Anderson .Paak Details the Joy DJ Premier & Dr. Dre Had Working Together (Video)

When Dr. Dre released Compton, his first solo album since 1999, one of the songs that generated the most excitement was “Animals.” The track featured Dre and Anderson .Paak on

10 Things You May Not Know About Rawkus Records (Audio)

Though it kept a lower profile than companies like Def Jam and Bad Boy, in the late 90s and early 00s, there were few, if any record labels, that carried

The Game & Kendrick Lamar Put In Work Over a Flip of an Erykah Badu Classic (Audio)

As the October 9 release of The Game’s The Documentary 2 album approaches, the excitement for the project is mounting. The Compton MC has released several songs showcasing the forthcoming

Big KRIT Discusses Having to Choose Between Eating & Paying His Phone Bill (Video)

Big K.R.I.T. now has 2 major record label album releases and several years of touring under his belt, which has afforded him a life of financial stability. Just 6 years

Rubble Kings: The Mixtape Features The Sounds That Laid the Foundation for Hip-Hop (Audio)

This Summer, the documentary Rubble Kings took audiences deep inside the world of the gangs that ruled New York City from the late 1960s to the mid-70s. The film follows

TIDAL is Raising the Ante by Bringing Prince, Beyonce & Jay Z Together in an All-Star Concert

Despite persistent rumors that streaming music service TIDAL is struggling in the face of stiff competition from YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, the Jay Z-owned platform is pulling out all

Narcos Supplies the Raw Power & Grit of the Purest Form of Hip-Hop (Video)

Since Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five’s seminal 1982 song, “The Message,” Hip-Hop, in its purest form has been a window into worlds otherwise unseen. It was that raw and

The Game Says Doctor’s Advocate Was Better Than The Documentary (Video)

The Game was in New York City last week and he stopped by The Breakfast Club to promote the forthcoming release of his highly-anticipated album, The Documentary 2. Without an

Happy Birthday to Young Jeezy. He’s Celebrating With Gold Bottles (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Young Jeezy who turns 37 tomorrow (9/28). He celebrates early with the release of “Gold Bottles,” the latest in his Sunday Service series. Jeezy is releasing new

Run the Jewels’ Meow the Jewels Is Now Available for Free Download (Mixtape)

Last year, Run the Jewels’ highly-anticipated album, Run the Jewels 2, was leaked on the internet. Not ones to cry over spilt milk, the duo of Killer Mike & El-P

Anderson .Paak Continues to Show What Dr. Dre & DJ Premier Already Knew. He’s a True Talent (Video)

Anderson .Paak has had an unbelievable year. The Los Angeles artist shared billing with Dr. Dre on 6 of the Compton album’s 16 tracks, and he had already been working

Some Very Respected People Think This 17-Year Old MC Is The Future of Hip-Hop. Meet A-F-R-O (Video)

A storm is coming, and his name is A-F-R-O. Last year, the 17-year old MC won a Rap competition judged by R.A. The Rugged, Talib Kweli, Murs, Jean Grae, Vinnie

The Game Takes Biggie’s Kick in the Door Beat & Adds Some Bang, With a Co-Sign From Puff Daddy (Audio)

The Game is on one right now. His double album follow up to his debut LP The Documentary will be released in 2 weeks, with part 1 hitting stores on

Here’s a Gorgeous Mash-Up of J Dilla, Common, Dwele and Bobby Caldwell (Audio)

Common’s enduring love song, “The Light,” turned 15 years old earlier this year. The track, which was produced by J Dilla, features a prominent sample of Bobby Caldwell’s “Open Your

Jimmy Fallon Faces Off Against Terrence Howard. There’s Only 1 King on “Jimpire” (Video)

Over the last 6 months, Fox’s show Empire has become a runaway hit. The series, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, has transcended race and gender to become

Think You Know Hip-Hop? This Quiz Will Separate Teachers From Students

When it comes to Hip-Hop, fans take their knowledge of the culture very seriously. The never-ending quest for information and competitive desire to flex that knowledge have spawned a wealth

