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WateRR’s Rhymes Are Most Refreshing When Served Over Ice Cold DirtyDiggs Beats (Video)

Chicago has been getting plenty of attention in the last couple years due to a new generation of artists like the Save Money crew (Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, etc.), Mick Jenkins, NoName, Saba, and more. However, the Windy City also has a rich vein of new wave... Read more

NoNameDisciple Is Out To Leave An Impression When She Grabs The Mic (Video)

In the last 20 years, once-underground acts like Braille, Pigeon John, and Grits started making Hip-Hop that dealt with faith and spirituality, without sounding preachy or dogmatic. Artists like Lecrae, Tedashii, and Trip Lee have found commercial success on new levels in recent years. United Kingdom MC, NoNameDisciple, is the... Read more

Children Of Zeus Is The UK’s Latest Example Of Inspirational Soul (Video)

The United Kingdom is bustling with flavor right now. From the hardcore antics of CasIsDead to the commercial success of Skepta to the gourmet stylings of SonnyJim, to the buttery soul of Children Of Zeus, Great Britain is killing it in the music space. The Manchester duo of Tyler Daley... Read more

Chris Orrick Finally Unmasks And Faces The Music (Video)

Hailing from the blue-collar pastures of Michigan, Chris Orrick is an MC whose latest album, Portraits, makes a strong case for the value of intense reflection. In January, he announced he was retiring his former moniker (Red Pill) to opt for his given name, after learning of the existence of a... Read more

Sleep Sinatra Is An MC From Nebraska That Heads Need To Stop Snoozing On (Video)

Lincoln, Nebraska is definitely not known for its Hip-Hop output, but that may soon change if lyricist Sleep Sinatra gets his way. The young MC wields words in a way that draws Heads in. He’s just as concerned with what he is saying, as how it sounds. Although he has... Read more

After Years On The Grind, Demrick Is Lighting Up. He Tells His Story. (Video)

Demrick has been putting in work for over a decade. Around 2005, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native hooked up with West Coast legend Kurupt and ended up moving to California to pursue his Rap career. Back then known as Young De, he went on to earn the respect of many west-coast... Read more

L’Orange and Solemn Brigham Take It Back To The Lower Levels (Video)

Over the years Mello Music Group has become recognized as one of the top indie labels in Hip-Hop. More specifically, they have become known as the home for collaborative albums between fan-favorite MCs and producers. MMG boardsmen Apollo Brown, Gensu Dean, and L’Orange have all made a name for themselves... Read more

Classified Personifies A Discman In The Digital Age In A Video About Changes In Rap

Classified has been making music for over two decades, and it's been a slow and steady grind to success. Hailing from Enfield, Nova Scotia, Canada, the MC/producer founded Half Life Records in 1995, and would go almost ten albums deep before gaining national recognition. He first got a national distribution... Read more

Cavalier Blends A DOOM Flow With Ghosts Of New Orleans (Video)

Though raised in Brooklyn, rapper Cavalier now calls New Orleans home. In 2014, he released CHIEF, which included a Raekwon-assisted single. On his third album, Private Stock, the Big Apple and the Big Easy bridge together in ways both evident and subdued. The album's production was handled primarily by Iman Omari, the person... Read more

New Def Squad Artist Elijah The Young Prophit Flips EPMD To Make It His Thing (Video)

Erick Sermon is not only a legendary producer and MC, but he’s also one of Hip-Hop's most gifted talent scouts. E-Double mentored Redman and Keith Murray while having early hands in the careers of Rick Ross, K-Solo, and Das-EFX. Def Squad Records and the Green-Eyed Bandit are once again ready... Read more

Curtis Roach Spills His Anxiety On The Table & Lets It Flow (Video)

Curtis Roach is a 19-year-old Detroiter whose talents are on full display with "Anxietea." The song tackles our perennial pursuit of belonging and approval within the context of social anxiety, a trend exacerbated today by things like social media and viral culture. Time recently reported a 47% increase in rates of... Read more

Blueprint & Has-Lo Apply Hoop Dreams To The Full Court Press Of Life (Video)

Very few artists have the rare talent to do it all, especially well. But Blueprint is one such craftsman, who single-handedly pilots every component of his craft, and makes it look easy. Just ahead of his latest album release, Two-Headed Monster (May 22), the Columbus, Ohio MC/producer/singer shared a video... Read more

Cool Company Makes A Jam For Those Who Just Don’t Give A Funk (Video)

Together, vocalist Cool Yan and multi-instrumentalist-producer Fat Matt make up Cool Company, a New Jersey outfit creating "Future R&B." In 2013, the duo arrived with a self-titled album followed by 2016's Slice of Paradise and have since served up a pasticcio of Funk, Hip-Hop, Pop and Soul through a bevy of grooves and... Read more

