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Havoc Makes The Mobb Deep Sounds Available For Producers To Purchase

Mobb Deep’s Havoc is a lethal producer. “One of the best producers on the mic,” to quote Diamond D, Hav has laced tracks for Nas, Eminem, 50 Cent, Big Noyd,

Rare European 1995 Notorious B.I.G. Interview Released (Video)

1995 was such an interesting year in the life of The Notorious B.I.G. In the year following Ready To Die, Biggie Smalls transitioned from the Bed-Stuy rapper on the stoop

Genesis The Greykid Makes A Cool Music-Metaphor Song On What If (Audio)

Part of the Creative Control video squad, Virginia Beach’s Genesis The Greykid dropped Grey Skies 3 last week. The free album/mixtape features involvement from Big K.R.I.T.’s DJ Wally Sparks, Shadyville

Dom Kennedy Explains His Place In Hip-Hop To Mass Appeal (Video)

Dom Kennedy is so West Coast, and it’s part of what’s made his music in 2013 (and before) so resonant with fans from Cali and beyond. Speaking with them Brooklyn

Mister Cee Drops A 10th Anniversary Black Album Mix (Audio)

Mister Cee was one of the earliest DJs to compile the work of a young Shawn Carter and let everybody know to take notice. In the tradition of Best Of

A Look At Bill Adler’s Def Jam Records Archives (Video)

Bill Adler was among the first folks hired at fledgling early 1980s label Def Jam Records. The house that Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin built, in its earliest days, would

The “Ultimate” Exit That Was Jay Z’s Black Album (Food For Thought)

Hip-Hop celebrates a grand entrance. Since the days of receiving Bad Boy Records promo-packs of The Notorious B.I.G. & Craig Mack in a McDonald’s “Big Mac” container, the dog-and-pony show

Vic Mensa, A$AP Rocky & Bun B Drop Bars In Rap Fix Freestyle (Video)

Think Vic Mensa takes an appearance alongside Bun B, Kool DJ Red Alert, A$AP Rocky, A$AP Yams, Sway Calloway and Nadeska lightly? Hardly. When was the last time you’ve seen

Esoteric, Reef The Lost Cauze, Planetary & Blacastan Stage An Old School 2 On 2 Battle (Video)

Following the smashing indie success of CZARFACE with Inspectah Deck and DJ 7L, Esoteric is on the horizons of Machete Music, a solo LP produced entirely by another New England-based

Blended Babies Team With Asher Roth & Chuck Inglish For See The World (Audio)

Blended Babies links with their frequent artist Asher Roth and The Cool Kids’ Chuck Inglish. Together, the late ’00s trio vibes out over the slow beat with slower flows. The

Slum Village Makes A New Orleans-Inspired Sequel To Let It Go (Video)

Slum Village shoots a lot of videos in the last three years. So much so, that they made a second look at “Let It Go.” They pull a reverse Reggie

Ka Gives A Textured Visual To Know It’s About (Video)

One of the year’s most-heralded albums came self-released from Brownsville, Brooklyn MC Ka. The veteran of the Natural Elements has a unique delivery, and an approach to songwriting big on

Killer Mike & El-P’s Run The Jewels Team With Big Boi To Bring The Toys Out (Video)

Just as was the case with last year’s “Big Beast,” Killer Mike & El-P know how to show Southern style in their collaboration’s visuals. The Dungeon Family reunion of “Banana

Eddie B & Harry Fraud Are About The Paper, Piff & Polo Life (Album Stream)

Childhood friends Eddie B & Harry Fraud go back to the last days of the New York City Underground Hip-Hop. Since Fraud has become a go-to producer for Action Bronson,

El Da Sensei Returns To His Graf Writer Roots On SilentSomeone’s ‘Lab 82 (Video)

The Artifacts’ El Da Sensei and Tame One had a lot to do with educating early/mid-’80s babies on the importance of graffiti in Hip-Hop. Signed to Big Beat Records through

The Beatnuts & Cypress Hill Link With Psycho Les & B Real’s Attack On Everything (Audio)

Two groundbreaking Latino Hip-Hop crews of the early ’90s were Los Angeles’ Cypress Hill, and Queens, New York’s The Beatnuts. Carrying on tradition, Psycho Les of the ‘Nuts and B

Mac Miller Kicks A Powerful, Smoky Freestyle For SBTV (Video)

The realness in Mac Miller’s raps in 2013 might go overlooked by some, but there’s so much there. Nonchalantly, Mac smokes a cigarette through his SBTV freestyle over The Notorious

¡MAYDAY! & Tech N9ne Kick It With Kimbo Slice In Last Man Standing (Video)

Hip-Hop and martial arts have a long history of influencing each other. South Florida’s ¡MAYDAY! and their label boss Tech N9ne made a survival, sports-inspired anthem in “Last Man Standing.”

