Dec 23, 2013
2013 wasn't just a good year for music, we also saw some great and memorable album covers. Artwork is an important aspect of any project, as art will likely draw a listener in off first glance and can also give you an idea of what's to come-- themes can often be represented in the art, but then again, sometimes art is drawn up for pure jokes-- both instances are seen in this countdown.
The songwriting process in rap can sometimes be hard to follow. With the use of sampling, and the genre's increasingly collaborative production methods, breaking down the construction of songs can become convoluted. Unless you're in the studio, a close reading of the liner notes is the most accurate representation of what went into the music presented on record.
We've gone through the NWTS...
Oct 27, 2014
Sir Robert Bryson Hall II even sounds like future royalty. Professionally known as Logic, the massively talented Maryland MC has that potential. He’s also an interesting meta case study of multiple perspectives. Surface level, his racial background paints a ready-made perception, fair or not.
Within this particular context, there is a matter of fact. Frankly, while his heritage...
Nov 21, 2012
Last week we took a look at the “NBA’s 10 Best Rappers”, and
the list was filled with some ballers you may have known rhymed, and a few
surprise performances, and overall they held their own in the booth. Now we have compiled a
list of 10 NBA players who have besmirched not only their basketball
reputation, but the entire hip hop community by trying their hand at
Feb 13, 2015
This was hard. This was really hard. Mostly because we love all of Kanye West's albums. They've each played a unique role in the progression of hip-hop (and music in general), each pushing the boundaries of his sound and offering something new to the table.However it's fun to really dissect a great artist's work, and Kanye's is no different. His music (and his antics) has been the subject of...
Jan 29, 2013
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
covering New Orleans legend Lil Wayne. Weezy has been a...
Feb 25, 2013
This new feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Ghostface, Juicy J and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own...
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific bars are often overlooked (with the exception of anything ever uttered by Drake). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.
Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get...
Mixtapes are like opinions. Everyone has one, but not all of them matter.
Your mixtape should be a totally uninhibited creative space. A platform where you can impulsively exhibit your talent for a more focused and passionate audience. The mixtape is a very reliable vehicle for hip-hop, especially in the digital era where free information spreads feverishly. In some cases, artists give away...
Jan 19, 2013
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. With another mixtape and an album due out in 2013, Mac Miller doesn't look like...
Nov 24, 2013
As y'all know, Sundays are slow here at HNHH, which is reason enough to kill time with this completely arbitrary list.
Success in the rap game will find you touring the world over, and more often than not, schmoozing with other successful people outside of your field. We've compiled a list of 25 Kodak moments between emcees and other celebrities, from Tupac and Sting to 50 Cent and Samuel L....
Jun 21, 2014
Rappers have extremely demanding work schedules, especially the successful ones. With all the time they need to prioritize towards writing music, recording, performing and engaging in press interviews, a lot of them just simply use the time to rest and unwind. However, some of them find extra time to pick up truly unique and worthwhile hobbies.
When thinking about what rappers do for fun most...
Sep 29, 2014
With yesterday's news from A$AP Yams that the Mob's debut album was officially scrapped, the only positive news was the promise of new music. Yams tweeted that while the compilation album was cancelled, we'd get a mixtape in October from A$AP Nast as well as a new album later this year from Rocky. So we can't be that mad, right? If you were following along with the announcements on Twitter, Yams...
Jun 27, 2012
Maybach: over a century old now this luxury automobile brand will soon cease production for the second time during its illustrious reign. From tanks to trains, and of course Exelero’s and Landaulet’s, Maybach has a history to be proud of. That said their legacy in the rap game is just beginning.Rick Ross began utilizing the moniker for his music group in 2008. And though the recession proved...
Feb 19, 2015
This week, Chief Keef caused a stir by releasing two tracks with Andy Milonakis, a comedian who'd formerly rapped alongside RiFF RAFF and Dirt Nasty in the group Three Loco. The man who came up as the poster boy for Chicago's violent drill scene was chilling out a bit and embracing humor with these tracks, or so it seemed. In actuality, the Milonakis co-sign was just the latest in a...
Dec 19, 2012
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. The issue...