Redman, Keith Murray & Erick Sermon Have a Hip Hop Awards Cypher

The BET Hip Hop Awards are taking place tonight (10/9) in Atlanta, and will air on Tuesday, October 13 at 8pm. This year’s event is once again being hosted by

Talib Kweli & Rapsody Raise Fists Not Arms on “Every Ghetto” (Audio)

Earlier this week, Talib Kweli premiered a new song on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, that featured Rapsody and a production by Hi-Tek. “Every Ghetto” is loud and proud

Three 6 Mafia’s Koopsta Knicca Passes Away At 40 Years Old

Academy Award winning group Three 6 Mafia has lost another member. Koopsta Nicca (a/k/a Robert Phillips) has died. The Memphis, Tennessee native passed away this morning (October 9) from complications

Jadakiss & Swizz Beatz’s Chemistry Is Scary Like Jason (Audio)

For more than 15 years, Jadakiss and Swizz Beatz have had an undeniable sonic chemistry. The 2 first linked on N.O.R.E.’s 1998 headbanger, “Banned From TV,” and their alliance has

The Roots Perform “Act Too” With Common and Talib Kweli Adds a Freestyle (Video)

Last night, Central Park in New York City hosted the season-ending concert for the Big Apple’s SummerStage program, an outdoor performing-arts festival that brings hundreds of free shows to residents

The Government Is Using Hip-Hop To Fight Smoking By Youths (Video)

Earlier this year, the worlds of Hip-Hop and marketing collided when Sprite unveiled a new line of soda cans featuring lyrics from Biggie, Drake, Nas, and Rakim – but that

Kendrick Lamar Is Performing Several Dates With Jay Rock and a Full Band (Video)

Over the last few years, Kendrick Lamar has been on the road performing as much as any artist in Hip-Hop. In 2013, alone, the Compton MC did well over 100

Eminem Says Tupac “Was a Superstar in Every Aspect of the Word,” In a Moving Tribute

Since he was teenager, Eminem has felt a special bond with Tupac. The young Marshall Mathers grew up idolizing the immortalized MC and, years later as a well-established artist and

The Game’s New Album May Be The Most Star-Studded Ever. Here’s The Tracklist for The Documentary 2.5

After months of anticipation, The Game is releasing The Documentary 2, the sequel to his heralded debut album, tonight at midnight (EST). As reported earlier, however, this will just be

A Prison Debate Team’s Victory Shows With Better Opportunities They Could Have Gone to Harvard (Video)

There is an undeniable problem in the United States criminal-justice system that even President Obama could no longer ignore. Recently, he became the first sitting President to visit federal inmates,

Long Before KRS-One Stepped to PM Dawn, Melle Mel Bumrushed Him On Stage (Video)

Last night, TV and radio personality Sway was a guest for the second time on FOX’s series Empire, and he made an inside reference for Hip-Hop Heads, regarding KRS-One and

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominates N.W.A. Again. Will They Get It Right Now?

The nominations for inductees into the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, and among the names offered up as possible choices is N.W.A. The group who

10 Things You May Not Know About Redman. This Quiz Will Stump Even His Biggest Fan.

As Redman’s infamous episode of Cribs revealed, he is a man that has nothing to hide. Reggie Noble is who he is, take it or leave it. However, that does

Big K.R.I.T. & Raury Deliver Some Forbidden Knowledge & Issue a Wake Up Call (Audio)

Over the last few months, Raury has quietly been breaking down barriers in Hip-Hop. He has re-defined the notion of what Southern Rap is “supposed” to sound like and he’s

The Music of Bun B, Pimp C and B.B. King Comes Together in a Mashup From Kingz (Audio)

Last month, Amerigo Gazaway, the producer behind the amazing Yasiin Gaye project which blended the sounds of Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) and Marvin Gaye, announced that his newest mashup

The DJ Premier & DOOM Collaboration Is Almost Here & Black Thought Is Joining the PRhyme Party

DJ Premier, Royce Da 5’9″ and Adrian Younge’s PRhyme collaboration is the gift that keeps on giving. The album, which featured vocals by Royce and production by Preemo, using samples

New Orleans’ Pell Witnesses One Family’s Darkest Secrets in ‘Café du Monde’ (Video)

Pell’s name has steadily been on the rise of late after his album Floating While Dreaming amassed more than 3 million streams on Spotify last year. Since then, he has

