Charts Don’t Lie: June 9

This week r'n'b singer and hit-maker extraordinaire, The-Dream, enters the charts with his latest effort, IV Play. The-Dream is an interesting artist to analyze, because while he creates hits on top...

  • Charts Don’t Lie: June 9
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    This week r'n'b singer and hit-maker extraordinaire, The-Dream, enters the charts with his latest effort, IV Play. The-Dream is an interesting artist to analyze, because while he creates hits on top of hits for tons artists in the game, his own fan-base is much smaller, yet extremely devout to the singer. The-Dream writes (and produces) tracks of all kinds for huge stars like Rihanna, Kelly...
  • Game Changers: Eminem Edition
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    Eminem is one of the biggest things to happen to hip-hop, period. He challenged the status quo and found success as a white artist in a predominantly black industry. Though he was not the first white rapper to blow, Eminem is one of the few to be consistently ranked among the greatest rappers of all time. Though his recent work hasn't been as impactful as earlier efforts, everyone from the kids...
  • Game Changers: Nas Edition
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    Of the dozens of rappers debated as the G.O.A.T dead or alive, Nas's name probably comes up with the most frequency behind The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac (maybe ahead depending on the source). In truth, covering all of Nas's accomplishments over the years would take days. His career is a thick volume in an industry dominated by brief brochures. But, with such a colorful career some moments are...
  • 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)...
  • Internet Phenoms: Flash In The Pan Or Here To Stay?
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    For hip-hop aficionados, out of all the glorious things it has done, the Internet has most importantly allowed the entire music industry to change. Instead of waiting for labels to promote the hottest new artist and go through painstaking processes to find them, Tweets, Facebook shares, YouTube videos allow every musician, big or small, to be heard. This has allowed rappers to rise...
  • Game Changers: RZA Edition
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    Game Changers is an HNHH feature that profiles artists who've left a strong mark on hip hop. Whether it be through creativity, influence, exposure or simply good timing, they've brought something to rap music that the game just wouldn't be the same without. This week, we've chosen to profile an inarguable game changer: RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. "RZA is different from the others. His spirit...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: February 24th
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    Artists who performed at the Grammys or (better yet?) won an award, gained more than just the honor—they gained new fans, perhaps reached a wider audience than usual and thus increased sales of their music. Over the past week, overall album sales increased 17%, which is due in part to the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, but also, Valentine’s Day-- lest we forget the extremely commercialized...
  • Underrated Audio: February 19-26
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    It seems like good music has been slow lately. Although we're still being bombarded with content on the daily, it seems like you have to wade through a lot to find the gems. Don't worry though, 'cause we've found the gems from the past week for you already. Check out cuts from Joey Bada$$, Logic and more that you might have overlooked. If you're feeling like it's more of...
  • Underrated Audio: March 5-11
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    It seems like the lack-of-music we we're talking about on last week's Underrated Audio has finally come to an end. This past week we've seen huge songs drop from Drake, Fabolous, A$AP Rocky, Lupe Fiasco and Ace Hood, just to name a few. You'll see some of those songs topped our Top 100 and were featured on Top Tracks of the Week, but it wasn't only the big names dropping music this past week....
  • Charts Don't Lie: March 17th
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    As the past few months have been slow all-around when it comes to music, we are not seeing many, if any, new hip-hop entries on the charts. However this shortage of music is coming to a close; the past week or two have seen many big songs drop, and a mixtape or three. We'll definitely begin to see some new names on Charts Don't Lie as early as next week,...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 7th
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    It’s true that rapper’s like Chingy and the Ying Yang Twins have platinum selling albums. While others such as J. Cole and Big Sean do not. The reason rests not in the quality of their product, but rather when they were released. Despite the arrival of online file sharing, the music industry didn’t fall into disarray instantly. In fact, as far as hip hop is concerned it enjoyed...
  • Underrated Audio: November 20-26
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    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. Waiting on December to get here 'cause I know there will be an album or two I'll be into, i.e.,...
  • Underrated Audio: August 14-20
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    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 to help you get through the day. In this week's UA, Brother Ali takes on the "3 Kings"...
  • Underrated Audio: April 16-22
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    Last week there wasn't an overwhelming amount of dope music released, but it was 4/20 so we got a lot of new music to smoke to. With that being said, here's a few gems.Vince Staples- Twitch (Prod. Michael Ozuwuru) Odd Future affiliated rapper, Vince Staples, spits a story about a woman getting knocked up by a guy who just doesn't give a fuck about her, and made that clear from the start....
  • Lecrae Says He'd Love To See More Substance In Hip Hop And Responds To Critics
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    HNHH: You were the first rapper to win a Grammy for a gospel album - What was the first thing that ran through your mind when you found out? LECRAE: I was on the red carpet talking to Baron Davis and he was telling me he wanted me to do an interview with Nas and 2chainz and it was getting around the time for my category to be announced. I’m thinking "I’m not about to win this anyway"...
  • Underrated Audio: November 9- November 15
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    You know the drill. Take a step away from your mainstream rap anthems and give a second look at these five rap records that dropped over the past seven days. From Strong Arm Steadys' KRNDN, to Slaughterhouse's Crooked I, to upcoming Chicago rappers like Giftz and Vic Mensa, we've got your indie rap needs covered. Check out the five tracks in the gallery above. Who else didn't get enough love on...
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