The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of July 2016
HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
Stream Lil Durk’s New Album “Lil Durk 2X”
After a couple delays & setback, Lil Durk has finally released his long awaited 2X album on iTunes today.
Hip Hop Reacts To The Philando Castile Killing
Less than 24 hours after police officers shot and killed 37-year-old black man Alton Sterling on Baton Rouge, LA, a Minnesota cop fatally shot 32-year-old Phlando Castile, also a black man, at at traffic stop on Wednesday night.
Stream RiFF RAFF's New Album "Peach Panther"
RiFF RAFF made a name for himself with his knack for colorful wordplay and formally announced his presence on the scene with his 2014 debut album Neon Icon. On his sophomore album Peach Panther, Riff dives deeper into the trap abyss by calling on producers like Metro Boomin, DJ Spinz, and the gentleman of 808 Mafia. If you liked "Carlos Slim," you're gonna love Peach Panther.
Lil Durk Shares Tracklist For "LilDurk2x" Sophomore Album
UPDATE: The "digital deluxe" version of LilDurk2x also includes a collab with Future entitled "Hated On Me." Those interested in going deluxe can pre-order the album here. Original text below:
Lil Durk Shares "LilDurk2x" Artwork, Features & Release Date
LilDurk2x is another release that's been delayed, as it was originally set to drop on May 1. Due to the quality of his last couple of tracks, though, fans are still more than eager for a new Durk tape, and the OTF rapper is gonna make sure to provide them with a fresh batch of tunes for the summer season. Durk now promises that LilDurk2x will be out on June 24, and along with the release date, he also took the time to share the project's cover art -- showing his two sons -- as well as the guests who will appear on the tape.
Top Tracks: May 23 - May 29
Happy Memorial Day. The past week has been a wild one, what with the chaos at T.I.’s NYC show, Gucci Mane’s release from prison, and a new Kevin Gates tape. Summer’s officially here, so expect things to keep picking up in the rap game— we’ve got a ScHoolboy Q album, SremmLife 2, and a bunch of other heat on the way. On the top tracks side of things, there was quite a bit of turnover in our list this week, with only the bottom and top tracks from the last edition making return appearances.
Riff Raff Shares "Peach Panther" Artwork, Tracklist & Release Date
Riff Raff has laid down all the details regarding his upcoming album, Peach Panther, the follow-up to 2014's Neon Icon. Jody Highroller went on Instagram to share the Peach Panther cover art and tracklisting. He also gave the album a release date of June 24.
Lil Durk Announces "LilDurk2x" Mixtape
With a productive 2015 in the books, Lil Durk has finally announced his first mixtape of 2016: LilDurk2x, currently slated for a May 1st release.
Photo Diary: SXSW
March 15 & March 16 We're taking on SXSW literally as I type this. As I type this, I'm sitting in a studio in Austin suburbia, where we expect to create some fire emoji collaborations with everyone from Nessly to Audio Push to Skeme to Allan Kingdom and more. However let's rewind a couple of days, and run through everything we've seen and done in our two days since landing in the Lone Star state.
Behind The Beat: C-Sick
C-Sick has been one of Chicago's hardest working producers for quite a few years now, and within the last little while, his name has begun to catch up with his impressive body of work. Recently working with artists like Meek Mill, Lil Durk, and Chance The Rapper, as well as keeping up relationships with longtime collaborators King Louie and Logic, the producer is more recognized than he's ever been, but his work ethic has remained the same throughout.
Lil Durk Previews Fire Collab With Young Thug
Lil Durk went on Instagram today to give fans a preview of a collab he's got on deck with Young Thug. In the clip, Durk sings along with what sounds like the hook, on which Thug namedrops both 2Pac and GuWop. One can hear Durk rapping a few seconds of a verse before the clip ends, and though it's just a snippet, this ish is sounding very hot.
Lil Durk Announces "300 Days, 300 Nights" Tour
Lil Durk set out on an exhaustive Remember My Name over the course of the summer to give all his fans around the United States a chance to see him in person.
Staff Picks Playlist (December 18)
We received three kinda-big mixtapes earlier this week, from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Durk and Juicy J; and Pusha T and Chris Brown made sure we ended the week on high note with new albums from either artists. However the week wasn't none too crazy when it comes to singles, although Ferg made a splash with "New Level," it hasn't made it's way on to SoundCloud yet.
Lil Durk Shares "300 Days, 300 Nights" Tracklist With Meek Mill, Dej Loaf & More
Lil Durk's 300 Days, 300 Nights mixtape was originally set to drop in October, but now that the official tracklist has arrived, it's sure to be worth the extra wait.
Lil Durk Announces New Release Date For “300 Days 300 Nights" Mixtape; Reveals Artwork
Originally set to arrive on his 23rd birthday (10/19), Lil Durk’s 300 Days 300 Nights mixtape is now expected to drop on December 15.
Lil Durk Apparently Declined To Spit A Verse On Chief Keef's "Don't Like"
Lil Durk's career has turned out pretty swimmingly, but it's possible that he could be an even bigger star at the moment, if he opted to rap a verse on Chief Keef's seminal 2012 drill anthem "Don't Like." In a new interview with HNHH, Young Chop described how "Don't Like" came together. The people in the room at the time were Durk, Chop, and Keef. Keef was writing furiously to the beat Chop had just played him. Lil Reese was on his way to join them.
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.
Staff Picks Playlist (November 13)
Yo guys. It's Friday the 13th. Has any spooky shit happened yet? As you head into the weekend, with plenty of new albums to stream/download (Ty Dolla $ign aka our digital cover star, Logic, Jeezy, Skeme...), we've compiled our weekly Staff Picks playlist for your listening pleasure.
Spike Lee Defends Use Of Humor In "Chi-Raq," Shares More Movie Footage
A few days ago (Nov. 3), Spike Lee shared the trailer to "Chi-Raq," his upcoming film starring Samuel J. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, and more. The preview suggested that the plot would focus on the efforts of women in inner-city Chicago to unite and convince their male significant others to lay down their weapons.