Bishop Nehru – Appalled ft Aaron LaCrate (Video)

This is pretty cool. Milkcrate Athletics founder Aaron LaCrate lends Bishop Nehru a needle-drop loop-based beat and a fly tie-dye hoodie for the “Appalled” visual. The “Mobb Dizzle” maker get

Nas Times Square Hennessy Billboard (Video)

Now billboards in New York aren’t a rare occurrence, but when a 170-foot tall image of a Hip-Hop icon is draped over Times Square, it’s definitely a reason to stop

Because They Made It That Way (Hip-Hop At 40 Years Old)

If you go by the books, Hip-Hop (I’ll spell it with capital letters since KRS-One told us to do so) turns 40 years old this month. Six summers before Big

ScHoolboy Q – Sway In The Morning Freestyle (Video)

ScHoolboy Q is one of these young guys that really, really, spits freestyles. How do you feel about this one from Groovy Q’s latest appearance on Sway In The Morning.

Juicy J – Ain’t No Comin’ Down Remix ft T.I.

I’m personally anxious to see who has the better album: Juicy J’s Stay Trippy or 2 Chainz’ B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time. Both spitters are very similar, even though Juice has

In The Kitchen With Sean Price (Video)

In the over-saturated age of video interviews, there are few MC’s more engaging than Sean Price. While Killer Mike, Immortal Technique, and David Banner are the teachers, Tech N9ne, Bun

Bad Meets Evil (Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″) – Lighters (G-SHOCK Performance Video)

Over two years later, it’s great to see Eminem and Royce Da 5’9″ still working from Hell: The Sequel. Bad Meets Evil seems eclipsed by both solo artists’ careers, though

Mobetta – Back At The Ranch ft Jean Grae (Video)

Following last week’s release of the song, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Mobetta drops the video to “Back The Ranch.” Jean Grae’s talent in performing shines, despite a career without a plethora

Rapsody – Never Know ft. Ab-Soul, Nipsey Hussle & Terrace Martin

I really love the Jamla/TDE/Nipsey Hussle connection. What 9th Wonder did so seamlessly with Brooklyn in the mid-’00s (Smif N’ Wessun, Sean Price, Buckshot and Jean Grae) now seems to

Terrace Martin – You’re The One ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Tone Trezure

To me, this sounds like a hybrid of DJ Quik and J Dilla, with a nice composition for two rising features. That being said, Terrace Martin is completely his own

Crate Diggers: Tony Touch

Forever and always, Tony Touch is my favorite 1990s NYC mixtape DJ. We used to buy his tapes (usually colored plastic cassettes) that would ship in from Tapekingz. The freestyle-format

Eve Recalls Time With The Ruff Ryders & Dr. Dre With Peter Rosenberg (Video)

Philly’s Eve has an interesting story. From the days of the Bullworth soundtrack, her career began with Dr. Dre on then-fledgling Aftermath Entertainment (I always thought that ’97-’99 roster was

Suicide Kings – Savages ft M.O.P.

Anybody who knows me knows that M.O.P. is one of my favorite groups in all of music. The same way that Public Enemy channeled Hard Rock angst and chutzpah in

Stalley Freestyles On Sway In The Morning (Video)

Maybach Music Group’s Stalley discusses his role in Rick Ross’ conglomerate and kicks some bars in a two-part appearance on Shade 45’s Sway In The Morning. Stalley even gives props

YC The Cynic – Murphy’s Law (Video)

Brooklyn’s YC The Cynic pulls from Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Slick Rick and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony in this polished lyric video to “Murphy’s Law.” If you’re not up on one of the

2 Chainz Performs Feds Watching With The Roots (Video)

Just weeks after ?uestlove’s manager’s memoir excerpts criticized his label-mate 2 Chainz, The Roots and Tity Boi shared the stage. Pharrell was not around, but whether you’re a fan of

Lupe Fiasco’s Cryptic New Project, “Peace of Paper/Cup of Jayzus”

New mixtape? Upcoming album? Lyrical jabs at Jay Z and Yeezy? It seems Lupe Fiasco’s cryptic announcement posed almost as many questions as it did answers, but what we do

Rapper Big Pooh – Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 3: Happy Birthday, Thomas (Album Stream)

Selling it from his Bandcamp page, Rapper Big Pooh released Fat Boy Fresh Vol. 3: Happy Birthday, Thomas today. This is the Little Brother co-founder’s third project in the series,

Drake & Ma$e Photo: What Does It All Mean?

