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Joey Bada$$ Revamps His Sound For Some Motivational Music (Audio)

For more than five years, Brooklyn, New York’s Joey Bada$$ has been credited with taking elements of his city’s (and greater New York City) 1990s sound and tweaking it for

ScHoolboy Q & Curren$y Join Mistah F.A.B. For Cold Bars On A Chilly Loop (Audio)

Just hours after he unleashed his Sway In The Morning “5 Fingers Of Death” Golden State Warriors edition freestyle, Mistah F.A.B. promotes his next album in a more old fashioned

Jay Z Addresses Lemonade While Smashing The “All The Way Up” Remix (Audio)

One of the hottest records of the year just got a whole lot hotter. After ruling the radio and clubs for the last couple of months, Fat Joe & Remy

Nipsey Hussle Lives Up To His Name With Powerful Words Of Motivation (Audio)

There’s a reason why Nipsey Hussle sold 1,000 copies of a mixtape priced at $100, which was simultaneously released for free. Since he began his career over a decade ago,

The Roots Are Chosen For The NBA Finals Theme Song & Do It Like Champions (Audio)

Earlier in the year, PRhyme, the duo of DJ Premier & Royce 5’9″, were commissioned to create the theme song for ESPN’s NBA Countdown. “Rockin’ With The Best” was one

The Game & Dave East Venture Into a World Where Bad Boy Is On Death Row (Audio)

2016 is proving to be Dave East’s best year of his career – by leaps and bounds. The New York City MC who was signed by Nas has been a prominent fixture on the

YG & Drake’s Chemistry Stays Strong With A Question For The Haters (Audio)

One of the centerpieces to YG’s triumphant 2014 major label debut My Krazy Life was the breakthrough platinum single “Who Do You Love?” Drake lent his spotlight to the Compton,

Yasiin Bey’s Mysterious New Music Shows His Many Sides (Audio)

For the second time this month, Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def) emerges with a new song. Like the last (posted below), this is part of his Dec. 99th moniker. Today’s

EPMD Has Upcoming Album Business. PMD Clarifies Production Roles (Audio)

This summer, EPMD is going on Ice-T’s the Art Of Rhyme Tour. The Long Island, New York duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith will join Public Enemy, Mobb Deep,

Z-Ro Puts Aside His 50 Cent Beef But Still Has Some Axes To Grind (Audio)

Upon 50 Cent’s meteoric rise in Rap music during the early 2000s, he made a few enemies, quickly. Part of the G-Unit general’s persona was how he spoke so freely,

Havoc & Alchemist’s Joint Album “The Silent Partner” Is Available For Full Stream (Audio)

Tomorrow (May 20), Havoc & Alchemist release their first joint album, The Silent Partner. Whereas Hav’s other half in Mobb Deep, Prodigy, has released two full-length projects with ALC, this

RZA & Ghostface Take Their Rhymes To A New Sonic Chamber (Audio)

Over the last 10 years, Wu-Tang Clan’s sound has been challenged. Individually, members of the Shaolin collective have worked with Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello (GZA), James Blake (RZA),

DOOM Remixes Some Definitive Method Man With His Own Brand Of Herbs (Audio)

Renowned as an MC, DOOM (a/k/a MF DOOM) is a highly accomplished producer too. Even before his reinvention on Operation Doomsday, the K.M.D. front man was producing tracks for 3rd

Smoke DZA’s Ear For Beats Is Superior. He Operates Over Some Opera (Audio)

Smoke DZA is believed to be currently in the lab with Pete Rock, working on Don’t Smoke Rock. As that makes its way to the public, the Harlem, New York

Redman Has Joined A New Group & It’s Electric. Here’s The First Single (Audio)

Over the last 25 years, Redman has juggled an extensive solo career with a number of very successful side projects. The Newark, New Jersey MC/producer was ushered into the Rap

Robert Glasper Makes An Erykah Badu & Miles Davis Duet A Reality (Audio)

September will mark the 25th anniversary of the passing of Miles Davis, a musical icon whose penchant for reinvention made him as important an inventor as Henry Ford or George

T.I. & Dr. Dre Rock The Boat With An Aaliyah Sample On A Dope Collaboration (Audio & Video)

Throughout the last five years, T.I. and Dr. Dre have put in documented work together. While Andre Young has no credits on any of Tip’s albums, and the Hustle Gang

