We've put together 10 of our own pitches for the 2015 XXL Freshman Issue.
It has clearly been a tough year for rappers when it comes to love. In 2014, we saw some very long-term relationships, marriages and short flings sadly come to an end, some of which were really unexpected.
Today most celebrities are either double or triple threats, expanding their careers into other forms of the entertainment world. Rappers are no exception to this surge of multi-talented public figures and have been a part of the growth for sometime now. As far as additional career ventures many of these eminent figures in hip hop have undertaken acting.
The first few months of 2013 passed with the hip-hop game in limbo, with a severe lack of albums that sparked everyone's attention. Weezys tenth album, I Am Not A Human Being II, was mediocre compared to his previous projects, A$AP Rocky's album, despite being exceptional was leaked late last year, weeks before its release date; several artists pushed their album release dates back extinguishin
Brooklyn-born Anthony Cruz isn't one of the 10 greatest rappers of all time. He hasn't released a platinum record and most of his accolades are due to a relationship with Nas. However, most critics who know their stuff will tell you that AZ is vastly underrated, and even albums like Illmatic would have suffered had he never picked up the mic.
With Thanksgiving being today, we're sure all our HNHH viewers and rappers alike will be stuffing their faces to their heart's content, as it's pretty much law on Thanksgiving. In celebration of all the good food you will be receiving, we decided to compile a bunch of photos rappers' enjoying their food! Who doesn't love digging into a delicious meal?
Death Row Records had quite the run in the 90s. Picking up where N.W.A left off, Suge Knight assembled an all-star crew that would come to epitomize the West Coast hip-hop sound, along with bringing it to popularity. 2Pac, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg and others dropped classic after classic on the controversial label.
Don't get me wrong, I love Hip Hop. Like, I really love Hip Hop. Eat it, breathe it, sleep it, kind of thing. But just like anything else, there's always improvements to be made. If we're simply satisfied with the genre just as it is, we'll get complacent, and the quality will suffer.
Tyler, the Creator turns 22 today and with a discography three albums deep, countless songs he's produced for and (according to him) sixteen videos he's directed to date, it's hard to think of the Odd Future leader as being so young. His career has risen dramatically in the last two years and he continues to defy odds and critics alike with his explicit lyrics, alter-egos but overall genius.
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
Social media has become inseparable from today's society. Outlets such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are used constantly worldwide, and have become the main methods of direct communication between individuals the world over.
After covering rappers and a producer in our first couple instalments of Top 10, we decided to combine the two for this week's. In the past decade especially, the producer credit has gotten it's fair share of the spotlight, whereas before, the role was much more in the background. With increased exposure, comes increased opportunity to capitalize on it.
At the beginning of October we heard DJ Premier confirm that he will produce a full Nas album one day-- which got us excited, and also got us thinking about what other albums we're really, really hoping will drop in the not-so-distant future.
With the relentless expansion of the Internet and the rise of social media, mass exposure is accessible to more artists than ever before, for better or worse. Each new year gives rise to new artists, as well as older artists attempting to reinvent themselves in the digital age. Of this ever-growing yield there are artists that stand out,
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.
What a week it has been in hip-hop. It's a week that got kicked off with tragedy. It's going to take some time for the wound that A$AP Yams left us to heal.But the game still continues just like he would've wanted. The back half of January saw strong releases from Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$. Lil Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait 2 has gotten a mixed response, but at least one rapper approves.
We find the winter upon us, for most sooner than expected. Looking back on both the summer and the fall, its crazy how fast time flies. During this time we’ve seen a bunch of artists drop some memorable projects. On the flipside we’ve also hoped to hear from certain artists a little bit more, but this wasn’t the case.
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 25 most played, focusing on those that stood out, and left room for discussion.
Because so many people are out in the streets flexin' and doing it for the gram, hip hop artists included, it was only right that HNHH decided to bring a new feature, "28 Grams: Hip Hop Instagram Recap".
2013 was a great year for hip-hop fans. Pusha T finally released his long-awaited debut album My Name Is My Name and did not disappoint his fans. Kanye West christened himself a deity with Yeezus. J. Cole went back to his roots with his sophomore album Born Sinner and proved that Jay Z and Roc Nation were right in signing him.
"You a servant in my world, the rap gods curse you / When Judgement Day's upon you, reality's a virtue."-Danny Brown, #HottestMCThere's quite a bit of repetition in the game these days, and specific lyrics tend to get overlooked (with the exception of new Drake material). This is an opportunity to take a closer listen and really consider what these artists have to say.
Hip-Hop emerged out of a collective struggle against oppression, poverty, and pain. Recently, rappers have been teaming up in order to promote an end to police brutality, even raising money for victims like Mike Brown, and spreading digital campaigns to promote awareness of the issue.
Labor Day has dawned and it can now be considered official, summer is at a close. Sure the heat wave might hold for awhile, but the season will soon become Fall. With that said, we here at HotNewHipHop have compiled a list of the free-for-download mixtapes
Take note, aspiring rappers - if you create a single that's both catchy and infectious enough to catch the ear of the mainstream, you could be thrust into the limelight sooner than you think (establishing connections doesn't hurt, either).
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