Metta World Peace Is Changing His Name Again
    Ron Artest was involved in the most nefarious brawl in league history at the Malice At The Palace, but it was after he was ejected from a game in a playoff series in 2011 that he wanted to start anew, and changed his name legally to Metta World Peace.Recently, Metta was amnestied by the Lakers and then picked up by his hometown New York Knicks.  Wanting to have yet another fresh start, World Peac
    Wiz Khalifa Covers Complex, Explains Album Delay
    Wiz Khalifa nabs the cover for Complex's October/November issue. Peep the cover below as well as other photos from the shoot, and head to Complex for the full cover story.
    #TBT: Lil Bow Wow
    Before he was acting in "Fast and Furious" movies, before he even made music under the name Bow Wow, Shad Moss was a 13-year old rapper known as Lil Bow Wow.  The concept of a kid rapper is an interesting anomaly. On one hand, rap is a young man's sport, but on the other side of things, how much knowledge can a boy give you before he can even drive a vehicle?
    140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (April 25 - May 1)
    We seem to be hitting somewhat of a lull in the album release cycle, with some big drops coming in June and July (Lil Durk, Migos, Frank Ocean), but no huge ones coming in this week or the next (unless we actually do get Chance The Rapper's Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's SURF).
    Pusha T Reveals Debut Album Production & Features
    As reported by MissInfo, G.O.O.D. Music's Pusha T has revealed new details about his upcoming debut solo LP, My Name Is My Name. During an interview with Fuse at the Coachella music festival in California, he named 2 Chainz, Rick Ross, Re-Up Gang, Future, Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar as the guest appearances on the album.
    Top Tracks: March 30 - April 5
    Our Top 100 updates every week with the newest and most-listened to tracks on HotNewHipHop. As of the charts closing this week, here's what readers were listening to. 10) T-Pain ft. Yo Gotti and Snootie Wild - Represent
    A Timeline Of Jeremih's Long-Overdue Album
    2015 marks five years since Jeremih's last album, three since his his last full-length mixtape and two since the supposed first single of his next album dropped. Time and time again, fans have asked where the new Jeremih album is, only to be rewarded with another false start from Def Jam. 
    A History Of Wale's Seinfeld Samples
    A few days ago Wale put out a brand new album called The Album About Nothing. If you're not a fan of "Seinfeld," it may sound like Mr. Folarin is trying too hard to make some sort of weird artistic statement. But if you're a fan of the 90s comedy show, or a longtime fan of Wale's music, you know that this isn't the first record to be centered around the sitcom.
    Charts Don't Lie: December 15
    This segment of Charts Don't Lie is relatively subdued, as we have no big new entries to speak of just yet. While Childish Gambino's new album, Because The Internet, dropped last week, it has yet to start charting although it is expected to sell a pretty respectable amount, especially considering it's double the amount of his last release, Camp.
    Rap Elect: If Rappers Ran The Government
    We already know what rappers think about today's election, but what if those same rappers were the ones running the government? Election season has been in full swing since the beginning of the fall, and as the nation heads to the polls to decide the future of the United States for the next four years, one could only imagine how this country would be if the next President picked rappers to ho
    Rappers To Watch In 2015
    We know you're probably sick of all the year-end lists from last year, but we're already in the second month of 2015, and we're hypothesizing who will get their big break in the coming months. This time last year, Bobby Shmurda came across a particularly fiery Jahlil Beats production on YouTube. Months later, iLoveMakonnen would see Drake remixing his song on Instagram.
    Gucci Mane's "Trap House" Essentials
    Along with T.I. and Jeezy, Gucci Mane is among the class of ATL rappers who are credited with founding trap music as we know it today. He's done this not only by dropping an absurd amount of music (even from behind bars), but also by locating his city's most promising young artists and grooming them to become the city's next wave.
