Charts Don’t Lie: December 1

Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: December 1
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    Eminem found his way back to #1 on the Billboard 200, after spending a week at #2. The rapper sold the same amount that some rappers do opening week (if not more) and he's in his third week on shelves with MMLP2. Em's standard for success has undoubtedly been raised higher than the average rapper, so if we were to compare those sales to that of Yo Gotti's opening week for I Am, you may not seem...
  • How Hip-Hop Has Permeated Pop Culture
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    Emerging from the ghettos of New York City, specifically the Bronx, in the '70's, Hip-Hop became the voice for a people who had been ignored for too long. It echoed the conditions African- Americans were living in - and still are, to an extent - and their daily struggles. Acts like Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five laid down the roots for what would become, slowly, the genre that permeated...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • Mindless Behavior VIP Meet and Greet
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    HotNewHipHop and RUVilla have partnered up to give Mindless Behavior fans VIP treatment at their meet and greets this week, where the winner and a friend get to cut the line and take a photo with the group. Contest Rules: 1. Follow @HotNewHipHop and @RUVilla on Instagram2. Repost this photo and include the meet and greet you'd like to attend + #HNHHMB [Example: IL #HNHHMB]3. You're...
  • Waka Flocka Reveals Rap EDM Album "Flockaveli Psychotics" To Drop Next Year
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    Waka Flocka has not been shy about his support of the EDM genre, he's even touring with electronic DJ Steve Aoki at the moment. We caught Waka on a day off in L.A. and got a quick update on what it's like to tour with Aoki, Flockaveli 2, and his EDM rap album.  Waka doesn't reveal many details about Flockaveli 2, which has been delayed until 2014, but he does say, "I wanted to go back...
  • Review: Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
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    Two years ago, Jay-Z and Kanye West joined forces and crowned themselves the kings of rap. After an extensive worldwide Watch The Throne tour, the two went back to their separate careers to work on solo projects. Although they both welcomed a brand new baby in the last year and a half, they couldn’t be in more different places musically. While Kanye has declared himself god and delved into even...
  • Ladies Night: Dopest Videos By Female Rappers
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    "This is ladies night and our rhymes is tight, oh this is ladies night...," Missy Elliott sang on the 1997 hit track, "Ladies Night" that she collaborated on with Angie Martinez, Lil Kim, Left Eye and Da Brat. The song was featured on the "Nothing to Lose" soundtrack. Just as the MCs mentioned above occupied space and declared their reign on "Ladies Night", women rappers have been doing the...
  • The Beat Konducta: Madlib's Best Collaborations
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    With his dusty, warped, sample-heavy sound almost instantly recognizable at this point, Madlib has carved out quite a niche for himself in the underground hip-hop world. First emerging in the '90s with his group Lootpack, he's gone on to rap under the name Quasimoto, play jazz as Yesterday's New Quintet, release his Medicine Show series of concept-driven beat tapes, and of course, collaborate...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: October 27
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    Nothing too big transpired on the charts this week when it comes to hip-hop. That's not to say there weren't hip-hop releases-- there most definitely were, however, none could top Drake's Nothing Was The Same at #4 on the Billboard 200. And if DJ Khaled's low sales projections are correct, Khaled probably won't top Drizzy either next week. Dom Kennedy's album Get Home Safely sold over 13k opening...
  • 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...
  • Exclusive Interview: Nipsey Hussle Talks On His Partnership With DJ Skee, MMG, And What's Next
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    Last week Nipsey Hussle decided to let go X-tra Laps, which consisted of a slew of tracks that didn't make it onto The Marathon Continues, making his fans and blogs extremely happy. It also reminded us why we love Nipsey. We were able to reach him on the phone to talk about what the future holds, and also discuss his start in the rap game. Nipsey only recently partnered up with DJ Skee, the...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • Talking To August Alsina, Kidd Kidd & His Producers On "Downtown"
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    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....
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