10 Dope Beats That Use The Piano

Hip hop beats are beautiful, no doubt. But the most superb ones are done by going back to the basics by using an age-old instrument integral to the evolution of not just Hip Hop, but of all music in...

  • 10 Dope Beats That Use The Piano
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    Hip hop beats are beautiful, no doubt. But the most superb ones are done by going back to the basics by using an age-old instrument integral to the evolution of not just Hip Hop, but of all music in general: the piano. Though the piano started off being equated with classically-trained musicians, it soon found its way to jazz, which used the instrument in a more progressive manner, and...
  • 5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Right
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    The Grammys are coming right up, and we'll have the pleasure of watching Iggy Azealia, Common, Eminem, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q or Wiz Khalifa take home an award for the 'Best Rap Album.' In the past, the Grammys have picked some albums that had everyone scratching their head, but they've also got it right a few times. We're going to focus on those instances with this list. After last...
  • Freestyle Matchups: WILD 'N OUT Edition
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    WILD 'N OUT is known for pitting rappers and comedians against one another in a series of competitions. To celebrate the show returning for its fifth season, HNHH has compiled a list of artists we'd like to see go head to head in freestyle battles.  We've pitted J. Cole against Drake, Kanye against Ray J, DJ Khaled against Kevin Hart and more in this freestyle faceoff! Take a look through...
  • Best Friends 4 Life: Frequent Collaborators
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    Summer's basically over, so it's a good time to look back at all the great times you had with your best friends. Whether that was facing a couple blunts before watching a Guardians of the Galaxy bootleg, or maybe laying down a few platinum-selling songs together, good times were definitely had. See, rappers are just like us, they like to chill with their friends and do fun shit. Their idea of fun...
  • Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Kid Ink & More Make Super Bowl XLIX Predictions
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    The Super Bowl is imminent. With the 49th annual Super Bowl going down this Sunday, February 1st, we decided to get word from various hip-hop artists on who they think will take the cake at the championship game.  This year's game will see the New England Patriots compete against the Seattle Seahawks, with half-time show performances covered by Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy...
  • It's Yo Birthday: Lil Wayne's 25 Top Album Tracks
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    Lil Tunechi has accomplished a heck of a lot in his three decades and a year. Joining Cash Money Records at the tender age of nine, he has since spent a highly respectable 22 years (and counting) in the hip hop business. The New Orleans rapper has clocked up some remarkable statistics in his discography, with 10 studio albums, 19 mixtapes, and a whopping 192 singles. If that...
  • 15 Superhero References In Hip-Hop
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    The inspiration rappers have drawn from comic book characters over the years is undeniable, whether it be superheroes, villains or relatively normal protagonists who happen to find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Some have even created comic books based on fictionalized versions of themselves, most notably the Wu-Tang Clan as a whole as well as individual members Method Man, Ghostface...
  • 14 Heroic Acts By Rappers
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    We all know that rappers often get a bad rep with the press. Accusations of criminal activity, encouraging violence, or just plain bad behavior are common for hip hop artists. Selfless and generous acts by hip hop stars seldom get the coverage or attention they deserve. A lot of rappers are vocal about their struggle and hard times, but what happens once they make it big? Mainstream rappers make...
  • The 10 Hottest Freestyles On Tim Westwood TV
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    Tim Westwood may not look like your average hip-hop personality, but the 57-year-old gangly white dude, always rocking a different color polo, is an industry legend, and he's been there from the beginning. In the late 80s, Westwood was one of the first DJs in Europe to play hip-hop on mainstream radio. As host of the revolutionary BBC Radio 1 Rap Show, started in '94, he became arguably the #1...
  • Major Money: Rappers Who Signed Million-Dollar Deals
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    What most music fans don’t know is that a major record label deal is not guaranteed change in your pocket. A recording contract is essentially a legal agreement which allows the record label to exploit an artist’s work through recorded material. This includes the album’s release, promotion, marketing, sales… you name it. The price tag set on the deal merely highlights the...
  • Most Creative Rappers: The New Class Of Emcees
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    In recent years there has been a movement of emcees who have a new approach to rap. Many are products of the internet, and they differ from past generations in that their style is not dictated by region, but rather their own creation. These rappers are changing the game by throwing it some curve balls, their creativity being an unpredictable force. These newcomers have a tendency to create their...
  • Rick Ross' 15 Most Outrageous Boasts On "Mastermind"
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    Rick Ross is excessive by nature, sometimes when it's not even necessary. To be fair, he was forced to be this way after the feud with 50 Cent and being outed as a correctional officer through those infamous photos. After the flames, Ross decided to expand his myth and rattle off one No. 1 album after another (the critically acclaimed Teflon Don is the only album to peak...
  • Fantastic Flows Follow Up: MCs With The Best Flows
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    Two days back we had an article about the origins of certain flows, and some of our ever reliable commenters took it to be some sort of ranking of the best flows, which was not the case. The entire point of the article was to point out that some flows are influenced by region, and some by other artists. It was in no way a ranking of the best flows, yet the internet kids kept yelling "HOW IZ WIZ...
  • 21 Dope Rappers 21 And Under
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    Rappers from all over the United States are popping up, showing off their talents and making a name for themselves in their cities of choice. Whether it's Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles or Miami, there are young emcees repping each region. These are some of the main areas inhabited by rappers, or areas one would expect. However, there are more obscure places, such as North Carolina and Virginia...
  • Lyrics Of The Week: August 9-15
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    There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of the already infamous verse Kendrick dropped on Big Sean's "Control" this week). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say. We encourage your opinions. Keep in mind, these are the most noteworthy lyrics of the week, not...
  • 5 Times The Grammys Got 'Best Rap Album' Wrong
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    With the Grammys coming up this Sunday, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the times they have upset us, the hip-hop community, the most. Because nobody is perfect and the Grammys are certainly no exception.  While there are a few time they got the 'Best Rap Album' right (and we will take a look at the flip side of this list later today, so keep an eye out), there...
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