5 North Carolina Players From The Underground
When you think hip-hop, North Carolina is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind. Nevertheless, hip-hop knows no borders and thanks to the internet, we often don't know the regions of the music we receive either. Back in the mid '90s, the most well-known rapper from NC could very well have been Petey Pablo, but with J. Cole's rise in the rap game and his mainstream popularity, he's become the face and representative for the state on behalf of the whole genre.
Stream Deniro Farrar's "Mind Of A Gemini," His 1st Project Since January '15
Finally, Charlotte "cult rap" innovator Deniro Farrar has dropped his new project, his first since Cliff of Death 2, released in January 2015.
Rick Ross, Cam'ron, 21 Savage To Headline A3C 2016
A3C Festival and Conference has just announced the lineup for its 12th year. Headlining acts include Rick Ross, 21 Savage, Bone Thugs N' Harmony, YFN Lucci, Bun B, Cam'ron, Young Dolph, Royce 5’9”, Redman, Too Short, Mystikal, Zaytoven, Bun B. 1000+ artists and 75+ shows. God damn! But wait, there's more: the festival will host "dozens of panels, workshops, meetups, mentor sessions, podcasts, interviews and screenings" with everyone from Master P to distinguished hip hop photographer Jonathan Mannion.
Underrated Audio: April 25 - May 1
Underrated Audio is back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut.
Stream Deniro Farrar's "Cliff Of Death 2"
Back in 2013, Deniro Farrar linked up with Oakland-based production duo Blue Sky Black Death for the first time on the dope joint tape Cliff Of Death, and today, a sequel has arrived. This time, it's only one-half of BSBD, Young God, who's behind the boards, but the results are no less essential. Check it out below.
Staff Picks Playlist (May 1)
Time to kick off your weekend with HNHH's Staff Picks playlist. We're finally approaching warm weather and with warm weather comes the VERY HOTTTTT tracks, just wait on it. The big question we're asking the peanut gallery today (more commonly known as the comment section) is: what will be the song of the summer?
Stream Young God's New Beat Tape "...But He Who Causes Darkness"
Young God is one half of the San Francisco production duo Blue Sky Black Death, known for their production work alongside innovative underground rappers like Deniro Farrar and Nacho Picasso. Young God linked with Farrar for a joint mixtape, Cliff of Death 2, in summer 2015, and he's since been focusing on his solo instrumental work. He has combined three years of his best work, including some of his choice beats from previous projects as well as new and unheard instrumentals, into one project: ...but he who causes the darkness.
Underrated Audio: September 13 - September 19
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.
Stream Deniro Farrar's New EP "Rebirth"
Deniro Farrar grows his fanbase with each release, and we have a feeling Rebirth will be no different. The rapper has cultivated a unique sound, that has a dark, hazy, and often times haunting feeling.
Underrated Audio: March 1- March 7
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.
Deniro Farrar Reveals Cover Art And Tracklist For Upcoming "Rebirth" EP
Good news, folks. XXL Freshmen Class nominee and Cult Rap leader Deniro Farrar has revealed the cover art and tracklist for his upcoming Rebirth EP. The six-track project is slated to drop on May 20th via Vice/Warner Bros., and will feature guest appearances from Child Actor, Lunice, Denzel Curry and DuRu Tha King.
Stream WELL$' New Album "The Way I'm Living Makes My Mom Nervous"
The highly talented Charlotte emcee known as WELL$ has released The Way I'm Living Makes My Mom Nervous, his first project since 2014's MTSYD: The Revenge of the African Booty Scratcher, which earned him a spot in our On The Come Up series. His new album is released via his Immaculate Taste label. The 11-track project includes the previously released tracks "Young Man" -- a collab with NC indie duo Sylvan Esso, the "98 Juvie" remix with fellow Charlottean Deniro Farrar, and "130," which he recorded at HNHH Studios.
Deniro Farrar Inks A Record Deal With VICE / Warner Bros.
We've been supporting Deniro consistently since March, and couldn't be happier to learn he's taken his career to the next level. After several years of relentless grinding, the rising Charlotte, North Carolina emcee has officially signed a record deal with VICE and Warner Bros. Records. Based in Brooklyn, VICE is also home to the Black Lips, OFF!, Justice, Snoop Lion, Action Bronson, Raveonettes, Team Spirit, Vybz Kartel and WIN WIN. Here's their official statement on the matter:
On The Come-Up: Deniro Farrar
Qushawan Farrar, aka Deniro Farrar, is a rising rapper born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina - specifically the Little Rock Apartments and the high-crime community of Tuckaseegee (704 Queen's City, CLT). Working with independent label Black Flag Records, he started gathering momentum in late 2010 with the release of Feel This, his 31-track debut mixtape.
Underrated Audio: March 5-11
It seems like the lack-of-music we we're talking about on last week's Underrated Audio has finally come to an end.