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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s 2004 Reunion Is Something We All Can Still Appreciate (Audio)

Twenty years ago, Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth formally called it quits. After 1994’s The Main Ingredient, the pair from Mount Vernon and New Rochelle, New York, respectively, split due

Pusha T Interviews With Sway & Spits A Verse For MCs Who Act Like They Don’t Know (Video)

Last Thursday (December 17), Pusha T was a guest on Sway In The Morning. There, just hours before King Push: Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude, the Clipse co-founder got really

This K’naan & Bob Dylan Mash-Up Gets A Visual That Further Mashes The Message

In 2009, K’naan and J. Period teamed for the third volume of The Messengers. The authorized mixtape series was a promotional vehicle for Troubadour, K’naan’s third and United States breakthrough

M-Dot May Be The First MC To Release A 360° Video. It’s A Lyrical Terror Dome (Video)

Hip-Hop videos have come a long way since The Sugarhill Gang released a performance visual to 1979’s “Rapper’s Delight.” Budgets have reached the millions with some visuals, while others have

Cooked Ones: Mobb Deep’s Prodigy To Publish Cookbook & Second Memoir

Mobb Deep co-founder Prodigy has been among the group of Hip-Hop artists that have successfully transitioned into publishing. The Queens, New York native born Albert Johnson released 2011 title, My

DJ Premier, Slum Village, Royce Da 5’9″, Rapsody & 9th Wonder To Perform At 2016 J Dilla Weekend

The second annual J Dilla Weekend has been announced. The Miami, Florida extension of Detroit, Michigan’s longstanding J Dilla Day will take place on February 5-7, 2016. Hosted by Maureen

Timbaland & Busta Rhymes Each Announce Christmas Day Mixtapes

While the record labels are traditionally closed over the December holidays, many Hip-Hop artists are hard at work. Christmas Day (December 25) has become a popular release date, especially for

Khrysis’ Rhythm Roulette Beats Are Soul Council Scorchers (Video)

Khrysis has been one of Hip-Hop’s most consistent producers of the last decade. The Durham, North Carolina representative, and one-half of The Away Team, has put in critical production work

MC Eiht Hit The Mic Like A Menace In 1993. This Low-Key Remix Dodged The Jackers (Audio)

In 1993, MC Eiht’s career was riding high, and in style. Like KRS-One with Boogie Down Productions, “the Compton Psycho” was stepping beyond Compton’s Most Wanted and getting his solo

Naughty By Nature Reveal The Origin of “O.P.P.” It Really Was Other People’s Property.

Naughty By Nature was one of Hip-Hop’s biggest acts of the 1990s. Still together, recording, and touring, Treach, Vinnie Rock, and Kay Gee broke through with three simple letters: “O.P.P.”

Wu-Tang Clan Album Owner Martin Shkreli Details Conflict With RZA & Issues Warning.

Last week, reports emerged of the buyer-seller conflicts surrounding Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album. The seventh Clan LP, released as one single copy, was revealed to

Masta Ace & Veteran Beneficence Gain Clarity In The Sun (Audio)

Newark, New Jersey veteran MC Beneficence has a career that stems back to the early 1990s. Although Bene’s name has not extended as far as peers Redman, Lords Of The

Tech N9ne & Murs’ Problems Go Up In Smoke, Like Cheech & Chong (Video)

As revealed in last month’s interview, Tech N9ne releases a video for Strangeulation, Vol. 2‘s Murs and Ubiquitous (CES Cru) collaboration. The pair of independent stalwarts use Cheech & Chong’s

Public Enemy Affiliate Johnny Juice Blends Bruce Lee Samples With Raw Hip-Hop (Audio)

DJ Johnny Juice Rosado has been a critical role-player in Hip-Hop music for nearly 30 years. In addition to his own career and vast production credentials (Son Of Bazerk, On

Duck Down Artists Old & New Celebrate By Performing The Hits, For 3 Hours (Video)

How many labels in Hip-Hop can get all of their artists over the last 20 years back together on stage? Duck Down Music (a/k/a Duck Down Records) celebrated its 20th anniversary

Stream O.C.’s New EP, Chock Full Of Introspect & Precise Delivery (Audio)

O.C. is an MC whose biggest albums are not necessarily his best selling. While, the Brooklyn/Queens, New York representative’s 1994 debut Word…Life is widely considered an incredible album, the Diggin’

This Brand Nubian “One For All” Tribute Is An Audio All-In-One (Mix)

