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Mannie Fresh Makes Super Tough Beat Live, Using 3 Random Records (Video)

It’s no accident that Mannie Fresh is one of the pioneers in defining the sound of Southern Hip-Hop in the 90s and beyond. His distinctive style of “bounce” music, built

Jay Rock Gives 2 Very Different But Equally Compelling Interviews (Video)

Jay Rock made a trip to New York City yesterday (8/27) to play his imminently forthcoming 90059 album in its entirety for the first time on the East Coast. Prior

Slaughterhouse’s Kxng Crooked Exposes His Vulnerabilities & Struggles with Depression (Video)

Back in July, a demo version of a track called “Don’t Close Your Eyes (Ashamed)” was released, and with it came one of the most emotionally wrenching releases in Hip-Hop

Cee Lo Celebrates Music’s Healing Powers on a Song Using the “Taxi” Theme (Audio)

On November 13, Cee Lo Green will be releasing a new studio album, reportedly titled Heart Blanche. The Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley member will be continuing his solo career

Chris Rivers Opts for a Lyrical Tribute to Sean Price in the Form of a Freestyle (Audio)

As fans know, Chris Rivers has been on a lyrical tirade in recent weeks, using Fridays to release freestyles over a vast array of beats, both classic and obscure. The

Curren$y Keeps It All in the NOLA Family With Lil Wayne & August Alsina (Audio)

New Orleans’ own Spitta Andretti released a surprise E.P. titled Cathedral earlier this month, and the rapper better known as Curren$y has now released another single in the form of

Mos Def Returns to His Old Name & Old Way of Dicing Up Beats (Audio)

With all of the recent news of Yasiin Bey making headlines, the Brooklyn MC’s return to music was a topic of conversation for many, and with the release of a

When Big K.R.I.T. & 8Ball Come Together, Trunks Rattle (Audio)

Fresh off of yesterday’s “86” birthday party, Big K.R.I.T. returns with another car tune. Teaming with one of his leading inspirations and ongoing collaborators in 8Ball, Krizzle also welcomes Scotty

Fashawn Revisits Some ’96 Jay Z for a 5-Minute Freestyle (Audio)

Since releasing his second studio album, The Ecology, last year, Fresno MC Fashawn has continued to grow his fan base, one that has been expanding steadily since he released his

Kev Brown’s Take On Jay Z’s Black Album Was An Unauthorized Remix That Surely Is Official (Album Stream)

Upon its November, 2003 release, Jay Z’s The Black Album beckoned an onslaught of remixes. Ironically, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records LP is heralded for its star-studded production (Kanye West, Eminem,

Macklemore Collaborates with Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz & Kool Moe Dee (Video)

The lives of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have changed immensely since the 2012 release of their album, The Heist. The duo went from being indie Hip-Hop darlings to full-blown global

Warren G Freestyles Over K. Camp’s “Comfortable” And Has Fun With It (Video)

After an extended hiatus, Warren G has had a musical renaissance this Summer. Earlier this month, he released his Regulate…G Funk Era, Pt. II EP, which featured three songs with

LL Cool J’s Album Mama Said Knock You Out Turns 25. Here’s How It Re-Defined His Career

“DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK!! I’VE BEEN HERE FOR YEARS!!!” Despite his protest in the opening lines of the title song to Mama Said Knock You Out, a triumphant return

Jay Rock & Kendrick Lamar Heat Up Another Collaboration In Easy Bake (Audio)

Jay Rock’s sophomore studio album, 90059, is allegedly planned to release in the next 10 days. Top Dawg Entertainment’s restless 2015 continues. Unlike so many crews and movements, often times,

Bishop Nehru Celebrates His Birthday With 4 Songs Including A Visual (Audio/Video)

Bishop Nehru has accomplished a ton in just a teen-aged life. Turning 19 today (August 26), the Mass Appeal/Lex Records MC celebrated in a way that aligns with his tireless

1986 Was A Good Year… In Big K.R.I.T.’s Life & In His Garage (Audio)

Today (August 26), Big K.R.I.T. turns 29 years old. Born in 1986, the Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer named Justin Scott has risen to the top of the creative ranks in Hip-Hop

A$AP Rocky Looks At The Ill Fate Of Fame & Extreme Decadence (Video)

A$AP Rocky’s “Everyday” has been a major vehicle for At. Long. Last. A$AP. The RCA/Polo Grounds MC used a new sound than that of his first studio LP to examine

Ras Kass’ Lyrics Burn Like Acid In This Psychedelic Side Project Single (Audio)