Dynasty Teaches That Simplicity Is Genius Over A Brilliant Apollo Brown Beat (Video)

Queens, New York's Dynasty embodies power, leadership, and sovereignty. All of this is apparent from her past work with Talib Kweli and DJ Premier. From her 2016 album Forever, DY; Dynasty recently dropped the visuals for her single, "One Day," produced by Detroit, Michigan’s Apollo Brown (Ras Kass, O.C., Planet Asia).... Read more

Michael Millions & His Virginia Crew Rework D’Angelo In A Way That Burns (Video)

Hip-Hop fans may be familiar with Nickelus F. He was an early Drake collaborator, he had a memorable BET "Freestyle Friday" run, and he has been a devoted representative of Richmond, Virginia. However, unless heads are familiar with Nickelus' albums, they may not be up on his crew, AGM (Associated... Read more

With A Clear & Open Mind, Deniro Farrar Aims To Elevate (Video)

The pursuit of self-realization, with an open mind at the forefront, often leads to an abundance of mental liberation. With nearly a decade of releases to his lyrical resume, Charlotte, North Carolina MC, Deniro Farrar, who is the self-proclaimed conductor of “Cult Rap," has confidently arrived to that arena of... Read more

Don’t Sleep On will.i.am’s Artist LGP Qua. His Video Is Eye-Opening

will.i.am has a proven ear for talent. Outside of his 2000s uber-success with the Black Eyed Peas, Will has taken Pop acts up the charts while piloting resonant songs for Hip-Hop mainstays Too Short, Talib Kweli, Nas, and The Game. In 2018, the Peas (now will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo) released the... Read more

Kemba Seeks Salvation During A Trying Time In America (Video)

Some may know Kemba as the artist that shut it down with an acappella after Kendrick Lamar pulled him onstage in the Bronx two years ago. Others may remember the MC from albums including You're Welcome (2010), Fall FWD (2011), and GNK (2013) released under his previous moniker "YC The... Read more

Kooley High Reach For The Ceiling In The Group’s Newest Video

The “Hip-Hop group” seems to be an endangered species in today’s landscape. There are plenty of collectives comprised of loosely-associated solo MCs, or super-group side projects. However, acts with more than two members are becoming rarer and rarer. Enter Kooley High, a North Carolina Hip-Hop crew who are driven by... Read more

Gifted Gab & Blimes Brixton Can Serve 99% Of Other MCs, Male Or Female (Video)

Gifted Gab and Blimes Brixton have talent. It's undeniable. The two women, from Seattle and California's Bay Area, respectively, show off their braggadocios bars on their latest collaborative video "Come Correct." With this video single, it's easy to see why the two gravitated toward one another in the first place.... Read more

Ron Beatty’s Video Pushes His Rap Plans From 2018 To Infinity

Hailing from New Bern, North Carolina by way of Atlanta, Georgia, Ron Beatty is an MC that has a raw, soulful sound and energy that he brings to his music; true to his southern roots like eating chicken out of a box, on a park bench. This is depicted all... Read more

Ill Camille Is A Lyrical Soldier. She Fights On For Her Rap Dreams (Video)

Hip-Hop at its best does more than make you move; it makes you think. When a song shares one’s personal experience, listeners going through the same thing don’t feel so alone. And on the other hand, for others, it opens their eyes. Either way, this is the kind of powerful... Read more

Focus The Truth Wants To Know If You’re Down To Ride With Him (Video)

The name Focus The Truth can be read two ways. It could be interpreted as an alias (Focus) coupled with a title (The Truth), or the moniker can be taken as a whole and viewed as a statement of what this MC does — focus the truth. Either way, this... Read more

MRG Pays Respect To Lonzo Ball’s Uncompromising Hustle In His New Video

Queens, New York native Matthew Raymond Guzmán, best known as MRG, is a Dominican-American MC who often brings his own heritage and upbringing to the forefront of his Hip-Hop. His inspiration comes from rappers like Kanye West, Nas and Daddy Yankee, and he distinctly pulls a card from the later... Read more

T.Y.E. Shows His Infatuation With Escapism On “Playground” (Video)

Last year saw T.Y.E. Harris drop his thematic album 32: a cohesive project that saw the Opera-trained MC/singer flip between emotive raps about his bipolar disorder, neighborhood upbringing, and brain chemistry. The Dallas, Texas-raised artist hails from the city's Oak Cliff neighborhood, seemingly using his music to boost toward an... Read more

Ras Kass, J57 & El Gant’s Jamo Gang Has Eyes On Them & Scopes Too (Video)

