Crew Love: HBK Gang

HBK (Heart Break Kids) are a crew from the San Francisco Bay Are who count rapper/producer Iamsu! as their de facto leader. Formed in 2008 by Su and producers Chief and P-Lo, the crew went on to add...

  • Crew Love: HBK Gang
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    HBK (Heart Break Kids) are a crew from the San Francisco Bay Are who count rapper/producer Iamsu! as their de facto leader. Formed in 2008 by Su and producers Chief and P-Lo, the crew went on to add Sage The Gemini, Skipper, CJ, Rossi, Dave Steezy, Jay Ant, Kool John and the production team The Invasion (consisting of Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kuya Beats, Jay Ant, and Chief).  HBK Gang carry...
  • Chevy Woods Talks On Cardo Leaving Taylor Gang & Shares His Thoughts On The BET Cyphers
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    Chevy Woods is finally ready to let fans hear Gangland 2 today. We last spoke to the Taylor Gang rapper about the project while he was on The Under Influence tour, and now he's embarked on another drug-themed tour, with The Smokers Club tour. We hit up the tour and got to hear Chevy play Gangland 2, so trust, there are bangers on there. Aside from speaking to Chevy about the new mixtape, we also...
  • Fat Trel Explains The Meaning Of "Gleesh", Talks Artwork Controversy
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    Fat Trel has made major strides in the last year. After getting picked up by MMG in 2013, the DC rapper has wasted no time in getting his name out there, releasing his Gleesh mixtape, as well as a project with his Slutty Boyz crew, Da New Kool. All the while, he has shown no compromise in his style or substance. In fact, his controversial choice of mixtape artwork for Gleesh landed him in a bit...
  • 10 Recent Rap Beefs You Should Know About
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    Beef in the rap game is nothing new. Rappers have been doing it for years, whether it's to up their street cred, get media attention, or out of pure hate for another artist, it always gets a fan's attention. Beef forces a fan to choose sides and thus solidifies them as an advocate of whatever rapper they choose. Hip-hop is one of the few genres which embraces feuds, especially...
  • Samples Of The Week: June 19
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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...
  • 25 Clever Lines From Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter" Series
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    Although Lil Wayne seems to be very M.I.A. as of late (apart from being featured on a few random tracks here and there) there is hope of new Lil Wayne material on the way. And what's more, it'll be off Tha Carter V. Mel Smith, the Senior VP of Promotions at Cash Money Records, sparked some buzz recently when he tweeted that new music off Carter 5 was “coming soon”. How soon is soon?...
  • HNHH Presents Seagram Gin's 2015 Calendar Model Search
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    This May and June, Seagram's Gin will be hosting four premium events to find the next 2015 Seagram's Gin Calendar Models. The search events will take place in L.A., Philadelphia, Atlanta and Chicago, but the ladies from all over the US will represent in the calendar.  This year's parties are going to be hotter than ever, featuring signature Seagram's Gin cocktails and...
  • 15 Dope Eminem Freestyles
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    Eminem is undoubtedly one of the best rappers of this generation, but his ability to freestyle it pretty untestable as well. His rhymes are intricate, complex, and sometimes just plain crazy. This list shows off Shady’s rare ability to spit off the cuff. Whether it has been in a group or rapping solo on a beat, the rapper embodies the art of freestyling.  From these...
  • Second Chances: Rappers Who've Been Shot & Survived
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    Not only is the rap game stressful, it can be dangerous as well.  Of all the emcees that rap about (and glamorize) gun violence, very few of them are actually about that life, but that doesn't mean they don't get caught up in it from time to time. We've compiled a list of 15 rappers that have been fired on and lived to tell the tale. Some cases may be more severe than others, but whether...
  • 10 Chicago Players From The Underground
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    In December we cooked up 10 Detroit Players From The Underground. The feature was meant to give you a close look at rappers hailing from the D, who may not be on your radar/the mainstream radar. It was only right we move to another Midwest location for this next batch of artists, who all count themselves Chicago natives. We've seen Chicago's rap scene become a focus of the industry over the last...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 15
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    50 Cent entered the Billboard 200 this week, with Animal Ambition moving more than the projected amount, although it's still not the numbers Fif used to do. It's independent numbers though, with a showing of 47,000 units. It will likely be quiet on the charts until we approach June 24th, when we've got multiple albums, including ones from Ab-Soul and Riff Raff, dropping. Until then, we'll have to...
  • The Progression Of Fantastic Flows
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    Soooo, I was assigned an article about tracing the origin of a lot of the flows in hip hop to different regions around the country. Originally, I thought that would be fairly easy to do, and to a certain extent it is, but the article really went in a different direction the more research I was doing. While there are clear regional influences in today's music, it's almost minimal in the grand...
  • Damn Son, Where'd You Find This: 10 Unexpected Samples In Hip-Hop
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    When sampling, producers usually try to find obscure and/or rare source material to draw from, both because they don't want listeners to associate their final product with a song they already know, and because they'd likely to avoid copyright issues. But sometimes, out-of-the-box ideas will come to fruition, and lead producers to sample from well-known, but unexpected places.  These 10...
  • Hashtagged Hotties 6 - Sexiest Ladies On Instagram
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    Our "Hashtagged Hotties" epitomize 'eye-candy' via Instagram, and are an eye full. They always seem to have something new to contribute to the evolving world of iPhone photography. Whether traveling, behind the scenes or showing off their new bathing suits, these ladies won't let you down. If you have suggestions for ladies to feature in our next segment of Hashtagged, let us know in...
  • Producers To Watch In 2014
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    2013 was dominated by emerging producers. Mike WiLL Made It and DJ Mustard, who seemed like newcomers at the top of the year, ended things off with major label artist deals, hits with some of the biggest artists in the game.  That being said, 2014 could be anybody's year. While some of the artists collected in this list are more renowned than others-- they all have the ability to raise...
  • 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...
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