On "Waking at Dawn," Roy Woods strays a bit from his original sound toward the middle of the modern R&B road, and he ends up with his strongest batch of songs yet.
Last year, Toronto's Roy Woods emerged with an immediately identifiable voice that stood out in his hometown's foggy-sounding R&B scene despite usually being paired with instrumentals that could've appeared on any OVO release.
Under Armour has come a long way since the brand launched 20 years ago and today they've built up a roster that includes the reigning NFL MVP, Cam Newton, as well as the reigning NBA MVP, Stephen Curry, and the reigning MLB MVP, Bryce Harper. Not to mention, guys like Jordan Spieth and Tom Brady.
The phrase “classic never goes out of style” was invented to describe artists like Cookin Soul.
Between 2009 and 2013, YG released five mixtapes: 4Fingaz, The Real 4Fingaz, Just Re’d Up, 4Hunnid Degreez, & Just Re’d Up 2. There was also a joint mixtape with Ty Dolla $ign and Bobby Brackins called Young and Hung...over.
Almost every release listed below actually moved up on Billboard 200 this past week, an impressive statistic that bodes well for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Kanye West, who both jumped up at least 15 spots over the 4th of July weekend.
2012 was a monumental year for 2 Chainz, as the rapper's titular ad-lib was impossible to escape, whether on his countless features or massively successful solo singles. After release of his debut album under his new pseudonym (never forget his long stint as Tity Boi), Chainz became a little less omni-present, instead choosing to broaden his range and make a bid as an album artist.
Stark, acapella, and to the point, the freestyles that XXL produce in conjunction with their annual Freshmen class series stand out in contrast to the list itself, which takes numerous factors into consideration in order to determine the hottest up-and-comers in the game. It's been clear for a few years that being the best pure rapper isn't the only way you can make it there.
Just because Sap isn’t a household name doesn’t mean you haven’t listened to him on multiple occasions.
Lil Wayne has been rapping for close to two decades, and seeing that at on point during his very long career, he the biggest, most prolific, and arguably best rapper working, it's safe to say he's influenced many.
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake.
However you may feel about the Fourth of July, chances are you'll be spending at least part of your day off with friends and family, watching some fireworks, and very importantly, listening to music.
If you have a thing for patriotic, red, white and blue sneakers then you're in luck because the month of July is absolutely loaded with USA themed sneakers. 4th of July weekend always brings out the best star spangled sneakers but with the Olympic games beginning one month from now there's even more in store for the red, white and blue colorways.
Russ is slowly but surely cultivating a massive cult following for himself with his consistent output of quality self-produced tracks. In a little over a year, he's increased his SoundCloud empire from under 1,000 followers to 145,000. DAMN.
Kendrick Lamar earned himself a passionate following through his many mixtape releases, and later found huge critical acclaim through the release of his two densely conceptual major label releases, good kid, MAAD city, and To Pimp A Butterfly, but for many, it all began with Section.80, the rapper's first retail release through Top Dawg Entertainment, and in many ways, the blueprint for his later
A tornado is planning to attack NYC upon this Friday night. The best way to fight it is by eliciting a whirlwind of intoxicating substances in your own system. If the turn-up is forced to move indoors, don't worry about a playlist -- we've got you covered with a party pack full of the freshest heat that the summer has to offer.
NBA free agency officially began at 12:01am EST today and literally billions of dollars have been committed to players around the league while some of the biggest names like Kevin Durant, Al Horford and Dwight Howard have still yet to sign.
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases).
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via
Adidas recently introduced the world to their newest innovative running shoe, the AlphaBOUNCE, and it is one of the most comfortable sneakers that my feet have had the pleasure of being inside. That sounds weird, but just hear me out as I take you through my review of the $100 Adidas AlphaBOUNCE.
If you, like me, weren't one of the couple thousand people who had pressed play on the Soundcloud link Desiigner's "Panda" by the time you sat down to watch Kanye West's Life Of Pablo livestream this February, you were most likely among the millions who first assumed that the teenaged, "Broads in Atlanta"-touting Brooklyn rapper was actually Future. That's a pretty huge hole from wh
There are a few faces who've been instrumental in the meteoric rise of the purple-haired North Philly trap artist known as Lil Uzi Vert. There's Don Cannon and DJ Drama, two of the industry's leading mixtape DJs, both from Philly and both currently working out of Atlanta, where they made sure to focus Uzi's come-up.
Gucci Mane's freedom after a 39-month stint in jail has been more glorious than anyone could possibly have imagined.
While Drake's VIEWS remains unmoved from the #1 spot (sorry YG), there were still a few switch-ups this week with hip hop albums on the Billboard 200. YG made his debut with Still Brazy at #6, a precocious new LP from the California gangster rapper.
Future and Young Thug's triumphant studio summit earlier this week signaled the beginning of a new, tenuous era of peace and prosperity in the relationship between two of Atlanta's most popular rappers who have quarreled in the past, perhaps bothered by the traits their music shares in common: the prioritization of rhythm, cadence, and emotional tenor over lyrical content.
Earlier this morning, Adidas officially announced their new long-term contract extension with Kanye West which will see his Yeezy line transcend the lifestyle category and breach the world of sports performance products.
The Fourth of July is right around the corner and that means there will be a ton of patriotic, USA-themed sneakers releasing in celebration of our country's Independence. Furthermore, the Summer Olympics are also on the horizon so you know July is going to be jam packed with star-spangled sneaker releases.
“Niggas be rapping like they Tony/ When they really just a little pink pony” - Reese LaFlare * Here Reese is referring to Lil Uzi Vert, the meteoric Philly rapper whom he briefly befriended and later accused of swaggerjacking. The song is "180Secs" and it is the best diss track of 2016 to date.
Kanye West's "Famous" video is being hailed as a master class in the art of provocation by some and derided as "dumpster juice" by others. Inspired by "Sleep," a painting by American realist Vincent Desiderio, the video depicts a bed in which wax statues of 12 celebrities doze peacefully in the nude: George W.
Summer officially began this past week, and with it came a whole bevy of huge tracks, most of the biggest ones being collabs. There's something decidedly warm weather about the low-stakes posse cut, and that's mainly what our list consists of this week. All but two of these ten tracks didn't appear on last week's Top Ten, with a bunch of stuff falling off in the past week.
Vic Mensa has dramatically changed his entire aesthetic since dropping his debut mixtape Innanetape in 2013 at age 19. Innanetape received a 98% reader rating on HNHH. It was a fantastic mixtape. Why the change?