Wu-Tang Clan Reflects On Place In Hip-Hop After 20 Years (Video)

Five members of the Clan, as well as Shyheim and Cappadonna reflect on the group’s 20 years of greatness for Revolt. It’s short quotes, but a nice montage that makes

Boldy James & Alchemist Get Vivid For Moochie (Video)

Boldy James’ My First Chemistry Set has alchemy from the longtime producer for Prodigy, Action Bronson, and Dilated Peoples. Decon unleashes a colorful, informational video-inspired visual to the Alchemist-featuring single,

Nas Releases Trailer To His Shake The Dust Breakin’ Documentary (Video)

“Back in ’83, I was an MC sparkin’ / But I was too scared to grab them mics in da mic.” – Nas Coming from Queens, Nas has always had

Bun B & Pimp C Wave The UGK Flag With Lil Boosie & Big K.R.I.T. On Cake (Audio)

For Trill O.G.: The Epilogue Bun B touches some unreleased Pimp C vocals and brings on two UGK proteges for “Cake.” While Pimp was still alive, the group mentored Baton

Remembering Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

There are certain albums in Hip-Hop that were complete game-changers. Run-DMC’s 1983 self-titled album ripped the Disco out of Rap and, with a new look of Kangol hats, leather jackets

Jhene Aiko & Kendrick Lamar Stay Ready On The Latest Link (Audio)

Def Jam’s Jhene Aiko has been in the industry for over 15 years. In addition to links with Childish Gambino and Drake, it was really her versatility as heard with

Casey Veggies & Dom Kennedy Remix Faces

Two of 2013’s brightest stars from Southern California link up together for the “Faces Remix.” Produced by Rob Halladay, this joint showcases the overlap two MCs have, despite differing messages

Drake Channels Memphis Soul In The Visual To Worst Behavior (Video)

Drake loves having fun. Drizzy knows that audiences will laugh with him, and sometimes at him, so with Nothing Was The Same and its roll-out, he seems to be having

The Ultimate 1970s Grimy New York City Movie Megamix (Video)

The old New York influenced a lot of Hip-Hop. While Grandmaster Melle Mel may have been talking about The Bronx in “The Message,” the vibes of “people pissin’ on the

Eddie B & Harry Fraud Enlist Sean Price & Termanology To Give Warning (Audio)

Brooklyn’s Harry Fraud served up some of 2012’s best beats, between scorchers to Smoke DZA, Wiz Khalifa, and a Lords Of The Underground-sampling cut for French Montana. In 2013, Fraud

5 Things We Learned From J. Cole’s Interview With Hard Knock TV (Video)

You gotta love Hard Knock TV’s interviews. Nick Huff gets down to the heart of the matter with his subjects in a relaxed, no-pressure environment. J. Cole’s cooled off on

STS Says Things As They Are On Hell Wrong (Video)

The Roots’ affiliate and Money Making Jam Boys member STS (Sugar Tongue Slim) is one of the nicest MCs out who’s yet to release an album. He has a unique

Casey Veggies Gets Smoker-Soulful With Curren$y On Life$tyle (Audio)

Casey Veggies has a slippery style that’s hard to pin down. He loves name brands and findin’ the essence of a track’s vibe. That said, who better to link with

Madlib Drops A 55-Minute Live Free-Form Mix For Boiler Room (Audio)

Like his JayLib brother Dilla, one of Madlib’s greatest attributes is his nonchalance. Like Afrika Bambaataa & DJ Jazzy Jay, ‘Lib will play anything he feels like, from foreign breaks

Will C. Remixes The Beach Boys In This Trippy, Summertime-In-Autumn Adieu Or Die Mix (Audio)

Chances are, even if you live on Antarctica, you’ve heard The Beach Boys. The Wilson Brothers and crew are a landmark of early ’60s Americana with themes are wood-sided ’40

Childish Gambino Gets Dreamy Up On Melrose (Audio)

