A selection of slept-on projects from last year that are still worthy of a download.
Now that 2015 is underway, we have plenty of good music to look forward too, when it comes to both mixtapes (just peep our Upcoming section) and albums. Even in this one-listen-then-on-to-the-next generation, it's still appropriate to bump music that dropped last year, right? Especially because some projects didn't get as much as love as the quality of said projects deserve.
Rap and jail time have had a close relationship ever since the Fat Boys rhymed about doing time for holding up a pizza place. Unfortunately, prison bids have stymied many promising careers over rap music's history. For every Tupac "out on bail, fresh outta jail, California dreamin'" there's five rap stars whose careers never recovered after doing time.
Not only is the rap game stressful, it can be dangerous as well.
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.
Across the span of just a couple years, 23 year-old Mac Miller (born Malcolm McCormick) has come a long way. From the original “Easy Mac” rapper, to his acceptance and popularity into mainstream rap, Mac Miller has climbed through the dark tunnels of fame and excess, still intact enough to share his stories with the world.
Drake and Future successfully created a moment with What A Time To Be Alive, successfully dodging leaks and getting rap fans everywhere tuned in to a a good old-fashioned radio show. Of course, the main difference with doing this in 2015 is the project could instantly be discussed on a major scale, with fans everywhere tweeting out lyrics as they happened.
Mr. Carmack remains a bit of an enigma despite all of the recent success. One of the undoubtable beat-makers of this generation, Carmack hails form Hawaii, which isn't exactly a hotbed for music production.
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly bursted 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.
It's that time of the year again - Valentine's Day! The romantic holiday is upon us and we thought we'd share some of the love in the hip-hop community. Love and hip-hop doesn't have to be synonymous with ratchet behavior and baby daddy / momma drama, although you may be under a different impression if you've ever watched a full episode of VH1's Love & Hip-Hop.
Now that it's officially back-to-school season, we decided to take a look at what some of your favorite rappers were looking like when they were still in school. Before most of these artists made it big in the rap game, they were getting educated. Part of any education is school photos-- as much as people usually hate getting them done, that's school life.
What's that? Hip hop without the drums? Does that exist? Is it even possible?
During his interview on The Breakfast Club yesterday, Troy Ave was staunch in his claim that his music is strictly non-fiction: "I don't talk about nothing I don't got, I don't even be talking about Ferraris or Lamborghinis... I don't be fucking with shit like that." Evidently, though, this desire to keep it 100 at all times doesn't extend to his interviews.
2014 is over and done with, and we the hip-hop community are moving onto greater endeavors. After an overall mediocre year for rap albums, 2015 is destined to be different. Hip-hop's biggest names are all scheduled to release albums this year, and the timing could not be more right. Today, who better than Rae Sremmurd to kick off the new year of releases with their debut album, Sremm Life.
Authors like Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Terry McMillan have proven that black lit can make for great film. From period pieces and horror movies to dramas and provocative thrillers, the growing popularity of these releases demonstrates that films with predominantly black casts, or black leads, can still appeal to the masses.
Last week, tragedy struck the Internet as Jaden Smith's famous Twitter account famously disappeared.
In 2013, the new Maybach Music signee Rockie Fresh released three mixtapes: Electric Highway, The Birthday Tape, and Fresh Veggies alongside Casey Veggies. That same year, he also shined on four tracks on the Maybach Music Group compilation album.
If a rapper’s collab. roster is any indication of his talent as an artist, The Notorious B.I.G. reached an astounding level of respect from his peers in his career. Though his 1997 death left behind only two studio albums, colleagues and friends went on to put out three more posthumous albums and extend his legacy well into the present landscape of hip hop.
Bad Boy Records was founded in 1993 by a lesser-known-at-the-time Sean Combs, who later went by Puff Daddy, P. Diddy and now Diddy. Combs began his music business experience as an intern at Uptown Records (that's a good bit of motivation for everyone interning out there). However, after becoming an A&R executive he was fired in 1993, prompting him to start Bad Boy Records.
Hype Williams may have only directed four videos in 2014, but that doesn't mean we can't all remember a time when every dope hip-hop video seemed to have Hype's fingerprints on it. Countless legendary MCs collaborated with Hype Williams, including the likes of Jay Z, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Busta Rhymes and A Tribe Called Quest, and also R&B stars like Blackstreet, Aaliyah, Usher and Mary J.
It’s often said “the grass is always greener on the other side." Hell, Ludacris has a track named after the phrase. Maybe that’s why it seems as though everyone in Hollywood wants to be in the music industry and everybody in the music industry wants to be in Hollywood (I mean, Luda of all people would understand).
Casey Veggies might be young, but the twenty-one year old MC has quite the list of credentials for someone who's just barely old enough to (legally) get into the club.
20 years ago, André 3000 and Big Boi were riding the massive wave of commercial success that followed "Player's Ball," their debut single, as it rose up the charts and secured them a gig opening for Notorious B.I.G. in New York. It was only the beginning for OutKast, a duo that would go on to win six Grammys, make six platinum albums, and put the South on the map as a hip-hop powerhouse.
The summer concert season is quickly approaching, as we close out the month of April. It’s comparable to Christmas for avid music fans. It doesn’t get much better than beautiful weather complimented by beautiful people dancing to bass-laden tunes. Excess amounts of cheap alcohol and THC add to the excitement at summer concerts.
DJ Premier was born in Texas in 1966, before moving to New York City during his teenage years. It was there that he would become an integral part of hip hop's blossoming in the 80s and 90s. Along with Guru, he was half of the seminal duo Gang Starr. With Nas, he produced three of the tracks off Illmatic, one of the great classic records of the golden era.
Rich Homie Quan told us on his first mixtape, in 2012, I Go In On Every Song. Next came Still Goin' In and Still Goin' In (Reloaded). Then, after releasing a joint tape with Gucci, Quan made his message clearer than ever with I Promise I Will Never Stop Going In.
Expectations are high for both Drake's "Would You Like A Tour" and Kanye West's "Yeezus" tour, which kick off this weekend, so we've decided to take a look back at some of the most iconic hip hop tours in history.
Trolling is an art form as much as rapping, and some rappers are better at it than others. It has nothing to do with rapping proficiency. When Meek Mill tweeted out a fake Drake diss track last night, he exposed himself as someone for whom trolling does not come naturally.
The majority of the information we've gotten from the Lil Wayne / Birdman beef that began last December has come from Weezy's camp. He was the one who started things by tweeting that Cash Money was refusing to release Tha Carter V, and since then, lawsuits, diss tracks and onstage insults have followed, all of which have gone unanswered by Stunna.
Before all of the bad press, the head tattoos, and the kiss with Lil Wayne, Birdman was just Bryan Williams. Born in New Orleans in 1969, the rapper first made waves in the mainstream with Mannie Fresh as the duo Big Tymers.
Art is often a collaborative process. Hip-hop is no exception. You know that feeling you get when two of your favorite artists work together? It’s amazing, right? We need to pursue that feeling. Some people were just meant to work together, and sometimes they need us to remind them of this. Today we’re going through a list of collaboration albums that we, as a hip-hop community, need.