Game Changers is a new HNHH feature that highlights artists that have left a strong mark on hip hop. Whether it be through creativity, influence, exposure, or just plain good timing, a game changer is someone who has brought something to rap where the game just wouldn't be the same without them.
Last week we profiled N.O. spitter Lil Wayne, but today we're taking a look through the catalog of Chi-Town legend Kanye West.Kanye West doesn't do small-scale. Many talk of his humble beginnings as the young rapper who said “everybody self-conscious I'm just the first to admit it.”, but fail to mention the fact that he was calling himself a prophet AT THE SAME DAMN TIME.
It's been some time since we've heard a new project from Ricky Hil, but that all changes real soon. And surfacing the internet tonight is the official artwork and tracklisting for Ricky Hil's upcoming project SYLDD (Support Your Local Drug Dealer).The long-awaited project has been in the works for over 2 years now and will be here within only a few hours.
Lil Wayne is a huge football fan. He's known to be a rampant supporter of the Green Bay Packers, even recording a tribute song for them a couple years back.
The triumphant (ok, maybe not so much) return of "140 Bars Or Less" dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans.
Earlier today, Lil Wayne was interviewed by Alison Fensterstock from NOLA.com at the Macy's store in Metarie, Louisiana.
Hailing from Detroit, KeY Wane has been close with Big Sean since the rapper was on the rise. Still in College, Wane was the producer behind Meek Mill’s mega hit “Amen” and is known for his smooth beats. Now, looking to cement his place more as one of the rising producers in the game, KeY Wane is dropping a mixtape called So Many Keys.
Since Outkast began an indefinite hiatus shortly after the release of Idlewild in 2006, their unique sound has been greatly missed in the rap game and beyond. Big Boi brought 50% of the equation back in 2010 with his critically-acclaimed solo album Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty which he followed up this past December with Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumours.
Even through out his legal troubles, Gunplay has remained with a foot in the rap door, dropping mixtapes and singles leading up to his solo debut, Medellin. We haven't had many details on Medellin as of yet, although Gunplay does have plans to drop his Bogota mixtape prior to its release.Gunplay previously said he doesn't want to over think Medellin or fill it with a bunch of features.
Taylor Gang's first lady, Lola Monroe, is prepping for the release of her upcoming mixtape, Lipstick And Pistols, and just recently revealed the artwork to the project.Lola Monroe, who is expecting a baby with Bad Boy rapper King Los, takes an armed and dangerous look to the mixtape's front cover.
It's hard to believe that Kid Cudi is only turning 29, especially after the last few tumultuous years he's been through. Having only released one critically acclaimed mixtape, the Cleveland rapper shot to fame and got signed to G.O.O.D Music by Kanye West. He's been on a phenomenal rise, having released two albums that have had fans and critics drooling over them.
Game Changers is a new HNHH feature that highlights artists that have left a strong mark on hip hop. Whether it be through creativity, influence, exposure, or just plain good timing, a game changer is someone who has brought something to rap where the game just wouldn't be the same without them. In our first entry to the series, we're
Today has been a good one for fans of CyHi The Prynce who has dropped off two banging tracks off his near approaching Ivy League: Kick Back mixtape. The tape is a follow up to his successful Ivy League Club mixtape, and now CyHi releases the tracklist in the form of a letter, with the tracks highlighted in red. Make sure to take a look at the “References” section which
There've been a slew of rap game birthdays lately. Alicia Keys celebrated her born day on Friday, Lil Jon's was yesterday and now it's The Bawse's turn for cake. Turning 37 today, Rick Ross' impressive career boasts a plethora of solid songs and verses. He's overcome criticism, beef, literal shots and even two seizures to become one of the best in the game currently.
With a career as eclectic as Lil Jon's, it's hard to pinpoint what the multi-talented artist truly is: rapper, DJ, producer, actor or hype-man. A swirling mix of dread-locks, gold teeth, pimp cups, and random exclamations, the self-proclaimed King of Crunk is 42 years young today.
