I'm Different: Hip-Hop's Best Concept Albums

It's no secret that hip-hop can stretch itself a bit thin as far as creativity is concerned. If artists were taxed every time they mentioned dollars, they'd all be broke. Fortunately, amongst...

  • I'm Different: Hip-Hop's Best Concept Albums
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    It's no secret that hip-hop can stretch itself a bit thin as far as creativity is concerned. If artists were taxed every time they mentioned dollars, they'd all be broke. Fortunately, amongst the clones, several voices stand out from the crowd. The following post is dedicated to the emcees who went above-and-beyond to give the listener a complete album, not just a collection of singles...
  • Underrated Audio: October 11- October 17
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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's selection of artists includes The Game's recent Blood Money La Familia signee, Skeme, who definitely...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 17)
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    We live in strange times — times where 42-year-old OGs beef on Instagram with Australian pop rap artists in their 20s. This ain't fiction: Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea were going at it. The "beef" had one artist recalling one that she had with another OG from the south. Also, one rapper tweeted his version of "Control." Yep, it's been an odd year for hip-hop. We also got our fair share...
  • 8 Hilariously Awful Rap Battles
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    Most of us have seen an epic moment in rap battles. If it didn't come while watching Eminem's "8 Mile", maybe you've seen a local competition with some ill talent, or at least a strong YouTube video that made your drop your jaw. This list has little to do with those moments. This is the list of absolutely awful, no-good, whack rap battles. Some may argue that being awful at battle rapping is a...
  • Review: The Game's "Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf"
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    Game doesn't quite get the respect he deserves. Sometimes things like his habitual name dropping and controversy divert attention from the fact that he has been one of the most consistent rappers over the last decade. Since the release of his debut, The Documentary, he's delivered a series critically acclaimed albums, out-rapped many of his counterparts and at one point, was one of...
  • #TBT: Bad Boy Records' Early Hits
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    Bad Boy Records was founded in 1993 by a lesser-known-at-the-time Sean Combs, who later went by Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and now Diddy. Combs began his music business experience as an intern at Uptown Records (that's a good bit of motivation for everyone interning out there). However, after becoming an A&R executive he was fired in 1993, prompting him to start Bad Boy Records. The first two...
  • A History Of RnBeef
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    Hey, Hip-Hop heads, enthusiasts, casual observers, etc.; ever wonder about the great feuds betwixt R&B legends? If you weren’t, that might be due to the fact that there aren't very many. However, as dedicated to the collection and compilation of all things vaguely urban as we are, we’ve spawned a list with what we’ve found. As R. Kelly once said, "You don't want...
  • Samples Of The Week: October 16
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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...
  • 10 Must-Hear Danny Brown Remixes
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    Danny Brown has completely exploded in the hip-hop world over the past few years, since his humble beginnings as a Detroit mixtape rapper. His zany flow and outlandish antics have made him a staple in the festival world, his remix-ability has made him popular both in the EDM and beat culture crowds, and he has a inexplicable appeal to the indie culture,...
  • On The Come Up: Vinny Cha$e
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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...
  • Ladies Night: Female Solidarity In Hip-Hop
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    Hip-Hop has been a male-dominated genre since its inception in the 1970s on the streets of the South Bronx. However, female emcees were looking over the horizon and soon crept into the game. From MC Lyte to Salt-N-Pepa, female rappers proved that they had the skill to hang with their male counterparts. They enforced a message of unity to gain the respect that they rightfully...
  • Jahlil Beats Lists His Top 10 Producers Of All Time
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    Jahlil Beats came through the office the other week, and sat down for a quick interview to let us know what exactly he's been up to these days, as he's been a bit absent on the producer circuit. Following the interview, Jhalil took the time to list off his Top 10 producers of all time, offering a reason for each. For a look into the mind of Jahlil and what he likes in a producer, click...
  • Crew Love: Visionary Music Group
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    It's been almost four months since the last edition of our "Crew Love" series, in which we profiled Chance The Rapper's Save Money crew, but this new feature has a twist. Instead of merely researching the careers of each artist in Visionary Music Group, the latest "Crew Love" subject, we got all of them to sound off about their own careers. Their responses paint a vivid picture of the label...
  • Top 10: Singles Off Highly Anticipated Albums
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    With so much great music already out this year, it's hard to think this year could get any better. But we still have new albums coming from the likes of T.I., Logic, Big K.R.I.T., and Kendrick Lamar, so it will get better, way better. One of the best parts about waiting for a new album is hearing what songs the artist picks from the project to tease us with. It's almost like getting some bomb...
  • Remix Fix: Grandtheft's Remix Of T.I.'s "No Mediocre"
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    Grandtheft is best known for his work with Keys N Krates on the hit single “Keep It 100”, however as a producer, he’s infamous for having some of the illest remixes out there on the internet. On top of being one of the livest turntablist DJs to check out, his reputation as a remixer has made it’s way to such artists as Drake, Calvin Harris & Katy Perry. The Montreal...
  • Let The Beat Drop: Hottest BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers
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    The beauty of a cypher is that it gathers artists from different walks of life and allows them to share their fortes. In a hip-hop cypher, competitors and spectators alike gather to hear some of the hardest bars around. The nicest emcee goes home with the respect of onlookers and a metaphorical prize that comes with murdering everything on sight. The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards have...
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