Ranking Nas' 12 Albums From Worst To Best

Before Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kanye West walked with Jesus, and the deadly East-West Coast rivalry, there was a young kid observing life and crime...

  • Ranking Nas' 12 Albums From Worst To Best
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    Before Kendrick Lamar raised the bar with good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kanye West walked with Jesus, and the deadly East-West Coast rivalry, there was a young kid observing life and crime through his project window. That kid, who would initially start out as Kid Wave and then adopt the moniker Nas, gradually became molded and hardened by the effects of the crack era and Rudy Giuliani's...
  • 20 Dope Hip-Hop Songs Made For Film
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    On paper, recording a song for a film soundtrack is considered the ultimate form of selling out. The music itself is literally used as promotional material for a larger product. Music money is big, but movie money is on another level (ask Ludacris, who hasn't released an album since "Fast Five"). That being said, let's remove the negative stigma generally associated with the term "selling out"...
  • Happy 4/20: Hip-Hop's Weed Connection
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    In the 90s and early 2000s, smoking marijuana was largely unaccepted and taboo. There was talk that weed was "dangerous," and despite debates and research showing that it was actually safe, and had possible healing properties, it remained banned in every US state. In recent years, more states have come to realize the medical benefits of marijuana, and it has become legal (for medical use only) in...
  • 15 Musical Hits From The Bong
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    Before you get on to reading, I feel a responsibility as this list's writer to inform the reading public that marijuana is bad. If you smoke it, you will get pregnant and/or die.  That being said, if you do choose to smoke the devil's lettuce in honor of the Waldos, here are a few ground rules: DO NOT talk about the last time you were high. Soon enough, these conversations will...
  • 10 Surprising Rap Writing Credits
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    There's a lot going on behind the scenes that isn't readily apparent from listening to a song. Though sometimes, a simple investigation of writing credits can tell you a lot. "Ghostwriting" by its proper definition refers to contributions from rappers who have not been credited-- which is a pretty grey area. Rather than look into rumors surrounding that type of writing (with one exception),...
  • Stay Sober: Rappers Who Don't Smoke Or Drink
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    Drugs are everywhere in hip-hop. Whether they're mentioned on the radio, seen in music videos, or smuggled into concerts, drugs are pretty much unavoidable in the genre. Weed, lean, pills, coke, booze, shrooms, you name it, dope's not to hard to find. Many rappers, like Juicy J or Lil Wayne, have made it clear in their music that they love getting fucked up. Despite the popularity of drugs in...
  • Crew Love: HBK Gang
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    HBK (Heart Break Kids) are a crew from the San Francisco Bay Are who count rapper/producer Iamsu! as their de facto leader. Formed in 2008 by Su and producers Chief and P-Lo, the crew went on to add Sage The Gemini, Skipper, CJ, Rossi, Dave Steezy, Jay Ant, Kool John and the production team The Invasion (consisting of Iamsu!, P-Lo, Kuya Beats, Jay Ant, and Chief).  HBK Gang carry...
  • 9 Vintage Hip-Hop Inspired Ads
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    There is sometimes a fine line between hip hop and advertising, with rappers constantly namechecking their favorite brands, or even promoting their own. A french art director by the name of David Redon may have seen this connection when he began work on a project called "Ads Libitum", which reimagines rap songs as vintage ads. Pulling from 1950s style one-pagers, Redon has turned songs from...
  • 28 Grams: Hip-Hop Instagram Recap (April 11)
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    Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly burst into uncontrollable laughter? Raised your eyebrow? Scratched your head? Instantly smiled? Thought, "Damn. That's dope."?  Stared at your phone? Did an instant repost? HNHH is sure you've answered yes to at least one of those questions.  Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop...
  • 25 Best Hip-Hop Commercials Of All Time
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    It would seem like a no brainer, rap and advertising belong together, but the ad industry didn't always recognize what hip-hop could really do for marketing. This all changed in the 1980s. Each side began realizing what the other could for them. Rappers could help boost sales, and rappers could, of course make money. So rappers began wearing ridiculous outfits, singing silly jingles, drinking...
  • Kanye West Vs. The Press: 10 Run-Ins With The Media
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    Kanye West has always been well aware that the press is a necessary evil when it comes to gaining success. But as his presence in music and his other ventures have grown (his affiliation with Kim Kardashian not withstanding), so has the demand for pictures and coverage of him. The constant prying into his life and being hounded by photographers, paired with the feeling that he is not taken...
  • 20 Most Fashionable Rappers Through The Decades
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    In celebration of the contribution hip-hop has made to fashion, HotNewHipHop will look at the 20 most fashionable rappers of all time through the decades, from the 1980s to the present, from shelltoe Adidas and gold chains, Coogi sweaters and shiny suits. From perfectly-angled fitteds to pink minks, Louis Vuitton Dons to Ice Creams and Chuck Taylors to Adidas with Wings. From Versace to Tommy...
  • 30 Rapper Mugshots
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    Often time, being in the rap game and doing prison time goes hand-in-hand, something which we documented on another recent list, 15 Rappers Who Did Jail Time. That's not to say this is the case for all the hip-hop artists out there: there are some rappers who don't have so much as a spot on their record, while there are others who have simply managed to avoid jail time altogether thanks to a...
  • 5 Hip-Hop Power Struggles
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    Ego, popularity, jealousy and worldwide success are some of the key factors that have led many hip-hop moguls to end business relationships, and ultimately friendships, in order to maintain power over their own careers and/or the promising careers of their counterparts.  We're all aware of some of these hip-hop leaders/tycoons that have fallen out with one another, but many are unsure as to...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: March 23-30
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    This feature highlights a hand-picked selection of some of the bigger tracks of the week. We have chosen a few of the tracks that landed within our top 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • Ladies Night: Dopest Videos By Female Rappers
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    "This is ladies night and our rhymes is tight, oh this is ladies night...," Missy Elliott sang on the 1997 hit track, "Ladies Night" that she collaborated on with Angie Martinez, Lil Kim, Left Eye and Da Brat. The song was featured on the "Nothing to Lose" soundtrack. Just as the MCs mentioned above occupied space and declared their reign on "Ladies Night", women rappers have been doing the...
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