Top 10: Yeezy On The Beat, Hoe

Following up last week's Top 10 of rappers who were bodied on their own shit, we're moving on to Yeezy's production. Expect a new Top 10 list each Monday going forward, and if there's a subject you...

  • Top 10: Yeezy On The Beat, Hoe
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    Following up last week's Top 10 of rappers who were bodied on their own shit, we're moving on to Yeezy's production. Expect a new Top 10 list each Monday going forward, and if there's a subject you want us to tackle shout it out in the comments. It's been a long, crazy journey for Kanye West. From popped collars to bejeweled masks, we've followed along as he's evolved from the Louis Vuitton Don...
  • Samples Of The Week: September 11
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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...
  • On The Come Up: QuESt
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    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. You'll be able to check out some of their best...
  • Yo Momma: Rappers & Their Moms
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    Even the grittiest of gangster rappers have their mothers to thank for much of their success, and they don't always get the credit or respect they deserve. As such, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we've compiled a gallery of 25 photos of emcees with their moms, from Tupac Shakur to Kanye West.  Even if you won't be seeing your mother today, make sure you let her know what she means to you,...
  • 11 Rappers Who Squashed Their Beef
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    Like boxing, hip-hop has always been driven by competition. But while the masses love it when top tier MCs go after each other in lyrical (or these days, reality show-style physical) combat, everybody loves a happy ending. After the tragic deaths of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, hip-hop has become more conscious about settling these things before they get out of hand. With hip-hop now getting...
  • Review: Common "Nobody's Smiling"
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    A mostly levelheaded veteran who’s open about his distant relationship with Chicago, Common is the only 30-plus rapper who could’ve made a Nobody’s Smiling. And this goes beyond the conscious label or being a representative of “real hip-hop.” Common’s best works have been guided by a sense of empathy whether it’s through his famous personification of...
  • 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...
  • Is FKA Twigs The New Aaliyah?
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    No, Tahlia Bennett, the artist formerly known as Twigs is not actually Aaliyah — I would never pigeonhole her artistry with such a blanket comparison. I also could never put Aaliyah’s entire legacy and everything she’s worth to my generation into a nice, neat, compartmented box. But beyond the fact that they both have consistently made incredible music; there are so many various...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (September 12)
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    Breaking news: The NFL is corrupt! Because rappers wanting to be athletes and vice versa is sort of a running motif, a few have weighed in with their thoughts about the Ray Rice/NFL cover-up situation. Some made more sense than others. Other rhymers, who aren't as concerned with sports, ran into their own issues. Nicki Minaj wasn't allowed to visit her old high school. Say what you...
  • Review: Wiz Khalifa's "28 Grams"
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    Like any Wiz project, there will be a wide variety of opinions on 28 Grams, ranging from exuberant praise to vitriolic disdain. This variance in opinion is common for Young Khalifa, as Wiz has been riding the same strange roller coaster as Weezy the last few years, delivering excellent mixtape projects like Taylor Allderdice and Cabin Fever 2 while disappointing most with his retail...
  • A History Of Top Rap/Rock Collaborations
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    The history of rap and rock collaborations goes back to the year 1986 when Run DMC, considered one of the most influential hip-hop groups of all time, released their own version of the Aerosmith track “Walk This Way.” This song paved the way for hip-hop’s ascent in being accepted into the realm of pop, rock and other forms of mainstream music. Both rap music and rock have...
  • Vote For Your Favorite Drake Feature Of 2014
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    Without releasing an album, Drake has completely dominated the first two thirds or so of 2014, staying on the tip of everyone's tongues by delivering unexpected fireballs like "0 To 100/The Catch Up" and "Draft Day." But more so than anything else, the reason Drake's been able to stay relevant this year is his insane gift for picking features. Anytime a "feat. Drake" pops up on a track, it's an...
  • DJ Mustard Vs. Mike WiLL Made It: Who Has More Hits?
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    One of the many unsung players in the game of hip-hop is the producer. So many of us tune into some music not even listening to the artist in question, but dancing along to the beat, most likely created by an entirely different person. This begs the question, "Which producer is making us dance the most?" Our friends at SeeTheSound.com decided to spotlight two of the biggest producers in the game...
  • Top 10: Rap Interludes
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    The interlude has always been an opportunity for an artist to switch up the vibe of their album and transition from one style to another. Sometimes they're musical, sometimes they're a humorous skit (or not so much) thrown in for comic relief. Hip Hop albums have had interludes for a long time, but they're transformed slightly during this current generation of the genre. The skit has almost...
  • Top 10: Sophomore Albums Of The 2000s
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    In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump". Our expectations are set so high that we tend to discount the second effort, sometimes leading us to be pleasantly surprised by the third...
  • Flashback Friday: Old School Hip Hop Fashion
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    In the past thirty or so years, the Hip Hop genre has made its way through so many transformations, crossing over all different elements of culture. During its emerging popularity, rappers and artists in the community began to influence a lot more than just the music world. Fashion became a huge part of the hip hop scene, influencing and inspiring trends on a mass scale. From Nike sneakers and...
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