Review: R. Kelly's "Black Panties"

There has been a heavy influx of modern and neo r'n'b in the past few years, but R. Kelly will always remain an important figure in what we now consider “old school r'n'b”. With...

  • Review: R. Kelly's "Black Panties"
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    There has been a heavy influx of modern and neo r'n'b in the past few years, but R. Kelly will always remain an important figure in what we now consider “old school r'n'b”. With his twelfth studio album Black Panties, Kelly explained that he wanted to return to his classic sound, “I wanted to change lanes with this new album and remind people of...
  • Review: Isaiah Rashad's "Cilvia Demo"
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    Isaiah Rashad’s debut EP, Cilvia Demo, is very easily among the most captivating mainstream debut projects from a new artist since the likes of J. Cole, Drake or even label mate Kendrick Lamar. Cilvia Demo is the first official body of work from the young Chattanooga emcee. Through the record’s thematic contrast, Rashad constructs the conflicted, contemplative and deeply human image...
  • 11 Best Drake "Nothing Was The Same" Memes
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    Drake unveiled the artwork for the standard and deluxe editions of his new album Nothing Was The Same this past week. As with all things Drake, memes soon ensued. Like with Drizzy's Take Care art, people were polarized with their thoughts on it. Is it dope? Is it weird? Is it art? We'll let you have that discussion in the comments. For now, click through some of the best memes we found...
  • Review: J. Cole's "Born Sinner"
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    Cole World: The Sideline Story was considered somewhat of a disappointment to fans who really knew the raw talent that J. Cole posseses. The storyteller and the street smart rapper that fans loved was missing in his debut album. This time around Cole delivers a more cohesive project, with tracks easily flowing one by one to create a complete concept: Born Sinner. He comes on strong with the...
  • On The Come Up: Bukkweat Bill
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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...
  • 11 Recent Rap Fails
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    Hip-hop artists stunt exceptionally well at the best of times. Whether it’s dope performances, providing quality albums, or being trendsetters, there’s always a lot to be celebrated within rap music.  However, even the most successful of hip-hop artists miss the mark sometimes (some more than others!). While we definitely enjoy their best moments, we can also sometimes enjoy...
  • XXL Freshmen Tour: NYC (Gallery)
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    Monday night at the Best Buy theater in NYC, 9 of the 12 XXL Freshmen took the stage for a very special performance. HotNewHipHop was at the high-energy show, and we've got a full gallery of photos to prove it.Apart from memorable performances from up-and-coming rappers like Kevin Gates, Lil Bibby, and Rich Homie Quan, plenty of surprise guests also graced the stage. Kid Ink made an appearance...
  • 10 Funny #SadKanye Memes
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    An amazing photo of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West surfaced onto the internets late last week, which quickly became the next great meme, #SadKanye, following in the footsteps of #SadKeanu. The photograph in question finds Kim Kardashian posing happily with a photographer by the name of Alex Yenni (who uploaded the image to his Instagram), while Kanye sits in the background looking, well, sad....
  • Review: The Underachievers' "The Lords Of Flatbush"
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    Following the earlier release of their debut project Indigoism this year The Underachievers are back with a solid new mixtape, The Lords of Flatbush reasserting their undeniable spot in the Beast Coast movement. This new mixtape stands in slight opposition to the previous work of The Underachievers, however, that’s something we were told to expect. Previously, the Brooklyn duo Issa Gold and AK...
  • Crew Love: TDE
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    Top Dawg Entertainment, or TDE for short, is one of the biggest success stories in hip-hop in recent memory. Founded in 2004 by Anthony Tiffith, the label didn't release its first mixtape until 2008, and its first album until 2010, but since then, has reached commercial and critical heights the likes of which most other independent labels couldn't imagine. With a relatively small roster,...
  • Samples Of The Week: June 19
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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...
  • Shooting The Shit With Jarren Benton
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    Jarren Benton hasn't dropped a new project since My Grandmother's Basement last June, and he also hasn't dropped much in the way of new music either. That's not to say the (weirdest) member of Funk Volume hasn't kept himself busy. He was heavily promoting himself for a spot on the XXL Freshmen list, and it worked to his benefit, as he was named the People's Champ on this year's list. In addition,...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 15
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    50 Cent entered the Billboard 200 this week, with Animal Ambition moving more than the projected amount, although it's still not the numbers Fif used to do. It's independent numbers though, with a showing of 47,000 units. It will likely be quiet on the charts until we approach June 24th, when we've got multiple albums, including ones from Ab-Soul and Riff Raff, dropping. Until then, we'll have to...
  • 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...
  • Top 15 "Apache" Samples: The Evolution Of One Of Hip Hop's Most Well Known Instrumentals
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    Hip Hop’s favorite sample has the least Hip Hop origins. Jerry Lordan, a British RAF veteran and part-time songwriter, was inspired by the story Massai - who was the last Apache left after Chief Geronimo surrendered New Mexico to the United States. Lordan composed the riff and legendary British guitarist Bert Weedon originally recorded it. The veteran didn’t like Weedon’s...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Jan. 27- Feb. 2
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    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
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