Top 10: Sophomore Albums Of The 2000s

In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly...

  • Top 10: Sophomore Albums Of The 2000s
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    In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump". Our expectations are set so high that we tend to discount the second effort, sometimes leading us to be pleasantly surprised by the third...
  • Review: Kid Ink's "My Own Lane"
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    Kid Ink may have suddenly rose to popularity with the 2012 catchy hit “Time of Your Life” but the California rapper has been at it longer than that. Releasing his first mixtape in 2010, Kid Ink, real name Brian Collins, gained a slew of fans with his laid-back style and blend of singing and rapping. Ink wasted no time in offering up tons of new music within the span of a few years;...
  • Memorial Day Weekend Recap: Nicki Minaj, Game, Big Sean & More Hit Up Las Vegas
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    The long weekend festivities haven't ended just yet, with many people, rappers included, planning to barbecue and relax for their extra day off. A lot of hip-hop artists have sent out tweets and social postings in remembrance of fallen soldiers and those currently fighting for the U.S., and these same artists have updated us with what they've been doing all weekend.  A lot of the fun went...
  • 8 NBA Players With Gang Affiliations
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    The relationship between basketball and gangs is no secret. Traditionally the best basketball players often came out of the most impoverished areas, in which they had very little options other than balling or joining a set. Over the last decade the dynamics of the game of basketball has continued to change as an exceedingly high amount of NBA players are now coming from middle and upper middle...
  • Busta Rhymes Reveals Features For "Twerk It" Remix
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     Following the recent release of his music video for "Twerk It", Busta Rhymes announced earlier today the features for the upcoming remix. Sitting down with Sway on MTV's Rapfix, Busta announced the names of those featured on his official remix to "Twerk It". Those named on the remix include Vybz Kartel, Jeremih, Ne-Yo, T.I., and French Montana. Busta also mentions that the remix is...
  • Wiz Khalifa Defines "Blacc Hollywood"
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    Wiz Khalifa is currently working on a new album, Blacc Hollywood. He's already revealed some of the artists he's working with on the album, including The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus and Adele, while he's released just one (possible) album cut, "Look Into My Eyes." Although the updates on the album have been a little slow lately, we got to speak to Wiz about the whole concept of 'Blacc...
  • Review: G.O.O.D. Music "Cruel Summer"
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    G.O.O.D. Music’s long awaited Cruel Summer finally hit stores this week. Although it was mysteriously missing from iTunes, that didn’t stop listeners from guzzling down this eclectic album start to finish. From the legendary R. Kelly on the album’s opener, “To The World”, to the infamous Jay-Z on the street thumping “Clique”, Cruel Summer is chock full of features, traditional...
  • Major Money: Rappers Who Signed Million-Dollar Deals
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    What most music fans don’t know is that a major record label deal is not guaranteed change in your pocket. A recording contract is essentially a legal agreement which allows the record label to exploit an artist’s work through recorded material. This includes the album’s release, promotion, marketing, sales… you name it. The price tag set on the deal merely highlights the...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 3
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    Last week we saw several independent rappers make their debut on the charts (sort of-- some of them didn't sell enough to actually chart, yet), but this week we return to the big guns, like Drake and DJ Khaled. Khaled is an interesting case, because while he is definitely considered among the 'big guns' aka mainstream stars, he didn't move mainstream numbers. Although Suffering From Success was...
  • Top 10 Nicki Minaj Guest Verses
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    While she may have had her doubters at certain points, its clear from last night's Summer Jam performance that Nicki Minaj is one of the most exciting voices in the rap game right now. While the Young Money rapper has had her share of incredible solo tracks, she also tends to bring a particularly great energy to features. Leading up to Pink Friday was Nicki's first string of legendary guest...
  • "0 To 100" Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
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    Ever since Drake dropped off "0 To 100" right in the middle of Summer Jam on June 1st, rappers from every corner of the game have been clamoring to hop on the track, with everyone from Juicy J to Joell Ortiz spitting over Boi-1da, 40 and Nineteen85's ill production. Over the past five or so weeks, HNHH has posted around 20 "0 To 100" remixes and freestyles, and now comes the time to decide which...
  • The Top Ten Most Searched Artists On HNHH: January to March
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    We've gone through our stats for the top 100 most popular searches on Hot New Hip Hop, and narrowed it down to ten artists. Songs, album titles, and creative spellings of rappers names were all taken into consideration when compiling the final results. This list gives you the top ten most searched artists on the site, so there shouldn't be too much room to argue, considering the winners are...
  • 15 Classic Hip-Hop Debuts
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    There are certain albums that every hip-hop head should have in their collection, and without a doubt these fifteen LPs are among them. These artists have created masterpieces that have contributed to the legacy of hip hop. This is a hard feat to do with a debut effort alone, but it's safe to say these LPs have had a major influence, if not changed the game for good. Moreover you can bet...
  • HNHH's Best Album Covers of 2012
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    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. 
  • Briyonza: HNHH Exclusive Hotties Photoshoot (Video)
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    You may remember Briyonza as the sexy vixen from our very own video for Dizzy Wright, "Verbalizing". A couple things you may not know about this 5'0" beauty are she's ambidextrous, has an interest in the culinary arts, and sports a 32 DD bra size! Take a look at our shoot with the vixen in the gallery above, and take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage as well as an interview in the video...
  • BTS Photos: Lil Wayne & Snoop Dogg Face Off In Celebrity Beach Bowl
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    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. While Weezy says he doesn't have any stakes in tomorrow's game, as the packers have been eliminated, he did participate in today's 7th annual Celebrity Beach Bowl in New Orleans. Wayne played in the flag football...
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