Red Pill Joins Blu For A Song About The Strife Life On A Soothing Oddisse Beat (Audio)

Michigan MC Red Pill is gifted in putting the circumstances of everyday twenty-something living. He makes songs about recreational alcoholism, a generational chasm, and going in on some junk food.

Jay Rock & Kendrick Put Easy Bake Back In The Oven & Turn Up The Heat (Audio)

In August, Jay Rock and Kendrick Lamar heat up the oven with a 90059 entry called “Easy Bake.” Fresh out the oven at the time, the song was the perfect

Blu, Rapper Big Pooh & Nottz Carry Some Sweet Soul Across Oceans (Audio)

Fresh off of Home Sweet Home, Rapper Big Pooh and Nottz keep the chemistry flowing. The Virginia pair team with Blu for a triangle offense, who seizes some Australian Soul.

DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9″‘s Long Awaited Collaboration w/ DOOM & Phonte Is Here (Audio)

The first lyrics you hear on “Highs & Lows” are very fitting to the situation, as Royce Da 5’9″ sings “hey there music world, you’ve been keeping ’em waiting.” As

Rick Ross Reveals It’s Far From All Good on Crocodile Python (Audio)

Rick Ross continues to discuss both his highs and his lows in his recent releases. On the latest, “Crocodile Python” from his forthcoming Black Market album (12/4), Ross taps producer

Sheek Louch & Fabolous Take No Losses & No Prisoners (Audio)

Sheek Louch and Fabolous keep the chemistry flowing. The former Def Jam Records label-mates release “No Losses” from next week’s Silverback Gorilla 2 album (December 4). These two 1990s MCs

Def Diggin’ It. Redman & Lord Finesse Kick A Freestyle Together (Audio)

Following last month’s BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher, so many people are talking about Redman’s freestyle skills. Tech N9ne told AFH this past week that Reggie Noble “murdered everything” in

Anderson .Paak & TOKiMONSTA Seamlessly Blend Soul With EDM (Audio)

In this month’s conversation with AFH, Anderson .Paak spoke about upcoming music with TOKiMONSTA. Totally different than his music with Dr. Dre, his music with Blended Babies, or his own

Jadakiss Goes Head To Head With Nas and Styles P On “Rain” (Audio)

To be the best, you have to beat the best. Jadakiss’ new album Top 5 Dead Or Alive hits stores and streaming services at midnight (11/20). For the last few

Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Jadakiss & Styles P Prove The Conglomerate Is Still In Tact (Audio)

In 2009, Busta Rhymes called upon Jadakiss and Lil Wayne for his biggest single on the Back On My B.S. campaign. “Respect My Conglomerate” permeated the slang of the streets,

Pimp C, Nas & Juicy J Take TLC’s What About Your Friends And Make It TRILL (Audio)

At the end of his life, Pimp C made no secrets about his unhappiness with the industry, and some of the folks in his circle. While Chad Butler and Bernard

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

Common Speaks To The Next Generation of Chicago Youth On a New Track With Lil Bibby (Audio)

For more than 2 decades, Common has been Hip-Hop’s Chicago ambassador. From Kanye to Lupe, Common has sought to support not only the MCs from the City of Wind, but

J-Live Quenches The Thirst For Substantial Rap (Album Stream)

J-Live has released his eighth album, How Much Is Water?. The Brooklyn, New York native, now based in Atlanta, Georgia offers up the goodies for free. Like water, his 10

Rick Ross & Nas Refuse To Lose In A “Black Market” Showdown (Audio)

Next month (December 4), Rick Ross will release his eighth studio solo album, Black Market. Just over one year removed from Hood Billionaire, Ricky Rozay’s latest LP aims to restore

Nas Blesses Jeezy’s Remix To Bring Some God’s Son To “GOD” (Audio)

Over the last 10 years, Young Jeezy and Nas have maintained a strong working relationship. Longtime Def Jam Records label-mates, Nasir and Snowman both feed on giving the masses inspirational

Yasiin Bey Addresses The Tragedy in Paris & Releases a Powerful Song (Audio)

Yasiin Bey has a residence in Paris and has deep connections to the city. As a practicing Muslim, he also has deep connections to Islam. Bey has always been one

The Golden Era of Hip-Hop Is RIGHT NOW. Logic Proves It With His “Innermission” (Audio)

The Golden Era of Hip-Hop is RIGHT NOW. That statement will always be true no matter when it is uttered because in addition to enjoying today’s great music (and there

Rain910’s Latest Project is a Lyrical Exercise in Carpe Diem (Mixtape)

Since turning heads as a return performer during the BET Awards’ cyphers, Rain910 has been promoting his latest project, A Perfect Day to Die. The 14-track mixtape demonstrates the South

If This Song Couldn’t Make Rick Ross’ Album, Black Market Must Be Crazy Good (Audio)

Rick Ross has released a new song that departs in some significant ways from much of what he’s done of late. For starters, “Amazing Grace” opens with a warning against

Your Old Droog Combines Basketball, Seinfeld & Electro Funk (Audio)

Your Old Droog will not be pinned down. Over the last 18 months, he has tapped into 90s Hip-Hop, Jazz and Classic Rock as sonic canvases on which to paint

Rapper Big Pooh Does It Again With a Stellar Album That Feels Like Home Sweet Home (Album Stream)

Throughout his career, Rapper Big Pooh has produced some of his best work when paired with producers with a penchant for soulful beats. From teaming with 9th Wonder as part

The Internet’s Funk Blends 1985 With 2015 In The Best Possible Way (Audio)

The Internet is one of the best bands in music right now, even if Heads are still dialing up. Syd, Matt, and company offer a deluxe bonus track from this