A Documentary Uncovers the Man Behind the Inspiration of the Game’s ‘El Chapo’ (Video)

With just two days until the Game’s The Documentary 2 arrives in the form of Disc One, the excitement is at a fever pitch. A slew of leaked songs, promotional

Photographer Jamel Shabazz’s Hip-Hop Influence is the Subject of New Documentary (Video)

Throughout the ’80s, a Brooklyn man named Jamel Shabazz began messing around with a camera, documenting the style and fashion surrounding him on New York City streets. Fast forward three

Shots Fired! Hopsin Attacks Every Stereotype He Sees As Polluting Hip-Hop These Days (Video)

If Hopsin has been consistent at anything, it has been staying true to the lyrical craftsmanship of MCing, filling his songs with sharp rhymes and witty wordplay. In recent years,

Kendrick Lamar Says He Would Not Be Here Today If It Was Not For Eazy-E

Over the years, much has been made of Kendrick Lamar’s affinity for Tupac Shakur. The Compton MC often has discussed the impact seeing Dr. Dre and Pac filming the video

Clubhouse Is As Soulful As Mac Miller Has Ever Sounded. There’s Something in the Water (Video)

Throughout his 8-year career, Mac Miller has consistently shown himself to take risks. Whether it was radically re-inventing his sound and image or taking on billionaires and presidential hopefuls, Miller

Joey Bada$$ & Dessy Hinds Drop an Ill Bomb on a 2K15 LL Cool J Throwback (Audio)

By September of 2000, LL Cool J was approaching the end of what would be a nearly 20-year run of Hip-Hop dominance. The 32-year old Cool J asserted his reign

Even in Animated Form, Method Man Shines (Video)

Back in 2014, Boston MC M. Dot enlisted the help of Method Man on “Shine,” a triumphant celebration of self-determination and unity that also features Dominique Larue, an exceptionally talented

Royce Da 5’9″ & Logic Rain 7 Minutes of Lyrical Armageddon Over DJ Premier’s Magic (Audio)

In July, PRhyme, the collective of DJ Premier, Royce Da 5’9″ and Adrian Younge, released a new track titled “Mode” that was included on the soundtrack for the Forest Whitaker

20 Years Later, Dead Presidents’ Depiction About Life for War Veterans Still Resonates

20 years ago today (October 6, 1995) Dead Presidents was released in theaters and with it arrived one of the most powerful depictions of Black Veterans in the history of

Talib Kweli & Rapsody Debut a New Song Live…& The Revolution Is Televised (Video)

On last night’s episode of “The Tonight Show,” Talib Kweli and Rapsody visited Jimmy Fallon and performed a no frills rendition of “Every Ghetto,” the latest single from Kweli’s forthcoming

Will Smith Says He & DJ Jazzy Jeff Are Going On Their First Tour Ever (Video)

After recently releasing his first rap verse in ten years with a remix of Bomba Estereo’s “Fiesta,” Will Smith stopped by the Beats 1 studio for an interview with Zane

Fredro Starr Dismantles Keith Murray In Their Battle & They Nearly Come To Blows (Video)

After more than a year of hype, promotion, and anticipation, Keith Murray and Fredro Starr finally battled. Yesterday, the October 4 battle at Brooklyn, New York’s Milk River saw the

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of September 2015 in One Playlist (Audio)

As the Fall set in, the hot Hip-Hop continued to flow. September brought not one, but two songs from the elusive DOOM, one of LL Cool J’s strongest verses in

All Aboard For Large Professor’s Latest Visual To A Locomotive Jam (Video)

Large Professor’s latest album, Re: Living is a rich album. The 25-plus-year veteran makes good on his reputation for complex arrangements and thoughtful rhymes. “New Train, Ole Route” is one

Rome Clientel & DJ Concept Bask In Life’s Pleasures With Chuuwee & Rick Gonzalez (Audio Premiere)

After making considerable noise in recent years, the Dirt Disciples (Rome Clientel and DJ Concept) are poised to release an EP this week. On October 9, the pair of New

Snoop Dogg Drops ‘Em & They’re All Hot In This ’70s & ’80s DJ Set (Video)

The same August 20 night that DJ Quik tore down a Los Angeles, California roller-disco party, Snoop Dogg jumped behind the wheels too. “DJ Snoopadelic,” with 7 Days comrade Dam-Funk

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

Run the Jewels Honor Their Cultural Forefathers in New Single (Audio)

This year, much of Hip-Hop’s history has been documented on screens, both large and small. While Straight Outta Compton undoubtedly leads the pack when discussing the biggest Hip-Hop blockbuster, one

Puff Daddy Wants Bad Boy To Be Epic Again. So That’s Where He Signed.

