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Tower Records’ Place in Music History Is Being Remembered in New Doc (Video)

It goes without saying that every generation of music fan has its earliest, almost primordial memories of when and how it fell in love with music. For some, these memories

De La Soul Confirm Pete Rock, Snoop Dogg, Usher, & Others As Upcoming Album Guests

UPDATE: In their latest update to funders of the upcoming album reportedly titled And The Anonymous Nobody, De La Soul has confirmed additional guests. “We’ve recruited more amazing talents and

Heartbreak Of Late: How Katrina, Taylor & A Tragic Loss Shaped Kanye West

In the last 15 years, has an artist used the medium of music videos as profoundly and as dynamically as Kanye West? At last night’s (August 30) 2015 MTV Video

Talib Kweli Redesigns Currency For His Anti-Capitalism Campaign (Video)

MC and activist Talib Kweli has loaned his voice to various social and political movements over the course of his career, most recently as a guest on Real Time With

R.A. The Rugged Man & Tom Thum Revive The MC & Beatbox Collabo (Video)

Ever since releasing his Legends Never Die album in 2013, R.A. The Rugged Man has been supplying fans with a steady stream of ambitious visuals to go with the project.

Yasiin Bey Says Reports That He Has Returned to the Name “Mos Def” Are False (Video)

August has been a complex month for Yasiin Bey. Earlier in the month, a video surfaced where he issued a challenge to the entire Rap universe, saying that he, Black

The Coup’s Boots Riley Argues for More Radical Movements to Combat Discrimination (Video)

Last month, Boots Riley announced he was releasing a book, one that documents his art, beliefs, thoughts, and personal stories. Also included are lyrics to songs by the Coup and

Macklemore, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz & Kool Moe Dee Stage an Epic VMA Opening (Video)

Did you ever think you’d see Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz and Kool Moe Dee on the VMAs? Macklemore & Ryan Lewis made it happen. Fresh off the release of the

Master P Says He Saved Snoop Dogg’s Life, Wants Tyler Perry To Direct Biopic (Video)

To a skeptic, Master P’s upcoming biopic King Of The South may appear to too closely follow the success of Straight Outta Compton. With No Limit built upon much of

The Man Who Gave Dr. Dre His 1st Big Break Talks N.W.A.’s Origins (Video)

Few artists in Hip-Hop have forged three different labels into dynasties. Dr. Dre’s artistic craftsmanship established Ruthless Records, Death Row Records, and Aftermath Entertainment as premiere imprints in their respective

Mannie Fresh Makes Super Tough Beat Live, Using 3 Random Records (Video)

It’s no accident that Mannie Fresh is one of the pioneers in defining the sound of Southern Hip-Hop in the 90s and beyond. His distinctive style of “bounce” music, built

Jay Rock Gives 2 Very Different But Equally Compelling Interviews (Video)

Jay Rock made a trip to New York City yesterday (8/27) to play his imminently forthcoming 90059 album in its entirety for the first time on the East Coast. Prior

Slaughterhouse’s Kxng Crooked Exposes His Vulnerabilities & Struggles with Depression (Video)

Back in July, a demo version of a track called “Don’t Close Your Eyes (Ashamed)” was released, and with it came one of the most emotionally wrenching releases in Hip-Hop

Macklemore Collaborates with Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz & Kool Moe Dee (Video)

The lives of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have changed immensely since the 2012 release of their album, The Heist. The duo went from being indie Hip-Hop darlings to full-blown global

Warren G Freestyles Over K. Camp’s “Comfortable” And Has Fun With It (Video)

After an extended hiatus, Warren G has had a musical renaissance this Summer. Earlier this month, he released his Regulate…G Funk Era, Pt. II EP, which featured three songs with

Bishop Nehru Celebrates His Birthday With 4 Songs Including A Visual (Audio/Video)

Bishop Nehru has accomplished a ton in just a teen-aged life. Turning 19 today (August 26), the Mass Appeal/Lex Records MC celebrated in a way that aligns with his tireless

A$AP Rocky Looks At The Ill Fate Of Fame & Extreme Decadence (Video)

A$AP Rocky’s “Everyday” has been a major vehicle for At. Long. Last. A$AP. The RCA/Polo Grounds MC used a new sound than that of his first studio LP to examine

Dallas Penn & Rafi Kam Get A Food Desert Instead Of Dessert In A Visit To East New York (Video)

