Top 15 Hottest Mixtapes Of Summer '14

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...

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pull Out For What? Rappers With A Lot Of Kids
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    Part of the rapper lifestyle means lots of travelling, lots of fans and/or groupies, and hardly any time to settle down and wife up. Thus it may not come as a surprise that rapper seeds often get sprinkled across the states, and often times, they've got multiple baby mamas.  Some rappers have become more notorious for doing this more than others, and those are the ones we're looking at...
  • Jahlil Beats Lists His Top 10 Producers Of All Time
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    Jahlil Beats came through the office the other week, and sat down for a quick interview to let us know what exactly he's been up to these days, as he's been a bit absent on the producer circuit. Following the interview, Jhalil took the time to list off his Top 10 producers of all time, offering a reason for each. For a look into the mind of Jahlil and what he likes in a producer, click...
  • 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...
  • 10 Independent Rap Labels On The Rise
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    We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control over their artists. The tide is changing, and the result is a mainly positive one. Fans are receiving music how they want, when they want, from their favorite artists without the major-label...
  • 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...
  • Review: G-Unit's "The Beauty of Independence"
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    After he proved he was a bankable rapper, 50 Cent started his own imprint and made G-Unit his first priority. For a while Lloyd Banks, Tony Yayo, Young Buck and Fiddy were consistently putting out quality music that fed the streets. But all good things must come to an end. In the Unit's case, the general fell out with first Young Buck and kicked him out of the group. This was already after Cali...
  • 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.
  • OVO Sound: The Complete Current Roster
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    Aubrey Drake Graham was born in October, and while many artists choose to name their record labels after hometowns, personal mottos and/or expensive vehicles (looking at you, Rozay), Drizzy paid tribute to his birth month by founding October's Very Own, now known as OVO Sound. Since 2007, the rapper/singer has been releasing mixtapes on the label, but it was officially founded in 2012, after...
  • 5 Christian Hip-Hop Artists Infiltrating The Mainstream
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    With the rise of digital music, decline of music sales, and mass growth and adoption of social networks and blogs, we have seen the playing field become leveled. With that has come fewer major label releases and a lion share of independent releases. With a small number of Hip Hop albums surpassing the milestone of 100,000 sales these days - or even half that number, it has become easier to gain...
  • Cinematic: 10 Rappers With Films About Their Lives
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    Over the years many rappers have ventured into acting and usually watching them act on the big screen is excruciating or downright funny. But sometimes there are rare gems where that rapper surprises you and goes beyond expectations to show off a stellar performance. Through the years plenty of rappers have taken to the screen in an effort to chronicle their lives, a big noteworthy tour, a moment...
  • The Hottest Nicki Minaj GIFS From Nelly's "Get Like Me" Video
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    Nelly has been teasing fans with the visual for his single "Get Like Me" for awhile now, and he was finally ready to release the Colin Tilley-directed video to the world yesterday. And it appears the world enjoyed it. "Get Like Me" is one of the instances where the visual really helps bring the song to a new level, you may actually like the song more after watching the music video. Undoubtedly...
  • Remix Fix: Chi Duly Remixes ILoveMakonnen "Tuesday" With Drake
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    This week's search for a remix had us stumbling upon this Chi Duly version of everyone's latest jam stuck on repeat, "Club Goin' Up On A Tuesday," by ILoveMakonnen (most likely the Drake-remixed version). Chi Duly is a producer and DJ based in New York, NY. His remixes and originals are fresh, and the way he uses catchy melodic phrases is reminiscent a little of DJ...
  • Exclusive Stream Of A3C Volume 4 Compilation With The Underachievers, Mick Jenkins & More
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    The annual Atlanta festival A3C is going all out this year, for their 10-year anniversary. They've expanded the festival to span five days, with a diverse assortment of hip-hop artists set to perform. From the mainstream to the underground to buzzing up & comers, A3C has a little bit for everyone. The same can be said of their new A3C Volume 4 compilation album, which we are happy to premiere...
  • Top 10 Hottest Vixens In The Game
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    You know the old adage "sex sells".  Well the hip hop community has taken this, and embellished it and even at times went a little over board with it, as they are prone to do.  This is emblematic in hip hop videos through the years with the video vixens becoming more beautiful and more prevalent in the videos.  Gone are the days of million dollar video shoots for a single, but the...
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