• The TDE Timeline: A Magnified Look At Top Dawg's Rise To The Top
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    For Top Dawg Entertainment, it's been all grind. A decade ago, Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith began building the groundwork for the independent label. The first artist signed by Tiffith was Watts, Los Angeles rapper Jay Rock. The next was K-Dot, a king now known as Kendrick Lamar. From there TDE's success gradually snowballed, effectively becoming the West Coast powerhouse they are today.  Thus...
  • 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...
  • OutKast's 10 Best Music Videos
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    20 years ago, André 3000 and Big Boi were riding the massive wave of commercial success that followed "Player's Ball," their debut single, as it rose up the charts and secured them a gig opening for Notorious B.I.G. in New York. It was only the beginning for OutKast, a duo that would go on to win six Grammys, make six platinum albums, and put the South on the map as a hip-hop...
  • Who's That Girl: Brittney Elena In Future Feat. Kanye West's "I Won" Music Video
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    Who's that girl in the Future music video for "I Won" featuring Kanye West? Although we weren't able to find out all the models in the video, we did find the beautiful Brittney Elena! Also featured in the recent music video for Rico Love's "Bitches Be Like" music video, Brittney Elena's lips and curves don't go unnoticed. According to her Instagram, she's no stranger to professional modelling,...
  • 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...
  • Perfect Posse Cuts
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    Today, a "posse cut" is more or less a marketing scheme. For a record label, what easier way is there to sell a single than by getting all of the biggest artists of the time and putting them on one song? It's like The Avengers for rap fans! For this list, we attempt to illustrate the evolution of hip-hop's sound over time. Beginning in the late 1980s and carry through to...
  • Review: J. Cole's "Revenge of the Dreamers" Compilation
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    With this month’s release of his compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers, it’s clear that 29 is J. Cole’s lucky number. The recording artist and producer turned 29 this year, on the 29th of January, and on that same day tweeted publicly to announce the launch of his label Dreamville, partnering with Interscope Records. His recent release of this compilation project celebrates...
  • Crew Love: OVO Sound
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    OVO Sound started off as the baby of Drake, Noah '40' Shebib and Oliver El-Khatib. The crew is steadily growing as the label continues to sign new talent. Those bleeding OVO blood each have an important role to play in their success.    What is unique about this crew is the very natural and fluid way it came together. Most of the members play more than just their part in the...
  • Hottie Vs Hottie: Beyonce Vs Nicki Minaj
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    The decision is yours.  Who's Hotter, the hottest female MC in the game right now or the biggest R&B songstress in the industry?  Let us know why you think Beyonce or Nicki Minaj reign supreme as the hottest Diva in the game! Check out all the sexy pics and gifs in the gallery above and make sure to Vote.
  • Rap By Numbers: A Break Down Of Hip-Hop Sales & More
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    Since it's evolution from the late 1980s, hip-hop music has gone from strength to strength. Nothing tells the story of this success better than seeing the facts by numbers. We often hear about first week album sales, and then there's always Forbes annual break-down of the wealthiest celebrities, but after that, we forget about it. Today we're giving you all the data you could possibly absorb in...
  • Mixtape Photoshop Fails
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    Mixtapes have long been effective for staying grounded in the modern landscape of hip-hop. Borrowing popular beats and enlisting a roster of peers for guest verses are mainstay mechanisms for sustaining relevancy in the rap game. Another pillar of the mixtape hustle is the project's original (debatable) cover art, a historically adventurous creative expression. Recently we found out that Young...
  • 10 References To "The Wire" In Hip-Hop
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    We both hope and assume y'all have seen or are at least familiar with HBO's "The Wire" at this point - if not, it's due time you did your homework. Created by former police reporter David Simon, the critically lauded television series is arguably one of the most definitive works of our generation, having struck chords far stronger than most of the shows that aired during its run from 2002 to...
  • 27 Important Moments In Hip-Hop's 40 Years
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    We've officially wrapped up a big year for the genre we all love-- new albums from Jay Z, Kanye West, Pusha T, Mac Miller, Drake, Juicy J (and the list goes on), only made 2013 that much sweeter. Mix in a new-found competition brought on by, you guessed it, "Control," and all the free mixtapes we've received in 2013, and this past year was definitely a good one. Apart from the usual rap antics,...
  • Meet Roy Wood$: Young Singer/Rapper From Toronto
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    We stumbled across Roy Wood$ innocently enough, during a daily peruse of Soundcloud. After being impressed with his "I Got" record, which melds the lines of r'n'b and rap, we skimmed through the rest of his Soundcloud, albeit, it's not too full just yet. That's okay though, as the Toronto-raised MC is really just getting his start. He's yet to release a full project, although he's been rapping...
  • 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...
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