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Run the Jewels Deliver An Ominous Warning In Virtual Reality (Videos)

Don’t let the first several seconds of darkness fool you – Run the Jewels’ new video is immersive, conceptual, and dope. The black-and-white 360-degree virtual reality ready visual for “Crown” is

Prince & Kendrick Lamar’s Full Performance Surfaces & They Tear Down The Stage (Video)

In October of 2014, video surfaced of Prince and Kendrick Lamar performing together. The Twin Cities Pop icon and King Kunta from Compton (a title he was six months away

Big K.R.I.T. & Lupe Fiasco Join Dee-1 In The Fight Against Reckless Hip-Hop (Video)

In April, Dee-1 recruited Big K.R.I.T. and Lupe Fiasco for the remix to his song “Against Us.” With lyrics like “I ain’t in this game to prostitute my soul for

Nas Joins The Weeknd To Premiere The “Tell Your Friends” Remix At The Met Gala (Video)

Last night, the annual Met Gala took place in New York City. Billed as “the party of the year,” the event is a benefit ball for the Metropolitan Museum of

“Space Jam 2” Is Coming…& It’s Starring Lebron James

In late 1996, Space Jam hit theaters and unleashed a phenomenon. Equal parts sports film and children’s cartoon, it featured Michael Jordan in his heyday and the iconic Bugs Bunny in

Russell Simmons Crowns Def Jam’s Greatest Album & His Favorite Artist (Video)

Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin began releasing Def Jam Records singles in 1984. Started in a New York University dorm room (occupied by Rubin), the company would expand to become

Prince’s Cover Of An 1800’s Spiritual Shows All Aspects Of His Greatness (Video)

Part of what made Prince so great was his supreme talent on so many levels. He could dance, sing, play 27 instruments and, despite his prodigious gifts, his work ethic

Anderson .Paak’s “Malibu” Visuals Are Worth Every Bit Of The Wait (Video)

Anderson .Paak’s Malibu is far and away one of 2016’s most-talked about albums, especially in terms of acclaim. Now signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, the Californian opened the year

Freeway & Scholito Freestyle On Sway In The Morning (Video)

Today (April 29), Freeway releases his fifth studio LP, Free Will (which is available for full stream). The North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC appeared on Sway In The Morning to celebrate

Queen Latifah To Play Master P’s Mom In Upcoming Biopic

Master P is moving forward with his biopic. The No Limit Records founder and multi-platinum rapper from New Orleans, Louisiana has announced an Academy Award-nominated actor (and peer) attached to

Nia Long Reveals Just How Real Boyz N The Hood Was For Her (Video)

Though she was there to promote her appearance in Keanu, Nia and Snoop spend a good amount of time discussing other roles she has inhabited over the years. Early in

Here’s A Behind-The-Scenes Look At The Connection Between Dr. Dre & Anderson .Paak (Video)

Much has been written about the connection between Anderson .Paak and Dr. Dre, since the rising star appeared on six of the tracks on Dre’s 2015 Compton album. While Dre

BJ the Chicago Kid Sings His Way Through His Musical Influences (Video)

Steadily rising as one of this generation’s most gifted Soul artists, BJ the Chicago Kid has come a long way since his appearance on Kendrick Lamar’s debut album, 2011’s Section.80.

In 2016, Public Enemy Still Brings The Noise Like Few Others Can (Video)

No doubt some of the greatest recording artists of all time, the members of Public Enemy are also serious contenders when it comes to high-energy and memorable live performances. Known for

Vince Staples Hits a Trippy House Party & Invites Us Along for the Ride (Video)

Last summer, Major Lazer’s Switch released “Ghost,” an Electronica inspired Hip-Hop party anthem. Now releasing music as part of a newly founded group With You, he left Major Lazer back

J Dilla, Nas & Madlib’s Visual Is So Sick It’s Hallucinogenic (Video)

A week and a half ago, J Dilla’s The Diary album finally released. Ten years after the producer/MC’s death, his family and the Nas-backed Mass Appeal Records delivered an album

D’Angelo Performs Prince’s “Sometimes It Snows In April” In An Emotional Tribute (Video)

Earlier today, D’Angelo released a stirring and subdued version of Prince’s “Venus De Milo,” as a tribute to his fallen hero. The song is featured on Prince’s Parade (Music from

