10 Independent Rap Labels On The Rise

We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control...

  • 10 Independent Rap Labels On The Rise
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    We're in midst of a major shift in hip-hop right now, where rappers are taking matters into their own hands. Major labels like Interscope, Def Jam, and Atlantic Records seem to be having less control over their artists. The tide is changing, and the result is a mainly positive one. Fans are receiving music how they want, when they want, from their favorite artists without the major-label...
  • 25 Clever Lines From Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter" Series
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    Although Lil Wayne seems to be very M.I.A. as of late (apart from being featured on a few random tracks here and there) there is hope of new Lil Wayne material on the way. And what's more, it'll be off Tha Carter V. Mel Smith, the Senior VP of Promotions at Cash Money Records, sparked some buzz recently when he tweeted that new music off Carter 5 was “coming soon”. How soon is soon?...
  • 10 Collaboration Albums We Need
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    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....
  • Top 10: Meanest Funk Flex Freestyles
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    Forget mixtapes and albums, some of the hottest verses in hip hop come right from the offices of Hot 97 via Funkmaster Flex's famous freestyle sessions. Whether artists go right off the dome, kick something they plan on using later, or a combination of both, rappers always bring their A-game for Flex. His high energy demeanor and top notch ad-libs only add to the turnt up atmosphere, making every...
  • 5 Christian Hip-Hop Artists Infiltrating The Mainstream
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    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...
  • Internet Rap Sensations
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    “Internet rapper” has generally forever been considered a negative term. In the eyes of many core hip-hop heads, being real life-hot is always more favorable than being internet-hot. Often, however, it’s the opposite that’s true. “Bad publicity” may not even exist anymore. In today’s day and age, if rappers aren’t routinely mentioned on the...
  • Major Money: Rappers Who Signed Million-Dollar Deals
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    What most music fans don’t know is that a major record label deal is not guaranteed change in your pocket. A recording contract is essentially a legal agreement which allows the record label to exploit an artist’s work through recorded material. This includes the album’s release, promotion, marketing, sales… you name it. The price tag set on the deal merely highlights the...
  • The Hottest Nicki Minaj GIFS From Nelly's "Get Like Me" Video
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    Nelly has been teasing fans with the visual for his single "Get Like Me" for awhile now, and he was finally ready to release the Colin Tilley-directed video to the world yesterday. And it appears the world enjoyed it. "Get Like Me" is one of the instances where the visual really helps bring the song to a new level, you may actually like the song more after watching the music video. Undoubtedly...
  • 50 Crazy Eminem Verses
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    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. This makes combing through his work...
  • Top 30 Mixtape Weezy Tracks
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    Mixtape Weezy-- somewhat of a legendary title that continues to be cited as the rapper's hungriest and most engaging form. With the release of Dedication 5, the discussion about this particular brand of Wayne was rampant once again. Was Mixtape Weezy back? or was D5 just more of the same recycled punchlines we've been hearing from his last few releases? A consensus was not made, and seldom is...
  • 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (July 25)
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    July is steadily coming to a close and the steady stream of Nicki Minaj verses continues. After appearing on the remix to August Alsina's "No Love," she prepping the release her next single, "Anaconda." The collaboration has a few wondering if they were messing around together, which makes "Anaconda" an unfortunate title — Twitter has no chill remember? The rap game doesn't...
  • Top Tracks Of The Week: Aug. 18-24
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    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 cataloging the most POPULAR songs on the site, for some of the more overlooked tracks, check out Underrated Audio. This...
  • 20 Most Fashionable Rappers Through The Decades
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    In celebration of the contribution hip-hop has made to fashion, HotNewHipHop will look at the 20 most fashionable rappers of all time through the decades, from the 1980s to the present, from shelltoe Adidas and gold chains, Coogi sweaters and shiny suits. From perfectly-angled fitteds to pink minks, Louis Vuitton Dons to Ice Creams and Chuck Taylors to Adidas with Wings. From Versace to Tommy...
  • It's Yo Birthday: 25 Best Mac Miller Tracks
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    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...
  • Rappers Who Were Born Rich
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    Many hip-hop artists have rapped about life experiences like starting from the bottom, the struggle and the drug game. The come-up story has always been a selling point for many artists through the years. Some of your favorites like Lil Wayne, B.I.G., Jay Z, Nas, 50 Cent, and more have experienced this and have shared it through their music. However, there is a new trend popping up in hip-hop...
  • 15 Rappers To Dress Up As For Halloween
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    Stuck for ideas of what to dress up as for Halloween?  Don’t worry, HNHH has you covered as we’ve compiled a list of 15 Rappers To Dress Up As For Halloween.  It’s a time where the rules are a bit more relaxed and you can get away with doing and wearing some things that normally would be frowned upon.  In hip hop, there are plenty of rappers who live like this everyday which...
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