A look back at the Roc-A-Fella Chain
Chaining days have always been a great ritual in hip-hop. So much so, that Kanye West made it the grande finale of his music video for "Through The Wire", his first major single. Last night bossman Jay Z of ROCNATION presented J. Cole with an original Roc-A-Fella chain. A sign of respect and gift for the 29th birthday of the rapper. Do you remember who else has a Roc-A-Fella chain?
As reported by MissInfo, Kanye West took a minute to celebrate his birthday with friends before a performance at the Governors Ball in New York City last night. Those in attendance at the private birthday dinner at Miss Lilly’s included Nas, Jay-Z, Beyoncé, Jonathan Cheban, Scott Disick, David Blaine, actor and comedian Aziz Ansari and Kanye’s former A&R Plain Pat.
Hot 97's Summer Jam 2014 took over New Jersery's Met Life stadium last night, with plenty of rappers and artists gathering there for the event, some tapped specifically by Hot 97, some surprise performers, and some, like Rihanna and Fat Joe, were just there to take it all in.
Tory Lanez's big single "Say It" continues to garner radio play, while the rapper is currently on the road for his Swave Nation tour. As his fanbase broadens, it's warranted more and more press, not to mention, some really important features-- from G-Eazy to Meek Mill to Freddie Gibbs, everyone's been tapping Fargo.
For no particular reason other than the fact that animals are fucking cute, we present to you a photo list of rappers chilling with a variety of animals. From the most common, dogs, to baby tigers, penguins, dolphins, parrots and cats, rappers show love for all species, and they also show that no one's too cool for some one-on-one animal time.
This past weekend was festival heavy. Festivals were going down across North America, from Lollapalooza in Chicago, to HARD Fest in California, to OVO Fest in Toronto, and finally Osheaga in Montreal. Most have wrapped up by now, apart from OVO which sees its final day of festivities today.
Leading up to Christmas we saw a lot of rappers and singers get into the spirit of things, by giving back to the needy, spending time with family, holiday shopping etc., much of which was documented on Twitter and Instagram. On the day of, many of artists flew home to wherever that might be, and relaxed while opening up presents with their loved ones.
Rock The Bells hit Los Angeles over the weekend to kick off the festival, and HotNewHipHop was in attendance. The L.A. line-up included Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky and his Mob, J. Cole, the Black Hippy crew and many, many more. For a small taste of what the event was like, peep the photos in the gallery above. Will you be attending Rock The Bells in San Francisco, New York or Washingotn, D.C.?
Photo: Drake & Mase Collaborating? [Update: More Drake Rumors, Reportedly Dropping "Official Single" Tomorrow] | 1,030 Views
Drake is currently at work on his new album Nothing Was The Same, which is scheduled to drop in September. Last week he provided us with a single that features 2 Chainz and Big Sean, but is there a Mase-featured single in the works?
Ciara just got hitched to Future, but their relationship is more than just romance. Future was an integral part of the writing of CiCi's recent hit "Body Party," which was one of a few topics the singer touched on in her new interview with GQ. Ciara also spoke of the feel she was going for on her new single "Overdose," as well as providing some dance tips for the confused men of the world.
Hip-hop and fashion have always been linked in some shape or form. Currently, some of the biggest names in the rap industry, as well as some of the up and comers, are considered style icons and extremely influential.
After announcing an official collaboration early last week, Kanye West and A.P.C.'s "A.P.C. Kanye Capsule" collection has been made available online. The minimalist mens line consists of two basic long-sleeve hoodies, one short-sleeved hoody, two pairs of Japanese selvedge denim jeans and three T-shirts, including one featuring a BEEN TRILL graphic.
Last night, the HNHH-sponsored CMJ Takeover went down at Santos House Party in NYC. Although we only really announced the event a day prior, fans came out in hoards, likely for the headliner, Jay Electronica. The reclusive rapper killed his set, but not before proclaiming, "My name is Jay Electronica. I'm from New Orleans, Louisana.
BTS Photos: Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Usher, Ludacris, & Nelly At So So Def 20th Anniversary Show | 60 Views
Last night, Jermaine Dupri organized an event to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his label So So def. Many artists from the label performed, including Bow Wow, Da Brat, Anthony Hamilton, Dondria, Jagged Edge, Xscape, and more.
