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Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment Signs Anderson .Paak (Video)

As many Heads anticipated, Anderson .Paak and Dr. Dre’s working relationship has only grown closer. The Oxnard, California native MC/singer/producer appeared extensively (six tracks) on Dre’s 2015 album Compton. Less

Andre 3000 & Kanye West Are Surfing “Waves” In The Studio Together

Kanye West albums are often ensemble affairs. 2010’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and 2004’s The College Dropout are two specific albums known for their sprawling personnel. While the album

The White Privilege Conversation is Ongoing. Macklemore & Collaborators Weigh In.

This past week has been a very cerebral, thought-provoking time in Hip-Hop. Since releasing “White Privilege II,” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been discussing at great length the implications of

Martin Shkreli Threatens To Erase Ghostface Killah’s “Once Upon A Time In Shaolin” Verses (Video)

The story-line surrounding Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin and its $2 million sole owner Martin Shkreli continues to get more bizarre. Following last week’s disparaging remarks from

Wiz Khalifa Criticizes Kanye West’s New Album Title. Kanye Goes Nuclear

So much can change in 24 hours. Late last night (January 26), Kanye West announced that his seventh solo album had been re-named. The album known as Swish since mid-2015

Kanye West Aims To Go Swish In Madison Square Garden On Release Day

If anybody knows how to make an album release an event, it is Kanye West. 2011’s Watch The Throne would be the “leak-proof” album during the perceived zenith of online

Black Thought, Jay Electronica, & Bun B Added To 2016 J Dilla Weekend Lineup

There have been some major changes surrounding the 2016 J Dilla Weekend. The second annual event in Miami, Florida will take place February 5-7. The event, hosted by J Dilla’s

Kanye West Unveils Swish Tracklist & Says It’s “The Best Album Of All Time”

It is less than three weeks away from the release of Kanye West’s seventh solo album. Swish will release on February 11, and already its maker is calling it “the

The Oscars’ Voting Body May Have Twice the Women & Minorities by 2020

Since announcing its list of nominees for this year’s Academy Awards, the Association behind the Oscars event has been forced to face some loud criticisms for its lack of diversity.

Yasiin Bey Declares 2016 Album Will Be His Last & Announces Industry Retirement

This week, Yasiin Bey (f/k/a Mos Def) left a very unique voicemail on Kanye West’s phone. West, who signed Bey to his G.O.O.D. Music imprint after years of collaboration, shared

“Wheels Are In Motion” For An O.D.B. Biopic, According To RZA

As N.W.A. is now associated with Oscar nominations thanks to their Straight Outta Compton biopic, at least two other Hip-Hop films are under way. Tupac Shakur’s biographical film All Eyez

Ice Cube Promises N.W.A. On Stage Reunion In 2016 (Video)

In 2015, N.W.A.’s story was told through the F. Gary Gray-directed film, Straight Outta Compton. With that, the group that has been in factions since 1989 made steps towards reunion.

Rick Ross Leaves Def Jam, Signs With Epic Records

For the last decade, Rick Ross has been a star at Def Jam Records. Since releasing breakthrough single “Hustlin'” in 2006, Ross released eight albums with the New York City

Straight Outta Compton Gets An Oscar Nomination

Although N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton was not included in the recent Golden Globes Awards (or even its nominations), the Academy Awards see the film differently. This morning (January 14),

Run-D.M.C. Will Be The First Rap Artists To Receive A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

The relationship between Hip-Hop artists and the Grammy Awards has been curious, at best, over the years. Things did not get off to a good start when DJ Jazzy Jeff

Afeni Shakur & Suge Knight Roles Cast In Tupac Biopic. Here Are Photos.

The principle characters in Tupac Shakur’s life are being cast for upcoming biopic, All Eyez On Me. Tupac will be played by Demetrius Shipp, Jr., while the part of The

Raunch Rap Pioneer Blowfly Reveals Terminal Cancer Diagnosis, Plans Final Album

He may not be a household name to many Heads, but he should be. Blowfly is a true originator, one whose raunchy and outlandish personalities have earned him a permanent

“Rubble Kings” Album Features Ghostface Killah, Run The Jewels, Bun B & More (Stream & Download)

Back in June, Heads got a serious history lesson with the release of Rubble Kings, a documentary exposing the real-life events in ’70s New York City that led to the

Rest In Peace David Bowie. Through Rock, Funk & Glam, He Discovered New Musical Planets.

