Sep 19, 2013
Kevin Gates, a New Orleans, Baton Rouge native, had a tough time leaving the street life alone to focus completely on his music. It's a feat he seems to have finally accomplished though, but his troubled past is still well-documented in his lyrics. If you aren't familiar with the rapper's discography, which includes the stand-out album Stranger Than Fiction, we're about to make you...
Mar 19, 2013
The model/ dancer/ actress/ songwriter turned singer, known as Tinashe, is as multifaceted as she is beautiful. In our exclusive BTS video, Tinashe talks about her start in the industry and what she's learned so far as a young woman in the entertainment business.Make sure to keep an eye out for the solo R&B singer's upcoming debut album, but in the meantime, download...
The evolutions of Donald Glover and Childish Gambino appeared mutually exclusive until recently, with the masses not completely sold on either. Glover was either "that guy from that show,” or “Troy!!!!” The Gambino character was viewed as a playful, non-threatening side project, by fans of Glover’s work, and other rappers. With each tape and album, moving from almost...
Apr 17, 2014
2014 has been quite the year for debut albums thus far. Already, we’ve seen debut studio LPs from Cali artists Kid Ink, ScHoolboy Q, and YG. Now, about a year after he first splashed into mainstream Hip-hop/R&B, New Orleans singer August Alsina delivers his Def Jam debut album, Testimony. In 2013, Alsina released the radio-buzzing single “I Luv This Shit” featuring labelmate...
"You a servant in my world, the rap gods curse you / When Judgement Day's upon you, reality's a virtue."-Danny Brown, #HottestMCThere's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of new Drake material). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your...
Jul 21, 2014
Last week, at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Jay Electronica gave fans a set to remember as he brought out labelmate Jay Z, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Talib Kweli. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jay is an elusive rapper and producer who joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation roster label in 2010. While it was impressive that Hov made a guest appearance during Jay Elect's set, something else stood out...
Dec 21, 2014
Rap and jail time have had a close relationship ever since the Fat Boys rhymed about doing time for holding up a pizza place.
Unfortunately, prison bids have stymied many promising careers over rap music's history. For every Tupac "out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin'" there's five rap stars whose careers never recovered after doing time.
After recent arrests in connection with...
Jan 30, 2014
Isaiah Rashad’s debut EP, Cilvia Demo, is very easily among the most captivating mainstream debut projects from a new artist since the likes of J. Cole, Drake or even label mate Kendrick Lamar.
Cilvia Demo is the first official body of work from the young Chattanooga emcee. Through the record’s thematic contrast, Rashad constructs the conflicted, contemplative and deeply human image...
Apr 26, 2013
The only thing better than a great DJ is a great DJ that looks good doing it! We've put together a gallery of some of the sexiest spinners in the game, complete with links to their Twitters and Instagrams. So make sure to Instafollow these girls to get your fix of hot mixes and even hotter photos.
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Jun 30, 2013
We now have the numbers for what was a monumental week in rap history, with Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all dropping their respective albums on June 18th. And Kelly Rowland. This marks the first time since 2006 that three rap releases have broken the 100k mark opening week, the las time being when Jay-Z's Kingdom Come (680,000), Snoop Dogg's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (264,000)...
Nov 19, 2014
The story of two brothers who came from nothing, from a city far off the hip-hop radar, and built an empire. But they didn’t do it alone. Brothers Bryan “Baby” Williams (who we now know as Birdman), age 22, and Ronald “Slim” Williams, age 24, wanted to get out of their projects and build a better life for their family and friends in Magnolia and the surrounding...
Aug 23, 2013
You may recognize Tina Colada from appearances in Sweets and Black Men magazine, but today she's making her debut as an HNHH Hottie! The New York beauty sports some fresh, cool grey Jordan 9s and not much else in our exclusive photoshoot!
Take a look at Tina's photos in the gallery above, and some behind-the-scenes footage of her shoot below.
You can see more of Tina on her official...
Keeping Gucci Mane out of the headlines is no easy task. Once again he’s back, although this time with the release of his digital album The State Vs. Radric Davis II: The Caged Bird Sings. While the rapper is surrounded by mounting legal problems, he's nonetheless found the time to keep his fans fed with this Christmas day release.
As with most Gucci projects, the production on The...
Feb 24, 2014
Many emcees are noted for their serious, aggrandized personas so it becomes easy to forget that for the most part, Hip Hop is about fun and many rappers use their verses to tell some jokes (isn't that why they call them punch lines?).
Perhaps in an era where Vevo-streamed, artistic, well-directed visuals reign supreme, we've forgotten another time when people would watch the silliest music...
Feb 11, 2013
After the awards, the celebration was in full swing around town last night. Highlights include Jay-Z actually drinking from his award, and party photos of Chris Brown, Nas, 2 Chainz, Rihanna, Usher, Trinidad James - all enjoying the festivities.Check out some highlight photos from the 55th Annual Grammy Awards after parties below.
Nov 26, 2013
Chris Brown's new X-Files EP features six brand new tracks that didn't make the final cut for his highly anticipated yet perpetually delayed album X. Although the singer has attempted to distance himself from the media lens and his missteps outside of entertaining, for many listeners, the line between his personal life and his music will remain forever blurred. The EP dropped...