5 Decades Later, Muhammad Ali Remains The People’s Champ. He is Celebrated in a New Documentary (Video)

Muhammad Ali was not only considered to be the greatest boxer of all-time. To many, he is the greatest athlete in history. While there are arguably those who have been

A Tribe Called Quest Are Releasing a Special 25th Anniversary Edition of Their Debut Album

On April 17, 1990, A Tribe Called Quest released their debut album, Peoples’ Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm and one of Hip-Hop’s most beloved groups began one of

Madlib, DOOM, Blu & MED Knock the Door Down on a Groovy New Song (Audio)

Like a villain in the night, the masked MC named DOOM has resurfaced with 2 new tracks in as many weeks. After reprising his role as part of DOOMSTARKS with

Logic Returns to Make It Crystal Clear He’s a Microphone Savior (Audio)

After several years of grinding on the underground circuit, Logic had a breakout year in 2014. The Gaithersburg, Maryland MC had several of the year’s best freestyles, earned a high

Murs Makes the Best of Things & Releases One of the Most Positive Songs of the Year (Audio)

It seems no matter which way we turn, we’re often surrounded by negativity. Whether it’s work, the news, social media or everyday life, sometimes the bright side seems far away.

Rick Ross Tells a Mournful Tale About Young Lives Lost to Violence (Audio)

Less than a month after releasing his free Black Dollar album, Rick Ross continues to make new music. As with songs on that project, like “Foreclosures,” as well as select

Ever See This Vintage Footage of DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Performing in 1987 (Video)

With the 25th anniversary of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air recently passing, here’s a look back at what started it all for both Will Smith and Jeff Townes. Before

Lil Dicky Has Made An Epic Music Video…That Cost Almost No Money (Video)

Back in 1996, The Roots released their brilliant music video for “What They Do.” The video satirized the Rap visuals of the time, which were becoming increasingly filled with stereotypes

Would You Let Stevie Wonder Take You for a Joyride? James Corden Almost Did (Video)

The Late Late Show host James Corden is starting to give his earlier night peers a run for their money with his video vignettes. Back in July, a segment of

Kendrick Lamar Pretends to Be a Female Admirer on a Prank Call to Jay Rock (Audio)

Kendrick Lamar is a man of many voices. He can go from a high-pitched whisper to a fierce growl in an instant, as showcased on a number of songs. Recently,

Mac Miller Says Donald Trump is “Like a Struggling Rapper,” And Those Were His Nice Words…(Video)

Mac Miller and Donald Trump have a complicated history. In 2011, Mac Miller released his song named after Trump and, as Trump is fond of noting, the song has gone

Quincy Jones Passes His Torch of Knowledge & Wisdom About Music & Life to Kendrick Lamar (Video)

“Music can never be more or less than what you are as a human being…You get back what you give.” As a student of music, 2015 has been an advanced

DOOM & Ghostface (DOOMSTARKS) Release a Tribute to New York That’s as Grimy as It Gets (Audio)

For the last several weeks, Adult Swim has been releasing a series of singles that match the edginess and counter-cultural themes of its vaunted series. Songs have spanned multiple genres

What Was It Like to See a Boogie Down Productions Show in 1987? Press Play (Video)

“Rap is still an art, and no one’s from the Old School, ’cause Rap is still a brand-new tool. I say no one’s from the Old School ’cause Rap on

Chris Rivers & Nitty Scott, MC Flip the Script on Hip-Hop Gender Stereotypes (Video)

There have been a number of Hip-Hop songs over the years with the “Bonnie and Clyde” theme. Tracks like Jay-Z’s “‘03 Bonnie & Clyde,” Method Man’s “I’ll Be There for

Here’s a DJ Gilles Peterson Mix of Roy Ayers’ Deep Cuts in Celebration of His 75th Birthday (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Roy Ayers. The legendary musician and composer turned 75 this week (9/10). With a career spanning 6 decades, Ayers has been heavily influential in Jazz, Soul, Funk

Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & ScHoolboy Q List Their Vices With No Shame (Video)

A lot can change in 4 years. When Jay Rock released his debut album, Follow Me Home, in 2011, Top Dawg Entertainment was a fledgling imprint trying to establish itself.