JSWISS Makes A Song About Rebirth That Brings Sunshine To Rain (Audio)

JSWISS is a 2010s DIY artist that makes albums strictly on his own terms. Two albums following 2013’s Awthenticity (which featured video single “Universal Just Called”) the Dobbs Ferry, New

“De La Soul Is Dead” Turns 25 Today. This Playlist Celebrates the Album’s Samples & More (Mixtape)

Today (May 14) marks the 25th anniversary of De La Soul Is Dead, the sophomore full-length album from the iconic Long Island, New York trio. Following up their inventive 1989

Skyzoo Wrecks A Pete Rock Beat With A Dazzling Off The Top Freestyle (Audio)

Skyzoo The Writer has been writing and performing hard-hitting verses for a decade. On albums, it is not uncommon to see the Brooklyn, New Yorker dazzle with bars that are

Mistah F.A.B., Kendrick Lamar & KXNG Crooked Come Together for a Survivor’s Rallying Cry (Audio)

Oakland, California’s Mistah F.A.B. is prepping for the release of his sixth studio album and first since 2012’s Da Yellow Bus Rydah. Son of a Pimp Pt. 2 drops May

ScHoolboy Q & Kanye West Join Forces On Their First Ever Collabo (Audio)

ScHoolboy Q is fast at work on his sophomore major label album. The follow-up to 2014’s OXYMORON, which debuted at #1, just got an apparent major boost. “THat Part” features

Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book Is Another Creative Acid Trip (Album Stream)

Three years ago last month (April 30, 2013) Chance The Rapper’s Acid Rap positioned the Chicago, Illinois MC as one to watch in the elite crop of new Rap songwriters.

REKS Has A New Album Coming & The 1st Single Is “The Recipe” For Dopeness (Audio)

Veteran MC REKS is preparing to release a star-studded new album, his first since 2014. The Greatest X (pronounced The Greatest Unknown) hits stores this Summer, and features production from

King Harris II Colors His Own West Coast Reality Into An Ice-T Classic (Audio Premiere)

Oxnard, California (by way of Long Beach) MC King Harris II is gearing up for the release of his Nightmare On Wolff Street album tomorrow, on “Friday the 13th” no

Jamila Woods Releases A Song That Flips A J Dilla-Inspired Rarity By The Roots (Audio)

Though she has been on the scene for some time, having worked with Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet and others, Jamila Woods came to the attention of many through a

Here’s A Never Before Released Method Man Freestyle From 2004 (Audio)

Tim Westwood continues his Throwback Thursday series with a never before released Method Man freestyle from 2004. Meth kicks bars over Obie Trice’s “The Set Up,” a beat that sounds

Masta Ace Premieres “Young Black Intelligent” & Champions The Art Of Storytelling (Audio)

This week (May 13), Masta Ace will release his fifth solo album, The Falling Season. Although the LP follows the conceptual storyline of 2012’s DOOM-supported MA_DOOM: Son Of Yvonne, it

Grand Puba Takes It Back To The Essence Of Jazz Loops & Break Beats (Audio)

Last month, Grand Puba released a new album, Black To The Future. Though it had been 7 years since his previous LP, the Brand Nubian co-founder showed that he had

Styles P & Sheek Louch Unearth A Deep DJ Premier Cut And Put Their Shine On It (Audio)

The LOX have a bond that cannot be broken. Even when they are pursuing solo projects, the 20+ year collective of Styles P, Sheek Louch and Jadakiss are never far

Tupac’s Original Version Of “Dear Mama” Emerges & It Features A Sample Of Yo-Yo On The Chorus (Audio)

In 1995, Tupac Shakur would release what may be the most definitive song of his career in “Dear Mama.” Appearing on the #1, multi-platinum Me Against The World album, the

The Game Releases The Realest Song About Mothers Since “Dear Mama” (Audio)

One day after Prince died, The Game released “Rest In Purple,” a powerful tribute song that spoke to how Prince’s music affected Game personally, and how his death caused Game

DJ Premier Shares the First Taste of Another Winning Collaboration (Audio)

DJ Premier’s track record for collaborating with young artists outside the confines of the traditional Hip-Hop sound is arguably one of the best. From his work with Anderson .Paak to

