Charts Don’t Lie: August 3

As an actor, Common has definitely been in some major mainstream flicks and get his due recognition for it. As a rapper, Common borders on the underground/conscious scene, although he's not fully...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: August 3
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    As an actor, Common has definitely been in some major mainstream flicks and get his due recognition for it. As a rapper, Common borders on the underground/conscious scene, although he's not fully immersed in it because he does do double duty acting. Nonetheless, this is often reflected in his album sales-- he's not the kind of artist to do crazy big numbers, although both Be and Finding Forever...
  • 15 Of The Best Rapper Capsule Collections
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    Theres no way to deny it, we are currently living in a time in which streetwear reigns supreme. Through recent years streetwear has evolved, not only taking a more fashion-forward approach but opening up doors for musicians, especially rappers, to slide through, leaving an imprint not only musically but aesthetically. The evolution of streetwear has brought a counter-culture to the forefront of...
  • 15 âªHottest Mixtapes Of The Summer 2013
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    Now that the new scholastic year is upon us, the doors of summer have officially closed and it's back to reality. As such, we've decided to look back on some of the projects that helped define the warmer months of 2013, if only to prolong those chiller times for a moment.  To be clear, these aren't necessarily tapes that dropped in the midst of summer. We chose a range of mid-April to August to...
  • Review: Lil Wayne's "Dedication 5"
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    There was a time not too long ago when Lil Wayne was widely considered the best rapper alive. Since 2009's No Ceilings, Lil Tunechi has left fans scratching their heads and wondering what happened to the once dominant Mixtape Weezy. All that mediocrity recently caught up to the Young Money star. Tunechi wasn't nominated for this year's MTV VMAs or the BET Awards. Instead of complaining, he went...
  • Review: Tyga's "Hotel California"
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    The snare and synth-filled beats, the arrogance in the rhymes, and the claims to fame are all reasons why Tyga has gained so many followers, and this shines through on the first three tracks of Hotel California. It's this familiar, blanket sound that has garnered him the success he so rightfully brags about. But by the fourth track, "Diss Song", Tyga starts to demonstrate more maturity as an...
  • Hashtagged Hotties Edition 7: Girls To Follow On Instagram
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    Our "Hashtagged Hotties" epitomize 'eye-candy' via Instagram, and are an eye full. They always seem to have something new to contribute to the evolving world of iPhone photography. Whether traveling, behind the scenes or showing off their new bathing suits, these ladies won't let you down. If you have suggestions for ladies to feature in our next segment of Hashtagged, let us know in...
  • 10 Rappers Who Shouted Out Scarface
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    Although the initial critical reception to the 1983 movie "Scarface" was pretty mixed, with plenty of harsh reviews, it has since gone on to not only become a rapper favorite, but cement itself as a classic. Although it was panned so hard by critics, it turned out to be a box office smash. Over the years the tale of Cuban immigrant Tony Montana, who went from dishwasher to small-time drug...
  • Review: Gucci Mane's "Brick Factory Vol. 1"
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    Even while behind bars, Gucci Mane has proved that he can produce quality music no matter where he is. His newest mixtape, also available on iTunes, Brick Factory Vol.1, is assumed as one of several compilations to follow, and the series is off to an impressive start. Featuring work with both old and new collaborators, some of whom fall under his label 1017 Brick Squad Records, Gucci...
  • NBA's 10 Best Rappers
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    “A rapper”.  This is the common response an NBA player gives when asked “what would you be if you weren’t in the NBA?”, (with “actor” a close second).  Many ballers have put their money where the mic is and tried their hand at rapping, an even a few have started up their own fledgling labels.  We take a look at the NBAers who have shown some promise on the mic.     HNHH...
  • Review: Meek Mill's "Dreamchasers 3"
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    Meek Mill has been through hell and back. He’s only 26-years-old but on the streets, age-wise that makes him a veteran. Growing up in the gritty, unforgiving city of Philadelphia, Meek, real name Robert Williams, fell into the same trap that a lot of his friends and many others in his age group that grew up in the same type of environment. After grinding on the streets (and a brief jail stint),...
  • 10 Social Media Fails In Hip-Hop
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    Social media has become inseparable from today's society. Outlets such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are used constantly worldwide, and have become the main methods of direct communication between individuals the world over. The rapid evolution and increased use of social media has fuelled our collective fascination with "celebrity" and pop culture, having become both a driving force of...
  • 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...
  • Dizzy Wright Speaks On Staying Independent & His Favorite Strain Of Weed
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    Dizzy Wright is getting ready to launch his "Fashion" video with Kid Ink and Honey Cocaine very soon, and HNHH got a chance to talk to him on the set of the exclusive visual. Dizzy spoke to Jen Deleon about his favorite kinds of Kush, plans for his debut album, and the benefits of staying independent. "I've been smoking all day" revealed Dizzy, before listing some of his favorite strains of...
  • Review: CyHi The Prynce's "Black Hystori Project"
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    When we last heard from CyHi the Prynce, he was cruising around college campuses with his Ivy League: Kick Back mixtape early last year. Now, ready to show us what he’s learned, he takes us back to school with Hystori: Black History Project. His most socially conscious body of work yet, CyHi gives us a history lesson throughout the project. BHP opens up with an elementary school...
  • 25 Professional Wrestling References in Hip Hop
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    Professional wrestling and hip hop – sounds like an odd combination, but the two cultures that have a lot in common and quite a lot of respect for each others craft. Wrestling federations, whether it has been WWE, WCW, or TNA have all dabbled in hip hop. These companies have frequently collaborated with the genre to make some dope theme tunes for wrestlers. You may also recall that some...
  • Rappers & Their Children On Father's Day
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    Father's Day came and went yesterday, and like most of us, rappers were celebrating the day by relaxing with family and giving their dads the shout outs they deserve. Some such rappers have kids of their own and were thus enjoying the day for themselves as well. Some are new to the father game (Future) and celebrated it for the very first time, while others have basically become vets in the game...
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