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Mack Wilds – Keepin’ It Real

We told you recently that Mack Wilds was working with an arsenal of Heads-heralded producers including Salaam Remi and DJ Premier. Premo’s fansite announced that “Keepin’ It Real” is produced

R.I.P. To Flipside From O.F.T.B.

Watts, California has a deep social history, as captured in films like Killer Of Sheep and moments like Wattstax. In Hip-Hop, the notorious section of South Central Los Angeles has

Guilty Simpson & Small Professor – Highway Robbery (Album Stream)

Random Axe’s Guilty Simpson links with Philadelphia-based producer Small Professor (Reef The Lost Cauze, Blueprint, Has-Lo) for a whole album, Highway Robbery. Following 2012’s Gigantic Vol. 1 LP by Small

J-Live – Headband Freestyle

This is pretty cool. J-Live left Brooklyn for Atlanta a few years back (with some time in Philadelphia, in between). The DJ/MC/Producer (Triple Threat) heard one of the year’s biggest

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Harold’s

Inspired by Harold’s Chicken in the Chicago area near to Gibbs’ Gary upbringing, this is the Deeper EP‘s interpretation of chickens that aren’t classified as poultry. Whether it’s fiends, females

DJ Skizz – Day In The Life ft REKS, Rasheed Chappell, Maffew Ragazino & Liza Colby (Video)

DJ Skizz’ B.Q.E. album gets a visual from three respected indie MCs that align with his radio playlists over the years. The song captures the daily ambitions and struggles of

Drake Confirms Wu-Tang Clan Collaboration

Fresh off of releasing “Wu-Tang Forever,” Drake confirmed to Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson that a remix is coming—during their sit-down interview (complete with audience). A person close to Drake also

Step Brothers – Nothing To See/Hear

This project has been in discussion since 2008, and this Fall, we’ll finally get a Step Brothers album. Rhymesayers Entertainment won the (alleged) bidding war to release the collaborative project

Talib Kweli – Turnt Up (Video)

Kweli shot a video in Tokyo, Japan for his “Turnt Up” Prisoner Of Conscious joint that samples Coldcut’s famed remix of Eric B. & Rakim’s “Paid In Full.” From Hi-Tek’s

De La Soul’s Buhloone Mindstate 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

By: Bandini There are some great “win-win” debates out there. For instance, which era of the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Lakers really was the best? Sean Connery or

Rapsody – Kingship (Video)

She Got Game continues to slam dunk its way onto iPods, CD-Rs, and playlists everywhere. Rapsody made a video for standout single “Kingship,” produced by the almighty DJ Premier. Shot

Justin Timberlake – TKO

Justin Timberlake may go down in history as thee artist of 2013. On the horizons of his second album of the calendar year, 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), JT unleasheds”TKO”

Ag Da Coroner – Crushed Grapes (Mixtape)

Outdoorsmen member Ag Da Coroner teamed with producer ATG for a full nine-song EP/mixtape, Crushed Grapes. Featuring band-mate Mayhem Lauren as well as Mobb Deep affiliate Lord Nez, the East

Cormega – On The Road ft Lil Fame & Ill Bill

From the Grand Theft Auto V (GTAV) mixtape, three New York indie MC’s who all were once signed to major labels link up for a charged track produced by DJ

Bishop Lamont – Full Circle

There have been a plethora of Aftermath Entertainment artists deserving of retail projects, but who didn’t get one: Last Emperor, King T, RBX, Mel-Man, and of course, Bishop Lamont. In

Salaam Remi – Makin’ It Hard For Me ft Corrine Bailey Rae

This is dope as can-be. Nas’ longtime in-house/right-hand producer Salaam Remi links with songstress Corrine Bailey Rae (a name we haven’t heard nearly often enough lately) for One: In The

Bob James Discusses Nautilus Becoming A Hit By Way Of Hip-Hop

When Heads get into rare groove/sample sources, pianist, composer and arranger Bob James is an ideal starting point. To laymen, James may be best known for creating the smooth theme

Stalley – Sticks And Stones / Blue Collar Gang ft Rashad

Stalley’s been doing it for some years now, with an array of looks and collaborators.Honest Cowboy appears to be a true breakthrough work at gathering the solo identity and distinction

Isaiah Rashad – Shot U Down

The artist many speculated to be the next TDE acquisition is careful with his material. “Shot U Down” breaks the self-imposed drought with a jazzy beat and charismatic delivery lookin’

Nipsey Hussle – Checc Me Out ft Dom Kennedy

On Arsenio Hall’s couch, Kendrick Lamar spoke about the movement he was part of the California Hip-Hop community. Two of the artists he mentioned, Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kennedy, come

Crate Diggers: Evidence (Video)

Dilated Peoples/Stepbrothers member Evidence may be best known as an MC, but he’s got some severe joints as a producer. After scoring a Grammy Award co-producing portions of Kanye West’s

Elvis Costello & The Roots Perform Wise Up Ghost (Video)

Fresh off of the Blue Note Records release of the album sharing the name, Elvis Costello & The Roots’ perform “Wise Up Ghost” at one of ?uestlove’s favorite hangouts/DJ venues:

Kendrick Lamar Explains The Musical Inspiration Behind His Name and Performs m.A.A.d. City (Video)

While it’d be nice if “In Living Color” was also back, with Keenan Ivory Wayans still able to poke fun at some of the stuff, Arsenio Hall’s latenight platform was

J. Cole – Crooked Smile ft TLC (Video)

The second single fromBorn Sinner finally gets its video. J. Cole’s orchestrated T-Boz and Chilli reunion of sorts is inspiration to a five-minute mini-movie style video, sneak-released this morning. Related:

