Sep 24, 2013
Nothing shows the colossal growth of hip-hop and rap music over the last 40 years than its prevalence in video games. What could only be seen has an odd pairing at best has turned into one of the most successful cross-cultural relationships in entertainment.
You have video games, a burgeoning subculture on its own, and the stereotypical pass time of the basement-dweller; and rap, the ostracized...
Dec 25, 2013
To help you celebrate your Christmas while maintaing the hip-hop on your playlist, we're providing you with 20 jams that have surfaced over the years, from vintage to brand new, that all contain a reference to today in some way or another.
Some of these records celebrate the true meaning of Christmas while others detail what it's like to celebrate the holiday when you're in the ghetto. Click...
Nov 13, 2013
Eminem took things back to basics on his new LP. The Detroit rapper recruited one of Hip Hop's pioneers, Rick Rubin, to help him channel some classic sounds and ideas, many of which came through sampling.
The late 80s era of hip hop they pull from is well-represented in plenty of small vocal snippets and interpolations not instantly evident to the casual rap listener. Many of the musical...
Sep 27, 2013
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...
Many emcees (especially those in the limelight) display an appreciation for the finer things in life, and art is no exception. Although a less common source of inspiration, you will catch the occasional fine art reference in rap music, Jay Z's "Picasso Baby" being only the most recent example.
The New Oxford American Dictionary denies fine art as "creative art, especially visual art, whose...
Aug 13, 2013
By now you've probably all listened to the dope new leak from Big Sean, "Control (HOF)" which features Kendrick Lamar and Jay Electronica. While all three rappers are undoubtedly talented, K. Dot definitely took all the shine with this one and ran with it.
The verse is the talk of the web this morning, so we've scouted out what some of your favorite rappers had to say about it. Kendrick is,...
Graffiti is obviously a staple to the hip-hop culture, but artwork in general is just as important. While some rappers prefer a badly photo-shopped cover for their mixtape, we do have instances of dope artwork being used by rappers for album and mixtape covers, and that makes the project that much more engaging.
Today we've collected an assortment of artwork which drew inspiration from a...
Have you ever scrolled through Instagram and instantly burst 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.
Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop...
Dissecting the foibles of the hip hop community as expressed in under 140 characters on Twitter. Not just used as a device to flood people's timelines with your new track, album, video, or clothing line, sometimes rappers truly channel the unfiltered interaction with fans.
Each week we take a look at some of the most memorable twitter moments from some of the genres biggest personalities.
Jan 16, 2014
13 years ago, Aaliyah was tragically killed in a plane crash at the tender age of 22 when returning from the Bahamas after shooting the video for “Rock The Boat.” Her death deeply affected her fans and the hip-hop community at large.
Aaliyah made a name for herself in R&B and hip-hop producing hit upon hit, often blending the two genres together-- something we see a lot of in...
This 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 10 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
Once again, this particular feature is cataloguing the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio.
Sep 23, 2013
Drake's album is officially dropping tomorrow, September 24th. Nonetheless the early leak of Nothing Was The Same has given us all enough time to go through the album from start to finish, and properly digest all the lyrics, beats, and Drake-isms.
Part of any good Drizzy album are the quotables-- and here we've gone through and found the most Drake-worthy ones-- you know, the type of shit that...
Nov 28, 2012
Having released five albums to date, Trey Songz is extremely popular due to his radio-friendly hits and his ability to capture the entire male genders emotions on songs. Most of Trigga's hits are songs that showcase his lyrical ability to grasp the emotional ties between a guy and his girl. Not to mention, he makes some great songs to dance to at the club. On his 28th birthday, we've broken down...
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...
Sep 28, 2013
There's definitely been an influx of songs dedicated to rappers' favorite brands in the last year or two, but it's been happening forever. Whether it's the designer labels of Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, or casual sportswear like Nike or FILA, emcees have always made a point of shouting out what they wear. So without further ado, check out our list of 20 of the most memorable odes to brand names!
Oct 18, 2013
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.
While there are plenty of festivals and performances that will never be forgotten, we're focusing solely on tours, from Yeezy and Jay Z's Watch The Throne stint, to Diddy's No Way Out,...