• Summer Jam XX Festival Village Meet & Greets w/ Kid Ink, Action Bronson & A$AP Ferg
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    As most of you probably know by now, we sponsored this year's Festival Village stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam XX festival. Kid Ink, A$AP Ferg and Action Bronson were among the bigger acts who performed, and each of them stopped by our tent to sign autographs and take photos with their fans either before or after they took the stage. Kid Ink stopped by shortly after...
  • Underrated Audio: June 29-July 5
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    With the 4th of July having happened this past week, and people still celebrating this weekend, the blogging has been toned down the past few days. However, at the beginning of the week, we saw notable mixtape releases from Ty Dolla $ign, PartyNextDoor and Joey Bada$$. The two former singers are featured on UA this week, alongside three rappers, the "bob seger of undergroup rap" aka Atmosphere, a...
  • Hotties Photoshoot: Sandrine Lacoste "Young Brazil" BTS
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    Model:  Sandrine Lacoste @Sandrinexoxoo Photographer : PMAC PhotographyCheck our our behind-the-scenes video featuring the lovely Sandrine and don't forget to subscribe to HNHH YouTube by clicking below.  We have a lot more exclusive shoots coming up, so stay tuned. Have a suggestion for a theme for the next shoot? Let us know in the comments below.
  • Review: Lil Wayne's "I Am Not A Human Being II"
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    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...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: May 25
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    This week we're seeing how a little bit (or a lot, rather) of media coverage can go a long way. While we have new entries from Michael Jackson (Xscape) and Iamsu! (Sincerely Yours), we're also seeing a few classic albums re-enter the Billboard 200, plus there's the aftermath of the Solange/Jay Z elevator blow out. With MJ back on peoples' minds, not only did Xscape make a strong debut at #2, but...
  • 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...
  • "Versace" Remixes: Vote For Your Favorite
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    Take note, aspiring rappers - if you create a single that's both catchy and infectious enough to catch the ear of the mainstream, you could be thrust into the limelight sooner than you think (establishing connections doesn't hurt, either).  Take up-and-coming Atlanta trio Migos, for example, who are affiliated with Future's Freebandz movement and Young Scooter's Black Migo Gang. They...
  • What The Kendrick/Macklemore Debate Means For Hip-Hop
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    There are many out there who are still upset and lay dormant, content to grumble mildly because, after all, it has been a week. A week and two days, to be precise, since Macklemore took home Best Rap Album and Best New Artist at the Grammys, signaling a parade of heated discourse, Instagrams, tweets, Instagrams of tweets, and a general consensus from the “real hip-hop” community that...
  • Underrated Audio: March 8- March 14
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    Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. This week the web was busy with SXSW content pouring in, as many rappers both big (i.e. Jay Z and Kanye West took...
  • KSYN: HNHH Exclusive Hotties Photoshoot
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    KSYN (pronounced Kay-Sin) is a dancer, model, and actress, born and raised in the Bronx. You may recognize her from videos such as Usher's "Lil Freak," and 50 Cent's "I Get Money". She's currently performing as a backup dancer on Beyonce's "Mrs Carter World Tour". The beautiful and talented hottie came through HNHH studios for an exclusive shoot! Check out the results in the gallery...
  • Review: Jhene Aiko's "Sail Out"
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    Stunning. If Jhene Aiko wasn't already a household name, she ought to be by now. The 25-year-old singer has appeared on numerous hip-hop tracks throughout the year, most notably Drake's "From Time", J. Cole's "Sparks Will Fly", and Big Sean’s radio smash "Beware". Sail Out* is Jhene’s first major label EP, and what a debut it is. The seven-track Extended Play is smoked out, dreamy and...
  • Review: Drake's "Nothing Was The Same"
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    “Prince Akeem, they throw flowers at my feet, nigga!” Drake declares in the intro of his third album. In 2009, he released the highly-acclaimed So Far Gone mixtape and since then the half Jewish, half Black kid from Canada has gone on sell millions of records, sell out concerts, become insanely rich and currently holds the title for most number one songs on the Billboard rap...
  • A$AP Rocky Apologizes To Jason Collins, For Seeming Homophobic At MTV VMAs
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    During the 2013 MTV Video Awards, A$AP Rocky was on stage with Jason Collins – who famously came out to the media this summer – and introduced Macklemore’s “Same Love” which deals with the subject matter of equality and having an open mind towards people of varying sexuality. Inadvertently, the rapper gave Collins a strange look while they were introducing Macklemore, and it instantly...
  • 5 Mob Films Essential To Hip-Hop
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    The inspiration rappers draw from mob films can't be denied. Flicks such as The Godfather, King Of New York, Casino, Goodfellas and Scarface have helped shape the persona of many of your favorite emcees. Artists tend identify with characters that rise above all odds and prosper, in a criminal field or otherwise. Tony Montana, Frank White, Vito Corleone, Sam Rothstein  - the...
  • Samples Of The Week: March 27
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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...
  • Yes Yes: Slum Village Talks New Music, Doughnuts & J. Dilla
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    Detroit rap group Slum Village has certainly endured a lot in its 18 years. Members have tragically passed on, while others have left the group for various reasons. T3 is the only original member left. But despite all that; the veteran rap group personifies Detroit hip-hop. They carry on the legacy of deceased members J. Dilla and Baatin in the most beautiful of ways. Journalist Layne Weiss...
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