Last week, Brand Nubian’s celebrated debut album, One For All, reached its 25th birthday. The breakthrough album by Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Grand Puba, and DJ Alamo not only carries

Sean Price Music Will Release For Years To Come, According To Duck Down

This month, Duck Down Music (formerly known as Duck Down Records) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It’s been a challenging year for the independent label launched by Dru-Ha and Black

Two 1980s NYC Street Culture Docs Capture The Cool, Even In These Trailers (Videos)

New York City has long been an epicenter for culture. From music, to fashion, to art, the five boroughs and beyond have influenced the world near and far. In the

Raekwon Politics On Classic Breakbeats In This 1995 Tim Westwood Freestyle (Audio)

Tim Westwood keeps his newly-established tradition of weekly freestyles going strong. Just over one month after sharing his 1995 Method Man freestyle (that would later become elements of some compilation

Kxng Crooked’s “Dead Or In Jail” Verses Demand A Lyric Video

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Kxng Crooked (f/k/a Crooked I) and Statik Selektah gave Heads some food for thought. “Dead Or In Jail,” which features Jessica Quintero, examines the skewed justice

Sheek Louch Discusses Silverback Gorilla 2 & Talks Working With Biggie and DMX (Interview)

Whereas speaking to Jadakiss or Styles P is often a lower key experience, their LOX band-mate Sheek Louch is high-energy. The Yonkers, New York veteran MC did not equate himself

M.O.P. vs. ONYX May Make Heads Ante Up & Slam Down Some Cash (Video)

M.O.P. and ONYX both emerged on the scene around the same time. These early 1990s New York City Hip-Hop crews won over Rap fans and beyond with an energy that

Redman Breaks Down “Bars” From His BET Cypher Verse (Video)

Last month, Redman became a trending term after his 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher verse. The Newark, New Jersey veteran MC appeared alongside his Def Squad cohorts Erick Sermon

Tech N9ne Evaluates Role Of Cyphers & Talks Next Solo Album (Interview)

Tech N9ne crams as many words and ideas into his energetic bars as he possibly can. It is this feat that has made him one of the most revered MCs

Tech N9ne & Murs Make A Jam About Stresses Building Up & Self-Medicating (Audio)

Tech N9ne and Murs are not MCs who have a discography filled with anthems about smoking and strip clubs. While Tech is a Caribou Lou drink mixologist, and Murray has

Mike D Weighs In On Best Beastie Boys MC & Overcoming “Brass Monkey” Hate (Audio)

The Beastie Boys’ Mike D was a guest on actor Michael Rapaport’s podcast show this week, which taped before a live New York City audience. The man born Michael Diamond

Chance The Rapper Affiliate Saba Carves His Own Lane In A Compelling Double Video

Less than a month ago, Chicago, Illinois MC Saba made a giant breakthrough care of Chance The Rapper’s “Angels” single. Saba was with C.T.R. for the “Late Show” debut, and

15 Years After DJ Screw’s Death, Bun B Explains His Influence On “Ridin’ Dirty”

Fifteen years ago today (November 16, 2000), DJ Screw passed away. Before his untimely death, the Houston, Texas turntablist born Robert Earl Davis, Jr. revolutionized a style of music that

Redman Gets Real About Def Squad, Leaving Def Jam & Staying True To Self (Audio)

Approaching this Friday’s release of Mudface, Redman’s media campaign rages on. The MC extraordinaire appeared on The Combat Jack Show with a one-hour interview that covers Red’s career with the

SPOTLIGHT: Nolan The Ninja Aims To Restore Detroit’s Hardcore Rap Legacy (EP Stream)

Today (November 10), Detroit, Michigan MC/producer Nolan The Ninja released his debut vocal EP, F.T.H. The 11-track follow-up to this year’s Lo-Fi L∞ps instrumental effort, features veteran MCs such as

Masta Ace Reflects On A Long Hot Summer & Offers This Re-Release Bonus Track (Premiere)

Tomorrow (November 10), Masta Ace’s 2004 LP, A Long Hot Summer is being re-released on CD by Below System Records. Originally released on Ace’s M3 imprint, the critically-acclaimed album followed

The Chronic & Efil4zaggin Would Not Sound The Same Without This Man…And It’s Not Dre

Dr. Dre’s 30-plus-year career in Hip-Hop has many movements. Andre Young first gained national notoriety for his post-Disco work with World Class Wreckin’ Cru, opening up dance-floors across the globe

A Redman & Dr. Dre Collaboration? It’s Possible. Redman Speaks (Video)

In his extensive, nearly 25-year career, Redman has worked with a plethora of great producers. A protege of EPMD’s Erick Sermon, Red’ would eventually help introduce the masses to Rockwilder.

