Nicki's fourth studio album feels imminent; here's what we hope to hear on it.
It's been almost two years since Nicki Minaj dropped a new album. Yes, that seems hard to believe, but it's true: The Pinkprint, her third studio release, came out on December 12, 2014.
"Performing live is the reason why we make music," Kanye West said in the announcement for his Touch the Sky Tour. "I think about how audiences are going to respond to hooks and intros and certain lines when I'm in the studio recording. Bringing these songs to the stage is the ultimate fulfillment of the creative process."
Last week gave us Gucci Mane's second album of the year, Woptober, The Game's 1992, and Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge (aka NxWorries)' Yes Lawd!, and we've still got projects from D.R.A.M., Joe Budden, Common, and Jeezy dropping soon, but it feels like it's been a while since any major releases have arrived.
October 17th is a special day for Gucci Mane. Any fan of the Atlanta Trap God will know he's has made the date the unofficial holiday of his 1017 Brick Squad movement, often dropping new music in celebration of the event.
Lloyd Banks was 22 when he released his debut album The Hunger For More in 2004, one year after 50 Cent's monumental debut Get Rich or Die Tryin'. Banks had already forged a reputation as the Punchline King, and he was G-Unit's undisputed next-up. He felt like the next big thing in rap.
Battle rap is growing as a culture. An art form once confined to street corners and YouTube ago has garnered national recognition, additional TV programming, Pay-Per-View events, and significant attention from the mainstream media.
If you were in your teens between the years 2003 and 2009, having a Myspace was a must. The predecessor to Facebook was a major step up from instant messaging platforms like AIM, the only form of social network any of us really had until the mid-2000s, and it also had a big impact on the music industry.
Earlier this week, Reebok hosted a two-day pop up shop in New York City, in celebration of the "Overbranded" InstaPump Fury- the shoe that Future has been rocking throughout the Summer Sixteen Tour.
Eminem exploded onto the scene in the late '90s with both middle fingers raised high. He has always been provocateur at heart, and in more ways than one. Beyond his critiques of mass media and hip hop culture, he has always been eager to share his most fucked-up urges, to shine a light on the most hellish recesses of his psyche.
Max B was out of jail for little over a year when he caught a robbery and murder conspiracy charge in 2006. For the three years that followed, up until the time he was convicted, he put out a volume of music rivaled only my Gucci Mane.
Kendrick Lamar started the year off strong with the release of untitled. unmastered, but he's also been keeping bust with guest appearances, showing up on range of records from fellow TDE members, underground emcees, and the biggest pop acts going.
There's four new records in the top 10 this week, but the #1 spot belongs to Solange Knowles with A Seat at the Table. Drake, the Suicide Squad soundtrack, and Travis Scott all keep her company in the top 10 spots. Rihanna and Kanye West stick in the top 20, while Beyonce, Frank Ocean, DJ Khaled, and Chance the Rapper trickle into the 30s.
Fans do crazy things when confronted with their heroes. Last year, we covered in depth the pattern of young white males hopping up on stage with Action Bronson, knowing well that he would hurl them back into the audience in a corpulent rage. For some, brushes with fame can provide a thrill like few other earthly pleasures.
Barring The Weeknd's Starboy and any late-year surprises, we don't seem to have a whole lot coming on the release calendar as fall settles in.
J. Cole has come along way from standing in the rain at Dave Chappelle's Block Party. It's hard to believe, but he's a true veteran in the rap game now. We're coming up on the 10-year anniversary of the release of his celebrated debut mixtape The Come Up.
If 2015 was the year of Metro Boomin, 2016 might go down as the year of Mike WiLL Made-It.
YouTube is perhaps most useful as a historical archive. When it comes to hip hop, the site is a veritable treasure trove of videos of rappers as they were before the fame, back when their music video budgets hovered in the single digits.
This week started out slow, at least when it comes to new songs, although news has been poppin since the week began-- although it wasn't the necessarily good news. Kim Kardashian was robbed and held at gunpoint, driving multiple reports following the incident, and we also saw a couple rappers get hacked: J. Cole's twitter and Young Thug's Instagram.
"In 2016, instrumentals are more important than rap. Producers be doing a lot," says 20-year-old Pro Era member Kirk Knight, who both raps and produces. But his heart really lies in the latter craft.
Last year, Florida rapper Robb Banks posted artwork from a black metal album, Leviathan's Verräter, on his Instagram.
For a public figure who wears his emotions on his sleeve, like Wale, ignoring a troll can be more difficult than confronting one. On numerous occasions, when faced with someone seeking to get a rise out of him, Wale has given that person exactly what they wanted: recognition.
From the moment he stepped onto the scene in 2010, Future captivated Atlanta with his seemingly unlimited supply of charismatic street and strip club anthems. In retrospect, his ascent seems preordained, but at the outset of his career, he was just another young rapper trying to make a name for himself in the crowded and fickle hip hop universe.
With a new album at #1 on Billboard's 200 chart (Shawn Mendes' Illuminate if you're curious), Drake recedes back to the #2 spot this week, where he's followed by the Suicide Squad soundtrack, Travis Scott and Rihanna to represent hip hop in the top 10. Beyonce, Frank Ocean, Kanye West, Maxwell, and Usher remain in the top 20, while DJ Khaled slips into the #27 position.
This year's BET Hip Hop Awards were packed with flavor. Politically-charged and rhythmically-armed, 2016's award show featured performances from some of the culture's hottest including T.I., Gucci Mane, and Lil Uzi Vert. But the performances are never the event's most important part, nor are the awards themselves - what people give a shit about is the cypher, and as they should.
September 2016 is no more. It was a good month, a month that gave us much new music as we could handle. September 2016 saw the release of dozens of quality hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes. We whittled these down to what we believe to be the twelve most significant releases of the month, and we want your help to decide which project was the absolute best. Here are the twelve:
One rapper who's blown up like crazy this year is 21 Savage. He generated a serious buzz off a few murderous club hits in Atlanta and then went on to drop a remarkable joint album, Savage Mode, with his city's best producer in Metro Boomin. Being a new and unavoidable presence on the scene, 21 has already inspired plenty of biters.
On a dreary Monday night in September, Maxo Kream took the stage at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom in New York City. It was the sixth show of his 41-date national tour with Danny Brown. The following afternoon, he came by the HNHH office joined by only one associate -- a spartan entourage compared to most artists.
Since blowing up with XXX in 2011, Danny Brown's enjoyed an odd sort of fame. He's become a huge mainstay in the summer music festival circuit thanks to turnt anthems like "Blunt After Blunt," "I Will," and the second half of Old, which was entirely composed of EDM-adjacent bangers.
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Abel Tesfaye, AKA The Weeknd, has had one of the most unexpected career paths of any R&B artist in the new millennium. Basically paving the way for every ensuing singer/rapper who's warranted the "mysterious" tag when first emerging, his early tracks paired The-Dream's Lothario musings with an indie-influenced, lo-fi sound, and druggy themes.