Ranking The 2016 XXL Freshman Freestyles
Stark, acapella, and to the point, the freestyles that XXL produce in conjunction with their annual Freshmen class series stand out in contrast to the list itself, which takes numerous factors into consideration in order to determine the hottest up-and-comers in the game. It's been clear for a few years that being the best pure rapper isn't the only way you can make it there. Maybe you're not the best lyricist in the game but you've got a new sound and a cult following. Maybe you're a street rapper who never freestyles. Maybe you're a singer!
XXL Freshman Class Of 2016 Revealed
XXL announced their 2016 Freshman Class this morning. PNB Rock, who indicated that he was present at the XXL Freshman cover shoot earlier this month, did not make the cover. Lil Yachty secured the 10th "Voter's Choice" slot.
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.
HNHH's Picks For The 2016 XXL Freshman List
We, the editors of HNHH, put our heads together this afternoon and picked the 10 artists we deemed most deserving of the 2016 XXL Freshman cover. Tough choices were made. Digital fists of fury were thrown on the HNHH editor email thread. But we feel good about our list. Our list is rock fucking solid. NOTE: according to the official bylaws of XXL, any artist who has released an album on a major label is ineligible for the Freshman cover. Hence, we did not include Bryson Tiller on our list.
G Herbo Is "Definitely" Dropping His Debut Album In 2016
G Herbo's SXSW interview was mostly about basketball, specifically his chances in a 1-on-1 game against his childhood friend and current tourmate Lil Bibby. He digressed briefly to reveal some exciting information. He has big plans for 2016, visuals, records, and his long-awaited debut album.
Cam'Ron Is Going On Tour With G Herbo, Smoke DZA, The Underachievers, & Nyck Caution
This spring, Cam'Ron will hit the road for a 27-show North American tour presented by The Smokers Club. Joining him will be Smoke DZA, G Herbo, The Underachievers, Nyck Caution, Mobsquad Nard, G-Jet, and Liam Tracy. The tour begins in Vancouver on May 31 and weaves through the country before wrapping up in Norfolk, VA in July 14th. His farewell album Purple Haze 2 is due out later this year. This may be one his last tours. Check the full tour schedule below to see if Killa Cam is coming to a city near you.
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.