• Don't Call It A Comeback: 12 Triumphant Returns To Rap
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    "You have no choices about how you lose, but you do have a choice about how you come back and prepare to win again." -Pat Riley What makes a great comeback album? Is it an artist that left the scene for awhile, only to triumphantly return? Or is it more about an artist rebounding from a disappointing project, whether critically or commercially? It's both, really. It's very rare for an artist to...
  • TV Shows You Should Watch If You're A Hip-Hop Fan
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    Hip-hop is a way of life. It's about much more than music. It's about fashion, style, and culture. If you call yourself a true hip-hop fan, you best be about that life. You have to know, not only what to listen to, but also what to watch. HotNewHipHop takes a look at the best TV shows to watch if you're a hip-hop fan. These shows might feature some of our favorite rappers. For instance, Ice-T has...
  • Let's Make A Movie: 10 Urban Films That Were Books First
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    Authors like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Terry McMillan have proven that black lit can make for great film. From period pieces and horror movies to dramas and provocative thrillers, the growing popularity of these releases demonstrates that films with predominantly black casts, or black leads, can still appeal to the masses. While top films such as...
  • Review: Chris Brown’s "X-Files" EP
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    Chris Brown's new X-Files EP features six brand new tracks that didn't make the final cut for his highly anticipated yet perpetually delayed album X. Although the singer has attempted to distance himself from the media lens and his missteps outside of entertaining, for many listeners, the line between his personal life and his music will remain forever blurred. The EP dropped...
  • Review: The-Dream's "Royalty: The Prequel" EP
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    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...
  • Hottest Mixtapes Of 2013
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    Mixtapes are a staple within the hip-hop genre, and as the genre continues to evolve with the advances of technology (aka the internet), so are mixtapes. Rappers are constantly trying to outdo each other in the mixtape game, whether it be creating completely original projects, unique concepts or joint efforts, and roll-outs to intrigue fans. Mixtapes often serve as a great introductions to a...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: May 18
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    This week the hip-hop underground proves you don't need to be mainstream to top the Billboard 200, at least these days. Two mainstays within the underground movement debuted within the top 10 of the Billboard charts this week. Both have been around for more than a decade, and thus have developed loyal followings before the age of torrenting and illegal downloads, which perhaps works in their...
  • HotNewHipHop's Top Trolls Of 2013
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    We at HotNewHipHop are quite aware of our user community, which is very unique in and of itself. If you're on HNHH every day, you get used to seeing certain users all up in the comments, blasting their opinion or inciting arguments. We enjoy the colorful commentary you guys leave on all our posts, albeit we do have some trolls that get out of hand at times, but most of all, it's you guys who keep...
  • Review: Nispey Hussle's "Crenshaw"
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    To answer the above question, yes, mostly. His recent headlines alone show that there’s something to Nipsey Hussle, and we do get a glimpse of what that 'something' may be in Crenshaw. Overall, the tape is a good listen and a sound effort. The production is absolutely amazing. From top to bottom, there’s not a single whack beat on this project. Nipsey’s beat selection is one of his best...
  • Whose Side Are You On? "Drake Vs. Lil Wayne" Concert Recap
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    I Am Music. The title of Lil Wayne’s 2008-2009 national tour needed no further explanation. Wayne, who had just released his Grammy Award-winning album Tha Carter III, had the rap game on lockdown. Using binoculars, it still would’ve been hard to see stragglers such as actor-turned-rapper Drizzy Drake in Wayne’s rearview. Drake, who hadn’t yet released his 2009...
  • 12 Divergent Samples: Compare & Contrast
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    The art of sampling is no easy feat. It takes a keen ear to hear what a track develop into from a borrowed sample. Any track can contain a number of useful elements for the producer to tackle. Whether it's a drum beat, a hook, a melody or vocals a producer can take one element and use to result in, effectively, a brand new track. Many samples we hear in hip-hop are borrowed from different genres...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 30
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    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: Pusha T's "My Name Is My Name"
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    Although he’s been in the rap game since the early '90s, Pusha T had yet to release a studio solo album. Until now. As one-half of the Clipse with his brother (now) No Malice, Push saw his popularity rise with their hit single “Grindin.”  Three albums and 16 years later, Push, real name Terrence Thornton and his brother parted ways musically to work on their solo careers....
  • Hottest Albums Of 2013
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    2013 has been a pretty crazy year for albums. We saw many rappers trying to create the biggest "event" around their projects-- whether it be Jay Z's Samsung rollout, Kanye West's projections, Eminem's SuperBowl announcement, or Drake's omni-presence of new tracks.  Things became even more divisive when it came to the music, but we've attempted to break down the hottest albums of the year...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Jan. 27- Feb. 2
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    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 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Remix Fix: Check Out Kygo's Remix Of The Weeknd's "Often"
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    Today we're introducing a new weekly series, Remix Fix, which will aim to bring you dope, fresh remixes of some of your favorite hip-hop and r'n'b records, for a little something different each week. We'll aim to bring you relatively new and undiscovered producers and remix artists to give your music collection a wider scope. We kick things off with Kygo. The Weeknd recently had fans on pins and...
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