• Rap By Numbers: A Break Down Of Hip-Hop Sales & More
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    Since it's evolution from the late 1980s, hip-hop music has gone from strength to strength. Nothing tells the story of this success better than seeing the facts by numbers. We often hear about first week album sales, and then there's always Forbes annual break-down of the wealthiest celebrities, but after that, we forget about it. Today we're giving you all the data you could possibly absorb in...
  • Samples Of The Week: September 18
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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...
  • Hip-Hop Vs. Everybody: 10 Rap/Non-Rap Feuds
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    When hip-hop first started, beef was a reflection of the boxer-like competitive drive to establish yourself as the best in the business. Then came the advent of social media. With the world hyper-connected, many feuds now start with slick comments or perceived insults that come in the form of 140-or-less-character shots fired, and non-rappers have found themselves in the mix as well. Whether...
  • On The Come Up: J $tash
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    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists and producers ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll be able to check out some of...
  • TV Shows You Should Watch If You're A Hip-Hop Fan
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    Hip-hop is a way of life. It's about much more than music. It's about fashion, style, and culture. If you call yourself a true hip-hop fan, you best be about that life. You have to know, not only what to listen to, but also what to watch. HotNewHipHop takes a look at the best TV shows to watch if you're a hip-hop fan. These shows might feature some of our favorite rappers. For instance, Ice-T has...
  • RnBaes: Female Singers On The Rise
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    In the last few years, a slew of new female artists have flooded the rap game, but the tide appears to be turning. More and more women are emerging as RnB artists, churning out sultry tunes and love ballads, each with their own unique twist. While some of the ladies on this list have a more traditional, classic RnB sound, the bulk of them have made a name for themselves by pushing boundaries and...
  • Top 10: Crispy New Collabs
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    Nothing gets us more turnt up than a fire new collaboration between two (or more) dope artists, especially if they haven't made a lot of music together before. Although we haven't quite reached the 4th quarter yet, in terms of music, the past month or two have been big, with a lot of new singles coming out as many rappers prep for their album roll outs. We've been noticing...
  • High Off Hip-Hop: Rap's History Of Drug Use
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    "This another motherfucking rap song. Broke and crazy, rich and famous doesn't last long. Spent all my cash on a broken dream, went from weed and liquor to the coke and lean." - Mac Miller, "Polo Jeans." Whether we like it or not, drugs are a massive component of hip-hop culture. No matter the drug, no matter the era, they've always played a major role for better or worse. The rap...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: September 14
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    This week we welcome Jeezy onto the Billboard 200, with his Seen It All album debuting successfully at #2. He wasn't able to trump the pop-power that is Maroon 5, nonetheless he did move more than projected. The album was projected to move 90k-100k opening week, but it managed to top the 100k mark with 121,000 copies sold. Although his last album moved almost twice, with 231,000 copies sold...
  • 18 Years Later: Rappers Reflect On Tupac's Impact
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    On the 13th of September, 1996, Tupac Amaru Shakur died at the tender age of 25, leaving the hip-hop community to mourn one of the most inspiring, talented rappers of our time. Tupac's music, acting and general work ethic has no doubt had an effect on many of us, including numerous hip-hop artists. The late legend is often cited by many as someone who helped them to choose their...
  • Underrated Audio: September 6 - September 12
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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. Big Sean ended everyone's week on a high note with four new records to keep us busy all weekend, but there was still...
  • Review: Rittz's "Next To Nothing"
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    It's no secret that hip-hop at large is lacking in original content. If the music isn't about money, it's about sex; if it's not about sex, it's about who's the hardest (no pun intended); if not who's hardest, it's about hip-hop itself. It's in this musical landscape that a label like Tech N9ne's Strange Music is needed the most. A collective of some of the most bizarre (read: interesting) voices...
  • Roll Up: Imaginary Smoke Sessions With Your Favorite Rappers
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    A lot of rappers like to smoke weed, as do a lot of their fans, that's a given. Marijuana has become a much more accepted part of, not only hip hop culture, but our society as a whole. As smoking weed becomes more widely accepted, we can feel more comfortable doing it, almost as comfortable as rappers seem with it. That got us thinking. What would it be like to smoke with some of our favorite...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (September 12)
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    Breaking news: The NFL is corrupt! Because rappers wanting to be athletes and vice versa is sort of a running motif, a few have weighed in with their thoughts about the Ray Rice/NFL cover-up situation. Some made more sense than others. Other rhymers, who aren't as concerned with sports, ran into their own issues. Nicki Minaj wasn't allowed to visit her old high school. Say what you...
  • 10 Things We Know About Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter V"
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    Weezy F Baby...please say the baby. It’s almost time! Lil Wayne is set to return with Tha Carter V this fall, scheduled to drop October 28th. Unfortunately, we can only take this with a grain of salt, as it has been pushed back time and time again. With the release of the hit single “Believe Me” and other strong leaks like "Krazy", "Grindin'" and "D'Usse", fans can only...
  • Samples Of The Week: September 11
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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...
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