10 Rappers Turned Social Activists
Materialism and humanitarianism are often at odds in hip hop. Actavis and activism do not always go hand-in-hand. But hip hop is a world unto itself, and countless rappers have used their platform to fight for the underprivileged.
Vic Mensa Pulls Out Of Detroit Show Following Venue's Anti-"Black Lives Matter" Tweets
Populux, a venue in Detroit drew some negative attention to itself this week after a number of racist tweets criticizing the Black Live Matter movement were sent out from the venue's account. After catching wind of the tweets, which essentially pinned the Dallas shooting on Black Lives Matter, Obama, and liberals in general, Vic Mensa announced that he would no longer be performing at the Detroit club, posting screenshots from the now deleted tweets as explanation.
The 10 Best Hip Hop Protest Songs Since The Trayvon Martin Shooting
It feels as though the never-ending cycle of violence in the United States is threatening to swallow the country whole. The unconscionable combination of the Alton Sterling and Philando Castile shootings within a 24-hour window this week has already sparked several protest songs in the realm of hip hop.
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of June 2016
ICYMI: HNHH recently launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The 40-track playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all supa-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify (e.g. those recent ScHoolboy Q releases). Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop.
10 Essential Vic Mensa Tracks
Vic Mensa has dramatically changed his entire aesthetic since dropping his debut mixtape Innanetape in 2013 at age 19. Innanetape received a 98% reader rating on HNHH. It was a fantastic mixtape. Why the change?
Usher & Vic Mensa Sign With Scooter Braun For Management
Scooter Braun’s management roster just got a whole lot stronger this week. According to Billboard, Save Money rapper Vic Mensa & ATL legend Usher have both signed new management deals with SB Projects, bka Brauns's company.
Every Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa Collaboration
There's been some recent talk that Chance The Rapper and Vic Mensa aren't currently on the best of terms, a thought that has upset fans of both artists, who've been collaborating for years.
Meet SaveMoney's Joey Purp: A Bracing New Presence In Chicago Rap
It's been the better part of four years since the SaveMoney comrade turned professional emcee Joey Purp released his debut project, The Purple Tape, which dropped on his 18th birthday.
Vic Mensa: "I Don't Do My People Dirty"
There has been a fair amount of speculation on whether or not Vic Mensa's Instagram picture of a blurred out Chance the Rapper, coupled with his combustible L.A. Leakers freestyle, constituted a shot at Chance.
Malik Yusef: "There Is No Beef Between Chance The Rapper & Vic Mensa"
Vic Mensa seemed to hint strongly that he had terminated his friendship with Chance the Rapper last week by A) obscuring Chance in a picture of the two of them with Jay Z and Beyonce, B) shouting out the rest of his Savemoney homies in ensuing Instagram posts, & C) calling out an unknown party in an
Artists React To Mass Shooting In Orlando
Saturday night, an attack on attendees of gay nightclub Pulse Orlando left 50 dead and 53 injured. The world is still in shock over the news, but many have spent their Sunday in collective mourning over the shooting. Many working in music have also shared thoughts about the Orlando tragedy, mostly sending prayers to the city and those who lost loved ones. Solange shared some words in support of the LGBTQ community, writing, "A celebration of pride, identity, love & life, now ends w hate & horrible horrible tragedy. This world man. My heart goes out...
Vic Mensa And Joey Purp Announce "Back With A Vengeance" Tour
Vic Mensa has been making plenty of noise lately, between his release of 7-track EP There's Alot Going On and initiation of a beef with his (former) friend Chance the Rapper.
Stream Young Chop's New Album "King Chop"
Young Chop is building Chop Squad Records from the ground up. Last night, the 23-year-old Chicago rapper released his new album King Chop. Like many producers, Chop has tired of letting rappers get all the glory. He proved his rapping chops on songs like "Bruce Lee" -- his slow, sure-footed flow is the source of his vocal charisma. You can't rush this man.
Vic Mensa Blatantly Obscures Chance The Rapper's Face From Group Pic With Jay Z & Beyonce
Lately, Jay Z and Beyonce have been infatuated with two of Chicago's brightest young stars, both thought to be part of the same SaveMoney crew. Jay Z signed Vic Mensa to Roc Nation over a year ago, and it's unclear if Hov is interested in any business dealings with Chance the Rapper, but the Coloring Book emcee has posted a few recent pictures of himself kicking back with hip-hop's royal couple.
Vic Mensa's "There's Alot Going On" (Review)
It's pretty strange to think that Vic Mensa's new EP, There's Alot Going On, is his first project in three years. Since 2013, when he broke into public consciousness, first with an appearance on Chance The Rapper's "Cocoa Butter Kisses," then with his own Innanetape, Vic's status has continued to rise at a rate uncommon for a guy with one tape and a few loosies to his name.
Vic Mensa Kicked Off United Airlines Flight For Reportedly Talking On The Phone To A Depressed Fan
United Airlines must have a thing against rappers, because just a few weeks after giving Wale a hard time and causing the MMG rapper to miss his flight, the airlines reportedly kicked off Roc Nation rapper Vic Mensa from his flight on Monday afternoon as well, which happened to be on his 23rd birthday too.
Vic Mensa Releases New EP "There's A Lot Going On"
While his long awaited debut album, Traffic, continues to be worked on, Vic Mensa decides to hold fans over with a new EP in the meantime called There’s A Lot Going On.
Vic Mensa Reveals "There's Alot Going On" Tracklist
At the beginning of the week, Vic Mensa revealed the cover art and title for a new project, possibly a mixtape, titled There's Alot Going On. Now that we're nearing the end of the week, he keeps the momentum going with the reveal of the project's tracklist.
Vic Mensa Announces "There's Alot Going On" Project
Vic Mensa is getting ready to take the summer by storm. Today, the Chicago rapper has revealed what appears to be a new project, titled, There's Alot Going On. He has given us nothing but the artwork and title, but a few clues point out that it is likely the mixtape that will precede his impending debut album.
Stream Joey Purp's Mixtape "iiiDrops"
Joey Purp is undoubtedly one of the most talented members of Chicago's vaunted Savemoney crew, but he hasn't enjoyed the shine of his crewmates Chance the Rapper and Vic Mensa, probably because he hadn't released a project in over three years... until Friday, when he delivered his highly-anticipated mixtape iiiDrops. iiiDrops features appearances from Chance, Vic, Mick Jenkins, Saba, and theMIND. Production comes from Thelonious Martin, Knox Fortune, Smoko Ono, Ducko McFli, Garren (who produced "Smoke Break"), and more.