It's that time of the year...shout out all the trolls.
Today's the very last instalment in the #HOTNEW14 round-up. As we aggregate all the 'Hottest Of' in 2014, we cannot forget what keeps our site alive and thriving-- the commenters. Or trolls. Not every commenter is a troll, but we know a good half of you are.
Today, The Weeknd came out of hiding and gave us two brand new tracks-- well, they leaked-- sorry Abel. And, as the tracks will likely be taken down, sorry to anyone who doesn't get to preview the new Weeknd sound. Both tracks, "I Can't Feel My Face" and "In the Night" signal a shift in the pop direction for the strung-out, oversexed, but still painfully lonely, Toronto crooner.
In weeks past, we've chosen to dedicate editions of Samples Of The Week to new albums by J. Cole, Fabolous and Joey Bada$$, which were all chock full of beats that utilized samples. This week, it's Lupe Fiasco's Tetsuo & Youth that gets the nod, thanks to three particularly noticeable samples/interpolations. Read on to see where Lupe found the sounds to make his dope new album.
As we all get a bit antsy for the weekend, we're coming through right on time with the weekly Staff Picks playlist. It's a little something to soundtrack your Friday night debauchery/Saturday morning hangover/Sunday afternoon chill session.
Even through out his legal troubles, Gunplay has remained with a foot in the rap door, dropping mixtapes and singles leading up to his solo debut, Medellin. We haven't had many details on Medellin as of yet, although Gunplay does have plans to drop his Bogota mixtape prior to its release.Gunplay previously said he doesn't want to over think Medellin or fill it with a bunch of features.
Last week Waka Flocka dropped his latest mixtape Salute Me Or Shoot Me Vol. 4: Banned From America, and HNHH was on hand for the exclusive listening party at Patchwerk Studio in Atlanta. While talking to Waka, we asked him about what he’ll do when he reaches the two million followers plateau on Twitter, and what special track
Winston Churchill stated that, “a fanatic is someone who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject.” Thus, the supporters of Lil Wayne, Kanye West and Lil B fit into this framework perfectly. In essence, any enthusiastic individual devoted to an artist is considered a fan. The term “fanatic” being derived from a pair of Latin words
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. Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
While many of us are getting ready for May release dates, Jordan Brand has released their lineup for June. Take a look at whats in store!
One of the most classic Jordan colorways of all time, the Black-Red Jordan 1 High "Banned" is returning this December.
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of anything Drake ever drops.) This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions.
Quick, who was the first pick in the 1992 NBA Draft? Here’s a hint, “not a Christian Laettner, not Alonzo Mourning.” Any 90s child NBA/rap fan has heard this line from Shaq on Fu-Schnickens’ infectious 1993 jam “What’s Up Doc?
This week in celebrity kicks we had a little bit of everything, rappers, actors, ball players, retired ball players, and pop stars getting smuggled out of whore houses. Yes, that happened.Bieber was wearing some Bapes when he was spotted trying to get smuggled out of a brothel in Rio, in the funniest picture of the week. We saw Fabolous and Allen Iverson hanging out in the Reebok Q96.
Even Kanye West has had enough of the Red October Nike Air Yeezy 2. The always controversial rapper confirmed at his Yeezus show in New York that he has committed to Adidas. Yeezy will team up with the Adidas Y-3 line to form the "YEEZI", with an "i", clothing and sneaker line.Will resale prices on the Adidas Y-3 "Yeezi" line be as outrageous as the Nike Air Yeezy's? Time will tell.
With this exclusive look at Big K.R.I.T.'s "4Eva N A Tour" behind-the-scenes, we catch a glimpse of life on the road with the "King Remembered In Time" artist.
The triumphant (ok, maybe not so much) return of "140 Bars Or Less" 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.
We got quite a few new mixtapes this week, including one really big one from Dizzy Wright, The Golden Age.
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.
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 past week The Weeknd dominated the charts, although he was outshone only by country star Keith Urban. The race between the country star and r'n'b star was a close one, with 3,000 units making the difference for the #1 spot on the Billboard 200. The race was so close, in fact, that Drizzy and The Weeknd prematurely celebrated, when Drake congratulated his friend at his recent L.A. show.
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 honey."
50 Cent is no stranger to controversy, having feuded with just about every big name in the hip hop game. However, his latest mixtape shows that for all his enemies, Fifty’s made the right friends.
Being a fan of Hip-Hop is no simple matter. It’s more than the clothes you wear; it’s more than the songs on your ipod. It’s a commitment to a culture so sweeping that superficial affection won’t suffice. Although casual adoration is acceptable, it’s far from lasting. To be an abiding disciple is to be married to Hip-Hop.
Here’s a countdown of what HotNewHipHop readers we’re listening to the most this week, according to our Top 100 chart. 10) Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar - Eyes Above K-Dot collaborated with free-jazz beatsmith and all-around musical madman Flying Lotus on FlyLo’s latest album You’re Dead! with the frantic track “Never Catch Me.”
HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine. We will profile artists and producers ranging from those in the deep underground to artists just about to bubble up into the mainstream that you may have missed.
We seem to be hitting somewhat of a lull in the album release cycle, with some big drops coming in June and July (Lil Durk, Migos, Frank Ocean), but no huge ones coming in this week or the next (unless we actually do get Chance The Rapper's Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's SURF).
This weekly feature provides you with some of the most-fire yet least-viewed records that we featured on the homepage this past week. Whether they were simply overlooked because the artist name was not familiar, or perhaps they just weren't seen at all, we want to give them a second chance at your iTunes here.
Last night proved to be an eventful one, when we learned that Lil Boosie was finally a free man. All the internet rejoiced, and fans of the Baton Rouge native began to come out of the woodwork, just in time to celebrate his freedom.
Kanye West has gone through a boatload of changes over the course of his career. What started with The College Dropout was almost completely opposite of what we saw in Yeezus, and anyone who has been following the 37-year old’s career to any extent knows that there have been a good handful of switch-ups in that time. Since it’s Mr.
Ego, popularity, jealousy and worldwide success are some of the key factors that have led many hip-hop moguls to end business relationships, and ultimately friendships, in order to maintain power over their own careers and/or the promising careers of their counterparts.