Stream "The Birth of a Nation" Album, Featuring Nas, Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne, Pusha T, & More
"Birth of a Nation," the upcoming Nat Turner biopic, has faced no shortage of controversy and calls to boycott due to a rape scandal surrounding the film's star, director, and writer Nate Parker. Perhaps less controversial than the film is its accompanying album, The Birth of a Nation: The Inspired By Album. 16 tracks in length, it features appearances from Pusha T, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Lil Wayne, Nas, Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Ne-Yo, Wale, The Game, Anthony Hamilton, LeCrae, Vic Mensa, Trey Songz, and many more.
Behind The Beat: Flume
One day, many years before he became internationally known, Flume sat down at a computer with his friend Killian and started working on a song called “Hectic Sausage.” “What do you get if you take all the sausages in the world and put them together?” Killian asked at the song’s outset, his voice pitched down to the sub-baritone growl of Emperor Zurg. “The biggest damn sausage you ever seen.”
Vic Mensa Says Jay Z's New Music Is "Fresh As Fuck"
Vic Mensa is busy touring with Save Money friend/rapper Joey Purp, for his "Back With a Vengeance" tour.
Police Accuse Vic Mensa Of Stealing After Spending $4,000 At Department Store
Vic Mensa, a rapper whose recent music has dealt with police injustice (and brutality) against black men, claims that cops pulled him and his friends over and accused them of stealing from Barneys, after they had apparently spent $4,000 at the high-end department store. After police eventually let them go, Mensa went on his Snapchat to vent about the incident. He speaks to the camera and then points it at a police officer, saying, "I'm tired of dealing with these motherfuckers."
Vic Mensa Speaks On Dropping Acid, Debut Album & More
Vic Mensa recently graced the stage at his hometown festival, Lollapalooza, where he took the opportunity to debut two new records. He's following up the performance with a new interview with Phoenix New Times, where he speaks on his recent EP There's A Lot Going On, drugs and more.
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.