Whether it’s the early ’90s silk fashions or returning to the studio vocal, Ma$e has always been unpredictable since the Children Of Da Corn days. In a recent interview on

Rah Digga – I Heard You Say

The former First Lady of the Flipmode Squad, Rah Digga, is only a Native Tongues degree of separation from the Jungle Brothers (by way of Busta Rhymes/Leaders Of The New

Astro Kid – Crazy

Brooklyn’s Astro Kid (a/k/a Astro, a/k/a The Astronomical Kid) keeps the output coming with “Crazy.” This is a simple beat with a rapper’s rap to go with it. Astro flexes

The Kid Daytona – Shotgun (Video)

Bronx resident The Kid Daytona tries his hand at a Southern-sounding mid-tempo beat on “Shotgun.” No stranger to attractive women in his videos, this one gets a bit N.S.F.W. with

Chance The Rapper – Cocoa Butter Kisses ft Twista & Vic Mensa (Lollapalooza Performance Video)

Chance The Rapper had some hometown love this weekend at Lollapalooza 2013. The Chicago sensation hit the stage with Speedknot Mobstaz O.G. Twista and his contemporary Vic Mensa to perform

DJ Kool Herc, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane & More To Do Free NYC Park Show (Event)

If you’re within a day’s drive of New York City on August 10, you have an opportunity to live, breathe, hear, and see true hip-hop history. The Godfather DJ Kool

Realm Reality – Sleeping With The Enemy ft Melody Angel

Twenty years after Big Noyd, Prodigy’s new protege Realm Reality delivers a concept track about love gone terribly wrong. Melody Angel accents this Jansport J-produced record beautifully. It’s short, sweet

Ice Cube, Big Sean, Bun B & DJ Drama – Coor’s Light Coldest Search (Video)

Bun B says don’t disrespect hip-hop in its “Mecca,” in New York, before Coor’s Light’s Coldest MC Search. The Silver Bullet beer enlisted the Underground King, along with Ice Cube,

Goodie Mob – Special Education ft The Roots (Live Video)

I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really excited about Age Against The Machine. Given Goodie Mob’s classic album beginnings (Soul Food), we can all agree that personnel moves

CZARFACE – Hazmat Rap (Video)

This is a guilty admission: back in 2001, the first time I made a cell-phone ringtone, it was to 7L & Esoteric’s “Speaking Real Words” single, which featured Inspectah Deck.

DeLorean – Philippe ft. Smoke DZA

Houston, Texas’ DeLorean hands the mic to Harlem representative Smoke DZA on this wristwatch-inspired cut. The Kush God glides over this mid-tempo beat from 183rd, as DeLorean takes the booth

Vic Mensa – Time Is Money ft Rockie Fresh & Beldina

Vic Mensa gets one of the biggest looks to date, with Boi-1da & The Maven Boys production. “Time Is Money” sounds like its name: cocky and confident, with Maybach Music

Mobetta – Back At The Ranch ft. Jean Grae

DJ Scratch (EPMD/Busta Rhymes) laces strong percussion for Jean Grae to accent a catchy chorus, with Maurice “Mobetta” Brown on the trumpet. This is a Grammy Award-winner hitting collaborations that

Talib Kweli on The Combat Jack Show, Pt. 3 (Video)

Part 3 of Combat Jack’s interview with Talib Kweli is pretty insightful. The teenage b-boy in me crams to understand—or picture Talib and Mos Def (Yasiin Bey) recording Black Star