On Gang Starr’s “Speak Ya Clout,” Group Home’s Lil Dap urged his crew to meet him at Broadway Junction. The Brooklyn, New York train intersection in East New York is

Gangrene Show Their Far-Reaching ’70s Film Inspiration For The New LP (Video)

As producers, Oh No and Alchemist dig deep. The two California natives appreciate getting a bit dusty to find just the right elements to orchestrate their gritty arrangements. Teaming together

Method Man & Redman Bring That Straight Gutta Chemistry To Life (Video)

One of the center pieces of Method Man’s just-released Meth Lab project is “Straight Gutta.” The Redman-assisted song continues two decades of raspy-voiced, “elevated” chemistry between Red & Meth, beyond

Lil Dicky Explains What Led Him to Hip-Hop In 5 Questions (Video)

Lil Dicky has had a charmed career in Hip-Hop, thus far. His first video ever (“Ex-Boyfriend“) racked up a million views…on the first day. His debut album, Professional Rapper, was

The Weeknd Does Away With His Demons in Highly-Conceptual ‘Tell Your Friends’ Mini-Movie (Video)

The Weeknd is having what is likely the most successful season of his career, and his new album hasn’t even been released yet. On August 28, Beauty Behind The Madness

If A$AP Rocky Were A Super Hero, He’d Be Powerful & Pretty At Once (Video)

Hip-Hop’s comic fascination continues, care of the illustrated Complex series. These vignettes ask artists what kind of super hero they would be, and creates the descriptions. After Raekwon’s good-doing servant

Mick Jenkins Shows There’s Nothing Like Getting Down to Pick You Up (Video)

Mick Jenkins’ two-part sonic jolt “Get Up Get Down” is both throwback and contemporary. The first half of the song features Electro Funk synths that harken back to the early

Scarface’s Deeply Rooted Single Steer Gets A Dramatic Treatment (Video)

Scarface’s “Steer” is both soulful and topical. In a first person narrative, the record looks at a particular circumstance that may be different than meets the eye. Although specific in

Andy Mineo Defeats the 5 Fingers of Death With a Biblical Freestyle (Video)

Andy Mineo returned to the Sway in the Morning show in promotion of his new album, Uncomfortable, which will be released on September 18. For many, Andy’s profile grew exponentially,

Styles P and Jay Dee Never Worked Together But “Ghost Dilla” is OFFICIAL (Video)

Styles P and J. Dilla never worked together when the legendary beatmaker was alive, but Styles’ turn on Dilla’s “The Red,” from his JayLib days with Madlib, sounds tailor-made. Styles

Dayne Jordan Takes a Cue from Mister Rogers in DJ Jazzy Jeff Produced Track (Video)

With news of an impending reincarnation of the ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” many are celebrating by remembering the classic moments from the Will Smith and DJ Jazzy

These Performances From the 2015 World Hip-Hop Dance Championships Are Awe-Inspiring (Video)

Earlier this month, Hip-Hop International hosted its annual World Hip-Hop Dance Championships in San Diego, California, where more than 3,000 dancers from around the globe competed to be crowned the

Andre Harrell Recounts the “Ghetto Fabulous” History of Uptown Records (Video)

The name Andre Harrell might not be as well-known as Russell Simmons, Master P, Birdman or Puff Daddy, but he is responsible for one of the most important record labels

First Division & DJ Premier Put It Down For The Culture In Front Of Its Monuments (Video Premiere)

Early this summer, Canadian Hip-Hop duo First Division shared their latest single, “This Iz Tha Time.” Produced by DJ Premier, the moment was a call to our arms in the

Mike Epps Got Jokes. This Time Ghostface Killah’s Action Bronson Rant Is The Target (Video)

Hip-Hop is becoming more and popular fodder for the elite comedians. Aziz Ansari’s Kanye West stories are the stuff of legends. Dave Chappelle’s show skits involving GZA, Q-Tip, and spoofing

Sean Price Plays Snippets of Songs in the Key of Price in the Studio (Video)

As fans continue to mourn the sudden and unexpected loss of Sean Price, his legacy lives on through his music. Shortly before he passed away, Sean P was preparing to

Talib Kweli Points Out That One of His Major Features Was On the Wrong Part of the Beat (Video)

Beyond his extensive solo, Black Star, Idle Warship, and Reflection Eternal catalog, Talib Kweli’s career has been decorated with poignant feature appearances. The Brooklyn, New York MC appeared on notable

Ice Cube & O’Shea Jackson, Jr. Share Powerful Father-Son Moments in 1-on-1 Conversation (Video)

O’Shea Jackson, Jr. had perhaps the biggest shoes to fill of all of his co-stars in his role in Straight Outta Compton . The son of N.W.A.’s Ice Cube, Jackson, Jr.

