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Jay Rock Is One of Hip-Hop’s Realest MCs. It’s All in the Gumbo (Audio)

Hip-Hop is filled with posers and fake gangsters. There are so many who glorify senseless violence, materialism and drug consumption–all for a check. So, when something real is said, it

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie Release Their Annual Summertime Mix (Download)

When it comes to music, there’s nothing that says it’s summertime quite like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie’s annual mix. Perfect for BBQs, sitting by the pool or cruising

Stacks on Stacks on Stacks: Here’s a Mix of 20+ Andre 3000 Featured Verses (Audio)

It’s been nine years since Andre 3000 recorded a full album. 2006’s Idlewild marked the end of OutKast’s remarkable 12-year run that included six grammy awards and millions of LPs

Your Old Droog Is On the Rise But He’s Still Happy Being Under the Radar (Audio)

Now that we know he’s not Nas, Your Old Droog has been proving to be good enough just being himself. The 25-year-old Ukrainian MC and Brooklyn native already has an

Chris Rivers Gets Zapped With a Catfish on a Computer Love Remake (Audio)

Chris Rivers is known for blisteringly fast and aggressive raps, akin to those of his father, Big Pun. Like father, like son, when it comes to smoothing it out on

Royce Da 5’9″ Says It So It’s Crystal Clear: Soft Artists Are Winning In 2015 (Audio)

“This year, we’ve got the softest group of artists in the history of Blues, R&B, Soul / For y’all to be so willing to be so blast-off honest / Black

Eminem Attacks A Track In A Reminder That His Crown Is In Tact (Audio)

From the Southpaw soundtrack, Eminem is truly clearing house. The Detroit, Michigan superstar follows his “Phenomenal” single with a song that also fits nicely for a boxing film. “Kings Never Die”

Ghostface Killah & Raekwon Are Back To Back-And-Forth Character Raps (Audio)

Few MCs can break into character quite like Ghostface Killah and Raekwon the Chef. The two Staten Islanders, and Wu-Tang Clan lyrical mercenaries have played the parts of a man

Common Names His 5 Most Autobiographical Songs…They’re Deep (Audio)

In a career spanning 10 albums, and a plethora of powerful feature, soundtrack, and compilation appearances, Common’s catalog is staggering. Speaking with Tim Einenkel’s The Library Podcast, the MC formerly

Action Bronson Curses The Mic On Alchemist’s Voodoo Beat (Audio)

Action Bronson and Alchemist have historic chemistry. Hazy, humorous, and hardcore Hip-Hop Heads, this pair comes together to grab the spotlight. From ALC’s upcoming Retarded Alligator Beats (July 10) project,

10 Years After His Death, There Still Is Never Too Much Luther Vandross (Mix)

On July 1, 2005, one of music’s most beloved voices was silenced when Luther Vandross passed away at the painfully young age of 54. Celebrated as a frontman, solo performer,

Action Bronson & Ab-Soul Join Elle Varner For Differing Perspectives On Relationships (Audio)

Amidst the 2010s finest crop of MCs, Action Bronson and Ab-Soul have both succeeded in rapping about relationships, from the devoted to the dissolved. “All You Need” is a Statik

Prince’s Latest Tells “Rappers Tryna Be Singers” That They Can’t Satisfy (Audio)

Guitar in hand, Prince has been a Rock & Roll juggernaut just as much as R&B or Pop. Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Prince has merged the genres in establishing

Brother Ali Makes An Incredibly Soulful Song About Love, Life & Suffering (Audio)

Brother Ali is a bull in the booth. From his government indictments to good ol’ battle-rap bravado, the Twin Cities Rhymesayer can move the crowd through shock and awe with

Joell Ortiz & !llmind Unveil The New Sound They’ve Been Creating In The Lab (Audio)

New Jersey native !llmind was a critical part of Joell Ortiz’ 2014 album, House Slippers. Moving into 2015, the producer for Kanye West, Scarface, and Sean Price takes on Ortiz’

Big K.R.I.T. & David Banner Take Aim Against The Corrupt System (Audio)

David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. will not go quietly, or unarmed. The Mississippi MC/producers make their latest union on “My Uzi,” a Pimp C-sampling song about protecting ourselves, symbolically and

Blu Addresses Passing On A Death Row Deal On The Thriller (Audio)

