10 Surprising Rap Writing Credits

There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot. "Ghostwriting" by its...

  • 10 Surprising Rap Writing Credits
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    There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot. "Ghostwriting" by its proper definition refers to contributions from rappers who have not been credited-- which is a pretty grey area. Rather than look into rumors surrounding that type of writing (with one exception),...
  • 10 Hip-Hop Artists Who Blew Up Off A Mixtape
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    Mixtapes are like opinions. Everyone has one, but not all of them matter. Your mixtape should be a totally uninhibited creative space. A platform where you can impulsively exhibit your talent for a more focused and passionate audience. The mixtape is a very reliable vehicle for hip-hop, especially in the digital era where free information spreads feverishly. In some cases, artists give away...
  • 10 Essential Vic Mensa Tracks
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    Vic Mensa is barely old enough to drink, but that hasn't stopped this 21-year-old MC from livin' the life. After touring with Disclosure earlier this year, Mensa's popularity has been on the steady rise. The Chicago-bred MC has a friendship with Chance The Rapper, and the two frequently collaborate on stage and on tracks. Jams like "Suitcase" and "Tweakin'" have seen the two spit back and forth...
  • 10 Frequently Sampled Records In Hip-Hop
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    Nowadays, creating new and original music is very much easier said than done. That being said, a huge part of creating dope hip hip music involves sampling. This is exactly how it sounds: taking a portion, or sample (there it is), of a previous song and reusing it in a difference piece, in an effort to create something (almost) entirely unique. This could mean a specific instrument, such as a...
  • Beyond 8 Mile: A Glimpse Into Detroit's Current Hip Hop Scene
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    A straight shot up I94, and almost 300 miles from Detroit, Chicago’s drill scene is currently making waves for the Midwest.The city that is currently more known for its violence than its wind, beautiful architecture and tasty signature deep dish pizza has captured the attention of America’s hip hop community. But what about its neighbor, who once introduced the nation to some of its...
  • 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...
  • 20 Outrageous Hip-Hop Interviews
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    The great thing about artists in hip hop, is that you can you pretty much trust that most of the time they will be real, even when they are being broadcasted live around the world. Outspoken and honest at the best of times, hip hop is genre which prides itself on bringing on competition and delivering the truth. Over time, this has resulted in interviews where confrontations occur, sometimes...
  • 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...
  • HNHH's Hashtagged Hotties: Girls To Follow On Instagram
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    These "Hashtagged Hotties" exemplify the ideal woman via Instagram, and are a great bunch to follow. They always seem to have something new to bring to the ever-expanding world of iPhone photography. Whether it be behind the scenes at photo shoots, traveling adventures or #foodporn (not all models starve themselves), these ladies will not disappoint. If you haven't already downloaded the app,...
  • 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...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Nov. 17-23
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    TOP TRACKS BACK, TOP TRACKS BACK. After a brief hiatus, our weekly rundown of notable and popular releases has returned.  Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our charts. These are songs that generated a lot of interest and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. For tracks that deserve more love than they got, go...
  • Review: Big Sean's "Hall of Fame"
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    It’s been a long road to the top for Big Sean. Back in 2005 after hearing Kanye West was going to be at a local radio station in Detroit for an interview, Big Sean headed down there to chance fate. Two years later he signed with G.O.O.D. Music but it wasn’t until 2011 that his debut album Finally Famous would hit the shelves. In that four-year gap, the Detroit native would release a handful...
  • 12 Of Drake's Funniest Moments
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    Drizzy Drake is not doubt one of the biggest hip hop artists in present day. His albums have moved millions of units and he has sold out shows all the around the world. But one thing that you should know about the star is that he's also a pretty funny guy.    His comedic nature has made him a common fixture in skits on some of television's popular shows such as SNL and Jimmy Kimmel...
  • Top 10: Drake Deep Cuts
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    In case you're stuck in an Ebola quarantine and didn't hear the news, Drizzy let loose a collection of 3 new songs to get everybody ready for his upcoming Views From The 6 album earlier this week. As with any Drake release, it definitely disrupted the game and immediately shifted all focus back to the YMCMB/OVO artist. The drop was sudden and unexpected, possibly having his hand forced...
  • Logic Speaks On Being Biracial & Says He's Working With Hit-Boy On Debut Album
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    Logic has been on his grind for a long time now, and it's paid off, as he's linked up with Def Jam for a deal while still remaining under the independent label that he came up with, VMG. We caught up with Logic at the beginning of October for Track Breakdown of his single "Two Kings," and we were able to speak to the rising rapper once more when he was on DJ Skee's Skee Live.  The emcee spoke...
  • Top 10: Jay Z's Best Post-Retirement Verses
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    When dissecting a massive catalog such as Hov's to rank his best verses, you really have to break it up. It would be like ranking the Top 10 sports cars ever made, you'd have to go by decade to make it more feasible. So we've decided to tackle everything Tha God MC has done post-retirement, Kingdom Come and forward to the present. Obviously, we're ignoring about a decade's worth of...
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