Celebrate the birth of Yeezus with 3 hours of great music.
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.
It's difficult now to believe that not long ago, Meek Mil was one of the most respected emcees in the game. His bravado and unrelenting ferocity on the mic have been evident since the mid-aughts, when he was a raw talent rapping and selling drugs at the same time in North Philly (see below).
Drake's reign at the top is now four weeks strong as VIEWS continues to beat out the competition. Beyonce wasn't so lucky, however, as she falls to the #4 spot while Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton rank above her with their respective new releases. Rihanna comes in at #5 while Prince slips out of the top 10 for the first time since his passing.
"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, manLet me handle my business, damn!" - Jay Z, "Diamonds of Sierra Leone (Remix)"
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way.
Sango is one of the few producers who has developed a fully original sound. His Da Rocinha mixtape series, which synthesizes trap drums and the "baile funk" aesthetic borne of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, is truly a marvel of modern electronic music.
Last week, Jay Z made his return to rap, coming through with a surprising 16 on former enemy Fat Joe's recent hit, "All The Way Up". He also returned to Instagram showing up in a few pictures with Joe and Remy, giving their hit the ultimate co-sign. Elsewhere, we got some memorable photos from the Billboard Music awards, where the The Weeknd cleaned up.
Perhaps this week's playlist won't be as useful as usual, as most rap fans will likely have GuWop on repeat all weekend in celebration of the Trap God's surprise release from prison yesterday. He had been locked up for three years, and unsurprisingly, he recorded a track on his first day out, aptly titled "First Day Out Tha Feds," produced by his reliable longtime collaborator Mike Will Made-It.
Yesterday was a truly bizarre day in hip-hop. It started with news of a shooting at a T.I. concert the night before in New York, and reports soon connected to the incident to Troy Ave, as the NYPD caught footage of the Brooklyn rapper opening fire in a VIP green room. That footage was released to the public, and Troy has since been arrested on charges of attempted murder, among others.
At the end of 2014, QuESt left Visionary Music Group and changed his stage name to his government name: Sylvan LaCue. It was a decision that didn't come as any great surprise to his fans or anyone who listened to his breakout project Searching Sylvan, which he had released earlier that year. Authenticity has always been the main thrust of his artistic mission.
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.
"It's cool to danceBut what about the groove that soothes that moves romance?Give me a soft subtle mixAnd if ain't broke then don't try to fix it" -The Fresh Prince, "Summertime" It's about to be Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, which means that summer has unofficially begun. Time to celebrate.