Raekwon’s Purple Tape Cassette Slipcase Edition For Sale

Last October, the friends at Get On Down Records released the trophy box deluxe edition of Raekwon’s Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… in the classic purple cassette tape format. The

Blaq Poet – Looking For Trouble ft Chino XL, Vinnie Paz & Spit Gemz

While Onyx and M.O.P. get their rightful props, too many folks forget the hardcore hip-hop impact of Screwball. Tragically, KL passed on over five years ago, but Blaq Poet remains,

DJ Bizzy – No War ft Murs, Macy Gray, Thurz & Tru Wordz

DJ Bizzy assembled a strong cast of emcees and Macy Gray’s unmistakable vocals to bemoan war and violence. “No War” reminds me of those Rawkus Records-era collaborations that attacked social

Goodie Mob – I’m Set (Video)

Goodie Mob’s reunion album, Age Against The Machine, has had an interesting roll-out. The artwork was released in pieces, and now the Dungeon Family O.G.’s release the visuals to “I’m

Curren$y – Ox

You have to give it up to Spitta. Whether live band covers of “Bout It, Bout It,” Soul samples or his own weed-scented brand of down-tempo tracks, he always makes

Action Bronson – Strictly 4 My Jeeps (Live Video)

Action Bronson is a riot. As if the Jason Goldwatch-directed video to his Saaab Stories single “Strictly 4 My Jeeps” wasn’t outrageous enough (thinking of cottage cheese), he opts to

Nitty Scott, MC – Skippin’ Clouds (Video)

Nitty Scott, MC continues to have fun in her craft. Here is what her camp said about this just-released vivid visual: “Nitty Scott, MC takes on the roles of a

Rapper Big Pooh – Don’t Change

This is one of the best Rapper Big Pooh joints I’ve heard since The Minstrel Show (I always maintain that Pooh made that album great). This is a self-aware song

Durag Dynasty – Fish Meat ft Prodigy

Before there was Albert Einstein this year, there was “Fish Meat.” Planet Asia and Alchemist’s Durag Dynasty clique (which also features Tri-State and Killer Ben) enlisted the M-O-B-B MC who

Big Sean – Fire

Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame is on the horizons. One of the most organic G.O.O.D. Music artists fits the family sound with “Fire.” If this album is as colorful as

Dizzy Wright – Cant Stop Wont Stop (Video)

One has to admire Dizzy Wright. The Las Vegas, Nevada emcee is a chilled out individual. His tracks walk the fine line between smoked out club tracks and personal diary

Crooked I – Y.O.D.O. (Video)

It’s officially been 15 years of following the greatness that is Crooked I. The Long Beach MC’s alliteration, sincerity and his sharp delivery have made him one of the best

Go Dreamer – Electro Phonk ft Big K.R.I.T.

Even if you haven’t heard the name Go Dreamer, chances are, you’ve heard him. With The Flush (previously known as Royal Flush), Go Dreamer co-produced gems for Big Boi over

Black Milk – The Kraft

Black Milk has done an exceptional job in the last five years being his own artist. Once perceived as a J Dilla under-study, B.M. has made his own sound, made

Stalley – A-Wax

Whether under the tutelage of Ski Beatz or under the tutelage of Rick Ross, Ohio’s Stalley has been a versatile artist that can seamlessly shift his styles and blend well

TiRon & Ayomari – Big Apple Don’t Chew

For a few years TiRon has been one of the independent standouts in Hip Hop. Teaming with Ayomari, the pair self-release stellar albums and videos (and video actresses), all built

Terrace Martin – No Wrong, No Right ft Robert Glasper & James Fauntleroy

Terrace Martin is one of the most versatile new artists on the West Coast. Raised on DJ Quik grooves, coached by Snoop Dogg, and aligned with Black Hippy, Terrace incorporates

Tech N9ne – So Dope ft Wrekonize, Twisted Insane & Snow Tha Product (Video)

One of the recurring themes to Tech N9ne albums since the earliest days is sex. However, for a true veteran with a deeply expansive catalog, Tecca Ninna never seems to