For this installment of iHipHop’s Instagram Babe of the Week we have Niykee Heaton, the South African-born, Illinois-raised singer/songwriter who hit it big when she did an acoustic cover of Chief Keef’s “Love Sosa” which has since garnered well over two million views. In turn Niykee caught the attention of record labels and inked a deal with All Def Digital and Capitol Records. But Niykee is perhaps best known for her much lurked Instagram account, which has over 880k followers. And with a quick glance at her account it isn’t a shocker why her good looks overshadow her musicial abilities. Niykee Heaton is notorious for setting out #ThirstTraps and it isn’t difficult seeing as how she is one of the finest babes out. In the slideshow we’ve complied a healthy collection of Niykee’s best Instagram pics. Get at it after the jump.

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Thursday is here, so that can only mean one thing: old school hip-hop pics! Today we’ve another set of 25 throwback pics. Check them all out in the slideshow after the jump. Enjoy.

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Thanksgiving is here! Thanksgiving is here! But it’s not all fun and games and stuffing your face with food. While we sit comfortably in our humble abode with our loved ones, celebrating with a feast, there are those who go out and make sure to help those in need. Sadly, however, rappers aren’t exactly the first profession that’d cross your mind as being “helpful” as these are merely gangsters, drug dealers, and entertainers, right? Wrong. For example Birdman and Cash Money are participating in their 20th annual Turkey Giveaway this week. And that’s not all, as rappers like Jeezy, T.I., and Ludacris regularly find themselves helping local Atlanta natives enjoy their Thanksgiving as well. So, we here at iHipHop decided we’d attempt to dispel the myths of rappers being careless and lazy, and showcase their good deeds, by assembling a picture slideshow of them giving back on Thanksgiving. Enjoy and happy Thanksgiving!

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The Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed after an encounter with police, has sent shockwaves across the world. Many of those whom have ties to the hip-hop community were extremely upset and took to the internet to share their grievances, questioning when justice will be served. Everyone from T.I. to El-P to Lord Jamar sounded off, letting their voice be heard. Azealia Banks was perhaps the most controversial in her remarks regarding the Ferguson grand jury decision, lambasting the decision by writing “I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!” in addition to other inflammatory statements. Check out what rappers had to say on the Ferguson grand jury after the jump.

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It’s Friday, so you know what that means. Instagram Babe of the Week. Last week we introduced you to Lisa Galore, a fine dime piece. This week we’ve got Dominique Chinn, a woman who sports a naturally voluptuous body. In addition to her sensational figure Dominique has also been blessed with a gorgeous face; a pair of juicy full lips and pretty eyes to round off her package of curvy beauty. Check out our Instagram Babe of the Week, Dominique Chinn after the jump!

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Last Thursday we introduced a new weekly segment here at iHipHop in which we post 25 old school hip-hop photos as part of the internet phenomena known as Throwback Thursday. And for our second installment of #ThrowbackThursday we again have scoured the deepest, darkest depths of the ‘net to bring you more vintage rap photos you’ve probably never seen before. This week we’ve got some goodies, for sure. Mark Wahlberg playing ball with Will Smith, Wesley Snipes, OutKast, Mya, and L.A. Reid circa 1996, Bun B and Pimp C in high school, and Prodigy of Mobb Deep like you’ve never seen him! Peep the photos after the jump. Enjoy!

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Throwback Thursday. Everyone and their mother partakes in the weekly internet phenomena that is sweeping the Western world, in which one shares old school images on various popular social networking sites (most notably Instagram). And perhaps the genre of music to receive the most love via this tradition is hip-hop, as many (including the artists themselves) share vintage snaps of various rap acts over the decades. Some even dating back to its infancy. So, we here at iHipHop, being the obsessive rap fans that we are, have decided we would partake in this lore as well and share 25 old school hip-hop photos each and every Thursday. This week we’ve got some goodies, including photos of a young Kanye West, Nas & Jay Z before the beef, and even Allen Iverson chillin’ with some notable rappers of the 2000s. Check them all out after the jump! Enjoy.

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It’s difficult to say anything that hasn’t already been said before, as we’ve had exactly 20 years to process the greatness that is Nas’ 1994 debut, Illmatic. Basically everything that needs to be said has already been said. Without even hearing a single beat, sample or rhyme from the album, you already know what Illmatic is. And with 20 years under its (championship) belt the acknowledgement of its greatness is brought right back up on its anniversary, including the release of director one9′s Nas: Time Is Illmatic, a documentary film that chronicles the circumstances leading up to the groundbreaking record.

And we here at iHipHop thought we would honor Nas’ Illmatic in the only way we see fit: counting down the album’s 20 absolute best lyrics. Of course, this was quite a daunting task for us seeing as there’s easily more than 20 incredible, groundbreaking lyrics on Illmatic. But we tried our best. After the jump!

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We are halfway through 2014 and we’ve already been blessed with many great albums so far. But who shall deliver during the second half? Will Kanye drop a Yeezus 2? Is Jay Rock’s album ever coming out? More after the jump!
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It’s hard to fathom but The Notorious B.I.G.’s seminal masterpiece from 1994, Ready to Die, officially turns twenty. The album is, to this day, renowned in the hip-hop community not only for its incredible longevity but its stark storytelling about growing up in the ghetto and experiences as a young criminal. The album was significant in pushing hip-hop as an art form and critics took note, praising Biggie for his poignant, semi-autobiographical lyrics and vivid imagery. We thought it would be fitting to look back at these said lyrics, primarily those that are still ill to this very day.

See the full list after the jump.

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It’s safe to say hip-hop isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. And thankfully it doesn’t have to as there is plenty of talent out there to carry the game for years to come. In addition, there’s always a slew of new talent cropping up in the scene. Be it due to hard work or going viral, dozens of fresh rappers are gaining exposure every year. Peep our list of the 10 rappers you probably don’t know about in 2014, but will soon be seeing everywhere.

Honorable Mentions: Sulaiman (Hook, Line, and Sinker), Cavalier (The Offering), Rast RFC (Across West 3rd Street), Antwon (Heavy Hearted in Doldrums), Jimmy Johnson (In God We Trust), GoldLink (The God Complex), Robb Bank$ (Tha City).

Check out the full list after the jump.

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The Top 10 Hip-Hop Documentaries

 |  September 5, 2014
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Documentaries are an educational tool; whether in the classroom or simply as a medium to inform on a specific subject of value. That being said many might, on the surface, find hip-hop a less likely candidate for the documentarian’s focus. On the contrary, hip-hop’s rich and often complex history is the perfect catalyst for filmmaking. And given hip-hop’s modus operandi has as much to do with the visual aspect as it does with the auditory, putting the art form to film just makes sense.

So without further ado, iHipHop decided on a list of the top 10 best hip-hop documentaries. Check it out after the jump.

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Bey-Z rises from the rubble unscathed. Amber Rose pulls a J-Lo with her almost-not-a-dress. Nicki pulls her dress together by seams. RiFF RaFF, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift play their positions clumsily and look really and truly not cool bruh. Check the pics and videos after the jump.
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