Charts Don't Lie: August 11

We have two new-comers to Charts Don't Lie this week, who come from opposite ends of the spectrum- Robin Thicke and Tech N9ne. Both artists had impressive debuts, with Thicke earning a #1 debut for...

  • Charts Don't Lie: August 11
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    We have two new-comers to Charts Don't Lie this week, who come from opposite ends of the spectrum- Robin Thicke and Tech N9ne. Both artists had impressive debuts, with Thicke earning a #1 debut for the first time, and Tech N9ne earning his chart peak as well. Independent labels may just be the way of the future, as Mac Miller and Tech (and others) have proved again and again how they can do it...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: October 13
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    The past two weeks were dominated by Drake, who in turn dominated the charts with Nothing Was The Same. Now Justin Timberlake has taken over, with the release of  The 20/20 Experience 2, his second album in the span of a year, and his second album to debut at #1 in that same time. While this album has received generally much less favorable reviews than the first part, that hasn't stopped fans...
  • Review: SZA's "Z" Album
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    Top Dawg Entertainment’s big-haired, freckled, suburban newcomer released her debut album, Z on April 8th. The ten-track album is the follow up to her 2013-released free EP S. TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad appear on the album along with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. The new offering of her self-described “glitter trap” has production by Mac Miller, Toro...
  • It's Yo Birthday: Top 10 Nelly Tracks
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    Entrepreneur, actor, and Grammy Award winning recording artist, Nelly has become a brand due to giving listeners chart-topping hit after hit while maintaining impressive album sales. Ruling the early 2000’s with his smooth flow, southern swag, catchy hooks, and strong verses, the Texas-born rapper turns 38 today.  In honor of the MO legend's birthday, we are taking a look at ten of his best...
  • Underrated Audio: February 19-26
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    It seems like good music has been slow lately. Although we're still being bombarded with content on the daily, it seems like you have to wade through a lot to find the gems. Don't worry though, 'cause we've found the gems from the past week for you already. Check out cuts from Joey Bada$$, Logic and more that you might have overlooked. If you're feeling like it's more of...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: April 22-28
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    This 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 Mac Miller, Los, Rick Ross, Juicy J and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite...
  • Win Free Tickets to HOT 97's Summer Jam XX
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    It's simple... 1. Follow HNHH on Facebook and Twitter by clicking below.  2. a) ENTER VIA FACEBOOK: Tell us why we should send you to Summer Jam XX in the comments section below. b) ENTER VIA TWITTER: Tweet @HotNewHipHop with hashtags #HNHHSummer & #SJXX3. You're automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to attend this summer's biggest Hip Hop event, SJXX!  At random,...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 1
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    Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on shelves with MMLP2. Em's standard for success has undoubtedly been raised higher than the average rapper, so if we were to compare those sales to that of Yo Gotti's opening week for I Am, you may not seem...
  • Tech N9ne Says He Wants To Work With Eminem & Get Beats From Kanye West
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    We recently heard Tech N9ne go crazy (and spit super fast) on Hopsin's "Rip Your Heart Out," which is just one of several collaborations the two rappers have done together.The same day "Rip Your Heart Out" dropped, we hit up DJ Skee's Skee Live show and got to talk to Tech about his music and who else he'd like to work with in the rap game. Tech Ninna revealed a desire to work with the...
  • Hip-Hop's Power Couples
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    It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop. Instead of focusing on the...
  • In The A: The Changing Faces Of Atlanta Hip-Hop
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    Atlanta, Georgia. The city bursting with waffle houses and strip clubs also happens to be one of today’s hip-hop capitals. Trap music has skyrocketed over the past couple years, ATL being its home. Twenty years ago, however, there was a much different picture in the A. The Dirty South was simply trying to garner recognition while the East and West Coasts shared a stranglehold on the rap scene....
  • BTS Photos: At The 2012 MTV VMAs
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    The MTV VMAs took place last night, and as per usual, the eventful night was jam-packed with photo-ops. There were performances by Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Rihanna, A$AP Rocky, Nicki Minaj and more, and many-a-star was in attendance. As in years past, some artists took the opportunity to make a big announcement (Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose are expecting), some celebrities took the time to...
  • 10 NBA Players Who Screwed Their Teams Over
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    The egos and morals of some professional athletes are seriously bloated and twisted, as evidenced during the annual offseason circus of free agency and trade demands we're again cycling through. While players handle their situations questionably time and time again, their backwardness can have serious implications for the teams rolling the dice with them. The NBA is a business, and feelings can...
  • Lyrics Of The Week: March 22nd-28th
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    There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked. 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 words of the week, not necessarily the best. This series is brought to you by our collaborators...
  • Lil Bibby Discusses Upcoming EP "The Book", Buying A House In Chicago & More
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    Lil Bibby is quickly catapulting into rap fame following the release of his debut project, Free Crack, in November. The mixtape had already built up a strong amount of anticipation before it was released, thanks in most part to a co-sign from Drake, however, after the tape dropped and everyone heard just how dope Bibby's ear for production and bars are, plenty more hopped on the bandwagon. Soon...
  • Lupe Fiasco Reveals Features For "Tetsuo & Youth," Praises Joey Bada$$
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    Lupe Fiasco has been in the news for some bizarre reasons this year-- from getting a tomato thrown at him, to writing a mystery novel on Twitter, so it's always good to hear some updates about his music. In an interview with Dj Whoo Kid, the Anime-repping emcee spoke of his upcoming project, Tetsuo & Youth, the features on the project, and his respect for Joey Bada$$. “The one thing...
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