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Here’s a look at the 20 most important hip-hop record labels of all time, starting with #20: Rawkus Records.

Before record labels were considered “the enemy” their brands actually meant something.  Artists dreamed of being on the same label as the MCs they grew up idolizing and some labels

Keeping it on the smooth tip, Swizz Beatz wraps up his Monster Mondays with a new joint from wifey, Alicia Keys. This one is called Speechless ft Eve and it rides that Devil in a New Dress beat from Kanye’s album. Hotness.

Click here to download.  If you missed any of Swizz Beatz’ excellent Monster Mondays, click here for a great recap from Nahright.com.

Vado and Raheem DeVaughn make some gangsta Quiet Storm hip-hop with It’s You. Check it out.

This one is surprisingly dope.  Vado and Raheem mesh much better than you would expect. Click here to download.  It’s a fine line between corny and laid back, but when

You heard how Asher Roth and Nottz get down on Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor). Now check out how they rock the mixtape.

If you missed, Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor), it was on the criminally slept on Nottz album You Need This Music. Click here to download the mixtape and listen below:

Is 50 Cent done as a rapper? Not if you listen to his new song Sunday Morning.

It’s not vintage 50, but it’s still worth a listen (or a few). Click here to download.

Respect your roots. Hip-hop was built on jazz, soul and FUNK. Tonight hip-hop lost funk legend Teena Marie.

Teena Marie: 1956 – 2010. There will be many tributes to Ms. Marie, who was known to bring the funk both solo and with her longtime partner in crime, Rick

Ever debated what was the best year in hip-hop? Here’s a little something from The Rub to make the conversation a LOT more interesting. Check out these mixes of the best songs in hip-hop from 1979-2009, year by year….30 years of hip-hop. It gets no better.

These are courtesy of The Rub, one of the dopest DJ collectives around.  For 1979-1980, click here.  For 1981-1990, click here.  For 1991-2000, click here.  For 2001-2009, click here.

Merry Christmas to all. May your years only get better.

Christmas Rap Christmas in Harlem

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #6 Roll the dice…this was a year of taking BIG chances and they paid off.

EVERYBODY knows the music business as it has existed for the last few decades–where sales of recorded albums are the primary financial-driver of the business–is in trouble.  The record industry,

Rick Ross drops his mixtape Ashes To Ashes just in time for Christmas. Check it out.

Click here to download and listen below:  

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #7 Rappin’ all over the world…you know that’s right when the hottest rapper of the year was from Canada.

Everyone knows New York City was the birthplace of hip-hop.  For years, the dominant s0und in the genre was from the city that never sleeps.  In the late 80’s the

T'was the night before Christmas and all through the house the mouse was rocking to the new Rick Ross mixtape.

The mixtape will drop later today.  In the meantime, check out RetroSuperFuture ft Wiz Khalifa, which will be on the mixtape. Click here to download.

This mixtape of mashups Big Boi and The Black Keys sounds like the songs were supposed to be like this. Check it out.

Click here to listen to and download the mixtape courtesy of NahRight.com.  The boundaries continue to be pushed in hip-hop in 2010.

It's official. Christmas in Harlem is now the latest (and maybe) last G.O.O.D. Friday gift from Kanye West.

There was an earlier version of this a few days ago, but this is the fully mastered version.  It features CyHi Da Prynce, Pusha T, Big Sean, Musiq Soulchild and

The year is winding to a close but dope hip-hop music keeps coming. Next up is Smoke DZA with some laid back gangsta ish called The World.

Dude’s name and music are definitely reminiscent of Wu-Tang clan but he’s not Wu-affiliated: Click here to download.

This is the second joint we've posted from Stalley. Dude is really dope. This one is called Monkey Ish.

The song samples the mighty Pimp C (R.I.P.) from UGK: Click here to download.  You can find more Stalley here.  And, here’s a classic joint from UGK: http://www.vimeo.com/2818789

It's a great day for underground rap…which is a nice segue into the #8 reason why 2010 is the best year ever in hip-hop: The Return of the Underground.

This one is a bit of a contradiction.  The incredible underground releases this year certainly contributed to the musical strength of the year overall, but underground rap is consistently pretty

You have to see this new Saigon video. It's so simple but SO incredibly creative. The song is called Together (Dear Black America). Brilliant

Props to 2dopeboyz for putting the video together.  Click here for more Saigon.

Pace Won and Mr. Green's My Song ft Rival is pretty dope. Check out the video.

Pace Won’s verse in particular is worth a listen.

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #9 Change the game…several artists expanded the boundaries of hip-hop in 2010.

1. B.o.B. – Bobby Ray dropped several crunk-filled mixtapes before releasing his first official album.  When the album dropped, however, it was filled with lots of pop, rock and just

Swizz Beatz continues his Monster Mondays with Hustle Hard ft Ace Hood.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3aPMIThddU Click here to download.

