Mixes

DJ Chuck Chillout Has “The Breaks” To Revisit 1990 In Style (Mix)

DJ Chuck Chillout has nearly 35 years of making soundwaves special and parties pop. The Bronx, New York DJ/producer brought his sonic style to New York City signals such as

This 1998 Cypher By Eminem & Royce Da 5’9″ Was A Preview Of Much Greatness to Come (Mix)

As a DJ at NYC’s legendary Fat Beats record store, as well as on college radio and about town, during the 90s and beyond, DJ Eclipse had a critical role

Every Holiday Season, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Red Alert & Chuck Chillout Make Radio Amazing (Mix)

Every Christmas Eve (December 24), Funkmaster Flex assumes his HOT 97 post as usual, but invites in two fellow legends of radio. Funk Flex brings in DJ Red Alert and

Busta Rhymes’ New Mixtape Features DOOM, Raekwon, The LOX & Leaders Of The New School

Busta Rhymes has released his new mixtape, The Return Of The Dragon (The Abstract Went On Vacation), and while Q-Tip may have taken this one off, Busta brought in an

DJ Spinna’s Pharcyde Mix Features A Song They Did With Bobby Brown & Ralph Tresvant (Audio)

DJ Spinna is not your average mixmaster. The Jigmastas alum has been able to go incredibly deep in honoring musicians he admires. He and Bobbito did this exceptionally in their

Da Beatminerz Rock A 90 Minute Radio Party Covering Rock, Funk, Jazz & Hip-Hop (Mix)

Da Beatminerz and Q-Tip go back. Although not collaborators in the traditional sense, DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt joined the Abstract at those storied Roosevelt Hotel Record Conventions in

Oh Boy! Just Blaze Brings Out Unreleased Roc-A-Fella Goodies In A Radio Set (Mix)

This week, producer/DJ Just Blaze was a guest host on Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio show on Beats 1. Just filled in for the man who provided guest vocals to his “Girls,

50 Cent Reclaims His Power on The Kanan Tape (Mixtape)

50 Cent has been teasing the release of The Kanan Tape for months. Now, after a few fits and start, the project is finally here. The mixtape, which is named

This Brand Nubian “One For All” Tribute Is An Audio All-In-One (Mix)

Last week, Brand Nubian’s celebrated debut album, One For All, reached its 25th birthday. The breakthrough album by Sadat X, Lord Jamar, Grand Puba, and DJ Alamo not only carries

Here’s A DJ Neil Armstrong Mix Of Originals Sampled in Many Of Hip-Hop’s Biggest Classics (Audio)

Sample mixes are a funny thing in Hip-Hop. In the 1970s park jams, DJs favored records that evoked a feeling in the crowd. Whether dancing, breakin’, or simply signaling good

DJ Babu’s Latest Throwback Mix Celebrates Gang Starr, Def Squad & Wu-Tang Clan

In the last few weeks, Dilated Peoples/Beat Junkies member DJ Babu laid out his sophomore Barbershop Mix. The only thing this throwback, free download, hour-plus mix has in common with

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

As the year winds to a close, the good music shows no signs of slowing down. November brought great Hip-Hop from start to finish. Here’s a playlist that features the

Erykah Badu’s New Mixtape Features A Duet With Andre 3000 (Mixtape)

At 12:00am today, Erykah Badu dropped But You Cain’t Use My Phone, an 11-track mixtape featuring her ingenious remix to Drake’s “Hotline Bling” (now called (“Cel U Lar Device”) as

Celebrate 20 Years With the Pharcyde Through the Familiar & Unexpected (Mixtape)

Over the weekend, Heads celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Pharcyde’s sophomore album, Labcabincalifornia. Released on November 14, 1995, it was the follow up to their hugely successful debut from

A-F-R-O Has Co-Signs From DJ Premier, GZA, Talib Kweli, R.A. & More. This Mixtape Shows Why

Last year, the then 17-year old MC known as A-F-R-O won a Rap competition judged by R.A. The Rugged, Talib Kweli, Murs, Jean Grae, Vinnie Paz, Locksmith, Rittz and more.

