• Joey Bada$$ Announces "Summer Knights" EP - Tracklist & Features Revealed
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    Following the release of the visuals to "Hilary $wank" today, Joey Bada$$ is announcing a followup EP to his Summer Knights mixtape.  The project will feature five cuts from the mixtape, and two new joints, "My Jeep" and "My Yout."  Slated for an October 29th release date, the Summer Knights EP will feature 7 tracks.  This borrows its name from a cut off Joey's fantastic 1999...
  • Alyson Marie : HNHH Exclusive Hotties Photoshoot (Video)
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    Take a look at our shoot with Alyson Marie in the gallery above, and take a look at some behind-the-scenes footage as well as an interview in the video at the end of the gallery! You may remember her from our "Hashtagged Hotties 4". Song : John Hart feat. Liz - "Party" Photographer: Jonathan Canny  Hair & Make-Up: Kevin Wade Videographer: Terrence Jones
  • Quick5: Logic Talks XXL Freshmen, The NBA Playoffs, Mac Miller's "Faces" Mixtape
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    For those just tuning in, "Quick5" is our new lightning-quick interview series, during which we'll be asking artists whatever five (quick) questions happen to be on our minds, each exchange clocking in at under two minutes. Emerging Maryland talent Logic is our second guest, and this particular segment finds him commenting on the 2014 XXL Freshman class, his favorite sneakers, the...
  • Samples Of The Week: June 12
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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...
  • 14 Heroic Acts By Rappers
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    We all know that rappers often get a bad rep with the press. Accusations of criminal activity, encouraging violence, or just plain bad behavior are common for hip hop artists. Selfless and generous acts by hip hop stars seldom get the coverage or attention they deserve. A lot of rappers are vocal about their struggle and hard times, but what happens once they make it big? Mainstream rappers make...
  • Chaining Day: Roc-A-Fella
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    Chaining days have always been a great ritual in hip-hop. So much so, that Kanye West made it the grande finale of his music video for "Through The Wire", his first major single. Last night  bossman Jay Z of ROCNATION presented J. Cole with an original Roc-A-Fella chain. A sign of respect and gift for the 29th birthday of the rapper. Do you remember who else has a Roc-A-Fella chain? We...
  • Crew Love: Jet Life
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    In 2009, when Curren$y started Jet Life Recordings, there were only two other members to the Jet Life crew: Young Roddy and Trademark da Skydiver. In the five years since, Jet Life has grown like kudzu. They’ve added eight more members, most notably, Fiend, Smoke DZA, and Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids, gone on a national 35 city tour, and churned out three solid Jet Life crew mixtapes....
  • 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...
  • 7 Creative Producers You Should Know About
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    At the beginning of November we did a list that comprised of 9 Creative Rappers You Should Know About. Today we're following up that list with 7 Creative Producers You Should Know About. Producers lack credit across the boards, but they are essential in creating a song, and not just a 'song' but a dope song. A head-bobbing, I-wanna-look-up-the-lyrics-ASAP song is nothing without...
  • Photos From Odd Future's Shoot With Terry Richardson
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    Yesterday we posted the freestyle video from the photo session, now here are some pics from Odd Future's photo shoot with famed photographer Terry Richardson.  Tyler, the Creator, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt and the entire OF crew were on hand. Check out the pics below, and a freestyle session featuring behind the scenes footage of the shoot. (Pics courtesy of...
  • The "Weirdo Rap" Divide
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    50 Cent and G-Unit made headlines following this year's Summer Jam for a very visible fight that took place in front of 50,000 viewers (70,000 if you count those online) on the event's mainstage. But outside of that seconds-long scuffle, there was a bigger, albeit more subterranean, conflict going on throughout the daylong event. It may not have been apparent to all those in attendance, but...
  • Review: Pro Era's "The Secc$ Tap.e 2"
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    This tape has been something that Pro Era fans have no doubt been waiting patiently for after their last releases were back in 2012. The Secc$ Tap.e 2 does nothing but feed the hunger of fans and add to the weight that has fallen onto the crew’s shoulders as it proves that the Beast Coast Movement is in full force. A fitting project for a Valentine’s Day release, although young, Pro...
  • Underrated Audio: January 4- January 10
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    We're offering you a chance to grab the records that flew under the radar these last seven days with the weekly Underrated Audio. We scope out the records that received less views than they deserved, and give them a few more looks here. This week we round up tracks from rising rapper Da$h, Cleveland/LA native King Chip, a newcomer Nile Ross and more.
  • Origins: The Samples From Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
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    Coming up with the right supporting beats and melody in a hip-hop track can be extremely challenging. Not to mention the time and effort it takes to make an original beat. In this day and age, artists often borrow music from other songs and build off it, to create a new and unique beat-- obviously, this is called sampling. Out of the 16 tracks put out on Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, 12 of...
  • A Brief History Of 10 Jordan References In Hip-Hop
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    When NBA star basketball player Michael Jordan teamed up with Nike in 1984 and launched his Air Jordan brand the following year, unbeknownst to former Chicago Bulls shooting guard, he was making history. Consisting of sneakers as well as athletic apparel, the Jordan Brand has grown over the last thirty years into a widely successful brand. The sneakers being at the forefront of the brands sales...
  • Review: Rich Gang's "Rich Gang"
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    When Young Money released their We Are Young Money album four years ago, they were undeniably the hottest team in hip-hop. Lil Wayne's army was young and hungry, as artists like Tyga and Nicki Minaj had yet to develop into superstars. Veterans such as Mystikal and Busta Rhymes have since joined the Young Money militia, though have failed to make a lasting impact with the group. Fast forward to...
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