A look at Drake's large collection of loose tracks.
With Drake's "Hotline Bling" recently becoming his biggest hit to date, the rapper seems to have mastered the art of the standalone single.
UPDATE: The HNHH staff has continued to scour the web for the best memes inspired by Drake's VIEWS album cover. You can see all of those below.
In two months, Desiigner has gone from virtual unknown, just another anonymous rapper, looking to gain any sort of foothold, to internet sensation. His breakout hit "Panda" has garnered 3.7 million plays on SoundCloud. It has earned him a record deal with G.O.O.D. Music and two appearances on Kanye West's The Life of Pablo.
We, the editors of HNHH, put our heads together this afternoon and picked the 10 artists we deemed most deserving of the 2016 XXL Freshman cover. Tough choices were made. Digital fists of fury were thrown on the HNHH editor email thread. But we feel good about our list. Our list is rock fucking solid.
In some ways, Future’s in the most difficult position in hip hop right now. After a year-long, nearly unimpeachable run, everyone expects nothing but brilliance.
A Drake co-sign will put you on the map, straight up. It's happened for many artists over the past half-decade or so. The Weeknd was only brought into the mainstream spotlight when Drake appeared on his sophomore mixtape Thursday.
Last year's Dark Sky Paradise was a big step up for Big Sean. He culled his finest crop of beats yet, finessed natural-sounding collabs out of some of the biggest artists around, and most importantly, finally let go of his goofiest lyrical impulses in favor of more mature songwriting that still didn't sacrifice any of his characteristic charm.
The first two installments of Young Thug's Slime Season series arrived a little over a month apart last fall, providing a good display of both Thugger's speed in the studio and his versatility.
"I look at my life like something you should be able to paint," Childish Gambino said in a 2015 interview on the TODAY Show. Given his eccentric tendencies as both an artist and a celebrity, he is more likely referring to the sort of highly abstract work of a Rothko then the pre-ordained compositions of your little cousin's color-by-numbers book.
The elite class of athletes and musicians share much in common -- wealth, fame, a central role in popular culture. So it should not come as a surprise that there is, generally speaking, a great mutual respect between rappers and athletes. Sometimes this respect engenders friendship. Sometimes it engenders rappers and athletes throwing each other alley-oops... on and off the court.
Social media can be a dangerous place for the rich and famous. Not only can you severely damage your reputation with your own posts on Twitter and Instagram, but you also have to worry about what others might share about you on their own profiles. Hooking up with people becomes a lot easier and a lot more difficult when you reach a certain level of success.
When Kanye West appears on stage, anything can happen. Whether it be robbing the mic from a teenage girl in order to praise Beyonce's greatness, ferociously screaming for almost a minute straight during a performance of "Touch the Sky" (concluding with his abrupt exit and mic drop), and even announcing a forthcoming run for the White House, we think we've seen it all.
Drugs and rap have been pretty synonymous since the 90s, but recently there's been an influx of rappers talkin' about harder drugs than the chronic. Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap tape was perhaps the most illicit example of an ongoing trend that's taking place amongst the newer artists.
Beef is good for Hip Hop its like high school fights niggas dont really get hurt most the time but when they do? AWW MAN #youngveggiesvoice — Vince Staples (@vincestaples) May 5, 2014
Is it just me, or have the past few weeks felt like the calm before the storm? After all of the TLOP hubbub died down (this is the first week in a long time that we haven't had a Kanye solo joint in our top ten list), we've had quite a lack of releases from rap's upper echelon.
There are three rappers who blew up in the early 2010s that I've always grouped together in my head, though they do hail from different corners of the country and are some of the most enigmatic artists currently working in hip hop. The categorization's based mostly on first impressions, which is unfair, but also on realizing that those impressions were wrong.
Kush Kwanzaa, Cannibas Christmas, Marijuana Mardi Gras, whatever you want to call it -- today is 420, a holiday in which casual smokers and stoners alike assemble their weed paraphernalia and get as high as humanly possible (without pulling a Flocka).
What would hip hop even look like if we lived in a world where Prince never existed? It'd be much less colorful and funky, I"m sure, and some of its most vibrant artists would never have had the courage to step out of the box were it not for one of the weirdest artists of all time.
Tonight's Jazz/Lakers game will mark the end of an era as the door closes on one of the most dominant careers in NBA history. In the 20 years Kobe Bryant's been in the league, he's shattered records, led some of the strongest squads of the 21st Century, and won five championships, making it clear that he'll be voted into the Hall Of Fame as soon as humanly possible.
This week, we got the third and perhaps final installment of Wiz Khalifa's Cabin Fever mixtape series, which began all the way back in February 2011. Released before the major label Rolling Papers, the first edition presented a very new and startling persona for the once laid-back and amicable rapper: Trap Wiz.
If you've been watching the charts over the last few years, you'll know that rap isn't dominating the Hot 100, and many of the songs that do make their way to the number one spot might no necessarily represent the genre all that well. Looking back at all the prior rap #1s on the Hot 100, this trend moves in waves.
It's been a fast year for OVO so far, beginning with Drake's "Summer Sixteen." All eyes were directed toward Views from the 6, which is, finally, set to arrive next month.
Desiigner's "Panda" was crowned the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Monday afternoon. It marked the culmination of a wild four months in which the 18-year old Brooklyn rapper went from complete unknown to G.O.O.D. Music signee, The Life of Pablo feature, and internet sensation.
The '90s is a decade that becomes more legendary with time. The magical aura that surrounds Led Zeppelin IV or Ziggy Stardust begins to surround albums like Illmatic and Reasonable Doubt. In the case of '90s hip hop, cover art was a vital piece of any album's identity, and many artists created images that would be as recognizable as their beats and lyrics, if not more so.
On last week's edition of Top Tracks, Drake locked down the highest two spots with new leaks, and appeared once more as a guest on PartyNextDoor's "Come And See Me," which landed at number eight. If you thought that was impressive, wait til you see this week's. The 6 God controls half of this week's list, despite the fact that all versions that appear on here are unofficial leaks.
The twenty-year-old Kehlani has been doing music since she was barely a teenager, and since then has become a rising star in the pop world. In 2014, she released the mixtape Cloud 19, and followed it up last year with You Should Be Here. She was even nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but ultimately lost out to The Weeknd.
Whether he's shaming Mac Miller for drug use, trying to convince Post Malone's girlfriend that she'll eventually be cheated on, or doing everything in his power to upend Young Thug's career, Charlamagne Tha God knows how to get under rappers' skin.
When Young Thug's Barter 6 came out, there was a bunch of beats produced by a dude named Wheezy. One couldn't help but to wonder if it was a part of the Lil Wayne worship that gave the album its name, or if it was more clever trolling in a burgeoning beef, or just a total coincidence. We're at least pretty sure that it was the latter.
Over its 50 year lifespan, the NFL's championship game has done a better job than any other sporting event of attracting viewers who have little to no interest in the sport.
Kobe Bryant ended his illustrious with a bang last night, dropping 60 points and single-handedly pulling the Lakers back from a double-digit deficit before hitting the game-winning jumper in the final minute. Scores of rappers paid a premium just for the privilege to witness the event. And that was before they knew Kobe was about to go off!