Prince’s Vault Of Unreleased Recordings Is Detailed By Jimmy Jam & Close Associates (Video)

It has been less than one week since Prince Rogers Nelson died (April 21). As information releases about Prince’s cause of death and last days, fans and historians are trying

Producer Mike Mosley Reveals Several MCs Who Witnessed Tupac Record “Hit ‘Em Up” (Video)

In the mid-1990s, Tupac Shakur revamped his production personnel. While 1996’s All Eyez On Me would be his first album at Death Row Records, working extensively with the label’s production

Joey Bada$$ Freestyles a Potent Call for Revolution (Video)

Less than a month after annihilating the infamous “5 Fingers of Death” freestyle exercise while visiting “Sway in the Morning,” Brooklyn, New York’s Joey Bada$$ has destroyed yet another early-morning radio

Listen To Aesop Rock’s Next Album While Watching A Shot-For-Shot Remake Of “The Shining”

Since the late 1990s, Aesop Rock has been an artist in every since of the word. The Long Island, New York MC, poet, and visual artist has tackled multiple mediums

Black Thought Recites The Verse Of His Lifetime…Literally (Video)

Last week, The Roots’ Black Thought appeared at Harvard’s Innovation Lab. The South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling MC reportedly kicked a freestyle in the Cambridge, Massachusetts  lunchroom. Afterwards, during

Ever See The Time Prince Surprised Q-Tip On Stage & Started Jamming? (Video)

In addition to his mind-blowing talent and off the charts charisma, part of what made Prince so legendary was his mysteriousness. Even in a world where every millisecond is documented

One Of J Dilla’s Most Respected Collaborative Peers Makes A Beat From Scratch In His Style (Video)

Nottz and J Dilla had a colorful history. Both production purists, these MC/producer double-threats each benefited from the support of Busta Rhymes, Skillz, and Ghostface Killah placements at critical career

A$AP Ferg Clears His Throat And Spits Like He Never Has Before (Video)

The runaway success of singles like “Work,” “Shabba” and “New Level” has caused some to misjudge A$AP Ferg as an MC. On each of the songs, he chopped big trap

Pairing Rihanna and “Kids” Writer Harmony Korine Is Not Safe On Any Level (Video)

Last year, the iconic film Kids celebrated a milestone, and with it came a tremendous outpouring of support, nostalgia, and love for the movie that documented teenage sexuality, angst, and

DJ Quik Says Kanye West’s Celebrity Supersedes His Talent & Challenges Him (Video)

Yesterday (April 19), DJ Quik and Problem announced they were releasing a joint EP today, titled Rosecrans. The project, which is named after the storied street that travels through the

This Video Shows The Power Of Graffiti Is Limitless In The Best Possible Way

Some things are timeless. While graffiti has been around for decades (or millennia, depending on how it is defined), its position in Hip-Hop has waxed and waned over the years.

Unreleased Footage Shows Tupac Speaking Incredibly Powerfully About Income Inequality (Video)

MTV News has released never before seen footage of Tupac from 1992, speaking about income equality. Shakur, the son of two Black Panthers, often incorporated strong political messages in his

Ice Cube Explains Staying “True To The Game” & Family-Friendly At Once (Video)

Ice Cube is the latest guest on Snoop Dogg’s GGN TV. The pair who would perform “The Next Episode” without its host, Dr. Dre during Coachella weekend enjoyed discussing music,

Bas Points To The Stat Sheet. He Believes It’s His & Dreamville’s Time (Video)

Last month, J. Cole’s Dreamville artist Bas released his second album in as many years, Too High To Riot. Backed by Interscope, the New Yorker (by way of Paris, France)

Rapsody’s Superhero Draws On Kindness, Inner-Beauty & One Bad Chariot (Video)

Most people have visions of superhero grandeur. Hip-Hop artists from Curren$y to Raekwon have described theirs. Rapsody’s superhero alter-ego would be known simply as “Queen Rap’.” Just as her albums

Rittz Opens A Vividly Clear Window To The Drama In His Life (Video)

Rittz’ upcoming album Top Of The Line (May 6) includes the gripping single, “My Window.” The track appears to be an autobiographical look into the Georgian MC’s world, beneath the

11 Veteran Lyricists Break Ground In One Video With Another In MC Spiritual Essence

In today’s musical age, assembling collaborations seems relatively easy. Translating that to a compelling, well-produced video is not quite as accessible. Especially in hardcore, purebred Hip-Hop, making videos like Sway

