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The Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Passed Away At The Age Of 76

The Queen Of Soul has died this morning (August 16) at her Detroit, Michigan home. Aretha Franklin's powerful voice, timeless songwriting, and ability to carry Rhythm & Blues music from its sound in the 1960s into the decades that followed made her a legend. The 76-year-old had been battling undisclosed... Read more

In 1989, Kwamé Rocked Polka Dots With Style & Rhythm (Video)

Back in 1989, just 16 years old and just at the peak of his adolescence, Kwamé released his debut album titled Kwamé The Boy Genius Featuring A New Beginning. The new Atlantic Records artist found himself a hit on the Rap and R&B Charts with the aptly-titled second single, "The Rhythm."... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: OutKast vs. Migos. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’ annual competition series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups have been pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot will be reserved for a wild-card entry (which has been determined), including the possibility... Read more

Cardi B Is The First Woman Rapper In Hip-Hop History To Have Two #1 Singles

Even as she awaits her first child, Cardi B is steadily making moves that haven’t been made before in Rap. Her latest single, “I Like It” featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin has climbed to the #1 slot on the Billboard "Hot 100" chart. This second hit comes after, “Bodak... Read more

Meek Mill Uses His Freedom To Deliver The Year’s Most Powerful Performance (Video)

Moments ago, Meek Mill took the stage at the 2018 BET Awards. Just several weeks since being released from prison, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC was introduced by Black Thought, Questlove, Kevin Hart, and Lil Uzi Vert (who calls the MC by his early hometown mixtape name "Meek Millz"), with statistics... Read more

The 14 Best Hip-Hop Releases So Far In 2018 (Audio & Video)

Approaching 2018’s midpoint, the year has been absolutely incredible for Hip-Hop and Rap music. For many artists, the album is now shorter than it has ever been. Releases are more concentrated and digestible than they have been been in decades. Moreover, the MC/producer double-threat is winning, as is the chemistry... Read more

Pusha T’s Guest Verse Shows His New Album Is About To Be Flames (Video)

According to Kanye West's words last month, Hip-Hop Heads are just nine days away from Pusha T's third solo album (May 25). Reports from Push' and 'Ye suggest that G.O.O.D. Music's founder is producing the beats on the album for its label president, who also happens to be one of... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Rae Sremmurd vs. Migos. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest collectives vying for the #1 spot. Sixty-two groups have been pre-selected by a panel of experts, and one slot will be reserved for a wild-card entry, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to... Read more

Meek Mill Is Released From Prison On Bail

Meek Mill appears to be a free man today (April 24). The Philadelphia rapper has been incarcerated since last November and is now out on bail. Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered his immediate release from a Chester prison. Moments later, the Maybach Music Group/Atlantic Records artist returned to social... Read more

Action Bronson Is Independent Again. He Celebrates With A Lovely Collabo With Alchemist (Audio)

For the first time in roughly five years, Action Bronson is a free agent. After publicly griping about the situation with his label Vice/Atlantic Records online last Spring, the New Yorker returns to the independent status that earned him a strong following at the top of the decade. Since then,... Read more

TDE’s President Makes A Compelling Argument For Why Cardi B Is Like Tupac

Cardi B released her major label debut album, Invasion Of Privacy, last Friday (April 6). Within hours, the Bronx, New York rapper achieved gold certification for the Atlantic Records LP featuring YG, Chance The Rapper, Migos, and SZA, among others. In the days ahead the music industry will see if... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Explains Why He’s Joining Forces With A Major Label (Video)

Nipsey Hussle, who has created his success independently, is on the verge of dropping his first album backed by a major label. Victory Lap is poised to release on February 16, 2018, via All Money In No Money Out/Atlantic Records, and many Heads have wondered why someone who has time... Read more

Joyner Lucas Takes The Drug Pushing Rappers Of His Generation To Task (Audio)

Joyner Lucas is an MC who likes causes and concepts. Last week, the Worcester, Massachusetts native released the captivating video to "I'm Not Racist."  That symbolic visual created a dramatic face-off out of some of the conversations that exist on social media and used Lucas' songwriting to put the two... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Is Releasing His 1st Major Label Album & It’s On His Terms (Video)

For more than a decade, Nipsey Hussle has had a unique relationship with record labels. From a peer class that seemed to covet contracts, "Neighborhood Nip" was among the first rappers to prove he did not need company backing. Like his musical content, the MC shows his intelligence and grit... Read more

Action Bronson Samples Food AND Music & He’s Not Stopping (Audio)

Just days ago (August 25), Action Bronson released Blue Chips 7000. The third and now-confirmed final installment of the mixtape series closes out an important chapter in the Queens, New Yorker MC's career. In 2012, when his first Party Supplies-produced tape launched, Action was an emerging Hip-Hop voice. In mid-'17,... Read more

Action Bronson & Rick Ross Are 2 Rap Heavyweights With Blue Chip Skills (Audio)