Childish Gambino was never really in a box. However, whatever confines we placed his music in up until 2013 have been greatly challenged by moods and ‘tudes met with warm

Busta Rhymes Combines Cash Money With Native Tongues Alongside Q-Tip On Thank You (Audio)

Busta Rhymes’ career is truly dynamic. Christened his name by Public Enemy’s Chuck D; a Leader Of The New School tied to Native Tongues; an animated solo star; constant major

Eminem & Slaughterhouse Revive Rap City With A Backroom Freestyle + Interview (Video)

Although “Rap City” has been largely defunct in the Slaughterhouse-era, the Shady Records super-group is a call-back to the latter years of BET’s flagship Hip-Hop program. Individually, Royce Da 5’9,

Fashawn Unveils The Ecology With The Evidence-Produced Single, The Beginning (Video)

Fresno’s Fashawn has let four years slide between Boy Meets World and his studio sophomore album. After dabbling with many styles in between on mixtapes and joints with the likes

Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar’s Yeezus Tour To Resume Later This Month

This just in from Def Jam Records and Kanye West’s spokesperson: “Yesterday (October 30), on the road to Vancouver, a truck carrying The Yeezus Tour’s custom-made video truss and 60-foot

Marco Polo Orchestrates A Compton Thang With MC Eiht & King T With West Coast Love (Audio)

Canadian-born producer Marco Polo is known for working with New York City MC icons like Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, KRS-One, and Masta Ace. Throughout his career, the album partner with

Eminem Don’t Front When It Comes To Honoring Black Moon, Buckshot & Duck Down (Audio)

One of Rap’s ultimate “what-if’s” has always surrounded Eminem and Duck Down Records. The house that Buckshot and Dru Ha built made a play to sign the Detroit MC when

Def Jam’s Bill Adler Remembers Slick Rick’s The Great Adventures… 25 Years Later

You might know Bill Adler, and you might not. “Ill Badler,” as his maroon Def Jam Records varsity jacket used to read, was the original (and the best) head of

O.C. Time-Travels With Ray’s Cafe (Audio)

Diggin’ In The Crates alum O.C. has a few styles and approaches. The MC who spent his youth in both Brooklyn and Queens may be best known for his “cap

Raekwon Hops On A Marva Whitney Breakbeat To Say It’s My Thing (Audio)

From Erick and Parrish to Jiggaman, hopping on Marva Whitney’s classic bassline to “It’s My Thing” taps into a ’70s sound that is as New York Hip-Hop as you can

Blu, MED & Mayer Hawthorne Link With Madlib For The Buzz (Audio)

Three Stones Throw Records artists (past and present) link with another staple of the Southern California independent scene (who was signed to a major label briefly). In more specific terms,

Eminem Unloads Groundhog Day The Same Weekend He Performs Rap God (Video)

In less than 24 hours, one of the biggest Rap release dates of 2013 takes place care of Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP 2 (aka #MMLP2). The follow-up to Em’s 2000

Eminem Unveils The Marshall Mathers LP 2 On iTunes (Album Stream)

In a strange year for Hip-Hop, Eminem’s 8th studio album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 has had a cycle less than 10 weeks from its MTV Video Music Awards announcement.

Isaiah Rashad & SZA Celebrate Their TDE Tenures With Ronnie Drake (Audio)

Top Dawg Entertainment’s newest artists Isaiah Rashad and SZA link for “Ronnie Drake.” Related: ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock Hop On Isaiah Rashad’s Shot You Down For The TDE Remix

M.O.P.’s Billy Danze, Sean Price & Maffew Ragazino Are From Brooklyn: Land Of The Crooks (Audio)

Brownsville, Brooklyn. Birthplace of Mike Tyson, and home to some of the grimiest antics in the five boroughs and some of the best rapping. M.O.P. co-founder Billy Danze and Heltah

Talib Kweli, Marco Polo & DJ Premier Honor Guru (Video)

Guru has been gone for three and a half years. However, the man also known as Baldhead Slick will never be forgotten. Marco Polo enlists Guru’s Gang Starr partner DJ

Mac Miller Has 10 Examples Of Delusional Thomas (Mixtape)

After a relatively quiet year in mixtapes (save for Rapsody, Chance, and K.R.I.T.), this week has been downright monstrous. Fans of free Hip-Hop music rejoice. Following yesterday’s Halloween onslaught, Mac