It has been a quiet three months for Blu. The MC/producer known for a relentless appetite for releasing music may be quiet for good reason. Today (June 29), the Los

Puff Daddy & Pharrell Get Loose on the Latest Bad Boy Release (Audio)

Over the last 20 years, there are few hitmakers who have impacted the sound of Hip-Hop music more than Puff Daddy and Pharrell. With collaborations like Busta Rhymes’ “Pass the

Meek Mill and Drake Re-Team on a Track So Hard, It’s Criminal (Audio)

After a nearly three year break since the release of his debut album, Dreams and Nightmares, Meek Mill’s follow up, Dreams Worth More Than Money, is in stores now. One

Madlib Salutes African Grooves with New Project (Album Stream)

The Beat Konducta is back with another installment of his signature Mind Fusion mixtape series, this one penetrating deeply into the sounds of African beats and rhythms. African Earwax showcases

Make Sure You’ve Heard GZA & CZARFACE’s Syllable Smashing Collab (Audio)

Earlier this month, CZARFACE released their sophomore album, Every Hero Needs A Villain. The sophomore outing from Inspectah Deck, Esoteric, and 7L features a smorgasbord of sharp lyrics, dense with

Young Buck & Jadakiss Don’t Trust Many, So They Do It By Themselves (Audio)

Young Buck and Jadakiss are no strangers to deeply personal verses on wax. Both men have had public confrontations with figures once closely associated with them. Teaming with the DJ/producer

Jean Grae’s iSweatergawd Is Boldly Refreshing & Produced by Quelle Chris (EP Stream)

Jean Grae makes self-releases fun. The New York City veteran MC surprises the masses on a Sunday (June 28) with the sneak attack release of iSweatergawd. Thanks to the Natural

Rah Digga & Lil Fame Bully Weak MCs On A Meticulous Track (Audio)

Rah Digga and Lil Fame both stand for hardcore Hip-Hop, no matter what the trends out. The Mash Out Posse and Flipmode Squad go back, so why wouldn’t Fizzy Womack

There Ain’t No Half Steppin’ On Chris Rivers’ Newest Throwback Freestyle (Audio)

Chris Rivers, son of the late Big Pun, has been going on lyrical tirades lately. From killer freestyles, to adding some of his own Horror-core influences, Rivers is proving to be

Capone-N-Noreaga Remind Listeners Why They Became Fans In The First Place (Audio)

Capone-N-Noreaga’s Lessons is less than one month away (July 24). The reunion with the Queens, New York duo and their original Penalty label sees Capone and N.O.R.E. invigorating their brand

Yasiin Bey Continues To Merge With Talents Worth Hearing (Audio)

From Da Bush Babees to De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest to The Roots, Mos Def benefited hugely from veterans looking out, early in his career. Now in a

Whether It’s Fans or Friends, Game & Drake Only Want The Real (Audio)

With his highly anticipated album The Documentary 2 slated for a June 30 release, the Game is poised to drop a summer blockbuster of a record. The ardor surrounding the

LL Cool J Classics Are Mixed While He’s Interviewed…by Marley Marl (Audio)

LL Cool J and Marley Marl go back. These two Queens, New York icons crossed paths in the late-1980s, when LL Cool J was widely touted as one of Hip-Hop’s

Pac Div Take A Risk & Roll The Dice With A Strong Return (Audio)

West Coast Rap group Pac Div (f/k/a Pacific Division) have not been in the spotlight in recent times, with occasional, yet promising singles appearing here and there. Pac Div member

Bun B, Styles P & Sean Price Are Top Tier MCs, On A Statik Selektah Track (Audio)

Last year, DJ and producer Statik Selektah released What Goes Around, an album featuring verses from Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, B-Real, Dilated Peoples, Freddie Gibbs, Joey Badass, Logic, N.O.R.E., Posdnuos, and

DJ Premier Helps Canada’s First Division Go For The Pennant (Audio)

First Division are a Canadian duo, with some deeper history in Rap. One of the members, Shylow, may be familiar to Marco Polo album/mixtape supporters. Crossing the border for “This

Out Of This World: Get Your Space Boogie On With Illa J’s New Single (Audio)

In a newly  re-invigorated drive to continue his solo career, Illa J has embarked on new paths, both figuratively and musically. Now living in Montreal, the 28-year-old rapper spent the

Sit Back & Cool Out To Pete Rock’s Petestrumentals 2 (Album Stream)

