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The Mighty Mos Def rocks a jazzy beat from Ski Beatz forthcoming 24hr Karate School Project

Ski Beatz’ Cream of the Planet (featuring Mos Def) and Scaling the Building with Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa are just the appetizer’s.  The line up on Ski Beatz’ 24hr Karate

In Rick Ross' Free Mason, Jay-Z opens his verse by saying "they put the Devil on me." Here's what he meant.

The collaboration between Rick Ross and Jay-Z titled Free Mason has set the hip-hop world on fire over the last couple of weeks.  This has primarily been because the song

Is 2010 the best Summer ever for hip-hop? These releases from Eminem, Drake, The Roots, Big Boi and Rick Ross are making a strong argument.

Can you come up with a better slate of Summer releases of rap albums than these: Recovery – Eminem Single:  Not Afraid Standout track (1 of many): 25 to Life Thank

The evolution of Kanyeezy: Here's a timeline showing how Kanye West is quietly becoming the best MC in the game.

The first time I saw Kanye West perform in person was when Talib Kweli brought him onstage in 2003.  Kanye did not have an album yet but was making a

Pharrell has been stretching out musically lately. The new N.E.R.D. could go in many directions. Here are a few possibilities.

Pharrell – Fun, Fun, Fun (from the Despicable Me soundtrack–yep, the kids’ movie with Steve Carell…) Robin Thicke – My Life (also produced by Pharrell for Despicable Me–he scored the

In celebration of the summer Heat, check out the remix to Jay-Z's Hello Brooklyn ft. Lil Wayne set to Quincy Jones' Summer in the City

You may recognize the Quincy Jones track as sampled in this classic Pharcyde joint.  Sit back, relax, exhale and be glad the free agency madness is over.  Long live the

Cee-Lo’s No One’s Gonna Love You is a cool video and not just because of the naked Scarlett Johansson lookalike

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HytmxLXxOQ&feature=player_embedded This plays like a mini-indie film.  Props to Cee-Lo for always following his muse and pushing the boundaries of music genres by covering this Band of Horses song..

Reflection Eternal's Ballad of the Black Gold video is a great statement from the hip-hop nation about the disaster in the Gulf.

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/12982709 If you want to know how you can help with what is looking like it will be the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history, click here..

Freddie Gibbs is nice. Really nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn_q-kZLieU.

Power is Kanye's return from a self-imposed hiatus and a big departure from 808 & Heartbreak, but is he still in the same dark place?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Yo3FJDrbc Check out the above video (21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson) on which part of the hook to Power is based.  Pretty dark, right?  Also, why does Kanye

Check out the video for Janelle Monae Ft. B.o.B. x Lupe Fiasco “Tightrope (Wondamix)”

ExternalVideo.954139&w=425&h=350&fv=    Janelle Monae Ft. B.o.B. x Lupe Fiasco “Tightro…, posted with vodpod    Janelle Monae is having a good year.  In addition to recently being chosen to honor Prince

It's official. John Legend and The Roots are releasing an album together in September

As you can tell by the numerous collabos between The Roots and John Legend on The Roots album, the 2 artists have been putting in some work together.  They will

Big Sean reminds me of The Pharcyde…but a little more gangsta…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ8fIMlTG84 …and that’s a good thing.  I’m not sure whether its his tone (which is reminiscent of Fat Lip’s), his flow or his catchphrases, but there’s something that takes me

I Love Rick Ross

Dude is just dope musically.  Regardless of what you think of his hood cred, his music has overcome it time and time again.  Think about it.  He is the first

This is what D'Angelo is listening to these days. Can you dig it?

The Urban Daily was fortunate enough to get the first interview with D’Angelo in 9 years.  He primarily discussed where his head is musically these days (check the video above)

Miguel drops the video for All I Want is You, ft. J. Cole (Official Video)

I posted a bit on Miguel a while back.  I’ve seen him at a showcase since then and, while the performance didn’t kill me, I still think he has a lot of

Pharrell discusses the importance of education and his responsibility as an artist to promote that. Could he be more dope? (Video)

Pharrell continues to demonstrate why he is a cut above the rest with his new initiative to promote kids staying in school.  If you haven’t seen it yet, also check out

In My Lifetime – Ayah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoSH90bSl08 Ayah is the great DJ Jazzy Jeff’s latest protege.  She puts her spin on the sample of the timeless Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers, previously taken on

Talk My Sh*t – Rhymefest (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXJkO7JGMEs This one grew on me in verse 2.  I met Rhymefest a few months ago at SXSW.  Good dude.  Never got his proper respect.  Speaking of Rhymefest, check out

Pharrell on Christian Rich

Check out the co-sign of Christian Rich’s The Decadence..