Everyone was baby-faced at some point in their life. Rappers are no different. We decided to do some digging and found twenty-seven photos of various different rappers as the young'ns they once were. Albeit, some of these rappers are still young, but they're not THIS young anymore.
Big Sean and his girlfriend Naya Rivera stopped by photographer Terry Richardson's studio the other day to strike a few poses and take a few photos. Big Sean, who arrived in a Detroit Red Wings jersey, was soon shirtless while his girlfriend kept on short shorts and a very cropped tank top. Peep flicks from their photo shoot in the gallery above.
Photos: Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Iggy Azalea, Eminem & More Attend MTV Movie Awards 2014 | 23,067 Views
After a busy weekend full of partying for Coachella 2014, the MTV Movie Awards went down live last night, hosted by Conan O'Brien. The event isn't strictly hip-hop, but nonetheless some of our favorite rap chicks made an appearance at the awards ceremony.
Photos: Fabolous, ILoveMakonnen, A$AP Ferg, Post Malone & More At Fool's Gold Day Off NYC | 5,305 Views
Fool's Gold took over Labor Day in New York yesterday, adopting it as their own Day Off. Although Labor Day weekend is bitter-sweet, since it basically signals the fact that summer is over ):, Fool's Gold made the most of it by rounding up a mix of NYC-based rappers and artists abroad, to perform live at the Inlet.
Alicia Keys' birthday was a week ago, and she took the opportunity to release a remix of her "Brand New Me" single to show appreciation for fan love.She shot a video for it yesterday in Brooklyn with Jada Pinkett Smith. Keys rocked camo and they both wore Reeboks designed by her. Expect minimalist visuals. A$AP Rocky is supposed to make an
French Montana recently revealed that the reason upcoming album, Excuse My French, was pushed back was due to a last-minute single switch up. French pushed for the bizzare dancehall-fusion track, "Freaks", with Nicki Minaj as the second official single for the album. While French insisted the track was destined to top the charts, reactions have been mixed.
HotNewHipHop was on site and front stage at Hot 97's Summer Jam 2012. Notwithstanding the debacle surrounding Nicki Minaj's no-show, the impressive lineup included Rick Ross, Tyga, Meek Mill, Big Sean, Waka Flocka, Nas, Lauryn Hill, French Montana, Young Jeezy and many more.
Chicago native, Dwyane Wade is selling the condo he owns in his hometown for $1.8 million. The 3900 square foot townhome has 4 beds, 3.5 bedrooms, and is located not far from domestic locations such as a Whole Foods about a mile out, and great places for entertaining like V.I.P.'s Gentleman's club less than 2 miles away.
One young lucky Lakers fan had a great night on Friday. Not only did he get courtside seats to watch the Lakers take on one of the league's most exciting teams, the Golden State Warriors, but he was fortunate enough to sit beside Rihanna.
The current darlings of the NBA are the Golden State Warriors, who are making only their second playoff run in twenty years. Powered by the incredible play of Stephen Curry, the Dubs picked up the slack as a team yesterday and were able to gut out an overtime win over the Spurs. Atmosphere at Oracle was electric. This run has even brought Dave Chappelle out, who was donning the gold shirt and
In 2004, Shaq sold his Beverly Hills mansion to a Japanese pop star for $6.4 million, this came after the Lakers decided to keep Kobe Bryant and trade O’Neal to the Miami Heat. Apparently, listing this house on the market was the first sign that Diesel was done in Lakerland. Now the current owner, Kyosuke Himoru (real name, Osamu Teranishi), is looking to sell the 9,752 square foot mansion th
With performances from Miguel, Wiz Khalifa, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, an ensemble tribute to Bob Marley and Justin Timberlake's return to the Grammy stage, the night saw wins from Frank Ocean, Drake, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lecrae, Usher and more. Check out some highlight photos from the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, including red carpet, floor, on-stage and performance pics below.
Big Sean has talked about collaborating with his fellow Detroit emcee, Eminem, for quite some time now. It looks like the two finally locked in studio time together alongside Royce Da 5'9", not to mention, Big Sean also got some solo time in with Royce Da 5'9".
Jay-Z & Beyonce celebrated their 5-year anniversary (which lands on April 4th) by taking a trip to Havana, Cuba, this past week.The couple celebrated their anniversary in Cuba as tourists (although that's not techinically legal for U.S.