• The GuWop Effect: A History Of Gucci Mane's Co-Signs
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    Gucci Mane has been sculpting talent, and promoting new artists since the beginning his career, but it's only over the last couple of years that he's been recognized as a great A&R. Part of that is because following his most recent incarceration in September 2013, we saw many of the young artists he was working with at the time earn Atlanta the title of rap's most exciting city once...
  • Crew Love: Awful Records
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    Awful Records are a tough bunch to pin down. For starters, there are fifteen of them, and everyone seems to drop a new project every three or four months. Then there's the fact they seem to lack a unifying sound, all going off in their own directions, each one seemingly more leftfield than the next. While this might give some managers and industry folk headaches, for listeners, it's a definite...
  • 10 Essential 9th Wonder Productions
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    North Carolina's Patrick Douthit isn't like most hip-hop stars. He's uninterested with chains, fame, cars, clothes and objectifying women. He's concerned with honoring classic soul music through his sample-based hip-hop beats. That has been enough to catch the attention of Jay Z, Beyonce, De La Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Erykah Badu and many more. For the past dozen years, 9th Wonder...
  • Review: Kid Ink's "Full Speed"
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    Last year in March, Kid Ink reached a big milestone for a new artist: his single “Show Me” featuring Chris Brown went double Platinum. From grinding as an independent rapper to becoming a major label draw with his RCA debut, My Own Lane, Ink has proven worthy of the title "radio hitmaker." “Show Me” took over the rap game in 2014 that the response allowed him to...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 8
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    This week we see Ne-Yo make his grand entrance on the Billboard 200 with Non-Fiction, and we're also analyzing Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$ in their second week out. As we saw last week, Joey Bad started off strong with a #5 debut, much higher than Lupe's Tetsuo & Youth. However was that just hype for his first week out? This week we're seeing Joey make quite steep drop to #41, and although Lupe...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (Feb. 7)
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    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.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop artists...
  • Oh Let's Duet: Most Unlikely Grammy Performance Pairings
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    The Grammys bring all of recorded popular music together under one roof. It's the only time you can see Snoop Dogg and Billy Joel at the same party (because Billy's a Piru for life).  After several years of awkwardly sitting rap's biggest stars next to pop's schmaltziest, some enterprising show producer decided to bring that contrast to the main stage, throwing rap artists and pop artists...
  • Underrated Audio: January 31- February 6
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    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. This week we highlight a few lesser-known artists that we discovered this past week (or the week before), including...
  • A-Trak, Black Milk & More Remember J Dilla On His Birthday
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    James Dewitt Yancey, AKA Jay Dee, AKA J Dilla would have turned 41 today. One of the most influential producers of modern hip-hop and soul, he was a musical genius, inspiring artists in all genres of music with his ability to make the most perfect beats.  Yancey grew up in the Conant Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI. His mother was a singer and his father played bass and piano. Together,...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 6)
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    This week has been a mixed bag, which is unfortunate since it started off good. Missy Elliott came back, messed around and stole Iggy Azalea's Super Bowl performance. Will this put impetus on Missy E to put out a new album soon? One can hope. Then, along with Bobbi Kristina's condition, you have the unfortunate death of Bay Area rapper The Jacka, who was needlessly shot and killed in...
  • 5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Right
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    The Grammys are coming right up, and we'll have the pleasure of watching Iggy Azealia, Common, Eminem, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q or Wiz Khalifa take home an award for the 'Best Rap Album.' In the past, the Grammys have picked some albums that had everyone scratching their head, but they've also got it right a few times. We're going to focus on those instances with this list. After last...
  • What’s New In Battle Rap (February 6)
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    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. That being the...
  • 5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Wrong
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    With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the times they have upset us, the hip-hop community, the most. Because nobody is perfect and the Grammys are certainly no exception.  While there are a few time they got the 'Best Rap Album' right (and we will take a look at the flip side of this list later today, so keep an eye out), there...
  • TBT: Devin The Dude
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    Devin The Dude has come a long way in his 20+ year rap career. Starting out in the Odd Squad (who later changed their name to Coughee Brothaz), Devin went on to release 8 solo albums from 1998-2013. He's still around, collaborating with the likes of King Chip, Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger in 2014, but it definitely seems that he has slowed down a little bit since his glory days. And he...
  • Vinylz Talks About Creation Of J. Cole's "Tale Of 2 Citiez" & Big Sean's "Blessings"
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    Vinylz already had a pretty big 2014, but he's setting himself up to have an even bigger 2015. You probably saw the name Vinylz in 2014, or at least you might recognize it, but you probably aren't super familiar with who he is a producer. His frequent collaborator though, Boi-1da, is definitely a name you know a thing or two about. Vinylz is next up, after having a hand in plenty of productions...
  • Samples Of The Week: February 5
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    After devoting a few of the most recent editions of "Samples Of The Week" to break down sample-heavy albums by J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco. Joey Bada$$ and Fabolous, we return to the usual format this week. That means it's back to covering three big tracks that dropped this week, and this time around, they're taken from all corners of the hip-hop spectrum. First, Action Bronson paired up with The...
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