140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 2)

For some, a New Year's Day is just another day — except a little newer. That's the impression you'd get from a quick glance at rap Twitter. Old grievances carried on to 2015. But that's OK,...

  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 2)
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    For some, a New Year's Day is just another day — except a little newer. That's the impression you'd get from a quick glance at rap Twitter. Old grievances carried on to 2015. But that's OK, because there are only three things that matter: new Migos, new Kanye West and Plain Pat. Check out the details on 140 Bars Or Less.
  • 10 Essential Bishop Nehru Tracks
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    Bishop Nehru is one of the young guns coming up in the hip-hop world. With enough respect to have a collaboration project with MF Doom, a tour with Wu-Tang Clan and airtime on Hot 97, it's safe to say that he is in a position to blow up. He's done this without the help of pop hooks and DJ Mustard production, making his success a story of artistry rather than mainstream mumbo-jumbo. He was,...
  • Rap Industry Recap: December
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    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed to stay...
  • Samples Of The Week: January 1 (Fabolous Edition)
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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".  As...
  • #TBT Mos Def's Early Classics
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    Yasiin Bey has taken on the role as a hip-hop elder. He speaks on important issues and is often times regarded as a spokesperson for the culture along with cats like Talib Kweli, Questlove, Q-Tip, etc. But before Yasiin Bey even went by that name, he was known as Mos Def, an MC from Brooklyn, NY. Rising out of the ashes of Notorious B.I.G., Mos Def linked up with Talib Kweli to create the Black...
  • Vine Rewind: December
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    We're all doing it for the Vine these days.  Six second videos perfectly capture those funny and sometimes awkward situations whether it's from a rapper or just the average Joe telling you how things go down in the real world. Watching Vines can become pretty addictive, sometimes you just get mesmerized by the never-ending loop.  This month we're giving you a compilation of some of the...
  • HotNewHipHop's Top Trolls Of 2014
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    Today's the very last instalment in the #HOTNEW14 round-up. As we aggregate all the 'Hottest Of' in 2014, we cannot forget what keeps our site alive and thriving-- the commenters. Or trolls. Not every commenter is a troll, but we know a good half of you are. With that in mind, just as we did last year, we are giving props to some of the most noticeable, and sometimes most hated, trolls on...
  • Near Extinction: The Platinum Hip-Hop Album
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    Back in October, many industry insiders were surprised by the early sales estimates for T.I.'s most recent album, Paperwork. After a day of sales, forecasts had the album selling roughly 70,000 units in its opening week. The self-proclaimed King of the South, who in his prime would easily do upwards of 400,000 copies sold in his opening weeks had officially fallen from grace and the dismal...
  • Top Tracks of the Week: December 22-30
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    Welcome to the final Top Tracks of 2014. For the new readers, TTOTW 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 charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love...
  • Hottest Albums Of 2014
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    In terms of sales, hip hop albums did not do very well this year. As of press time, J. Cole is the only rapper with a gold album this year, and he just sneaked into the fourth quarter with a surprise release. Most of this boils down to a simple lack of "event" albums. Most of the biggest hip hop artists dropped last year (Drake, Kanye West, Eminem, Jay Z, etc.), and thus created something of a...
  • Remix Fix: Chi Duly's Remix Of "Grand Piano" By Nicki Minaj
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    Here is a remix to ring in the New Year with. Chi Duly is a NYC producer and DJ notable for remixing artists like The Weeknd and Justin Timeberlake. He's been bubbling on the internet since 2012 when he released a 30 minute mix of Weeknd records, Balloons of Haus. Nicki Minaj's "Grand Piano," really threw fans off upon the release of her latest album, The Pinkprint, which debuted at...
  • Top 10 Songs To Turn Up To For New Year's Eve
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    New year's is here, and thus begins the annual ritual. A few trips to the liquor store to grab the bottle. Texting and calling friends to find out where the turn-up is at. Going crazy enough to celebrate the end of one year, while trying to not screw yourself already for the next 365 days. Rinse and repeat a year later. It all sounds sterile when laid out as such, but what makes the yearly...
  • Hottest Mixtapes Of 2014
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    We are approaching the end of the #HOTNEW14 roll out and year-end round up. Mixtapes are an essential part of the rap game and the mixtape game is stronger than ever, thanks to the accessibility the internet provides, as well as rappers giving zero fucks when it comes to industry politics, and putting out some of their best work for free. We can't shake our heads at that. Instead we hit the...
  • 10 Essential Mr. Carmack Tracks
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    Mr. Carmack remains a bit of an enigma despite all of the recent success. One of the undoubtable beat-makers of this generation, Carmack hails form Hawaii, which isn't exactly a hotbed for music production.  With a whole bunch of releases under his belt, Carmack has ties with hot labels like Mad Decent and Soulection. His music is best described as it is on Facebook, in that it can "make you...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 28
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    Nicki Minaj dominates the charts this week, although, there is one artist she isn't able to dominate: you guessed it, Taylor Swift. No matter, Nicki outdid sales projections with her first week on shelves, after moving a sold 244,00 units; basically 100k more than we expected. Magic? Or did Cash Money snatch up 100k copies? We'll let you be the judge. We're also seeing D'Angelo make a return to...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 27)
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    So that does it. This is the final 140 Bars Or Less of the year. While many were shedding melancholic tears at the year's final days and others totally checked out because of holiday festivities, the news kept coming in to give a fitting end to one of the most divisive years in recent memory. Freddie Gibbs and Lupe Fiasco got into it over the KKK outfit and another tragedy clouded by confusion...
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