Alicia Keys Is Releasing Her 1st Album in 4 Years. Here’s The Lush New Single (Audio)

In the 4 years since the release of her album Girl On Fire, Alicia Keys has been active as a spokesperson for several products, an advocate for various causes, and

Listen To The Best Hip-Hop Of April 2016 In One Playlist (Audio)

For years to come, April 2016 will be remembered as the month that brought purple snow in the form of Prince’s death. In the wake of his departure, there have

Nipsey Hussle Looks to the Horizon for His Victory Lap (Audio)

It’s been some time since Los Angeles, California MC Nipsey Hussle has been discussing plans for his next album, Victory Lap. Given his already extensive discography of mixtapes dating back

Your Old Droog Reels In Another Mac Miller Beat To Filet With Sharp Rhymes (Audio)

When Your Old Droog burst onto the scene (in the eyes of many) in 2014, Mac Miller was among the first notable collaborators he crossed paths with. “Sleepers” would be

De La Soul Move “And The Anonymous Nobody” Release Date & Give Fans A Snack.

De La Soul has changed the release date of the group’s eighth album. The 2015 crowd-funded And The Anonymous Nobody… album is now said to be arriving August 26. To

Freeway Celebrates His “Free Will” By Sharing His LP, Early! (Album Stream)

Tomorrow (April 29), Freeway will release his fifth studio album, Free Will. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC’s latest is his second on the New York City-based Babygrande Records, and features Young

Eminem & D12 Go Off During A 25-Minute Previously Unreleased 2004 Cypher (Audio)

Tim Westwood continues his Throwback Thursday series with the release of an epic 25-minute cypher featuring Eminem, D12 and Stat Quo. While portions of the freestyle have surfaced over the

Havoc & Method Man Spray Lyrical Bullets Over A Cold Alchemist Beat (Audio)

Twenty years ago, Mobb Deep tapped Wu-Tang Clan’s Method Man for Hell On Earth‘s “Extortion.” The song was bombastic blackmail, as some of Loud Records’ stars came together to tackle

Willie D Reveals The Origins Of Geto Boys’ “Mind Playing Tricks On Me” (Audio)

In the last three years, Scarface has had at least two very memorable interview conversations with the Combat Jack Show. In his latest episode, Combat sits down with another high

Fat Joe Is Still Gangsta Enough To Make A True Hip-Hop Love Song (Audio)

Over the decades, Hip-Hop has had a long tradition of love songs by artists who were respected as MCs and men. LL Cool J was among the first, if not

Pro Era’s Chuck Strangers Spreads Love On His Upward Journey (Audio)

Long before his two album inclusions on 2015’s B4.Da.$$ studio debut by Joey Bada$$, Chuck Strangers has been putting in work. Since the early 2010s, the Pro Era producer has

A$AP Ferg & Chuck D Envision a New World & It’s Beautiful (Audio)

Every generation has artists it can claim as having been the messengers of truth, of enlightenment, of political engagement. For some, it was Bob Marley and Bob Dylan. For others

D’Angelo Pays Tribute To Prince With A Rendition Of “Venus De Milo” (Audio)

As much as anyone since, D’Angelo is a disciple of Prince. The artist’s fingerprints are all over D’Angelo’s music, from the falsetto and stacked harmonies of “Me & Those Dreamin’

Listen To Prince’s Final Concert In Full (Audio)

Just days before his sudden and tragic death on April 21, Prince had been embarked on a tour as the sole performer. Although he famously surrounded himself with some of

Prince & Big Daddy Kane’s 1989 “Batdance Remix” Is Finally Released (Audio)

In 1989, the Batman franchise relaunched with the title film starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson, and Kim Basinger. For the soundtrack, Warner Bros. Records tapped Prince for an entire album

KRS-One Explains Why Drake Is “Underrated” & Says Some The Best MCs Have Writers (Audio)

KRS-One is the latest guest on N.O.R.E. & DJ EFN’s Drink Champs Podcast. There, the iconic Boogie Down Productions MC sipped hand-crafted mai tai’s and discussed a litany of topics,

People Under The Stairs Share A 6-Song Slice Of Their 10th Album (Audio)

2016 marks 20 years of People Under The Stairs. The Los Angeles, California duo of Thes One and Double K were among the artists who helped showcase the West Coast