• Review: Lloyd Banks' "F.N.O. (Failure's No Option)"
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    Lloyd Banks' pedigree as an ill emcee speaks for itself at this point. During G-Unit’s active days, Banks was widely considered the best pure spitter in the group. Very little has changed in that regard; if anything Banks' career since the early 2000s has distinguished him as one of the most technically savvy rappers out. F.N.O. (Failure's No Option) only makes it easier to argue the...
  • Review: Trinidad James' "10 Pc. Mild"
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    2012’s Don’t Be S.A.F.E. flew under the radar for the hip-hop masses. Aside from smash hits “Female$ Welcomed” and “All Gold Everything”, nobody quite knew the true identity of Trinidad James. Many eyebrows were raised when James inked a deal with Def Jam worth $2 million. Skeptics argued that he would be a one-hit wonder, and fail to live up to expectations. With verses in both A$AP...
  • Rappers & Their Children On Father's Day
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    Father's Day came and went yesterday, and like most of us, rappers were celebrating the day by relaxing with family and giving their dads the shout outs they deserve. Some such rappers have kids of their own and were thus enjoying the day for themselves as well. Some are new to the father game (Future) and celebrated it for the very first time, while others have basically become vets in the game...
  • Regina D'Acquaviva: HNHH Exclusive Hotties Photoshoot (Photo + Video)
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    Regina D'Acquaviva is only 6 months deep into the modeling game, but she's already got some pretty serious credentials. The Italian-Peruvian vixen is best know for starring in Meek Mill's "Young & Gettin' It" and a few of Styles P's recent videos. You can also see Regina in the upcoming season of Nick Cannon's Wild N Out! Not only does she look good, but D'Acquaviva is also a...
  • Review: R. Kelly's "Black Panties"
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    There has been a heavy influx of modern and neo r'n'b in the past few years, but R. Kelly will always remain an important figure in what we now consider “old school r'n'b”. With his twelfth studio album Black Panties, Kelly explained that he wanted to return to his classic sound, “I wanted to change lanes with this new album and remind people of...
  • 10 Dope Beats That Use The Piano
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    Hip hop beats are beautiful, no doubt. But the most superb ones are done by going back to the basics by using an age-old instrument integral to the evolution of not just Hip Hop, but of all music in general: the piano. Though the piano started off being equated with classically-trained musicians, it soon found its way to jazz, which used the instrument in a more progressive manner, and...
  • 11 Rappers Who Squashed Their Beef
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    Like boxing, hip-hop has always been driven by competition. But while the masses love it when top tier MCs go after each other in lyrical (or these days, reality show-style physical) combat, everybody loves a happy ending. After the tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, hip-hop has become more conscious about settling these things before they get out of hand. With hip-hop now getting...
  • Review: Wiz Khalifa's "Taylor Allderdice"
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    There's a certain dilemma rappers face when they finally break out of the underground, releasing mixtape after mixtape (which provides them with no financial compensation): how do you expand your newfound fanbase without neglecting the loyal supporters who were there with you from the beginning? Such was the problem that graced Pittsburgh stoner Wiz Khalifa, whose 2010 mixtape Kush N Orange Juice...
  • Top 10: Rap Interludes
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    The interlude has always been an opportunity for an artist to switch up the vibe of their album and transition from one style to another. Sometimes they're musical, sometimes they're a humorous skit (or not so much) thrown in for comic relief. Hip Hop albums have had interludes for a long time, but they're transformed slightly during this current generation of the genre. The skit has almost...
  • Review: PARTYNEXTDOOR "PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO"
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    PARTYNEXTDOOR is Canadian rising star Jahron Brathwaite, formerly a producer of soft, sunny R&B with EDM inflections. His first wide release under the new name represented a new label situation, through signing with Drake’s OVO Sound, and a fully realized change in sound and lyrical content. Taking a sexually aggressive tone, with dark, bass heavy atmospheres, PARTYNEXTDOOR combines it...
  • 10 Independent Rap Labels On The Rise
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    We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control over their artists. The tide is changing, and the result is a mainly positive one. Fans are receiving music how they want, when they want, from their favorite artists without the major-label...
  • Vote For Your Favorite Drake Feature Of 2014
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    Without releasing an album, Drake has completely dominated the first two thirds or so of 2014, staying on the tip of everyone's tongues by delivering unexpected fireballs like "0 To 100/The Catch Up" and "Draft Day." But more so than anything else, the reason Drake's been able to stay relevant this year is his insane gift for picking features. Anytime a "feat. Drake" pops up on a track, it's an...
  • Review: 2 Chainz's "Freebase" EP
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    I don’t believe there’s a single person on Earth who saw Tity Boi becoming a national superstar. From background appearances in old Ludacris music videos to becoming a one hit wonder as a part of Playaz Circle to having the number one hip-hop album in the country, the rapper formerly known as Tauheed Epps is an incredible example of what hard work and dedication can do. Returning to...
  • Review: Iggy Azalea's "The New Classic"
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    Defining a “classic” is no easy task. The first factor is obviously the quality of the music. Here we ask the basic questions: Are there any unnecessary tracks? Does the production impress without outshining the lyrics? The usual surface stuff that’s easy to assess on two full listens. After the surface level is cleared, an album has to separate itself from the pack. Most of the...
  • Kendrick Lamar Stays True To Control Verse
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    True to his verse on Big Sean's Control track, Kendrick Lamar showed up to the 2013 VMA's in T-shirt and Nike Cortez. And I ain't rockin no more designer shit/White T’s and Nike CortezPictured above, Kendrick broke out the Nike Cortez in Nylon Suede Grey and White, perhaps one of the least hyped up colorways of an already low key model. Is Kendrick going to bring back this original Nike...
  • Episode 4 Of Our Exclusive "Under The Influence" BTS With Berner, A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods & More
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    With the Under The Influence tour now officially over we're also nearing the end of our vlogs on the road with Wiz Khalifa and A$AP Rocky. In episode 4 of our look behind-the-scenes on the tour, Taylor Gang hit New York before taking it North of the border to Canada. TGOD still have one last episode to bring to you from the Under The Influence hijinx, for now, watch A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Ferg...
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