Behind The Beat: Sounwave
“Mustard on the beat, ho!!!” “DJ Esco... The coolest DJ in the world!” *Repeats first beat of the song four times* “If young Metro don’t trust you, I’mma shoot you…”
TDE Confirms Ab-Soul's Album Is Finished, Jay Rock's 80% Complete
A few days ago, Isaiah Rashad, the lone Southern member of TDE, confirmed that his debut album -- the follow-up to 2014's Cilvia Demo EP -- will be the label's next project, set to drop on Sept. 2. After Rashad, the LA powerhouse will continue to churn out projects, as TDE President Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith revealed today that Ab-Soul recently turned in the final mixes for his next album.
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.
Where Is Isaiah Rashad? Tracking His Movements Since "Cilvia Demo"
It's been 29 months since Isaiah Rashad dropped Cilvia Demo. The celebrated 14-track EP showcased Rashad's capacity for both the cerebral and emotional and left fans eager to hear more. Instead, they have suffered through a veritable drought. Other than Rashad's 2014 tour with ScHoolboy Q, the Chattanooga rapper has kept a decidedly low profile as he's prepared his debut album. In the words of Ab-Soul, the bench is getting warm as fuck. Read on to see what Rashad's been up to since Cilvia Demo.
Schoolboy Q's Album Is "Dropping Before Summer"
TDE CEO and unofficial spokesman Anthony "Top Dawg" Tiffith confirmed Saturday night during an impromptu Twitter Q&A session that ScHoolboy Q's album is dropping before summer. "Q still dropping before summer?" one fan asked. "Hell yeah," Tiffith responded. June 20 is the first day of summer, which means we can expect Q's album to drop on June 3, June 10, or June 17. Tiffith said the album's official release date is "coming soon," as well as the release date for SZA's album.
Why Are All The TDE Members Tweeting At Lance Skiiiwalker?
Slightly less than an hour ago, astute twitter users noticed that each member of TDE, namely, Kendrick Lamar, SZA, ScHoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad and Jay Rock, all tweeted the same thing, tagging the same person.
Live Stream Coachella 2016 To See A$AP Rocky, Ice Cube, & More
Week one of Coachella has arrived, but if you’re reading this you most likely are not among those lucky enough attend the California festival. Don’t worry, we’re in the same boat here at HNHH and we’ve got exactly what you need to help (or perhaps worsen) your crippling FOMO. A live stream of the festival.
J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, & Ice Cube To Headline Pemberton 2016
With festival season approaching, hip hop heads should consider traveling to Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia, Canada this year. Pemberton just announced the full 2016 lineup and it looks very promising. Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, and Ice Cube are all headliners. Also of interest for hip hop enthusiasts: Tyler, the Creator, Tory Lanez, Anderson .Paak, Method Man and Redman, Rae Sremmurd, Joey Bada$$, Miguel, SZA, Mac Miller, Cypress Hill, FKA twigs, Dizzy Wright, Hudson Mohwake, & Pell.
Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, & More To Perform At New NYC Festival Panorama
Goldenvoice, the company that runs Coachella, stirred up some controversy in January when they announced that they were attempting to bring a new festival, Panorama, to NYC. A petition attempting to block the festival circulated but ultimately failed, as the first ever Panorama Music Festival is slated to go down July 22-24 on Randall's Island Park between Manhattan and Queens.
A TDE Project Is Dropping One Random Night This Week
Top Dawg Entertainment CEO Anthony Tiffith is really not playing. He’s been taking heat from impatient fans and label signees alike over the past few months, as people are itching to hear more from his label’s powerhouse of artists.
TDE President Promises Four New Albums This Year
Top Dawg Entertainment had a strong year in 2015, releasing two fantastic albums in Jay Rock’s 90059 and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly. Don’t ever think that they’ll take a minute to rest on their laurel’s though.
Photos: Lauryn Hill, SZA, Raury, Lenny Kravitz & More Perform At Afropunk Fest 2015
This year's Afropunk Fest had a pretty stellar lineup, including performances from the likes of Lenny Kravitz, SZA, Kelis, Raury, Thundercat, and more. We sent photographer Elijah Dominique to the fest, and he came back with some truly amazing shots.
Who Had The Better Verse: Black Hippy (Group Edition)
After years of embarking on a grueling journey to stardom, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, and Jay Rock finally made it. They came up from nothing and are now swimming in the pools of success. Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q both stunned with their respective albums and have forged lanes of their own as Cali's most talented artists. Ab-Soul and Jay Rock aren't lame duck emcees either and can tango with any of your favorite rappers. With the burgeoning development of Isaiah Rashad and SZA, TDE looks to stay on top for years to come.
Hump Day Playlist
It's Hump Day on these internets, and while the term actually refers to the fact that once you're over the hump that is Wednesday your week is (basically) over, we're taking it literally. We've curated a great playlist for Hump Day. That means it's all r'n'b-ish music that should get you in the baby-making mood.
"The Mixtape About Nothing" Vs. "More About Nothing" Vs. "The Album About Nothing"
Wale's Projects About Nothing demonstrated his love for Seinfeld mixed in with a healthy dose of alternative hip hop. The Mixtape About Nothing kicked off the love affair with 19 tracks, mostly containing Best Kept Secret production, but the tape also had some music from The Roots, J Dilla, Lil Wayne, and The Budos Band for healthy measure.
Review: Wale's "Album About Nothing"
Seven years after Wale released his blazing Mixtape About Nothing, he’s released The Album About Nothing. His alternative hip hop style has come a long way in the time since; he’s inked a deal with Rick Ross, had a #2 album with Ambition, and a #1 album with The Gifted.
SZA Elaborates On Her Role In Writing Nicki Minaj & Beyonce's "Feelin' Myself"
Writing credits can tell you a lot about the people involved in the conception of a song, but they unfortunately can't tell you who contributed what. Scanning the liner notes of The Pinkprint revealed plenty of songwriting from Ester Dean, but the most surprising name came up on "Feelin' Myself", Solana Rowe, AKA TDE's resident R&B artist, SZA.
Hit-Boy Says SZA Wrote A Part For Nicki Minaj & Beyoncé's "Feeling Myself"
"Feeling Myself," a Hit-Boy-produced gem from Nicki Minaj's new album, features two of the most powerful women in the game flexing even harder than they did on the "Flawless" remix earlier this year. Apparently, another one of hip-hop's most talented females had a hand in the song's creation. Hit-Boy has just revealed that SZA wrote a part for the track.
Jhene Aiko Announces "Enter The Void" Tour With SZA & The Internet
Jhene Aiko is going girl power for her new tour "Enter The Void," bringing along fellow soft-voiced female singer SZA as well as Odd Future-affiliated group The Internet, which is helmed by Syd the Kyd. Jhene announced the tour today, in support of her debut album Souled Out. The month-long trek kicks off on December 2nd in Washington, D.C., and runs through until December 21st in Minneapolis, MN. Check if it's hitting a city near you below.
Willow Smith Releases New EP "3"
Both Willow Smith and her older brother Jaden Smith have been popping up quite a bit lately, as they've been dropping off some new records on their respective Soundclouds. 14-year old Willow (if you can believe it) dropped off "Cares" yesterday which featured herself on the drums. Today she follows it up with a surprise three-track EP. The short project has one feature from TDE's first lady SZA on the song "9."