It feels like Alicia Keys has been in the game for a long time, since the New York native helped revive R&B in the early 2000's. Each of her albums has been uniquely successful and she's put out hit after hit throughout the years. All the while, she's stayed relevant with her piano-driven tracks and soulful voice.
For an artist that's just turned 21, Mac Miller has a discography that would have taken many years to garner. It took some time to sort through 7 mixtapes, 3 EP'S, and an independent album. But, after some extensive research and hours of listening to the Pittsburgh rapper, we've broken down 25 of his top songs.
Today's pop stars have several pioneers to thank, including arguably the '90's most famous R&B singer, Aaliyah. She will forever be ingrained into pop culture's memory after her accidental death in 2001. And on what would have been her 34th birthday, HNHH decided to honor the pop star with some of her greatest tracks. Check them out below.
2012 was a great year for music lovers. With plenty of album releases from rap veterans and newcomers alike, hip-hop heads have been very busy listening to the latest projects from the biggest and not so biggest names in the industry. HNHH tackles the daunting task to break down the top 15 hottest studio albums released over the past 12 months.
From being a rarity in the hip-hop game to the norm, mix-tapes are now a way for artists to get their name recognized; they're a way for an artist to release songs that didn't make the album but still deserve recognition and sometimes, mix-tapes are crucial for an artist to find their voice and make it stick out amongst the masses.
The night started off as any other night would with a full out dance party on the second floor of Webster Hall. There, fans got their fill at one of their three bars and danced to the tunes of Nicki Minaj and her Young Money cohorts. Eager to see their favorite MC, fans were dressed up as Nicki Minaj from their eyelashes to their shoes.
What's a rap game without a little beef? A little healthy tussle does wonders to let steam off! This year was eventful in that respect, with a few old feuds continuing and a few new surprises. HNHH brings you the top 10 beefs that kept us watching on the edge of our seats.
Album covers are probably one of the most fun round-ups of the year. It doesn't really matter if the album was any good, if it was well-received, or even who the artist is or what the genre is - anyone can appreciate a good visual. Of course, when the cover reflects the album, it's even better. HNHH tallied up the best hip-hop album covers of 2012 for your hungry eyes.
We find the winter upon us, for most sooner than expected. Looking back on both the summer and the fall, its crazy how fast time flies. During this time we’ve seen a bunch of artists drop some memorable projects. On the flipside we’ve also hoped to hear from certain artists a little bit more, but this wasn’t the case.
Although 2012 has been an amazing year for rap music in general, there are several projects that didn't contribute to this collective greatness as much as they should have. There are several more that were simply not good in the first place.To say some of these works were disappointing is not to say they were full-on bad. Indeed a couple of the listed projects were actually quite good.
Things have changed since the days of Yo! MTV Raps. As professional camera gear becomes cheaper and more accessible, and with the free marketing potential of YouTube, more and more artists are producing quality music videos. They don’t necessarily need a budget of millions or major label support to put out dope visuals anymore.
Welcome to this year’s Sexiest Videos countdown. This year had so much booty shaking, bottle popping and ass clapping that I think it might have become an epidemic. Hey, as long as it’s a hottie epidemic and not zombies, it’s cool with us. With a little mix of R n’ B, club bangers and some femcee action, this list has a little bit of everything for everyone.
It was hard sifting through albums and debating on what actually categorized as R&B.With artists crossing genres constantly or including more than one in their album, it's hard to truly define their sound. Some were more obvious than others but after much discussion, HNHH has brought you what we think are the Ten Best R&B Albums of 2012.
The past year was another intriguing one for hip-hop with several albums vying for best of the year along with a few that were expected to be great but fell short. The year also brought us a whole host of collaborative efforts from crews, to quartets, to surprising duos that took listeners by surprise.
With the relentless expansion of the Internet and the rise of social media, mass exposure is accessible to more artists than ever before, for better or worse. Each new year gives rise to new artists, as well as older artists attempting to reinvent themselves in the digital age. Of this ever-growing yield there are artists that stand out,
The Game hosted a private listening event this afternoon for his fifth album, "Jesus Piece." The event took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood, CA - where everyone celebrated with soul food, champagne and 40oz's.