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What Happens When You Make An Old Head Listen To New Hip-Hop (Video)

Last November, Long Beach, California hosted ComplexCon, a two-day event featuring performances, panels, and more all devoted to music and culture. As part of the convention, veteran radio personality and

The Cast Of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Reunites 20 Years Later

It’s been over 20 years since the final episode of The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, but the show’s impact continues to this day. Each and every day, the show plays

Jay Lonzo Spits More Knowledge at 17 Years Old Than Many Do In a Lifetime (Video)

Last month, J. Cole acknowledged Martin Luther King, Jr. and the ongoing fight for equality and freedom in the U.S. with “High For Hours,” a poignant record that compares 2017

Chance The Rapper Takes Home 3 Grammys With No Problem

Tonight (February 12), Chance The Rapper won three Grammys, bringing home wins for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, and Best Rap Performance. The Chicago artist has been releasing mixtapes

Murs Now Holds The Record For Longest Rap Marathon (Video)

Murs is a founding member of the Living Legends crew. As far as the record books of Hip-Hop may be concerned, he is truly a living legend. The veteran Los

New Technology May Give Bonita A Real Reason To Want To Put You On (Video)

It’s called Virtual Sexology and it’s the 21st century’s version of sex therapy. At its surface level, it’s a virtual-reality 180-degree video experience that combines therapy, sex, technology and psychology.

Freeway Premieres His Latest Lyrical Bomb Drop (Audio)

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC known by Freeway and respected the world over is no stranger to inter-regional collaborations. Having released projects with the Jacka from Oakland, California; Jake One from

Digable Planets Reflect On Their Travels Through Time & Space And They’re Still Light Years Ahead

In 1994, a trio of young, unparalleled Hip-Hop creators won a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat).” Up

Activist DeRay McKesson Named Keynote Speaker For 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Known for bringing some of the most historic and livest performances to New York City’s Brooklyn borough, the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival is not just a place to catch memorable moments

This MC Dared To Put His Lyricism Against Jay Electronica’s & Then Spit Tabasco Flows (Video)

Citrons are to lemons what Matt is to Hip-Hop: his music is clearly influenced by and related to the familiar, but the fruit he bears is not exactly the same

Bahamadia Speaks On Artistic Integrity & Hip-Hop Womanhood, 20 Years After Kollage (Interview)

On April 2, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC known as Bahamadia celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Kollage. From her early success on radio to arriving where she is

Bahamadia Speaks On Artistic Integrity & Hip-Hop Womanhood, 20 Years After Kollage (Interview)

On April 2, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC known as Bahamadia celebrated the 20th anniversary of her debut album, Kollage. From her early success on radio to arriving where she is now,

Elzhi Discusses His Battle With Depression and It’s A Testament To His Courage (Interview)

In the nearly five years it’s been since Detroit MC Elzhi has released a full-fledged solo project in the form of his Elmatic mixtape, Heads have been eager for his

Elzhi Drops First Visual Dose of “Lead Poison” & Describes Deeply Personal Inspiration

In the nearly five years it’s been since Detroit MC Elzhi has released a full-fledged solo project in the form of his Elmatic mixtape, Heads have been eager for his

Imagine If Jimi Hendrix & Prince Had A Guitar Prodigy Son. Meet Marcus Machado (Audio & Video)

In the life of every music lover there comes a time when a live performance reminds us of the purest form of power in talent – to reinvigorate, re-inspire, and

Pharoahe Monch Speaks About His New Album, J Dilla & 25 Years of Organized Konfusion (Interview)

Pharoahe Monch is – without an iota of doubt – one of music’s most indelibly unique voices. Sonically and technically there is no other like him, and yet his influence

Now That Barbie Has A New Body, Will Hip-Hop Stop Glorifying Injections?

The relationship between pop culture and body image is decades old, but with Hip-Hop’s unmatched global dominance in every realm of life, there is a need for a conversation about

Elzhi Announces New Album, Struggle with Depression & Drops a Bold New Single (Audio)

For fans of Detroit, Michigan MC Elzhi, it’s been a long and brutally quiet few years since he released his Nas-inspired masterpiece Elmatic in 2011. Since dropping his debut solo

Snoop Dogg & Anderson .Paak Bridge 2 West Coast Generations With a Passing of the Torch (Video)

In addition to getting the Doggfather to use his signature catchphrase (Yes Lawd!), Anderson .Paak is dominating the Hip-Hop playing field right now, incorporating his unmistakably raspy Soul inflection in

Macklemore & Sway Have an Incredibly Deep & Important Conversation About White Supremacy (Video)

Since releasing “White Privilege II” on January 22, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have re-ignited a generations-old discussion about race that has become a maelstrom surrounding the notion of the White

G-Eazy Bared His Soul on His Latest Album, & He’s Got More to Say (Interview)

On December 4, Oakland, California MC G-Eazy released his sophomore album for RCA Records called When It’s Dark Out, and with it he continued the chart-topping success he found with

10 Years Ago Lil Wayne Released Tha Carter II & It Made Him A Hip-Hop Superstar

A decade ago, it could certainly have been argued that Lil Wayne had nowhere near the body of work to be considered one of the game’s best lyricists. However, 10

