The hottest 15 beats of 2015.
Drums are to a rap song what shoes are to an outfit. Even the flyest of threads are rendered whack if paired with white Asics. Conversely, a tuxedo T-shirt and basketball shorts has great potential, if paired with Griffey high tops.
Young Thug dropped off his follow up to his 1017 Thug mixtape the other week, 1017 Thug 2. The album contained ten new records available to stream, as well as some conversation-starting cover artwork.
The Oliver El Khatib-Drake-Noah "40" Shebib triumvirate dropped a quartet of bombs during Saturday's episode of OVO Sound Radio: PND's "No Feelings" feat. Travi$ Scott and Drake's "Hotline Bling (Cha Cha Remix)," "Right Hand," & "Charged Up."
Here's an unexpected collaboration: Childish Gambino, who hasn't released anything this year, will team with Summertime '06 rapper Vince Staples for a single off the soundtrack to the upcoming film "Creed."
Chance the Rapper's collaboration game is on point. After linking up with Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment for Surf, Donald Glover sniping on Twitter that him and Chance have a EP in the works, and his recently announced collab with Kanye West, Chance is now saying he made a whole project with Lil B.
In 2015, the big bucks come from touring. Just ask Katy Perry, who grossed over $2 million per show during her Prismatic World Tour. With $135 million earned in 2015, she is the year's highest-paid musician and the highest-paid celebrity of anyone not named Floyd Mayweather or Manny Pacquiao.
Richard Sherman's trash talking performance in the NFC Championship game has been the talk of the sports world leading up to the Super Bowl. Trash talk is a huge part of professional sports, especially in the NBA.
Back in May, Young Buck's probation officer came forward with the claim that he had seen the rapper using "a tube to shoot a 'yellow substance' into his drug testing cup," and now Buck's being charged with a felony for doing so.
Would you believe that Jay Rock has been signed to Top Dawg Entertainment for ten years? They say Rome wasn’t built in a day, and apparently TDE wasn’t either, because Anthony Tiffith and his group of MCs have been hacking at this hip hop thing for a while now.
2015 has been good to young North Philly rapper Lil Uzi Vert. He's released a smattering of cuts, keeping his day one fans happy while he prepped his big project, and picked up quite a few new fans along the way, including noted hat designer/tastemaker/party mastermind 40 Oz Van. This morning, Lil Uzi finally dropped his much-anticipated project Luv is Rage.
In the caption of an Instagram video, Cam'ron hinted at plans to retire after his upcoming album Purple Haze 2 drops this summer.
Ice T's 19 year old grandson, Elyjah Marrow, has been arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter after he accidentally shot and killed his roommate. TMZ reports that police said that Marrow was "fiddling with a handgun" when it went off, fatally wounding Daryus Johnson, who was also 19.
Album sales don't move as fast as they used to, but the biggest releases do manage to hit gold within a year, with a very select few making it to platinum status. The two most recent 2015 releases to get gold certification from the RIAA (which is measured on a different scale than Nielsen Soundscan, and doesn't include streams) are Dr.
Hailing from Gary, Indiana, Freddie Gibbs moved to Los Angeles in 2006 after he signed to Interscope Records. Things didn't work out with Interscope and Gibbs inked a deal with Young Jeezy's CTE label. Things didn't work out there either, but with the help of Madlib, Freddie Gibbs was on the tip of everyone's tongue last year, and founded his own imprint, ESGN.
A story has been circulating that LeBron James’ mother, Gloria, is dating a Miami-area rapper named Lambo. The reason it has so many people talking is because of the age difference of the two. Gloria is 44 years old, while her beau is just a few years older than LeBron at 31. Lambo has been posting various pictures of him and Gloria being close, and even hanging out with LBJ and the kids.
1990s rapper, MC Supreme, was killed in a car crash this past weekend in Malibu. Supreme, real name Dewayne Coleman, was 47-years old.
On September 7, up-and-coming Detroit rapper Dex Osama was shot and killed outside of a Crazy Horse strip club in Detroit. Two men have now been charged for his murder.
As someone who's put out quite a bit of music as a solo artist but will always be better known as a label head and mogul, Diddy seems to use his albums as showrooms for his expansive rolodex and impeccable taste.
Ever since Casey Veggies stepped onto the rap scene back in 2007, he's been stuck in the middle. Despite his diehard fans and devout supporters who may rank him higher out of bias, in the eyes of the larger hip-hop listenership, Veggies has always been placed in a middle tier, stuck in a sort of hip-hop limbo, neither advancing nor retreating.
1017 Brick Squad artist Peewee Longway was arrested on Sunday, August 31st, for illegal possession of a controlled substance and first degree possession of marijuana. Reported by XXL, the rapper was booked to perform at The Luxe Bar & Grill in Montgomery, AL, but police officers detained him before he could reach his destination.
GoldLink just shared his new record "Dark Skinned Women," and just when you felt his new album And After That, We Didn’t Talk couldn't get any closer, he's bumped up the release date.Originally scheduled to drop on November 13th, the album will now impact this Friday, November 6th.
Another album released a day early? After Tyler, The Creator and others dropped their projects a day before the originally-announced date, Young Thug has followed suit with Barter 6. The album's just shown up on iTunes, although it might only be available to purchase in New Zealand for the time being.
A video of Meek Mill performing at Made In America fest is travelling around twitter real quick today, and so far, the knee jerk reaction is that Meek dissed his regular collaborator, Future. While that seems like an overly simplistic reading of what Meek said during his set yesterday, the way he talked about Future's music did seem a bit dismissive.
Snoop Dogg guested on Dr. Dre's Beats 1 radio show "The Pharmacy" last night (Oct. 10), and as the legendary duo reminisced about their classic collaborations, Dre spoke of a wild concoction that he wants to employ in the future.
Much of Soulja Boy's Instagram comprises of photos/videos of the rapper zooming around his mansion on his hoverboard. He sells branded "Souljaboards" for $1,500 on his online store. According to a BuzzFeed News report, Soulja Boy has been scammed out $175,000 by hoverboard purchasers using fraudulent credit cards.
If you've been on HotNewHipHop at all today, you've probably noticed the diss record towards Lil Durk and 40 Glocc, sent from Tyga and Game.
Lupe Fiasco Readies New Mixtape "Lost In The Atlantic Ocean" [Update: Artwork Revealed] | 26,189 Views
It looks like Lupe Fiasco is back at war again with Atlantic Records.
With summer in full effect, we've decided to pay homage to the best season of the year by collecting an array of photos featuring some of your favorite hip-hop ladies in nothing but their bikini.
Future is one of the hottest rappers out, and part of that has to do with the sheer volume of music he's released in the last year -- but it wouldn't mean anything if the quality wasn't there too.
August Alsina let go of the official artwork for his major label debut, Testimony, back in February, and now he's given us the official tracklist for the effort. The project, which will be released April 15th through Def Jam, comes complete with plenty of notable features from the likes of Jeezy, Pusha T, Fabolous, Yo Gotti, Rick Ross, Trinidad James, B.O.B. and Yo Gotti.