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hhs 2013 year-in-review
2 January, 2014 11:02 am

Nevermind the above graphic, Detox has been on this list the last ten years. Anyway, here’s what we can look forward to in 2014, in no particular order. 30% of this list will not come out, and this list represents likely only 30% of the actual amount of hip-hop albums that will be released this [cont.]

2 January, 2014 9:16 am

We pick hip-hop’s 10 best music videos and the 10 best viral videos of 2013. 2013′s Best Music Videos 10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – “White Walls” (feat. Schoolboy Q + Hollis) – Directed by Ryan Lewis & Macklemore – The success of 2012′s The Heist gave Macklemore and Ryan Lewis a little bit of [cont.]

28 December, 2013 9:11 am

Each year we are flooded with mixtape releases from just about everyone. The medium has gone from the old school days of “blend tapes” to a platform spotlighting exclusives, without the rules or constraints of the music industry. This has allowed artists to preview new music, not worry about clearing samples, and jack other artists’ [cont.]

26 December, 2013 6:17 pm

Each year we forgo the usual “top songs” lists, because 1) the iTunes/Billboard charts will tell you that, and 2) we usually don’t agree at all. Instead, we go back to our 12″ vinyl single foundations and present a list of the best loose, underground tracks that didn’t have an official album or artist mixtape [cont.]

24 December, 2013 5:09 pm

Our yearly Blog So Hard mix will hit this Friday, Blog So Hard 3: B-Side Wins Again, collecting 2013′s 25 best underground cuts that didn’t have an album or official mixtape to call home, released primarily via the blog scene. The mix is finished, and the tracklist will be revealed later this week on our [cont.]

23 December, 2013 8:57 am

The major labels often release the biggest albums of the year, however that doesn’t always insure quality. It was hard to find 10 releases that we rated @@@@ or above from the major label system, with many of the releases on this list only scoring 3.5. That being said, here are the “best” major label [cont.]

21 December, 2013 4:23 pm

Each year, the indie hip-hop albums always deliver much stronger product than their major label counterparts, so it’s harder to narrow it down to just 10 releases. That being said, 2013 was a strong year for independent hip-hop, with many of our favorite artists returning to the game. Here’s our picks for the 10 strongest [cont.]

19 December, 2013 2:19 pm

The cover art is perhaps the most important aspect in the presentation of an album. Nobody likes to admit it, but people do judge books – or albums for that matter – by their covers. If the cover makes a striking statement, like many of these do, it begs the consumer to listen. The philosophy [cont.]

17 December, 2013 4:56 am

There were a lot of hilariously bad album covers this year, suffering from poor art direction, over pretentiousness, or complete jumbled messes. Here’s a look at the year’s biggest eyesores in hip-hop cover art. 10. Tyga – Hotel California – Hey bro, even rich people don’t wear fur coats in California. In the daytime. It’s [cont.]

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