• 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...
  • 10 Essential Kaytranada Tracks
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    Kaytranada, real name Louis Kevin Celestin, was born in 1992 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After relocating to Montreal, Quebec as a toddler, Kaytranada began DJing at age 14. His brother introduced him to producing software at the age of 15, putting him on a slow-burning path to success. The young producer/DJ actually began under the name Kaytradamus in 2010, releasing a total of 8 projects...
  • Top 10: Albums We Can't Wait To Hear
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    Just as a disclaimer, you won't find Detox on this list. We gave up on that a long time ago. We can only assume at this point that Dre is swimming in a literal pool of Apple money somewhere, Scrooge McDuck style. What you will find on this list however is a whole bunch of projects that we cannot wait any longer for, we need them. The anticipation is killing us, and we're tired of the...
  • Happy 4/20: Hip-Hop's Weed Connection
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    In the 90s and early 2000s, smoking marijuana was largely unaccepted and taboo. There was talk that weed was "dangerous," and despite debates and research showing that it was actually safe, and had possible healing properties, it remained banned in every US state. In recent years, more states have come to realize the medical benefits of marijuana, and it has become legal (for medical use only) in...
  • Hashtagged Hotties 6 - Sexiest Ladies 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 the...
  • A Brief History Of The Best Movie Roles Played By Rappers
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    Today most celebrities are either double or triple threats, expanding their careers into other forms of the entertainment world. Rappers are no exception to this surge of multi-talented public figures and have been a part of the growth for sometime now. As far as additional career ventures many of these eminent figures in hip hop have undertaken acting. Many have failed, but through the years a...
  • 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: Dom Kennedy's "Get Home Safely"
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    Get Home Safely, Dom Kennedy’s second studio album and follow up to last year's Yellow Album, demonstrates Dom Kennedy’s unique ability to weave highly accessible stories into his lyrics without compromising intelligibility. Actually, it’s not a trait unique to him. Artists like Slick Rick, Snoop and Nas are known for this same technique. Of course, most rappers are adept...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 7)
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    We get a little bit of everything this week in hip-hop, including a surprise. It didn't look like it was coming anytime soon, but Azealia Banks ' debut — Broke With Expensive Tastes — is finally here. This is undoubtedly a bit achievement for her after years of delays. There's just one problem: everybody (including one surprise fan) has been listening to Migos' mixtape. Such is life for...
  • Chiraq: The Female Perspective In The Drill Movement
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    In 2011, while a repetitive number of “Female Rappers Who Are Not Nicki Minaj” lists continued to be reproduced, two young women from Chicago’s rap scene had surfaced. What seemed to be guerilla style shooting in the streets of the windy city, Sasha Go Hard and Katie Got Bandz released respective videos that sent the internet into a frenzy and swiftly became viral. Today, both...
  • Top 10: Fall Freestyles
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    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. As the leaves start to turn different colors and our t-shirts start getting covered by our hoodies, we need...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (Nov. 15)
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    Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly bursted into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope"? Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop...
  • Review: Joey Bada$$'s "Summer Knights"
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    In February of 2012, Pro Era’s Joey Bada$$ and Capital STEEZ dropped the visuals for their collaboration “Survival Tactics,” which quickly went viral. Crowned the future of New York rap, Bada$$ served the perfect blend of youthful, braggadocio-tinged rhymes, and laid-back flows-- not to mention an ear for classic 90s-referencing production that would make Gangstarr proud. With...
  • The Value Of Rap Music
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    “You are all...” We are all here. Reading, trolling, complaining, praising, and generally over and under reacting to the apparently endless stream of consciousness that has enveloped rap music. We have long entered the invisible whirlwind of the growing existential crisis called hip-hop fandom, from the “hip-hop head” that knows where every sample in every track ever...
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