Tech N9ne’s Strangeulation 2 Cypher #1 Is Lyrically Lethal (Audio)

Tech N9ne never sleeps. And he’s never one to sleep on. Next week (November 20), the Kansas City, Missouri “mental giant” will release Strangeulation, Vol. 2. The 16th album for

Pete Rock & Torae Are Here To Remind Us Who’s Been Putting In Work (Audio)

Coney Island, Brooklyn’s Torae continues to prove himself as one of New York’s most consistent MCs, releasing classic material with fellow underground heroes like DJ Spinna, Marco Polo, Pumpkin Head,

Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah Team For Another Wu-Block Banger (Audio)

Three years ago, Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch formed a Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block connection that yielded one of the finest and most overlooked albums of 2012. Wu Block featured

Pusha T Shows He Is Still Lyrically Untouchable On His Latest Song (Audio)

In the same week it was announced that he’s been appointed as the president of G.O.O.D. Music, Pusha T shows that he is still running things on the mic, as

And Then There Was A Never Released DMX Track…Ain’t Nowhere To Hide (Audio)

Dame Grease has produced tracks on every single one of DMX’s albums. Dark Man X’s longtime collaborator produced the majority of tracks on It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, including

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

Black Thought & Freddie Gibbs Rise Against Life’s Obstacles (Audio)

Freddie Gibbs has just unleashed the first taste of his upcoming Shadow of a Doubt, his first full-length project since last year’s Madlib collaboration, Piñata. The Gary, Indiana MC has

One Of Big K.R.I.T.’s Jazziest Cuts Gets A Re-Boot From TUT (Audio)

Southern Hip-Hop artists have never shied away from originality, blending drawl with bounce in ways no other region can manage. Big K.R.I.T., the Meridian, Mississippi spitter has enjoyed tremendous accolade

KRS-One & Ice-T Have 30 Years of Shared History. It Shows in This Talk Between OGs (Audio)

KRS-One and Crazy Legs are the latest guests on Ice-T’s Final Level Podcast. The special Veterans Day edition of Ice and Mick Benzo’s show takes a deep look at how

Can He Kick It? J. Cole Does With A Soulful ATCQ Remix (Audio)

As the release date for the 25th anniversary deluxe edition of A Tribe Called Quest’s People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm debut album fast approaches (11/13), they drop

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

This Is What It Sounds Like When Eminem & Redman Catch Up & Make Plans (Audio)

Yesterday (November 8), Redman was a guest on Lord Sear’s Shade 45 show. Unexpectedly, the Sirius XM station’s founder, Eminem, called in. The onetime “Off The Wall” collaborators caught up

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop Of October 2015 In One Playlist (Audio)

When the year is tallied, October 2015 likely will be remembered as the month where The Game released not one, but two heralded sequels to his The Documentary album. And,

Erykah Badu Makes Another Song About Phones & It’s Off The Hook (Audio)

Erykah Badu has pushed back her plans to release the But You Caint Use My Phone mixtape. While it did not release at the top of November as first reported,

ScHoolboy Q & Anderson .Paak Link & Urge All To Use Time Wisely (Audio)

Fresh off a two-pronged weekend single that has reached plenty of new listeners, Anderson .Paak follows with another strong Malibu look. “Am I Wrong” links the Compton collaborator formerly known

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

Through Thick & Thin Puff Daddy & The LOX Still Make Great Music Together (Audio)

Last week, Puff Daddy released a surprise free album on his birthday (11/4) titled, MMM, an ode to “Money Making Mitch,” from the film Paid In Full. While the entire project

Anderson .Paak Blends Soul Power With Rap Reality On A 9th Wonder Groove (Audio)

This weekend, Anderson .Paak released his first official solo single following a booming three months of attention. With both Dr. Dre and DJ Premier in his corner, the part singer,

KRS-One Is Releasing His First Album Since 2012. Hear The Hard-Hitting 1st Single (Audio)

In a series of tweets, KRS-One has announced a new album and released the first single. The LP will hit stores on November 24 and will be titled Now Hear

Noname Gypsy’s Latest Proves It’s All About Talent, Not Chance (Audio)

She may go by Noname, but Ms. Gypsy is far from unidentifiable. From her very raw, almost heartwrenching verse on Chance the Rapper’s 2013 Acid Rap track “Lost” and her

Logic Will Not Fade Away. He’s Just Getting Started (Audio)

Logic’s forthcoming new album The Incredible True Story hits stores next week on November 13. For the last several weeks, the talented Maryland spitter has been releasing quality songs and

Joell Ortiz Warns That Surviving Life in the Hood Isn’t Child’s Play (Audio)

Toronto, Ontario’s MoSS is one of those longtime producers whose works are immediately known but not easily attributed to a name. With notches under his beatmaker belt that include Obie

Snoop Dogg Is Still Giving Up Game. This Time, It’s Not Even For Sale (Audio)

Just over one week removed from the Busta Rhymes-assisted “Powder On My Clothes,” Snoop Dogg appears to be really returning to his concrete roots. Snoop appears several times on DJ

Pimp C’s Latest Posthumous Single Is Still Years Ahead Of Its Time (Audio)

Part of Pimp C’s tremendous Hip-Hop legacy is making outrageous songs. UGK classics like “Feel Like I’m The One Who’s Doin’ Dope” and “I Left It Wet For You” played

Norman Lear’s TV Shows Inspired the Hip-Hop Generation, But It Wasn’t Always “Good Times” (Audio)

As television royalty goes, there are few whose pedigrees compare to that of Norman Lear. Quite literally a living piece of Americana, Lear is the 93-year-old creative zeitgeist whom we

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