Top Tracks: February 8 - February 14
Tired of hearing about The Life Of Pablo yet? Kanye West's highly anticipated album only dropped about 36 hours ago, but its eventual release was preceded by several days of frustrated waiting, as his haphazard release strategy continued (and may still be ongoing) with a series of remixing, tracklist updates, and delays. Annoying, yes, but you have to admit that the guy knows how to keep himself in the daily conversation for longer than nearly anyone in our era of short attention spans.
Stream BJ The Chicago Kid's "In My Mind"
BJ The Chicago Kid's major label debut, In My Mind, doesn't actually drop until next week, but the singer has given NPR the greenlight to stream the album early. We've heard several leaks along the way, including "Church," "Man Down," "Love Inside" and more. The album contains appearances from Chance The Rapper, Buddy, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar and more.
Anderson .Paak Announces "Malibu" Cover Art, Features, & Release Date
Last year, Anderson .Paak released the album Venice, his first album after relinquishing his Breezy Lovejoy. With his forthcoming album Malibu, he is moving his way up the California coastline. Well, guess what, Malibu just got a release date -- it will hit stores on January 15th.
BJ The Chicago Kid Reveals Cover Art For "In My Mind"
R'n'b singer BJ The Chicago Kid's album has been a long time coming. We first reported on the album back in July, when BJ revealed that we could expect appearances from Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock and OG Maco on the album.
BJ The Chicago Kid's Major Label Debut Will Feature Chance The Rapper & Kendrick Lamar
For several years now, BJ The Chicago Kid has been one of R&B's unsung heroes. He's guested on tracks by Freddie Gibbs, Casey Veggies, Big K.R.I.T., Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Joey Bada$$ and pretty much everybody in TDE, and now it's time for him to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. This fall, he'll release his major label debut, In My Mind (not to be confused with Pharrell's debut album of the same name), on Motown, and it'll have some pretty massive features on it.
Skeme Announces New Album "Ingleworld 2," Shares Tracklist
We've got exciting news for all of you Skeme fans out there today: the L.A. rapper's announced his new album, Ingleworld 2, and shared the star-studded tracklist. Check out the front and back artwork in the gallery above, and take a peek at the tracklist below.
Review: Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment's "SURF"
After a long wait, SURF is finally here. The debut LP from The Social Experiment (aka SOX) is billed as Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment despite the fact that the band’s biggest star is obviously Chance The Rapper. The album features, although they aren’t listed on the iTunes version of the free album, the likes of J. Cole, Big Sean, B.o.B, Busta Rhymes, and tons more, making SURF one of the year’s most star-studded affairs.
Underrated Audio: November 8 – November 14
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here. This week proved to be a big one for those VERY HOTTTTT drops, with lots of high-rated singles hitting the site. It's almost a guarantee those dudes racked in over 20k views, but let's take a look at a few underdogs. N.No, Shorty K, Benzel and B.J. The Chicago Kid are highlighted this week.
Underrated Audio: October 4 - October 10
Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
Samples Of The Week: September 11
When hip-hop began, samples were all that DJs and producers had to construct instrumental tracks with. They'd dig through crates of vinyl trying to find isolated drum breaks, melodies or vocals that they could repurpose for use in hip-hop music. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".