T.I. Speaks One On One With Jamie Foxx (Video)

T.I. and Jamie Foxx chop it up mano a mano.  This is the best interview of T.I.P. I’ve seen since he got out.  The friendship and respect he and Jamie Foxx have

So Soulful

Listening to Rick Ross talk about his soulful musical influences inspired this playlist.  It features Curtis Mayfield, Mary J. Blige and others cited by the Teflon Don.  Tracklist below. Summer Madness

Rick Ross Discusses Teflon Don on Fader TV

Rick Ross is soulful.  You can hear it in the rolling bass of Super High.  You can hear it in the way he rides tracks like an instrument in his

Black and White: An Interview With Sean Combs – Man and Machine

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/10065469 This is Diddy raw and uncut, intimate—maybe even vulnerable—like you’ve never seen him.  This is 1 part of the 2006 BET doc in the style of Tyson..

Set Me Free – Lloyd ft. Mystikal

In the words of Jay-Z and Beanie Siegel, this is that “Ignorant Sh*t” but man is it hot!  Mystikal spits fire likes its 2001 and he and Lloyd rock a

I'm Ill – Red Cafe ft. Fabolous (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV1czq6MQVI Really feeling this right now.  Definitely a party starter and could end up being the Summer anthem.  Diddy still has that ear for ill hip-hop….

Meditations on Hip-Hop, Vol. Too

Think of this as hip-hop for chilling, sitting back and relaxing or just marinating.  It’s hip-hop for a rainy day.  Just hit play, sit back and let it ride.  Tracklist

Stairway to Heaven – Mary J. Blige

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nEiWSeO-vc The incomparable Mary J. Blige puts her stamp on one of the greatest rock songs of all time.  Like it or not, you have to respect the artistry.  Randy

Find Your Love – Drake (Official Video)

As with most sad Kanye beats (808 & Heartbreak, Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon), this track gets better with each listen.  Drizzy invests some time and energy in a

Amorous – Jesse Boykins III (Official Video)

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/11454106 “‎​​I am a reawakening of the Romantic Movement ; an observer of Love and the Power it holds. So when given the opportunity to document my priceless experiences and connect

I'm Beamin' – Lupe Fiasco (Official Video)

He’s baaack…Lupe Fiasco returns with a cool breezy new joint.  This is vintage Lupe..

Where They Do That At? – K. Michelle

Wow.  She can sang!.

Miguel Playlist

The 80’s are definitely back.  In some cases, that’s a bad thing.  Some hairstyles should never return.  In the case of Miguel, however, it’s a good thing.  He has a

Super High – Rick Ross ft. Ne-Yo (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtY2wHs44qI Another instant classic from Rick Ross.  The first single off the Boss’ new album, Teflon Don, featuring Ne-Yo.  Regardless of his street cred, dude’s music cannot be denied.  Click here

It Ain't Easy – CJ Hilton (Official Video)

Meet CJ Hilton.  At first glance, he may seem like another R&B cat spewing hip-hop lyrics.  Take another listen.  Hear the live bass line, drums and keys.  Then, realize they

Fall Out Day

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/1953792 Check out this spoof on Groundhog Day featuring Pete Wentz from Itsthereal.com..

Gang Starr’s Guru Dead at 43

Keith “Guru” Elam died on April 20, 2010 at the age of 43 after a long battle with cancer.  I knew Guru personally and he was always nice and humble

Jay-Z: He Came, He Saw, He Conquered

  This Jay-Z documentary is a couple years old, but it remains one of the 2 best ever produced on him (the other being Fade to Black).   See a whole

Glee Hip-Hop

Can those 2 words be used in the same sentence?.

The Many Faces of B.o.B.

B.o.B. played at S.O.B.’s on April 12.  He started with a true crunk set that would make the ATL proud, with nothing but his DJ (and manager) backing him.  Halfway through

Don't Let Me Fall – B.o.B.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nGx3uQoT6s.

I'll Be in the Sky – B.o.B. (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5EP3KHu-VI.

Put Me On – B.o.B. (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eny_Bdy9aJ0.

Nothin' On You – B.o.B. ft. Bruno Mars (Official Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PTDv_szmL0.

Catch Me if You Can – Outasight

This one surprised me with its slinky 70’s blaxploitation film sounding sample.  Does his flow remind you of Drake’s?.

Many Moons Short Film – Janelle Monae (Official Video)

Janelle Monae is making a LOT of noise after recently turning out hipsters and tastemakers in NYC, as her album release nears.  She has been on the scene for a

Over – Drake (download)

Is it humanly possible for Drake to live up to the hype?  Only time will tell.  For now, he continues to release solid joints live Over.  Click here for the

Never Too Much – Classic Soul and R&B Playlist

Classic joints never get old.  They just get better.  Click here or above to play.  Trackist below: Never Too Much – Luther Vandross Rock With You – Michael Jackson Give

Aziz Ansari Speak on R. Kelly on the Jimmy Kimmel Show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Na_YF-Ibo Aziz Ansari speaks on R. Kelly.  Is he the new King of Comedy?.