Samples Of The Week: March 20
    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". 
    Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
    In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now a usual sight to see emcees with fully tatted chests, sleeves, backs and even tattoos on the face. Artists such as 50 Cent, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa exhibit this perfectly.
    Review: Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Piñata"
    On paper, stone cold gangster Freddie Gibbs and alt-hop producer Madlib have little in common. But after releasing several highly enjoyable EPs beginning in 2011, it quickly became apparent that the duo were capable of vibing off one another.
    Top Tracks Of The Week: March 10-16
    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
    Review: YG's "My Krazy Life"
    YG first popped up on the radar with the 2009 song "Toot It And Boot It" featuring Ty Dolla $ign. While he was locked up serving a six-month sentence for a parole violation stemming from a home invasion, the Compton native saw the song steadily climb the Billboard charts. Once YG was released, he had several label options, eventually signing with Def Jam.
    The Beat Konducta: Madlib's Best Collaborations
    With his dusty, warped, sample-heavy sound almost instantly recognizable at this point, Madlib has carved out quite a niche for himself in the underground hip-hop world.
    Crew Love: TDE
    Top Dawg Entertainment, or TDE for short, is one of the biggest success stories in hip-hop in recent memory. Founded in 2004 by Anthony Tiffith, the label didn't release its first mixtape until 2008, and its first album until 2010, but since then, has reached commercial and critical heights the likes of which most other independent labels couldn't imagine.
    Charts Don’t Lie: March 16
    This week we find Rick Ross atop on the Billboard 200 with his sixth studio album proving he's still got it. Mastermind managed to sell more than the projected amount, although he didn't quite reach 180k, he moved 179,215 copies. This is still a large enough amount for Rozay to lock down the second-highest debut week total sales for anyone in 2014 thus far.
    50 Cent Reveals Some Features From "Animal Ambition"
    50 Cent, like the rest of the music industry, is in Austin, Texas for SXSW right now, and after performing a new track, "Hold On", Fif participated in a fairly disorganized interview backstage-- but we did learn some things. 
    Underrated Audio: March 8- March 14
    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.
    10 Rappers In Love
    This year we've seen several notable rappers lock down a lady lover, either by an engagement, a baby or both. This past year brought on engagements between Future and Ciara, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Macklemore and his girl Tricia Davis, plus Big Sean & Naya Rivera-- to name a few.
    28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (March 15)
    Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly bursted into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope."?  Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions. Hence our new feature. 
    140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (March 8-14)
    Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
    Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 3)
    We've been keeping you up to date with all the latest hip-hop news and music, so how could we not give you a view of SXSW from the eyes of the fans who were able to attend? We've combed through a lot of photos and video that fans have posted with the #SXSW hashtag, to bring you some of the best flicks documenting the festival. Check out how Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose's matching outfits.
    8 Hip-Hop Bromances
    Bromances aren't relegated strictly for college frat boys, although you may have that idea in mind. Hip-hop has proved to be the birthing place of many a bromance, some of which have fizzled out over the years, and some of which remain stronger than ever.
    Yes Yes: Slum Village Talks New Music, Doughnuts & J. Dilla
    Detroit rap group Slum Village has certainly endured a lot in its 18 years. Members have tragically passed on, while others have left the group for various reasons. T3 is the only original member left. But despite all that; the veteran rap group personifies Detroit hip-hop. They carry on the legacy of deceased members J. Dilla and Baatin in the most beautiful of ways.
    Review: Young Money's "Young Money: Rise Of An Empire"
    Since the release of We Are Young Money in 2009, Nicki Minaj has risen from femme fatale on the rise after dropping the excellent Beam Me Up Scotty to ubiquitous representative of aggressive femininity. Drake, once Lil Wayne’s fresh-faced protégé, is now the biggest crossover success in hip-hop — not just Young Money.
    Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 2)
    South By Southwest continues in Austin, Texas today, we've once again rounded up some of the best flicks depicting the what went down around Austin in the past few days. SXSW actually kicked off on March 7th, and lots has happened during the past week that warrants a look or two. The conference continues until Sunday, March 17th when it'll wrap up.
    It's Yo Birthday: Common's Top 21 Tracks
    Today, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr, known to us as Common, turns 42 years old. He is one of the finest talents to come of out of the state of Chicago, having produced 29 singles and 9 studio albums across a career that spans the twenty-two years.The Chi-Town rapper is no ordinary hip hop artist. Common is known for his impressive lyricism, Afrocentric approach as well as being a conscious rapper.
    Samples Of The Week: March 13
    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." 
    Stalking SXSW: Instagram Photo Recap (Part 1)
    There's a ton of reasons why you may have missed out on SXSW this year, but don't worry, we got you covered! We're bringing all the best of SXSW's hip-hop Instagram posts together for your viewing pleasure. Just cool pics, rappers with fans and even a glimpse at some of the performances. Don't worry we have people taking care of the professional quality stuff, which will be coming soon.
    Auto-Tune: Hip-Hop's Rejuvenation
    People do not like change. Music fans, especially. When the use of Auto-Tune exploded in the mid-2000s, many were skeptical. Today, many still are. Since its creation in 1997, Auto-Tune has crept its way into virtually every genre of music, most notably Hip-hop/R&B.
    Top Tracks Of The Week: March 3-9
    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
    5 Hip-Hop Tours That Are Worth The Ticket Price
    Lets be real, most of us can't even afford to buy CDs at retail value. At least that's what we tell ourselves as we pirate just about every record we can get our hands on. That being said, there are some things in life that just aren't accessible for free on the internet no matter how badly we want them to be. One of those things is food. Another is live performances. "Bullshit!
Cover
Cover
Cover
Cover
You may also like...