Bad Lucc & DJ Rhettmatic Are An Unlikely Pair, But They Make One Bangin’ Tape (Mix)

On paper, Bad Lucc and DJ Rhettmatic may seem like they come from the opposite sides of Los Angeles, California’s Hip-Hop. Lucc is a Diamond Lane Music Group flagship, and

This DJ’s Dedication To Jam Master Jay & MCA Rocks To The Heavens (Mix)

Today (October 30) marks the 13th anniversary of the day Jam Master Jay (a/k/a Jason Mizell) was murdered. The iconic Run-D.M.C. co-founder profoundly influenced Hip-Hop’s sound, turntable techniques, and fashion—in

Relive The Game-Changing Moments & Freestyles Of Stretch & Bobbito’s Show (Audio)

Yesterday (October 25) marked an even 25 years since DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito The Barber first took airwaves together. Beginning on that date in 1990, their Columbia University WKCR

Chris Rivers Has That Medicine for Heads That Have Been Hurting From Wack Hip-Hop (Mixtape)

2015 has been the year that Chris Rivers has stepped out of the shadow of being Big Pun’s son and shown the world he shines on his own. For the

Nipsey Hussle Can Be Soulful. So A Producer Remixes T.M.C. With 100% Soul Samples (Mixtape)

Remixing another artist’s album was once fairly commonplace for emerging (and decorated) producers. 9th Wonder did it with Nas and Jay Z, ultimately earning him a spot working with Hov’.

Big K.R.I.T. Restores The Glory With A Tape Featuring Warren G & Ludacris (Mixtape)

If Kendrick Lamar and Drake can rock the Hip-Hop space in an instant, why shouldn’t Big K.R.I.T.? In a comparatively quiet 2015 for the Meridian, Mississippi double-threat, he makes up

The UGK & B.B. King Mash-Up Has Arrived. Here Is ‘The Trill Is Gone’ (Album Stream)

Amerigo Gazaway has made a name for himself as an ingenious mad scientist of sorts, one who uses his musical beakers to create an amalgam of two entirely separate yet

Celebrate Run The Jewels’ Tour With Music By Big Boi, Fashawn & TV On The Radio (Mixtape)

Run The Jewels are currently ruling the road. The duo of Killer Mike and El-P are taking the stage throughout October with their DJ, Trackstar The DJ, alongside proteges Boots

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

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

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

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

Rubble Kings: The Mixtape Features The Sounds That Laid the Foundation for Hip-Hop (Audio)

This Summer, the documentary Rubble Kings took audiences deep inside the world of the gangs that ruled New York City from the late 1960s to the mid-70s. The film follows

Run the Jewels’ Meow the Jewels Is Now Available for Free Download (Mixtape)

Last year, Run the Jewels’ highly-anticipated album, Run the Jewels 2, was leaked on the internet. Not ones to cry over spilt milk, the duo of Killer Mike & El-P

De La Soul’s Maseo Controls The Soul With An Amazing Free-Form Live DJ Set (Mix)

Listening to De La Soul is so much sweeter when you catch all the references—whether it’s a sample, a vocal reworking, or a reference. Even when you don’t know the

Here’s a DJ Gilles Peterson Mix of Roy Ayers’ Deep Cuts in Celebration of His 75th Birthday (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Roy Ayers. The legendary musician and composer turned 75 this week (9/10). With a career spanning 6 decades, Ayers has been heavily influential in Jazz, Soul, Funk

Imagine Pete Rock & Large Professor DJ’ing, While D’Angelo is on the Phone. Q-Tip Made It Happen. (Audio)

On the latest edition of Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio show, he treats fans to a mind-blowing experience. He is joined by Pete Rock and Large Professor in the studio, and the

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of August 2015 in 1 Playlist (Audio)

August 2015 was an incredibly complex month for Hip-Hop. On the one hand, it was filled with tragedy and will forever be remembered as the month when we lost the

DJ Spinna Recreates A 1980s Party Through Blending Breaks, Early Rap & Groove (Mix)

DJ Spinna is one of Hip-Hop’s most versatile mixmasters. The Brooklyn, New York native has shined a light on House, Funk-Rock, and the all-encompassing genius of Stevie Wonder, while introducing

Space Out To A Parliament-Funkadelic Mind-Melting Journey (Mix)

