Looking back at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week.
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.
The big success story this week is The Weeknd. We really should have seen it coming. Abel has had four singles floating on the Hot 100 for the last little while, and going into this week he had the number one song in the country. Beauty Behind The Madness has become his first number one album, and from the looks of it, it'll be selling for a while to come.
It was nineteen years ago today that Tupac Shakur's life was taken too soon. The rap world would never be the same, and the community really felt the loss.
It was yet another big week on Instagram. PartyNextDoor got in the studio with with Noah Shebib, 50 Cent posed with the dude who got pistol whipped by Rick Ross, and Kehlani, Kylie Jenner, Beyonce, and Karrueche were up to their usual bag of tricks. And more! Take a look at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week after the jump.
Jaden Smith, Will Smith's seventeen year old son, has a very impressive resume for someone his age. The Pursuit of Happyness co-star has kept busy in both the movie and music industries over the years, opting to take full advantage of his genetics and connections as opposed to fitting with with 'normal' kids.
Before you peace out for the weekend, we've got our weekly Staff Picks playlist. This week's playlist is full of heavy-hitters, as the past week was quite a healthy one when it comes to new music. Obviously one of the biggest highlights is the fact that Jay Rock's 90059 album is finally available, but we also received a semi-surprise EP from T.I.
Where were you when you first heard K Camp? Was it years ago, when his guest feature on Sy Ari Da Kid's “Popular” made him a hook artist worth keeping tabs on? Did it happen at the beginning of last year when his anthems “Money Baby” and “Cut Her Off” were dominating radios and leaving air pockets of bass around the cars that blasted them?
Jay Z’s sixth studio album is widely considered to be his best. The Blueprint is one of the great hip-hop albums of all time, complete with beefy drama, defiant production, and some of the best work from one of rap’s GOATs.
An Angela Yee slip-up on air earlier this week opened the floodgates for speculation regarding a possible Drake/Future mixtape, and there is substantial evidence supporting the theory that this tape is not only happening, it's dropping today.
With his debut album Only Way Is Up finally out, rapper K Camp is really able to secure himself as success in the rap game-- or at least, that's the hope. For the past year or two, Kristopher Cambell has been delivering massive hits in Atlanta to great success and everyone's enjoyment.
In the world of southern hip-hop, there's only so many artists that have sold 10 million or more records. Juvenile is a part of that class. With eleven (solo) albums in total, Juvenile is also one of the more consistent MCs of the past 25 years.
In 2007, Drake dropped "Replacement Girl" on his Comeback Season mixtape. The track was arguably his first introduction to (somewhat) mainstream hip-hop media-- it didn't exactly cause him to blow up, but it become one of his more well-known records, even to this day. It even featured a young Trey Songz, who at the time was similarly unknown.