Ras Kass stays busy. Beyond the Carson, California MC’s sprawling independent catalog, he has a host of side projects, including HRSMN (with Kurupt, Killah Priest, and Canibus), White Crows (with

N.W.A. Were Not the Only Ones to Say Eff The Police. J Dilla Did Too…

The life and career of J Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee) has become something of a legend. The Detroit, Michigan producer/MC made an indelible impact on music in a 10-year run

“Straight Outta Compton” Lands N.W.A. On Top 40 Charts…27 Years Later

Both of N.W.A.’s two studio full-length albums carry platinum plaques. 1988’s Straight Outta Compton and 1991’s Ni**az4Life have this distinction, as does 1990 EP 100 Miles & Runnin’, while 1987’s

Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam Get A Food Desert Instead Of Dessert In A Visit To East New York (Video)

On Gang Starr’s “Speak Ya Clout,” Group Home’s Lil Dap urged his crew to meet him at Broadway Junction. The Brooklyn, New York train intersection in East New York is

Celebrate Aaliyah’s Life and Legacy With This Extended Video of Her Story In Her Words (Video)

Aaliyah passed away fourteen years ago today, when a plane crash claimed her life and those of eight others who were with her. While her music has endured and remains

Yelawolf Lashes Out Against Burning Of Confederate Flag & Cites Others in Hip-Hop Who’ve Worn It

Throughout his career, Yelawolf has celebrated his Southern roots. The Gadsden, Alabama MC/singer made songs that embraced his heritage in patriotism, such as “Made In The U.S.A.” and “Back To

Dee Barnes Responds to Dr. Dre’s Apology to the Women He Abused With Powerful Words

The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has been a runaway success at the box office, chalking up two straight weeks atop the box office charts and raking in well over

Gangrene Show Their Far-Reaching ’70s Film Inspiration For The New LP (Video)

As producers, Oh No and Alchemist dig deep. The two California natives appreciate getting a bit dusty to find just the right elements to orchestrate their gritty arrangements. Teaming together

Apollo Brown & Your Old Droog Release a Soulful Anti-Drug PSA (Audio)

Apollo Brown & Your Old Droog have teamed up to spin a tale of those lost to drugs on the second single for Brown’s forthcoming Mello Music Group release, Grandeur.

Twista Chops Out A Nimble Freestyle With A Conscious Message (Audio)

Twista’s catalog is deep. Although the Chicago, Illinois Hip-Hop pioneer is frequently thought of for his “Slow Jamz” and dazzling lyrical displays, the Speedknot Mobsta’-turned-GMG leader has also never shied

DJ Quik Goes Back In His Bag Of Funk Grooves For Game’s Documentary 2 (Audio)

A decade ago, when Game (as The Game) hit the mainstream with The Documentary, he worked with a dream team of guest MCs, singers, and producers. Brandishing Compton like early

Method Man & Redman Bring That Straight Gutta Chemistry To Life (Video)

One of the center pieces of Method Man’s just-released Meth Lab project is “Straight Gutta.” The Redman-assisted song continues two decades of raspy-voiced, “elevated” chemistry between Red & Meth, beyond

Illa J Celebrates His Big Brother’s Memory & Reclaims J Dilla’s Spirit as His Own (Audio)

On October 2, Illa J will be releasing his second solo album, the first since his 2008 debut, Yancey Boys. A move to Montreal, some time spent touring with Slum

Lil Dicky Explains What Led Him to Hip-Hop In 5 Questions (Video)

Lil Dicky has had a charmed career in Hip-Hop, thus far. His first video ever (“Ex-Boyfriend“) racked up a million views…on the first day. His debut album, Professional Rapper, was

Remembering Sean Price’s Giant Sense of Humor, in the Words of Duck Down’s Dru-Ha

As the co-CEO of Duck Down Music, Drew “Dru-Ha” Friedman plays an integral role in the label’s operations, but those duties have been overshadowed by his relationships with his artists,

The Weeknd Does Away With His Demons in Highly-Conceptual ‘Tell Your Friends’ Mini-Movie (Video)

The Weeknd is having what is likely the most successful season of his career, and his new album hasn’t even been released yet. On August 28, Beauty Behind The Madness

If A$AP Rocky Were A Super Hero, He’d Be Powerful & Pretty At Once (Video)

Hip-Hop’s comic fascination continues, care of the illustrated Complex series. These vignettes ask artists what kind of super hero they would be, and creates the descriptions. After Raekwon’s good-doing servant

