Top Tracks Of The Week: Dec 9. - Dec. 16

This is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts. The charts were absolutely stacked with worthy contenders this week, including new tracks from Fabolous, Chief Keef,...

  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Dec 9. - Dec. 16
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    This is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts. The charts were absolutely stacked with worthy contenders this week, including new tracks from Fabolous, Chief Keef, Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and...
  • Photo Diary: A Day In New York With Curtis Williams Of Two-9
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    Today we're showing you a day in the life of young'n Curtis Williams, via our inaugural edition of Photo Diary. Thanks to photographer Gunner Stahl, we get to ride along with the Two-9 member as he did a day of press in New York City last week, whether that means chilling with Ear Drummers labelmates Rae Sremmurd, or hitting up the offices of Vice for an interview. Each Photo Diary post...
  • Remix Fix: Gryffin's Version Of "Daydreamer" By Bipolar Sunshine
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    UK artist, Bipolar Sunshine, released "Daydreamer" this November. He's been on the rise lately, and will even be sharing the stage with artists like A$AP Mob, London Grammar, Rudimental and Bastille, when his touring season kicks off in March.  Gryffin, an NYC-based producer, has also been on the rise lately, marketing himself on the ever-useful Soundcloud. He relased an EP called Summer...
  • Hottest Instrumentals Of 2014
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    The hottest beats is a misnomer for this list of 20 productions that shaped the commercial sound of hip-hop culture in 2014.  Of all the thousands of tracks produced each year under the umbrella of hip-hop, we could only honor a select few as standing above the crowd. Everybody with a laptop these days seems to be calling themselves a beat-maker or producer, but it takes a superproducer to...
  • Review: J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
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    J. Cole has come a long way from rapping about how to get up off the sideline. Three albums in, with 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the “God” is home. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native composed an honest, nostalgic album without any apologies. Cole typically plays it safe, straddling the fence of a conscious rapper who can still create commercial hits and enjoy a good romp...
  • Mob Rule: A$AP Ferg Vs. A$AP Rocky?
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    The A$AP Mob isn’t really a mob, you know. “Mob” denotes unruliness, panic, chaos and lawlessness in an unorganized mass. Nothing could be farther from what this Harlem collective actually is, because the so-called “mob” has a leader. His name is A$AP Rocky and even though he wasn’t around for the founding of the group, he has served as the Mob’s...
  • Breakout Artists Of 2014
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    Last September, Young Thug was still struggling to get by, just as he had done all of his life. With a few tapes to his name, the rapper was without a deal or a substantial fanbase -- another faceless entity trying to make it in Atlanta's increasingly saturated hip-hop scene. That all changed for him in 2014. Now, he's been on top ten singles, performed on The Tonight Show, rejected numerous...
  • 10 Essential Raury Tracks
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    Raury has had a huge 2014. In addition to turning the ripe age of 18, the artist garnered the attention of Andre 3000 and found a place on beat-maker SBTRKT's sophomore album. He did this, of course, by having a unique style that is purely his own. Like the Kid Cudi's and Weeknd's before him, Raury's music isn't really like anything that precedes it. A rich medley of folky and hip-hop makes for...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 14
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    This week on Charts Don't Lie we see the Christmas spirit in effect, as Mariah Carey's 1994 album Merry Christmas soars back up the charts. We're also seeing a relatively quick decent for the MMG boss Rick Ross, and a relatively low debut for his counterpart Omarion. Wu-Tang Clan arrive on the charts with A Better Tomorrow receiving around 25k streams and sales, although they get one-upped by Ms....
  • 28 Grams: Instagram Recap (Dec. 13)
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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...
  • Review: Royce da 5’9" and DJ Premier’s "PRhyme"
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    When Royce da 5’9” and DJ Premier announced that they’d be making an entire project together, hip-hop heads everywhere got excited. Premier is a legendary figure in hip-hop and Royce is widely revered for his ability to spit quality bars. With three years having passed since Royce’s last project, he’s still managed to remain active with work related to...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
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    Interesting juxtaposition we have in the first two weeks of December. This week saw the release of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album projected to be highest selling hip-hop project of the year while having more than its fair share of aw shucks moments. We're turning up next week, though. The Pinkprint is coming out, and those thinkpieces will be on their way soon. And after...
  • What’s New In Battle Rap (December 12)
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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...
  • Top 10 Predictions For 2015
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    2014 was a relatively quiet year for music. It almost felt like the first half of the year was dedicated to the remnants of 2013 (so we had Young Thug continue to blow up, all the Drake leftovers) and the second half was a build up to next year (we received no Lil Wayne or Kendrick Lamar album, etc). Nonetheless, the year is ending on a high note, with albums from J. Cole, PRhyme, Wu-Tang...
  • TBT: Ghostface Killah's Best Verses From The '90s
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    Ghostface Killah goes by many names: Ghostdini, Iron Man, Tony Starks, Pretty Tone and any slang-derivative of 'em is pretty much fair game. Despite the identity crisis, Ghost has always been reliable for putting out quality music. The Staten Island MC, whose real name is Dennis Coles, is well-known for his witty slang and impeccable story-telling, all of which has weathered two decades of...
  • Ranking Jay Z's 12 Albums From Worst To Best
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    Ranking Jay Z albums can be like doing any other Jay-related list: it's impossible to get it right. The God MC himself ranked his albums last year via Life + Times and caused an uproar from just about everyone, including die hard fans, casual listeners and committed Internet trolls, who bombarded the comment section with commentary like, "Nah! Vol. 2 wasn't all that good" and "Are you shitting...
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