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  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 27)
    Kanye wept. Drake reigned. Dark Sky Paradise happened. This week in hip-hop can be summarized in those three tersely worded sentences. It makes sense because this week has been weird everywhere else. There's something going about a dress and llamas.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: February 26 (Big Sean Edition)
    Dark Sky Paradise dropped earlier this week, with Big Sean set to move just under 150,000 copies, and now comes time to break it down on "Samples Of The Week." Although the album is a bit darker and more modern-sounding than Hall Of Fame and Finally Famous, it still makes use of some dope samples, with producers Ka
  • Cover of Earl Sweatshirt Unveils "Not Redy 2 Leave" Tour With Vince Staples
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For Big Sean's "Dark Sky Paradise", Tyga & Chris Brown's "Fan Of A Fan"
    It's a big week in rap releases, with both Big Sean and the Chris Brown/Tyga project hitting stores this Tuesday. The projections are in, and while neither are doing Drake numbers, both albums are coming in with decent sales.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: February 22
    Obviously the biggest topic of this week's Charts is Drizzy Drake. The rapper utilized the surprise release tactic that we've seen several artists find success with over the last year or two, and it definitely paid off for him as well.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 20)
    Things turned down a few notches after last week, which isn't a bad thing considering how crazy that week was. Kanye West returned to The Breakfast Club, and that was pretty much the biggest thing. We're still on the look out for his album and Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: February 19
    With an unexpectedly sample-heavy release from Drake blowing up your newsfeeds all week, we have a wealth of tracks to pick from for Samples Of The Week. We could've easily devoted this entire thing to If You're Reading This It's Too Late, but we thought we'd spare you another feature article on Drake.
  • Cover of Charles Hamilton Signs With Republic Records, New Single With Rita Ora To Debut On "Empire"
    Few artists have managed to disappear off of the face of the earth quite like Charles Hamilton. After a series of unfortunate events that led to his falling out with the music industry, Hamilton has been quiet for a good 5 years.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Drake's "If You're Reading This It's Too Late"
    It was estimated last week that Drake's surprise release, If You're Reading This It's Too Late, would move around half a million units in its first week out. Today the numbers have arrived from HDD, and the initial numbers come extremely close to the 500k mark.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: February 15
    Kid Ink's sophomore effort hit the Billboard 200 this week, although it didn't perform quite as well as his debut My Own Lane. My Own Lane pushed 50,000 copies out opening week, which was deemed a strong release, especially for an independently-signed rapper's debut.
  • Cover of  140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 13)
    This week featured one of the craziest news cycles all around in recent memory. If you used Google or have been alive the past week, you're fully aware hip-hop has turned up. In fact, some are arguing this year is already better than all of 2015.
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For Drake's "If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late"
    Drake surprised us last night by releasing an album, although fans were hoping for a free mixtape, it'll still do the trick to hold us over until Views From The 6 is ready.
  • Cover of Samples Of the Week: February 11
    Last week we featured some of the game's heaviest hitters on Samples Of The Week, with Action Bronson and The Alchemist getting jiggy over a classic drum break and Drake once again paying homage to country music star George Strait.
  • Cover of 5 Reasons "Dark Sky Paradise" Will Be Big Sean's Best Album Yet
    For one reason or another, Big Sean has yet to achieve that "classic album" status that's so sought after in hip-hop.
  • Cover of First Week Sales Projections For Kid Ink's "Full Speed" [Update: Official Numbers Are In]
    Kid Ink dropped off his sophomore album yesterday, and with the album's release, Ink hit up Best Buy in NYC to say hi to a few fans and pick up a few copies of the album himself; watch us document that below.
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: February 8
    This week we see Ne-Yo make his grand entrance on the Billboard 200 with Non-Fiction, and we're also analyzing Lupe Fiasco and Joey Bada$$ in their second week out. As we saw last week, Joey Bad started off strong with a #5 debut, much higher than Lupe's Tetsuo & Youth.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (February 6)
    This week has been a mixed bag, which is unfortunate since it started off good. Missy Elliott came back, messed around and stole Iggy Azalea's Super Bowl performance. Will this put impetus on Missy E to put out a new album soon? One can hope.
  • Cover of Vinylz Talks About Creation Of J. Cole's "Tale Of 2 Citiez" & Big Sean's "Blessings"
    Vinylz already had a pretty big 2014, but he's setting himself up to have an even bigger 2015. You probably saw the name Vinylz in 2014, or at least you might recognize it, but you probably aren't super familiar with who he is a producer.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: February 5
    After devoting a few of the most recent editions of "Samples Of The Week" to break down sample-heavy albums by J. Cole, Lupe Fiasco. Joey Bada$$ and Fabolous, we return to the usual format this week.
  • Cover of Jay Z And Beyonce Are Moving To Los Angeles
    The Carters are moving out West, and relocating their family to the sunny skies of Los Angeles.
  • Cover of Underrated Audio: January 24 - January 30
    Underrated Audio aims to provide you with some dope looks from the last seven days that flew under most peoples' radars. While they may have received front-page placement on HNHH, they didn't get as many views as they deserve, so we shine a little more light on them right here.
  • Cover of 140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (January 30)
    Big Sean dropped some heat. Meek Mill dropped some heat. Kanye West? Eh. He was lukewarm, but at least he's still dropping new material. Still, it wasn't too bad of a week for hip-hop, which helps since the we're probably going to be shaking our fists at whatever goes down at the Grammys. That's not until Feb. 8.
  • Cover of Samples Of The Week: January 29 (Lupe Fiasco Edition)
    In weeks past, we've chosen to dedicate editions of Samples Of The Week to new albums by J. Cole, Fabolous and Joey Bada$$, which were all chock full of beats that utilized samples.
  • Cover of First Week Sales For Joey Bada$$' "B4.Da.$$" & Lupe Fiasco's "Tetsuo & Youth"
    Last week, a young star and a down-on-his-luck veteran both released intelligent, career-revitalizing albums, but who sold more?
  • Cover of Charts Don’t Lie: January 25
    This week proved to be a big one for hip-hop music, with Joey Bada$$ and Lupe Fiasco dropping their respective albums on the same day (January 20th), not to mention, free projects from Trinidad James, Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti and K Camp.
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