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Ever See This 1990 Freestyle Session Between Kool G Rap & Biz Markie? (Video)

Back in 1988, Marley Marl’s Juice Crew served the world with one of Hip-Hop’s all-time great posse cuts. Featuring Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Craig G and Kool G Rap,

20 Years Ago, Muhammad Ali Lit a Torch That Continues to Shine Brightly (Video)

In 1996, Atlanta, Georgia, hosted the Summer Olympics, but it wasn’t just a once-in-every-four-years occurrence. Also known as the Centennial Olympic Games, it was historic for many reasons, including its

Juice’s Director Reveals The Original Ending Hollywood Did Not Want

Earlier this month, The Roots’ Black Thought hosted a special event, celebrating the 1992 movie Juice. The afternoon consisted of a screening of the film, a panel discussion moderated by

Swizz Beatz Reveals DMX Did Not Want To Do “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem” (Video)

“Stop. Drop. Shut ’em down, open up shop.” As Heads know, those words open “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” one of the biggest Hip-Hop anthems of all-time. However, the song almost didn’t

Jay Z’s 2000 Westwood Freestyle Portrays An MC In Stride For The Throne (Audio)

Right around the year 2000, Jay Z found himself in London, promoting his first #1 album, Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life. As the album was approaching 3 million units sold (it

A Founding X-Ecutioner Moves The Crowd With Dance Hits That Can’t Be Faded (Mix)

Mista Sinista (f/k/a Joe Sinista) made a name for himself working as an elite scratch-master alongside Common, the Beatnuts, and dead prez. Since 1989, the DJ/turntablist (and onetime MC) was

Vinyl Archeologists Will Dig This 1995 Demo Of Cut Chemist Turntablism (Audio)

In late 1998, Los Angeles, California’s Jurassic 5 burst on the scene with a self-titled EP. First released on the Pan imprint, the 37-minute project would eventually be re-released through

Celebrate 25 Years Of Pete Rock & CL Smooth With A Souled Out Mix (Audio)

While the mid-90s often get lots of credit for the numerous Hip-Hop classic albums that were released during that period, 1991 was a pivotal year in which many artist debuts

This Notorious B.I.G. & Lord Finesse Cypher Will BLOW YOUR MIND (Video)

The Notorious B.I.G. (a/k/a Biggie Smalls) is revered as one of Hip-Hop’s greatest MCs. The Brooklyn, New Yorker beautifully inserted wit, wordplay, and lots of self-confidence into his most memorable

Ever See The Time Muhammad Ali Saved A Man’s Life? (Video)

Although Muhammad Ali was extremely gifted in the boxing ring, what made him “The Greatest” was also what he did outside of the sport. Beyond his well-documented civil rights stands,

The Magical Day When Prince & Muhammad Ali Met (Video)

Though 2016 is not yet halfway over, it already has been one in which several tremendous pop culture icons have been lost. David Bowie, Phife Dawg, Prince and Muhammad Ali

Ever See This Cypher Featuring Big L & AG? (Video)

In the late 90s, one of the first Internet Hip-Hop shows came courtesy of 88hiphop.com. The site was far ahead of its time, as it launched when the overwhelming majority

N.W.A. & Close Affiliates Detail The Making Of efil4zaggiN 25 Years Later

Over the last 12 months, much has been discussed about N.W.A.’s groundbreaking album Straight Outta Compton. The classic LP was given new life when the N.W.A. biopic of the same name

Here’s An Oral History Of The Making Of The Fat Boys’ “All You Can Eat”

More than 30 years after its release, Krush Groove remains an all-time favorite Hip-Hop film for many. The movie, which was loosely based on the rise of Def Jam Recordings,

Maxwell Ascended 20 Years Ago & We Haven’t Wondered About Soul Music Since (Video)

A lot of people owe their lives to Maxwell, quite literally. When the super Soul singer unleashed his Urban Hang Suite 20 years ago this month (April 2), it was

Many Have Never Seen Mos Def’s First Music Video. Here It Is.

