The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Stream "The Land" Soundtrack, Featuring Nas, Kanye West, Pusha T, & More
Nas' Mass Appeal has teamed up with IFC films to produce a film called "The Land," a tale of a gang of Cleveland skateboarders who enter the high-stakes molly game to pay tournament fees. Nas & co have already released a few songs from the soundtrack; now they release the full stream by way of NPR. The soundtrack features music from Nas, Kanye West Erykah Badu, Pusha T, Jeremih, French Montana, Fashawn, Stalley, Machine Gun Kelly, Dave East, Nosaj Thing, Jerreau, Ezzy and more. Check out the tracklist and stream it in full below.
Nas, Kanye West, Pusha T, & Jeremih To Appear On "The Land" Soundtrack
On July 29th, Mass Appeal and IFC Films will debut their new film "The Land," a tale of a gang of Cleveland skateboarders who enter the high-stakes molly game to pay tournament fees. The 14-track. OST will be made available on the same day. The tracklist was announced Tuesday -- appearances from Kanye West, Pusha T, Jeremih, Erykah Badu, French Montana, Machine Gun Kelly, Nas, who executive produced the film, and many more. Check it out below.
Ranking The 2016 XXL Freshman Freestyles
Stark, acapella, and to the point, the freestyles that XXL produce in conjunction with their annual Freshmen class series stand out in contrast to the list itself, which takes numerous factors into consideration in order to determine the hottest up-and-comers in the game. It's been clear for a few years that being the best pure rapper isn't the only way you can make it there. Maybe you're not the best lyricist in the game but you've got a new sound and a cult following. Maybe you're a street rapper who never freestyles. Maybe you're a singer!
XXL Freshman Class Of 2016 Revealed
XXL announced their 2016 Freshman Class this morning. PNB Rock, who indicated that he was present at the XXL Freshman cover shoot earlier this month, did not make the cover. Lil Yachty secured the 10th "Voter's Choice" slot.
Stream Jim Jones' Album "The Kitchen"
Jim Jones appears to spend most of his time these days lifting weights and playing basketball. But he still makes time in his busy to schedule to record new music. After delivering his Miami Vampin mixtape around this time last year, the Dipset alum delivered his new album this morning: The Kitchen. Jones turns 40 next month. But he's still got it!!
Vote For Your Favorite "Panda" Remix
Desiigner's "Panda" was crowned the #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 Monday afternoon. It marked the culmination of a wild four months in which the 18-year old Brooklyn rapper went from complete unknown to G.O.O.D. Music signee, The Life of Pablo feature, and internet sensation.
Top Tracks: April 18 - April 24
What a tumultuous last few days it's been. Reports of Prince's sudden passing rocked us on Thursday, but then hours later we got a new A$AP Ferg album. About 48 hours after that, Lemonade arrived, effectively shutting down everything else on the internet at the time.
Summer Jam Festival Stage Line-Up Includes Chance The Rapper, Tory Lanez & Desiigner
This morning Ebro In The Morning announced the line-up for the Festival Stage at HOT 97's annual Summer Jam concert. The big event goes down at the MetLife Stadium every year, and acts as a way to kick off the summer months.
Stream Young Roddy's Debut Album "The Kenner Loop"
Young Roddy's consistent output high-pitched fire has elevated him to the status of Jet Life prince. He recently announced his debut album The Kenner Loop, and HNHH premiered the album's first single "My Business" feat. Curren$y one month ago to the day. Now, The Kenner Loop is available to stream in all its glory.
Staff Picks Playlist (September 18)
Welcome to a new edition of Staff Picks, where HNHH shares some of their favorite (Soundcloud) releases of the past week. This week's edition features quite a range of names and styles, from the r'n'b-leaning records of Christina Milian and Johnny Rain to the classic hip-hop sound on Kirk Knight's banger, to the alternative sound from the Blended Babies. Let this playlist serve as a warm-up for the weekend, or play it while you're chilling out and doing nothing on purpose on Sunday.
Stream Manolo Rose's New Project "Concrete Rose"
Starting off with "All About The Money" last year (after we learned that the track wasn't originally Troy Ave's), Brooklyn's Manolo Rose has been building his buzz with tracks such as "Run Ricky Run" and "Gun Fu," and now he's ready to release a full-length project. Concrete Rose is 14 tracks in length, and although it's called a "mixtape," it's currently not available for free.
Dave East Signs To Nas' Mass Appeal Label
Over the course of the past few months, Nas has been beefing up the roster of his relatively new Mass Appeal label with his favorite underground artists, signing Boldy James, Fashawn, Bishop Nehru and Run The Jewels. Now, MTV reports that Harlem's Dave East has joined the label's crop of signees.