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Uncle Ralph McDaniels Details 35 Years Of Making The Original Rap Video Show (Video)

"Uncle" Ralph McDaniels is a pioneer in bringing video to Hip-Hop culture. The New York City native co-created and co-hosted Video Music Box, a show that would help bring some of the top names in Hip-Hop, and their music, to TV screens across the world. Subsequently, McDaniels would use his... Read more

Kid Capri Addresses Taking Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. & Putting It In Reverse (Video)

With decades worth of credentials, Kid Capri was asked about the state of Hip-Hop within the first few minutes of his interview on Ebro In The Morning, today (October 2). The Bronx, New Yorker DJ/producer, who also dabbled with rapping declared that today's Hip-Hop isn't "for everybody." He further explained... Read more

Ball So Hard: LaMelo Is The Youngest Athlete Ever With His Own Shoe (Video)

Hip-Hop news and culture move fast, and it’s easy to miss significant developments. Every week, Ambrosia For Heads takes a look back at the Last 7 days. This video series, hosted by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte examines the current issues with a colorful rundown of the what, where, and why. While the Last... Read more

Yasiin Bey Discusses The Drama That’s Caused Him To Fall Back From The Music Business (Video)

Even since his days as mighty Mos Def, Yasiin Bey does not do many interviews. However, the Black Star MC recently gave Ebro In The Morning more than one hour of his time—reportedly impromptu. The MC/actor/poet and activist jumped in a cab and appeared before Ebro and company to speak... Read more

5 Years After “1999,” Joey Bada$$ Is Still Fighting To Restore New York’s Place In Hip-Hop (Video)

Today (June 12) is the fifth anniversary of Joey Bada$$' releasing his 1999 mixtape. The Brooklyn, New York MC used that opportunity to make a powerful impression on Hip-Hop. Starting with debut video single "Survival Tactics," featuring Capital STEEZ, he brought a colorful crew and retro style with him. In... Read more

Kool G Rap Details How He Helped Launch Nas’ Career & Releases New Cormega Collabo (Video)

In 1995, Kool G Rap released the highest-charting single of his career, "Fast Life." The song merged two Queens legends, as G Rap collaborated with the white-hot Nas, fresh on the heels of his Illmatic debut. While the world may not have known it at the time, the collaboration was... Read more

El-P Explains How Def Jux Turned Into A Bubble That Didn’t Represent Him (Video)

In an exhaustive interview with Hot97's Ebro and Peter Rosenberg, Run The Jewels shared a ton of details about their career as a unit, while El-P and Killer Mike each also spent time sharing their unique, individual experiences as veterans in Hip Hop. For more than an hour, the interview... Read more

Remy Ma Is Out To Ether Nicki Minaj. These 7 Minutes May Make Nick Lean Back (Audio)

In the last 48 hours, Nicki Minaj's fiery appearance on "Make Love" led many to believe that the Cash Money/Young Money Queen was gunning for crosstown MC, Remy Ma. Going strictly off ill subliminals, it would be hard to say who struck first, in a series of raps where the... Read more

Erykah Badu Gives A Message Of Love & Inclusion. She Says There’s No Need For Alarm. (Video)

This week, Erykah Badu appeared on Ebro In The Morning. The veteran singer, producer, and DJ spoke about the world. She considers herself "an observer," and the mother of three had some hopeful sentiments to those who may be emotionally downtrodden, given current political, social, and environmental developments. Approaching the... Read more

The Game Freestyle Battles With His Alleged Ghostwriter & Smashes It (Video)

It's been a busy week for The Game. In addition to preparing for the release of his forthcoming eighth album, 1992, he has been embroiled in a bitter feud with Meek Mill. So far, their beef has generated three hard-hitting diss records, a barrage of social media attacks, and involvement... Read more

Drake Brings Eminem Out At His Detroit Show Calling Him The Greatest Rapper Ever (Video)

Nearly 2 weeks ago (8/3), the Internet went wild after a statement by Hot 97 personality Ebro Darden that he had been speaking with Drake about his ongoing feud with Joe Budden, and suggested that Eminem might enter the war of words, on Budden's behalf. “I told Drake that I... Read more

Hot 97 vs Joe Budden: An Interview Turns Into A Personal War Of Words (Video)

On August 12, Joe Budden visited Hot 97 in New York City to presumably promote his forthcoming album with AraabMusik, Rage And the Machine. However, what ensued was a nearly hour-long war of words that devolved to the point that Budden walked out of the studio. It all began when... Read more

Vic Mensa Combines Freestyling & Freedom Fighting (Video)

Last week, Vic Mensa released his first project since inking with Jay Z's Roc Nation imprint. The Chicago, Illinois MC's seven-song EP, There's Alot Going On is making its rounds in the first 72 hours. Thereby, the onetime front man of Kids These Days hit HOT 97's Ebro In The... Read more

The White Privilege Conversation is Ongoing. Macklemore & Collaborators Weigh In.

