Rap Industry Recap: July 2015
    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.
    What’s New In Battle Rap (August 7)
    Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media. Hip Hop icons like Eminem and Snoop Dogg have put on events for the battle scene and at this rate things can only continue to expand.
    Top Tracks: July 27 - August 2
    At HNHH, you get used to anything Drake does dominating the charts. Even taking that into consideration, this week is ridiculous and unprecedented. Drake accounts for 7 of the top 10 spots, was the genesis of another song. Even the artist’s who weren’t directly related to Drake and his headline-stealing beef with Meek Mill are signed to Drake’s label.
    Charts Don't Lie: July 11
    After a few weeks of relative inactivity on the charts, this was a very exciting cycle for debuts. The biggest story, of course, is Meek Mill's miraculous 250k entry into the charts, giving him the 3rd biggest rap sales week this year (behind only Drake and Kendrick Lamar). Miguel pulled in at number two with his third studio album, WILDHEART, while Vince Staples made a more modest entry at 39.
    Keepin’ It Real: Rhyming Straight To The Mic
    Rappers are storytellers of the modern age. The media often misunderstands these narrators of society, but future generations will recognize them as windows into the past. Truly talented rappers have the ability to connect with people through their words, which may or may not be written down prior to the stage of recording.
    Staff Picks Playlist (June 19)
    It's hard to believe we're already nearing July. With June quickly coming to an end, we have yet to really find that one -defining- song of the summer, although there have been plenty of contenders. What's your summer anthem, thus far? Has it yet to come, or is there something bubbling under the surface? Is it a song from one of the recent XXL Freshmen, namely, Fetty Wap?
    Charles Barkley Agrees With George Zimmerman Verdict
    Charles Barkley may not be on Twitter, but if you ask him for his opinion he will give it to you unfiltered.  As part of a celebrity golf tournament, Charles was on CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” where he gave his opinion on various things including people  people leeching off athletes, why he stays off Twitter, and even touched on the George Zimmerman not guilty trial verdict.   Barkley says th
    The Tortoise & The Hare: First Week vs. Longterm Sales
    Slow and steady wins the race, or so they say. In an era of immediate consumption and instant gratification, we want something the second it becomes available, if not before. We wait in line overnight so we can be the first in our group of friends to have the newest iPhone, Call of Duty, or retro Jawwdins.
    Word Up: Grammys Don't Show Love For Hip-Hop
    Word up HNHH viewers, the Grammys were on last night, and even if you missed it, you can catch all the relevant performances here.
    LeBron, Kobe & 21 NBA Players As Kids: Can You Guess Them All?
    Above you will find 23 photos of 23 NBA players (both current and retired) when they were still kids.  Click through the photos, and see which ones you can recognize.  Some of them are easy to spot, while others may stump, and surprise you.  The ones you see in the cover image above are easy ones, so try all 23 and let us know which players you couldn't guess.
    Underrated Audio: February 26- March 4
    As we continue to suffer through the #MusicDrought (as one HNHH commenter put it), we once again bring you weekly jams that stood out from the mainstream ish we hear all the time. There's some variety on this week's list, from simple instrumentals, to chilled out strip club music, to ignorant bangers. A little something for everyone to vibe too.
    Andre Drummond Dunks Over Girls & Gets Dunked On By One
    The best Summer League player in the world, Andre Drummond, went to a trampoline play area and worked on his Slam Ball skills of dunking while using a trampoline.  He posted several vids, including one of him imitating a classic Tracy McGrady two hand reverse – popularized in the 2000 Dunk Contest.   In Orlando Summer League, Dre dominated the Miami Heat and threw down some vicious dunks, bu
    Underrated Audio: Jan. 30- Feb. 5
    A lot of tracks get posted on HNHH and some of them fly under your radar, maybe because you've never heard of the artist before, you just didn't feel like clicking, or it wasn't labeled “very hot.” Whatever the reason, we're gunna start exposing some of the audio from the past week that you may have slept on every Monday...