The mighty Mos Def (n/k/a Yasiin Bey) has a Hip-Hop career that spans well over 20 years. The Brooklyn, New York MC burst on the scene care of major appearances

Sha Rock Was the First Female MC on National TV. Here’s Her 1981 Performance (Video)

On Valentine’s Day in 1981, when Hip-Hop was by and large a completely unrecognized cultural form, national television aired the first appearance by a female rapper. 35 years later, during

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

Mr. Serv-On Says He, Master P & 1990s No Limit Soldiers Will Tour Together

Between 1996 and 2002, No Limit Records released a number of platinum, gold, and chart-topping albums. Master P’s label, featuring a number of home-grown talents (TRU, Mr. Serv-On, Mia X,

When A$AP Rock Freestyles…Anything Goes. Witness an MC Who is Truly Fearless (Video)

A$AP Rocky is fearless. As sales of his just released AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP album will soon show, he is currently one of the most successful rappers in the game. That said, he

Adrian Younge Never Stops Creating. Glimpse Into His Linear Labs (Album Stream)

PRhyme member Adrian Younge is always busy, but never stagnant. The Los Angeles, California-based producer/musician is currently wrapping up the Another Life album with Bilal, he’s planning a sequel to Twelve Reasons

Do Remember: When Charles Hamilton Passed The Mic To An Unknown Kendrick Lamar (Video)

Miss Lauryn Hill once eloquently rhymed, “Seasons change, mad things re-arrange.” In life, love, and Hip-Hop, is this not a rugged truism? As the world shifts, there are some interesting

Jim-E-O and Emilio Rojas Rap About the Paper Chase Without Glorification (Audio)

New Haven-bred MC Jim-E-O teams with Emilio Rojas on the remix to “Sky All Grey.” The song talks about the constant grind for money without glorifying it. Jim-E-O vows that

Cookin’ Soul Adds Some BOOM BAP to Kool G. Rap, Large Professor & Big Noyd’s Naturally Born (Audio)

Nearly two years ago, Kool G. Rap, Large Professor and Big Noyd released “Naturally Born” as part of Coalmine Records’ Unearthed compilation. The track, which was produced by Ayatollah, featured

Did You Know Big Daddy Kane Produced Nearly All of His 1st Album? Kane Speaks (Audio)

Here’s another incredibly dope interview from the archives of Shawn Setaro, former Editor-In-Chief of Rap Genius and current curator of TheCipherShow.com. Early last year, he had a super in-depth interview

Lil Herb, Common & Chance the Rapper Reflect on the Struggle in Their Hometown Chicago (Video)

Lil Herb teams with fellow Chicago natives Common and Chance the Rapper on the remix to Fight or Flight. The soulful track is highly conducive to head-nodding but the themes

B.o.B. Makes a Song Reminiscent of 2Pac, KRS, Public Enemy & Other Hip-Hop Revolutionaries (Audio)

B.o.B. has released one of the most powerful songs of his career. Hip-Hop has stood up in droves in light of what is happening in Ferguson, MO, right now. And,

M.O.P., DJ Premier Scratches & A Classic ’80s Pop Loop Equals Amazing (Audio)

M.O.P. and First Family have been around for 25 years. However, Billy Danze and Lil Fame (who now only goes by Fame) started making some serious noise when they crossed

What Do You Get When You Mix SZA & Jill Scott? Divinity (Audio)

Here’s the 2nd release of the week from TDE’s SZA. It’s another moody track and it’s infused with the vocals of the one and only Jill Scott. The result? Divinity.

You Will Not Look at Puppets the Same After Seeing Jazmine Sullivan’s Visuals for Dumb (Video)

After returning with “Dumb,” another power anthem for women who have been wronged, Jazmine Sullivan follows up with the video. The visuals employ puppets in all sorts of compromising positions,

Timeless Truth Breathe New Life Into New York Hip-Hop With Old School Samples (Audio)

Coming from Flushing, Queens, Oprime39 and Solace are two up and coming New York artists that, when together, morph into the Hip-Hop duo Timeless Truth. Timeless is the simplest way

Heaven Can’t Wait For Common On Kingdom (Audio)

Soothing church house vocals give Common the keys to the “Kingdom” for his latest single. Produced by fellow Chicagoan and frequent collaborator, No I.D., the angelic piece is blessed by

Kendrick Lamar Resurfaces for a Performance of Babylon with SZA (Video)

Kendrick Lamar has been quiet lately. The TDE MC who largely owned 2013 has been holed up in the lab preparing to control 2014…He recently resurfaced, however, in support of

Alex Trebek Recites Cypress Hill & The Beastie Boys. He Will Keep the Day Job…(Video)

Earlier in the year, a clip of Jeopardy’s Alex Trebek reciting lyrics from Biggie, Dr. Dre, The Beastie Boys and Public Enemy provided a minute and change of comic relief.

