• 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 13)
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    Did the Internet break? No, but we certainly got a lot of things to tweet about just because of the power of one ass. Kim Kardashian's booty was displayed in its full, majesty force — along with other lady parts — on the latest Paper Magazine cover. If you haven't heard or seen it, our condolences: You're dead and you've spent the past few days in Twitter-less limbo. Kanye West spread the...
  • Heat In These Streets:  Atlanta's New School
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    Heat In These Streets will give you the low-down on choice rappers putting on for a specific city and advancing the sound of hip-hop at the same time. For the first edition, we profile rappers making noise for Atlanta, a current hot-bed for auto-tuned, unique (sometimes weird), and creative rappers. Let us know if there is a city you'd like to see up next. Outkast showed us in 1994 that ATLiens...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 17-23
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    TOP TRACKS BACK, TOP TRACKS BACK. After a brief hiatus, our weekly rundown of notable and popular releases has returned.  Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go...
  • Hip-Hop Ink: Gang Tattoos Explained
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    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. The choice of...
  • Classic Rotation: Dr. Dre's "2001"
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    It was 15 years ago today that Dr. Dre released 2001, his 20-track, star-studded, cinematic LP.  “It's a movie, with different varieties of situations. So you've got buildups, touching moments, aggressive moments…It's got everything that a movie needs,” Dre said of the album. There may not be a better-executed concept in hip-hop. For 68-minutes, Dre & co. take you in to the minds of some...
  • Sports-Mad Rappers
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    Sports and hip hop often go hand in hand. Rappers not only love to make sports analogies and references as frequently as possible, but they always show allegiance to their team/sport of choice often representing the city they are from. Some artists have even started blurring the lines of music and sports, with, for example, Jay Z taking Roc Nation into sports management, and with Drake putting...
  • What's New In Battle Rap (November 14)
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    Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand. That being the...
  • On The Come Up: Alex Wiley
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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 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 their best...
  • The 10 Most Outrageous DMX Videos On YouTube
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    If you don't jump around when "Party Up" comes on, you're no friend of mine. At the real clubs, DMX's 90s singles still get spun on repeat. The fact remains he's one of the best selling rap artists of all time. His first three records, two in '98 and one in '99, went 4x, 3x, and 5x platinum respectively. His first two album covers depicted him covered in blood. He brought an aggression to hip-hop...
  • 10 Essential Flume Tracks
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    Flume is one of the most exciting figures in dance-music culture, and it isn't even because he wants to be there. The Australian producer has carved his niche in the beat scene by making tunes big enough to get main stage approval. Not an easy task inn 2014.  Real name Harley Streten, Flume is only 23 this month, but has already worked with the likes of Lorde and Disclosure to bring his unique...
  • The Tallest Rappers On Earth
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    "Progress can only come from those rare giants among men, each giant calling to his brother through the desolate intervals of time." -Nietzsche, 'Philosophy in the Tragic Age of the Greeks'  In a game dominated by rappers of average height, there are those who tower over the rest and captivate rooms with their presence alone. Read on for a breakdown of emcees who could have been ballers. We...
  • Top 10 Chicago Drill Songs
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    King Louie speaks the truth: “They say you can make it anywhere, if you make it in Chicago.” The city notoriously known as Chiraq has been long overshadowed by gang violence, and those fortunate enough to make it out the trap are considered heroes. You know the statistics; Chicago has more murders than the war in Iraq. To cope with the violence, the city’s youth created...
  • Rap Industry Recap: October
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    Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place. Be on the look out for this monthly recap of news-worthy items you may have missed, to stay...
  • Review: The Game's "Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf"
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    Game doesn't quite get the respect he deserves. Sometimes things like his habitual name dropping and controversy divert attention from the fact that he has been one of the most consistent rappers over the last decade. Since the release of his debut, The Documentary, he's delivered a series critically acclaimed albums, out-rapped many of his counterparts and at one point, was one of...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (Nov. 1)
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    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.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop...
  • Crew Love: Quality Control
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    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. In the few years since its birth, QC has become one of the most developed independent crews with new, gifted members...
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