HNHH highlights 10 rappers who've had beef with record labels.
In the world of hip hop "beef" isn't unusual, in fact it's customary. Some of the greatest and most historical moments in the culture and genre have been produced because of contention. Most disagreements are between two or more artists and/or producers, but from time to time artists have been in dispute with their record labels.
In the last two years between his last album and now, Rick Ross has been through a lot, including surviving a targeted hit on his life. Critics bashed God Forgives, I Don’t and many wondered if Ross had peaked too soon and lost his touch. After numerous setbacks and delays, the bawse is back with his sixth album to prove that he’s a man with nine lives and a rapper with hits for days.
We're kicking off a brand new monthly recap feature on HotNewHipHop, where we look for the top music videos of the past month. Each month we'll round up the visuals that caught our eyes, from big and small rappers alike; this also gives you an opportunity to catch up on videos you may have missed.
The 86th annual Oscars went down last night in Los Angeles, as happens every year, the brightest and biggest stars were out attending the event and celebrating afterwards at various different parties.
Last week, the world got an unprecedented look inside of Schoolboy Q's various addictions on Oxymoron, an album named after the painkiller Oxycodone. It's most certainly an album that can be categorized as "drug rap," making it the latest in the long, storied history of rapper's infatuation with, selling of, and popularizing of various controlled and illegal substances.
It’s official: Pharrell Williams is back. With the recent success of songs like “Get Lucky”, “Blurred Lines” and his newest Oscar-nominated single “Happy”, Pharrell has reclaimed his spot in the R&B royal family and is killing it. Not that he was ever really gone, since he’s been co-producing for other artists throughout.
OFWGKTA (Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All), more commonly referred to as Odd Future, made a huge splash in the rap world when they burst onto the scene in late 2009 with crew leader Tyler, the Creator's critically-acclaimed Bastard mixtape. Bringing dark, lo-fi sonics, even darker lyrics and off-kilter humor to the table, the rest of the crew would soon follow him into the limelight.
Migos’ style is something like a basketball point guard. The person at the position doesn’t need to master every aspect of the game and probably won’t — rebounding just isn’t his thing. But the person’s shortcomings are hidden by how exceedingly good he is or has to be in a few other skills, whether it’s ball handling or calling plays.
It's almost time for the ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi chart invasion, but not just yet. We received the first week sales projection for both rappers respective releases, Oxymoron and Satellite Flight, and both are on track to sell a solid amount of albums.
"Damn, I swear sports and music are so synonymous/ Cause we want to be them, and they want to be us" - Drake Rappers and athletes have always had close ties, but it seems we're seeing more and more crossover between sports and music. Much of that can be attributed to Instagram, which has created a need for every celebrity to flex the chance encounters they have with other celebrities.
The Golden Moments Pack serves as inspiration for this Air Jordan 4, created by Ceezem Customs. The kicks utilize the Cement Air Jordan 4 as a base, and take on the familiar colorway that adorned the Jordan 6 & 7 from the GMP Pack.
This year marks landmark anniversaries for a number of essential albums. OutKast’s Southernplayalistic, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Nas’ Illmatic are just a few of the classic albums to turn 20. Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP and The Roots’ Things Fall Apart turn 15. Madvilliany and Kanye West’s The College Dropout both turn 10.
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. Hence our new feature.
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.
The Nike Air Foamposite One "Metallic Silver/Volt" will officially release tomorrow, March 1st, at all the familiar spots including Sneaker Bistro. The foams features a pewter upper with an ultra bright lime green/volt outsole. Whats more, there is a a subtle striped graphic that is blended into the upper to give the shoe a little extra flavor.
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
When we last heard from CyHi the Prynce, he was cruising around college campuses with his Ivy League: Kick Back mixtape early last year. Now, ready to show us what he’s learned, he takes us back to school with Hystori: Black History Project. His most socially conscious body of work yet, CyHi gives us a history lesson throughout the project.
Sneaker Customizer Gaby Alvarado looked to the movie screen for inspiration on this Air Jordan 12 custom. The "Kill Bill" Air Jordan 12 utilizes the yellow and black color scheme that is synonymous with the Kill Bill trilogy.
Although none of his albums have really been critical hits, Kid Cudi’s main appeal is using outside, atypical influences and sounds to articulate some sort of emotional journey into the tortured soul.
In December we cooked up 10 Detroit Players From The Underground. The feature was meant to give you a close look at rappers hailing from the D, who may not be on your radar/the mainstream radar. It was only right we move to another Midwest location for this next batch of artists, who all count themselves Chicago natives.
We caught a glimpse of a Nike Kobe 9 Elite "Lakers" PE last night, and it wasn't worn by anyone in LA. The Suns' PJ Tucker displayed the dope looking Lakers-themed Nike Kobe 9 Elite last night in Utah.
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 honey."
An important facet of memorable groups throughout hip-hop history is chemistry: the dynamics every member brings to the table is an essential part of a group's success. Black Hippy's rise to the top has been so prevalent and quick because each of their four main members - Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar - each bring something radically different to what the crew represents.
The Air Jordan Future will release on March 1st, with a $185 price tag. The "Future" Air Jordan is constructed of a woven upper, complete with 3M threads. The sneaker resembles the Air Jordan 11, and the classic 11 outsole sits beneath the unique build. One of the Jordan Future colorways features a red outsole, and the other utilizes a milky outsole beneath the woven upper.
Breaking the Red October frenzy is this Black/White Nike Air Yeezy sample that has surfaced on EBay, and is even more exclusive than the all red joints. That said, a $50,000 buy it now price is still outlandish.
In 2011, while a repetitive number of “Female Rappers Who Are Not Nicki Minaj” lists continued to be reproduced, two young women from Chicago’s rap scene had surfaced. What seemed to be guerilla style shooting in the streets of the windy city, Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz released respective videos that sent the internet into a frenzy and swiftly became viral.
Many emcees are noted for their serious, aggrandized personas so it becomes easy to forget that for the most part, Hip Hop is about fun and many rappers use their verses to tell some jokes (isn't that why they call them punch lines?).
Sneaker names, and the sneakers themselves, are often a cause of criticism, especially amongst sneaker communities. At times, the criticism and ridicule can turn into a full blown controversy. Sometimes, the controversy surround a sneaker is silly and unwarranted. Other times, it's hard to believe a sneaker ever made it out of the factory in the first place.
At first look, the Nike LeBron 11 Low looks very similar to the Nike LeBron X Low. The low-top 11 will utilize Nike Air Max cushioning, rather than the Lunarlon used in the traditional version. The shoe figures to drop during the Spring although a release date has not been set.
In early 1999, a white rapper came out of relative obscurity and pissed off a lot of people. He was a white kid from Detroit, backed by a legend in Dr. Dre, and savvy music -industry heavyweight Jimmy Lovine. Who was this bleach blond asshole liberally speaking about slitting his father’s throat and stuffing his baby’s Mama into the trunk of his car?