    Kobe Bryant's Parents Made $480K Selling His Memorabilia
    On Friday we took a look at Kobe Bryant’s mother auctioning a 2000 NBA Championship ring that Kobe had ordered for his mother, which was a replica of the ring he was given by the team.  At the time the bidding was up over $40,000, but eventually went for over $100,000. Bryant had taken his mother, Pam, to court when she originally planned on auctioning off memorabilia she had of Kobe’s early
    Underrated Audio: January 1-7
    Whatup homeboys and homegirls, Underrated Audio has been on a bit of a hiatus, although you probably didn't notice. Mainly it was because it was the holidays and I was chilling in the Holy Land (Israel). I listened to some Hebrew rap while over there, but it just wasn't the same 'cause I couldn't understand what the fuck anyone was saying, which is obviously like 90% of enjoying a rap song.
    Dwyane Wade's Ex Wife Has Meltdown After Losing Court Case
    On Friday we posted a photo of Dwyane Wade's ex wife in the streets of Chicago holding a sign that read "NBA Miami Heat Star Mother Of His Children Out On The Streets,"  and now we get more info about why Siovaughn Funches-Wade was "protesting."  It all stems from the court case between the two, as we reported earlier had sued the Heat star, and then that lawsuit was removed.
    Underrated Audio: November 27- December 4
    I don't got much to say, but since this is underrated type ish, you guys should all peep DJ Dahi's new instrumental mixtape, Toys 2.0. Dope for rappers, and the average listener alike, cop it here. And on an equally random note, I would really like some new Lloyd Banks in my life so I really hope he finishes those two mixtapes he's working on, like, yesterday.Sir Michael
    Charts Don't Lie: June 27
    While next week should be more exciting, the last round of rap sales were pretty lacklustre. With ASAP Rocky's album dropping to number 12, it's the first week in some time with no hip hop or R&B in the top ten. The LPs we've seen selling all year are still hanging in, with Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Kendrick Lamar all continuing to sell. Meanwhile, J.
    Underrated Audio: June 25- July 1
    Wowwww I can't believe it's already July. A lot of good ish has been steadily dropping since summer started. G.O.O.D. Music has been releasing new singles, MMG, and all the other relevant crews I don't feel like listing. I wish it was summer year round. Big Boi- Gossip Feat. UGK & Big K.R.I.T. This is one of the singles off Big Boi's upcoming album Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors, and
    Underrated Audio: November 20-26
    It's almost December and that's some crazy shit. I've kind of been in a music slum lately, nothing that has dropped recently has realllllyy grabbed me (I'm talking mixtape-wise, Joe Budden definitely got a few listens but it's not on repeat). So I guess singles will have to be on rotation for now.
    Top Tracks: July 20- July 26
    Drake’s never-ending domination of the Top 10 continues. At least this time, it’s earned. Let’s get to it.   10) Drake - Right Hand
    Charts Don't Lie: July 25th
    It was yet another unpredictable week on the charts, with Meek Mill being dethroned by none other than -- Tyrese? That's right, the veteran R&B star turnt Furious 7 actor has landed his very first number one with his sixth studio album. Meanwhile, Meek Mill keeps the units moving, sticking close at the number three spot.
    Underrated Audio: August 14-20
    I was M.I.A. last week but now I'm back! Last week was massive, a lot of big tunes were dropping every day and some smaller ones dropped that were equally ill (if not iller). It saddens me to say that summer is almost over, but if you're heading back to school, at least you'll have some sick music
    "Infrared 23" Air Jordan 11 Low Unveiled
    The Air Jordan 11 Low "Infrared 23" as we're calling it, is scheduled to drop on June 14th. Grainy images of the black and white build features a white cement pattern about the ankle collar, infrared accents on the branding, and an icy translucent outsole. Little is known about the new Air Jordan 11 Low, but it is certain to make waves when it releases at the end of Spring. 
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