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Raekwon The Chef is an iconic member of the hip-hop community. Aside from being one of the driving forces of the Wu-Tang Clan, arguably the most influential group in the history of hip-hop, the Chef has had quite the solo career dating back to the early 90s. A true pioneer of the game, Raekwon has no plans of slowing down.

After giving us five memorable albums and some undeniable classic records over the years, Raekwon is set to drop his 6th solo studio album Fly International Luxurious Art on April 28th and the anticipation is high. “I know pretty much everyone knows what I’m capable of doing and now I think people just want to make sure they can see the growth…I’m excited, man. I truly believe we have another classic on our hands,” Rae tells us in our exclusive interview with the OG.

The Chef recently dropped a record titled ‘Wall To Wall‘ featuring French Montana and Busta Rhymes, calling it “a dope underground record that had an anthem feel to it.” While it’s not considered a single from the album, fans can expect to hear the New York-inspired track on F.I.L.A. on April 28th. Rae also said he has a few surprises in terms of features and producers, but wants to keep it that way until the album drops. He did reveal, however, that he has songs with producers S1 and Scoop DeVille on the album, whom he considers very talented.

For the rest of our sit down, Raekwon reminisced on his successful #TBT series that he ran towards the end of 2014, his take on today’s industry and how he feels about the current realm of artists, whether or not he listens to other artists; more information surrounding Fly International Luxurious Art and what we can expect from his label IceH2O Records in the near future.

Click below to read our exclusive interview with Raekwon (we earlier interviewed him in December 2012 which you can read here) and pre-order Fly International Luxurious Art here.

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If you’ve heard latest projects from Chinx and Fabolous, you have definitely heard about Velous. The singer-rapper-producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from upstate Kingston, NY has been steadily making a name for himself in the industry with his talent. He recently earned placements on Fabolous’ album The Young OG Project and Chinx’s Cocaine Riot 5 mixtape.

Velous is also known in the circles for reportedly producing Kanye West’s long awaited single ‘All Day’ from his upcoming 7th studio album. In an exclusive chat with us, he confirmed the production credit for the first time while also revealing that the song now sounds different from the leaked snippet which came out a few months ago. He also clears up confusion about him producing a song for J. Cole and talks about signing with French Montana’s Coke Boys imprint, working with Fabolous and more.

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Ludacris is back and he sounds hungry. In between doing his Luda Verses, the Platinum selling and GRAMMY award winning rapper & actor released his 6 song EP Burning Bridges last week exclusively on Google Play. The quality project took people who had written him off by surprise.

Before Luda reprises his role as Tej Parker in Furious 7 on April 3, 2015, he will be releasing his 8th studio album Ludaversal on March 31, 2015. He has some pressure on him to deliver but the man sounds ready. We recently caught up with him to chat about fan reaction to Burning Bridges, why his fans need to grow with him, what we can expect from Ludaversal, what rappers from the new generation he’s digging and more.

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Kid Ink is flying high on the success of his two singles — ‘Show Me’ and ‘Main Chick’ which appear on his much acclaimed major label debut album My Own Lane. The L.A. rapper started off as an indie artist, creating a major following in the underground scene. He then graduated to a major label situation by signing with RCA last January.

While in L.A. and about to fly to Montreal to perform at the Osheaga music festival, he hopped on the phone with us for a quick chat about his success, his upcoming plans and more.

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Dawaun Parker may not be a name that strikes you immediately but if you’re a credits reader and pay attention to detail, the name can not be missed. Dawaun Parker has been signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment as a producer and songwriter for many years now. From producing hit records for 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Jay Z & more to co-producing nearly every song on Eminem’s Relapse, Dawaun has been in the studio with the best of the best.

His latest outing is 50 Cent & Trey Songz’ latest single ‘Smoke‘ for which is credited as a co-producer. We had the chance to speak to Dawaun about his contribution to the song, how it’s like to work with Dr. Dre, allegations that Dre doesn’t produce his own beats, whether Detox will ever come out, working with his artist Phil Beaudreau, building his own company AoE and much more.

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King Los is a free agent right now, having announced his departure from Diddy’s Bad Boy Records yesterday on Sway In The Morning show. The talented MC held a listening session last night at the Quad Recording Studios in NYC for his upcoming mixtape Zero Gravity II which is due out on March 24th.

HHNM was able to to do a quick chat with Los to discuss his decision to move away from Bad Boy and his plans for the future.

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