• Live Video Stream: Summer Jam XX Line-Up Announcement [Update: Chris Brown, Wu-Tang, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz & More]
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    Today Hot 97 is announcing the line-up for their upcoming annual Summer Jam event. Check out the live stream announcement below to find out which artists have been tapped for the main stage. We've already heard who will be on the Festival Village Stage (which, ahem, is sponsored by us!) -- Joey Bada$$, A$AP Ferg, Action Bronson, Troy Ave, Smoke DZA, and Kid Ink. The stream goes from 3pm-7pm...
  • Underrated Audio: May 21- 27
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    This week's Underrated Audio will put you on to five cuts from rising artists all of sorts. There are rappers representing the Beast Coast movement like The Underachievers, we've got Chi-town covered with up-and-comer Giftz, there's the expiremental Ro Ransom, and Sir Michael Rocks gives us some dope delivery on "In A Minute." Plus we have a track from female singer Jhene Aiko, who has some of...
  • Charts Don't Lie: June 2
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    French Montana joins Charts Don't Lie this week, with his debut album Excuse My French. French, Diddy and the whole Bad Boy team went hard with promo for this one, rounded up the biggest features in the game, but the album wasn't able to move more than 50k opening week. With the decrease of hip-hop album sales forever waning, this isn't horrible, but it isn't the "classic" numbers French may have...
  • Underrated Audio: June 4-10
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    With the hectic-ness that was HOT 97's Summer Jam UA was missing from the site last week. Nonetheless, today we return in full force looking back at tracks that were posted within the past fourteen days instead of seven, because as usual, more than a few dope cuts have gone overlooked. From the still-slept-on song-maker The-Dream, to rising New York rapper Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire, we've got...
  • Talking To Boldy James & Big Duke On "Chirps"
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    Boldy James is not your average drug-talking and dealing rapper. It shows in his musical output, from his above par beat selection, to his descriptive and almost eloquent rhymes, Boldy is far from average. The Detroit player first surfaced on the rap scene with his very dope and album-quality mixtape, Trapper's Alley: Pro's & Con's and while he's had a slow rise, he's definitely built a solid...
  • Charles Barkley Agrees With George Zimmerman Verdict
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    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...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: July 28
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    Our new entry on Charts Don't Lie this week belongs to Ace Hooooood. The rapper constantly on his grind delivered Trials & Tribulations after months of promotion, a huge hit single, "Bugatti," a listening event, among other things. And while it worked in his favor somewhat (it's his best sales to date), it's still not very much of an improvement from his last album, Blood, Sweat & Tears. Trials &...
  • Underrated Audio: July 27- August 2
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    This past week we saw a pretty solid amount of music get released, however, all things turned to Drake when his single "All Me" dropped (so it really is All Drake). But for Underrated Audio we will take the focus off Drizzy for a minute and present you with five tracks from the past week that may have been swallowed up by those huge joints from Drake, 2 Chainz, etc. We contemplate what's up with...
  • Underrated Audio: August 17-23
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    We got quite a few new mixtapes this week, including one really big one from Dizzy Wright, The Golden Age. The tape has been getting Dizzy a lot of love, which is definitely a good thing for the Las Vegas emcee on his grind, and the project is probably his most high-profile yet. As another week wraps up, peep five records that dropped over the past seven days which weren't racking up views like...
  • LeBron, Kobe & 21 NBA Players As Kids: Can You Guess Them All?
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    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.  Highlight below to see the...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: September 22
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    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....
  • Charts Don't Lie: January 20th
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    This week on Charts Don’t Lie, R&B artists who infuse their music with hip hop collaborations and sounds continue to rule, however things are about to change as A$AP Rocky’s studio debut is projected to top the Billboard 200 next week.  In the interim, we see the holdovers from 2012 selling solid with some of the best albums of the year still appearing on the charts.  If you’re...
  • Underrated Audio: March 26-April 1
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    The first week of April has arrived, and along with it came a few jams from some of the usual suspects: King Chip, Action Bronson, Young Roddy and Travi$ Scott. These four are no strangers to Underrated Audio, but soon one or two of them may get too big for the UA circuit and move on up to Top Tracks of the Week. Namely, Travi$ Scott, who almost reached 24,000 views on his Wale-featured...
  • Charts Don't Lie: April 7th
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    This week we saw Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience break another record, after first topping Lil Wayne's Tha Carter IV in first week sales, it became the first record in 2013 to crack one million sales, going platinum just two weeks after it dropped. On the other end of the spectrum, we saw Weezy F's album, I Am Not A Human Being II, sell a strong 217k, but it did not really live up to...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 30
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    After Charts Don't Lie took a hiatus last week, we are back again this week just in time to highlight three important debuts on the Billboard 200. YG's My Krazy Life, Kevin Gates' By Any Means and Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Pinata. It may come as a surprise, but it appears as though Gangsta Gibbs & Madlib had the most underground release of all three-- we say surprise, because Gates'...
  • Underrated Audio: April 19-25
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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 we've highlighted four different records, from four different slept-on MCs. One is Canadian, while the rest...
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