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Check out the Cyphers from BET's Hip-Hop Awards ft Kanye West, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Raekwon, Ice Cube, Diggy Simmons, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf and many more.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards have been featuring Cyphers for years and they’ve taken a life of their own. Last year’s launched the career of Nicki Minaj. This year’s are the

Von Pea has a nice EP called Pea's Gotta Have It dropping on 10/19. Check out the sneak preview.

This one is for the backpackers, but it’s a good listen if you need a break from BALLIN’. [bandcamp album=73813169 size=venti bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB.

KiD CuDi drops his video for Erase Me ft Kanye West

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICaTsTkBPV8&feature=player_embedded#!.

Curren$y draws inspiration from one of the most unforgettable scenes in New Jack City for his Audio Dope 2 video.

Welcome to his version of The Carter: and in case you haven’t seen the original in a while: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuGqLgnzkE&feature=related.

Ever heard of OUN? You will soon. He sounds like a hungry Jadakiss…but maybe even nicer….

Check out this freestyle, starting at 2:22. Even if he wrote it and rehearsed it 100 times, it’s ill…if he is coming off the top, MCs beware.  Vado looks like

Rick Ross' Aston Martin Music might be the coldest song on Teflon Don. Here's the behind the scenes on the making of the video.

And, in case you missed the making of the Aston Martin Music track, click here to check it out (it’s serious).  .

In case you missed 8 Mile, check out Eminem's interview on 60 Minutes. You'll also learn about 5 words that rhyme with "orange.'

There’s also a fairly intense moment when Anderson Cooper (who is openly gay) questions Em about his reputed homophobia. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbtvBEPPs8  .

G.O.O.D. G*d!!! Kanye West MURDERS his verse on Lloyd Banks' ft Kanye, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie and Fabolous.

G-Unit x G.O.O.D. Music = Fire.  You want a problem?  Start it up.  Start it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbVHhYfxveQ&feature=related Click here to download.  .

Curren$y's nickname is "Spitter." Check out his new single Michael Knight and you'll understand why.

This is off Curren$y’s upcoming album Pilot Talk 2 which drops on November 16th. Click here to download. The chords and dark feel of the track are reminiscent of this:

Omar Akil drops the latest installment of PREEM-EAR where he breaksdown the most slept on tracks produced by DJ Premier. This week it's Can't Tell Me by Khaleel.

PREEM-EAR: Khaleel “Cant’ Tell Me” The Primo “Stan” strikes again!  Today I dug up a new layer of DJ Premier-laced DIRTy south.  If you pay attention to Preem like I

Maniac is vintage KiD CuDi. If you like KiD CuDi or sad Kanye West music, take a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Mph0uPW7o&feature=related What’s “sad Kanye West Music?”  You know it when you hear it: Click here to download Maniac..

Kanye West is a busy man. In addition to working on his solo album and another with Jay-Z, he's created a short film based on Runaway. Here's what he had to say about it.

This was Kanye’s intro to the film at his screening in Paris.  Hip-hop = art. ExternalVideo.970869&w=425&h=350&fv=   .

Kanye West's latest gift is Child Rebel Soldier ft Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco. Check it out.

If these G.O.O.D. Friday tracks are any indication, his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is sounding like it is going to be incredible.  Click here to download Child

It ain't nothing like hip-hop music…watch Black Milk and eLZhi tear it down as they perform Deadly Medley.

This one is from Black Milk’s stellar Album of the Year. http://www.vimeo.com/15640532 .

What do you get when you mix backpack rap with G-Funk? Moe Green's Iced Out Lifestyle.

Confused?  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwhklBX2BQE&feature=player_embedded.

Tyga will be the next member of Young Money to blow. This might be the First Time he's worked with Pharrell but it should not be the last.

What would urban radio sound like right now without Young Money?  Drake must be on at least 10 songs in heavy rotation and Nicki Minaj is on at least 5. 

Statik Selektah and Termanology drop another hot one. This one is called Still Waiting.

Statik Selektah and Termanology have come together to form a group called 1982.  By the sounds of the singles their new album sounds like a must have.  Check ’em out:

The lovely Nicki Minaj blesses the remix of Willow Smith's Whip My Hair. Fire. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFs-JGyZvHw Click here to download..

The game is to be told and sold. Check out the Top 8 Reasons Why Rappers Make Better Business Men.

From Digital Music News: Think hip-hop’s dead?  Think again: it’s the 3rd largest genre – ahead of pop, and behind rock and country.  And, it accounts for more than 1

There was not a lot cracking in hip-hop today so here’s a little insight into the music that has been influencing the biggest star in hip-hop–Jay-Z. It’s not what you would expect.

Ambrosia for heads has been keeping tabs on the recent musical influences of hip-hop’s biggest stars.  Over the next few weeks, we will showcase what is moving those driving hip-hop

Kanye West is really killing the game right now. Check out his remix of Power from SNL.

