Classic Rotation: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill"

Rap’s early origins, if we are being historically correct, were partially nurtured by punk and new wave, coming out of rebellious Manhattan kids (and those influenced by the music coming out of the...

  • Classic Rotation: Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill"
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    Rap’s early origins, if we are being historically correct, were partially nurtured by punk and new wave, coming out of rebellious Manhattan kids (and those influenced by the music coming out of the area). With respect to Run DMC, rap and rock’s symbiosis started with icons like Afrika Bambaataa, Fab 5 Freddy, and Blondie, who would saunter out the first rap verse, on MTV, for suburbanite...
  • Hotties Spotlight: Jeniffer Morel Interview and Photos
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    Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into modelling?  Modeling has always been a passion of mine. I started modeling and taking professional pictures when I was in high school. But I've always loved being in front of the camera since the age of 5. Are you a hip hop fan? Who's your favorite current rapper? I am a hip hop fan. I would say my favorite rapper is still...
  • Best Hip-Hop Break Up Tracks
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    Today, we take enjoyment from the misery of others. It's no secret that most artists experience creative highs at their personal lows. Sadly, there's nothing like a good travesty to really make someone look deeper and pull meaning from their experiences--unless you're Robin Thicke; then it's just an opportunity to embarrass yourself in front of a nation with an album filled with contradictory...
  • Samples Of The Week: November 20
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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 honey".  This...
  • Review: T.I.'s "Paperwork"
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    Following the release of T.I.’s last two somewhat lackluster albums, 2010's No Mercy and 2012's Trouble Man, combined with the rise of new age rap stars like Drake, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole and Meek Mill, and the fact that ten-year plus veterans like Lil Wayne and Kanye West are continuing to inch closer and closer to icon status with every project they drop, T.I.’s standing in hip hop's...
  • Top 10: Hottest Songs Of 2014 So Far
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    While 2013 may have been the year of the album, with heavyweights like Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West all dropping new projects, 2014 is the year of the monster song. From all the way back in January until now, we've been bombarded with heat, one trending song after the next. We figure the rest of the year will be a lot more of the same (see our Top 10 most anticipated albums list) so we wanted to...
  • 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...
  • 10 Essential Vic Mensa Tracks
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    Vic Mensa is barely old enough to drink, but that hasn't stopped this 21-year-old MC from livin' the life. After touring with Disclosure earlier this year, Mensa's popularity has been on the steady rise. The Chicago-bred MC has a friendship with Chance The Rapper, and the two frequently collaborate on stage and on tracks. Jams like "Suitcase" and "Tweakin'" have seen the two spit back and forth...
  • Meet Earlly Mac: Finally Famous Affiliate
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    Recently, HotNewHipHop chopped it up with Finally Famous rapper Earlly Mac. We first introduced Earlly to you back in 2012 when he collabed with FF members Big Sean and SayItAintTone and Taylor Gang's Juicy J on "On Deck." In 2013, he appeared on albums for both Big Sean and Slum Village. By 2014, it was clear that Earlly Mac was a force to be reckoned with, and the world was...
  • 50 Beats That Will Never Get Old
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    There are some tracks you can listen to on repeat, for days on end, and you'll never get tired of hearing it. A track as a whole has many elements that come into play which gives it that timeless feel, including the rapper, the lyrics and the production. The production is what we're focusing on in this list, not necessarily the tracks that we love because the lyrics are deep or the rapper's flow...
  • 10 Rapper-Owned Clothing Brands
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    Most rappers tend to wear their money, showing off the goods with flashy jewelry and eccentricity. Many have ventured into actually designing and producing clothing, resulting in meagre results. Only a few have actually been successful at maintaining and managing a retail business long-term. Check out our favorite rapper-owned clothing lines.
  • Top U.K. Rappers In The Grime Game
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    When most people think of rap and hip-hop, they often only reference American artists. They’re given most of the credit when it comes to claiming the genre as their own and being responsible for its evolution, in some ways, rightly so, after all, New York was hip-hop's birthing place. However, English rappers have their own claim to fame in the rap/hip-hop scene. They are even responsible...
  • Top 15 Hottest Mixtapes Of Summer '14
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    This Summer has been a wild one in hip hop, with veterans like Wiz Khalifa and 50 Cent dropping new albums, newcomers like Rae Sremmurd and Bobby Shmurda creating viral sensations, and Nicki Minaj's full moon eclipsing pretty much everything else on Earth. Now that we've hit September and girls won't be posting bikini shots on Instagram all day everybody's headed back to school, it's time to...
  • 25 Photos Of Hip-Hop Artists At Prom
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    Summer is about to be in session. University students wrapped up their final days a month or two ago, and high school students followed suit around two weeks ago. For those high school students in their last year, this inevitably means prom and all the things that go with it: limousines, parents taking photos, getting fancy, friends, and general debauchery as the night progresses. Prom isn't for...
  • 10 Things You Need To Know About ILoveMakonnen
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    Few names have taken the hip-hop world by storm like ILoveMakonnen has in the last few months. A buzz-worthy mixtape artist came to mainstream fame after signing to Drake's OVO Sound label, along with having Drizzy blessing his single "Tuesday" with a verse. ILoveMakonnen's career hasn't been the same since, and Tuesdays at the club have been going up ever since. With all the hype, it's easy to...
  • Hottie Vs. Hottie: The Big Bootylicious Battle
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    Jennifer Lopez came through last night with her highly anticipated music video for her "Booty (Remix)," featuring equally-blessed-with-booty Iggy Azalea. The visual comes on the heels of Nicki Minaj's over-the-top "Anaconda" music video, and so comparisons were inevitable. Both songs advocate the bigger the booty, the better. So for today's Hotties feature, we're bringing back the "Hottie...
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