UPDATE: Stream and purchase the Jamo Gang's self-titled EP: Jamo Gang EP by Jamo Gang ORIGINAL JANUARY 17 STORY: It's been a year since Ras Kass, El Gant, and J57 announced they had formed the Jamo Gang. With that news, the trio with the Irish whiskey-inspired name released their first... Read more

Lyric Jones Celebrates Solidarity & Getting By In “Got Bills” (Video)

Boston-born, L.A.-based Lyric Jones describes herself as “MC, Vocalist, Drummer,” while also noting that she is the only MC around these days who can play the drums, while she delivers her rhymes. Now this visual for “Got Bills” directed by Jones also shows she is an artist with a strong... Read more

JSWISS’ Latest Video Shows His Dedication To Overcome & Be Heard

Up-and-coming New York MC JSWISS is getting all the right kind of attention, and the accolades are sure to continue following the release of this simple, but highly effective visual for “Dedicate.LoveSomethin,” the latest single from his No Music EP. “Dedicate.LoveSomethin” is produced by Brady Watt, a well-known bass player from New... Read more

Blu & Exile Take The Meaning Of Soulful Hip-Hop To A New Place (Video)

One of the legends of twentieth-century music relates to the Delta Blues pioneer, Robert Johnson, who died at the age of 27 in 1938. According to the historic tale, the itinerant musician Johnson sold his soul to the devil down at the crossroads of Highway 49 and 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi to... Read more

ScienZe Tells A Modern Day Tale Of Love & Prosperity (Video)

Hailing from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Dope League MC, ScienZe, has been garnering attention from Hip-Hop Heads since his initial releases in 2010. A true student of music, the mindful songwriter validated both his adoration of and devotion to Hip-Hop on his debut project, Ode 2 Dilla, a prudent 19-track tribute to the legendary Detroit producer. As... Read more

Ezri Turns A Simple Trip To The Store Into An Epic Music Video

Cleveland, Ohio native Ezri (formerly known as "Ezzy") has been amassing an entertainment career for some time now. After displaying his acting abilities on hit television show Empire and IFC Films’ The Land, he went back to the basics with music to give his supporters a fearless sound. Be Right... Read more

Reuben Vincent Is Jamla’s Teenage Prodigy. He Hits His Target On “BB Guns” (Video)

After signing with 9th Wonder's Jamla Records, Charlotte North Carolina teenager Reuben Vincent released  “Chains On Me,” produced by one the most innovative producers around, Khrysis – another member of the Jamla Records family, Soul Council, and The Away Team. “Chains On Me” showed off the 15-year-old’s supreme confidence and precocious... Read more

South Central’s Quincey White Gives New Meaning To Chasing Hollywood Dreams (Video)

Quincey White is an emerging voice within the Los Angeles scene, and he has a lot to say. His latest video single “HOLLYWOOD” is a “metaphor for success.” It is all about achieving status. White, the MC formerly known as DUBB, dropped his EP, The 7, on Sway Calloway &... Read more

Dillon Has A Feast Over Diamond D’s Serving Of Fresh Beats (Video)

Diamond D is currently doing concerts with Sadat X in support of Stunts, Blunts and Hip Hop's recent 25th anniversary. In the meantime, the Bronx, New Yorker and founding member of Diggin' In The Crates is still supplying heat for up-and-coming talent. D was there early for producing Fat Joe,... Read more

Royce 5’9 & His Brother Kid Vishis Show BARS Are The Family Business (Video)

In early July, brothers Kid Vishis and Royce 5'9" dropped a single "Go Off," belonging to the since-released The Purge album. As that LP, featuring Conway The Machine, Horseshoe Gang, and Nolan The Ninja makes its rounds, the Bros. Montgomery double up the visual. The video finds Vishis, Nickel, and... Read more

Chris Rivers Wants To Bring Hip-Hop Back To The Days Of Nas, Pac & Biggie (Video)

When Chris Rivers named his latest project Delorean, he had time traveling on his mind. New video single "Old Thing Back" is an extension of that idea. The Bronx, New Yorker spits about bringing back a brand of Hip-Hop as he remembers it from his love affair. He pays homage... Read more

TiRon & Ayomari Get The Money, The Life & Girl Of Their Dreams In “It’s A Trip” (Video)

Since 2009, Los Angeles MCs TiRon & Ayomari have built a cult following after releasing several critically acclaimed albums as a duo and solo artists. This includes A Sucker For Pumps in 2011, and their independent label Cafeteria Line's 2012 compilation HNGRY. The latter deserves credit for bringing City of Angels-based artists Breezy... Read more

A-F-R-O, R.A. The Rugged Man & Gift Of Gab Put On 1 Of The Year’s Best Lyrical Displays (Video)

