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  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: October 19
    This week we're finding several new entries in the Billboard 200, although nothing took over the #1 spot. Keyshia Cole actually comes out on top this week, debuting at #9, moving 25,000 copies opening week.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 17)
    We live in strange times — times where 42-year-old OGs beef on Instagram with Australian pop rap artists in their 20s. This ain't fiction: Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea were going at it. The "beef" had one artist recalling one that she had with another OG from the south.
  • 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 Samples Of The Week: October 16
    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 Projections For The Game's "Year Of The Wolf"
    The Game's new album, Year of the Wolf, was supposed to be a compilation with his Blood Money crew members, Dubb and Skeme. While those two still appear on the record a few times, the driving force of the album is The Game and a stack full of features-- not his artists though.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Tinashe's "Aquarius" & Keyshia Cole's "Point Of No Return"
    We anticipated the first week sales for both Tinashe and Keyshia Cole last week, with projections looking like Keyshia Cole's Point of No Return would outsell Tinashe's Aquarius.
  • Cover of Dilated Peoples Announce Winter 2014 Tour
    After releasing their album Directors Of Photography earlier this year, veteran rap trio Dilated Peoples have announced a brief tour, simply titled the "Winter 2014" tour.  Check out the dates below, and the tour poster in the gallery above. Evidence's tweet announcing the news is also below.
  • Cover of Listen To Devin Miles' New Album "Pixburgh"
    Over the weekend we had the pleasure of premiering Devin Miles' final leak from his new album, Pixburgh, referencing his home city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: October 12
    Prince has a crazy number of albums under his belt, and a loyal following at that. After taking a four-year break, he returned this year with not one, but two new albums. He put them out at the same time, and managed to move units on each, with each debuting within Billboard 200's top 10.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (October 11)
    The good news is that this week saw the release of Flying Lotus' You're Dead and Tinashe Aquarius. One is arguably one of the top three albums of the year and the other is a really good R&B album. But good music doesn't stop the world. As such, rappers have to continue to do rapper things.
  • Cover of Samples of The Week: October 9
    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 On The Come Up: Joey Fatts
    HotNewHipHop's On The Come Up series profiles rising stars in the rap game that show strong promise and the will to succeed. Most of the time, they're new to the site but deserve some shine.
  • Cover of Nicki Minaj's "Anaconda" Goes Platinum
    Many of 2014's biggest hits seem to tangentially related to hip-hop -- not quite full-blown RAP music -- but definitely in the same neighborhood.
  • Cover of Stream Vince Staples' Debut EP "Hell Can Wait"
    Over the past couple years we’ve seen Vince Staples featured all over various albums, including Earl Sweatshirt's, Jhene Aiko, Dilated Peoples, & Common's to name only a few, but now its his time to shine.
  • Cover of Exclusive Stream Of A3C Volume 4 Compilation With The Underachievers, Mick Jenkins & More
    The annual Atlanta festival A3C is going all out this year, for their 10-year anniversary. They've expanded the festival to span five days, with a diverse assortment of hip-hop artists set to perform. From the mainstream to the underground to buzzing up & comers, A3C has a little bit for everyone.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: October 5
    This week we only have one new entry so to speak of, and it's r'n'b/pop singer Jennifer Hudson with her newly-released JHUD. The album didn't do very much damage on the charts, but it still enters within the Billboard's top 10.
  • Cover of Drake Surpasses The Beatles' Number Of Billboard Hot 100 Singles
    Drake still may still be looking for a Hot 100 number one as a lead artist, but his sheer number of entries to the chart is nothing to scoff at. In fact, this week it saw him passing one of the biggest and most respected musical acts of all time. That's right, Drizzy now has more Hot 100 singles than The Beatles.
  • Cover of Soulja Boy Charged With Gun, Weed Possession Stemming From January Arrest
    By now, this may have slipped off your radars, but Soulja Boy was arrested in January for carrying a loaded gun, and the LAPD isn't as forgetful. Months after the arrest, King Soulja has been charged with "unlawfully carrying a loaded firearm" and marijuana possession, reports TMZ.
  • Cover of Vince Staples Announces "Hell Can Wait" Tour
    In just three days, on October 7th, we're finally going to be able to hear Vince Staples' pushed-back Hell Can Wait EP, and now the Long Beach MC has announced tour dates to accompany his Def Jam debut.
  • Cover of Tank Arrested For Failing To Obey Police Officer
    Is Tank embarrassed by his driver's license photo? Considering the awe his body inspires in his many female fans, that seems unlikely, but the R&B singer did just refuse to give his license to a police officer -- an offense for which he was arrested.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: October 2
    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 Vince Staples Reveals "Hell Can Wait" EP Artwork, New Release Date [Update: Tracklist Revealed]
    Vince Staples' Hell Can Wait EP was originally scheduled to drop on September 23rd, but on the 16th, he tweeted: Due to sample issues the Hell Can Wait EP has been prolonged but not for long you will hear it in 2014. — Vince Staples (@vincestaples) September 16, 2014
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (September 26)
    Last week saw the appraisal of one type of love and the destruction of another. Kendrick Lamar finally dropped the highly anticipated "i," and it raised more questions than hype. The song was a tribute to self-love, but he did so in a joint that sounds a bit more of an Andre 3000 song than a Lamar single.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: September 28
    This week Chris Brown makes his Billboard 200 debut with his new album X. The singer went above and beyond the projected sales, moving 146,000 copies opening week. As some people noticed, on Twitter Chris Brown tweeted that X had sold 495k, according to the Billboard Consumption Chart. He tweeted, "TEAM BREEZY!
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: September 25
    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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