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The Roots Will Turn 2018’s Picnic Into A Dave Chappelle-Hosted Jam Session

The Roots Picnic has become one of the culture's longest-running artist-run Hip-Hop festivals. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania event has expanded to include New York City satellite festivals, and seen its share of historic moments. The 2018 affair has been announced and will see the event playing out a little differently. On... Read more

Drake Opens Up For The First Time About Ghostwriting & Forcefully Defends His Pen (Audio)

In 2016, Drake does not often do interviews. The Canadian MC/singer was guarded upon his 2008-2009 entrance into the music industry. With the best-selling Hip-Hop album of 2016 in VIEWS, that wall has apparently only heightened. Drake typically addresses his life through lyrics, occasionally social media, and a few limited... Read more

Lloyd Banks Releases A Hot New Mixtape ft Joe Budden, Prodigy & More (Audio Stream)

Last week, Lloyd Banks released "Reap What You Sow," the lead single from his latest project and one of the strongest lyrical barrages of his career. Prior to the song's release, the Queens, New York MC tweeted of the new EP arriving today (September 26), "time to show these fools... Read more

Lloyd Banks Is Releasing A New Mixtape This Week. Here’s The 1st Single (Audio)

Lloyd Banks hasn't released a studio album since 2010's H.F.M. 2 (The Hunger for More 2), but the Queens, New York MC has been far from quiet. In addition to a handful of mixtapes he's dropped in the last six years, he spent much of 2015 delivering a series of... Read more

Snoop Dogg Is Still Giving Up Game. This Time, It’s Not Even For Sale (Audio)

Just over one week removed from the Busta Rhymes-assisted "Powder On My Clothes," Snoop Dogg appears to be really returning to his concrete roots. Snoop appears several times on DJ Drama's latest Beach City mixtape. Within, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native-turned-Atlanta Georgia mainstay DJ aims to shine a light on the... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Restores The Glory With A Tape Featuring Warren G & Ludacris (Mixtape)

If Kendrick Lamar and Drake can rock the Hip-Hop space in an instant, why shouldn't Big K.R.I.T.? In a comparatively quiet 2015 for the Meridian, Mississippi double-threat, he makes up for lost time with a major splash in the water. It's Better This Way is a fitting title for an... Read more

Dave East Is A Standout New Artist. With Nas, Pusha T & LOX, He Has an Army With Him (Mixtape)

Even before he was co-signed by Nas and Mass Appeal Records, Spanish Harlem's Dave East showed tremendous promise. An insightful street MC, Dave combines 2015's appreciation for grit with the present-day demand for intellectual verses. In an era when New York City is fast changing, East is a product of... Read more

Snoop & Tha Dogg Pound Release That’s My Work 5 (Mixtape)

Ahead of his hosting gig for the BET Hip Hop Awards, Uncle Snoop Dogg releases the 5th installment of his That's My Work mixtape series, along with Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and DJ Drama. Check out the stream and download below. Download Mixtape Related: Out Of Seemingly Thin & Smoky Air,... Read more

Jon Conner, Isaiah Rashad, Vic Mensa & More Link With DJ Drama For 2014 XXL Freshmen (Mixtape)

In XXL magazine's ultra-expanded Freshmen roll-out, so comes the DJ Drama-helmed mixtape. While Chance The Rapper notably sat out the tape, other high-profile 2014 Freshmen including Isaiah Rashad (who is the only freshman this year who can claim a Top 40 album under his belt), Vic Mensa, and Jon Connor... Read more

Jon Connor Does Some Flint, Michigan Surgery On A Grip Of Kanye West Songs (Mixtape)

Even though he's in Dr. Dre's corner at Aftermath Entertainment, Jon Connor's playbook has not changed. The Flint, Michigan MC who paid tribute to MC Breed, got a cosign from Nas, and made the Hip-Hop/R&B charts with 2013's self-released Unconscious State is back to concept mixtapes. Two years removed from... Read more

Nipsey Hussle Admires His Own Hustle From The High Rise With DJ Drama (Video)

