Charts Don’t Lie: July 13

This week Trey Songz's Trigga makes its debut on the Billboard 200 at #1, giving Trey his second #1 album in a row, following up Chapter V. Although Chapter V sold more records in its opening week...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: July 13
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    This week Trey Songz's Trigga makes its debut on the Billboard 200 at #1, giving Trey his second #1 album in a row, following up Chapter V. Although Chapter V sold more records in its opening week (135k), Trigga came close under it with 105k. That's still a respectable follow up-- something we unfortunately cannot say about Robin Thicke. Thicke attained worldwide success with 2013's Blurred...
  • Flashback Friday: Old School Hip Hop Fashion
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    In the past thirty or so years, the Hip Hop genre has made its way through so many transformations, crossing over all different elements of culture. During its emerging popularity, rappers and artists in the community began to influence a lot more than just the music world. Fashion became a huge part of the hip hop scene, influencing and inspiring trends on a mass scale. From Nike sneakers and...
  • Hip Hop Father Figures
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    In celebration of Father's Day, we've compiled a photo gallery of 25 emcees with their children. Some of them have been in the game for years and have built large families. Others are new parents with a long way to go, among them Jay-Z, King Los and Kanye West, who brought a child into the world this weekend, just in time for Father's Day 2013.  Many of the artists included on this list are...
  • Review: Iamsu!'s "Sincerely Yours"
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    It only took one day for Iamsu!’s debut album, Sincerely Yours, to reach iTunes’ top album charts, a feat which is, quite frankly, surprising. Though the album is not a flop, it’s not a work of artistic genius either. There is nothing about this album that differentiates it from his previous seven albums, and many of the songs on it sound alike. The Richmond rapper’s...
  • Review: Action Bronson & Party Supplies' "Blue Chips 2"
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    Action Bronson is not your typical rapper. The portly fire-flame gourmet chef turned rapper with a shock of curly red beard, whose father is an Albanian immigrant and mother is a Jewish New Yorker, looks nothing like his peers. Sharpening his lyrical skills with several mixtapes, Bronson dropped his major label debut EP Saaab Stories a few months ago. Still not wanting to fit in with the pack,...
  • Keepin’ It Real: Rhyming Straight To The Mic
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    Rappers are storytellers of the modern age. The media often misunderstands these narrators of society, but future generations will recognize them as windows into the past. Truly talented rappers have the ability to connect with people through their words, which may or may not be written down prior to the stage of recording. Some argue that the work of rappers who do not scribble down words...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Aug. 26-Sept. 1
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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 Lil wayne, Eminem, Pusha T and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own favorite tracks in...
  • Game Changers: Nas Edition
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    Of the dozens of rappers debated as the G.O.A.T dead or alive, Nas's name probably comes up with the most frequency behind The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac (maybe ahead depending on the source). In truth, covering all of Nas's accomplishments over the years would take days. His career is a thick volume in an industry dominated by brief brochures. But, with such a colorful career some moments are...
  • Durant Says Reporter's On Molly & J.R. Smith Insults NY Reporter
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    The temperatures rising during the summer and so are tempers as both Kevin Durant and J.R. Smith had some choice words for reporters who had rubbed them the wrong way. ESPN’s Chris Palmer tweeted a list of the 17 “smartest” players in the NBA.  Among that list: Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, LeBron James, Steve Nash, and Ricky Rubio, to name a few.  One name that was absent is the league’s...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 29
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    The past week brought Christmas, which undoubtedly brought sales in all departments, music or otherwise. However not all hip-hop artists were lucky enough to benefit from this Christmas season. Although B.o.B released his album Underground Luxury just in time to enjoy some holiday giving, his album fell completely flat, managing to debut at #22 this week on the Billboard 200, moving only 35k....
  • Chris Lighty, CEO Of Violator Records & Management, Passes Away
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    Twitter is often the fastest news source, although not always reliable. Trending this afternoon was the news of the death of Chris Lighty, who is the CEO Violator Records & Management, which oversees many popular rap stars. This time though, Twitter's trending topic was accurate. Chris Lighty has passed away. Chris Lighty managed such artists as Busta Rhymes, Soulja Boy, Mariah...
  • Lyrics Of The Week: July 12-18
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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 lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't...
  • 10 Most Infamous Catfights In Hip-Hop
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    Beefs between rappers in hip hop are nothing new. Through the years we’ve seen infamous rivalries in the rap world, the most prominent being 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G’s East Coast/West Coast feud and perhaps the Jay Z and Nas New York rap war. Likened to these beefs are the numerous catfights that have occurred over the years in hip hop, although catfights never seem to make quite...
  • HNHH Video Recap and Photo Galleries: Summer Jam 2012
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    In front of a crowded Metlife Stadium, Hot 97's Summer Jam (main stage) lineup featured Rick Ross, Tyga, Nas, Meek Mill, Slaughterhouse, French Montana, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Young Jeezy, J. Cole, Wale, Waka Flocka and Maino, with special appearances from Lauryn Hill, Raekwon, Method Man, Ne-Yo and Mase.  Barring the no-show of one of the concert's headliners, Nick Minaj, check our exclusive...
  • 9 Vintage Hip-Hop Inspired Ads
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    There is sometimes a fine line between hip hop and advertising, with rappers constantly namechecking their favorite brands, or even promoting their own. A french art director by the name of David Redon may have seen this connection when he began work on a project called "Ads Libitum", which reimagines rap songs as vintage ads. Pulling from 1950s style one-pagers, Redon has turned songs from...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Feb. 3-9
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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 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
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