The songwriting process in rap can sometimes be hard to follow. With the use of sampling, and the genre's increasingly collaborative production methods, breaking down the construction of songs can become convoluted. Unless you're in the studio, a close reading of the liner notes is the most accurate representation of what went into the music presented on record.
We've gone through the NWTS...
Nov 21, 2012
Last week we took a look at the “NBA’s 10 Best Rappers”, and
the list was filled with some ballers you may have known rhymed, and a few
surprise performances, and overall they held their own in the booth. Now we have compiled a
list of 10 NBA players who have besmirched not only their basketball
reputation, but the entire hip hop community by trying their hand at
Feb 25, 2013
This new 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 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion. This edition features Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Ghostface, Juicy J and more! Take a look at the list in the gallery above, and feel free to let us know your own...
There's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific bars are often overlooked (with the exception of anything ever uttered by Drake). 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 necessarily the best. Also, it's hard to get...
Nov 24, 2013
As y'all know, Sundays are slow here at HNHH, which is reason enough to kill time with this completely arbitrary list.
Success in the rap game will find you touring the world over, and more often than not, schmoozing with other successful people outside of your field. We've compiled a list of 25 Kodak moments between emcees and other celebrities, from Tupac and Sting to 50 Cent and Samuel L....
Jun 21, 2014
Rappers have extremely demanding work schedules, especially the successful ones. With all the time they need to prioritize towards writing music, recording, performing and engaging in press interviews, a lot of them just simply use the time to rest and unwind. However, some of them find extra time to pick up truly unique and worthwhile hobbies.
When thinking about what rappers do for fun most...
Jun 27, 2014
Summer is about to be in session. University students wrapped up their final days a month or two ago, and high school students followed suit around two weeks ago. For those high school students in their last year, this inevitably means prom and all the things that go with it: limousines, parents taking photos, getting fancy, friends, and general debauchery as the night progresses.
Prom isn't for...
Dec 19, 2012
Although 2012 has been an amazing year for rap music in general, there are several projects that didn't contribute to this collective greatness as much as they should have. There are several more that were simply not good in the first place.To say some of these works were disappointing is not to say they were full-on bad. Indeed a couple of the listed projects were actually quite good. The issue...
Jan 19, 2013
For an artist that's just turned 21, Mac Miller has a discography that would have taken many years to garner. It took some time to sort through 7 mixtapes, 3 EP'S, and an independent album. But, after some extensive research and hours of listening to the Pittsburgh rapper, we've broken down 25 of his top songs. With another mixtape and an album due out in 2013, Mac Miller doesn't look like...
Mixtapes are like opinions. Everyone has one, but not all of them matter.
Your mixtape should be a totally uninhibited creative space. A platform where you can impulsively exhibit your talent for a more focused and passionate audience. The mixtape is a very reliable vehicle for hip-hop, especially in the digital era where free information spreads feverishly. In some cases, artists give away...
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. With a small number of Hip Hop albums surpassing the milestone of 100,000 sales these days - or even half that number, it has become easier to gain...
Nov 11, 2014
Slinging crack rock, popping glocks, and smacking hoes is not the way to keep it gangsta. In the words of Stic.man of the hip-hop duo Dead Prez, "HEALTHY IS THE NEW GANGSTA."
True happiness can be achieved through knowledge, proper nutrition, fitness, and meditation; not guns and drugs.
Hip-hop all-stars such as Big Sean, David Banner, 2 Chainz, Common, and Stic.man and business magnate Russell...
Mar 15, 2014
This year we've seen several notable rappers lock down a lady lover, either by an engagement, a baby or both. This past year brought on engagements between Future and Ciara, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Macklemore and his girl Tricia Davis, plus Big Sean & Naya Rivera-- to name a few. Love appears to be in the rapper air, and to commend this we've created a photo gallery of various rappers and...
Jan 30, 2013
The plight of rappers unable to escape the lure of
the streets, and those that succumb to the pitfalls of celebrity, is an issue
that spans generations of music, from Tupac, to James Brown, back on through to
Chuck Berry. Chief Keef has emerged on
the rap scene out of nowhere, like a squad of guerilla soldiers bombarding a Special Forces
unit in a Peruvian jungle. ...
Rappers have a tendency to announce their retirement a little prematurely. Our list profiles a couple of the rappers who either got cold feet, or weren't all that serious about calling it quits in the first place. Then there's Lil Wayne, who we can't categorize just yet. Do you think he'll go through with it? Do you think he should? Check out Ashlee's breakdown of the rappers in question and...
Everyone was baby-faced at some point in their life. Rappers are no different. We decided to do some digging and found twenty-seven photos of various different rappers as the young'ns they once were. Albeit, some of these rappers are still young, but they're not THIS young anymore.
Given it's the weekend, we know you're probably looking for some ways to procrastinate on your schoolwork/life, so...