In "More Or Less," Nipsey Hussle raps that he's been grinding in the music industry since 2003. It took an honest 10 years for the artist, once signed to Epic Records, to have his banner year. And to think, he did so independently. In the video, Nip looks at his... Read more

Snoop Dogg Releases That’s My Work 2 (Mixtape)

Outta nowhere, Snoop Dogg releases the sequel to his That's My Work mixtape with DJ Drama. The cover art says it all. You can stream and download That's My Work 2 below. Download Mixtape Related: Tha Dogg Pound – U Don’t Know Me Like That ft Snoop Dogg (Audio)... Read more

Ice Cube, Big Sean, Bun B & DJ Drama – Coor’s Light Coldest Search (Video)

Bun B says don't disrespect hip-hop in its "Mecca," in New York, before Coor's Light's Coldest MC Search. The Silver Bullet beer enlisted the Underground King, along with Ice Cube, Big Sean and DJ Drama this year as brand ambassadors. As the video shows, attendees were blessed with performances from... Read more

The 2013 XXL Freshmen Mixtape (Audio)

Here's the official mixtape for XXL's 2013 Freshmen Class. It features new music from Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Action Bronson, Logic, Angel Haze, Joey Bada$$ and more. You can listen to and download the mixtape below, as well as find the track list. Related: Dizzy Wright, Logic & Angel Haze –... Read more

DJ Drama – My Way ft Common, Kendrick Lamar & Lloyd (Snippet) (Audio)

DJ Drama's Quality Street Music is in stores next week. Here's a snippet of a song from the album called My Way which features Common, Kendrick Lamar & Lloyd. You'll hear all of Common's verse, the hook and just a taste of Kendrick's verse. Check it out. Related: DJ Drama... Read more

DJ Drama – Never Die ft Jadakiss, Nipsey Hu$$le, Cee-Lo & Young Jeezy

DJ Drama has a project dropping in October. Here's an introspective track from the album featuring Jadakiss, Nipsey Hu$$le and Young Jeezy with Cee-Lo on the hook. Check out Never Die. Related: Jadakiss – We Gettin’ Money ft Trae Tha Truth & Styles P (Video)... Read more

J. Cole interview with DJ Drama (Video)

Here's an extended interview of J. Cole by DJ Drama. He talks about the Diggy issue (there is none), his album with Kendrick Lamar, his new solo album, the pros and cons of putting out free music and more. Related: J. Cole - Grew Up Fast... Read more

50 Cent – The Lost Tape (Mixtape)

Here's the latest mixtape from 50 Cent. Standout cuts include Murder One featuring Eminem, Remain Calm featuring Snoop and Can't Help Myself. You can listen to all of The Lost Tape and download it below.  Related:  Slaughterhouse performs at SXSW (Video) Download Mixtape... Read more

Common – When I Was 17 (Video) + DJ Drama Interview

Here are a couple of cool pieces on Common. First is his appearance on MTV's When I Was 17. Next, is an interview of him by DJ Drama where he talks about the motivation behind So Sweet, G.O.O.D. Music, his approach to his upcoming The Dreamer, The Believer album, rhyming... Read more

Meek Mill – Dream Chasers (Mixtape)

You can listen to the whole thing and download it below. Check it out. Download Mixtape |... Read more

Curren$y is one of the most prolific artists out right now.

After dropping 2 projects in 3 months, he is already working on another. Here's the first song of his upcoming mixtape with DJ Drama, called Verde Terrace. Check out Run Dat Sh*t.  Click here if you missed his album Weekend at Burnie's or his Covert Coup mixtape. Click here to... Read more

Ladies and gentlemen, Lil Wayne is back in the booth…and it's like he never left. The new single is called 6'7" and ft Cory Gunz. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMQc-AH75gA Click here to download. Also, here's Wayne's first interview post-prison.  He called into DJ Drama's radio show on Shade 45 to discuss the new single, video and many other things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZVwSKJeQn8  .... Read more

Interested in what's on Nicki Minaj's mind? Check out this interview. The visual is kinda crazy but the audio is pretty insightful.

Looks like somebody didn't come to the station all barbied up.  It's all good though.  She discusses Wayne, Eminem, Kanye, Drake and much more. http://www.vimeo.com/16802119.... Read more