Here’s a Super Ill Concept Mixtape of Ghostface Killah’s Best Storytelling Songs (Mixtape)

Trackstar the DJ (in conjunction with UpNorthTrips and TheSmokingSection) has put together a “concept mixtape” showcasing the storytelling ability of Ghostface Killah. The project, Ghost Stories: Ghostface Killah’s Storytelling Raps,

Tony Yayo is Back with a Vengeance…and He Brought Joell Ortiz & Uncle Murda. This is New York Life (Audio)

Tony Yayo goes in with Joell Ortiz and Uncle Murda over a track that is hard as nails. This is New York Life. Related: Young Buck & Game Hit The

Here’s a Playlist Celebrating the Life & Legacy of the 1 and Only Nate Dogg (Audio)

As we celebrate the life and legacy of Nate Dogg on the 3rd anniversary of his passing, here’s a playlist of some of the many jewels he dropped on the

Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad & SZA Discuss OXYMORON (Video)

There have been several videos promoting the release of Schoolboy Q’s OXYMORON, but this is one of the best. As they did when Kendrick Lamar released good kid, m.A.A.d. city,

Feel Like Fighting After That Wack Super Bowl? M.O.P. & Mobb Deep Got You Covered (Audio)

The Super Bowl was wack. What way to take out some unreleased aggression than a new collabo from M.O.P. and Mobb Deep? Check out Street Certified. Props on the spot:

Jean Grae is Self-Releasing a New Album Tonight. Here’s the First Single (Audio)

Just months after dropping Gotham Down: cycle 1: Love In Infinity (Lo-Fi) via her Bandcamp, Jean Grae is releasing another album tonight (January 14). Grae’s Jeanie album, as its called,

Mac Miller Continues His Soulful Sonic Journey on Eggs Aisle (Audio)

2013 was a transitional year for Mac Miller. He went from crafting more light-hearted music in the past to releasing an album that was deep, introspective and very soulful, with

Pusha T Talks About What it Would Take for a Clipse Reunion Album and His Album Being the Best of the Year with Zane Lowe (Audio)

Pusha T says he “turns down features all the time,” and maintains that he’s got “album of the year” to Zane Lowe. The Clipse lyricist sits down at BBC Radio

Vic Mensa Was Already a Microphone Beast in 2010. Here’s Proof…Children of the Sun (Audio)

Vic Mensa, along with Chance the Rapper, is one of the breakout Hip-Hop stars of 2013. Some may know him from Kids These Days and he’s only flourished now that

Redman and Method Man Rock Paris (Full Concert Video)

You may have caught this concert before. If so, it’s still great holiday viewing and, if not, get ready to be entertained by 2 Hip-Hop heavyweights leaving it all on

Young Buck & Game Hit The Studio For The First Time In Almost 10 Years

Wow. In a year that’s seen Snoop Dogg and Suge Knight photographed together, Jay Z and Dame Dash caught in a flick together, it now goes to the G-Unit camp,

Talib Kweli Says Follow Him Down the Wormhole in His Latest Single (Audio)

Talib Kweli takes rappers to task for kicking false knowledge in his latest single. Illuminati? Materialism? Corrupt government? All in Kweli’s cross hairs. He says follow him down the Wormhole,

Mary J. Blige and Nas’ Rise Up Shepherd & Follow is the First R&B and Hip-Hop Christmas Collabo of the Season (Audio)

It’s way too early for Christmas music, right? Not when it comes courtesy of Mary J. Blige and Nas…Nasir and the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul have come together for an

Yancey Boys, T3 and C-Minus Trade Verses on a Dope Previously Unreleased Dilla Beat on Jeep Volume (Audio)

J. Dilla passed away more than 7 years ago but he lives on through his music. Yancey Boys (Frank Nitt & Dilla’s brother Illa J) have unearthed a previously unreleased

Serial Killers (Xzibit, Demrick and Cypress Hill’s B-Real) Release Legends Never Die Featuring Ea$y Money and Produced by Statik Selektah (Audio)

The latest release from the recently formed group Serial Killers (comprised of Xzibit, B-Real and Demrick) is driven by an acoustic guitar and has a vibe similar to some of

Smif N Wessun – Solid Ground ft Junior Reid

There are times when artists swerve from their usual style and a train wreck ensues, however sometimes, it just works. The latest from Smif N Wessun is a prime example