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All year round, hip hop is the center of our universe. Yet, some times of year can be so enthralling that we can be swept off of our feet by the seasonal fan fair, put down the headphones for just a moment and trade in our bangers for some indulgent celebration.
Happy Halloween! As you head into the weekend, as per usual, we're giving you a recap on some favorite releases, at least when it comes to the HNHH office. From the return of Freddie Gibbs, to up & comer Lil Uzi Vert, to some new Chance The Rapper, these were definitely some of the highlights of the past week.
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.
BeatKing isn't necessarily on your radar if you live on the East Coast, but in Houston, he can't go to a Wal-Mart without inspiring what he describes as a "minor riot". The Texas rapper and producer has been building a loyal fanbase in his hometown over the last 5 years, developing an aggressive, explicit, but ultimately fun-loving sound he's coined as Gangsta Stripper Music.
Sir Michael Rocks might have said that The Cool Kids are never coming back, but that doesn't mean that the duo didn't run things during their tenure. Over four years, Sir Michael Rocks and Chuck Inglish released six mixtapes, an EP and a proper album titled When Fish Ride Bicycles.
Over 20 years later, "Gin N Juice" is still that track to get the party started. You can feel the liquor loosen up your system right as the opening synths start to smolder. It remains a party classic not just for the sticky production but because the D-O-double-G laces the Cali classic with some of the most quotable lyrics of all time.
"The sophomore album is one of the most treacherous obstacles for any rapper," said G-Eazy in his recent HNHH interview. "I dug as deep as I could until I was literally drained of inspiration."
"Dis for the ones that abandoned me," Future wrote on Instagram one year ago today, hours after releasing his mixtape Monster.
Last week was all about The Game, and one would have assumed this week would be a similar story, but despite neck-and-neck projections, Machine Gun Kelly's General Admission pulled ahead of the Documentary 2.5, giving MGK the number one rap album this cycle.
Whether we like it or not, our minds begin becoming more and more susceptible to believing in the supernatural whenever Halloween comes near. While prevailing theories regarding the afterlife of some of our favorite emcees still burn year-round, the flame burns with even more heat the closer Hallow’s eve approaches on our calendar.
DJ Khaled just dropped his eighth studio album I Changed A Lot, and he's been dropping knowledge in interviews all week -- so by now, you should know a fair bit about the DJ and his successful brand of suffering. We've come up with a few questions to test you on your Khaled knowledge, so if there are an Khaled scholars in the building -- now's your time to shine.
In DJ Khaled's eyes, he's the hip hop version of George Clooney in "Ocean's 11": a wily veteran with the connections and know-how necessary to bring together a formidable team of specialists.
Kodak Black is the best high-school rapper in the country. The 18-year-old from Pompano Beach, Florida also happens to be one of a few young artists on Drake's radar.
10. Lil Wayne - Pour Up This Weezy leak continues to amass more hype, even though we can't find it anywhere on the web -- back into Birdman's vault, I suppose. Now in its fourth week, the lean-inspired zero-fucks-given anthem managed to grab the final spot in the top 10. Weezy would be wise to have "Pour Up" as his next single, though that's easier said than done.
Kirk Knight is best known for his prominent role alongside Joey Bada$$ and the Pro Era click. He's produced a handful of Joey's tracks along with being featured on Pro Era tapes and on some of the member's solo projects. Until now, he's mostly played the sidekick, but come Friday, his debut full-length will be released, making Knight a published MC.
You might be thinking "Here we go, yet another dissection into the enigma that is Young Thug." But that's just the thing with Thugger.
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a "a producer who can rap and control the maestro," and when he said it, there weren't a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J.
There is much we can learn from rap Instagram, much to read between the lines as rappers attempt to craft their image without pesky publicists looking over their shoulder. TIDAL X 1020 and Powerhouse NYC went down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Tinashe posed for Playboy, and Boosie was up to his usual bag of tricks.
Whether he's shaming Mac Miller for drug use, trying to convince Post Malone's girlfriend that she'll eventually be cheated on, or doing everything in his power to upend Young Thug's career, Charlamagne Tha God knows how to get under rappers' skin.
It's that time of the week again. This week actually wasn't too exciting, unless you're a really big fan of DJ Khaled in which case this week would be your wet dream. Khaled dropped cut after cut, with artist on top of artist, as he tends to do, all of which culminated in the release of his new album I Changed A Lot today.
Two nights after hosting TIDAL X 1020, Barclays Center played host to Powerhouse NYC, the annual showcase concert put on by NYC radio station Power 105.1. The billing promised Jidenna, Omarion, Jeremih, Meek Mill, Fetty Wap, Big Sean, Future, Kendrick Lamar. But the true measure of such a showcase event is the surprise guests.
What's worse than beef with a longtime rival? Beef with someone who's much closer to you-- say, on the same label. As record labels are founded and organized, above all, to make money, any illusions of camaraderie or a "family" are erased as soon as it becomes clear that not every signee sees eye-to-eye, which (let's face it) happens quite a bit.
No rapper conveys pure feeling like Kevin Gates. There's the free adrenaline rush of "Paper Chasers," the song that first got me hooked. There's the less invigorating, but equally visceral, "Posed to Be in Love," on which Gates' jealousy almost manifests into violence -- directed at the woman with whom he's supposed to be in love.
If there was one voice that dominated 2005-2010 radio, it was T-Pain's. His auto-tuned croon earned him spots on Billboard charts and guest features on everybody's albums.
Last week belonged to The Game, who released The Documentary 2, the long-awaited sequel to his beloved debut, and the first of two new projects. Game's numbers weren't big enough to surpass Selena Gomez' Revival, but with The Documentary 2.5 releasing on Friday, he's doing alright for himself. Elsewhere on the charts, The Weeknd has continued to pull in big numbers, while J.
In "Back to the Future 2," Marty McFly and Doc Brown chartered a course for October 21, 2015 to prevent a McFly family crisis. Today is October 21, 2015.
The Renegades, the duo of Reazy and Mev, signed with DJ Khaled in late 2010, and within a few weeks, they had their names on a We the Best hit single. That record: "Welcome to My Hood," one of the South's all-time biggest posse cuts, featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Plies, and T-Pain.
The internet was abuzz last night after Drake dropped his much-anticipated "Hotline Bling" video. Specifically it was abuzz about the fact that the video was basically Drake dancing inside a neon cube for five minutes. Not usually known for his dance moves, Drake put on a absolute clinic.
Drake is at a point where all of his video HAVE to be events or their deemed as failures, but at the same time, he's also at a point where he can make a video of himself doing weird dance moves for 4 minutes and it WILL be an event.That's exactly what happened with "Hotline Bling," which seems perfectly designed to be preserved as a GIF collection rather than a music video.
Migos Thuggin, Coke Zoo, Party At 8, Whip It... What a time to be a joint mixtape, right? The past few weeks have seen a ton of collaborative project announcements, not the least of which was Drake and Future's chart-topping WATTBA. What's to blame for this flurry of artistic partnerships?