Staff Picks Playlist (July 22)
Happy Friday, people of the internet. The end of the (work) week has proved pretty fruitful. Desiigner finally unleashed "Timmy Turner" unto the world, and the world had a lot of shit to say about it. PARTYNEXTDOOR surprised fans late last night when he not only announced a release date for long-awaited P3, but dropped a new record, "Not Nice," which makes it onto this week's Staff Picks playlist.
Denzel Curry Announces "Black Metal Terrorist" Tour With Special Guest Boogie
Many artists who aren't currently making their way through the summer festival circuit have begun to announce their loaded tour schedules for the fall. One fall tour to look out for is Denzel Curry's "Black Metal Terrorist" tour, which he announced today. Joining the South Florida XXL Freshman on the tour will be Compton rapper Boogie. Two of our favorite young artists, each with his own sound, together for a 32-date tour. Sounds epic.
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.
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!
Stream Yung Simmie's New Mixtape "It's Simmie Season"
In the last couple of years, Yung Simmie, once a member of the Raider Klan, has become a sensation in his native Miami and the surrounding areas in South Florida. He hasn't yet received the attention he deserves on a national scale, though that will likely change as he's quickly earning legions of new fans. Last year's Basement Music 3 was a huge success, showing him as a turn-up king who can go back and forth between flows that are smooth and trippy and those that are tough and relentless.
The Top 20 Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
In the midst of a year that was already challenging peoples' definitions of mixtapes, albums, and "free" projects, Chance The Rapper asked, "Am I the only n*gga who still cares about a mixtape?" On the surface, it made sense-- Chance is one of the few top-tier artists who've never sold a single copy of his internet-only projects-- but as his latest, Coloring Book, was released exclusively via a deal with Apple Music, both his independent claim and the definition of "mixtape" were subsequently scrutinized.
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.
10 Essential Denzel Curry Tracks
Born and raised in the county of Dade, Denzel Curry has rapidly emerged as one of hip hop's most promising young talents. 21 years old, he has already released three projects: his thrilling debut Nostalgic 64, his wavy, slightly uncomfortable double EP 32 Zel / Planet Shrooms, and his most recent album, the explosive Imperial.
HNHH's Picks For The 2016 XXL Freshman List
We, the editors of HNHH, put our heads together this afternoon and picked the 10 artists we deemed most deserving of the 2016 XXL Freshman cover. Tough choices were made. Digital fists of fury were thrown on the HNHH editor email thread. But we feel good about our list. Our list is rock fucking solid. NOTE: according to the official bylaws of XXL, any artist who has released an album on a major label is ineligible for the Freshman cover. Hence, we did not include Bryson Tiller on our list.
Staff Picks Playlist (March 11)
When it's been an extra long week, chances are you haven't been able to peep all the new music that has dropped over the past seven days. A few months into 2016, and the ever-fruitful genre of hip-hop continues to supply the goods, week after week. Lucky for you, keeping track of the constant flood of all that's hot and new is our job, and we've rounded up the best tunes of last week in an easy, cohesive playlist that's available to stream below.
Could South Florida Become The New Atlanta?
"Betcha Rozay never ever heard no shit like this," Denzel Curry rapped earlier this year on his track "Lord Vader Kush II," contrasting his own trippy sound with the in-your-face pomp of his hometown's biggest rap export. Since the mid-2000s, Miami has produced two of rap's loudest voices in Rick Ross and DJ Khaled, as well as their more traditionally-minded signees Ace Hood and Gunplay.
40 Oz Van's Playlist
We recently teamed up with 40 Oz Van for his annual 40 Oz Bounce event, which went down in Washington, D.C., this year. After 40 made his way back to NYC, he came into the office to give us a play-by-play of the event. We didn't stop the conversation there, we also spoke to the designer about how he initially started the 40 Oz Bounce event, his fashion evolution, and what he's currently listening too.
140 Bars: Tweets Of The Week (June 6 - 12)
As summer rolls around, the rap game's just starting to pick up steam again after a relatively slow month. Summer Jam marked the official start of the season last weekend, and Travi$ Scott's huge "3500" track leads off all the late entries for "song of the summer." We got new projects from Troy Ave and Denzel Curry, and tapes from Manolo Rose, Skeme, Fat Trel and many more. Now, it's time to look back on the tweets. Read on to get the best of the best from the past week.
Stream Denzel Curry's Double EP "32 Zel / Planet Shrooms"
Denzel Curry hasn't released a full project since 2013's Nostalgic 64, and although his new one's technically a "double EP" (whatever that means), at 14 tracks and 52 minutes in length, it could very well be an album. It's called 32 Zel / Planet Shrooms, and features a few previously released tracks like "Bwoii" and last week's "Captain Sea Fonk."
Joey Bada$$ Announces "World Domination" Tour With Denzel Curry & Mick Jenkins
Joey Bada$$ delivered his debut solo album earlier this year, and he's now announced a headlining tour to support the project. The "World Domination" Tour will occur in two phases, making its way through the West Coast in June, before heading over seas to Europe and Asia over the course of July.Always doing a good job of selecting opening acts, Joey has asked Denzel Curry and Mick Jenkins to support him for the tour, which should be some great exposure for both acts.Check out the full list of dates below.
Underrated Audio: April 19 - April 25
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.
Staff Picks Playlist (April 24)
After kicking off the first HNHH Staff Picks playlist last Friday, we're back again today with round two. This week we had a pretty solid showing of singles on the song's list almost every day, and there were definitely quite a few VERY HOTTTTT records, so it's safe to say we had a lot to choose from.
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.