• Fantastic Flows Follow Up: MCs With The Best Flows
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    Two days back we had an article about the origins of certain flows, and some of our ever reliable commenters took it to be some sort of ranking of the best flows, which was not the case. The entire point of the article was to point out that some flows are influenced by region, and some by other artists. It was in no way a ranking of the best flows, yet the internet kids kept yelling "HOW IZ WIZ...
  • Samples Of The Week: August 14
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    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh...
  • Top 10: Rap Interludes
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    The interlude has always been an opportunity for an artist to switch up the vibe of their album and transition from one style to another. Sometimes they're musical, sometimes they're a humorous skit (or not so much) thrown in for comic relief. Hip Hop albums have had interludes for a long time, but they're transformed slightly during this current generation of the genre. The skit has almost...
  • Kevin Gates Talks Prison, Depression & Choosing Music Over Street Life
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    Kevin Gates, a New Orleans, Baton Rouge native, had a tough time leaving the street life alone to focus completely on his music. It's a feat he seems to have finally accomplished though, but his troubled past is still well-documented in his lyrics. If you aren't familiar with the rapper's discography, which includes the stand-out album Stranger Than Fiction, we're about to make you...
  • Hashtagged Hotties 12: Brighten Your Instagram Feed
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    It's safe to say that there is no fun seeing the same ol' selfies on your Instagram feed while using the app to pass time. Hashtagged Hotties is always the solution to that problem; from a video vixen to a DJ, to just a gorgeous gal who loves to take photos, these hotties will bring their allure to your Instagram feed instantly.  Rosanna...
  • Who's That Girl?: The Brooks Twins (Interview & Gallery)
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    Although social media stats do not define who we are, people including urban models Simfany and Shelly Brooks have been able to move forward in their line of work through social media apps such as Instagram (@therealbrookstwins). From being contacted for spreads in urban magazines to roles in Hip Hop videos, they are known in the Hip Hop music video industry as The Brooks Twins.  “We...
  • On The Come Up: Lucki Eck$
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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...
  • 10 Hotties Videos On Instagram
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    We've already given you plenty of Hastagged Hotties in photo form, but with the new video feature on Instagram, things have been taken to the next level. We've gone ahead and compiled a selection of some of the best Hottie videos on the 'Gram, from some lesser known vixens as well as some of your favorites! Check out our video gallery featuring Draya Michelle., Rihanna, Rosa Acosta, and more!
  • Top 5 Country/Rap Collaborations From The Past Decade
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    Over the past decade country singers have been wandering into the territories of hip-hop and rap music. Funny thing is, rappers don’t seem to mind, especially rappers like Nelly, Ludacris and T-Pain. With several artists from each category hailing from regions like Nashville and Atlanta, where country and rap is popular, there may be more similarities between the two genres than one might...
  • The Five Percent Nation: A Brief History Lesson
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    Last week, at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, Jay Electronica gave fans a set to remember as he brought out labelmate Jay Z, Mac Miller, J. Cole, and Talib Kweli. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jay is an elusive rapper and producer who joined Jay Z’s Roc Nation roster label in 2010. While it was impressive that Hov made a guest appearance during Jay Elect's set, something else stood out...
  • Review: Ab-Soul's "These Days..."
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    Ab-Soul is a complex artist. The Carson, California native and Top Dawg Entertainment signee has overcome a number of major tribulations throughout the course of his life. And while all artists experience ups-and-downs that become points of growth for them as people while shaping the music they create, Ab-Soul's ups-and-downs are unique to most. On his deeply moving, autobiographical track "Book...
  • 15 Rappers Who Did Jail Time
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    The lives of rappers are in the spotlight daily, allowing the public to constantly observe what these rappers are up to. Whether they are topping the charts, or involved in a media frenzy, the public is always in the know. Due to this, questions arise about whether or not these rappers should have social accountability for their actions, since a lot of people, especially the younger generations...
  • Samples Of The Week: July 31
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    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh...
  • Ria Christina  - The Lead Girl Of Schoolboy Q's "Man Of The Year" (Interview & Gallery)
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    Who's that girl in the Schoolboy Q Music Video?  It's the girl you've been spending the last week trying to find all over the internet, ever since you saw the homie Schoolboy Q's visuals for 'Man of the Year'. Hawaii native Ria Christina is a Filipino/Irish mix beauty. Get to know her by reading our interview below.  Watch Schoolboy Q - "Man of the Year"...
  • Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
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    A mostly levelheaded veteran who’s open about his distant relationship with Chicago, Common is the only 30-plus rapper who could’ve made a Nobody’s Smiling. And this goes beyond the conscious label or being a representative of “real hip-hop.” Common’s best works have been guided by a sense of empathy whether it’s through his famous personification of...
  • 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...
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