Not only did Kanye change his second verse which originally skewered the SNL cast, he also managed to do a scaled down live version of his groundbreaking video. The new

Speaking of grimy, check out Rick Ross' video for Paid Tha Cost ft Slim Thug

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Meyhem Lauren is grimy on Got the Fever but he flows over a jazzy soulful track that sounds like it could have come from the "golden age" of the mid-nineties.

Meyhem Lauren – Got the Fever That grimy flow over smooth jazzy beats kinda reminds me of cats like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nk_J-SQ_4&feature=channel.

Chris Brown's Deuces remix ft Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous and Andre 3000 is fire! Get it while you can…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTLjYiiPy1c Click here to download..

Check out Kanye West's latest called Christian Dior Denim Flow ft Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha T, Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie

Here’s the latest G.O.O.D Friday installment. What do you think? Click here to download. .

You cannot front on this hip-hop medley by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon (no matter how hard you may want to). Check it out.

There are definitely some corny parts but overall it’s just too good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCxZB6GOtoM&feature=related.

Whatever happened to the art of freestyling?

For most MCs, freestyling means kicking a verse that they’ve written and nobody’s heard…but true freestyling is the art of rhyming straight off the top of the dome.  Newcomer Donnis

What do you think of N.E.R.D's new track Hypnotize You (produced by Daft Punk)? See the Letterman performance here.

The Neptunes are always ones to push the envelope. They remain consistent in that regard, both with the song and the performance.  Pharrell and Kanye have kept hip-hop alive and

The mighty Kurupt shows that G's don't die, they just get smoother in his video for I'm the Man

Like his lifestyle, Kurupt’s flow has slowed a bit but don’t trip.  It’s still gangsta… ExternalVideo.969768&w=425&h=350&fv= .

Is the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League the best production team in the game right now? Listen to their breakdown of the making of Rick Ross’ Aston Martin Music.

Many fans of Rick Ross know that his best material on his last 3 albums has been courtesy of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.  Key tracks include Maybach Music, Luxury Tax, Magnificent

Mickey Factz brings Fat Joe and Bun B with him to Paradise for the remix. Check it out here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT2C_uWMs84 Click here to download Mickey Factz’ mixtape I’m Better Than You. Here’s the tracklist: 1. Diamond Dust (Produced by Mickey Factz) 2. I’m Better Than You Feat. Steve-O (Produced

It's a new day and Omar Akil is bringing a New World Order to Ambrosia for Heads. Check out his remix of Bun B's classic Trill O.G.

New World Order:  Bun B – Trill O.G. Have you ever played an album to death?  Or have you ever questioned why your favorite artist put that bomb ass song

New Kanye West: check out So Appalled ft Jay-Z, RZA, Pusha T, Swizz Beats and Cyhi the Prynce.

At this rate, is Kanye going to have anything left for the album?  Word on the street is these are just the outtakes.  The best is yet to come… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FLvOLL_aQ

Newcomer Shad brings more respect to 2010 for hip-hop. Check out his We, Myself and I video.

This one is visually reminiscent of On to the Next One but the comparisons stop there…unless you think the dope rap/rock collabo also reminds you of this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UaQCQoOwc&feature=player_embedded.

Nicki Minaj's Right Thru Me is surprising. No gimmicks, no funny voices, just good music…

After the mixtapes and cameos, it’s showtime for Nicki Minaj–time for her to show and prove by herself (without Weezy, without Drake, without Robin Thicke…).  From the looks of it, she

Black Milk’s Album of the Year may be the most slept on rap album in 2010.

Black Milk’s aptly titled Album of the Year is the Detroit producer’s 3rd album and he has definitely found his stride.  His beats are so on point that the rhymes

DJ Premier is one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. Ambrosia for Heads contributor Omar Akil is a Primo scholar and fan. Check out the first installment in his weekly column dedicated to Premier.

PREEM-EAR A DJ Premier track = Rare chopped up sample + ill drum loop + vocal sample as hook (manipulated by turntables). While Preem has never deviated from this formula

Jay-Z's book, Decoded, hits stores on November 16th. Here's a little something to whet your appetite.

Decoded was initially written as an in-depth biography but the word is when it was done it was a little too personal for Hov. So, instead, he opted to release

If you like Outkast’s first album or anything from Death Row Records, check out Ab-Soul’s All Feelin’. It’s a return to the funk.

Click here to download. Not feeling the Outkast comparison?  Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f5VKdK1c3Q.

Will Jay-Z be hip-hop’s first billionaire? Check out his one-on-one with billionaire Warren Buffet in Forbes.

Here’s the full interview between hip-hop’s richest entertainer and Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest people in the world. Click here to read the article. .

Bruno Mars has got talent. Beautiful Girls was just the beginning. Check out Liquor Store Blues ft Damian Marley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMHiFGnQOgU Bruno recently performed at the Bowery Ballroom in New York and killed it.  His album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, drops on October 5th.  Click here to download the track..