We examine how strains of trap music began trickling into Wiz Khalifa's chill stoner tracks.
Wiz Khalifa often gets a bad rap for his notorious one-track mind. He's this generation's most famous stoner rap icon, taking the torch from his "Mac & Devin" co-star Snoop Dogg and running it to the top of the charts while leaving weed-focused contemporaries like Smoke DZA and Curren$y to languish as cult favorites.
All too often, emcees get caught up listening to and taking influence from the majors instead of looking at the wealth of material growing right in their local music scene. DeJ Loaf is not that kind of emcee. The following ten tracks, all of which Loaf picked herself, were so underground Detroit that half of the emcees listed didn't even come up in a Google image search.
From being a rarity in the hip-hop game to the norm, mix-tapes are now a way for artists to get their name recognized; they're a way for an artist to release songs that didn't make the album but still deserve recognition and sometimes, mix-tapes are crucial for an artist to find their voice and make it stick out amongst the masses.
In many ways, the early 2000s belonged to Ludacris. Within that time, the rapper was able to cross multiple platforms, making palatable music for varying tastes tinged with his trademark Dirty South sound. He would drop cheeky hit after cheeky hit, with a self serious flow delivered through a cheshire grin - and we all loved him for it.
Critics are always fighting conflicting urges. On the one hand, there's the need to be objective and evaluate each work on its own merits. On the other, there's the desire to fit each new release from an artist into an over-arcing career narrative. The trick is to find a balance between the two.
Cash Money is an indisputable empire, and at the helm, sits Birdman--and, behind the scenes, his brother Slim. In its nearly 25 years of existence, Cash Money has become one of the most successful hip-hop labels of all-time, though many of its living legends look back on their Cash Money days with disdain. When Cash Money and Young Money joined forces, the empire looked to be unstoppable.
With every XXL Freshman Class, there's bound to be MCs included who will eventually flop-- that's just the nature of trying to predict who will break out in the sea of up-and-coming rappers. Since the magazine began the now-prestigious list back in 2008, we've seen several former Freshmen fall off, so we've selected ten that we feel didn't live up to their potential.
The Lakers travelled to China and Nick Young wiped out on a toboggan at the Great Wall of China. Before matching up with the Golden State Warriors in Beijing, the Lakers went to the Great Wall and a few went down a huge slide on toboggans. Well, Nick Young decided to film himself while flying down the slide and was yelling about sliding down the Great Wall...until he crashed.
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible?
Name your favorite rapper. Eminem, Jay Z or Kendrick Lamar come to mind? What about Lorde?
#FreeBoosie may be the latest hash tag to be retired, but that doesn't mean he's been forgotten. Torrance Hatch, aka Boosie BadAzz, has capitalized greatly on the momentum of his prison release this past spring. The Baton Rouge native has been making moves faster than most, with his release of an assortment of remixes and singles. True fans or new fans, there’s no denying his appeal.
As far DJs go, there's no one who sells more music than DJ Khaled. Khaled Khaled (no typo) is far from just a DJ though. The Miami hip-hop magnate is the founder and CEO of We the Best Music Group, which includes artists like Ace Hood and dancehall superstar Movado, and the President of Def Jam South, which helped revive Def Jam as a whole toward the end of the '00s.
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly bursted into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope."? Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions.
We just experienced our second week in a row with no notable rap and R&B debuts, but it's all leading up to the huge sales week that will include Jeezy, Logic, Ty Dolla $ign and Justin Bieber.
Not only is the rap game stressful, it can be dangerous as well.
Snoop Dogg has gone through many transformations through out his lengthy career. That's bound to happen when you step foot in the game as a 21-year old, and you are now an adult in your mid-40s. As a young West Coast rapper under the wing of Dr. Dre, Snoop adopted a pretty a gangsta persona, or rather, he actually was a gangsta.
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
After providing you with smoke-worthy material on 4/20, we're moving on to the internet's Wednesday obsession, #WCW. In celebration of Woman Crush Wednesday, we've compiled some notable records from a few of our favorite female rappers and singers.
“All I believe in is food and myself” “Fuck, That’s Delicious” is a perfect conglomeration of everything that defines Action Bronson-- food, hip-hop, and his true affinity for giving zero fucks.
Art is often a collaborative process. Hip-hop is no exception. You know that feeling you get when two of your favorite artists work together? It’s amazing, right? We need to pursue that feeling. Some people were just meant to work together, and sometimes they need us to remind them of this. Today we’re going through a list of collaboration albums that we, as a hip-hop community, need.
Rappers already get pretty creative with the way they dress themselves, but Halloween is the time to take things up a notch. Thanks to Instagram, we got to see a lot of the crazy outfits some of our favorite artists put together.
Rick Ross is a work horse. Despite legal troubles, the Maybach Music boss just released a seventeen-track mixtape to hold us over until his next official project. Mind you, Ross released a #1 overall album last year in Mastermind, along with a #2 rap release in Hood Billionaire. He's been having a quiet year musically, but that all changed this past Thursday when he dropped Black Dollar.
Amir Obè is a fresh voice in hip hop. Taking on the melodic, ethereal sound that has been spearheaded by Drake, Obè is poised to be one of the big names in a world that continues to embrace that sound.
This week saw a range of debuts from a range of artists. The top entry within rap and R&B went to Jason Derulo who slid in at number four, just under Rocky who managed to have another strong week. A little farther down Chicago drill hero Lil Durk put his debut album in at number 14, and Dom Kennedy quietly slipped in at 23.
Hype Williams may have only directed four videos in 2014, but that doesn't mean we can't all remember a time when every dope hip-hop video seemed to have Hype's fingerprints on it. Countless legendary MCs collaborated with Hype Williams, including the likes of Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest, and also R&B stars like Blackstreet, Aaliyah, Usher and Mary J.
Well, today is the day that Lil Wayne's album I Am Not A Human Being II officially dropped. Although we're positive it will sell given Weezy's huge fanbase, we're not so sure about the content there within. If you're not in a Wayne mood today, we've got five new tracks from the past week that we're tryna show a little more love too, so give them a listen.
One of the many unsung players in the game of hip-hop is the producer. So many of us tune into some music not even listening to the artist in question, but dancing along to the beat, most likely created by an entirely different person.
Lamar Odom has been working out with a trainer in Long Island, and has some serious interest from both the Clippers and Lakers if he can show that he's in shape, and not using any illicit substances. Of course this follows a tumultuous summer for Odom where reports of him using drugs like crack surfaced, and he had been mostly MIA from his family and wife Khloe Kardashian.
Most of us have seen an epic moment in rap battles. If it didn't come while watching Eminem's "8 Mile", maybe you've seen a local competition with some ill talent, or at least a strong YouTube video that made your drop your jaw. This list has little to do with those moments. This is the list of absolutely awful, no-good, whack rap battles.
The sensational trio Migos have let loose over five projects since their liftoff back in 2011. After linking with Quality Control Music founder and previous manager to Jeezy and Gucci Mane, Coach K, the Atlanta-based squad became one of the hottest commodities nationwide.