Get the inside scoop on where to find the best hip hop videos.
Those looking for hip hop videos have no lack of resources to which they can turn. There are Web sites for those seeking the best hip hop videos of the week, month and year; lists of all-time best hip hop videos; and even fan-made videos for the curious viewer. In addition to hip hop music magazines with a Web presence, there are also many excellent Web-exclusive sites geared to fans that update daily.
Those looking for a dose of the latest hip hop news and reviews, as well as videos, should head to SixShot.com. In addition to a news feed, it also features original articles and interviews with famous and not-so-famous hip hop artists and DJs. Besides videos, the site is host to video and audio streams that visitors can view throughout the day. Blastro has a selection of hip hop, R&B and dance videos, along with ringtones and artist biographies. MusicVideoCast has hip hop videos from famous artists and relative unknowns.
The original music video source, MTV, also has a Web site that features a selection of videos that are clips from hip hop's past. BET.com, the cable station's Web home, has a nice music page with current top videos and past hits. Hip Hop Galaxy posts new videos each day, and users can even subscribe to the site's RSS feed. WSHH, a station that bills itself as the CNN of urban media, features breaking news and interviews with video artists.
In addition to a music page, BET is also host to an annual awards show that doles out a trophy to the best hip hop video. In 2007, famous artists like 50 Cent, Ludacris and UGK got the nod; Kanye West won for his video, Stronger. The Online Hip-Hop Awards have been around since 1997. This independent awards body allows fans to choose each year's categories and submit nominations, then vote on their favorites. In 2008, Bun B got the win for his video, You're Everything. Of course, MTV's Video Music Awards are still among the industry's most sought-after honors. In 2008, Lil' Wayne won Best Hip Hop Video for Lollipop, and Kanye West's Good Life received an award for special effects.
When it comes to the best hip hop videos of all time, everybody has an opinion. But a best-of list is often a good overview of hip hop artists, past and present. Take the list offered by Format Magazine, a retrospective of important videos reaching back to 1985. It starts with Run DMC's video, King of Rock, and NWA's Straight Outta Compton, and proceeds straight to Lil' Wayne's 2008 hit, Lollipop. Along the way, it features game changing artists like Tupac, Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Missy Elliot and Kanye West, among many others.
Those looking for a hip hop primer can also head to VH1 to see its 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs, and videos for 82 of its selections. This list is somewhat more eclectic and not arranged chronologically. Visitors will find hits from OutKast (B.O.B), Snoop Dog (Gin and Juice), Dr. Dre (Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang) and Eminem (Stan).
The best hip hop artists and albums are hard to define, but there are some names that frequent the top of those best-of lists compiled by industry magazines. One of these is Nas's Illmatic, a classic from 1994. Nas began making the album when he was just 15, together with Large Professor. Nas's flow had critics comparing him to the hip hop legend, Rakim. Life After Death and Ready to Die, Notorious B.I.G.'s big albums, are often considered to be some of the finest ever made. According to TheBoombox, Big's deep voice and inventive rhymes, combined with his storytelling abilities, ensured his place in the hip hop canon.
In MTV's opinion, Dr. Dre's The Chronic is one of the best produced hip hop albums ever made. Not only was it a huge crossover hit, it also featured rising star, Snoop Dogg. There are two Tupac albums that frequently get mention: All Eyez on Me, which the rapper recorded shortly after he was released from prison, and Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, his last album. Though Tupac did not top the charts in his lifetime, Killuminati rocked the charts after the star's premature death.