• Origins: The Samples From Jay-Z's "Magna Carta Holy Grail"
    39,764 Views
    23 Likes2 Dislikes
    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...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Aug. 1)
    6,827 Views
    4 Likes1 Dislikes
    In an ideal world, Remy Ma would be in this edition of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week instead of being in jail for another week. But, then again, Remy Ma wouldn't have been serving time in the first place. Still, life goes on and the tweets still roll. This week, Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa provide some insight into the human condition (trust us, it's...
  • 10 Rappers Who Switched Their Style Up
    56,102 Views
    25 Likes3 Dislikes
    Superman isn't Superman if he inexplicably switches from superpowered do-gooder, to some sort of motorcycle-riding anti-hero, to maniacal villain, and back and forth between the extremes. Such mythology is a big part of the hip-hop culture, as well as proper marketing. Any marketing novice and comic book savant knows that consistency is key to building one's image/brand. A rapper who...
  • Dizzy Wright Speaks On Staying Independent & His Favorite Strain Of Weed
    12,772 Views
    11 Likes1 Dislikes
    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...
  • Review: A$AP Ferg's "Trap Lord"
    36,293 Views
    42 Likes1 Dislikes
    Earlier this year, hip-hop bible XXL Magazine featured rappers A$AP Rocky and French Montana on its cover declaring New York rap is back. While the focus of the game has shifted to other parts of the country in the past several years or so, there are some native New York emcees that are doing their part to rep their city. Harlem’s own A$AP Mob, led by the somewhat eccentric A$AP Rocky, have...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 30
    10,722 Views
    8 Likes
    After Charts Don't Lie took a hiatus last week, we are back again this week just in time to highlight three important debuts on the Billboard 200. YG's My Krazy Life, Kevin Gates' By Any Means and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata. It may come as a surprise, but it appears as though Gangsta Gibbs & Madlib had the most underground release of all three-- we say surprise, because Gates'...
  • Review: CyHi The Prynce's "Black Hystori Project"
    13,295 Views
    33 Likes1 Dislikes
    When we last heard from CyHi the Prynce, he was cruising around college campuses with his Ivy League: Kick Back mixtape early last year. Now, ready to show us what he’s learned, he takes us back to school with Hystori: Black History Project. His most socially conscious body of work yet, CyHi gives us a history lesson throughout the project. BHP opens up with an elementary school...
  • Review: Danny Brown's "Old"
    20,042 Views
    25 Likes6 Dislikes
    It was strange when the tracklist for Old was released, as the album was divided into two different halves, but at first listen it's obvious why: they represent two sides of Danny Brown's multifaceted psyche and personality, as well as the old and the new. Garnering success after the release of his second studio album XXX last year, the Detroit-born rapper is more confident in his weirdness and...
  • Rappers & Their Children On Father's Day
    22,468 Views
    20 Likes2 Dislikes
    Father's Day came and went yesterday, and like most of us, rappers were celebrating the day by relaxing with family and giving their dads the shout outs they deserve. Some such rappers have kids of their own and were thus enjoying the day for themselves as well. Some are new to the father game (Future) and celebrated it for the very first time, while others have basically become vets in the game...
  • On The Come-Up: RiFF RAFF
    13,749 Views
    18 Likes8 Dislikes
    Note: Riff Raff is the rap game's biggest enigma. He may actually be one of the biggest enigmas in music, period. What you're about to read has been reported to the best of our ability. Bear with us. Riff Raff, aka Jody Christian, is a rising emcee from Houston, Texas. A man of many names, he's also known as Jody Highroller, Codeine Olajuwon, the Freestyle Scientist, Blueberry Jones,...
  • Hilarious Gucci Mane Twitter Memes
    55,201 Views
    40 Likes
    Whether or not Gucci Mane was hacked yesterday during his extended Twitter rant towards his fellow artists remains to be seen. The strange rant resulted in responses from Nicki Minaj, Tyga, T.I. and more (some of which have since been deleted), as well as some really funny memes.  
  • Boldy James Talks Signing With Nas, Authenticity, & Detroit
    4,191 Views
    5 Likes
    It’s been a great year so far for Detroit’s Boldy James, not to be confused with saxophonist and jazz musician Boney James. The Midwest rapper, born James Clay Jones III was one of the first three artists signed to Nas’ new imprint, Mass Appeal Records. He performed in front of a sold out crowd alongside the legend during this year’s SXSW festival. In 2013, he dropped...
  • Ray J Taking Shots At Kanye West & Kim K With New Cover Art & Single "I Hit It First"?
    134,294 Views
    77 Likes15 Dislikes
    Ray J's new cover art and single title are currently making waves in the blogosphere for their equally outrageous content. The title, "I Hit It First," may give you some indication that we're going to be getting something referring to his ex, Kim Kardashian, and the cover art makes it even clearer, if we weren't sure at first. Ray J looks like he'll be throwing some shade Kanye West...
  • On The Come Up: Nikko Lafre
    2,800 Views
    12 Likes1 Dislikes
    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up profiles emerging rappers and producers that show strong promise but haven't necessarily seen the shine they deserve, from those deep underground to artists on the cusp of the mainstream that you may have missed. You'll find analyses of their defining characteristics, examples of their best work and plenty of opportunities to dig deeper via hyperlinks. If...
  • Review: The-Dream's "Royalty: The Prequel" EP
    4,806 Views
    8 Likes3 Dislikes
    The North Carolina-born and Georgia raised singer-songwriter and producer set out to pay homage to hip hop and his Southern roots on the follow up to his 2013 album, IV Play. Sonically, more like the follow up to his first free release, 1977, which was released under his government name, Terius Nash in 2011 and rereleased by Def Jam for commercial sale the following year. Royalty: The Prequel is...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: October 6
    19,263 Views
    13 Likes2 Dislikes
    This past week the Drake frenzy surrounding Nothing Was The Same came to a peak when the actual first week sales were released. The rapper's album had the best opening week of this year second to Justin Timberlake's come back effort-- he even topped Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail first week sales. Nonetheless, his reach hasn't quite made the 1 million mark yet, although, if he continues on this...
Password must be at least 6 characters.