Today (June 23), Pete Rock released Petestrumentals 2. The second installment in the series in 14 years finds the Mount Vernon, New York producer/DJ/MC now working with Tucson, Arizona-based Mello

Timbaland Loves Double Threats. Tink Is Up Next (Audio)

Whether it was Lauryn Hill changing his life or he and Missy Elliott changing the world together, Timbaland has always loved double threats–artists who can sing and rap. It’s no

Kendrick Lamar Proves He’s The Guy To Remix Jidenna’s “Classic Man” (Audio)

With the release of To Pimp a Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar returned to much of the Funk- and Jazz-infused sonic landscape set forth in Section .80, his 2011 studio debut. The

Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Are BACK, 9 Years Later (Audio)

It has been seven years since Janet Jackson released a solo album. So much has happened since then. Ms. Jackson lost her brother, Michael. She got married, again. She launched

Kool Keith & J-Live Make An Unlikely Pair. But They Are Great Travel Companions (Audio)

Mello Music Group’s L’Orange is a quiet threat. The French producer chops down samples and breathes new life into dusty grooves. Pensive MCs, whether Blu or Gift Of Gab, thrive

Ghostface Killah & Vince Staples Get The Money and Never Have To Run (Audio)

Approaching next month’s Twelve More Reasons To Die, Ghostface Killah and Adrian Younge share a third glimpse from the RZA-backed Soul Temple sequel. With some of the dirtiest drums heard

Lauryn Hill Pays Tribute Nina Simone Again & She SPITS This Time! (Audio)

Earlier this week, Ms. Lauryn Hill’s cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” (also a cover), drew worlds of attention and acclaim. From the Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone

Jadakiss Rips Into An O.D.B. Classic Instrumental With A Sharp Freestyle (Audio)

Jadakiss is restless when it comes to weekly throwback freestyles. He comes forth with some sharp witticisms, and clever wordplay on Ol’ Dirty’s 1995 classic, “Brooklyn Zoo” (as “Shame On

Ghostface Killah Still Has That I-95 Connection With Wu Syndicate’s Napoleon (Audio)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, anybody remotely associated with Wu-Tang Clan was signing deals, and fast-tracking albums. In all the hubbub, it was easy to lose focus on

Lauryn Hill Delivers a Powerful Rendition of Nina Simone’s Feeling Good (Audio)

RCA Records is producing Nina Revisited: A Tribute To Nina Simone. This EP will take the timeless music of the late Jazz/Rhythm & Blues vocalist and revive it through contemporary

Sheek Louch Gets Manic and Torches His Latest Freestyle (Audio)

Only a week after bringing his own heat to a toxic Mack Wilds beat with “Forest Fire,” Sheek Louch comes back spitting flames on his new single “Bipolar Gorillaz.” The

Skyzoo & Jadakiss Put Their Weight Into an Awesome Lyrical Display (Audio)

Skyzoo’s Music For My Friends released a week early. Today (June 17), the Brooklyn, New Yorker let fans have it. For those unaware, Sky’s self-released affair is largely based on

Skyzoo & Elzhi Fold Hands & Dissect a Beat Together (Audio)

In the last five years (and truly, going back into the mid-2000s), Skyzoo and Elzhi are two of the most consistent do-it-yourself MCs. Brooklyn, New York—meets—Detroit, Michigan beyond Random Axe,

Raury Dances With The Devil, Making Refreshingly Original Music (Audio)

Atlanta, Georgia’s Raury defies genre in so much of what he does. The just-released “Devil’s Whisperer” is a testament to that. Immersed in American Roots music, Raury knows how to

Bilal & Big K.R.I.T. Get Loose Over Some Retro Electro Funk (Audio)

Bilal has had an amazing renaissance over the last year. The Neo Soul singer burst onto the scene in 2001 with close ties to The Soulquarians, Dr. Dre and J.

Method Man Releases His Next Single and It’s Oh So Serious (Audio)

Method Man is wasting no time. Less than 2 weeks after announcing he’ll be releasing an album titled The Meth Lab on August 21, via Tommy Boy Entertainment, he’s released

Styles P Shows His Love for the West Coast on His Latest Freestyle (Audio)

In a game where MC’s regularly stick their necks out to prove their talents to the rest of the competition, Hip-Hop can be an unforgiving, constant grind. Styles P is