HotNewHipHop got to attend the always eventful Hot 97 Summer Jam, and here we provide you with a review of everything that went down on the main stage as well as the pre-show, for those of you that couldn't make it. Video footage & photos to come!
HNHH hit up Hot 97's Summer Jam, an event not-to-be missed in the Tri-State area. It rained on and off throughout the day of the event on June 3rd, which put a damper on my seat but not my mood. The Jam started with the pre-show, aka the Festival Village, where Peter Rosenberg made his now-infamous remarks about Nicki Minaj's single “Starships.”
Summer's here, and festival season has arrived. Unfortunately, for hip-hop heads, most of the summer's premier music destinations are filled with laptop DJs or bands that introduced your parents to LSD 40 years ago. Luckily, for all of us on the East Coast, there's Summer Jam.
Last March, Boosie came home after almost five years in prison. At 32 years old, it was unclear if Baton Rouge's biggest hero would be able to execute a return to form, though we should've known better. Since he's been on the outs, equipped with a fresh name change, Boosie Badazz has already hit us with too many features to count.
Amir Obè is a fresh voice in hip hop. Taking on the melodic, ethereal sound that has been spearheaded by Drake, Obè is poised to be one of the big names in a world that continues to embrace that sound.
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.
It’s almost that time of year again, where you get to stuff your face with delicious food and hang out with your close friends and family. Like us normal folk, rappers celebrate Thanksgiving too.
This week is an exciting not only due to a lot of movement in the chart, but the fact that four rap albums take up the top spots on the Billboard 200. Yes, one happens to be a soundtrack, but seeing that the tracklist is made up almost entirely of hip-hop and RnB, it's hard to see it any other way.
Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version turns 20 today. Rap music’s most eccentric figure isn’t here to celebrate the occasion, but he did leave behind a phenomenal LP during his time here on earth.
The Grammys bring all of recorded popular music together under one roof. It's the only time you can see Snoop Dogg and Billy Joel at the same party (because Billy's a Piru for life).
When 21 year old Little Simz unexpectedly took the stage earlier this year at a Mass Appeal SXSW showcase during Salva's DJ set, few members of the crowd reacted. She interrupted a set that was otherwise comprised of hit after hit (skillfully blended, I might add), brought out by the DJ to perform a quick verse that almost no one in attendance was familiar with.
No, Tahlia Bennett, the artist formerly known as Twigs is not actually Aaliyah — I would never pigeonhole her artistry with such a blanket comparison. I also could never put Aaliyah’s entire legacy and everything she’s worth to my generation into a nice, neat, compartmented box.
The Bill Cosby saga continued over the weekend when the New York Times uncovered additional deposition transcripts in which the comedian presented himself as an "unapologetic, cavalier playboy, someone who used a combination of fame, apparent concern and powerful sedatives in a calculated pursuit of young women." Since Barbara Bowman's November 2014 op-ed in the Washington Post
While anticipation grows for A$AP Rocky's second album's release, At.Long.Last.ASAP (A.L.L.A), Rocky has been up to a lot more than just rapping. Since the release of Long.Live.ASAP in 2013, Rocky has been on hiatus, at least, from the rapsphere. Even before he dropped his debut album, he started experimenting in the business of fashion.
For this week's Track Breakdown, we called upon rising singer August Alsina. August already has a deal locked in with Def Jam, through none other than r'n'b singer and hit-maker, The-Dream. With mentoring from Terius Nash, there is no doubt that August will go far with his music. The 20-year-old singer recently released his second mixtape, The Product 2, and the response has been very positive.
Although Hannukah went down early this year, Christmas is still right around the corner. With that in mind, we've decided to help you pick out your gifts (or perhaps you'll just add something to your wishlist!) this year with a Holiday Gift Guide perfect for the hip-hop head.
Few rappers get a second life in the rap game. It’s nearly unheard of to lap around the competition a third time around. But then again Juicy J is not the typical rapper. He started out with his fellow Memphis native rappers and friends DJ Paul and Lord Infamous to form Three 6 Mafia in the early 90’s.
In many ways, it's surprising that we're still doing a list like this in 2014, as we've reached a point where music has, almost, gone entirely digital. No one's actually buying physical albums, but we still see album artwork with each release, and we certainly had some compelling examples in 2014.
This week both Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco finally make their splash on the Billboard 200. One splash was bigger than another, though. The sales projections for both artists were pretty accurate, with Joey doing 57,694 units when you take into account the single and album streams, and Lupe doing 42,458.
In the era of Yeezus Christ and King Kendrick, it's easy to fall into the mindset that every hip-hop album should be an experiment in pushing hip-hop forward. Every track should ooze with idealism and what's new. This feeling goes double for mixtapes. Freed from the binds of needing to make something that is commercially viable, rappers are able to let their wildest experiments roam.
Boosie Badazz is known for being a beloved troublemaker. Long before the incarceration of Gucci Mane, people were yelling out "Free Boosie." Entering the pen in 2009, the Baton Rouge bad boy served five years in prison, and was released in March of last year. In October 2014, he dropped his comeback mixtape Life After Deathrow to wide acclaim.
In 2007, Drake dropped "Replacement Girl" on his Comeback Season mixtape. The track was arguably his first introduction to (somewhat) mainstream hip-hop media-- it didn't exactly cause him to blow up, but it become one of his more well-known records, even to this day. It even featured a young Trey Songz, who at the time was similarly unknown.
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.
We know that The Weeknd is not considered hip hop, but you can't escape Kiss Land as a great production piece. The Weeknd is known to be one of the new faces of R&B and Drake's go-to guy for an R&B feature.
In case you're stuck in an Ebola quarantine and didn't hear the news, Drizzy let loose a collection of 3 new songs to get everybody ready for his upcoming Views From The 6 album earlier this week. As with any Drake release, it definitely disrupted the game and immediately shifted all focus back to the YMCMB/OVO artist.
The second installment of "Camp James", Trinidad Jame$ sneaker show, includes a glimpse of the Laney 1, the Oreo 5, and the Infrared 3Lab5. Jame$ also discusses his pursuit of the Doernbecher Air Jordan 4, and his love of the Nike Lunar Flyknit Chukka. In parts 2 and 3, Trinidad Jame$ showcases the yet to be released "Safari" foamposite, and welcomes some guests to talk about the sneaker game.
Chase N. Cashe just turned 28 last week, but he’s already a veteran in the music business, a multitalented rapper and producer who was working with the likes of R. Kelly, Yung Joc, and G-Unit well before he had his first legal drink.
Fetty Wap's self-titled debut album officially drops tomorrow but as of midnight you can stream it on NPR. Fetty has already dropped several songs that appear on the album, including four official singles -- "Trap Queen," "679," "My Way," & "Again." But at 20 tracks in length, the album has plenty more to offer.
Kevin Gates doesn't seem to do much talking, but he doesn't really need to when his music says it all. Kevin Gates is a rapper who comes from the streets of Baton Rouge, Lousiana, and chose to focus on his rap life instead of the streets. His music reflects this, and in it he expresses himself in ways not many gangsters usually do.
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans. This week features Tyler, The Creator, 50 Cent, Lil B and more!
While the response to Lil Wayne’s Free Weezy Album has been polarizing, detractors and fans of the album alike have no problem admitting that Tunechi’s ability to artfully string together some sick verbiage is still intact. With or without auto-tune, the New Orleans emcee is a master of the simile, always dependable when it comes to dropping bars that drop our jaws.