Hottest Mixtapes Of 2015
This year, it became increasingly difficult to discern the difference between mixtapes and albums. When the year's bestselling rap release (Drake's If You're Reading This, It's Too Late) was announced as a "mixtape" but was immediately sold on iTunes, the waters become a little murky for everyone.
Stop Saying "Conscious Rap"
If there's one New Year's resolution that every hip hop fan should adopt for 2016, it's to stop using the term "conscious rap." The catch-all name for political, non-materialistic, socially conscious, or in recent years, "woke" hip hop has been attached to some truly great music, from Grandmaster Flash's "The Message" to Kendrick Lamar's most recent album, and countless other important cultural touchstones along the way. That's not the issue. More rappers should strive to cover these issues in their music, certainly.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 20)
Today has been very heavy on the album release side, as you've probably noticed by the almost insurmountable number of streams we've posted thus far (and there are more to come). In between this week's long list of new releases, as well as last week's, your iTunes should be busy for a while. That's not even mentioning the mixtapes that'll drop on Thanksgiving Day next week-- Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent.
Top Tracks: November 9 - November 15
Last week saw a few highly anticipated releases, including new albums from Ty Dolla $ign, Jeezy, and Logic. Surprisingly, none of those guys made it into Top Tracks -- well, except Logic, who somehow ended up on a Juicy J track. Instead, Pusha T, the new prez of GOOD Music, came out of hiding and hit us with two top 10's. The other winner of the week has to be the astoundingly prolific Metro Boomin, who has three new productions in this week's list.
10 Essential Lil Herb Tracks
At just nineteen years old, Herbert Wright has built quite the name of himself. The Chicago native, who goes by the name G Herbo (formerly Lil Herb), has worked with the likes of Nicki Minaj and Chance The Rapper, amongst others.
Chicago Student Refused To Stop Listening To Lil Herb's Mixtape In Class, His Teacher Wasn't Happy
We've been having a hard time turning off Lil Herb's new mixtape, Ballin Like I'm Kobe, and it seems we're not the only ones. Herbo shared a pretty hilarious story from a fan on Instagram today, pointing towards a Chicago student who refused to stop listening to the rapper's new project in class.
Review: Lil Herb's "Ballin Like I'm Kobe"
Is there anything more startling than hearing a 19 year old kid saying that he doesn't fear death because he's "happy for all the years [he] got to see"? Lil Herb's still around 57 years shy of the average male life expectancy in the U.S., but you don't need to be a super-sleuth to figure out why optimism isn't his strong suit. Hell, you barely even have to listen to his music.
Top 5 Lil Herb & Lil Bibby Collabs
Lil Herb's long-awaited mixtape, Ballin' Like I'm Kobe, arrives today. From what we've heard, it aims to match the incredible artistry we heard on Welcome to Fazoland and Pistol P Project. Last night, to properly anticipate the release, Herb shared a new track, "Gang In This Bitch," with his closest collaborator, Lil Bibby.
Joey Bada$$ In The Studio With Metro Boomin & Lil Herb
Joey Bada$$ released his debut album, B4.DA.$$, earlier this year, and it was exactly what fans asked for -- a well-crafted slice of 90 boom-bap-influenced rap. Judging by his recent studio sessions, it seems Joey might be moving away from that sound on his new material, revealing some surprising new collaborators on Instagram.
Lil Herb Gives Release Date To "Ballin' Like I'm Kobe"
Ballin' Like I'm Kobe is finally about to drop. After many delays, Lil Herb, aka G Herbo, went on Instagram today to announce that he will release the much anticipated mixtape this Tuesday, September 29. Watch Herb's Instagram announcement below. After apologizing for the wait, Herb wrote, "IF I SEE ALOT OF PPL GOING CRAZY TRENDING SHIT I MIGHT DROP EARLY," so, realistically, it could drop at any time.
Lil Herb Signs Deal With Cinematic Music Group
Lil Herb, who know officially goes by the name is G Herbo, has signed a deal with Cinematic Music Group. Under the structure of the deal he will still operate primarily out of his 150 Dream Team imprint. 19-year old Herbo joins a Cinematic roster that already boasts such artists as Mick Jenkins, Big KRIT, Joey Bada$$, and Smoke DZA.
Underrated Audio: May 24 - May 30
Underrated Audio is back on our mission to supply you with exciting new music you may have missed upon initial browsing, from artists who haven't quite broken the mainstream. The talent is there, the quality uncut.
10 HNHH Pitches For 2015 XXL Freshman
Each year around the beginning of March, artists begin sending in pitches to XXL, hoping to wind up on the magazine’s highly-coveted Freshmen list. Thus far, we’ve seen Lil Herb, Bishop Nehru, Fat Trel, and a few others try to convince us they have what it takes to grace the cover along with eleven of their peers, each turning in a short video clip to the publication.
Lil Herb Reveals That He's Working With Common And Rich Homie Quan
Nicki Minaj's recent track "Chi-Raq" was the biggest look that Lil Herb's gotten thus far in his young career, and according to him, it's made a lot of other artists interested in him.
Samples Of The Week: April 10
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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh-huh honey".
Lil Herb Discusses Collaborating With Nicki Minaj For Her New Track "Chi-Raq"
Nicki Minaj is in the midst of the rollout for her upcoming album The Pink Print, the latest reveal being a new record titled "Chi-Raq", which she dropped in the early hours of yesterday morning. The track includes a guest appearance from emerging Chicagoan rapper Lil Herb, AKA G-Herb, with production from Boi-1da, Vinyls, and Allen Ritter.
Samples Of The Week: March 6
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. Today, sampling has become less common, but a choice sample can still push a track from lukewarm to hot faster than you can say "uh huh honey." This week, see who Big K.R.I.T., Lil Bibby & Lil Herb and Snoop Dogg chose to sample in their recent releases, all of which you can find on HNHH.
Underrated Audio: February 15- February 21
As we do every week, we aim to bring you several overlooked and underrated records from the last seven days with Underrated Audio. It's a collection of records that received a limited number of views, and our desire is to up that number by giving the tracks a second look over the weekend. While you may only have ScHoolboy Q's Oxymoron on your mind at this point, don't be shy to take a break from it and scroll through these four tracks and see if something is to your liking. Let us know your favorite piece of audio from last week in the comments below.
Review: Lil Herb's "Welcome To Fazoland"
With Chief Keef, King L, Lil Reese and Lil Durk signing to major labels in 2013, Chicago's drill scene saw all of its major stars graduating to more commercial successes, leaving vacancies in the underground mixtape scene that the genre was born from. Enter Lil Bibby and Lil Herb, two MCs ages 19 and 18, respectively, who seemed to be the "Heir Apparents" to the scene, especially after using that term as the name of their joint mixtape.
Underrated Audio: February 8- February 14
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. This week we see choice records from the Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, Adrian Lau of Harry Fraud's Surf School label, some grimy Onyx, and Chicago's Lil Herb. Click through the images above and let us know which record you had on repeat all week long in the comments below.