It's Yo Birthday: Jay-Z's Top Tracks

In a career that spans two decades, eleven solo studio albums, a number of chart hits, and years of financial success, Jay-Z is definitely one of the greatest of all time. He now co-owns a NBA team...

  • It's Yo Birthday: Jay-Z's Top Tracks
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    In a career that spans two decades, eleven solo studio albums, a number of chart hits, and years of financial success, Jay-Z is definitely one of the greatest of all time. He now co-owns a NBA team in his native Brooklyn, he has altered the hip hop landscape numerous times, and as other artists have faded away, he has consistently been relevant, both culturally and musically. He has been...
  • HNHH's Best Music Videos Of 2012
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    Things have changed since the days of Yo! MTV Raps. As professional camera gear becomes cheaper and more accessible, and with the free marketing potential of YouTube, more and more artists are producing quality music videos. They don’t necessarily need a budget of millions or major label support to put out dope visuals anymore. They don’t need heavy rotation on BET to get noticed, either.Here...
  • Word Up: Hip-Hop Through The Wire
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    The Wire is a critically-acclaimed T.V. show, probably one of the greatest ever. Although it didn't have a large audience while it aired, its fan base has since grown ten-fold, and many fans of the show are within the hip-hop community. For those who are unfamiliar with the HBO crime drama, let me give you a little background: it's set in Baltimore, Maryland, and focuses on the illegal drug...
  • Yo Momma: Rappers & Their Moms
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    Even the grittiest of gangster rappers have their mothers to thank for much of their success, and they don't always get the credit or respect they deserve. As such, and in celebration of Mother's Day, we've compiled a gallery of 25 photos of emcees with their moms, from Tupac Shakur to Kanye West.  Even if you won't be seeing your mother today, make sure you let her know what she means to you,...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (May 25-June 1st)
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    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, Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka and more!
  • "Control": Just What Hip Hop Needed? Weigh In On Kendrick Lamar's Verse
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    If we've learned anything from Kendrick Lamar's verse on Big Sean's song "Control", it's that there seems to be something lacking in today's Hip Hop genre.  This is evidenced by the reaction of fans, the industry, social media and artists themselves. At HNHH, we think this discussion is a good thing for rap; but it leaves us with a lot of questions. And if the recent outpouring of reactions...
  • Charts Don't Lie: November 11th
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    MMG is beginning to look like a truly unstoppable force as even natural disasters can't seem to stop them, or even slow them down.  A few weeks ago we got the release of one of the most anticipated albums of the year in Kendrick Lamar’s GKMC, which has performed mightily in the context of today’s rap album sales.  Now we get a look at Maybach Music Group’s Meek Mill who in the face...
  • Exclusive: Slug Of Atmosphere Gives Insight On Life's Lemons
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    Legendary underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere performed in Chicago recently and HNHH was able to catch up with Slug for a quick interview. Atmosphere, consisting of rapper Slug and DJ/Producer Ant, have been creating music with substance since the early '90s. Slug has consistenly brought a unique perspective and original lyrics and flow to his music since the birth of the group, hailing...
  • Album Booklet & Production Credits Revealed For Nas' "Life Is Good"
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    With the release date for Nas' highly anticipated album, Life Is Good, fast-approaching, today we get a look at the production credits and album booklet. You can pre-order the album on iTunes & Amazon. A bonus track off the album dropped today, "Trust," produced by Boi-1da.Click through the photos below to check out the Nas' thank-yous and full production credits. Click on the...
  • Drake's Most 90s Moments
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    The 90s are often referred to as rap's golden era, and while rappers of all types will continue to pay tribute to the decade, Drake definitely takes it to the next level. Drizzy's love affair with the 90s can be traced to all facets of his artistic output, from his music, to his videos, to his "interesting" fashion choices.  So without further ado, take a look through our list of Drake's most...
  • Classic Rotation: Kanye West's "The College Dropout" 10 Years Later
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    There are albums that are important to their specific genre of music and there are albums that change said genre all together. They have the ability to implement a seismic shift both musically and culturally-- what is accepted, what is cool, style, production, method and so on. It is fair to say that Kanye West's 2004 release, and debut effort, The College Dropout is such an album. It is...
  • Review: Beyonce's "Beyonce"
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    Beyonce beat the system with the unexpected drop of her fifth, self-titled album, which shocked the internet, the media and music fans alike. Although B's team had recently told us to expect an album soon, (Ne-Yo almost ruined the surprise as well), no one suspected it would happen this soon. Her unconventional marketing strategy was executed to perfection, and she successfully...
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 8
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    This week Big Sean and Juicy J enter the Billboard 200, debuting one after another. Each rapper sold a respectable amount, however, it's nothing too crazy. Sean Don actually sold less than his debut album, although he promoted Hall Of Fame as better than his debut, perhaps the fans didn't care that much? They cared enough though-- he moved 72,000 units, which gave him a #3 debut. It sometimes...
  • Lyrics Of The Week: November 22-28
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    Repetition remains a reality in the rap game, and specific bars tend to get overlooked. This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get everything right - if you notice any errors, don't hesitate to let us...
  • Wiz Khalifa Calls Lola Monroe Best Female Rapper
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    The title of best female rapper is a buzz term that gets thrown around a lot, and is often hotly contested.  Several female emcees have been vying for the title.  A rivalry of sorts has began between Iggy Azalea, and Azealia Banks with people choosing sides between the dualing female artists.  Kreayshawn has a large internet following, and Honey Cocaine is receiving notoriety for her guest...
  • Youth Wave: HNHH Talks To Mindless Behavior And Jacob Latimore
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    During an open audition with over 600 hopefuls, Mindless Behavior was conceived in 2008 by Conjunction Entertainment Inc. CEO Walter Millsap (Beyonce, Alicia Keys, J.Lo) and Streamline Records head Vincent Herbert (Lady Gaga).  Prodigy, Princeton, Roc Royal, and Ray Ray where clear standouts from the pack and solidified the group's lineup. For the next two years, they immersed themselves...
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