At the top of the decade, imagining Action Bronson and Rick Ross together on a song may have been a reach. Bronson was a symbol of New York City DIY Hip-Hop, upholding the '90s sound that influences him. Meanwhile, Ross was ushering in the sound of the clubs, making pounding... Read more

Meek Mill’s Blueprint For A Comeback Is Music With A Powerful Message (Video)

Since initiating a high-profile battle-beef with Drake in 2015, Meek Mill's career has been distinctly different than before. The Philly MC suffered a well-publicized breakup with Nicki Minaj, landed up in another high-profile beef with The Game (plus Beanie Sigel), and also entered his thirties. Once a gold-certified, #1 artist,... Read more

Impeach The President Got Top Billin’ From Audio Two (Video)

Turn on a lot of American newscasts right now, read the blogs, or encounter a "water-cooler" discussion, and one may likely hear the word "impeachment." Over the last 20 years, this word has re-entered the lexicon in a major way, through several US presidencies, quite obviously including the current. In... Read more

Trina & Trick Daddy Aim To Take It To Da House With Reunion Collabo Album

In the early 2000s, Miami, Florida-based Slip-N-Slide Records was a Rap power-house. Before they would help introduce Rick Ross and Pitbull, Ted Lucas' label was a higher profile home to local artists-turned-mainstream stars Trick Daddy and Trina. Between 2001 and 2004, Trick dropped three Top 10 albums, while Trina's peak... Read more

Fat Joe Airs Out Terror Squad’s Dirty Laundry & Defends His Name (Video)

Fat Joe is one of Hip-Hop's most controversial figures. The Bronx, New Yorker has roots in some of the hardest Rap music of the '90s, starting with his '93 debut, Represent. However, in the days after Big Pun's sudden 2000 death, Joe stepped forward to become a mainstream giant, making... Read more

T.I. Appoints Trae Tha Truth To Vice President Of Grand Hustle Records (Video)

For more than 30 years, MCs have held executive positions at records labels. From the days of Eazy-E's Ruthless imprint or Schoolly D Records, it is not uncommon for artists to control the music they makes and others'. Over the last 20 years, some of these labels have subsequently empowered... Read more

Missy Elliott Is Just Better When It Comes To Making Music Videos

Last week, Bell Biv DeVoe released a song (followed by a video) called "I'm Betta." That superiority complex is a popular vibe in the music space right now. Missy Elliott names her own single "I'm Better," and jumps right to a visual. 2017 marks 20 years of the Virginia MC/producer... Read more

Lupe Fiasco & Big K.R.I.T. Reconnect For A High Powered Message (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco is less than a month away from his sixth album, Drogas Light (February 10). That 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records LP has an interesting collaboration in the form of "Tranquillo." The song features Big K.R.I.T. as well as Rick Ross. In 2016, Lu' and Krizzle teamed up for Dee-1's... Read more

For Wale, Either You’re With Him Or You Get The Heisman (Audio)

From Phife Dawg's Bo Jackson and Joe Namath name-checking verse on "Scenario" to Kanye West's "Barry Bonds," Hip-Hop loves sports (and vice versa). While artists like Master P chased sports dreams, Jay Z has become a sports agent, and former standout athletes like Nelly, GQ, and Ice Cube have found... Read more

Ty Dolla $ign & His Incarcerated Brother Reach Through Walls For Justice (Audio)

Ty Dolla $ign named his debut album Free TC. The title of that Atlantic Record/Taylor Gang Top 20 album from last year is a dedication to Ty's younger brother. A singer and songwriter in a deeply-musical family, Big TC was  featured on the LP (see: "Miracle/Whatever"). The Los Angeles, California... Read more

Snow Tha Product Puts Her Haters On Ice With A Lethal Freestyle (Video)

Snow Tha Product is fast becoming the biggest Hip-Hop act out of San Diego, California in more than a decade. This month, the Atlantic Records sensation released Half Way There...Pt. 1, an EP boasting production by Dr. Dre affiliate Focus... While the getting may seem good, Snow is unafraid to... Read more

The D.O.C.’s No Can Do It Better vs. Ice Cube’s Death Certificate. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Is Now Platinum As RIAA Adds Streams To Criteria

Two of 2015's most talked about Hip-Hop albums can now claim platinum status. Just weeks before the Grammy Awards, Kendrick Lamar's sophomore major label album To Pimp A Butterfly now has the same celebrated benchmark of its 2012 predecessor, good kid, m.A.A.d city. Additionally, Big Sean achieves his first platinum... Read more

Wiz Khalifa Criticizes Kanye West’s New Album Title. Kanye Goes Nuclear

So much can change in 24 hours. Late last night (January 26), Kanye West announced that his seventh solo album had been re-named. The album known as Swish since mid-2015 suddenly was rechristened to Waves, less than one month away from its February 11 release date. Upon the announcement, made... Read more

Just Blaze Flipped This Supertramp Song & Made It Breathe For Fabolous (Audio)

Whether or not 1970s Rock & Roll is part of your playlist, chances are you've heard Supertramp. The London, England group was active from the late 1960s to the late '80s, and last year began some reunion touring and recording. "The Logical Song" and "The Long Way Home" are two... Read more

Finding The GOAT Album: Jay Z’s The Black Album vs. T.I.’s King. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Finding The GOAT Album: Clipse’s Lord Willin’ vs. T.I.’s Paper Trail. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Food & Liquor vs. Common’s Like Water For Chocolate. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

LL Cool J’s Radio vs. MC Lyte’s Lyte As A Rock. Which Is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Made A Food & Liquor Sequel. Now He’s Making The Cool 2.