Rock & Roll legend David Bowie has died. The 69 year-old British vocalist, guitarist, and producer had been battling an undisclosed form of cancer for 18 months. He passed away

Nothing But Net: Kanye West Reveals Release Date To “Swish”

On Friday (January 8), Kanye West returned to his late-week excitement. The G.O.O.D. Music founder released “Real Friends” and a snippet of “No More Parties In L.A.” through his own

RZA Responds To Critics Of His Remarks Surrounding Race & Police Brutality

Earlier this week, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA spoke in depth with Bloomberg in a multi-part video interview. The veteran MC/producer responded to the arrest of Martin Shkreli, who purchased Wu’s

Kanye West Releases His Best Song In Years. This Is Vintage Yeezy

Kanye West is back, reinvigorating the G.O.O.D. Friday weekly release campaign with “Real Friends” and a snippet “No More Parties in L.A.” Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, the former is five-plus

Treach, Bumpy Knuckles & Trick-Trick Announce Album, Entirely Produced by Nottz

Previously, Bumpy Knuckles (a/k/a Freddie Foxxx) has done complete collaborative albums with the likes of KRS-One, DJ Premier, and Statik Selektah. Today, the veteran Long Island, New York MC/producer announced

RZA Says Blacks Need To Take Responsibility For The Images They Portray To Police (Video)

RZA recently spoke with Bloomberg Politics about a number of issues, including his recent back and forth with Martin Shkreli, the controversial pharamceutical executive who purchased the lone copy of

De La Soul Are Performing Together to Honor J Dilla During His Tribute Weekend

In late December, the second annual J Dilla Weekend was announced. The Miami, Florida event will take place the weekend of February 5-7, and will be hosted by Dilla’s mother,

MC Hammer Is Not Pleased By “The Breaks” Film. He Fires Back At His Critics

On Monday night (January 4), Vh1 premiered film, The Breaks. An adaptation of Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback, the dramatic work follows three Hip-Hop hopefuls living in 1990 New York

DMX Producer Dame Grease Wants Guinness World Record For Most Songs In A Year

Producer Dame Grease has been instrumental to a number of platinum, and critically-acclaimed albums. The Harlem, New York native was critical to DMX’s It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot and The

Murs & 9th Wonder Announce 6th Collaborative Album…Coming Today

In late 2012, Murs & 9th Wonder released The Final Adventure. The Jamla Records album was the fifth, and said to be final release from the pair—a Los Angeles, California

Ghostface & MF DOOM Aren’t Masking Their 2016 Release Plans… (Video)

This past February, Ghostface Killah and MF DOOM added to their storied collaborative discography with “Ray Gun.” The video single from Sour Soul further whetted the appetites surrounding a DOOMstarks

Rest In Peace To Harlem Globetrotter Legend Meadowlark Lemon (Video)

Rest in peace to George “Meadowlark” Lemon who died in Scottsdale, AZ on Sunday, December 27. For fans of the Harlem Globetrotters from the 1960s and beyond, Lemon was synonymous

Obama is Overturning Life Sentences to Combat the War on Drugs.

President Obama has been proactive in addressing some of the major concerns of Americans, many of which were issues he campaigned on before his inauguration into the White House. One

Columbia House May Go Back To Its Roots…Mailing Vinyl Records

Many music Heads undoubtedly remember Columbia House Music. In junk mail and in magazine tear-out ads (with lick-and-stick album covers), the distributor offered vinyl, 8-tracks, cassette tapes, and eventually compact

The Beatles Are Going Full Stream Ahead…

It has been more than 45 years since The Beatles stopped working together as a unit. The four Rock & Roll musicians from Liverpool, England came from an era when

