Samples Of The Week: May 29

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: May 29
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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...
  • Rebirth Pt. 2: The Evolution Of A Rap Collaboration
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    Competition breeds success. No disrespect to Drake, but this motto could trump Y.O.L.O. So much so that, in hip-hop, the saying can be modified to read “competition breeds superiority.” Nowhere is that more present than in the situation known as the collaboration. Following up last week's discussion of a rap group, we now turn to look at how the idea of a 'collaboration' has evolved...
  • Underrated Audio: June 14- June 20
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    Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days, that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. This week's contenders offer a range of sounds, from slightly ratchet to low-key chilling. We're looking at four...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (July 12)
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    Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly burst into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope."?  Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop...
  • Talking To Jarren Benton & Kato On "Razor Blades & Steak Knives"
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    Recently, we featured Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright, and his stand-out track "Maintain" on Track Breakdown, and today we return to the Funk Volume crew, but this time to get some more knowledge about Jarren Benton's single "Razor Blades & Steak Knives," produced by Kato. The single is the first off Jarren's forthcoming debut on Funk Volume, My Grandma's Basement. The single stays true to Jarren's...
  • Win Free Tickets to HOT 97's Summer Jam XX
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    It's simple... 1. Follow HNHH on Facebook and Twitter by clicking below.  2. a) ENTER VIA FACEBOOK: Tell us why we should send you to Summer Jam XX in the comments section below. b) ENTER VIA TWITTER: Tweet @HotNewHipHop with hashtags #HNHHSummer & #SJXX3. You're automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to attend this summer's biggest Hip Hop event, SJXX!  At random,...
  • Joey Bada$$ Reveals What's On His iPod & Talks "Summer Knights" Mixtape
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    Our interview footage from the recent HOT 97 Summer Jam continues today, with none other than Beast Coast rapper Joey Bada$$. The New York native took the stage at the Festival Village this year, a momentous event in the young rapper's rising career.  "I told myself last year I wouldn't come to Summer Jam ever again until I'm performing, and look here I am," Joey Bada$$ told us during our...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (June 14-20)
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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, Chief Keef, 2 Chainz and more!
  • 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...
  • Air Jordan 11 Legend Blue Releasing
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    A "Legend Blue" Air Jordan 11 is scheduled to release in December of 2014. We understand December is a long time away, but it's never too soon to look forward to an un-retro'd Air Jordan 11. The "Columbia Blue" name can not be used because of patent issues with Columbia University, but the "Legend Blue" is essential just that. The highly exclusive "Columbia" will rival any other sneaker in terms...
  • The Game - "Jesus Piece" Private Listening Event
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    The Game hosted a private listening event this afternoon for his fifth album, "Jesus Piece."  The event took place at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood, CA - where everyone celebrated with soul food, champagne and 40oz's.
  • OVERDUE: Top 7 Artists Who Need to Drop A Project
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    We find the winter upon us, for most sooner than expected. Looking back on both the summer and the fall, its crazy how fast time flies. During this time we’ve seen a bunch of artists drop some memorable projects. On the flipside we’ve also hoped to hear from certain artists a little bit more, but this wasn’t the case. The worst part about it is some of these artists...
  • HNHH's Twenty Hottest Mixtapes of 2012
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    From being a rarity in the hip-hop game to the norm, mix-tapes are now a way for artists to get their name recognized; they're a way for an artist to release songs that didn't make the album but still deserve recognition and sometimes, mix-tapes are crucial for an artist to find their voice and make it stick out amongst the masses. At HNHH, we recognize that mix-tapes deserve recognition,...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Sept 23-29
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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 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Danny Brown, Justin Timberlake, ScHoolBoy Q and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us...
  • The Aftermath: Rappers & Artists Dressed Up For Halloween 2013
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    Last night celebrities flooded their Instagram accounts with photos of what they donned for this year's Halloween festivities. Some went the simple route, sporting a mask, some went all out with full body paint and a unique concept, and some wore basically nothing at all. We've combed over some of your favorite rappers Instagrams to show you what various artists were rocking for Halloween, so...
  • 25 Random Photos Of Rappers With Other Celebrities
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    As y'all know, Sundays are slow here at HNHH, which is reason enough to kill time with this completely arbitrary list.  Success in the rap game will find you touring the world over, and more often than not, schmoozing with other successful people outside of your field. We've compiled a list of 25 Kodak moments between emcees and other celebrities, from Tupac and Sting to 50 Cent and Samuel L....
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