• 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...
  • 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: June 4- 10
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    Last week was pretty reasonable on the music-front, this week is about to get mad busy though, there's a ton of albums and mixtapes dropping. I haven't downloaded a complete new mixtape for a minute though, except for Clams Casino's Instrumental Tape 2 (any song of which I could have posted here...but instead I'll just tell you to go check it out entirely). All this to say, I'm...
  • Underrated Audio: July 9-15
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    This week's UA brings you two up-tempo beats and two dark beats to enjoy in the summer heat. That kinda rhymed but it wasn't my intention. Also to clarify about UA, it's not necessarily for unknown artists, it's just artists that I'm feeling who's music HNHH posted but didn't get as much play time by HNHH viewers as I would have hoped. Aight. Sir Michael Rocks- Now You Do I wasn't...
  • Charts Don't Lie: August 26th
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    Charts Don’t Lie… how easily you’re hated. Understandably so considering math can be agitating. That said this ongoing chart is an aggregate of the best record keeping the industry has to offer. From Nielsen Soundscan to Billboard and beyond, these calculations are here to provide important information. And this week is no different. For starters, as projected, 2 Chainz took the...
  • Underrated Audio: August 21- 27
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    As the last week of August comes to an end, here are some final summer jams to add to your playlist. A banger or two and some chill vibes. Nitty Scott, MC- Flower Child Feat. Kendrick Lamar Many clicked on this song just for the K.Dot feature, but Nitty Scott also brings it. It's a chilled out track, and the beat even reminds me of flowers. Rapsody- Round Table Discussion Feat. Mac...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 14th
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    Pattern recognition: utilizing data to classify the present and better predict the future. For those of you following the charts week in and week out pattern recognition is a discipline worth employing. On an elementary level it reveals the fact that big names sell, female fans buy, and strong singles provide additional reach. However, an increasingly analytical approach reveals so much...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 21st
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    HNHH continues to tackle the issue of sales in the hip-hop world. This week we had two new-comers top the charts, as well as an old head make an appearance. While Macklemore & Ryan Lewis perform the best this week, it's becoming more and more obvious that major labels may slowly be heading the way of the tall T, as independent labels manage to do it just as big. Not for nothing...
  • Charts Don't Lie: October 28th
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    Last week with the success of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, we asked if independent artists' marketing strategy would be the new wave and replace the major labels on the charts.  Their album The Heist saw a steep decline in sales, and might have topped out early.  In what is one of the slowest week in Hip Hop/R&B sales of recent months, we get a semi-surprising name at the #1 spot.  This could be a...
  • Charts Don't Lie: December 2nd
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    This week we saw pop star Rihanna, who also has one foot in the urban-sphere, rise to the top of the charts with her album Unapologetic. The LP was extremely pushed in all media markets, and her #RihannaPlane launched it into the internet stratosphere. Now we see how good advertising and promo can really effect sales--yes, Rihanna was a superstar in her own right prior to the album drop, but she...
  • Underrated Audio: Jan. 30- Feb. 5
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    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... Bodega BAMZ- 100 Keep It (Prod. V'Don) Feat. Smoke DZA & Willie The...
  •  Underrated Audio: April 9- 15
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    You probably know the dilly if you are a frequent HNHH viewer, but if not, this is some audio that (I feel) may have been overlooked from last week. Listen below.         Travis Scott- Animal Feat. T.I. I'm not sure how Travis Scott was able to get a Tip feature, but its surprisingly dope. It's not a conventional beat for T.I., but Travis Scott is usually on some other...
  • Snoop Dogg: Once a Stoner...
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    More than any other substance, marijuana has played a most crucial role in the uprising of rap music. And though he doesn't deserve all of the credit, who knows how the genre would have formulated had it not been for the Ambassador of Pot himself, Snoop Dogg.With the recent wave of weed obsessed rappers, new marquees of hip hop have arisen, from producer Clams Casino's cloud rap beats for ASAP...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 16
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    This week we find Rick Ross atop on the Billboard 200 with his sixth studio album proving he's still got it. Mastermind managed to sell more than the projected amount, although he didn't quite reach 180k, he moved 179,215 copies. This is still a large enough amount for Rozay to lock down the second-highest debut week total sales for anyone in 2014 thus far. Mastermind is Ross' second straight...
  • Underrated Audio: March 29- April 4
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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 edition brings you five ill tracks that were really slept on, mainly because they are all from rappers...
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