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  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (Dec. 13)
    To say a lot of stuff happened this week would be a complete understatement. So we won't and will just give you a short recap. For one, we're living in a world where there's a new D'Angelo album. Secondly, we may soon live in a world where Bobby Shmurda is behind bars.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: December 18
    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.
  • Cover of J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive" Debuts At Number One On The Billboard 200
    Rick Ross, move over -- J. Cole just topped your first week sales record for 2014. Rozay's Mastermind moved 179,000 units in its first week back in March, but now his tally's been handily topped by that of Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: December 14
    This week on Charts Don't Lie we see the Christmas spirit in effect, as Mariah Carey's 1994 album Merry Christmas soars back up the charts. We're also seeing a relatively quick decent for the MMG boss Rick Ross, and a relatively low debut for his counterpart Omarion.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 12)
    Interesting juxtaposition we have in the first two weeks of December. This week saw the release of J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive, an album projected to be highest selling hip-hop project of the year while having more than its fair share of aw shucks moments. We're turning up next week, though.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: December 11 (J. Cole Edition)
    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.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For The Wu-Tang Clan & Mary J. Blige's New Albums
    Last week, the two biggest albums to be released in the hip-hop/R&B sphere came from NYC-based '90s heavyweights. First off, Mary J.
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For J. Cole's "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
    Thus far in 2014, no one in hip-hop has been able to top the first week that Rick Ross' Mastermind had in March (selling 179,000 copies), but now J. Cole's been predicted to best it by quite a substantial margin.
  • Cover of L.A. Rapper Earl Hayes And Wife Found Dead In Apparent Murder-Suicide
    Sad news from Los Angeles today. Rapper Earl Hayes, a close friend of Floyd Mayweather's, and his wife were found dead yesterday morning in their Hollywood apartment.
  • Cover of Charts Don't Lie: December 7
    This is a pretty eventful Charts Don't Lie, as we were not only anticipating first week sales for the likes of Eminem, Rick Ross, Beyonce and Iggy Azalea, but we're now seeing the streaming initiative from Billboard in full effect. For those unaware, we'll explain real quick.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: December 4
    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.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For "Shady XV" & "Hood Billionaire"
    Last week, the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2013 and the guy with the best selling hip-hop album of 2014 (thus far) dropped new albums.
  • Cover of Heat In These Streets: Los Angeles
    The City of Angels is now home to some of the biggest names in Rap. West Coast emcees like YG, Problem, Kendrick Lamar, and Nipsey Hussle have been holding the streets down for a minute. Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and the incomparable Dr. Dre are legends.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: November 30
    This week on the charts proves to be rather uneventful, as there are no new entries to speak of, although G-Eazy was able to re-enter with These Things Happen. Cadillactica, on the other hand, experienced a steep drop from its top 5 debut.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: November 27
    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.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 28)
    How did this week go? Not great. By another miracle of the justice system, Darren Wilson got away with murdering Michael Brown; a grand jury decided to not indict him. To put this in perspective, you need to be beyond reasonable doubt to prove a defendant is guilty. An indictment only requires suspicion.
  • Cover of Sales Projections Are Here For Rick Ross, Eminem, Beyonce & Iggy Azalea
    This week has seen a few big albums drop, all to coincide with the shopping frenzy that will occur on Black Friday.
  • Cover of 10 Frequently Sampled Records In Hip-Hop
    Nowadays, creating new and original music is very much easier said than done. That being said, a huge part of creating dope hip hip music involves sampling.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: November 23
    Big K.R.I.T. lands himself a strong debut for his sophomore effort Cadillactica, sliding into the Billboard 200's top 5 at #5. This happens to be the same debut as his first LP, Live From The Underground, although Krizzle upped his numbers this time, ever so slightly, moving 44,000 units.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (November 21)
    The rap game is still buzzing as we head into the final weeks of the year and await for the hearing from Ferguson. While the latter hasn't been announced when this post was published, rappers did find other things to be outraged about.
  • Cover of Billboard Albums Chart To Begin Counting Digital Streams
    Although some may argue that Billboard's methods of charting hit songs and album sales will always be obsolete in the age of illegal downloading, free mixtapes and streaming services, the company's actually made quite a few changes over the past few years to modernize itself. Now, a few years after adding a separa
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: November 20
    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.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Big K.R.I.T.'s "Cadillactica"
    Late last week, we heard that Big K.R.I.T.'s newly-released album Cadillactica was on pace to sell 35,000 to 40,000 copies in its first week, which isn't bad in 2014. Well, the official numbers are in now, and Krizzle's surpassed those expectations by a hair.
  • Cover of Stream SD's "Truly Blessed"
    Tomorrow, Chicago rapper SD will be sharing his debut album, Truly Blessed. A day ahead of time, he blesses us with an album stream, courtesy of the iHipHopDistribution SoundCloud. Fifteen tracks in length, the project has no features.
  • Cover of Quavo Calls Migos "The New Young Beatles In The Flesh"
    "Migos > The Beatles." You've probably seen that statement, or others like it, on your Twitter feed in the past month or so. What started as a joke to piss off rockists has snowballed into an internet-wide movement, and one that's caught the ears of the ATL trio themselves.
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