Charts Don’t Lie: February 24th

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...

  • 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...
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 15
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    In the competition between the same-day release rappers Juicy J and Big Sean Juicy J appears to be taking the lead, although Sean debuted stronger than Juicy initially. Not to say they both haven't fallen quite a few spots-- they have. However Juicy J's fan base remains more persistent that Sean Don, with Stay Trippy selling another 21k at #15 and Hall Of Fame selling only 18k at #24. Will we see...
  • 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...
  • Underrated Audio: December 14- December 20
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    With Christmas approaching soon, everyone is getting into the holiday spirit-- rappers included. On this week's edition of Underrated Audio you'll find two themed tracks that are perfect for the holidays, as well as two other joints that you should feel free to bump any time of the year. As per usual, these are records that we think deserve another view or two. Give them a click and let us know...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: March 9
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    There are only two new entries within the top 10 of the Billboard 200 this week, and they belong to two rappers: ScHoolboy Q and Kid Cudi. As we said last week, Q was projected to move 150-160k, but fell slightly under that by moving 138,950 copies opening week. This was nevertheless an extremely strong showing from the TDE rapper, which gave him his first #1 debut as well as that of the label's....
  • 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: August 9 – August 15
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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. For this week's edition, we look to music from buzzing singer Tinashe, we finally see Dom Kennedy reappear, we hear...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: November 24
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    This week we have two new-comers on Charts Don't Lie, the first being buzzing singer Jhene Aiko and the latter, veteran in the game, Bun B. Jhene Aiko pulled pretty good numbers for her debut EP, leaving us hopeful for what's to come from the West Coast native. Her buzz will only continue to climb leading up to the release of her debut album, Soul(ed) Out, and so dropping the EP was definitely a...
  • B.o.B. Talks Busta Rhymes Influence & Uncertainty In The Music Industry
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    While sitting alongside Snoop Lion and Busta Rhymes, B.o.B. talked with HipHopDX about how Busta, in particular, has influenced his career. Bobby Ray said of the Brooklyn born rapper, "I used to watch Busta Rhymes videos back when I was a kid. I used to look at him like, ‘Wow! That’s crazy! That’s dope! I want to do that!’ So this is definitely coming full circle.”He also went on to...
  • Talking To Dizzy Wright &  DJ Hoppa On "Maintain"
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    Dizzy Wright was recently crowned a 2013 XXL Freshmen (by the people's vote, nonetheless), which is sure to make his stock in the rap game rise. However, he's as humble and as hard-working as ever. This is evident on his new track, "Maintain," which offers support for people and their every-day struggles, instead of glamorizing hard times, as rap can do.We called upon Dizzy Wright and...
  • Underrated Audio: February  1- February 7
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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 seem to accidentally have a MidWest theme going on, with tracks from various Detroit and Chicago...
  • In Retrospect: "The Grey Album" 10 Years Later
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    This year marks landmark anniversaries for a number of essential albums. OutKast’s Southernplayalistic, The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, and Nas’ Illmatic are just a few of the classic albums to turn 20. Eminem’s The Slim Shady LP and The Roots’ Things Fall Apart turn 15. Madvilliany and Kanye West’s The College Dropout both turn 10. Danger Mouse’s...
  • Charts Don't Lie: September 2nd
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    Sales charts are more than just bar graphs and seismic looking line work, it is a complex network of retail results and online data. Though it can’t be tallied to perfection, it is nevertheless reliable when approached with a discerning eye. Such sight-seeing is at the core of Charts Don’t Lie, an on-going look at the top performing records in Rap and R&B. Unlike other coverage this...
  • Charts Don’t Lie: January 27th
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    This week we see a new chart-topper arrive, the New York rapper who takes on that southern style, A$AP Rocky. Rocky's debut album, Long.Live.A$AP did surprisingly well. We see albums leak all the time-- usually it's just a week prior to the album's release though. In Rocky's case, we saw it leak a month early. However, Rocky continued doing promo and dropping singles, not worrying about the album...
  • Remembering MCA: Adam Yauch
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    Almost three years after finding a cancerous tumor on his parotid gland Adam Yauch (MCA) acquiesced to the illness on May 4th, 2012. Since then fans, friends, and fellow artists have mourned Adam’s life and work through their words and actions.In truth there is much to mourn, and much to remember. As a founding member of the Beastie Boys, Yauch was largely responsible for the most successful...
  • Underrated Audio: January 1-7
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    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....
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