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.
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.
Vince Staples To Release "Prima Donna" EP This Summer
Vince Staples was just revealed to be the third and final star of FADER's annual Summer Music Issue. In his cover story, the author gets to hear some of Staples' latest project, which had been previously unannounced. The story now confirms that Staples is prepping an EP entitled Prima Donna. The "tentative release date" of the project is some time this summer.
Vince Staples Covers FADER
FADER has now unveiled the third and final cover star of its annual Summer Music Issue: Vince Staples. His cover arrives after the magazine revealed the issue's first two starring acts: Rae Sremmurd and the French brothers who make up the rap duo PNL. The new cover shows Vince with his eyes closed and his chin resting on his entwined palms, looking content as can be. The title of his cover story is "Vince Staples, Regular Genius."
Vince Staples Finances Long Beach Youth Arts Program
Vince Staples mentioned Long Beach's Ramona Park approximately 80 times on his debut album Summertime '06 and even allotted the park two of its own tracks: "Ramona Park Legend Pt. 1" and "Ramona Park Legend Pt. 2." "The sun come down and guns come out, you know Ramona Park."
Clams Casino Shares "32 Levels" Artwork & Tracklist
Clams Casino first made his name through producing game-changing records for Lil B like "I'm God," before going on to work with the likes of ASAP Rocky, Mac Miller, Vince Staples. After releasing a number of instrumental projects, both for free and through Tri Angle Records, the New Jersey beatmaker is now finally releasing his official debut album, 32 Levels.
Mac Miller, YG, Vince Staples Shows Postponed Following Shooting At Irving Plaza
Last week's shooting at T.I.'s Irving Plaza show is now the catalyst for a number of New York rap shows being postponed. According to Rolling Stone, Live Nation has pulled the plug on 6 shows that were to take place at Irving Plaza or Gramercy Theatre this week, including performances by Mac Miller, Vince Staples, and YG.
Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd Among Adult Swim's 2016 Singles
Adult Swim has announced the 2016 program for its Singles Program, in which artists give out free singles over the course of the summer. This year's lineup is strong: the list of artists includes Metro Boomin, Vince Staples, Rae Sremmurd, Flying Lotus, Run the Jewels (for the fourth consecutive year), Earl Sweatshirt (with KNX), Mike WiLL Made-It, Thelonius Martin [with Joey Purp], and D∆WN.
10 Essential Clams Casino Tracks
There is something wondrous about the music of Clams Casino. It's hard to believe that the he was once a physical therapist student making beats on the side for fun. Indeed, he does not think like ordinary producers. "To find things to sample, I used to just type a random word-- like "blue" or "cold"-- into LimeWire or BearShare and download the first 10 results," he told Pitchfork in a 2011 interview.
Vince Staples Says His Credit Score Is So High He Might Buy Hip Hop
Part-time rapper and full-time comedian Vince Staples opened up about his quest for a perfect credit score during a recent radio interview with BIGVON on KMEL-San Francisco. “My credit score is looking crazy right now," Staples told BIGVON. “We might have to start flippin’ houses. They think I’m a white man before I show up where I’m showing up,” he laughed. “It’s crazy. You know how much my cable bill is? No installation fees or nothin’… I be living. All because of hip hop.”
Flume's New Album "Skin" Will Feature Raekwon, Allan Kingdom & More
Earlier this year, we got a taste of what’s to come on Flume’s upcoming album with the dope “Smoke & Retribution” featuring Vic Mensa & Kučka. Flume seems ready to stretch his sound out by collaborating with new people, and his recently revealed tracklist shows confirms this.
Best Photos From Coachella Weekend 1
One down, one to go. The first half of Coachella is now over with, and weekend #2 is gonna have to bring a helluva lot of surprises if it wishes to live up to this past weekend. As has been the case in recent years, hip-hop has already been a major part of the lineup. Fans who stormed the grounds to see A$AP Rocky's headlining show were treated to superstar cameos from ScHoolboy Q and Kanye West. The first weekend has already showcased some of Cali's best talent, including YG, Vince Staples, and Anderson.
Live Stream Coachella 2016 To See A$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, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani & More To Perform At Outside Lands 2016
Outside Lands announced its 2016 lineup Tuesday morning. The lineup isn't as hip hop-heavy as some other festivals (headliners = Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, and Lana Del Rey), there are still some pretty big names. J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, Kehlani, Vince Staples, Anderson .Paak and Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram) will all be making appearances. Also of potential interest for hip hop fans: Hiatus Kaiyote, Major Lazer, Lettuce, Ibeyi, Kamasi Washington, Tokimonsta, and The Knocks.
10 Essential Joey Fatts Tracks
Joey Fatts is a California rapper who has been gaining recognition in recent years as the West Coast continues to experience its renaissance. He's close with man-of-the-moment Vince Staples, who Fatts has collaborated with multiple times over the years, most recently on "Farrakhan" off the latest project I'll Call You Tomorrow. In addition to Vince, he's worked with the A$AP crew, Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs, and Danny Brown among others.
G-Eazy Names Best & Most Underrated Rappers On Larry King
Larry King has been welcoming more and more rappers to his show, and this week, it was Bay Area emcee G-Eazy who took the hot seat. With "Me, Myself & I" becoming a successful radio song, Eazy is bigger than ever, but he still remembers his humble beginnings of pushing his music the old fashioned way. “It’s definitely been a long, long…. long, long, long, long, long journey since I was selling burnt CD’s out of my backpack in downtown Oakland,” he told King. “Um, but you appreciate it more, you know?
Behind The Beat: DJ Dahi
2015 sometimes felt like one long coronation of Metro Boomin as hip hop's new production king. In the midst of all the (well-deserved!) Metro hullabaloo, DJ Dahi was quietly putting together a career year for himself. If Metro was a colossus who ravaged and reshaped the hip hop landscape with his rolling hi-hats and catalysmic 808s, Dahi was a chameleon who perambulated unseen through the underbrush. He covered an incredible amount of territory last year, with appearances on albums by Travis Scott, Lupe Fiasco, Jazmine Sullivan, Dr.
Read Vince Staples' Amazing Yelp Review Of A Fried Chicken Restaurant
From his endlessly quotable music to his iconic Twitter presence to his brash personality, Vince Staples has proven himself to be a master at the arts of speech and writing. In all seriousness, he could be a motivational speaker, comedian, and... professional Yelp reviewer.
Vince Staples Rips Spotify On Their Own Stage At SXSW
Vince Staples is one of many rappers who are performing at one of South By Southwest’s many stages, but he is probably one of the few that will badmouth the brand that’s paying him to perform. Staples work is characterized by blunt truths about, well, everything, so it’s no surprise he didn’t hold back during his performance at the Spotify House yesterday.