Battle rap is quickly growing as a culture. What was almost completely relegated to street corners and Youtube a few years ago has garnered national recognition, more tv programming, Pay-Per-View events, and other attention of the mainstream media.
It's not every day that you get two revered, politically-minded lyricists like Killer Mike and Crooked I on the same track. DJ EFN's new track "If U Run" features both of them, along with Miami's Webbz, who holds his own alongside the two heavyweights. This morning, it's our pleasure to premiere the track.
Emanny has been under Joe Budden's wing for some time, collaborating frequently with the Slaughterhouse MC. For the official remix of "Work On Me" he goes past Budden to nab another Slaughterhouse rapper as the feature, Crooked I or King Crooked as he's been going by these days.
It's been a difficult few weeks. Following the grand jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, a depressingly similar outcome came in New York earlier this week.
If the artwork on Crooked I (AKA KXNG CROOKED)'s new track is to be believed, Eminem's Shady XV is currently the number one album in the country. For the Slaughterhouse member, that's reason to celebrate, as he was included on a few tracks and will most likely never sniff the top spot again.
In just under a month, on November 4th, Joe Budden will release a new album entitled Some Love Lost. Before that, he's decided to spend the entirety of October dumping off tracks that won't appear on the project.
Boaz has been doing a lot lately. The Rostrum Records signee recently delivered two instalments in his Real Name, No Gimmicks mixtape series, (Volume 1 and Volume 2), and at the same time, he's been working on his debut album Intuition.
N$ drops his brand new project Wealthy City exclusively through HotNewHipHop. Hosted by 2014's "it" producer DJ Mustard, the tape features appearances from Crooked I, Joe Moses, AV, Mistah F.A.B., and many more.
Today Boaz dropped his Real Name, No Gimmicks Vol. 1 EP, his first official release as a Rostrum Records artist. In addition to nabbing guest verses from Scarface and TDE president Punch, he rounded up the trio of Crooked I, Sean Price and Chevy Woods for the EP-closing remix of his track "Like This."
HNHH readers were first introduced to NS back in June when the Riverside, CA emcee dropped "No Love." The track was warmly received by readers, who praised both the track's instrumental and the performances from NS and collaborator Joe Moses.
Some of you might know Novel as a Grammy-award winning producer whose written for the likes of Alicia Keys, Leona Lewis, and Lauryn Hill; most you probably know him as "that dude that works with Slaughterhouse." Both parties, however, may miss the mark.