• Sadboys: The Saddest Rappers & Their Saddest Songs
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    I don't know where you were when the sad wars hit, but if Yung Lean and his Sad Boy affiliates ushered in an era where 15-year-old Swedish kids crying over pokemon cards, clad in North Face, are spawning articles in swanky East Coast outlets, now seems like the time to honor the tradition of hip-hop tear jerkers that broke your heart but didn't actually make you cry that one time. That was just...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 25)
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    July is steadily coming to a close and the steady stream of Nicki Minaj verses continues. After appearing on the remix to August Alsina's "No Love," she prepping the release her next single, "Anaconda." The collaboration has a few wondering if they were messing around together, which makes "Anaconda" an unfortunate title — Twitter has no chill remember? The rap game doesn't...
  • 20 Dope Hip-Hop Songs Made For Film
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    On paper, recording a song for a film soundtrack is considered the ultimate form of selling out. The music itself is literally used as promotional material for a larger product. Music money is big, but movie money is on another level (ask Ludacris, who hasn't released an album since "Fast Five"). That being said, let's remove the negative stigma generally associated with the term "selling out"...
  • Top 10: Hottest Songs You May Have Missed This Summer
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    As summer draws to a close and all the kids are back at school, it's a great time to reminisce about all the fun that was had and great music that came out. Last week we tackled the best mixtapes of the summer, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Summertime is all about finding those next great artists and playing the hell out of your new favorite songs while you drive around with the windows...
  • On The Come Up: J $tash
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    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists and producers ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll be able to check out some of...
  • Review: Future's "Monster"
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    Part of Future’s appeal lies in a musically indefinable existence. While both Pluto (and the 3D version) and Honest became somewhat of a set template for artists like Travi$ Scott, Future himself is a blend of the past, some not so distant. Given his early tutelage under first cousin Rico Wade, of Organized Noize, whom Future credits with “masterminding” his sound, the...
  • Review: Tinashe's "Aquarius"
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    It's funny how music comes full circle. Tinashe was just eight years old when Aaliyah Haughton tragically died in a plane crash, causing the music world to mourn and R&B to be reconstructed in her wake.  Since then, though, R&B has gone through a lot. There has been your Jagged Edge's and your Ne-Yo's, fusing pop hooks with soulful voices and sexual flare. However, I believe the...
  • 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...
  • I'm Different: Hip-Hop's Best Concept Albums
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    It's no secret that hip-hop can stretch itself a bit thin as far as creativity is concerned. If artists were taxed every time they mentioned dollars, they'd all be broke. Fortunately, amongst the clones, several voices stand out from the crowd. The following post is dedicated to the emcees who went above-and-beyond to give the listener a complete album, not just a collection of singles...
  • Crew Love: OVO Sound
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    OVO Sound started off as the baby of Drake, Noah '40' Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib. The crew is steadily growing as the label continues to sign new talent. Those bleeding OVO blood each have an important role to play in their success.    What is unique about this crew is the very natural and fluid way it came together. Most of the members play more than just their part in the...
  • Review: Theophilus London's "Vibes"
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    Who is Theophilus London, anyways? The Brooklyn-based, Trinidad-born 27-year old isn't really an MC, but he doesn't really sing all the time either. He cares about The Smiths more than he cares about Gang Starr and for some reason all of this attracts the likes of Kanye West to take on the roll of executive producer on his newest album Vibes.  He's released a few mixtapes and a...
  • Yo Momma: Rappers & Their Moms
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    Even the grittiest of gangster rappers have their mothers to thank for much of their success, and they don't always get the credit or respect they deserve. As such, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we've compiled a gallery of 25 photos of emcees with their moms, from Tupac Shakur to Kanye West.  Even if you won't be seeing your mother today, make sure you let her know what she means to you,...
  • Review: Teyana Taylor's "VII"
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    We first heard from the young Harlemite in 2008 when she released her first single, “Google Me,” from her debut project, a mixtape titled From a Planet Called Harlem. The Jazze Pha-produced single sank low on the Billboard charts and left Teyana Taylor with something to prove. Before her musical debut, Taylor was featured on MTV’s “My Super Sweet 16,” showcasing her...
  • Review: Travi$ Scott's "Days Before Rodeo"
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    The most gratifying events in music are the moments where you can literally hear the construction in the artist’s mind, the building onto the promise of greatness. While not a guarantee, Days Before Rodeo provides the listener with the glimpses of the incredible, long-ranging capabilities of Travi$ Scott. Scott has been bubbling from below, as both an MC and as a notable producer,...
  • Top 10: Fall Mixtapes
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    A couple Mondays ago, we counted down the best freestyles of the Fall so far, and now that we're into November, we figured we'd stay with that theme. This year, it seems as the temperature keeps getting colder, the music keeps getting hotter, as we've had a ton of new heat lately from hip-hop heavyweights and up-and-comers alike. Due to the influx of all the new dope music, we...
  • Review: Kid Cudi's "Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon"
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    Although none of his albums have really been critical hits, Kid Cudi’s main appeal is using outside, atypical influences and sounds to articulate some sort of emotional journey into the tortured soul. He’s connected with his young adult audience by embodying this idea of the discontent, rebellious youth with some sticky hooks for good measure — can one ever truly get “Day...
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