In the more than 20-year history of Bad Boy Records, Puff Daddy has inked deals with a number of distributors. In the 1990s glory years, Clive Davis’ Arista helped put

Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, & Public Enemy Are Real-Life Comic Book Heroes (Video)

Ed Piskor is an award-winning comics creator whose latest project is a genealogical study of Hip-Hop, a six-part series titled The Hip-Hop Family Tree: A Look Into the Viral Propagation

Michael Bivins Discusses New Edition’s 30-Year History and Their Upcoming Film (Video)

In 1982, New Edition won a talent show in their hometown of Boston, MA that would lead to a 30+ year career that spawned spinoffs and birthed a new generation

Today Is Harold Hunter Day. Remember The Skate Icon/”Kids” Star Through This Compilation (Video)

Harold Hunter epitomized 1990s New York City cool. A feature actor in Kids, Hunter is best remembered for his skate style, grit, and sense of humor. He would go on

Anderson .Paak Details the Joy DJ Premier & Dr. Dre Had Working Together (Video)

When Dr. Dre released Compton, his first solo album since 1999, one of the songs that generated the most excitement was “Animals.” The track featured Dre and Anderson .Paak on

If Kool G Rap & DJ Polo Released This ’87 Demo Cut, Things May Be Way Different (Audio)

In 1986, Kool G Rap & DJ Polo (then, as “DJ Polo & Kool G Rap”) made noise with “It’s A Demo.” The Cold Chillin’/Prism Records release was part of

Lauryn Hill’s “Miseducation…” Follow-Up Is Close. Real Close, Says Producer.

It has been more than 17 years since Lauryn Hill released her Grammy Award-winning, eight-times-platinum debut, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. In the time since, the Ruffhouse/Sony Records artist has

DJ Quik Pitches In On A Rolling Skate Party In This “Fonky” DJ Set (Video)

Before he was rapping and producing, DJ Quik was a top mixmaster from Compton, California. In the nearly 30 years since getting career launched, Heads have become well acquainted with

PRhyme’s DJ Premier, Royce Da 5’9″ & Adrian Younge Are Making a Rare Performance Together.

This year, PRhyme embarked on a strong, multi-national tour. DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9″ brought Your Old Droog and Boldy James with them, and rocked stages far and wide.

This Pharcyde & Brand New Heavies 1992 Yo! MTV Raps Left The Mic With A Fat Lip (Video)

In November of 1992, The Pharcyde released their debut album, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. A would-be gold-certified album, the Delicious Vinyl Records effort brought the West Coast underground scene

Erykah Badu’s Drake Cover Breaks New Ground & Returns Home At Once (Audio)

Preparing her alleged upcoming mixtape, Erykah Badu appears to be trying some new things. “Hotline Bling” covers Drake’s recent scorcher, but on Badu’s terms. From the mixtape reportedly called But

10 Things You May Not Know About Rawkus Records (Audio)

Though it kept a lower profile than companies like Def Jam and Bad Boy, in the late 90s and early 00s, there were few, if any record labels, that carried

Dave East Is A Standout New Artist. With Nas, Pusha T & LOX, He Has an Army With Him (Mixtape)

Even before he was co-signed by Nas and Mass Appeal Records, Spanish Harlem’s Dave East showed tremendous promise. An insightful street MC, Dave combines 2015’s appreciation for grit with the

The LOX & Faith Evans Are Still “Family” Over An S.O.S. Band Homage (Audio)

The LOX and producer Duane DaRock appear to have a formula. The New York City veteran Rap trio and the budding beat-maker travel back to the early ’80s flavor for

Chris Rivers Drops 2 New Freestyles & Blacks Out with Jarren Benton (Audio)

It’s Friday, which means Chris Rivers has once again dropped off some freestyles as part of what is now a months-long lead-up to his forthcoming M.C. (Medicated Consumption). The Bronx