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  • Cover of Stream/Download James Fauntleroy's Free Album "The Warmest Winter Ever"
    James Fauntleroy has been working as a songwriter behind the scenes for some time, but in the last year or so we've really seen him come into the foreground of the music industry. Appearing on tracks like Drake's "Girls Love Beyonce", J.
  • Cover of Kendrick Lamar Sings, Freestyles Over Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"
    Today, Taylor Swift officially became the first solo artist to sell a million copies of an album, doing it with her new 1989 LP in just one week.
  • Cover of Review: Future's "Monster"
    Part of Future’s appeal lies in a musically indefinable existence. While both Pluto (and the 3D version) and Honest became somewhat of a set template for artists like Travi$ Scott, Future himself is a blend of the past, some not so distant.
  • Cover of Stream/Download Run The Jewels New Album "Run The Jewels 2"
    Run The Jewels, which consists of Killer Mike and El-P, were originally supposed to release their sophomore album, Run The Jewels 2, on October 27th via Mass Appeal Records, but had a little change in plans.
  • Cover of Top 10: Fall Freestyles
    If you're on the East Coast like we are, you probably walked outside in the last few days and noticed something; it's fucking cold out. Where'd that come from? It feels like just yesterday we were riding around with our windows down bumping "Hot Nigga" remixes and enjoying our Summer.
  • Cover of Hopsin & Dizzy Wright Freestyle On Tim Westwood's "Crib Sessions"
    Reader favorites Hopsin & Dizzy Wright may be a few weeks late to make our list of the best Tim Westwood freestyles, but you better believe they both brought their A-game in the booth.
  • Cover of 8 Hilariously Awful Rap Battles
    Most of us have seen an epic moment in rap battles. If it didn't come while watching Eminem's "8 Mile", maybe you've seen a local competition with some ill talent, or at least a strong YouTube video that made your drop your jaw. This list has little to do with those moments.
  • Cover of 5 BadAzz Moves Lil Boosie Has Made Since His Release
    #FreeBoosie may be the latest hash tag to be retired, but that doesn't mean he's been forgotten. Torrance Hatch, aka Boosie BadAzz, has capitalized greatly on the momentum of his prison release this past spring.
  • Cover of Stream Freeway & The Jacka's "Highway Robbery"
    Almost exactly 11 months ago (October 14, 2013), Freeway and The Jacka paired up to present a joint tape entitled Write My Wrongs. Now they return with an official full-length called Highway Robbery. The tracklist is below, and you can stream the project via Spotify below that.
  • Cover of Top 10: Meanest Funk Flex Freestyles
    Forget mixtapes and albums, some of the hottest verses in hip hop come right from the offices of Hot 97 via Funkmaster Flex's famous freestyle sessions. Whether artists go right off the dome, kick something they plan on using later, or a combination of both, rappers always bring their A-game for Flex.
  • Cover of Download Raury's "Indigo Child" LP
    A lot of readers mentioned wanting to hear more from Raury when it was announced that 17-year-old emcee earned himself the Kanye West stamp of approval earlier this week. Fortunately for them, Indigo Child has officially been released to the interwebs.
  • Cover of Lil Bibby Shares "Free Crack 2" Tracklist, New Release Date
    Lil Bibby's Free Crack 2 has been delayed several times, but hopefully we now have a set-in-stone release date. Bibby now says August 29th is the day, and shared the tracklist for the upcoming tape on Twitter. FREE CRACK 2 August 29th❗️❗️❗️ pic.twitter.com/vEkf9g33Yc
  • Cover of The "Hot Nigga" Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
    Bobby Shmurda has without question had the most meteoric rise to the top in hip-hop this summer, going from hundreds to millions of YouTube views in a matter of days. Along with the "Shmoney Dance" Vine, his song "Hot Nigga" is much to blame for that rise.
  • Cover of Remy Ma Released From Prison [Update: Reason For Delay Revealed]
    Last week Remy Ma gave Angie Martinez over at Power 105.1 a call from prison, revealing she had just ten days to go on her sentence before she was a free woman again. Today marks the tenth day, and Hot 97 is reporting that Remy Ma was released from the Bedford Hills Facility for Women at 8 AM this morning.
  • Cover of The "No Flex Zone" Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
    Rae Sremmurd have become known for two reasons: their connection to Mike WiLL Made It (hence their name being "Ear Drummers" backwards) and their nearly ubiquitous hit "No Flex Zone." Lately, the track has inspired hip-hop heavyweights like Nicki Minaj, Pusha T and Juicy J to go in over Mike WiLL's production, so now i
  • Cover of Cassidy Says Jay Z Set Up His Infamous Battle With Freeway
    Cassidy cut his teeth as a battle rapper, and the punchline-driven style has always had a heavy presence in his recorded material. In a new interview with VladTV, the Philly emcee criticized the current rappers for not being lyric-driven, and accredited the popularization of battle rap with fans seeking out bars.
  • Cover of The G-Unit Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
    For the past two weeks, we've been polling you on your favorite versions of popular tracks. Last week Kevin Gates (somewhat surprisingly) took the cake in the "Cut Her Off" battle, and the week prior, G-Unit won the "0 To 100" contest by a landslide.
  • Cover of "Cut Her Off" Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
    When K. Camp released his Will-A-Fool-produced single "Cut Her Off" back in November, few recognized the ATL singer's name. Now over eight months later, he's rubbed shoulders with rap greats like Juicy J, Too Short and Lil Boosie, mostly thanks to the success of that single.
  • Cover of "0 To 100" Freestyles: Vote For Your Favorite
    Ever since Drake dropped off "0 To 100" right in the middle of Summer Jam on June 1st, rappers from every corner of the game have been clamoring to hop on the track, with everyone from Juicy J to Joell Ortiz spitting over Boi-1da, 40 and Nineteen85's ill production.
  • Cover of Ty Dolla $ign Reveals Upcoming Collaborations With T.I. And Brandy
    After releasing his phenomenal Beach House EP in January, Ty Dolla $ign has been enjoying a very successful 2014, thanks in part to charting singles "Paranoid" and "Or Nah." Back in February, he announced plans for a debut album, which he then said would feature YG and Kendrick Lamar, and now he's given us sl
  • Cover of YG Calls Out Producers Of Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" For "Jocking" DJ Mustard's Sound
    DJ Mustard has certainly established himself as a hitmaker this year, but unfortunately it comes as a price. As much as DJ Mustard's sound has penetrated the charts, it's being replicated at a high rate.
  • Cover of Odd Future's MellowHype Announces Free Album For July 4th
    Odd Future's Hodgy Beats and Left Brain, collectively known as MellowHype, have been working on new music to follow up 2012's release Numbers, and they've already locked down a date: July 4th.
  • Cover of Chris Brown Released From Jail
    Chris Brown has been going through the ringer lately, with highly publicized hearings and court dates, a recent four month sentence for a probation violation, and even more recently, a lawsuit for surrounding (yet another) assault. This is nothing new for Breezy though, he's a magnet for legal troubles.
  • Cover of Lil Bibby Announces "Free Crack 2" Mixtape, Reveals Artwork
    Lil Bibby gained a lot of regional hype through his collaborations with Lil Herb in 2013, but he capped the year with his most popular release yet, solo effort Free Crack. Since then he's managed to land himself on 2014's XXL Freshmen cover, pushing him even further into the public eye.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: May 22
    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.
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