25 Years Ago, Brand Nubian Propelled Us Forward by Looking Back (Editorial)

One need not look far to witness the enduring influence Brand Nubian has had on Hip-Hop. It’s in today’s fashion trends, in all of today’s nods to the ’90s, and

20 Years Later, The Pharcyde’s “Labcabincalifornia” Is Far Greater Than The Credit It Received (Editorial)

20 years ago today (November 14, 1995), The Pharcyde released its second album, Labcabincalifornia. Coming a full three years after their Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde debut, the LP was

De La Soul Is Alive & Working On The Album Of Its Career (Interview)

This past weekend, New York was the site for a listening party for fans of De La Soul who contributed to the group’s historic Kickstarter campaign. Their crowdfunding campaign for

15 Years Ago, Ludacris Disproved The Sophomore Slump With “Back For The First Time” (Editorial)

It was just under two weeks before Halloween in 2000 when Ludacris, an MC from Atlanta, Georgia whose independently released Incognegro a year earlier barely registered on the charts, dropped

20 Years Later, Dead Presidents’ Depiction About Life for War Veterans Still Resonates

20 years ago today (October 6, 1995) Dead Presidents was released in theaters and with it arrived one of the most powerful depictions of Black Veterans in the history of

Celebrate the Life & Legacy of Sean Price with New Single (Audio)

It’s been less than a week since Sean Price passed away, and the collective mourning in the Hip-Hop community has crystallized how much love and influence he left behind. Since

The Making of Sean Price’s Tribute Mural Was Captured On Film (Video)

UPDATE: A tribute video, by Rugged Vision, has been added. The visual captures the making of the mural, along with vigil. Sean Price’s wife Bernadette, Illa Ghee, General Steele, Skyzoo

15 Years Later, Common’s “The Light” Remains a Shining Example of Hip-Hop Love

On July 18, 2000, Common released “The Light,” and with it came one of Hip-Hop’s greatest love songs. Along with Black Star’s 1998 track “Brown Skin Lady” and The Roots’

25 Years Ago Today, 2 Live Crew Made History, Bringing Out The Parental Advisory Sticker

On July 13, 1990, the first album to be adorned with a parental advisory sticker hit the shelves, ushering in a new era in the recording industry and re-igniting a

Nas, Wu-Tang, & Beastie Boys All Sampled It, So Why Has This LP Been Forgotten? (Album Stream)

The cultural bridge between African-American art forms in the ’60s and ’70s and what would eventually become Hip-Hop as we know it has been the subject of countless documentaries, books,

25 Years Later, There’s Still No Party Like a House Party (Video)

Earlier this year, House Party celebrated the 25th anniversary of its release (March 9, 1990). After Wild Style and Breakin’ introduced Hip-Hop to the masses through cinema, similar films proliferated

Once Again It’s On: Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted Rings True At 25

A quarter of a century ago today (May 16, 1990), Ice Cube released his solo debut. AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted signaled his post-N.W.A. career, and the acrimonious split left fans eager

Hip-Hop Myths: Here Are 5 Common Misbeliefs That Will Surprise You

During its nascent period, Hip-Hop was dismissed by many as simply a passing fad, much like Disco. As we all can see now, those critics were drastically mistaken, and it

A Love Jones: Still Getting By with Method Man & Mary J. Blige 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

Released twenty years ago today (April 25, 1995), Method Man’s “I’ll Be There for You/You’re All I Need to Get By” featuring Mary J. Blige was not the first duet

The Friday Soundtrack Turns 20. Here’s Why It’s Still Influential Two Decades Later (Food For Thought)

Released twenty years ago today (April 11, 1995), the soundtrack to Friday is exemplary of the musical consciousness emanating from many inner cities in America at the time. Equal parts

Eternal E: Remembering Eazy-E’s Massive Contributions 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

Eazy-E, who was only 31 when he died 20 years ago today (March 26, 1995), was considered one (if not the) progenitor of West Coast Gangsta Rap. As a record

2Pac’s Pivotal Classic Me Against The World Turns 20 Years Old (Food For Thought)

20 years ago today (March 14, 1995), Tupac Shakur’s Me Against The World was released, and with it came the rapper’s most introspective work of his career. Released during a

DJ Quik’s Safe + Sound Still Has Groundbreaking Funk 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

Beginning his musical career on the mixtape circuit in Compton, California, DJ Quik has gone on to become the most expansive signee to Profile Records. In the 25 years since,

Raise It Up: Grasping The Entire Greatness Of J Dilla In Retrospect (Food For Thought)

On the heels of the first expanded Dilla Weekend, it is difficult to ignore the growth in posthumous fame that James Yancey (a/k/a Jay Dee or J Dilla) has accrued

A Tribe Called Quest’s Low End Theory Was Certified Platinum 20 Years Ago Today

Twenty years ago today (February 1, 1995), the Recording Industry Association of America certified A Tribe Called Quest’s sophomore album, The Low End Theory as having reached platinum status (shipping