    Charts Don’t Lie: June 16
    This week all eyes are Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller. But mainly Kanye West. The three rappers are releasing their respective projects two days from now (Tuesday, June 18th) and we will be watching the sales and the charts to see where each artist lands.
    10 Essential Father Tracks
    Atlanta, Atlanta, Atlanta. As far as new music goes, in the rap scene, no one is doing it quite like Atlanta. Migos, iLoveMakonnen, Rich Homie Quan, and Young Thug are a few of the bigger names to pop up out of the scene recently, but Father is right up there in that conversation as well.
    8 Softest Players In The NBA
    Every major NBA fan has had the debate with their friends about the toughest player in the league. Some of the most popular choices include Metta World Peace, Nikola Pekovic, and Kendrick Perkins.  But how often do you talk about the softest players in the NBA?
    G.O.O.D. Music Covers Complex
    The G.O.O.D. Music family will be dropping their anticipated collaborative album, Cruel Summer, on September 4th (Pusha T had previously announced an August release date, it looks like it's been pushed back). Before it's released, you can read all about the G.O.O.D. Music fam (which officially includes John Legend, Common, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Big Sean, Q-Tip, Mr.
    5 Things You Should Know About TIDAL
    So, this TIDAL “hi-fidelity music streaming” thing is actually happening. Not formally acquainted? Well, allow me to introduce you.
    Floyd Mayweather Bets $5.9 Million On The Heat
    Floyd Mayweather, according to Vegas Gambling Stream, has bet a whopping 5.9 million dollars on the Heat to win game 7 against the Indiana Pacers tonight. **ALERT** Good source from my #HeavyHitters Vegas crew alerted me that Floyd Mayweather has laid over $5,900,000 on Heat -7 tonight in Vegas— Vegas Gambling Steam (@Pregame_Steam) June 3, 2013The undefeated boxer is reportedly earning close t
    #TBT: Kid Cudi "Man On The Moon" Phase
    This may make you feel a little old, but Kid Cudi's career-launching mixtape A Kid Named Cudi is about to turn seven years old. While the "Day 'n' Nite" artist has released much music since then, many fans long for the alternative-minded rap the Cleveland kid layed down on his first two albums.
    Charts Don't Lie: May 2nd
    While Yelawolf managed a big debut this week, topping his previous album peak of 27 by hitting number 3 on the Billboard 200, rap lost a fair bit of ground. While Wale started off strong with a number one debut, he's fallen 10 or more spots every subsequent week, coming in this cycle at 31. Young Thug is also having a pretty rough time, failing to make the top 20 last week, and now falling to 44.
    10 Criminal NBA Players
    A few NBA players have made headlines this summer for their off-court antics which has led to fines, suspensions, and even gone to court.  Michael Beasley was charged with marijuana possession (again) and now may be cut by the Suns.  NBA journeyman, Terrel Harris was suspended five games for testing positive for a banned substance (most likely weed).
    Cover Art Revealed For Lupe Fiasco's "Food & Liquor 2"
    Lupe Fiasco gets artistic on us for the cover of his album Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1.The album, which drops September 25th, has had a few changes in single releases recently, but aside from that, seems to be on track.Check out the cover art below. Yes, you're seeing it correctly, it's just black.
    Top Tracks: April 13 - April 19
    Here’s a countdown of what HotNewHipHop readers we’re listening to the most this week, according to our Top 100 chart. 10) Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - Eyes Above K-Dot collaborated with free-jazz beatsmith and all-around musical madman Flying Lotus on FlyLo’s latest album You’re Dead! with the frantic track “Never Catch Me.”
    Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
    In recent years, hip-hop artists have become more and more tatted as the trend continues to grow. Once upon a time, the average rapper may have had a few selective tats on their bodies, but it's now a usual sight to see emcees with fully tatted chests, sleeves, backs and even tattoos on the face. Artists such as 50 Cent, Tyga, Lil Wayne and Wiz Khalifa exhibit this perfectly.
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