Samples Of The Week: March 13

When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that...

  • Samples Of The Week: March 13
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    When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh...
  • 30 Things We Learned From Jay-Z Twitter Q&A
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    In light of the release of Magna Carta Holy Grail, Jay Z decided he would take some time to answer questions from his fans via Twitter. Peep the list of some answers he tweeted out to his fans and maybe you'll learn something new about our good friend Jay. If, by chance you happened to be one of those lucky ones that Jay answered, let us know in the comments below! Also, now that you've had a...
  • Review: King Los' "Becoming King"
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    Since 1993, Sean “Diddy” Combs has always kept his finger on the pulse of trends in hip-hop music.  When he founded Bad Boy, he assembled a roster that included one of the greatest rappers of all time. Never one to rest on his laurels, Diddy continued to reinvent his label to stay current with the time. In the past year or two, the music mogul has placed Bad Boy at the forefront...
  • "Versace" Remixes: Vote For Your Favorite
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    Take note, aspiring rappers - if you create a single that's both catchy and infectious enough to catch the ear of the mainstream, you could be thrust into the limelight sooner than you think (establishing connections doesn't hurt, either).  Take up-and-coming Atlanta trio Migos, for example, who are affiliated with Future's Freebandz movement and Young Scooter's Black Migo Gang. They...
  • Review: Tyga's "Well Done 4" Mixtape
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    Tyga has been a very busy man. After banking more than a few racks after his massively successful 2011 strip club banger "Rack City", Tyga (aka Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson) has showed no signs of slowing down. The California native dropped his third album Hotel California earlier this year, and has decided to end 2013 on a strong note with the release of the fourth instalment in his Well Done...
  • Radio Killa: The-Dream's R&B Diva Writing Credits
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    Terius Youngdell Nash is very well-known in the R&B world as a producer/singer/writer. He's worked with just about everyone in the business, including artists such as Jay-Z, Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz, Fabolous, J.Holiday, Yung Joc & Diddy. We wanted to showcase his versatility as a songwriter because he's written songs for many pop stars, some you may have guessed (Justin Bieber's...
  • Game Changers: Lil Wayne Edition
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    Game Changers is a new HNHH feature that highlights artists that have left a strong mark on hip hop. Whether it be through creativity, influence, exposure, or just plain good timing, a game changer is someone who has brought something to rap where the game just wouldn't be the same without them. In our first entry to the series, we're covering New Orleans legend Lil Wayne. Weezy has been a...
  • Lyrics Of The Week: March 1st - 7th
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    "You a servant in my world, the rap gods curse you / When Judgement Day's upon you, reality's a virtue."-Danny Brown, #HottestMCThere's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of new Drake material). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your...
  • On The Come-Up: Jetpack Jones
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    David Jones, aka Jetpack Jones, is a rising 22-year-old emcee from Lakewood, California. In a rap game rife with superficiality, substance abuse and greed, he's bringing something much more positive and laid back to the table. He leads the Jetpack Movement, a "collective of individuals all striving to be the best version of themselves possible, not a second rate version of someone else."...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 30
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    We now have the numbers for what was a monumental week in rap history, with Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller all dropping their respective albums on June 18th. And Kelly Rowland. This marks the first time since 2006 that three rap releases have broken the 100k mark opening week, the las time being when Jay-Z's Kingdom Come (680,000), Snoop Dogg's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (264,000)...
  • Films That Have Influenced Hip-Hop
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    There's no denying the inspiration rappers draw from movies, whether the sound is on or off. Films such as Juice, King Of New York, Belly, New Jack City, Boyz In The Hood, Menace To Society and Scarface have helped shape the persona many of your favorite emcees adopt on the mic (whether they're entirely aware of it or not). Artists, especially those born into poverty, tend to identify with...
  • Top 20 Hottest Video Game Soundtracks
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    Nothing shows the colossal growth of hip-hop and rap music over the last 40 years than its prevalence in video games. What could only be seen has an odd pairing at best has turned into one of the most successful cross-cultural relationships in entertainment. You have video games, a burgeoning subculture on its own, and the stereotypical pass time of the basement-dweller; and rap, the ostracized...
  • It's Yo Birthday: Top 10 Nelly Tracks
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    Entrepreneur, actor, and Grammy Award winning recording artist, Nelly has become a brand due to giving listeners chart-topping hit after hit while maintaining impressive album sales. Ruling the early 2000’s with his smooth flow, southern swag, catchy hooks, and strong verses, the Texas-born rapper turns 38 today.  In honor of the MO legend's birthday, we are taking a look at ten of his best...
  • It's Yo Birthday: Top 10 Tyga Tracks
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    First gaining recognition with a feature on the YMCMB crew track "Bedrock", Tyga has had a significant rise to fame over the years and has never looked back. Having released an independent album followed by two successful studio albums, the Compton native is surfing on the wave of success he's created along with his crew members Drake and Nicki Minaj. Turning 23 today, Tyga has achieved more...
  • Trayvon Martin: Hip Hop Responds
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    Trayvon Martin’s murder has been, so far, one of the most controversial events of the year, raising social, racial and political issues in all parts of American society and beyond - stirring reactions within the artistic community as well; especially the hip hop scene. Hip hop has been linked in the past to political claims and social uprising, referencing hip hop icons such as Public Enemy,...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week (March 17-23)
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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...
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