A selection of some of the artists you may want to keep an eye on in 2014.
2013 saw many breakout stars. From Chance The Rapper, to Jhene Aiko, to Rich Homie Quan, it was more difficult than ever to predict who would rise to fame at any given moment. 2014 will likely be no different, but we've organized a few artists who could very well have big breaks this year. Some are more visible than others, but all of them have the potential to make a splash in the rap game.
We all know the story with Wiz and his albums, it's a tale as old as time. He goes super, extra hard on his mixtapes to shut up the critics who talked bad about his albums, only to make some of the same mistakes on the next album.
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.
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
Danny Brown has completely exploded in the hip-hop world over the past few years, since his humble beginnings as a Detroit mixtape rapper.
The beauty of a cypher is that it gathers artists from different walks of life and allows them to share their fortes. In a hip-hop cypher, competitors and spectators alike gather to hear some of the hardest bars around. The nicest emcee goes home with the respect of onlookers and a metaphorical prize that comes with murdering everything on sight.
No Ceilings 2 was always going to be stacked up to the first one. The classic 2009 tape is often regarded as Lil Wayne's last great project, with each album and mixtape since falling below the bar he set with his classic run of releases in the late '00s.
There is much we can learn from rap Instagram, much to read between the lines as rappers attempt to craft their image without pesky publicists looking over their shoulder. Take a look at some of the best hip hop Instagram posts of the week after the jump.
2016 is looking like it's gonna be a fast year. Yeezy decided to become the year's frontrunner after jumping over Jumpman on New Year's Eve, and somehow, he outdid himself the next week, dropping a two-in-one package that had one of the craziest debuts in HNHH history -- and continues to do huge numbers.
Business moves quick, and that's no exception for the rap world. From the hottest new signings, to movie deals, to album pushbacks, the industry is constantly in motion. It can be hard to keep up with at times, so we've consolidated all of the must-hear information from the past month, all in one place.
Kobe Bryant reacts to the "disrespectful" pre-season rankings of him and the Lakers by changing his Twitter avatar. You had to know a response from Mamba was coming. There were shockwaves sent through the NBA Twittersphere after ESPN ranked Kobe the 25th best player in the league. Plummeting down from 6th best the year before.
After doing a ticket giveaway for the West Coast tour dates as part of Joey Bada$$'s "B4.DA.MONEY" tour, we, of course, had to bring things back to the East Coast for Joey's home show in the coming weeks.
Rihanna scored yet another #1 single with "Work" recently. The Drake-assisted cut borrows some island flavor and Boi-1da production to create a scintillating pop-R&B-hip-hop crossover hit.
At the beginning of October we heard DJ Premier confirm that he will produce a full Nas album one day-- which got us excited, and also got us thinking about what other albums we're really, really hoping will drop in the not-so-distant future.
While Voodoo is often considered D’Angelo’s magnum opus, Brown Sugar is not a record that should easily be forgotten. The R&B star’s debut LP melted the worlds of hip hop and soul in a way that hadn’t ever happened before, paving the way for that crossover to thrive until present day.
The BET Awards are always eventful. This past weekend the event rounded up some of the biggest names in the hip-hop industry, to dish out awards, perform on stage, walk the red carpet, and generally keep things hip-hop.
"Gypsy Woman" was originally a house hit written by Crystal Waters and released in 1991. The Phili native's 90s hit (which was originally written for another artist) peaked at number 8 on Billboard Hot 100 shortly after Waters' record label decided she should keep the song for herself.
There's no shortage of rappers that are trying to wedge themselves into the world of dance music. Waka Flocka has made tracks with Steve Aoki. A$AP Rocky and Skrillex linked for "Wild For The Night." DJ Snake and Lil Jon had the whole world screaming "Turn Down For What" not too long ago. The list goes on and on, but most of the time the results are somewhat corny.
It's that time of the week again. As we make our way into the weekend hours, literally, it's almost 5 PM here on the East Coast, we've readied a new Staff Picks playlist to jam.
When it comes to establishing yourself as a superstar hip hop producer, branding is everything. Unlike the MCs and vocalists these people work with, gaining exposure can prove a much more difficult task when most of your work remains behind the scenes.
Last year, there’s no question that the West had it locked. Acclaimed albums by Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre, Jay Rock, Ty Dolla $ign and The Game proved that the left coast can build off the momentum established by the legends – like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, NWA, Nate Dogg, etc. – and continue to release quality music that stretches the boundaries of hip hop at large.
With the release of his newest album Bush this past week, Snoop Dogg dived into the funk world alongside producer Pharrell, but funk is hardly a new look for the California MC.
On April 12, 25-year-old Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore for possession of a switchblade, though it's still not clear why he was pursued in the first place. Police claim Gray was apprehended without force, though bystanders have suggested otherwise, and video evidence shows Gray screaming while being forced into the police's van.
This week we see a few fluctuations within Charts Don't Lie, however Nicki Minaj keeps the #2 spot on lock with The Pinkprint. It's not a bad resting place per say, although we're sure #1 would have felt that much better. Nicki's numbers have been better than we expected, however, they're no Taylor Swift. In her second week out, she brought her total sales to just over 300k-- J.
Young Jeezy hasn't yet responded to any of the disses sent his way from Gucci Mane, he's been occupying himself with his own music it seems.Jeezy headed to Macon, GA to shoot a video for his new single "Get Right." Peep some flicks from behind-the-scenes, via HHW.
This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
Like all social media platforms, Instagram has become a hugely popular device not only for the average person but for celebrities and entertainers as well. In this day and age, a person's worth can be determined by how many people like their Insta photo or Facebook status.
The rap game is filled with natural born hustlers, that much is undeniable. It is truly astonishing, looking at how so many MCs, since the inception of the genre itself, have successfully used hip-hop as a platform to become titans of multiple industries. Even though Jay Z (spoiler alert: he’s on this list) was the one who coined the phrase “I’m not a businessman.
At one point, there was no one hotter than NYC's Fabolous. Coming up in the Bedstuy neighborhood of Brooklyn, Fab eventually started pursuing rap in high school. DJ Clue eventually invited him to come rap on his Hot 97 radio show, which lead to Fab getting signed to Clue's Desert Storm Records.Ghetto Fabolous, the debut album, was released on the tragic September 11th, 2001.
As DJ Mustard continues to take over the game, the rapper connected with Brisk Bodega to host several shows around the U.S., from New York to Houston. The show will not only feature a set from DJ Mustard, but appearances from different artists in the area.