Charts Don’t Lie: May 4

This week three new rappers entered the Billboard 200, with Future's Honest topping them all sales-wise (we'll let you be the judge on the music). Asher Roth, who has calmed way down from his College...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: May 4
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    This week three new rappers entered the Billboard 200, with Future's Honest topping them all sales-wise (we'll let you be the judge on the music). Asher Roth, who has calmed way down from his College Rap days, moved under 10,000 units with his new album RetroHash, released independently. Future and Iggy Azalea also came in neck-and-neck with their respective albums Honest and The New Classic....
  • Origins: The Samples From The Weeknd's "Kiss Land"
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    We know that The Weeknd is not considered hip hop, but you can't escape Kiss Land as a great production piece. The Weeknd is known to be one of the new faces of R&B and Drake's go-to guy for an R&B feature. With no surprise, you'll also find Drizzy Drake featured on this project on "Live For." Out of the 10 tracks on Kiss Land, not counting the bonus tracks, we found 5 were sampled by other...
  • 25 Best Hip-Hop Commercials Of All Time
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    It would seem like a no brainer, rap and advertising belong together, but the ad industry didn't always recognize what hip-hop could really do for marketing. This all changed in the 1980s. Each side began realizing what the other could for them. Rappers could help boost sales, and rappers could, of course make money. So rappers began wearing ridiculous outfits, singing silly jingles, drinking...
  • Ask A Hottie: Our Hotties Are Taking Your Requests!
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    Due to popular demand, Kip Force is kicking off our first installment of "Ask A Hottie", a video series where YOU get to make the decision on what our Hotties do on YouTube!  We want to make learning fun, with our Hotties teaching you useful tips in the hottest way possible. Simply send us your requests via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #AskAHottie.  Also feel...
  • Accents, Ad-libs & Animation: Rappers With Distinctive Voices
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    While emcees and rappers are mostly lauded for their lyrical capability, there’s something astonishing about having voice control, diversified delivery and for whatever reason, having a voice that stands out. When discussing the art of rap, lyrics, record sales, popularity and winning infamous battles are often key ingredients. Hip hop critics very seldom consider an emcee’s voice...
  • Meet Boogie: Rising Rapper From Long Beach, CA
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    It's that time again, when we introduce you to a new rapper who will soon be making waves in the rap game. After meeting WELL$ back in May, next up for a formal introduction is Calfornia's Boogie. Boogie hasn't released too much music thus far, but that's okay because everything he has dropped is strictly quality. We first came across the rapper with his "Bitter Raps" record, which got us...
  • Yeezus Ticket Giveaway: See Kanye West And Kendrick Lamar [Update: New Show Dates]
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    THE RULES ARE SIMPLE:1) Follow HotNewHipHop on Facebook + Twitter Follow @hotnewhiphop // 2) Enter the comment below: "@HotNewHipHop, send me to Yeezus in  CITY NAME! "Make sure to '@' the HotNewHipHop Facebook page in your comment. 3) We will announce 1 winner (for 1 pair) on each of these dates:[Updated] October 17th  -- November 12th  -- December 3rdWinners will be...
  • 15 Hilarious Jay Z Pool Memes
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    Yesterday the photo above of Hov jumping into the pool with Bey while on vacation in Italy surfaced.  Jay's hands-flailing jump resulted in meme after meme, and we'll undoubtedly be seeing this photo of Hov circulate for awhile.  Take a look at some of the funniest memes of Jay Z's now infamous pool dive! 
  • 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...
  • Most Anticipated Projects Of 2014
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    2013 was undoubtedly a great year for rap music. If you are a die-hard hip-hop head, you are probably praying that 2014 will continue along the same lines, if not one-up 2013. Now that we're examining some of the releases lined up for this year, the chances look good. We had some hip-hop heavyweights drop huge albums last year, this includes the likes Kanye West, Jay Z, and J. Cole, but 2014...
  • Review: SZA's "Z" Album
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    Top Dawg Entertainment’s big-haired, freckled, suburban newcomer released her debut album, Z on April 8th. The ten-track album is the follow up to her 2013-released free EP S. TDE’s Kendrick Lamar and Isaiah Rashad appear on the album along with Chicago’s Chance The Rapper. The new offering of her self-described “glitter trap” has production by Mac Miller, Toro...
  • WEED TALK With Smoke DZA: Blunts Vs. Papers, Favorite Strain, Being The "KushedGod" & More
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    Photos By Cyril Agard & Kevin Mo. We had the opportunity to chill backstage during Wiz Khalifa and ASAP Rocky's Under The Influence Tour, and encountered Smoke DZA in his usual state (high) doing what he usually does (blazing). You know we had to pick the KushedGod's brain, and what better subject to tackle than weed? The master told us about perfecting his rolling...
  • It's Yo Birthday: Lil Jon's Top Ten Tracks
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    With a  career as eclectic as Lil Jon's, it's hard to pinpoint what the multi-talented artist truly is: rapper, DJ, producer, actor or hype-man. A swirling mix of dread-locks, gold teeth, pimp cups, and random exclamations, the self-proclaimed King of Crunk is 42 years young today. At HNHH, we decided to honor Jonathan Smith's birthday by listing the top ten hit tracks that he's associated with...
  • Origins: The Samples From Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
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    Coming up with the right supporting beats and melody in a hip-hop track can be extremely challenging. Not to mention the time and effort it takes to make an original beat. In this day and age, artists often borrow music from other songs and build off it, to create a new and unique beat-- obviously, this is called sampling. Out of the 16 tracks put out on Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, 12 of...
  • From Potheads To Oxymorons: 10 Of The Druggiest Rap Albums
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    Last week, the world got an unprecedented look inside of Schoolboy Q's various addictions on Oxymoron, an album named after the painkiller Oxycodone. It's most certainly an album that can be categorized as "drug rap," making it the latest in the long, storied history of rapper's infatuation with, selling of, and popularizing of various controlled and illegal substances. Beginning rather tamely...
  • Samples Of The Week: July 17
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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...
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