Hottest Music Videos Of 2014
    Music videos have always been an integral part of hip-hop. Whether it’s shots of the neighborhoods that birthed some of the world’s biggest stars, or the spoils that come with commercial victories, the visuals are a crucial component to solidifying artistic expression.
    It's Yo Birthday: Top 10 Tyga Tracks
    First gaining recognition with a feature on the YMCMB crew track "Bedrock", Tyga has had a significant rise to fame over the years and has never looked back. Having released an independent album followed by two successful studio albums, the Compton native is surfing on the wave of success he's created along with his crew members Drake and Nicki Minaj.
    Remix Fix: Esta's Remix Of "Know What I Want" By Kali Uchis
    Kali Uchis is a Colombian singer and songwriter gaining notoriety quickly with a growing fan base in Northern VA and internet buzz. Kali is based in D.C. and she received comparisons to Amy Winehouse shortly after she released "Know What I Want" back in October. She caught the eye of local radio hosts and made the Washington Post's list of what folks will be buzzing about in 2015. 
    Review: J. Cole's "Born Sinner"
    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.
    It's Yo Birthday: 30 Best Kid Cudi Tracks
    It's hard to believe that Kid Cudi is only turning 29, especially after the last few tumultuous years he's been through. Having only released one critically acclaimed mixtape, the Cleveland rapper shot to fame and got signed to G.O.O.D Music by Kanye West.  He's been on a phenomenal rise, having released two albums that have had fans and critics drooling over them.
    15 Inspirational Quotes From Martin Luther King
    Martin Luther King Jr. really needs no introduction at all, however, we will attempt to do the civil rights leader justice in our brief description. 
    10 Essential 9th Wonder Productions
    North Carolina's Patrick Douthit isn't like most hip-hop stars. He's uninterested with chains, fame, cars, clothes and objectifying women. He's concerned with honoring classic soul music through his sample-based hip-hop beats. That has been enough to catch the attention of Jay Z, Beyonce, De La Soul, Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., Erykah Badu and many more.
    Review: Fabolous' "Soul Tape 3" Mixtape
    In November, Atlanta rapper Trinidad James caused a firestorm with comments he made while performing in Brooklyn, New York City. After multiple rappers (most notably Maino) called him out for stating that ATL rappers run NYC musically, the Def Jam signee finally admitted he chose the wrong venue.
    On The Come Up: Amir Obe
    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.
    What’s New In Battle Rap (November 28)
    Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
    Top 10: Fall Freestyles
    If you're on the East Coast like we are, you probably walked outside in the last few days and noticed something; it's fucking cold out. Where'd that come from? It feels like just yesterday we were riding around with our windows down bumping "Hot Nigga" remixes and enjoying our Summer.
    What’s New In Battle Rap (December 26)
    Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
    "Cut Her Off" Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
    When K. Camp released his Will-A-Fool-produced single "Cut Her Off" back in November, few recognized the ATL singer's name. Now over eight months later, he's rubbed shoulders with rap greats like Juicy J, Too Short and Lil Boosie, mostly thanks to the success of that single.
    Review: Lil Wayne's "I Am Not A Human Being II"
    Lil Wayne has always differentiated himself from us mere mortals, something he clearly set out to prove again with I Am Not A Human Being II, his tenth (and possibly final) studio album. He's explored the outer limits of the rap game with this one, bringing fellow rappers 2 Chainz, Nicki Minaj, Drake and Future along for the ride.IANAHB2 is the sequel to Weezy’s 2009 album of the sa
    On The Come Up: Nikko Lafre
    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up profiles emerging rappers and producers that show strong promise but haven't necessarily seen the shine they deserve, from those deep underground to artists on the cusp of the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll find analyses of their defining characteristics, examples of their best work and plenty of opportunities to dig deeper via hyperlinks.
    Underrated Audio: April 16-22
    The month of April is already wrapping up, even though it seems like it just arrived. We celebrated 4/20 over the weekend, which saw an influx of weed-smoking songs on the site, as expected. Nonetheless, we like think that you can make every day a 4/20, especially when you have the right music. This week UA has four perfect tracks to do so.
    Samples Of The Week: June 5
    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 honey". 
    Top Tracks Of The Week: January 26 - February 3
    Here it is, our weekly spotlight of songs that HNHH readers pushed to the top of our charts Please keep in mind that Top Tracks highlights a hand-picked assortment of the most popular songs on our Top 100 chart. These are songs that generated a lot of interest, whether it be through comments or views, and still deserve a second look or a deeper consideration. 
    Quick5: Lil Bibby Talks XXL Freshmen & Upcoming Collaborations
    We're cutting right to the chase in our new interview series, Quick5. The concept is simple-- we'll be asking some of your favorite artists 5 quick questions that are on our minds, and get a full update in about a minute's time.
    Track Breakdown: Talking To Skeme & Boi-1da On "Bullets"
    Skeme is making a name for himself not only in the West Coast, with the release of the Cali-themed album Ingleworld on December 17th. It's been quite a few years coming for Skeme, who has released a slew of mixtapes to get his name circulating prior to the release of his studio LP.
    Wiz Khalifa Defines "Blacc Hollywood"
    Wiz Khalifa is currently working on a new album, Blacc Hollywood. He's already revealed some of the artists he's working with on the album, including The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus and Adele, while he's released just one (possible) album cut, "Look Into My Eyes." Although the updates on the album have been a little slow lately, we got to speak to Wiz about the whole concept of 'Blacc Hollywood.'
    Top Tracks Of The Week: Feb. 18-24
    This new 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 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
    Top 10 Best Holiday Raps
    We're a day away from Christmas, which means you have been subjected to the same five Christmas songs for the last 90 days. Mariah is a national treasure, but if we have to hear "All I Want For Christmas Is You" again, we'll go to her Bel Air home and drop off all the dogs that have spent the last two decades panicking to Daydream. We know that some of you are with us.
    Hip-Hop's Power Couples
    It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop.
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