Aug 16, 2014
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...
Our interview footage from the recent HOT 97 Summer Jam continues today, with none other than Beast Coast rapper Joey Bada$$. The New York native took the stage at the Festival Village this year, a momentous event in the young rapper's rising career.
"I told myself last year I wouldn't come to Summer Jam ever again until I'm performing, and look here I am," Joey Bada$$ told us during our...
Jun 12, 2014
Tattoos have become a pretty popular trend among adolescents and adults in today’s culture, especially within the rap and hip-hop community. While your average person may choose to get a tattoo or two, rappers and other artists in the music industry often adorn their entire bodies with artistic ink, such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, DMX, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Kid Ink.
Dec 13, 2012
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.
Sep 16, 2013
Fame is a helluva drug for any celebrity. For some, it's a way of giving voice to a worthy cause. For others, it's a license to do and say whatever they feel or pursue any artistic path they choose. With The Weeknd, fame could be downright scary.
Musically, The Weeknd is still on his game with Kiss Land, an album that provides an eclectic soundtrack for the bedroom as well as a glimpse at how...
Jul 22, 2013
After three studio albums and countless mixtapes, it seems Ace Hood is as determined as ever to prove himself with the release of Trials & Tribulations. His first studio album since 2011’s Blood, Sweat, & Tears, Ace has spent the past two years soaring upward through the Hip Hop ranks on the back of monstrous singles and star-studded remixes such as DJ Khaled’s “Bitches & Bottles” and...
Jul 15, 2014
For as long as hip hop has been a part of popular culture, it has been one of the more interactive genres in music. But while most MCs like to make the crowd a part of the show, fans sometimes go to far in trying to get close to their favorite artist. Whether they're heckling or showing love, the stage has always been an "Enter at your own risk" zone. Rappers more often than not like to settle...
Jan 20, 2014
Martin Luther King Jr. really needs no introduction at all, however, we will attempt to do the civil rights leader justice in our brief description.
King became a civil rights activist early on in life, having always been a gifted student, he skipped two grades growing up in Atlanta and started to attend college at age 15 without having formally graduated high school. His schooling fell in...
Jul 29, 2013
When Young Money released their We Are Young Money album four years ago, they were undeniably the hottest team in hip-hop. Lil Wayne's army was young and hungry, as artists like Tyga and Nicki Minaj had yet to develop into superstars. Veterans such as Mystikal and Busta Rhymes have since joined the Young Money militia, though have failed to make a lasting impact with the group. Fast forward to...
Sep 19, 2013
We know that The Weeknd is not considered hip hop, but you can't escape Kiss Land as a great production piece. The Weeknd is known to be one of the new faces of R&B and Drake's go-to guy for an R&B feature. With no surprise, you'll also find Drizzy Drake featured on this project on "Live For." Out of the 10 tracks on Kiss Land, not counting the bonus tracks, we found 5 were sampled by other...
There are many out there who are still upset and lay dormant, content to grumble mildly because, after all, it has been a week. A week and two days, to be precise, since Macklemore took home Best Rap Album and Best New Artist at the Grammys, signaling a parade of heated discourse, Instagrams, tweets, Instagrams of tweets, and a general consensus from the “real hip-hop” community that...
Jul 11, 2014
Following up last week's Top 10 of rappers who were bodied on their own shit, we're moving on to Yeezy's production. Expect a new Top 10 list each Monday going forward, and if there's a subject you want us to tackle shout it out in the comments.
It's been a long, crazy journey for Kanye West. From popped collars to bejeweled masks, we've followed along as he's evolved from the Louis Vuitton Don...
Jul 21, 2014
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...
Oct 29, 2013
Halloween is less than 48 hours away at this point and it's about time for us to offer up some of what we think are the creepiest, spookiest, most disturbing rap videos ever made. There isn't any particular order here, but this list is sure to get you in the mood for the biggest fright night of the year. Happy Halloween and enjoy!
In the world of hip hop "beef" isn't unusual, in fact it's customary. Some of the greatest and most historical moments in the culture and genre have been produced because of contention. Most disagreements are between two or more artists and/or producers, but from time to time artists have been in dispute with their record labels. And when rappers take to social media, or in some cases to wax, to...
Sep 20, 2014
Rappers from all over the United States are popping up, showing off their talents and making a name for themselves in their cities of choice. Whether it's Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami, there are young emcees repping each region. These are some of the main areas inhabited by rappers, or areas one would expect. However, there are more obscure places, such as North Carolina and Virginia...