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J57 – Like A Prayer ft Nitty Scott, MC (Video)

No Madonna samples here (not that there’s anything wrong that). Instead, two of young-New York’s rising talents team up for a record dealing with questions on organized religion. Brown Bag

Breeze Brewin – Brew”IN Control

It would take a week’s vacation to sift through all of the “Control” responses. Personally speaking, I thought a lot of them were misguided and quick pleas for a fast-saturated

Malik B & Mr. Green – Definition

One of my all-time pre-Game Theory Roots tracks is “The Water.” The way Black Thought spoke about his love candidly for Malik B was raw, and to any of us

AG Da Coroner – Not Gonna Cry

The Outdoorsmen is quite the crew. Following Action Bronson’s major label emergence, and the recent signings of Mayhem Lauren and AG Da Coroner, this will likely be a group tempted

Roc Marciano – S**t Hard

There are no comebacks in Hip-Hop that impress me more right now than Roc Marciano and Ka. Sure, the Soundscan numbers are still a work in progress, but these collaborators

Kendrick Lamar Finally Responds To “Control (HOF)” Aftermath

Breaking news, K.Dot speaks to Big Boy’s Neighborhood on Power 106 in L.A about “Control (HOF)” and the bars heard ’round the world. “I just wanted to rap…I may have

Illa Ghee – Illa Price Express Freestyle ft Sean Price

I absolutely love this. Veteran Mobb Deep affiliate Illa Ghee continues his recent run with Sean Price—who, mind you, is one of the most ferocious freestylers left in Hip-Hop. Over-top

Blitz The Ambassador – The Warm Up (EP Stream)

German label Jakarta Records has a name-your-price EP from longtime independent titan Blitz The Ambassador, The Warm Up. The Ghanaian-American MC teams with Fresno’s Fashawn for this seven-track effort, which

Justin Timberlake Talks “Sinatra At The Sands” Collabo With Jay Z, Timbaland & Nas

We heard Timbaland around the release Magna Carta Holy Grail discuss this track. Justin Timberlake spoke with Angie Martinez and HOT 97 following his 2013 MTV Video Music Awards shakedown

Goodie MOB – Soul Food (Performance Video)

It seems some of the albums we called “classics” back in the mid-’90s don’t sound nearly as good today as they did when they came out. Other times, it seems

Danny Brown – ODB (Video)

From disagreeing with his label a few weeks ago about the release of his long-anticipated album, Old, Danny Brown quickly got a release date for September 30. Fool’s Gold Records

The LOX – Summer’s Too Hot

In the last week of August, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch and Styles P welcome September with “Summers Too Hot.” (We learned by way of the video that it’s simply just “Too

Pete Rock Breaks Down His Favorite James Brown Records

I was at a 1960s-themed event the other night, and the DJ kept playing the James Brown records that really crossed over into mainstream such as “Papas Got A Brand

Kool G Rap, Papoose, Savant & Justin Tyme – Iron Bars

People tend to forget: Papoose is a lyrical O.G. Just like Nas, just like Akinyele, MF Grimm, B-1, Jinx Da Juvy, and others, Pap cut his teeth on the come-up

Krondon – Another Line

Strong Arm Steady’s Krondon has been grinding for 15 years. Major labels, independents, critical cosigns and solo-dolo success, and KRNDN (as he also goes by at times) stays grindin’ with

14KT – PAID ft Blu

Many moons ago, Detroit, Michigan’s 14KT was in a group alongside Mayer Hawthorne in Athletic Mic League. The group disbanded for solo pursuits, but hopefully becomes an increasing talking-point (like

Billy Squier – The Big Beat (Video)

In light of Eminem’s “Berzerk,” I keep referencing this song. The truth is, the record has an amazing time-piece video. While it might seem cheesy, or a callback to big

Foreign Exchange – Call It Home / Pity

In less than a month, one of the groups that started online—and got more organic than most of their peers who met in the flesh lives on. Foreign Exchange’s Love

Freddie Gibbs – The Real G Money (Video)

A song just over 90 seconds. How many independent MCs do you know that can captivate? Freddie Gibbs is certainly one. Fresh off of ESGN, Gangsta Gibbs gives one of

Daft Punk – Lose Yourself To Dance ft Pharrell & Nile Rodgers (Video)