This past week has been a very cerebral, thought-provoking time in Hip-Hop. Since releasing "White Privilege II," Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have been discussing at great length the implications of White supremacy, the racial politics within Hip-Hop, and how those listening to the song can help educate and engage others... Read more

Ice Cube Talks Rap Beef, Jerry Heller, Dr. Dre’s New Album & More (Video)

With the highly anticipated N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton set to be released next Friday (August 14), Ice Cube and the cast of the film sat down with HOT 97's Ebro, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg for an interview. The cast included Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Junior, who plays... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Decodes His New Album and Reveals Who the Butterfly Is (Video)

Kendrick Lamar came to New York for a few short hours to announce his participation in Hot 97's 2015 Summer Jam concert. During his stint in the city, he sat down with Ebro, Peter Rosenberg, Laura Stylez and Miss Info for his most extensive interview since releasing his To Pimp... Read more

Professor Bun B Talks Rap, Religion and Oscars with Intelligence and Humor (Video)

What isn't Bun B a novice expert on? The UGK co-founder and Trill O.G. loves sneakers, sports, street-wear, cars, music, and even film. In preparation for tomorrow's 87th Academy Awards (February 22), the Bun Beata weighs in for The Fader on who he thinks will get Oscar gold. Claiming that The... Read more

YG Talks Fist Fights with DJ Mustard, Grammys Snub and More (Video)

YG and DJ Mustard are like brothers. Sometimes, brothers knuckle up...YG dropped by HOT 97 in NYC and discussed their recent, quite public altercation, as well as several they've had in private. He explained it's all in the family. The Compton MC also discussed how he feels about fans replacing... Read more

Macklemore Gets Deep About Race, White Appropriation, Grammy Awards & His Biggest Mistake (Video)

In addition to all of the great things that happened in music, especially Hip-Hop, for 2014, there have been some uncomfortable moments. As art parallels life, and life parallels art, America witnessed murders, arrests, protests, actions (and non-actions) and other public issues raise the question of racial equality. In Hip-Hop... Read more

Kendrick Lamar is on a Mission to Save Lives with His Music (Video)

You may see a bunch of catchy headlines about Kendrick Lamar's extended interview today with Hot 97. There will be talk about Lady Gaga, Macklemore, his upcoming appearance on SNL, how many kids he wants to have...All of that is accurate, but it's fluff compared to the jewels he drops... Read more

Action Bronson Begins A Freestyle Over Rick Ross’ The Devil is a Lie Then Goes Acapella (Video)

Action Bronson appeared on HOT 97's morning show. After fielding some personal questions regarding his family and discussing his new psychedelic single, "Easy Rider," Bam Bam eventually stands on the horizon of being beckoned for bars. Asked to freestyle, Bronson is fed Rick Ross' instrumental to "The Devil Is A... Read more

RZA Responds to Raekwon’s Heated Comments with Class & Respect. Get This Knowledge (Video)

Last week, Rolling Stone released an interview with Raekwon where he had some incredibly sharp and heated words toward RZA, including Rae saying he was "on strike" from the Wu. Now, RZA has responded and he does so with class and dignity. This is a lesson in constructiveness from the... Read more

Kanye West, Macklemore & More Make Appearances on Ep. 1 of the New Hot 97 Reality Show (Video)

NYC's Hot 97 is a Hip-Hop institution, having played a key role in launching the careers of Biggie, Jay Z, Kanye West and just about anyone else who's come up through the ranks over the last 20 years. They've landed a new reality series and it's quite entertaining. Rather than... Read more

How Has Talib Kweli Stayed Relevant After 15+ Years? Here’s What He Had to Say (Video)

After more than 15 years, Talib Kweli remains one of the most talented and relevant MCs in Hip-Hop. He recently sat for an extended interview with NYC's Hot 97 to discuss his longevity, his new Gravitas album, the state of New York Hip-Hop and more. Check out the video. Related:... Read more

Peter Rosenberg Speaks in Support of Mister Cee (Video)

After 20 years, Mister Cee (legendary DJ to Big Daddy Kane) resigned from NYC's Hot 97 amid a swirl of controversy around his sexuality.  Today, he came on the Hot 97 morning show and openly addressed the issues.  Peter Rosenberg spoke in support of his former colleague. Check out the... Read more