Pulling A "Beyonce": The Surprise Album Phenom

The trend of surprise albums has definitely caused a shift in the traditional method of releasing music. Interviews, music videos and singles are still protocol (well, usually), but we’ve watched...

  • Pulling A "Beyonce": The Surprise Album Phenom
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    The trend of surprise albums has definitely caused a shift in the traditional method of releasing music. Interviews, music videos and singles are still protocol (well, usually), but we’ve watched the likes of Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West, Skrillex, J. Cole etc. trade customary release dates for something a little more exciting and spontaneous. One of the first instances of this was Radiohead’s...
  • Most Searched Artists On HNHH Of 2014
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    Like we did last year, we'll be rolling out a slew of year-end lists to round up everything that went down in rap and r'n'b in easy-to-digest list-form. We like to kick things off with the Most Searched Artists on our site of 2014, because that will give people a good gauge of who was popping on HNHH specifically in the last year. Basically, this list well let you know who were the most...
  • Top Tracks of the Week: Dec. 2- Dec. 9
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    This is our weekly rundown of what's new and notable at the top of our charts. Y'all were feeling real introspective this week and it shows in tracks from Lil' Herb, Nicki Minaj and J. Cole. 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 still deserve a second look or a deeper...
  • Review: Ghostface Killah's "36 Seasons"
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    Ghostface Killah’s new LP 36 Seasons comes to us just one week after the release of Wu-Tang Clan’s A Better Tomorrow. While the latter LP received lukewarm reviews due to questionably experimental tracks, 36 Seasons is the exact opposite. It is concise and precise, using that classic Wu sound to march along an incredible story line while The Revelations provide the production. The...
  • Remix Fix: MJ Cole Remixes "Illuminate" By Tourist
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    MJ Cole is a London based remixer and producer who got his start in music as an oboe player at England's esteemed Royal College of Music. He released his first album, Sincere, in 2000, which was nominated for The Mercury Prize (her Majesty's award for the best album in the UK and Ireland). Since his break in the Y2K year, he's been producing records and dope house remixes like "Illuminate," that...
  • 10 Remixes That Were Better Than The Original
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    The remix. It can mean a lot of things. Today it usually means a trap or house DJ took a tune and chopped it up for the dance-floor, but there was a time in hip-hop where the remix was an opportunity to invite old friends and make new ones over a celebrated beat. P. Diddy's album We Invented The Remix might have been a little over-ambitious with its title. I don't know how Frankie...
  • 10 Essential Jay Rock Tracks
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    Los Angeles-based Jay Rock signed to Top Dawg Entertainment in 2007, long before "Money Trees" were providing Grammy-nominated types of shade. The rapper, real name Johnny Reed McKinzie, Jr. was born in 1986 and started rapping in 2005, releasing a bunch of mixtapes and what not. Along with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q, Jay Rock counts himself as a part of the group...
  • Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It: Subconscious Racism & Hip Hop
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    It's a mantra that hip-hop listeners are all too familiar with. Year after year, statistics prove that the black community in America--particularly in lower-class neighborhoods--is subjected to unjust treatment from those supposedly designated to protect them. For the most part, these are the same communities that dominate the rap marketplace. It makes sense, then, that emcees would want to...
  • Review: Shady Records "Shady XV"
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    Fifteen years of Shady Records represents an unusual time for rap music, transitioning out of the shiny suit era and into a bubble featuring new names. Aside from D12 and Obie Trice releases, the label’s existence was mostly tied to Eminem signing a certain Queens MC. 2011 proves a critical year with the reformation of Bad Meets Evil with friend Royce da 5’9”, and the signings of...
  • Charts Don't Lie: December 7
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    This is a pretty eventful Charts Don't Lie, as we were not only anticipating first week sales for the likes of Eminem, Rick Ross, Beyonce and Iggy Azalea, but we're now seeing the streaming initiative from Billboard in full effect. For those unaware, we'll explain real quick. Billboard is now starting to include streaming data into the tallies of album sales, this not only includes album streams...
  • 28 Grams: Instagram Recap (Dec. 6)
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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: Wu-Tang Clan's "A Better Tomorrow"
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    It's been seven years since the Wu-Tang Clan released their last proper album, 8 Diagrams, but of course, that doesn’t mean the members of rap’s greatest clan have been prepping for an early retirement. Not by a long shot.  Since 8 Diagrams, there have been a number of efforts from Clan members, most notably records by Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man. While the three...
  • 10 Classic, One-Producer Albums
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    Many of hip-hop's most classic albums have one thing in common: they were all produced (mostly) by one man. Dr. Dre, J Dilla, the RZA, Kanye West, Madlib, and many more have all laced MCs with a collection of beats that create a cohesive aesthetic through which full LPs can thrive. Singles and one-offs are cool, but to compile 10+ tracks and keep it dope the whole way through makes you a...
  • Fight Night: 10 Songs To Make You Rowdy
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    Whether you’re turning up, about to get in a brawl, or about to give up, music will never fail. Forget the sappy, slow inspirational songs. We’re talking about songs that get you amped, songs that get your blood flowing no matter what time of day. While we are not condoning violence in any way, we put together a list of the top ten songs you want to fight to. These songs will turn your...
  • #TBT: AZ's Early Cuts
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    Brooklyn-born Anthony Cruz isn't one of the 10 greatest rappers of all time. He hasn't released a platinum record and most of his accolades are due to a relationship with Nas. However, most critics who know their stuff will tell you that AZ is vastly underrated, and even albums like Illmatic would have suffered had he never picked up the mic. For that, we celebrate one of Brooklyn's...
  • Samples Of The Week: December 4
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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...
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