This week's throwback lists focuses on Drake's classic mixtape joints.
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.
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.
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 at No. 2).
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.
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.
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.
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.
We've entered the month of December, which means not only is Christmas approaching but so is the New Year. As we did last year, we'll be rounding up the Hottest of 2013 from mixtapes to albums to singles and much more. To kick off our year-end lists we've got a simple enough one, which rounds up the ten Most Searched Artists On HNHH Of 2013. Y'all have no one to blame but yourselves for this!
HNHH is here to soundtrack your Valentine's day (and night). We've assembled the steamiest baby making jams we could find into a list that's sure to set the mood right. With tracks from R. Kelly, The-Dream, Drake, Beyonce, The Weeknd, Jeremih, and Aaliyah, this playlist is guaranteed to get things in motion with the wifey. So light some candles, burn some incense, and remember the profound
There's no denying the inspiration rappers draw from movies, whether the sound is on or off.
Born and raised in Philly, DJ Drama has made a name for himself in the hip hop game over the years. While his career set sail after becoming the official DJ for T.I., he has played a crucial role in the onset of mixtapes in the rap world. The Golden Mixtape Era, which started about ten years ago, is now stronger than ever.
Ranking Jay Z albums can be like doing any other Jay-related list: it's impossible to get it right. The God MC himself ranked his albums last year via Life + Times and caused an uproar from just about everyone, including die hard fans, casual listeners and committed Internet trolls, who bombarded the comment section with commentary like, "Nah! Vol.
Arguably one of the most influential artists of our time, Kanye West has always played by his own rules-- evidenced in his new album Yeezus. And it's certainly no different when it comes to his fashion choices.
Everyone was tuned in last night to the Super Bowl XLVIII, as the Seattle Seahawks seemed to easily beat the Denver Broncos, making many fans either extremely frustrated or extremely happy, depending on which side you were on. Although the Broncos managed to score some points in the latter half of the game, it was by no means enough to catch up to the Seahawks, who by that time were far ahead.
The 90s are often referred to as rap's golden era, and while rappers of all types will continue to pay tribute to the decade, Drake definitely takes it to the next level. Drizzy's love affair with the 90s can be traced to all facets of his artistic output, from his music, to his videos, to his "interesting" fashion choices.
At the beginning of November we did a list that comprised of 9 Creative Rappers You Should Know About. Today we're following up that list with 7 Creative Producers You Should Know About. Producers lack credit across the boards, but they are essential in creating a song, and not just a 'song' but a dope song.
It's no secret that hip-hop can stretch itself a bit thin as far as creativity is concerned. If artists were taxed every time they mentioned dollars, they'd all be broke. Fortunately, amongst the clones, several voices stand out from the crowd.
Following up last week's Top 10 of rappers who were bodied on their own shit, we're moving on to Yeezy's production. Expect a new Top 10 list each Monday going forward, and if there's a subject you want us to tackle shout it out in the comments.
Tattoos have become a pretty popular trend among adolescents and adults in today’s culture, especially within the rap and hip-hop community. While your average person may choose to get a tattoo or two, rappers and other artists in the music industry often adorn their entire bodies with artistic ink, such as Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, 50 Cent, DMX, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Kid Ink.
We know that The Weeknd is not considered hip hop, but you can't escape Kiss Land as a great production piece. The Weeknd is known to be one of the new faces of R&B and Drake's go-to guy for an R&B feature.
In music we tend to glorify the debut album, always craving the newest and shiniest thing out. The downside of that is usually we're slightly disappointed in the follow up sophomore album, possibly what led to the phenomenon known as the "sophomore slump".
For as long as hip hop has been a part of popular culture, it has been one of the more interactive genres in music. But while most MCs like to make the crowd a part of the show, fans sometimes go to far in trying to get close to their favorite artist. Whether they're heckling or showing love, the stage has always been an "Enter at your own risk" zone.
Halloween is less than 48 hours away at this point and it's about time for us to offer up some of what we think are the creepiest, spookiest, most disturbing rap videos ever made. There isn't any particular order here, but this list is sure to get you in the mood for the biggest fright night of the year. Happy Halloween and enjoy!
In the world of hip hop "beef" isn't unusual, in fact it's customary. Some of the greatest and most historical moments in the culture and genre have been produced because of contention. Most disagreements are between two or more artists and/or producers, but from time to time artists have been in dispute with their record labels.
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