The NBA has come a long way from oversized throwback jerseys, and multi-colored fitted caps that dominated the late nineties and early aughts. Players today are more comfortable wearing high end brands and straight off the runway, form fitting suits.
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 early 1999, a white rapper came out of relative obscurity and pissed off a lot of people. He was a white kid from Detroit, backed by a legend in Dr. Dre, and savvy music -industry heavyweight Jimmy Lovine. Who was this bleach blond asshole liberally speaking about slitting his father’s throat and stuffing his baby’s Mama into the trunk of his car?
Mixtapes have long been effective for staying grounded in the modern landscape of hip-hop. Borrowing popular beats and enlisting a roster of peers for guest verses are mainstay mechanisms for sustaining relevancy in the rap game. Another pillar of the mixtape hustle is the project's original (debatable) cover art, a historically adventurous creative expression.
Love him or hate him, we all know that Kanye West is always an entertaining character. Whatever the situation, when he is on TV, you need to be tuning because he will most likely to be the talk of hip-hop (as well as non-hip-hop) sites the next day. We can always trust Kanye to be honest, and say it like it is.
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.
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.
R&B is a genre that seems to be in a constant state of flux. It's certainly very different from what it was 20 years ago - these days, many artists tend to cross over into other genres, causing debate as to what truly constitutes R&B music.
Jarren Benton's "Life In The Jungle" Official Music Video Launch and Behind-The-Scenes Footage Jul 23, 2013 at 01:00pm 110 Views
As the latest HNHH collaboration with Funk Volume, view the official visuals for Jarren Benton's "Life In The Jungle", produced by HotNewHipHop and directed by Armen Soudjian. Take a look behind-the-scenes to see the making of the video with a word from the director on the concept behind the visuals, as well as Hopsin's take on trying to stay serious during filming.
While there were a couple of debuts this week, the top 2 albums were not able to be unseated. Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly is still sitting comfortably atop the charts, while the Empire soundtrack trails not-so-far behind. Both Action Bronson and Earl Sweatshirt had their opening weeks, with Bronsolino edging out his Odd Future competitor by a good 5 spots on the Billboard 200.
For this week's Track Breakdown, we called upon rising singer August Alsina. August already has a deal locked in with Def Jam, through none other than r'n'b singer and hit-maker, The-Dream. With mentoring from Terius Nash, there is no doubt that August will go far with his music. The 20-year-old singer recently released his second mixtape, The Product 2, and the response has been very positive.
Remix Fix: Orange Calderón Chops Up Travi$ Scott's "Drugs You Should Try It" Nov 26, 2014 at 10:27am 7,636 Views
If you're feeling sluggish this Wednesday morning, well, Remix Fix probably won't help with that (and sorry we're a day late). This week we take things the chopped and screwed direction, with a chopped up remix of Travi$ Scott's already-melancholic "Drugs You Should Try It."
Labor Day has dawned and it can now be considered official, summer is at a close. Sure the heat wave might hold for awhile, but the season will soon become Fall. With that said, we here at HotNewHipHop have compiled a list of the free-for-download mixtapes
This week we find Rick Ross atop on the Billboard 200 with his sixth studio album proving he's still got it. Mastermind managed to sell more than the projected amount, although he didn't quite reach 180k, he moved 179,215 copies. This is still a large enough amount for Rozay to lock down the second-highest debut week total sales for anyone in 2014 thus far.
2014 was a relatively quiet year for music. It almost felt like the first half of the year was dedicated to the remnants of 2013 (so we had Young Thug continue to blow up, all the Drake leftovers) and the second half was a build up to next year (we received no Lil Wayne or Kendrick Lamar album, etc). Nonetheless, the year is ending on a high note, with albums from J.
Today we're introducing a new weekly series, Remix Fix, which will aim to bring you dope, fresh remixes of some of your favorite hip-hop and r'n'b records, for a little something different each week. We'll aim to bring you relatively new and undiscovered producers and remix artists to give your music collection a wider scope. We kick things off with Kygo.
Exclusive Interview: Jahlil Beats Talks On Working With No I.D & More Mar 20, 2012 at 11:23am 12,465 Views
HNHH got the chance to shoot Jahlil Beats some questions recently. And Jahlil hasn't slowed down since blowing up and signing with Roc Nation. It's his grind and work ethic that's got him this far, since starting out as an unknown in Chester, Pennsylvania and now becoming one of the hottest producers in the game. How did he do it?
Today Tupac would have been 43. Tragically, Shakur's life was cut short at the age of just 25 after being shot in Las Vegas. Years on, Tupac is still treasured as a legend in hip hop for his outstanding discography clocking up 11 album and 44 singles.
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.
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
Joell Ortiz changed this album’s title from Yaowa, basically because this is him at his most comfortable. In Hip Hop, getting too comfortable can sometimes lead to a decline in effort due to loss of hunger. Anyone familiar with Joell Ortiz would probably find it hard to imagine him not putting effort into a project, comfortable or not.
Although we saw an increase in overall album sales last week, due to the Grammys and the Super Bowl, this week we're back down again, with a 3% decrease compared to last week.
An important facet of memorable groups throughout hip-hop history is chemistry: the dynamics every member brings to the table is an essential part of a group's success. Black Hippy's rise to the top has been so prevalent and quick because each of their four main members - Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar - each bring something radically different to what the crew represents.
As the Internet expands and social media continues to bring us all closer together, more and more artists are able to attain widespread exposure, for better or worse.
Today most celebrities are either double or triple threats, expanding their careers into other forms of the entertainment world. Rappers are no exception to this surge of multi-talented public figures and have been a part of the growth for sometime now. As far as additional career ventures many of these eminent figures in hip hop have undertaken acting.
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