The Story Of Hip-Hop’s Creation Is Being Re-Examined By Some Of Its Most Respected Pioneers (Video)

Editor’s Note: The first edition of this story credited Crazy Legs as Rock Steady Crew founder. It has been brought to Ambrosia For Heads’ attention that Crazy Legs is in

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder’s Indie 500 Drives For A Star-Studded Win (Album Stream)

Last year, Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, and Pharaohe Monch announced that they were combining forces and resources to launch Indie 500, an independent label, marketing, and distribution conglomerate. Nearly a

The D.O.C. Breaks Down His “Formula.” He Says Yawning Helped Him Speak Again (Video)

In late August, it was revealed that The D.O.C. had regained use of his vocal chords. Displaying the regenerated ability in a Sirius XM interview then, the Dallas, Texas native

If “Netflix & Chill” Has An Anthem, Foreign Exchange Made It (Video)

With temperatures dropping, holiday season kicking in, there is often a tug of war between staying in and going out. Phonte, Nicolay, Zo! and Foreign Exchange know this. Their Tales

Vince Staples Clarifies “Golden-Era” Remarks. In Doing So, He Raises Some GREAT Questions (Audio)

Vince Staples appears in a Time magazine video that published online yesterday (October 27). In it, the Def Jam Records artist from Long Beach, California was asked to reflect on

DJ Premier Recreates Gang Starr’s “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight”…On The Spot (Video)

Earlier this month, DJ Premier joined Royce Da 5’9″ and Adrian Younge for the first concert with all three PRhyme members. The October 13 Gramercy Theatre event also marked PRhyme’s

PRhyme’s Joy Ride Continues. DJ Premier & Royce Release “Courtesy” In Full (Video)

Eleven months ago, DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ set up their PRhyme album with a visual for “Courtesy.” In the midst of a bum-rush of visuals, the pair (as

There May Be a Path to De La Soul’s Catalog Going Digital. One Exec Explains.

Sampling and interpolating has been a part of Hip-Hop since Rap’s first mainstream hit. Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” relied heavily on replayed elements of Chic’s “Good Times” to start a

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder Suggest There Is No Such Thing As An Innocent Bystander (Audio/Video)

Alexander Hamilton once said, “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.” There is a lot to stand up for in the world around us—and there are some who still

From Compton To France, MC Eiht & DJ Cam Make “Music To Drive By” (Audio)

In what is close to a 30-year career, MC Eiht has worked with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Pete Rock, and Spice 1, among countless others. The Compton Psycho with

Joyner Lucas Stunned The BET Cyphers. He Brings That Excitement To A Busta Rhymes Collabo (Audio)

Since the 1990s, artists from Massachusetts have aimed to put New England Hip-Hop on the big stage. Between Gang Starr’s Guru, Made Men (f/k/a Almighty R.S.O.), and Edo. G, a

Pimp C’s Diverse Musical Talents & Mental Health Struggles Remembered in His Definitive Biography (Interview)

This December marks eight years since Pimp C passed away. The man born Chad Butler built a career around making a well-seasoned gumbo with his far-reaching love of music. UGK,

The Game Tells The Story of The Doctor’s Advocate & Why It’s His Best Album (Video)

This month, Compton, California MC Game is in the midst of releasing two discs to The Documentary 2. Featuring involvement from Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick

Black Sheep Dres & Jaleel Shaw Take Rap-Jazz Fusion To A New Frontier (Audio Premiere)

With his group Black Sheep, Dres helped lead a charge in the early 1990s that brought about awareness in Jazz, Funk, Dance, and a gestalt of Hip-Hop’s influence. Nearly 25

N.W.A.’s Other Member Isn’t Bitter. But He Explains His Absence From Biopic (Video)

Hip-Hop Heads seem to know about Jarobi’s early role in A Tribe Called Quest. Listeners may remember Kool Fashion (n/k/a Al Tariq) from The Beatnuts. Many know of the cloudy

Prince Paul & Wordsworth To Feature On “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” Series

This week (October 9), Dreamworks Animation Studio will launch its latest series, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman.” Appearing exclusively on Netflix, the series is a reboot of the famed “The Rocky