Just Blaze Has Made Smashes For Jay Z, Kanye West, T.I. & More. Watch How He Does It (Video)

Over the years, Just Blaze has powered some of Hip-Hop biggest hits and most revered classics. The superstar producer is responsible for defining records by Jay Z (“Girls, Girls, Girls,”

Imagine Pete Rock & Large Professor DJ’ing, While D’Angelo is on the Phone. Q-Tip Made It Happen. (Audio)

On the latest edition of Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio show, he treats fans to a mind-blowing experience. He is joined by Pete Rock and Large Professor in the studio, and the

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of August 2015 in 1 Playlist (Audio)

August 2015 was an incredibly complex month for Hip-Hop. On the one hand, it was filled with tragedy and will forever be remembered as the month when we lost the

King Los Always Had Bars. Now He’s Got Hooks Too. MCs, Beware…(Audio)

Over the last few years, King Los has established himself as an elite MC. When Kendrick Lamar took out an entire generation of MCs with one verse and caused even

D’Angelo & Tavis Smiley Maintain the Groove in Pt. 2 of Their Fascinating Conversation (Video)

Much like the first half of their conversation, part 2 of the discussion between D’Angelo and Tavis Smiley showcases two masters at work. Smiley shows why he has ascended to

25 Years Strong and Redman is Still a Bad, Bad Man (Audio)

For 25 years, Redman has been one of the most consistent microphone destroyers in the business. Red hit the radar for many with his show-stealing guest verse on EPMD’s 1992

Rick Ross Releases His Black Dollar Mixtape (Stream & Download)

Just three days ago, Rick Ross announced he was releasing a new project today (September 3). Since then, Ross has been on a tear, leaking new music and videos–sometimes both–each

Scarface’s Mental Exorcism is a Powerful Reminder of the Pain We’ve Endured (Video)

The last few years have been as painful as any in recent memory, in terms of race relations. From the death of Trayvon Martin to wide-scale riots to a nation

Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson & Statik Selektah Celebrate the Good Life from Croatia (Video)

Statik Selektah’s Lucky 7 album has endured as one of the strongest of the year. The LP, touted as Statik’s last as a solo artist, is a smorgasbord of MCs’

Ski Beatz Takes Responsibility for the Mos Def/Yasiin Bey Confusion (Video)

Last week, a track was released, titled “Sensei on the Block,” that was credited to Mos Def & Ski Beatz. As the track appeared to be new and came with

The Soulful Side of Rick Ross is On Full Display With The-Dream on Money Dance (Audio)

Some artists gravitate toward trap beats. Others have a penchant for more soulful, melodic music. Rick Ross is one of the few MCs who seems to have an equal taste

Rick Ross Announces a New Album & Releases A Song With a Message (Audio)

Rick Ross is full of surprises today. Not only has the Maybach Music Group head announced he’s releasing a new album later this week, he’s also released a new song

Yasiin Bey Says Reports That He Has Returned to the Name “Mos Def” Are False (Video)

August has been a complex month for Yasiin Bey. Earlier in the month, a video surfaced where he issued a challenge to the entire Rap universe, saying that he, Black

Macklemore, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz & Kool Moe Dee Stage an Epic VMA Opening (Video)

Did you ever think you’d see Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Kool Moe Dee on the VMAs? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made it happen. Fresh off the release of the

Mannie Fresh Makes Super Tough Beat Live, Using 3 Random Records (Video)

It’s no accident that Mannie Fresh is one of the pioneers in defining the sound of Southern Hip-Hop in the 90s and beyond. His distinctive style of “bounce” music, built

Jay Rock Gives 2 Very Different But Equally Compelling Interviews (Video)

Jay Rock made a trip to New York City yesterday (8/27) to play his imminently forthcoming 90059 album in its entirety for the first time on the East Coast. Prior

Macklemore Collaborates with Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz & Kool Moe Dee (Video)

The lives of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have changed immensely since the 2012 release of their album, The Heist. The duo went from being indie Hip-Hop darlings to full-blown global