20 Legendary Rapper Yearbook Photos
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters. We're gonna take you on a tour of 20 rapper yearbook photos, an expansion of our previous list.
Tyler, The Creator & Vince Staples Show Love For Tyga
Tyga occupies a unique space in hip hop, in which he is generally respected for his bars but doesn't seem get much respect as a person. Despite his fiery new release "Gucci Snakes," many questioned his signing with G.O.O.D. Music.
A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, & Vince Staples Among New Members Of Alexander Wang's #WangSquad
Superdesigner Alexander Wang is currently in the process of gearing up for the release of his fall line. Tuesday afternoon he announced the newest additions to his #WangSquad with a series of Polaroids.: A$AP Ferg, Big Sean, Vince Staples, Tinashe, Metro Boomin, Skrillex, RL Grime, Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Zoe Kravitz, headline an assortment of artists, models, and other celebrities.
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.”
Vote: Who Had The Best Project Of August 2016?
Summer is fast turning to autumn, vacation to school. Soon, the sun's oppressive reign will end and give way to increasingly temperate conditions. With August in the books, we look back at ten of the most notable hip hop and R&B albums and mixtapes of the month and ask our readers to decide which one they believe is the best. Pour one out for Noname's Telefone, which came out on July 31. Here are the ten:
Vince Staples' "Prima Donna" (Review)
Vince Staples' music has always been jarring and arresting, but that's usually thanks to his voice and his words more than any of the instrumentals he chooses. Sure, 2014's "Blue Suede" is built around a synth line that sounds like an air-raid siren, but is that more hair-raising than hearing a 21-year-old rap the line, "Hope I outlive the red roses"?
The Best Hip Hop Songs (On Spotify) Of August 2016
Earlier this year, HNHH launched a Spotify playlist called FIRE EMOJI: The Hottest Hip Hop Songs Right Now. The playlist is updated on a daily basis. It lives on Spotify and thus is inherently imperfect, because not all super-hot hip hop songs have been added to Spotify. Still, the playlist is generally representative of the best new releases in hip hop and R&B.
Vince Staples' "Prima Donna" EP Is Debuting On Beats 1 Radio Right Now [UPDATE: Stream The EP Now]
The other week, Vince Staples announced the follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album, Summertime '06, with a new EP titled Prima Donna. The West Coast rapper wasn't letting fans wait too long for it either, announcing the EP's release date would follow just ten days after the project's announcement. He also revealed the artwork and tracklist at the same time.
Vince Staples Shares "Prima Donna" Release Date, Tracklist & Artwork
Vince Staples has announced that his Prima Donna EP, his first release since his groundbreaking debut album, last year's Summertime '06, will be out on August 26. He has also revealed the EP's 6-song tracklist as well as its cover artwork. The tracklist shows features from Kilo Kish, who appeared on two Summertime tracks, as well as A$AP Rocky, who will guest on the title track. The newly unveiled cover art shows Vince's huge, ballooned head protruding from a normal-sized neck and body.
5 Rappers Who Should Have Their Own Beats 1 Shows
With the announcement that Travis Scott will be getting his own show on Beats 1 Radio show, it's clear that Apple is not slowing down in handing out airtime to rappers. Travis joins artists like Drake, DJ Khaled, Pharrell, and eventually, Chance The Rapper (last we heard at least), on the network, and it's got us thinking about who else would be a good fit.
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.