• Review: Kid Cudi's "Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon"
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    Although none of his albums have really been critical hits, Kid Cudi’s main appeal is using outside, atypical influences and sounds to articulate some sort of emotional journey into the tortured soul. He’s connected with his young adult audience by embodying this idea of the discontent, rebellious youth with some sticky hooks for good measure — can one ever truly get “Day...
  • 10 Detroit Players From The Underground
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    The Motor City is not necessarily a mecca when it comes to hip-hop, however, it is home to several big names in rap, the first to come to mind are probably Eminem and Big Sean. More recently, Danny Brown has been stepping into the limelight outside of his city, with his album Old undoubtedly making many year-end lists and serving as Danny's lee-way to bigger and better things. Other rappers to...
  • Samples Of The Week: June 12
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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...
  • Kevin Gates Talks Prison, Depression & Choosing Music Over Street Life
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    Kevin Gates, a New Orleans, Baton Rouge native, had a tough time leaving the street life alone to focus completely on his music. It's a feat he seems to have finally accomplished though, but his troubled past is still well-documented in his lyrics. If you aren't familiar with the rapper's discography, which includes the stand-out album Stranger Than Fiction, we're about to make you...
  • #TBT: 10 Killer Death Row Records Cuts
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    Death Row Records had quite the run in the 90s. Picking up where N.W.A left off, Suge Knight assembled an all-star crew that would come to epitomize the West Coast hip-hop sound, along with bringing it to popularity. 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and others dropped classic after classic on the controversial label. The label dominated in the early 90s, but when Tupac Shakur was murdered,...
  • Shooting The Shit With Slug (Of Atmosphere)
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    Atmosphere have a lengthy history within the underground rap scene, and while they've never quite made it to mainstream stardom (there is probably a reason: they don't want too), they've developed large and loyal underground following. The duo, individually known as Slug and Ant, released their debut album Overcast!, then with another member by the name of Spawn, in 1997. Since that time, they've...
  • HeatSeekers Update: New Format To Submit Your Songs And Videos
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    NEW HEATSEEKERS FORMAT WEEKLY WINNERS The HeatSeekers song competition will no longer include a regular voting cycle.  This means that our staff will be selecting the HeatSeeker winners featured on our website on a weekly basis. HeatSeeker winners will be featured on HotNewHipHop’s homepage every Saturday and Sunday, and will receive additional social media promotion (combined 1.2...
  • Tupac Photo Gallery: 17 Years Since His Death
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    Today marks the 17-year anniversary of legendary emcee Tupac Shakur's death. Pac passed on September 13th in 1996 at the age of 25 after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas left him hospitalized. We all know the story of his death, so we won't focus on that. Let's focus on his legacy. The rapper is still remembered as one of the greatest to ever do it, and we don't expect that to change anytime...
  • Review: Sir Michael Rocks "BANCO"
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    As a member of the Cool Kids, Sir Michael Rocks helped pioneer the current “cool kid” rap and fashion swag, since borrowed by a number of your favorite artists. They were the next big thing, even featured in a nationally aired Rhapsody commercial, with future star Sara Bareilles. Unfortunately for the duo, the steam from their almost certain runaway train to stardom ran out halfway...
  • A Timeline Of Jay Z's Accumulated Wealth
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    Jay Z is no doubt an icon in hip hop with his platinum-selling albums and sold-out tours. But the rapper has been one of few moguls in the industry to successfully stretch the boundaries when it comes to business.Estimated to have a net worth of $500 million, Jay has used his stature to his advantage making numerous deals to invest his money in, and thus keep his money long. The rapper said...
  • Drake's Girls: Maliah Michel Vs. The Girl That Got Away
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    Drake is well known for his over-sharing verses when it comes to the women in his life. One of the names that came up on NWTS was "Courtney from Hooters on Peachtree," which was apparently enough information for the internet to find the girl he was talking about in a day. Another one of the women we've heard him mention (on top of starring in his "Find Your Love" video) is vixen Maliah...
  • Review: Trey Songz's "Trigga"
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    The average man thinks about sex between one and 388 times per day; Trey Songz isn’t your average man. In his nine years of making music, the twenty-nine-year-old has made it abundantly clear that sex is pretty much all he thinks about. One might even say he invented it. In a way, Songz's one-dimensionality is a gift and curse. On one hand, when you’re recording the same song for...
  • Win Tickets To "The Smokers Club Tour" And See Joey Bada$$ and Ab Soul!
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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 Smokers Club in CITY NAME!" 3) We will announce winners for each city 1-3 days before each show date.  Winners will be contacted via their Facebook accounts and as a reply to their comment, so make sure to check this article when nearing...
  • 20 Of The Best Graffiti References In Hip-Hop
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    Along with emceeing, DJing and breakdancing, graffiti is one of the four fundamental elements of hip-hop, and it's been an integral part of the culture since the beginning. Films such as Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style and Stan Lathan's Beat Street helped define this vivid form of expression in the 80s, and it's since grown into an international phenomenon. You'll find graffiti...
  • Top 20 Rap-A-Lot Records Tracks
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    Rap-A-Lot Records was founded by James "J Prince" Smith in Houston, TX in 1986, during hip-hop's Golden Age, as well as the time when Gangsta Rap was slowly starting to gain prominence. Stereotypically, Gangsta Rap is viewed as vulgar, and can sometimes promote violence against women without any really basis or message.  While this is the case with some artists, many gangsta rappers did...
  • Rappers Who Were Born Rich
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    Many hip-hop artists have rapped about life experiences like starting from the bottom, the struggle and the drug game. The come-up story has always been a selling point for many artists through the years. Some of your favorites like Lil Wayne, B.I.G., Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and more have experienced this and have shared it through their music. However, there is a new trend popping up in hip-hop...
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