When the year ends, one of the must-buy albums of 2013 will likely still be Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. The French production/DJ duo has been on my radar since

Eminem Announces “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Video)

While Justin Timberlake tore down the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with his medley of hits, old and new, and reuniting that group we all pretended we didn’t like (N*Sync),

Sometimes I Rap Fast, Sometimes I Rap Slow: The Evolution Of Jay Z’s Flow (Food For Thought)

As another NFL season loads up, the sports news cycle is dominated by teams, offenses, depth charts and injury reports. Although not a fan (au contraire), I often marvel at

Moe Green – Still Here

Moe Green has always been effective when he’s taken a popular street song using a contemporary, and then rearranged it on his own. Over three years removed from “Going In

Wale – No Pain, No Gain

Wale has many looks, styles and presentations. Since the days of “Nike Boots,” my favorite Wale channel is when he seems to close his eyes in the booth, and get

Slim Thug – Coming Down (Every Town) ft Big K.R.I.T., Z-Ro & Kirko Bangz

Outside of Geto Boys and UGK, I have always used Slim Thug as an illustration to what makes Houston Hip-Hop so unique, and so great. Thugga’s not always big on

Talib Kweli – Human Mic (Video)

R.A. The Rugged Man directed this Prisoner Of Conscious video. The treatment to the “Human Mic” single plays with the title, with the Brooklyn, MC oozing words and his kicks his

Wiz Khalifa – Look Into My Eyes

Now focused on family and albums, Wiz Khalifa’s output (at least what he releases) has slowed quite a bit in 2013. Touring, family and a big year for expanding Taylor

AZ – I Excel

Not since the Disposable Arts-era Masta Ace have I seen artist with an already-heralded career get consistently better with time. No longer signed to the major EMI Records, you cannot

Big Sean – First Chain ft Nas & Kid Cudi

Big Sean’s Hall Of Fame is exfoliating some of its biggest assets. On “First Chain,” Sean channels early Kanye West’s penchant for Jacob The Jeweler talk, as he links with

Pete Rock Discusses His “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” Sessions

My personal favorite Kanye West album is 2010’s My Beautiful Twisted Dark Fantasy. Individually, ‘Ye’s made songs that I’ve grown obsessed with on other albums (see: “Gone,” “Can’t Tell Me

Kendrick Lamar Discusses Black Hippy’s Mystique & Purpose (Video)

In the late ’90s/early 2000s, there were some cool super-groups that never put albums out: The Four Horsemen (Kurupt, Canibus, Ras Kass, Killah Priest) The Golden State Warriors (Xzibit, Saafir,

The Weeknd – Live For ft Drake

Together, The Weeknd & Drake can break many hearts, but they also be able to break the Internet when they collaborate. Toronto’s newest wave collaborates for “Live For.”With a combined

Dizzy Wright – The Golden Age (Mixtape)

Amidst a breakthrough 12 months, Las Vegas’ Dizzy Wright delivers his most polished to date. The Golden Age is a freebie that features Wyclef Jean, Joey Bada$$, Honey Cocaine, SwizZz,

Nice Guys Finish First…But Not By Playing Nice

Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T. After the late 2000s breakthrough of Blu, Thurz, Fashawn and Torae, it is these two men that truly opened me up to what I considered

Prodigy & Alchemist – Back & Forth (Video)

I remember hearing “Keep It Thoro” for the first time and just wondering who could have possibly made that beat. Enter: The Alchemist. While around on Mobb Deep’s seething fourth

Danny Brown – The Old Documentary (Video)

Danny Brown has been on my radar since late 2007, when some homies from Detroit started telling me to put an ear to the MC with the common-sounding name. Upon

Ghostface Killah & Killah Priest Doing A Collaborative Album?

If you would have asked me in the late ’90s for a Top 10 of Hip-Hop’s elite lyricists du jour, it would have been hard not to praise Killah Priest.

Murder Dog Magazine Celebrates 20th Anniversary

For fans of West Coast Hip Hop, especially of the Gangsta Rap variety, Murder Dog filled (and continues to fill) an important void that was left in the coverage of

J. Cole & Nas Interviewed Together In New VIBE

Longtime VIBE editor/journalist John Kennedy recently shared a recording space with Nas and J. Cole. No, it wasn’t for anymore collaborations, but rather to study one of the breakthrough artists

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