocky's "Pretty Flacko 2"
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    While never officially released as a single, A$AP Rocky's "Pretty Flacko" quickly became a favorite among the rapper's fans. When Rocky and producer Spaceghostpurrp had a falling out, it seemed the magic of Flacko may never be recreated, but a couple weeks back, Nez & Rio stepped up to give the rapper an equally menacing beat for "Pretty Flacko 2".As usual, the song had a considerable Houston...
  • A Complete List Of Kanye West's DONDA-Designed Music Artwork
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    While little is really known about the movements of DONDA and their relationship to hip-hop, it is apparent that through a recent string of album art designs that they are fixed on bringing 'art' back to hip-hop music. You won't find Lil Wayne's album art on their website, but you will find a whole bunch of information about the collective. To introduce them, "Donda’s House, Inc. was designed...
  • 10 Essential Dom Kennedy Tracks
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    Dom Kennedy has been working hard since his rise to prominence in 2008. Releasing 7 mixtapes, 2 albums and a bunch of features, Dom may just be the most prolific West Coast rapper in recent history. From The West Coast With Love is not only the name of Dom's 2010, highly-enjoyed mixtape, but also serves as an introduction to his entire steeze. If someone asked you who Dom Kennedy is, you...
  • Underrated Audio: January 10-January 16
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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. I'll admit that Underrated Audio has been slacking and absent over the winter holidays, but, today we get back in full...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: January 18
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    While Taylor Swift remains the reigning queen of the Billboard 200, we get a few new entries from the hip-hop sphere this week. Rae Sremmurd, as projected, landed a top 10 Billboard 200 debut with SremmLife. They even did one better, making it into the top 5 by sliding in at #5. The duo definitely had a successful first week out, although they didn't quite break the 50k mark, they sold a solid...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (Jan. 17)
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    Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop artists included, it was only right that HNHH decided to bring a new feature, "28 Grams: Hip Hop Instagram Recap". Every Saturday, in this weekly feature HNHH will be presenting you with hip hop's most dope, weird, interesting, shocking and funny photos posted on Instagram from the mainstream to the...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 16)
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     Nothing too new is going on in the game this past week. In other words, hip-hop is just going right now. And that's not bad: Vince Staples is alive and still hating on Chris Paul, Jay Z still knows how to tweet, Meek Mill is still free and he's #woke. Common and John Legend won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song ("Glory" from Selma), but other than that, things have been a 40 degree day....
  • Ice Cream Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
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    Raekwon's Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been celebrated as a classic for some time, but one record from the Wu Tang Chef's debut album has managed to stay on the tip of our tongues over the last 20 years. "Ice Cream", which originally featured contributions from fellow Killer Bees Method Man, Ghostface Killah, and Cappadonna, has become one of the most iconic freestyle beats, with some of hip hop's...
  • Running The Jewels & The Game: An Argument For Killer Mike As The Top MC Of The Past Three Years
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    Ask most Hip-Hop fans who’s been running the rap game the past three years, and the answers would mostly be the same; Kendrick Lamar…Drake…maybe some J. Cole. Even with somewhat of an agreement, there’s no science to this. There’s no exact formula of determining who is on top. Is it record sales? Some would say that, and that would justify the belief that Kendrick,...
  • #TBT: Nate Dogg Features
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    Nate Dogg left an incredible body of work before his time came to an end. He crushed it on his solo projects, alongside 213, and also on dozens and dozens of legendary features. The latter of which is what we're focusing on today. We wanted to take a look at 10 of Nate Dogg's rawest features. He's ran with the obvious likes of Eminem, Fabolous, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, but also with...
  • Samples Of The Week: January 15
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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...
  • A Sampling Of Hip-Hop From Around The World
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    While we usually focus on American hip-hop music here at HNHH, we thought it would be nice to shed the spotlight on some non-American rappers for once. From Spain to Australia, cool rap music definitely exists in other countries.   We started with some English rappers to wet your palate before diving in to some underground Korean hip-hop and even German hip-hop. We touched on Hilltop Hoods...
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