Three MCs, united by a spitfire, rapid delivery, as if sped-up on steroids, make this release from Bay Area’s Gift of Gab (one-half of Blackalicious) a masterclass in the art of rhyming. “Freedom Form Flowing.” Blackalicious’ Gift Of Gab Tackles Gentrification With Artisanal Rhymes (Video) The mellow beat produced by... Read more

Taliwhoah Is The UK’s Latest Musical Export. She’s Going Worldwide (Video)

Rostrum Records’ Taliwhoah has been releasing music for over two years now. Yet, her latest single and music video “Details” has gained a vast amount of attention for her to possibly become a recognized artist in the industry. The London-born and Los Angles-based singer and songwriter had an authentic introduction... Read more

Kool G Rap, Lil Fame & Freeway Are Wise Guys On And Off The Mic (Video)

Since 1986, Kool G Rap has stuck to his guns as a trailblazer of East Coast Gangsta Rap and a paragon of lyricism. His cinematic portrayals and trenchant analysis of New York City street life made his longtime fans keep tabs on his newest offerings from the lab. Kool G... Read more

Don Flamingo Has Co-Signs From JAY-Z & The LOX Because He’s That Good (Video)

JAY-Z's Roc Nation roster has a deep bench. The days when it was Jay, plus J. Cole and Jay Electronica have long passed. From The LOX to Vic Mensa, Jim Jones and so forth, there's a lot going on. Louisiana's Don Flamingo may not be a name Heads hear as... Read more

Scholito Is Freeway’s New Rothschilds Protege & He’s Got Something Cookin’ (Video)

Philadelphia-based Scholito Envoy and his producer S Frank invaded the Hip-Hop scene connected with State Property/Roc Nation artist Freeway. Being one-third of the New Rothchilds group, 'Lito is here to make his artistry be known in the industry as a whole. Scholito is part of the new talent representing the... Read more

ManKind Shows That It Is A Rap Collective Aiming To Be Different (Video)

Harlem, New York duo ManKind is a prime example of men that spit verses with a purpose. From the New Rap Order Collective, ManKind’s [email protected] and SciryL thrive to project their art in a way that does not lack luster or meaning. While collaborating with over 50 artists since November... Read more

Kev Brown Drops Some Rugged Rooftop Philosophy With J Scienide (Video)

Since the April of 2017 release of The Actual Heat album, J Scienide has been pushing hard to make sure the masses are aware of the artistry he projects to the world. The Washington, D.C.-based MC/producer recently released the visual of his single “Ghetto”, which features his fellow Low Budget Crew... Read more

Tanya Morgan Literally Pushes Their New Album Out The Trunk (Video)

Cincinnati-meets-Brooklyn Hip-Hop group Tanya Morgan just released its fourth album, YGWY$4 (You Get What You Pay For). Von Pea and Donwill add to a celebrated independent catalog that began with critical cosigns from Questlove and Foreign Exchange features more than a dozen years ago. They've since appeared on albums by... Read more

Stalley Has Cosigns From A Who’s Who Of Rap. He Still Rides His Own Wave (Video)

Massillon, Ohio rapper Stalley has a mixed bag of influences to pull inspiration from. He had admitted influence from home state heroes like The O’Jays, Bootsy Collins, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Kid Kudi, as well as out-of-towners like Nas, Outkast and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few. According to the  Maybach... Read more

Sha Stimuli Returns With An Exploration Of American Racism Throughout The Years (Video)

Brooklyn, New York raised, Atlanta, Georgia based MC Sha Stimuli returned off a four year hiatus from the rap race last year with two powerful songs titled “Sticks and Stones” and “New Jordans/A Poem For Mike.” The first was about the effect words can have, while the latter was a... Read more

Nanna.B & Odd Future’s Hodgy Make A Golden Video About Protecting One’s Treasures

Los Angeles, California (by way of Denmark) songstress Nanna.B is not an MC, but she is attracting Hip-Hop artists to her soulful ceremony. She is gearing up to release the EP, Golden this Friday (July 21). On the title track, Nanna is produced by none other than Aftermath's Anderson .Paak,... Read more

DAP The Contract’s Video Explores The Details Of 21st Century Dating

Multi-talented Nigerian artist DAP The Contract has been making music since he was only four years old. A classically trained pianist who attended high school in the U.K. and the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, he comes from a musical family and has a diverse range of... Read more

Young RJ Is Done Waiting. Pete Rock & Boldy James Help Him Step Forward (Video)

Although not necessarily a household name, the multi-talented Young RJ has had quite a distinguished career. One-half of Slum Village’s reincarnation (with T3), as well as the group B.R. Gunna (alongside fellow double threat Black Milk), the J. Dilla protégé has an impressive resume. As a producer, he’s worked with... Read more