With N.W.A. and Dr. Dre celebrating the mass attention in the Straight Outta Compton (and just Compton) renaissance, with about one of Dre’s leading inspirations? In addition to heavy influence

Rick Ross Releases His Black Dollar Mixtape (Stream & Download)

Just three days ago, Rick Ross announced he was releasing a new project today (September 3). Since then, Ross has been on a tear, leaking new music and videos–sometimes both–each

Lupe Fiasco Surprises Fans With Free Mixtape, ‘Pharaoh Height 2/30’ (Mix)

Lupe Fiasco Heads rejoice…the Chicago MC has released a surprise free project and with it a nod to the fans who have been following him since 2006. Eleven years ago,

Straight Outta Compton Got Ya Craving An Electro-Rap Vibe? One Of Dre’s Partners Delivers (Mix)

Whether you watch Breakin’ or you listen to The Chronic, you’ve heard the work of Chris “The Glove” Taylor. As moviegoers catch Straight Outta Compton to catch glimpses of Dr.

DJ Premier & DJ Eclipse Honor Sean Price With A 3 Hour Tribute (Mix)

It has been almost one week since Sean Price left a permanent hole in the Hip-Hop culture he loved. Those who knew Sean and his music can agree that nothing

Prince Paul Slices Into A Stack Of Wax By Camp Lo, Inspectah Deck & Big L (Mix)

It’s been since April that the devastating Prince Paul gave Heads another latest installment of It’s Not The Size Of Your Mix, It’s How You Use It. The free-form mix

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of July 2015 (Audio)

July has traditionally been slow for Hip-Hop releases, but 2015 proved to be the exception. The month brought new music from a wide variety of artists and set the stage

House Shoes Offers A Free-Form Mix Featuring Skillz, Wu-Tang Clan & Ohio Players (Mix)

Detroit, Michigan-to-Los Angeles, California DJ mainstay House Shoes is as versatile as they come. The longtime right-hand man to J Dilla kicks off a new series with Dublab called “Magic.”

‘Mixography: The Collectives’ Kicks Off New Party Series With Volume I – Dungeon Family (Mixtape)

Beginning this Thursday (July 30), a new Hip-Hop party series kicks off at Manhattan’s Le Poisson Rouge. The series, called Mixography, is launched by journalist, publicist and artist manager, Cali

DJ Erykah Badu Is The Healer. Here’s A Soul Mix Featuring James, Donny & Stevie (Audio)

Erykah Badu knows how to reach the people. As a singer, Badu has struck the hearts of many in three decades, with lyrics and sounds that touch the mind, heart,

What’s All the Fuss About With Jay Electronica? This Mix Says It All (Audio)

Over the years, Jay Electonica has become one of Hip-Hop’s most enigmatic figures. With no albums and a paucity of unofficial mixtapes in his catalog, the elusive MC still manages

Ohmega Watts Spins The Supremes, Chubb Rock & Lots Of Rare Disco-House Groove (Mix)

Ohmega Watts has been making noise in Hip-Hop for more than a decade. Part of the Lightheaded Crew, the Portland, Oregon-by way of-Brooklyn, New York MC/producer/DJ has worked with Lifesavas,

What Would A Nas And AZ Album Sound Like? This Is The Closest You’ll Get (Mixtape)

Ever since the Firm disbanded in the late nineties, Heads have voiced a desire for an AZ/Nas collaboration album, though one has never materialized. However, a new mixtape has been

Fabolous & DJ Clue Compile Friday Freestyles With Plenty Of Bonus Songs (Mixtape)

In the last five years, few high-profile MCs have used the free-mixtape format as effectively as Fabolous. He’s gone retail too, but the Brooklyn, New York star is gifted in

Black Thought & J.Period Honor James Brown Making A Tape, LIVE! (Mixtape)

When it comes to showmanship in Hip-Hop, The Roots’ Black Thought is one of the greatest to ever do it. The South Philadelphia MC can rap, he can sing, and

From Groove Theory To Blackstreet, These Retro R&B Blends Welcome Summer (Mix)

In the 1990s, Hip-Hop and R&B flirted with each other in plenty of ways. The decade made an institution out of the cross-genre collaboration, making R&B albums all the more