Run The Jewels Celebrate The Birds & The Bees In Their Video For “Love Again”

Run The Jewels is known for their hard raps and nostalgic Hip-Hop aesthetics. Killer Mike and El-P channel the likes of 2 Live Crew, Eazy-E, and even Lil’ Kim when

Anderson .Paak Slows Down The Tempo & Turns Up The Funk In A Performance With ScHoolboy Q (Video)

When Anderson .Paak released “Am I Wrong,” his first single from his album Malibu, last Summer, it was an uptempo Funk jam that featured ScHoolboy Q and a retro, almost

Masta Ace Announces His Latest Concept Album & Gives A Glimpse

From Masta Ace Incorporated to Disposable Arts, Brooklyn, New York veteran MC Masta Ace has been known for cohesive album-length concepts. His latest, in a career that dates back to

D.L. Hughley Offends Everybody. No Politician, Athlete Or Doctor Is Safe (Video)

King of comedy D.L. Hughley recently visited Sway’s Universe for an interview that played like a set from the celebrated stand-up. As great comedy is prone to do, topics that

On A Great Night For Cali, Planet Asia Is Another Agent Of State Pride (Video)

Planet Asia’s career benefited greatly from Sway & King Tech’s The Wake Up Show. When P.A. (along with Jurassic 5) were Interscope Records label picks from the West Coast Hip-Hop

Daz Explains Why Lady Of Rage & Inspectah Deck Verses Did Not Make “All Eyez On Me” (Video)

Daz Dillinger produced five of the 27 tracks on Tupac’s All Eyez On Me double album. Tha Dogg Pound MC/producer was a close affiliate of Shakur during his year with

Robert Glasper & Bilal Re-Interpret Miles Davis’ “The Ghetto Walk” (Video)

Last month, Robert Glasper unveiled the first audio glimpse of his Everything’s Beautiful album (May 27). The Jazz musician is bridging the generations on an album inspired by and featuring some

Asian MCs Have A Tougher Road In Rap. This Documentary Shows Why (Video)

Hip-Hop has long been considered a cultural melting pot. While the culture was established by Black and Latino men and women in 1970s New York, it has since grown to

Elzhi Freestyles Off The Top Of The Head To A J Dilla Donut (Video)

With his sophomore studio album Lead Poison now released, Elzhi is the latest guest on Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesdays radio show. There, the Detroit, Michigan MC veteran was not immune

Common Still Loves H.E.R. Watch Him Breakdance While The Roots Play (Video)

During The Electric Circus and Like Water For Chocolate tours, it was not uncommon to see Common Sense bust out some B-Boy moves during his sets. That was 15 years

Kendrick Lamar Makes A Tribute Video For Kobe Bryant’s Retirement (Video)

Kendrick Lamar and Kobe Bryant share a connection that goes deeper than their ties to Los Angeles. When Kendrick faced off against Jay Z for the first time on a

Erykah Badu Sings “On & On” During A High School Lunch Period (Video)

Erykah Badu loves avant-garde art. Whether she’s video-bombing a news reporter, making beautifully controversial music videos, or blend-covering newly-released Kanye West with Whodini, it is always an experience. Ms. Badu

Logic & Tech N9ne Competitively Compare Notes On How To Rap Incredibly Fast (Video)

Some of Hip-Hop’s greatest MCs have earned their place by sometimes rhyming slow, and sometimes rhyming really, really fast. Artists such as Eminem, Jay Z, Big Daddy Kane, Andre 3000,

10 Years Later, D12 Show Proof’s Memory Is Very Much Alive In A New Documentary (Video)

It’s been a decade since Detroit, Michigan’s Proof passed away. An integral part of the city’s Rap scene, his 2006 death was only 2 months after fellow Motor City native

Krizz Kaliko Reworks His Sound. This Elite MC Is Also A Showman (Video)

For more than a decade, Krizz Kaliko has been one of Strange Music’s dedicated weapons. Although he charts higher than many of his peers, the Kansas City, Missouri MC/singer has

Maxwell Is Releasing His First Album In 7 Years. Here’s The First Single (Lyric Video)

Like few other artists–D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Dr. Dre–Maxwell is one of the select ones who can go away for years and return, not only without losing a step, but sounding