DJ Yella Recalls N.W.A. Mistakenly Turning Down Guns N’ Roses Tour

DJ Yella rarely speaks these days. The founding member of N.W.A. (who was also in World Class Wreckin’ Cru with Dr. Dre prior) has left music and found success in

Marco Polo – 3-0-Clock ft Organized Konfusion

Marco Polo’s solo albums have become great touchstones for fans of 1990s Hip-Hop. The Canadian-born producer’s LPs have featured the likes of Masta Ace, O.C., Kool G. Rap and Edo

Vinnie Paz – God Bless

The Pazmanian Devil has always been an artist I listened to get me in that mood, or sometimes to relate to when I’m already in that mood. Having been a

AG Da Coroner – What We Have ft Mayhem Lauren

Two of The Outdoorsmen link up for AG Da Coroner’s Crushed Grapes. I love the chemistry between these two, as AG praises the success of “some of my homies,” likely

14KT – Nickel & Dimed (Album Stream)

Mello Music Group has made some truly amazing albums in the last five years. They linked Apollo Brown and O.C. for last year’s Trophies LP that have everybody feeling like

Gangrene – Bassheads

Gangrene is one of the best outfits making music that doesn’t seem to come up nearly enough in conversation. The Decon Records duo of Alchemist and Oh No has product

True Master – Batman & Robin ft Ghostface Killah & Raekwon

With everybody talking about “Its Yourz” this week—in a roundabout way, the producer of the ’97 jam that Drake interpolated is back with some fresh Wu’ness. The dynamic duo Raekwon

Lil Dap – Things Ain’t The Same ft JT3

I’m a huge Group Home fan. That first album, The Realness, really stuck to my ribs for its hard life truths, in addition to masterful DJ Premier production. Lil Dap

Nelly – Rick James ft T.I. (Prod. Pharrell)

Pharrell Williams is having the kind of year that Timbaland had in 2006. Nothing—nothing isn’t working for this 20-plus year veteran behind the boards. Pharrell helped make Daft Punk a

Dizzy Wright – Fashion ft Kid Ink & Honey Cocaine (Video)

Just in time for the proverbial “September issue,” three MCs who are known for their styles on and off the mic link up to a song about swag. Dizzy flips

Christian Rich – Superman ft RZA

RZA channels a fellow ’91 alum (and Wu family friend) in MF DOOM in this colorful Christian Rich track. Not only does the beat call back to DangerDOOM, RZA’s whimsical

Havoc – Eyes Open ft Twista (Video)

Havoc has enjoyed a nice year with his 13 album. One of the mid-to-late 1990s’ greatest producer/MC keeps prolific in and out of Mobb Deep work. One collaboration that fits

B-Real & Demrick (Serial Killers) – Bodybags ft Xzibit

After confirming this project earlier this month, fans get a first glimpse of the Serial Killers’ self-titled project. This includes Cypress Hill lead MC B-Real and longtime protege Demrick (who

Ab-Soul Previews New Verse (Video)

Few new MCs of the last five years are as potential with words as Carson, California’s Ab-Soul. #ControlSystem is as intelligent and thoughtfully-charged of an album with Longterm Mentality just as

The Internet – Dontcha (Video)

Within the OFWGKA collective, one of the most interesting, most enduring acts is The Internet. Syd The Kid and Matt Martian are seemingly low-key compared to some of their cohorts,

Cage – This Place

Cage is an artist with an interesting story. For the Heads, this is an MC who premiered on Pete Nice & Daddy Rich’s (incredibly slept-on) Dust To Dust (which featured

Scram Jones – Friday The 13th

The 914’s Scram Jones is one of the more talented producers in Hip-Hop, who rarely seems to get the name-brand recognition he deserves. Scram has worked with the likes of

Gunplay – Westside Ride (Video)

Admittedly, Triple C’s member Gunplay is an acquired taste. However, this Maybach Music Group/Def Jam Records artist has moments in his swelling catalog that absolutely stun me. The Miami-based rapper

AXEL F. – All Day ft Oh No

MED and J. Rocc (AXEL F.) come together with Oh No for this thumpin’ day in the life cut, with a strong bassline and chorus from Rufus & Chaka Khan’s

MMG – Self Made Vol. 3 (Full Album Stream)

For the third installment in as many years, Self Made Vol. 3 is on the horizon. The most popular compilations in current-day Hip-Hop are known for breaking will-be mainstream stars

Black Milk Previews Black Sabbath Verse (Video)

Duck Down Music unveils their (cool) “Verse Unheard” concept, with label artists and affiliates showing fans acapella verses from upcoming projects. Random Axe (my personal favorite D.D. album of the

Evidence Performs LetYourSelfGo & I Don’t Need Love (Video)

After the Dilated Peoples kicked it together at last weekend’s Rock The Bells in San Bernardino, California, Evidence performed something old and something new for The Closed Sessions in this

Boldy James – Moochie

Alchemist has done amazing things for blooming careers. From Infamous Mobb’s Special Edition album back in ’02, to Action Bronson’s Rare Chandeliers last year, to his ongoing efforts for Willie

MC Lyte To Be Honored With BET’s I Am Hip Hop Award

With the upcoming 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards filming at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on September 28, Billboard revealed today that MC Lyte will be receiving a lifetime

Preservation – SePtember 1200 (Barry White Tribute Mixtape)

Preservation is a producer/DJ closely associated with Yasiin Bey aka Mos Def. The touring-mate of the former Rawkus Records standout offered up The REcstatic earlier this year, a fully-remixed version

Jabee – Ghetto Broke

Jabee is the latest commissioner of Blu production on his single “Ghetto Broke / Betty Boop,” from the “two-song album” The Adventures Of Mudbone: The Cartoon. This is from the