The Role Of Biggie Is Cast In The Tupac Biopic. And You’ve Seen Him Before…

In 2016, the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me is slated to reach movie theaters. Starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as the late Hip-Hop superstar, the L.T. Hutton-produced film also

Rapsody Had One Of The Best 2015’s Imaginable. From Kendrick To Dre, She Reflects…

“My year was awesome,” Rapsody states in her latest interview. The Wilson, North Carolina MC born Marlanna Evans has garnered lots of acclaim in recent years. Her 2012 debut studio

Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin May Be Seized By Feds

There is one authorized copy in existence of Wu-Tang Clan seventh studio album, Once Upon A Time In Shaolin, and soon the Federal Bureau of Investigations may possess it. Following

Cooked Ones: Mobb Deep’s Prodigy To Publish Cookbook & Second Memoir

Mobb Deep co-founder Prodigy has been among the group of Hip-Hop artists that have successfully transitioned into publishing. The Queens, New York native born Albert Johnson released 2011 title, My

DJ Premier, Slum Village, Royce Da 5’9″, Rapsody & 9th Wonder To Perform At 2016 J Dilla Weekend

The second annual J Dilla Weekend has been announced. The Miami, Florida extension of Detroit, Michigan’s longstanding J Dilla Day will take place on February 5-7, 2016. Hosted by Maureen

EPMD Are Working On New Music & Hope To Do A Mega 25-Year Anniversary Tour

Last week, EPMD celebrated the 25th anniversary of the release of their album, Business As Usual. The vaunted duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith recently spoke with Billboard about

The Role Of Tupac Shakur Has Been Cast For His Biopic. Here Are Photos.

Following a year that saw Tupac Shakur briefly portrayed in N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton, production of the late Rap star’s own biopic is well under way. All Eyez On

Timbaland & Busta Rhymes Each Announce Christmas Day Mixtapes

While the record labels are traditionally closed over the December holidays, many Hip-Hop artists are hard at work. Christmas Day (December 25) has become a popular release date, especially for

Wu-Tang Clan Album Owner Martin Shkreli Arrested By Federal Agents

Less than 24 hours after an interview with Martin Shkreli mentioned the pharmaceutical mogul apparently threatening Wu-Tang Clan member RZA, the 32 year-old is incarcerated. This morning (December 17), the

N.W.A. are 100 Miles & Runnin’…Into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Straight Outta Compton may not have earned any Golden Globe nominations, but N.W.A.’s legacy is being recognized by another prestigious organization, one who has overlooked the Compton Rap group in

Wu-Tang Clan Album Owner Martin Shkreli Details Conflict With RZA & Issues Warning.

Last week, reports emerged of the buyer-seller conflicts surrounding Wu-Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album. The seventh Clan LP, released as one single copy, was revealed to

“Thriller” Has Sold 30 Million Copies, Making Michael Jackson the King of Everything

Forget Pop, Michael Jackson has just become the King of ALL Music, as the first artist to have an album be recognized for selling 30-million copies in the United States.

Wu-Tang Clan’s Millionaire Album Buyer Comes Forth, Just As RZA Distances Himself.

Last month, it was reported that Wu-Tang Clan’s perceived seventh album had been sold for a sum of more than $1 million. Produced by veteran Wu affiliate Cilvaringz, the work

“Straight Outta Compton” Dominated 2015 in Many Ways. So Why the Golden Globes Snub?

Just a few days after the Recording Academy left many Heads scratching their, well…heads, over Grammy nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press has got many people asking “what were they thinking?”

The Power Circle Opens: Wale & Jay Rock Have Words Over Kendrick Lamar

It was all good three years ago… 2012 was a breakthrough year for the alliance forged between TDE and Maybach Music Group. While several records would follow, Kendrick Lamar notably

Sean Price Music Will Release For Years To Come, According To Duck Down

This month, Duck Down Music (formerly known as Duck Down Records) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It’s been a challenging year for the independent label launched by Dru-Ha and Black

Kendrick Lamar Leads 2016 Grammy Nominees With 11 Nominations. Will They Get It Right Now?

The 2015 Grammy nominees have been announced, and Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with 11 nominations related to his critically acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly album. His nominations include Album