Ever See This Run-D.M.C. & Whodini Cypher From 1985? (Video)

The year was 1985 and Whodini and Run-D.M.C. were speaking at a seminar. All six members–Run, D and Jam Jam Master Jay for Run-D.M.C., and Jalil, Ecstasy and Grandmaster Dee

DJ Priority Remixes 7 Ghostface Killah Classics on “Iron Cinema” (EP Stream)

Out of Paterson, New Jersey, DJ Priority maintains an on-air residency at KJAMZ 105.3FM. A clear fan of Ghostface Killah and Wu-Tang Clan, Priority takes seven G.F.K. tracks (one of

Mick Jenkins Shows There’s Nothing Like Getting Down to Pick You Up (Video)

Mick Jenkins’ two-part sonic jolt “Get Up Get Down” is both throwback and contemporary. The first half of the song features Electro Funk synths that harken back to the early

25 Years After a Presumed Career-Ending Accident, The D.O.C.’s Voice Is Returning (Audio)

One of Hip-Hop’s most tragic “what if’s” surrounds Dallas, Texas MC The D.O.C. A onetime Ruthless Records artist, the rapper born Tracy Curry came into the music industry as a

Scarface’s Deeply Rooted Single Steer Gets A Dramatic Treatment (Video)

Scarface’s “Steer” is both soulful and topical. In a first person narrative, the record looks at a particular circumstance that may be different than meets the eye. Although specific in

Chris Rivers & Cory Gunz Flip a Brand Nubian Joint on Latest Freestyle (Audio)

In the latest addition to his ever-growing arsenal of Friday freestyles, Chris Rivers has enlisted the help of Cory Gunz for a flip of a Brand Nubian classic. After dropping

Andy Mineo Defeats the 5 Fingers of Death With a Biblical Freestyle (Video)

Andy Mineo returned to the Sway in the Morning show in promotion of his new album, Uncomfortable, which will be released on September 18. For many, Andy’s profile grew exponentially,

Styles P and Jay Dee Never Worked Together But “Ghost Dilla” is OFFICIAL (Video)

Styles P and J. Dilla never worked together when the legendary beatmaker was alive, but Styles’ turn on Dilla’s “The Red,” from his JayLib days with Madlib, sounds tailor-made. Styles

The Group Behind One of Hip-Hop’s Most Famous Samples Announces New Music 35 Years Later…

From The Fugees’ multi-platinum album The Score to Spike Lee’s joints Crooklyn and 25th Hour, Heads have heard Cymande. The British-based Funk band pulled from across oceans, cultures and continents to

The Wait Is Over. Method Man’s First Album in 9 Years is Here (Album Stream)

Today, Method Man has released his first album in nine years. Though he has stayed active throughout with guest verses, Wu-Tang Clan projects and more, The Meth Lab is the

DJ Soko’s Domino Effect Aligns Nicely With Guilty Simpson, Apollo Brown & More (Album Stream)

Detroit, Michigan native DJ Soko has been putting in work for years. Just under five years ago, the turntablist DJ joined forces with Apollo Brown and Journalist 103 to form

The Politics of Rap: Political Hip-Hop’s Long & Outspoken History Didn’t Begin or End with N.W.A. (Audio)

The marriage of political engagement and Hip-Hop culture has been a permanent fixture ever since artists began using the mic as a means of delivering dispatches from inner-city life, where

Funk Volume Wagers $500,000 On Hopsin, Dizzy Wright & Jarren Benton Battling Any Label (Video)

California-based independent label Funk Volume is presently home to a roster of MCs that includes Hopsin, Dizzy Wright, Jarren Benton, and SwizZz. The label, launched by Hop’ and Damien “Dame”

Jamla’s Army Rolls Deep With Add-2 & Rapsody Ripping Up A Khrysis Beat (Audio)

Chicago, Illinois MC Add-2 is wrapping up his sophomore release with 9th Wonder’s Jamla Records. Prey For The Poor (September 4). This go-round features one of the newer additions to

Dayne Jordan Takes a Cue from Mister Rogers in DJ Jazzy Jeff Produced Track (Video)

With news of an impending reincarnation of the ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” many are celebrating by remembering the classic moments from the Will Smith and DJ Jazzy

Jungle Brothers Are Often The Forgotten Tongues Who Helped Teach The Native Lingo (Video)

For a collective that never made an album, and rarely performed under their decided moniker, the Native Tongues’ relevancy has never waned. Despite the fact that A Tribe Called Quest