Archives

Finding The GOAT Group: Wu-Tang Clan vs. Cypress Hill. 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 for... Read more

Saba Explains The Real LIFE Behind 1 Of 2018’s Realest Songs (Video)

Back in early April of this year, Midwest rapper and producer Saba unveiled, arguably, his most personally revealing project to date with, CARE FOR ME, an album which was included on Ambrosia For Heads' 14 Best Hip-Hop Releases of 2018, so far. The 10-track record annotates many of the grittiest... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Wu-Tang Clan vs. Heltah Skeltah. 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

DJ Premier Says It’s Still Possible He Will Release The Final Gang Starr Album (Video)

In one of the busiest seasons in his career, DJ Premier appeared before a studio audience to discuss more than 30 years of music. Earlier this month, the member of Gang Starr, PRhyme, and The Badder Band sat with Genius' Rob Markman (and Letty Martinez) to discuss his truly marvelous... Read more

Rob Markman Says He’s Better Than MCs He’s Interviewed & Freestyles To Prove It (Video)

Rob Markman and "freestyle" typically only appear in the same sentence when the veteran journalist is writing about a hot verse dropped by an established rapper. A longtime presence in Hip-Hop journalism, Markman is currently Head of Artist Relations at Genius, but he has many years of work putting pen... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Says Obama Wasn’t Enough. America Needs to Wake Up (Video)

On Inauguration Day, Joey Bada$$ released "Land Of the Free," an exercise in Hip-Hop as political tool. In the song, the Brooklyn, New York MC continues a tradition present throughout his young yet inspiring career, tackling everything from the KKK to personal destiny. As such, the song's lyrics are potent,... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Breaks Down His Most Important Verse & Explains Why We Might Not Be OK (Video)

"Might Not Be O.K." was not a Big K.R.I.T. single, but it's arguably one of the most important songs of his career. On it, he delivers a potent spoken-word-esque verse about police brutality, and the pain in his voice is palpable. Furthermore, he performed it at this year's BET Hip... Read more

Hip-Hop Stood Tall In July. Here’s Some Of The Best Of The Month (Audio Playlist)

July was a tense and complicated month. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, both captured on film, led to national protests, heated discourse and some misguided shootings of police officers, presumably in retaliation. Political conventions held by the Democratic and Republican parties further divided the nation... Read more

GZA Proves That A Genius Only Speaks If There Is Something Worth Saying (Audio)

Within the Wu-Tang Clan, there are prolific MCs and patient MCs. While Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, and RZA regularly release material, other entities within the legendary Shaolin collective are more choosy. None appears more so than GZA. It has been eight years since the first Clansmen who released a solo album... Read more

Vic Mensa Has Lethal Words About Flint, Michigan’s Deadly Water (Video)

Vic Mensa is no stranger to the problem of corruption in politics. As a Chicago native, he and millions of others saw first-hand what happens when a politician's career takes precedence over justice - at least that's what opponents of Mayor Rahm Emanuel say. When unarmed Laquan McDonald was shot... Read more

This Lyrical Autobiography of Kendrick Lamar is Genius

Storytelling is arguably one of the most important facets of a skilled MC's artistry, and few contemporary lyricists maintain that quality as consistently as Kendrick Lamar. With a penchant for the conceptual as it relates to albums, Lamar's deftly delivered verses are often chronological in order, anecdotal in format, and... Read more

What Music Does a Genius of Rap Like? GZA Explains (Video)

For more than 20 years, Wu-Tang Clan’s GZA has been viewed as a genius of Rap, literally and figuratively. But, what does he listen to in his spare time? When he's not advancing Hip-Hop culture with his mind-expanding rhymes, GZA's tastes in music are decidedly retro and diverse. He recently... Read more

Pusha T Says Puff Daddy Pushed Him Like No Other Producer To Be Better (Video)

Since its release last week, Pusha T's "CCC (Crutches, Crosses, Caskets)" has had heads nodding vigorously. The Puff Daddy-produced song features a sparse beat, a trunk-rattling bass line and Pusha's merciless lyrics at their coldest. Pusha Ton sat down with Genius' Rob Markman to delve deeper into the meaning of... Read more

Eminem’s Lyrical “Genius” Only Grows With His Latest Partnership

For many years, Rap Genius was the go-to place for Heads looking to peep the lyrics to favorite songs, making the website one of the first to cater to the needs of a particular genre demographic. Now they're just Genius, and their user-submitted arsenal of song lyrics continue to be... Read more

Study Analyzes Who Gets More Rap Lyric Shout-Outs: Jordan, Kobe, LeBron Or Curry?

With the 2015 NBA Finals now complete, basketball fans are already eagerly awaiting the beginning of the next season, but until then, here is something to enjoy. While Oakland, California, prepares for tomorrow's Golden State Warriors victory parade, the folks at Genius decided to look into which baller has been... Read more

Ever See This Early 90s 8-Minute Wu-Tang Clan Cypher? You Should…(Video)

When rhymes are razor sharp, there's no need for a track, a beat or even a hand clap. Wu-Tang Clan make that abundantly clear in this eight minute, a cappella cypher from their days in the early 90s. Video Fusion caught up with The Clan in what looks to be... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Breaks Down Their Film Connections, Early RZA & GZA Singles (Videos)

Nardwuar's infinite pursuit of interviews continues. The Human Serviette catches the Wu-Tang Clan backstage in Vancouver, British Columbia for a Q&A that RZA admits he greatly evaded. Perhaps Heads can see why in the final third of the interview. However, for the first 10 minutes, Nardwuar goes in on Kung-Fu... Read more

Peep The Words From The Genius. GZA Gives A Teen TED Talk About Hip-Hop Helping His Love Of Science (Video)

GZA has kicked since for 23 years and counting. The Genius, since his days running with Marley Marl and Cold Chillin' Records' Fly Ty Williams, has been an MC who stuffed a lot of information in his verses. Now, since the boom of the Wu-Tang Clan, GZA joins the likes... Read more

Enter the Wu-Tang Clan. Here’s some rare footage of The RZA, GZA and ODB from ’91 that will crack your cranium. 20 years strong.

At the end the GZA (Genius) kicks a rhyme that sounds 10x more like Big Daddy Kane than Shaolin. Incredible. Mad props to Ego Trip for this clip. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9C4-sbQISg&feature=player_embedded... Read more