Curren$y's lyrics are always tight so did his tracks keep his album from being a hit? Check out how he rides the Kanye West-produced Live Fast, Die Young track and see if this one moves you.

Curren$y’s version is called Daze of Thunder.  Rick Ross and Kanye still rocked this track the best, but Curren$y holds his own.

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #10 Don't call it a comeback…but this was the year for some of the best ever.

Now that the year is winding down and new music is slowing to a trickle, it’s the perfect opportunity to take a look back at 2010 and what made it

Diggy Simmons jumps on yet another classic track from a Queensbridge great. This time it's Nas again on the DJ Premier produced Nas is Like.

Fortunately Diggy keeps doing these songs justice.  If he can get some original material this tight he’s going to have a very bright future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARYQH_Q4fZw Click here to download.  If

Eminem and Lil Wanyne together performing on the same stage. This is a fitting coda to the best year ever in hip-hop.

Eminem and Lil Wayne performed on SNL last night. Welcome back, Weezy.  They did No Love, Won’t Back Down and the first televised version of 6’7″.  Could this be the

Rick Ross' 9 Piece ft T.I. sounds like the third part of a trilogy that started with MC Hammer and B.M.F. What do you think?

Click here to download.  Here are parts 1 and 2 of the “trilogy”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNLClvoqro http://www.vimeo.com/13285609

L.E.$'s mixtape featuring all DJ Quik beats is here. If you are a G-Funk fan this one is a winner.

Like Me, the first track that leaked from this mixtape was a banger.  It’s a short, but solid project.  Click here to download the mixtape.  The tracklist is below. 1.

Wiz Khalifa is like the 2010 version of Snoop Dogg. Check out the side by side comparison on Black & Yellow (the G-Mix) ft Snoop Dogg, Juicy J and T-Pain

So what are the similarities?  Both have silky smooth, sing-song flows (say that 5 times fast), are tall and lanky, are super laid-back, are eminently likeable and each have a

Has the color barrier been broken yet in hip-hop?

It’s not a secret that hip-hop was born from black culture and, to date, has been comprised primarily of black performers.  As a result, there have been few rappers of

Ab-Soul is cool like that. Check out how he handles the classic Digable Planets track on his new song Titsenas

That cat’s range has impressed me.  He dropped All Feelin’ earlier in the year and it was a totally different sound but still dope.  Props to NahRight.com. Click here to

Jae Millz has been killing the clubs with Green Gobblin ft Chris Brown (spitting no less). Check out the video.

What would 2010 be without Young Money?  The Chris Brown comeback is complete…

DJ Quik is one of the most underrated producers of all time. He is the best producer from the West Coast not named Dr. Dre. Check out how newcomer L.E.$ just murders this Quik track.

Real talk, these 2 sound like they’ve been music together for years. RIDICULOUSLY hot G-Funk: Click here to download.  And here are 2 of my favorite DJ Quik joints of

It's official. It's O.G. day. I'm generally not a fan of posthumous 2Pac music but damn this track with Spice 1 is hot!! Check out Can't Turn Back.

This is from Spice 1’s upcoming album Notorious Bastards, Vol. 1, which drops next week: Click here to download.

Here's is yet another dope track from Big K.R.I.T. This one is called Moon & Stars (remix) ft Curren$y and Killa Kyleon and it's another reason to download his mixtape.

If you’ve been rockin’ with me for a minute, you know how I feel about Big K.R.I.T.  This one is soulful: Click here to download.    

While we're celebrating dope producers from the 90's, check out this new track Large Professor did for this Nas verse.

This is a remix to Nas’ No Ideas Original.  The drums Large Professor used for the remix are reminiscent of those he used for Nas’ Halftime. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GYjbFuTmS0 Click here to

Ever heard of Mr. Brady? He gets major props for doing a song with Blu and Diamond D called Get Choze. Check it out.

Blu has been making a comeback as of late.  He and Exile supposedly have another project coming out next year.  In the meantime, here’s how he gets down with Mr.

Ladies and gentlemen, Lil Wayne is back in the booth…and it's like he never left. The new single is called 6'7" and ft Cory Gunz. Check it out.

Click here to download. Also, here’s Wayne’s first interview post-prison.  He called into DJ Drama’s radio show on Shade 45 to discuss the new single, video and many other things:

Diddy's Ass on the Floor is one of the doper songs on Dirty Money's Last Train to Paris album. Check out the video.

This song continues the “dancefication” of hip-hop, but it works.  Check out NahRight’s take on the video and the trials of blogging here. http://www.vimeo.com/17795826

Swizz Beatz' Monster Mondays have almost made up for the lack of G.O.O.D. Fridays. Almost…Check out We Keep It Rockin' with Maino, Jadakiss, Jim Jones and Joell Ortiz.

They go in on the classic beat used by the Ultramagnetic MCs on Funky and then 2Pac and Dr. Dre on California Love. Click here to download.  Here’s California Love
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