• Honey Cocaine Is Debating Label Deals & Staying Independent
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    We spoke to the pint-sized rapper Honey Cocaine on the set of Dizzy Wright's "Fashion" video shoot, and although the femcee is small, she's not letting that deter her from making a mark in the rap game. Honey Cocaine is affiliated with Tyga's Last Kings label, although she's fielding offers from major labels already. As she says, it's not a race, and she's planning to think every thing over...
  • Charts Don't Lie: November 11th
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    MMG is beginning to look like a truly unstoppable force as even natural disasters can't seem to stop them, or even slow them down.  A few weeks ago we got the release of one of the most anticipated albums of the year in Kendrick Lamar’s GKMC, which has performed mightily in the context of today’s rap album sales.  Now we get a look at Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill who in the face...
  • Joey Bada$$ Talks About His Love/Hate Relationship With Twitter, TDE's BET Cypher
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    Yesterday we brought you our interview with Soulo Ho3 from the Smokers Club tour, and today we're returning with our brief conversation with Joey Bada$$, a fellow headliner on the tour.  The young'n Joey is currently working on his debut album, titled B4.DA.$$, although before that happens we'll be getting the Summer Knights EP, a slight revamp of the Summer Knights mixtape. We received an...
  • Review: Jhene Aiko's "Souled Out"
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    There’s something admirable about truly stepping out on your own, as your own person. You’re leaving behind that helping hand, that “co-sign,” and pursing your dreams, able to stand without the crutch. Los Angeles native Jhene Aiko has gained the support of numerous high-level, high-visibility artists, such as Drake, Childish Gambino, No-ID (producer and label boss at...
  • Review: Hustle Gang's "G.D.O.D."
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    T.I. has been a man on a mission after his second prison stint. Following the success of his eighth studio album, Trouble Man: Heavy Is The Head, he once again travels back to his trapping roots. This time he’s joined by the roster he personally assembled on his Grand Hustle label for Hustle Gang’s G.D.O.D., the label’s first compilation mixtape.  King T.I. holds court in the intro...
  • Ridiculous Rapper Baby Names
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    When a rapper has a kid, you can pretty much guarantee that they won't be opting for those normal, everyday names. The average hip hop artist-- this seems to ring true for your average celebrity as well-- will do their utmost to make sure it is unique Just like most celebs these days, we've seen a trend among rappers of giving your children unorthodox names.  What they are inspired by has...
  • Kevin Durant Sad About Posing For Pic With Justin Bieber
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    Kevin Durant has been busy this summer putting work in various summer leagues, recently dropping 63 points in Jamal Crawford’s Seattle Pro-Am.  Usually Durant is an affable dude, and only shows his cut-throat competitive nature when hooping, but yesterday was the exception. Running into Justin Bieber, KD alongside Tyson Chandler, posed for a photo with a topless Biebs who posted it on his...
  • Anti-Valentine's Mix: Strip Club Anthems
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    All the single guys out there know Valentine's is just another hallmark holiday, but that doesn't mean you can't celebrate the occasion. What better way to protest the couple-centric day, than to embrace your own bachelor-status with a night out at the old gentleman's club. While your friends are out buying expensive gifts for their wifeys on that 'Bands A Make Romance' tip, you'll be...
  • HNHH Exclusive: Hot 97 Summer Jam (Stage Pictures)
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    HotNewHipHop was on site and front stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Notwithstanding the debacle surrounding Nicki Minaj's no-show, the impressive lineup included Rick Ross, Tyga, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Waka Flocka, Nas, Lauryn Hill, French Montana, Young Jeezy and many more. The Metlife Stadium was jumping and here's a quick sample of our exclusive up-close pictures for the Tri-State area's...
  •  Charts Don't Lie: January 12
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    There aren't very many changes in this week's Charts Don't Lie compared to last week. The main list of artists has remained the same, as we have yet to receive any new rap or r'n'b debuts on the Billboard 200, although Kid Ink's debut album My Own Lane will begin charting in the near future. Ink's RCA album is projected to move a solid 40-45k, which will land him within the top 3. That's not too...
  • Bow Wow Neglects To Tell Child Support Judge About BET Deal, Says He Makes $4,000/Month
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    Bow Wow has some explaining to do to his baby mama, Joie Chavis. The rapper has been ordered to pay child support for his 1-year-old daughter, but he withheld crucial financial information from the judge.Bow Wow appeared in court on Monday, and after some bartering, he agreed to pay Chavis $3,000 a month in child support for their daughter, Shai. Bow Wow claimed he only made $4,000 a month as an...
  • 50 Cent Reveals Some Features From "Animal Ambition"
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    50 Cent, like the rest of the music industry, is in Austin, Texas for SXSW right now, and after performing a new track, "Hold On", Fif participated in a fairly disorganized interview backstage-- but we did learn some things.  The Queens rapper gave us some inside info on a couple of tracks from the album, revealing that "two songs will be out on the 18th." Among the songs that will appear...
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 25
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    This week we really saw the effects of Kendrick Lamar's verse on "Control" transfer over to the charts. The rapper's debut album, which officially went platinum this past week, has been slowly creeping back up the charts, something we've been seeing on Charts Don't Lie over the past weeks. Rather than jumping the usual few places this week though, K. Dot leaped 17 spots into the top 50 of the...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: January 26
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    This week the charts remained relatively calm, with no hip-hop new-comers to speak of yet. However, Ty Dolla $ign recently dropped his new Beach House EP, so we'll have to see how well that does sales-wise next week. This past week was Kid Ink's second week on the Billboard 200, and while he wasn't able to maintain a spot within the top 20 of the Billboard 200, he was pretty close, dropping to...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: July 21
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    Jay Z stays breaking records, literally. The rap superstar is not only seeing plenty of success with his single off Magna Carta Holy Grail, but he is also making Billboard history with the album. This week a few records were made by Hov, including the title of the most #1s in Billboard history-- and the rest you can read about below. So Hov really reps what he preaches, he really is all about the...
  • Top 10: Meanest Funk Flex Freestyles
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    Forget mixtapes and albums, some of the hottest verses in hip hop come right from the offices of Hot 97 via Funkmaster Flex's famous freestyle sessions. Whether artists go right off the dome, kick something they plan on using later, or a combination of both, rappers always bring their A-game for Flex. His high energy demeanor and top notch ad-libs only add to the turnt up atmosphere, making every...
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