We pit the two collaborators up against each other for a new edition of "Who Had The Better Verse."
What a Time to Be Alive has finally resonated on our ears. The ten-song effort is a testament to many things: the prominence of the dark, druggy, Atlanta trap sound; Future's work ethic; Drake's diversity. The album is one of the more surprising releases in recent history, and recent history has almost exclusively boasted albums that were (at least trying to be) a surprise.
In the past year, the formidable 808 Mafia production team has seen its three most prominent members splinter off to take on more solo work, which in turn has made them all household names. Tarentino now has Future's "March Madness" and Waka Flocka Flame's bombastic new track "Workin" under his belt, both of which are easily strong enough to become his calling cards in the future.
In terms of rappers from different area codes that join forces for a mixtape, Drake and Future are one of the strangest pairs we've seen in a minute.
Young Thug is easily one of, if not the most, interesting artist in hip-hop at this moment. The Atlanta born rapper has been all over the hip-hop headlines these past 12 months, for a variety of reasons; some good and some not so good. The latter referring to his oddly constructed "beefs" with the likes of Lil Wayne, The Game, Rich Homie Quan and most recently Plies.
Jay Rock's 90059 was fire as fuck. That's what the readers of HNHH believe, anyways. Sales numbers did not reflect the album's flammability, but those of you who copped it have no doubt gotten to know it quite well.
Drake and Future successfully created a moment with What A Time To Be Alive, successfully dodging leaks and getting rap fans everywhere tuned in to a a good old-fashioned radio show. Of course, the main difference with doing this in 2015 is the project could instantly be discussed on a major scale, with fans everywhere tweeting out lyrics as they happened.
Drake didn't get the top spot, but he once again proved why it's foolish to ever count him out. Let's get to it... 10) 2 Chainz - No Off Dayz 2 Chainz and Zaytoven sounded like a can't-miss proposition. The combination of trap's clown prince and it's beatmaking king undoubtedly drew the HNHH masses to this song, but Tity Boi didn't hold up his end.
The much anticipated Drake & Future collaboration project What A Time To Be Alive dropped over the weekend, specifically, last night at 8 PM EST. Like the rest of the world, we couldn't wait to get our hands on it and delve deep.
Though undeniably potent, a Drake/Future collab isn't a 100% natural fit on paper given their differing rapping styles. That said, they share a lavish and deeply enviable lifestyle, in which they routinely make it rain monsoons at Magic City, eat at 3-star Michelin restaurants, fly in private jets, and have sex with hordes of beautiful women.
Mac Miller's GO:OD AM was meant to start your day off on the right foot. The positive-minded rapper boasts a smooth flow throughout the project, so it isn't just the name that makes us want to bump these tracks first thing in the morning.
As one of the biggest producers and pop stars of recent history, Skrillex has been able to lend his production work to a load of big names. Chance The Rapper, Damian Marley, 2 Chainz, Justin Bieber, and Ellie Goulding are just a handful of the artists that Sonny Moore has been able to work with since his skyrocketing to fame.
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. This week was an eclectic one in the hip hop world, as Nas and Swizz Beatz got it lit together celebrating their birthdays, the old Hot Boys hit squad reunited in the studio, and 2 Chainz got blunted with Kanye West.
Young Thug is no stranger to using animal metaphors in his raps. On Barter 6 earlier this year, the eccentric rapper littered his verses with animal references, and dropped clever lines about Willie B. and piranhas, amongst others.
During a recent interview with Larry King, Mac Miller stated that GO:OD AM -- his major label debut under Warner Bros. -- was intended to be a departure from the "darker and sad" vibes of his previous record, Watching Movies with the Sound Off. GOD:DAMN. Mac was right on the money.
Welcome to a new edition of Staff Picks, where HNHH shares some of their favorite (Soundcloud) releases of the past week. This week's edition features quite a range of names and styles, from the r'n'b-leaning records of Christina Milian and Johnny Rain to the classic hip-hop sound on Kirk Knight's banger, to the alternative sound from the Blended Babies.
If Migos have a fallback producer, it's Zaytoven. He produced 7 of the 15 songs on their new tape Back to the Bando, and since "Versace" they have collaborated on over 30 records together.
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.
Ever since Beyonce’s eponymous album took the world, and subsequently the internet, by storm, the concept of the surprise release has been a trend that a wide span of artists have adopted. From David Bowie to Kanye West, the unexpected drop has proven to be beneficial for a buzzworthy artist to make a big splash. Not just a splash, either.
Mac Miller is officially releasing his newest album GO:OD AM tomorrow on Warner Bros. Records. Despite the fact that the new LP, which is already available for streaming via NPR by the way, is only Mac's third proper full-length, he's delivered no less than eleven mixtapes over the years and some EPs to boot.
In case you hadn't heard, Young Thug's Slime Season is out, and it's just the game-changer we expected it to be, showcasing an even more confident and experimental Thugger than we heard on Barter 6. The HNHH community, and the rest of those listeners whom had been weary of Thug's flamboyant style and bizarre viral antics, is starting to come around.
With the release of a new mixtape from Rich Homie Quan last night, (somewhat suspiciously on the same day his former rapping partner dropped Slime Season), we decided to focus our latest lyric quiz on a soon-to-be-classic RHQ single "Type of Way." The record served as Rich Homie's break out, simultaneously catapulting a new turn of phrase into every day usage-- everybody feeling 'so
Wu-Tang will forever be in the history hip-hop books as one of the dopest groups to ever bless this game. The 10-piece collective, depending how many artists you officially associate with the crew, dropped one of the most iconic debuts of all time, however that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to important Wu facts.
Chase N. Cashe just turned 28 last week, but he’s already a veteran in the music business, a multitalented rapper and producer who was working with the likes of R. Kelly, Yung Joc, and G-Unit well before he had his first legal drink.
Would you believe that Jay Rock has been signed to Top Dawg Entertainment for ten years? They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently TDE wasn’t either, because Anthony Tiffith and his group of MCs have been hacking at this hip hop thing for a while now.
While we await the third and final announcement of performers and guest speakers at this year's A3C Festival & Conference in Atlanta, we're giving away one pair of passes (two total) to one lucky winner.
Unfamiliar with Post Malone? Well it's time to get acquainted. The Dallas singing rapper just signed a contract with Republic Records based largely in part off the stunning success of his breakout record, "White Iverson," which now has over 30 million plays on soundcloud. Malone is white, but he doesn't play basketball.
Only the date and the name of the Drake track at the top of the Top 100 change. Drizzy Season is a misnomer because seasons end and OVO is eternal. Let’s get to it. 10) PartyNextDoor ft. Amir Obe - I’m Good Young Thug can’t get any love on HNHH, but you throw him over some Toronto Sound and it gets eaten up.
Jay Rock’s highly anticipated sophomore effort 90059 is finally upon us and it’s a great listen that is equal parts trippy and trappy. The unique production value takes aim at combining the high points of other 2015 standouts like Sremm Life and AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP.
Chief Keef dropped Finally Rich in 2012 when he was just 17-years-old and still very much in the streets. He had long been a household name in Chicago, and he was quickly blasted onto the national stage, where the response was not always welcoming.
Kendrick Lamar is a nimble, flexible rapper who uses clever wordplay to shift between characters, places, times, to explore worlds other than this, the composite of all which is a multi-dimensional self-portrait.