Kendrick Lamar's most recent record's most "shareable content."
Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly seems to be the new standard bearer for provocative Hip Hop music and its titillating subtext. Found in the underbelly of the Compton bred MC’s verses and choruses are messages varying from infuriating to inspirational - from seductive to scornful.
Mixtapes are a staple within the hip-hop genre, and as the genre continues to evolve with the advances of technology (aka the internet), so are mixtapes. Rappers are constantly trying to outdo each other in the mixtape game, whether it be creating completely original projects, unique concepts or joint efforts, and roll-outs to intrigue fans.
Though undeniably potent, a Drake/Future collab isn't a 100% natural fit on paper given their differing rapping styles. That said, they share a lavish and deeply enviable lifestyle, in which they routinely make it rain monsoons at Magic City, eat at 3-star Michelin restaurants, fly in private jets, and have sex with hordes of beautiful women.
When the world was first introduced to Jaden and Willow Smith, the children of celebrity power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith, they seemed pretty normal for famous kids.
Standing 5'5" and skinny as a rail, Connor is not your typical model ("I'm literally shaped like a 10 year old boy"). Indeed, the 22-year-old also moonlights as a creative consultant, fashion guru, social media maven, member of A$AP Mob, roommate of Fredo Santana.
The art of rapping started off in the form of spoken word and poetry, but you don't hear a lot of "poetry" in modern-day popular rap. This could be for a multitude of reasons. For starters, the club doesn't want to put you to sleep. And Neither does the radio. For whatever reason, songs that make you think don't seem to have wheels in 2015. But that's okay though, 'cause we got you.
Drake Day is upon us: VIEWS has arrived. With such an album that has generated a nearly unprecedented amount of hype over the course of several months, the impulse is to consume the album immediately upon its release. The reality is, it take a few days or weeks to fully process VIEWS album.
Last Thursday, Kanye West introduced The Life of Pablo to the world through a sold-out listening party / fashion show hybrid at Madison Square Garden. The event was unlike anything that's ever happened before: a collision of fashion and music to a caliber that had before been unfathomable. Listening parties don't take place in arenas, and neither do fashion shows for that matter.
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.
Guest features have been an important part of hip hop throughout its history, and have become increasingly popular in recent years. It's a great way for artists to cross promote between each other's fan bases, as well as give each track a signature shakeup for a verse or two. The only problem with letting other rappers spit, is once in a while they body you on your own shit. See what I did there?
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It's almost been a week since Weezy dropped Sorry 4 The Wait 2, shaking up the internets and having stans everywhere claiming Tunechi's back (Tunechi claimed it too).
Yeezy Season is about to bestow itself upon us very soon, folks. Twenty people in Paris have heard Ye's new album and he also told the students of Los Angeles Trade Technical College that he's now "waiting" for it to come out, implying that it's pretty much in the hands of Def Jam as we speak.
An Angela Yee slip-up on air earlier this week opened the floodgates for speculation regarding a possible Drake/Future mixtape, and there is substantial evidence supporting the theory that this tape is not only happening, it's dropping today.
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.
Lil Wayne didn't get the nickname "Mixtape Weezy" for nothing. Over the course of hip-hop history, very few artists have used the art of the mixtape to their advantage as well as Weezy F. It's helped to blow up the likes of Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky and even Drake over the past decade, but Wayne's 13 mixtapes came when he was already a star.
With its blunt illustrations of the dangers of life growing in inner city Chicago, drill music has had a powerful influence shaping the sound of hip hop over the course of the last half-decade. Many of the genre's purveyors are active themselves in gang life, and as such some have been killed at an extremely young age.
From being a rarity in the hip-hop game to the norm, mix-tapes are now a way for artists to get their name recognized; they're a way for an artist to release songs that didn't make the album but still deserve recognition and sometimes, mix-tapes are crucial for an artist to find their voice and make it stick out amongst the masses.
The year 2014 marks the 18-year anniversary of Eminem's underground debut album Infinite. With almost 20 years worth of material floating around, Eminem has one of the densest musical catalogues out there. On top of that, he's also one of the most consistent rappers in the game, so you're hard-pressed to find something from Em that's not worth listening too.
Ty Dolla $ign's ascent to hook master and forefather of RnBass has been a gradual one, to the point that the first time hearing him on record could vary drastically from person to person. The truth is, you could have been hearing Ty's voice and not have even known it, his writing voice that is.
Superman isn't Superman if he inexplicably switches from superpowered do-gooder, to some sort of motorcycle-riding anti-hero, to maniacal villain, and back and forth between the extremes. Such mythology is a big part of the hip-hop culture, as well as proper marketing. Any marketing novice and comic book savant knows that consistency is key to building one's image/brand.
As Drake has progressed as an artist, he has learned to gather all of his far-reaching musical tastes and incorporate them into his stylistic repertoire.
"Tall men come down to my height when I hit 'em in the body." -Jack Dempsey The rap game may be dominated by rappers of average height, but some of its biggest stars fall well below that margin.
For those of you late in the game, after premiering this past winter at Sundance, the documentary “Fresh Dressed” is now available to the public. Directed by Sacha Jenkins, the film is an incredibly dope example of the multifaceted culture that is, hip-hop. The film maps the history of hip-hop in connection to fashion, all within the evolving framework of the Black community.
While 2013 may have been the year of the album, with heavyweights like Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West all dropping new projects, 2014 is the year of the monster song. From all the way back in January until now, we've been bombarded with heat, one trending song after the next.
After Kendrick Lamar's stunning Grammy performance, Lebron James tweeted at Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Punch telling him that he should release those untitled cuts. Lebron was onto something... Yo @dangerookipawaa after that @kendricklamar Grammy performance , you have to release those untitled tracks asap!!! What's up? Talk to me — LeBron James (@KingJames) February 23, 2016
We, the editors of HNHH, put our heads together this afternoon and picked the 10 artists we deemed most deserving of the 2016 XXL Freshman cover. Tough choices were made. Digital fists of fury were thrown on the HNHH editor email thread. But we feel good about our list. Our list is rock fucking solid.
With the rise of digital music, decline of music sales, and mass growth and adoption of social networks and blogs, we have seen the playing field become leveled. With that has come fewer major label releases and a lion share of independent releases.
Now that the new scholastic year is upon us, the doors of summer have officially closed and it's back to reality. As such, we've decided to look back on some of the projects that helped define the warmer months of 2013, if only to prolong those chiller times for a moment.
Throughout all the Meek Mill vs. Drake beef, the real winner might just be Quentin Miller. The young rapper / songwriter had his name come to the attention of fans, artists, Twitter, and media all after Meek Mill accused Drake of stealing Miller's lines.
As a 17-year-old just beginning to make waves in the rap game, Jo-Vaughn Virginie Scott didn't have the same life as most kids his age. He wasn't thinking about graduating high school to attend a university or enter the work force. As a matter of fact, before he even graduated high school he had formed a collective with classmates that would come to be known as Pro Era.