The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of August 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH 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 and R&B.
Watch Every Performance From The 2016 MTV VMAs
The 2016 VMAs are in the books. Rihanna, Beyonce, Future, Nicki Minaj, and a host of others took the stage at Madison Square Garden to rock the crowd with a series of blockbuster performances. Rihanna performed not once, but FOUR times as she accepted this year's prestigious Vanguard award. The other highlight was probably Beyonce's outstanding Lemonade medley.
Stream Marc E. Bassy's New EP "Groovy People"
Marc E. Bassy's collaboration with fellow California native G-Eazy "You & Me" may have dropped in May, and it's been strong enough to carry him through the summer months, continuing to get his name out there and grow his fanbase. He's been letting the single do it's work too, not releasing much in the way of music since it.
G-Eazy Announces New Boom Bap-Inspired Mixtape
G-Eazy has found commercial success in his pop-influenced take on Bay Area rap, but he's looking to take a step back to his roots on his next project. Speaking with Bootleg Kev, the rapper shared plans for a mixtape that will find him focusing on loop-based production, a "I've got this project I just decided I was gonna do. It's kind of back to what first started to put me on... I miss sampling," he said. "I'm already two songs in. All summer, I'm in the studio all day, I'm knocking out features and I'm working on this tape."
Top Tracks: June 27 - July 3
As opposed to a winter and spring that found a lot of repeat appearances in our Top Tracks list, summer's been more of a free-for-all, with quick week-to-week turnover as everyone seeks to land a summer anthem. Sure enough, we've only got two returning tracks from last week's list, and following another big recent trend in this feature, both involve Drake. Drizzy's got fingerprints on three of these ten tracks, as does Future, a sure sign that the What A Time To Be Alive team are still comfortably the hottest in the game.
Stream RiFF RAFF's New Album "Peach Panther"
RiFF RAFF made a name for himself with his knack for colorful wordplay and formally announced his presence on the scene with his 2014 debut album Neon Icon. On his sophomore album Peach Panther, Riff dives deeper into the trap abyss by calling on producers like Metro Boomin, DJ Spinz, and the gentleman of 808 Mafia. If you liked "Carlos Slim," you're gonna love Peach Panther.
J. Cole, G-Eazy, Kehlani & More Performing At Life Is Beautiful Festival
The festival announcements keep on coming as we approach the warmer months. Today a Las Vegas-based festival Life Is Beautiful has announced their line-up, which true to form these days, is a wide mix of genres.
Riff Raff Shares "Peach Panther" Artwork, Tracklist & Release Date
Riff Raff has laid down all the details regarding his upcoming album, Peach Panther, the follow-up to 2014's Neon Icon. Jody Highroller went on Instagram to share the Peach Panther cover art and tracklisting. He also gave the album a release date of June 24.
Who's Going On Tour? Spring/Summer Tour Round-Up
A lot of big artists are going on tour this spring and summer. You have mega-stars like Beyonce, Rihanna, and Drake. You have rising stars Anderson .Paak and Bas. You have established vets like Snoop Dogg, Maxwell, and Cam'Ron. And everybody in between. It looks like some legendary tours are going down towards the end of the calendar year. Gucci Mane & Friends tour is scheduled to go down when La Flare gets released from prison in September and Kanye West is also shooting to kick off his The Life of Pablo tour in September as well.
Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, Logic, & More To Perform At Bumbershoot 2016
Seattle's Bumbershoot Music Festival has announced its full 2016 lineup. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are headlining. Notable hip hop acts include Fetty Wap, Bryson Tiller, Run the Jewels, G-Eazy, Anderson .Paak, Tyler, the Creator, Logic, Flatbush Zombies; other acts that may be of interest to hip hop fans include Pretty Lights, Kamasi Washington, Cashmere Cat, Tokimonsta.
10 Essential Kehlani Tracks
The twenty-year-old Kehlani has been doing music since she was barely a teenager, and since then has become a rising star in the pop world. In 2014, she released the mixtape Cloud 19, and followed it up last year with You Should Be Here. She was even nominated for a Grammy this year for Best Urban Contemporary Album, but ultimately lost out to The Weeknd.
G-Eazy, Logic, YG, & Yo Gotti Announce "Endless Summer" Tour
The tour life never ends. G-Eazy wrapped up his "When It's Dark Out" tour with A$AP Ferg two months ago and Logic performed the final leg of his "The Incredible World Tour" last week in NYC. This summer, Young Gerald and Maryland's favorite son will hit the road together for the "Endless Summer" tour with YG and Yo Gotti in support. The 23-city tour kicks off June 28th in Dallas and snakes throug the contiguous United States for five weeks before wrapping up on August 5 in Hartford.
G-Eazy Names Best & Most Underrated Rappers On Larry King
Larry King has been welcoming more and more rappers to his show, and this week, it was Bay Area emcee G-Eazy who took the hot seat. With "Me, Myself & I" becoming a successful radio song, Eazy is bigger than ever, but he still remembers his humble beginnings of pushing his music the old fashioned way. “It’s definitely been a long, long…. long, long, long, long, long journey since I was selling burnt CD’s out of my backpack in downtown Oakland,” he told King. “Um, but you appreciate it more, you know?
Charts Don't Lie: February 24
Following the Grammys there was a surge that gave hip hop artists a boost in sales. For example, Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp A Butterfly jumped up from #60 to #16 after crushing it at the award show. The Weeknd also jumped from #12 back into the top 10, landing at #6 for his post-Grammy week on the charts.
Charts Don't Lie: February 10
The Billboard 200 Chart shifted considerably over the past week, leaving artists like Tank in the dust as the likes of Rihanna and Kevin Gates rose to take the #1 and #2 positions, respectively. Rihanna's album, which debuted at #27 last week, claimed the #1 position we all expected it to have. The reasoning for the weak debut was on a technicality, but now that the album is properly available, it moved nearly 125,000 units.
Fetty Wap, Joey Bada$$ & G-Eazy Among Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Princes"
Forbes, #1 producer of lists of wealthy people, is back with another category of the wealthy. This one is called “Hip Hop Cash Princes,” specifically ranks the rising under 30 stars who have already managed to start a solid bankroll for themselves. Without further ado, the Hip Hop Cash Princes Of 2016: 1) Boi-1da 2) Dej Loaf 3) Fetty Wap 4) G-Eazy
Charts Don't Lie: February 3
In case you missed it, the RIAA updated their formula for calculating Gold and Platinum Album certifications yesterday. While it helped a few artist reach Platinum, today we see if it has shaken up the charts in any significant way. We’re now counting the total combined streams, single and album sales as “total album equivalent units” (TAEU, for short), as driven by changes to Billboard’s new rating system.
G-Eazy & A$AP Ferg Bring The House Down At Terminal 5
Gerald Gillum, stage name G-Eazy, is trending right now. It’s easy to assume the emcee is riding white rapper fame to the top of the charts, but the man has been grinding for years. He released six mixtapes and three studio albums before the massive success of When It’s Dark Out, so he’s no tourist in the rap game.
Charts Don't Lie: January 20th
This week, the charts belonged to the late David Bowie. Days after releasing what would prove to be his swan song (an a very much intentional one), Blackstar, the legendary artist lost his battle to cancer.
Stream Marc E. Bassy's "East Hollywood" EP
Bay Area singer Marc E. Bassy shared his intoxicating "Dirt On You" single earlier in the week, and now he's come through with his debut EP, East Hollywood, which dropped on December 18th. The project is now available to stream on Spotify, so we thought we'd direct you toward it.