Joey Purp talks Save Money, bridging divides in Chicago rap, and his long-awaited new project "iiiDrops."
It's been the better part of four years since the SaveMoney comrade turned professional emcee Joey Purp released his debut project, The Purple Tape, which dropped on his 18th birthday.
The XXL Freshman list continues to be a conversation point between rap fans. Every year, there's talk of who was left off, or who shouldn't have been included, but time seems to be the only deciding factor in the conversation. Over the course of 9 covers, we've seen many artists featured in these special issues go many different ways.
Let's face it, as far as high-profile tracks go, there's no way this week (or any week really) could have lived up to the seven days that preceded it. Drake, Kanye, Jay Z, Justin Bieber, Gucci Mane, Travi$ Scott, and Pusha T all joined forces with some combination of one another to make for the craziest batch of tracks we've seen in such a short span this year.
Playboi Carti fans are still waiting for him to release his debut mixtape Cash Carti. It's hard to believe that the young Atlanta rapper hasn't released a single project. He's signed to A$AP Rocky, Awful Records, and he's already made music with Frank Ocean and Skepta.
It's that time of the week. The past seven days have been pretty eventful-- the momentum all started on last weekend, when a new episode of OVO Sound Radio dropped as many gems as one could hope for in the span of seven days-- except they did it all within the span of their two-hour segment. It's safe to say, the bar was set pretty high for the weekdays that followed.
At Midnight, we debuted the second official single from Tory Lanez's long-awaited and highly anticipated debut album. "Luv" not only continues to pave the way to Tory's album, it came with his album title: I Told You. Tory had previously teased a summer release on twitter, but this cements that even further and gets us even more excited for the impending album.
Yesterday afternoon Under Armour released an all-white "Chef" colorway of the Under Armour Curry 2 Low and as soon as the images hit the internet the roast was on. TBH, the shoes aren't the worst things we've ever seen- James Harden's new Adidas kicks for next season are a far uglier product- but that didn't stop the jokes from raining in.
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, Snoop Dogg, and Drake have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
The Cleveland Cavaliers throttled the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night, without the help of one Kevin Love. Having not been medically cleared to play due to a concussion in Game 2, Love was forced to watch from the sidelines in street clothes as LeBron, Kyrie, JR and the rest of the Cavs did a complete 180 from the previous two games of the Finals.
It's pretty strange to think that Vic Mensa's new EP, There's Alot Going On, is his first project in three years. Since 2013, when he broke into public consciousness, first with an appearance on Chance The Rapper's "Cocoa Butter Kisses," then with his own Innanetape, Vic's status has continued to rise at a rate uncommon for a guy with one tape and a few loosies to his name.
Future's DS2 was certified platinum at the end of May. It was his first solo album to be certified platinum, but not his first solo single. In the past fourteen months, a whopping ten Future singles have attained gold or platinum RIAA certification. This surge of certified Future singles testifies to his status as a bona fide rap superstar.
It's hard to believe Kanye West is 39 years old. The influential rapper and producer celebrates his birthday today, and tens years after changing the game with his debut album, The College Dropout, he's still finding new ways to reinvent himself.
It's Kanye West's birthday and everybody is getting an L. The "Grey/Gum" Adidas Yeezy Boost 750, which officially releases on June 11th, was recently available for reservation via Adidas' Confirmed App and before you could say "F*ck Adidas" the reservations were closed.
A hacking spree took the internet by storm this past weekend. Industrious hackers seeking revenge, entertainment, or some other perverse pleasure hacked into several prominent social media accounts, including those of Kylie Jenner, Bon Iver, Tenacious D, Keith Richards, Mark Zuckerberg, Drake, and the NFL
Once again, Drake snags the #1 spot this week with VIEWS, his fourth studio album that continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce moves into #3 after an appearance at #4 last week (it should be noted that she also just went Platinum with Lemonade, alongside Future's DS2 album), and Australian producer Flume debuts at #8 with an album that features some of hip hop's brightest, young talent
Kanye West celebrates his 39th birthday today-- it's hard to believe that Yeezy is nearing the 40-year mark.
Over 15 years into his career, Honorable C-Note is just starting to get comfortable. He's become known as a master of suspense, lending thundering arrangements, or "scores," as he calls them, to some of the best talent in Atlanta, where he's resided for 10 years now. More recently, he's produced monsters for each of the two leading members of the A$AP Mob.
Gucci Mane and Zaytoven have been working together since they both scored there first hit in 2005 with "Icy," and have developed their respective sounds together ever since.
One of hip hop's most pleasant surprises of 2016 has been Nick Grant's mixtape '88. A virtual unknown until the tape's February release, Grant impressed everybody with his tenacious and lyrical style, savvy ear for beats, and unshakable confidence on the mic.
Mike WiLL Made-It has gone from Atlanta's rap underground to working with the biggest pop stars in the business in only a few years time, and he's continued to look bigger even as he's seemingly hit the top.
Premiering last July on Beats 1, OVO sound Radio has hosted many mixes, and many exclusive records have been premiered in the process. Just this weekend, three new records from Drake made their way out through the show, adding to large catalog of songs the 6 God has shared over the course of his Apple Music run.
Do you ever get the feeling that hip hop's current class of elites is more of a group of superfriends than ever before? Let's play six degrees of separation with this week's top ten tracks-- the most momentous batch in recent memory.
“SEVERE WEATHER ALERT: A storm is expected to hit between 6:00pm – 7:30pm. For your safety, please seek shelter in your vehicles.” Thus began Summer Jam 2016.
There is no man more ubiquitous, no man more in demand in hip hop than Ty Dolla $ign. With melodic instincts second to none, he appeared on roughly 50 songs in 2015 outside of his debut album Free TC. A true hook maestro, he is proof that in the music business, the hook is where the money is made. The hook is what butters the bread.
The current landscape of streaming equivalent-inclusive sales numbers and streaming corporation-backed releases has considerably muddled our perception of commercial success in hip hop this year.
It's everyone's favorite day of the week... Friday. FRIDAY. FRIDAY!!!!! While we stare at the clock for the next two or three hours and count down every single second until the work day (/school day) finishes, we've rounded up our favorite Soundcloud releases from the past week for the weekly Staff Picks playlist.
Today has proved to be VERY HOTTTTT across the board, but at the top of the list, (if you checked our -definitive- ranking on the homepage) is Kanye West's new single for Cruel Winter, which just so happens to be a posse cut featuring G.O.O.D. Music artists and beyond.
Today, HotNewHipHop announces the launch of its new flagship Spotify playlist FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. FIRE EMOJI will feature an ongoing list of the 30-50 of the best new songs in hip hop. When an UNCOMMONLY HOTTTTT rap song is uploaded to Spotify, HNHH will add it to FIRE EMOJI and remove the oldest song on the list.
Few other rappers have command of similes and metaphors like Pusha T. His ability to describe the same thing (selling drugs) in endless ways is one of the many reasons he’s among the best emcees doing it right now.
Gucci Mane's glorious emergence from jail last week spawned a saucy celebration track with Mike Will Made-It and a pow-wow sesh with Zaytoven. While we are happy to see him work with these top-flight producers, we would like to see La Flare branch out and forge new creative partnerships as he enters a new phase in his career.