Staff Picks Playlist (September 30)
A whole heap of new music came through at the end of this week, including albums from Danny Brown, Dave East, DJ Mustard, and Solange. Those each deserve repeat spins, but for a recap of all that surfaced in the hip-hop world over the past week -- one that shows just how expansive the genre is today -- then press play on our latest Staff Picks SoundCloud playlist.
Stream Que's New EP "Lost Dawg"
Ascendant Atlanta rapper and vanquisher of frat bros' beer pong dreams, Que comes through this lovely Monday afternoon with a new 6-track EP entitled Lost Dawg.
Yo Gotti, DeJ Loaf, Que & More Confirmed For SXSW 2015 [Update: Big K.R.I.T., E-40, Run The Jewels & Tons More Added]
It's that time of year again. After we got the lineups for Coachella and NYC's Governer's Ball last week, Austin's annual South By Southwest event has unveiled its preliminary list of performers. More will be added in the coming weeks, but for now check out the confirmed artists from the hip-hop/R&B world below.
140 Bars Or Less: Tweets Of The Week (December 27)
So that does it. This is the final 140 Bars Or Less of the year. While many were shedding melancholic tears at the year's final days and others totally checked out because of holiday festivities, the news kept coming in to give a fitting end to one of the most divisive years in recent memory.
Samples Of The Week: October 30
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 Drake, T.I. and Que & Problem sampled on their recent tracks, all of which can be found on HNHH.
Stream Que's "Who Is Que" EP
Que's "OG Bobby Johnson" took off quickly and unexpectedly. Then again, it was probably in heavy rotation within Atlanta before graduating to nationwide hit status. The track earned it's own all-star remix just this month, recruiting Snoop Dogg, A$AP Ferg, and Pusha T for the occasion, and Que now delivers his debut EP, Who Is Que for free stream, before it becomes available for purchase tomorrow.