In 2012, Chicago, Illinois MC Lupe Fiasco released Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. The 1st & 15th/Atlantic Records release was an overt sequel to Lu's 2006 debut, both of which garnered critical praise. Now it seems that the veteran MC is following up another album from... Read more

MC Lyte’s Lyte As A Rock vs. Just-Ice’s Back To The Old School. Which is Better?

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

Finding the GOAT Album: Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It vs. 2 Live Crew’s 2 Live Is What We Are

One year ago, Ambrosia For Heads launched a debate among its readers seeking to answer one of Hip-Hop’s most hotly-contested questions: who is the greatest MC of all time? “Finding The GOAT MC” lasted between September 2014 and May 2015, engaging millions of readers and ultimately producing its winner, as... Read more

On Its 10 Year Anniversary, Little Brother Remember The Minstrel Show With New Perspective

According to many Hip-Hop Heads, one of the most complete, cohesive Rap albums of the 2000s is Little Brother's The Minstrel Show. Released by Atlantic Records, the LP is a bittersweet moment for its makers and its legions of fans. Ten years ago yesterday (September 13, 2005), 9th Wonder, Phonte,... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Combines A Strong Syncopated Flow With Signature Storytelling (Audio)

Lupe Fiasco's creative taps seemingly never run dry. This week, the 1st & 15th founder released "Something That I Never Had." The moment finds Lu' really waxing a fast, deeply syncopated flow as he tells a tale of relationships drifting. It's a lot to keep up with, but the moment... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Visual Is 9 Years Late, But Right On Time (Video)

Part of what made Lupe Fiasco's 2006 Food & Liquor debut such a captivating album was its insightfulness. Although never an official single, "Just Might Be Okay" was a grabbing album cut. The Gemstones-assisted (t/k/a Gemini) joint was an examination of where Lu' was at with his career in the... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 5): Rakim vs. Mos Def…Who You Got?

With just 11 MCs remaining we have reached the critical Round 5 in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). Now, only five match-up's—all running this week—separate Round 5 from the final six MCs, including Round 4 bye winner Big Daddy Kane. Since the elimination,... Read more

Chicago Hip-Hop Heads Rejoice…Twista & Do Or Die Team Up For EP

For nearly 20 years, Twista and Do Or Die have worked together. Two icons of Chicago, Illinois music (Rap music, to be specific), these artists have helped define the framework now used and upheld by Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, and Sir Michael Rocks. After appearances together on major releases... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 3): Big K.R.I.T. vs. Action Bronson…Who You Got?

We have reached the third round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). With 42 MCs remaining, we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into... Read more

Action Bronson Really Is Mr. Wonderful To Plenty. What Can He Do For You? (Video)

More often, people are talking about "life coaches." Motivating, encouraging, at times, assertive, these people help their fellow human navigate the tricky waters of life, and come out happier, healthier, and more fulfilled. In this parody promo for Mr. Wonderful (March 23), one such life coach is none other than... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): Action Bronson vs. Joell Ortiz…Who You Got?

We have reached the second round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). We are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups... Read more

Action Bronson & Chance The Rapper? Mark Ronson Makes It Work (Audio)

From Wale to Rhymefest, Bruno Mars to Ghostface Killah, Mark Ronson is gifted in pushing musicians to their outer limits. For Mr. Wonderful (March 24), Action Bronson called upon the British producer who was once a Roc-A-Fella Records affiliate. "Baby Blue," featuring Chance The Rapper is not far from the... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): T.I. vs. Ludacris…Who You Got?

We have reached the second round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). We are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups... Read more

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): Lil’ Kim vs. Ghostface Killah…Who You Got?

We have reached the second round in the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time). We are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups... Read more

Missy Elliott Says She’s Spending Grammy Weekend In The Studio With Timberland, Praises Katy Perry (Audio)

One of Hip-Hop's more interview-reclusive stars is Missy Elliott. While the last decade has afforded little new music from the Portsmouth, Virginia MC/producer, understanding why is even harder to gather, with the Atlantic Records artist shunning most press, despite her supremely approachable (miss)demeanor. Deeply connected to Heather B, as well... Read more

It Turns Out Missy Elliott is The Real Super Bowl Winner. Here’s Why.

During Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, the Pop princess notably did not include Juicy J or Snoop Dogg (who was at the championship game) for her medley of hits. However, the EMI/Capitol Records multi-platinum mainstay did turn the microphone over to an unlikely guest from the Hip-Hop genre:... Read more