D12 Is Still Dirty, With Dozens & Dozens Of Punchlines In A New Freestyle (Video)

In early 2014, it was reported that D12 was back in the lab with Eminem for the first time in a decade. Later in the year, on Shady XV, the Dirty

Yasiin Bey’s ‘Basquiat Ghostwriter’ is Full of Unexpected Negatives (Video)

Yasiin Bey (pka Mos Def) has released a music video to accompany “Basquiat Ghostwriter,” a song he dropped just a few days ago that took many Heads by surprise. The

Styles P’s Energy Freestyle Comes To Living Color (Video)

Back in late March, Styles P was amidst a rampage of weekly freestyles, sometimes releasing in bursts. One of those snatched Drake’s “Energy” instrumental (produced by Boi-1da), and waxed two

Gangrene & Havoc Opt for Solemn Tribute to Sean Price on “Sheet Music” (Video)

The tragic passing of rapper Sean Price earlier this month has left much of the Hip-Hop community reeling, including those who have collaborated with P over the years. Gangrene, the

Cam’ron Raps. He Acts. He Can Also Run A Human Resources Department (Video)

Frequently, major companies make the news for questionable practices regarding employee rights. Human Resource departments are put in place to enforce best ethical relations in making a work space, both

Wu-Tang Affiliate Hell Razah The Subject Of Upcoming Documentary

Since the mid-1990s, Hell Razah (a/k/a Heaven Razah) has been a prominent figure within the Wu-Tang family tree. A founding member of the Sunz Of Man, Razah—alongside Killah Priest, Shabazz

Master P Shows His Historic Rise to Success in Self-Directed Documentary (Video)

Master P, the New Orleans rapper and business man who transformed the way artists negotiated with record labels, is releasing a self-directed documentary called Ice Cream Man: King of the

Jay Rock Releases the Visual For His Wu-Tang-esque 90059 Album Title Track (Video)

TDE continues its run of cinematic videos. After releasing the short films for Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and Jay Rock’s “Money Trees Deuce,” among others, they follow up with another clip

Talib Kweli Shares Thoughts on Bernie Sanders & the Women Behind Black Lives Matter (Video)

Fresh off the release of a new single and a new (free) album, Talib Kweli has had a whirlwind 24-hours, and now the Brooklyn MC has brought his thoughts about

Chris Rivers Maintains East Coast Flow Over West Coast Flavor With A Dr. Dre Beat (Video)

As thousands flock to movie theaters across the country to catch the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, fans are expressing their appreciation for the group, even those who are artists

Eligh Attacks 808 Drums With Dazzling Lyricism In A Creative Uprising (Video Premiere)

Today (August 14), Eligh released 80 HRTZ, his latest album in an extensive solo and collaborative catalog. The Los Angeles, California native MC/producer and founding member of the Living Legends,

Kevin Hart & Ice Cube Are Going For Another Ride and It’s a Wild One (Video)

After the blockbuster success of their movie Ride Along, the sequel to Kevin Hart and Ice Cube’s buddy/cop movie was fast-tracked. Ride Along 2 is set to hit theaters in

Disclosure Are Willing & Able to Keep the Soulful Music Coming (Video)

The brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, who form the duo Disclosure, have shown a taste for soulful beats and voices, from Sam Smith to Mary J. Blige. Even when they’ve

Imagine Losing the Right to Biggie’s Record Deal Over a Dice Game. Bonz Malone Speaks (Video)

Bonz Malone has one of the most distinguished pedigrees in Hip-Hop journalism. In addition to the screenwriting and acting accolades he’s amassed for films like Slam and Brooklyn Babylon, he

Re: Definition: How Toys Are Changing the Conversation About Gender (Video)

Earlier this month, a major retailer announced it would be doing away with gender-specific signage in some of its aisles, which means that no longer will things like bedding or