9 Ways Hip Hop Artists Have Reacted To Recent Violence
The fiber of the American people has been tested over the course of the last two weeks, in which four incidents of terrible violence have prompted wide-spread protests and rapidly deteriorating race relations. July 5: Alton Sterling is shot and killed at the hands of two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana July 6: Philando Castile is shot and killed by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota July 7: Five police officers are shot and killed at a protest in Dallas. July 17: Three police officers are shot and killed in Baton Rouge, LA.
Staff Picks Playlist (July 8)
This week was dominated more by saddening news stories than it was by music, but the social outcry regarding the many innocent lives that were taken in the past week have also resulted directly in new music-- it's bittersweet, obviously. With plenty of artists hitting the booth to give their own take on the tense social climate, we definitely didn't lack in songs this past week.
Big K.R.I.T. Announces Departure From Def Jam Records
Following today’s unique rollout strategy from Big K.R.I.T., which saw him dropping a new freestyle every hour leading up to midnight, the Mississippi artist decided to end the evening with a major announcement. Taking to his twitter account after his last freestyle, Krit decided to announce that he is no longer a member of Def Jam Records, and that he’ll presumably being taking the independent route. Thanking his fans & peers along the way, Krizzle had the following message to say…
Big K.R.I.T. Is Releasing 12 Freestyles Today
Big K.R.I.T. fans are in for a huge treat today. Krizzle casually announced that he'll be releasing one freestyle every hour, on the hour, from noon until midnight. He's calling it #12FOR12. No word what compelled him to release new music in this fashion rather than as an ordinary mixtape. We're not complaining.
Stream Azizi Gibson's "A New Life" Feat. Big K.R.I.T., Southside & More
Azizi Gibson gained a legion of new fans with the first few tracks he dropped this year, including a menacing tribute to DJ Khaled as well as an unexpectedly melancholic collab with DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia.
Get The Guap: Songs To Motivate Your Money Hustle
It's Monday morning, and you're reading this. Clearly you need to get off your ass and get money. We empathize. We're here to help.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 13)
Yo guys. It's Friday the 13th. Has any spooky shit happened yet? As you head into the weekend, with plenty of new albums to stream/download (Ty Dolla $ign aka our digital cover star, Logic, Jeezy, Skeme...), we've compiled our weekly Staff Picks playlist for your listening pleasure.
Adele Goes Hip-Hop: 10 Tracks That Sample Her Music
With her new album slated for release later this month, Adele's name is on the tip of everybody's tongue. 25, the third and final album of the singer-songwriter's 'age' series, will be released on November 20th via XL Recordings (and Columbia in the United States). The record will follow up 2011's 21.
12 Self-Produced Hip Hop Albums to Hear
MCs and producers are traditionally two different people, but occasionally the hip hop world is blessed with an artist that can play both roles. Dr. Dre once claimed to be a "a producer who can rap and control the maestro," and when he said it, there weren't a whole bunch of dudes who were capable of doing it. Since then, artists like MF DOOM, Kanye West, and J. Cole have made some serious beats, and then blessed them with their own flow.
Review: Big K.R.I.T.'s "It's Better This Way"
Big K.R.I.T. keeps busy, man.
Big K.R.I.T. Says New Project Coming "Very Soon"
The BET Hip-Hop Awards red carpet is always a busy affair, and while most artists stopped by for a quick shout out, we managed to get more than a few words in with Big K.R.I.T. Krizzle, who has been on the road for his "Kritically Acclaimed" tour, teased fans about a new project, which could drop any day now.
BET Hip Hop Awards 2015 Green Carpet Interviews: T-Pain, DeJ, Esco, & More
The heat index pushed 100 at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta. T-Pain was sweltering in his red leather suit jacket. "I'm sooooo hot," he said. HNHH's own S. WHiT endured the heat as she held it down on the green carpet before the show, interviewing 16 rappers, producers, and industry power players, including DeJ Loaf, Big K.R.I.T, Redman, Casey Veggies, Southside, and many more.
The Fall: 16 Things We're Excited For This Autumn
Take a deep breathe of that cool, fresh air. Summer came, and it was awesome, but it's time for fall and all the wonderful things that come with it. Sure, hoodie season and Halloween come to mind, but to keep it real, we're more stoked on new music and huge tours from some of our favorite artists.
Big K.R.I.T. Announces The "Kritically Acclaimed" Tour
It's now been a while since Big K.R.I.T. released his album Cadillactica, and although he hasn't announced plans for anew project, he'll be heading out on the road this Fall for a 38-city tour. Dubbed the "Kritically Acclaimed Tour," it'll start in Norfolk in October and conclude in Atlanta just a week before Christmas. Check out the dates below and get ticket info at BigKrit.com. 10-22 | NORFOLK, VA | The Norva 10-23 | CHARELOTTE, NC | The Filmore
Review: Dizzy Wright's "The Growing Process"
On Dizzy Wright's second studio album The Growing Process, the 24-year old rapper makes an attempt at honing in his focus as an artist by establishing a moral constitution for his music to adhere to until further notice. For the most part, this is goal is met by the young upstart. While some tracks fall flat, there are definite instances in which Wright is able to spread his personal gospel in a digestible fashion.
B.B. King Passes Away At Age 89
Blues-- and more widely, music in general-- lost a legend last night. Revolutionary blues guitarist B.B. King passed away at age 89 in Las Vegas. His daughter, Patty, said he'd been in hospice care for the past two weeks for dehydration. Even after being diagnosed with diabetes almost 30 years ago, King pursued a relentless touring schedule, often performing 300 shows per year. Today, hip hop mourns the loss of one of America's true musical mavericks. Read artists' reactions to the news below.
Statik Selektah Announces New Album "Lucky 7"
Last August, Statik Selektah continued his run of guest-heavy, eclectic albums with the jam-packed What Goes Around..., and now he's announced that this will be the third summer in a row that we'll be getting a new album from him. Today he's shared artwork and a release date for the similarly gambling-inspired Lucky 7, which will drop on July 7th via Duck Down Music.
Dizzy Wright Shares Tracklist & Release Date For "The Growing Process"
Back in February, Funk Volume's Dizzy Wright announced The Growing Process, a new album scheduled to drop later in 2015. This morning, he's given us some more details on the project. It's out on May 26th, and the tracklist is below. Pre-order the album on iTunes now.
T-Pain's New Mixtape Will Feature Unheard Aaliyah Vocals [Update: Full Tracklist Revealed]
The newly released "Wait a Minute" with OG Maco has us hyped for T-Pain's The Iron Way. After performing a 42 song set at SXSW, he sat down with VIBE and revealed the other features on his upcoming mixtape. Aside from Maco, The Iron Way will feature Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., and, most surprisingly, Aaliyah.
Stream And Download Childish Major & Matik Estrada's "Community Service" EP
In less than two years, Childish Major has established himself as an ATL producer to watch by producing for Rocko, Rome Fortune, and Two-9. After hearing the Community Service EP, we've now got our eyes on young emcee Matik Estrada, too. The Atlanta duo just previewed "Keep Running", featuring Big K.R.I.T., and now we get the full EP, which is available for free.