15 Of Big L's Best Lines

Last Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of hip hop legend Big L’s untimely death. The Harlem rapper helped propel the strong New York hip hop movement in the nineties, and collaborated with...

  • 15 Of Big L's Best Lines
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    Last Saturday marked the 15th anniversary of hip hop legend Big L’s untimely death. The Harlem rapper helped propel the strong New York hip hop movement in the nineties, and collaborated with dozens of artists including a young Jay-Z, Tupac, Fat Joe. Today we decided to make our throwback record his lethal collaboration with Pac, "Deadly Combination", but we're taking things one step...
  • Damn Son, Where'd You Find This: 10 Unexpected Samples In Hip-Hop
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    When sampling, producers usually try to find obscure and/or rare source material to draw from, both because they don't want listeners to associate their final product with a song they already know, and because they'd likely to avoid copyright issues. But sometimes, out-of-the-box ideas will come to fruition, and lead producers to sample from well-known, but unexpected places.  These 10...
  • 13 Rappers Featured On Reality TV
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    Reality television shows became popular after the launch of MTV’s The Real World in 1992. Then came the wildly well liked Survivor and Big Brother, and from then on reality tv has been infiltrating our televisions sets. With the reality television trend comes other trends, such as rappers who have their own reality shows or are featured in them. One of the first reality shows that starred...
  • 10 Hip-Hop Artists Who Blew Up Off A Mixtape
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    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...
  • Always Strive And Prosper: A$AP Yams' Quotes To Live By
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    On Sunday January 18, 2015, the hip-hop community lost yet another young genius. Steven Rodriguez, better known as A$AP Yams, died suddenly at the age of 26.  Yams leaves behind an unparalleled passion and business savvy. He was the type of person who used his success to help make others successful. He believed that everyone should Always Strive And Prosper. He lived by those words. He also...
  • 11 Best Drake "Nothing Was The Same" Memes
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    Drake unveiled the artwork for the standard and deluxe editions of his new album Nothing Was The Same this past week. As with all things Drake, memes soon ensued. Like with Drizzy's Take Care art, people were polarized with their thoughts on it. Is it dope? Is it weird? Is it art? We'll let you have that discussion in the comments. For now, click through some of the best memes we found...
  • 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...
  • Mood Music: Hip-Hop/R&B Songs For Every Mood
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    Whether you're feeling mad, or high, or anxious, or sexy, or you just got paid, or you wanna turn up, or get inspired, or well, anything, HotNewHipHop has you covered. Just in time for the weekend, whatever your plans may be, we've got music for every situation and/or mood. We like our readers to feel supported and understood, and nothing is more effective than music. Now, we...
  • 10 Essential OG Maco Tracks
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    OG Maco is a really interesting, rising star in the rap scene. His music video "U Guessed It" garnered 21 million plays on YouTube since it was uploaded five months ago, and he has been on everyone's mind ever since. While his style can be pinned down as aggressive staccato rapping, OG Maco keeps us guessing. His Breathe EP is surprisingly well-spoken and intelligent, as the young ATLien raps...
  • Most Entertaining Rappers On Instagram
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    Like all social media platforms, Instagram has become a hugely popular device not only for the average person but for celebrities and entertainers as well. In this day and age, a person's worth can be determined by how many people like their Insta photo or Facebook status. For rappers and entertainers, a social media channel like Instagram is the perfect way to connect with fans and become more...
  • TBT: Devin The Dude
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    Devin The Dude has come a long way in his 20+ year rap career. Starting out in the Odd Squad (who later changed their name to Coughee Brothaz), Devin went on to release 8 solo albums from 1998-2013. He's still around, collaborating with the likes of King Chip, Snoop Dogg and Daz Dillinger in 2014, but it definitely seems that he has slowed down a little bit since his glory days. And he...
  • #TBT: Early Busta Rhymes
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    Before Busta Rhymes was jacked, he was skinny. Before he was bald, he had dreadlocks. Before he was collaborating with Lil Wayne, he was with the likes of Q-Tip and J Dilla. Busta Rhymes has released 9 studio albums over his prolific career, and his earlier work is regarded as some of the best from the late 90s era of hip-hop. Albums like The Coming, When Disaster Strikes, ELE: The Final...
  • 15 Unexpected Yet Dope Collaborations
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    Some combos are classic like peanut butter and jelly or Oreos and milk or Cory and Shawn, and some take more getting used to, like chocolate and bacon, or french fries with a Frosty, or Jessica and Roger Rabbit. The idea of our favorite artists breaking genre barriers and doing collaborations together can be unexpected, even downright shocking, and like some combinations (mustard and...
  • Tory Lanez Lists His Top 10 Most Influential Songs
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    The other week the kid Tory Lanez stopped by our office for an interview. It was about time the HNHH readers got better acquainted with the rising rapper, who recently debuted his Lost Cause mixtape exclusively on HNHH and wrapped up his "Lost Cause" tour. The Toronto native opened up in our interview, discussing his upbringing and the loss of his mom, his behind-the-scenes work, and much more....
  • Top 15 Star Wars References In Hip-Hop
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    The teaser trailer for the first new Star Wars movie in nearly a decade dropped on Thanksgiving Day and we all began to process it in stages. First, we had to get all the cross-joint/lightsaber jokes out our system. Then, we had to deal with a bunch of low-key racist nerds who couldn’t handle the idea of a black Stormtrooper. Finally, we had to learn to cope with the crushing...
  • Second Chances: Rappers Who've Been Shot & Survived
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    Not only is the rap game stressful, it can be dangerous as well.  Of all the emcees that rap about (and glamorize) gun violence, very few of them are actually about that life, but that doesn't mean they don't get caught up in it from time to time. We've compiled a list of 15 rappers that have been fired on and lived to tell the tale. Some cases may be more severe than others, but whether...
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