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Finding The GOAT Album: Jay Z’s The Black Album vs. Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music. 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

Finding The GOAT Album: Jay Z’s The Blueprint vs. Scarface’s The Fix. 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

Kanye West’s The College Dropout vs. Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday. 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

Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy vs. The Roots’ Phrenology. 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

Rest In Peace David Bowie. Through Rock, Funk & Glam, He Discovered New Musical Planets.

Rock & Roll legend David Bowie has died. The 69 year-old British vocalist, guitarist, and producer had been battling an undisclosed form of cancer for 18 months. He passed away

This Little Boy Blues Record Was A Seed Of Love For Some Brooklyn Rap Giants (Audio)

Little Boy Blues released a single album, 1968’s In The Woodland Of Weir. The Psychedelic Garage Rock outfit fronted by “Little Boy Blue” Ray Levin, would eventually rise to open

Finding The GOAT: Jay-Z’s The Blueprint vs. Nelly’s Country Grammar. 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

Kxng Crooked Takes A Rare Jay Z Beat & Gets Absolutely Savage (Audio)

2015 has been a relatively quiet year for Kxng Crooked (pka Crooked I). The part-time Slaughterhouse member and full-time wordsmith did not have a full album or mixtape release, though

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 Game’s The Documentary vs. Scarface’s The Fix. 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

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

2 Of These Albums Will Be In The Top 10 Of The 1990s. You Decide Which Ones.

This September, Ambrosia For Heads returned to “Finding The GOAT,” our annual voting series that polls readers and fans to determine the Greatest Of All-Time. Following 2014-2015’s quest to use

Oh Boy! Just Blaze Brings Out Unreleased Roc-A-Fella Goodies In A Radio Set (Mix)

This week, producer/DJ Just Blaze was a guest host on Q-Tip’s Abstract Radio show on Beats 1. Just filled in for the man who provided guest vocals to his “Girls,

Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt 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

These 1990s Hip-Hop Albums Reach Round 2, With Two Battles Left To Be Decided

Beginning in September, Ambrosia For Heads returned to “Finding The GOAT,” our annual voting series that polls readers and fans to determine the Greatest Of All-Time. Following 2014-2015’s quest to

Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt vs. Compton’s Most Wanted’s Music To Driveby. 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

Just Blaze Spins It All, From M.O.P. To ESG, Jay Z To Madvillain, In This DJ Set (Video)

Producer/DJ Just Blaze recently hit London, England as the latest installment of the Boiler Room traveling party. There, the man responsible for hits by Jay Z, Freeway, Fabolous, Jay Electronica,

These Pictures Show Where Iconic Hip-Hop Album Covers Were Photographed

Earlier this year, Mass Appeal put together an amazing gallery of pictures that showed the locations where some of the most iconic album covers in Hip-Hop were photographed. That collection

Are Paid Streaming Services Relevant In A YouTube, SoundCloud, DatPiff-Dominated Hip-Hop World?

Some of the biggest Hip-Hop albums of 2015 were released without much advanced notice. In August, Dr. Dre released Compton, his first studio album of the millennium, and the third

Jay Z Reacts to His First TV Appearance & Recalls Battling Busta Rhymes in High School (Video)

Last night (October 20), Jay Z appeared as a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The ABC television program has been taping in Brooklyn, New York this week, reportedly just walking

TIDAL is Raising the Ante by Bringing Prince, Beyonce & Jay Z Together in an All-Star Concert

Despite persistent rumors that streaming music service TIDAL is struggling in the face of stiff competition from YouTube, Apple Music and Spotify, the Jay Z-owned platform is pulling out all

Just Blaze Has Made Smashes For Jay Z, Kanye West, T.I. & More. Watch How He Does It (Video)

Over the years, Just Blaze has powered some of Hip-Hop biggest hits and most revered classics. The superstar producer is responsible for defining records by Jay Z (“Girls, Girls, Girls,”

Scarface Says Kanye West & Jay Z Wanted Him On Jesus Walks (Video)

Scarface and Kanye West worked together in the early 2000s. First on Jay Z’s “This Can’t Be Life,” and then on a chunk of ‘Face’s own The Fix album, the

Melle Mel & Big Daddy Kane Vouch For Macklemore & Say Other Rappers Should “Hang Their Heads”

Throughout the last 10 days, a lot of attention has fallen upon Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Downtown.” Already a video single from the Seattle, Washington, Grammy Award-winning, platinum act, the

Scarface Explains Turning Down A Jay Z Reference Track 15 Years Ago

Early this month, Scarface released Deeply Rooted. The Let’s Talk, LLC release is nearly seven years removed from ‘Face’s last studio solo, Emeritus. Speaking with VIBE magazine, the Houston, Texas

Kev Brown’s Take On Jay Z’s Black Album Was An Unauthorized Remix That Surely Is Official (Album Stream)

Upon its November, 2003 release, Jay Z’s The Black Album beckoned an onslaught of remixes. Ironically, the Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records LP is heralded for its star-studded production (Kanye West, Eminem,

Jay Z Had A Diss Reply Ready For Tupac In 1996. He Even Performed It.

When Nas and Jay Z were entrenched in one of Hip-Hop’s most famous battles and beefs, it is Tupac Shakur’s words that open up one of the crossfire’s most scathing

Mike Dean Works With Rap’s Masters. So Who Does He Consider The Best? (Video)

Mike Dean is one of Rap’s most prolific producers of the last 25 years. Dean has been responsible for much of Rap-A-Lot Records 1990s and early 2000s successes, before joining

Celebrate Jon Stewart’s Final Week on the ‘Daily Show’ with These Hip-Hop Moments (Videos)

On Friday, August 7, late-night television will lose one of its most beloved hosts, as Jon Stewart retires from his 16-year tenure at the helm of Comedy Central’s flagship news-satire

House Shoes Offers A Free-Form Mix Featuring Skillz, Wu-Tang Clan & Ohio Players (Mix)

Detroit, Michigan-to-Los Angeles, California DJ mainstay House Shoes is as versatile as they come. The longtime right-hand man to J Dilla kicks off a new series with Dublab called “Magic.”

45 King Recalls Early Days Of Queen Latifah & Jay Z, Reveals A Hit He Was Not Credited For (Audio)

In the canon of Hip-Hop producers, 45 King is among the most important. From break-beat compilations to remixes, seminal 1980s 12″ singles, to Grammy Award-winning hits, the New Jersey-based DJ/producer

What’s All the Fuss About With Jay Electronica? This Mix Says It All (Audio)

Over the years, Jay Electonica has become one of Hip-Hop’s most enigmatic figures. With no albums and a paucity of unofficial mixtapes in his catalog, the elusive MC still manages

Will Smith & Jay Z To Produce Mini-Series On Life & Murder Of Emmett Till

Today (July 25) is the birthday of Emmett Till. He would have been 74 years old. The Chicago, Illinois native was murdered on August 28, 1955 while visiting family in

Your Old Droog Puts Together A Playlist Featuring Mobb Deep & Miles Davis

Anybody familiar with the music of Brooklyn, New York’s Your Old Droog knows that that the MC enjoys music beyond his own. Admittedly a fan of Rock & Roll music

Jay Z Blessed Stretch & Bobbito’s Show With 3 Different Freestyles In 1995 (Audio)

Earlier this week, AFH shared a 1996 three-hour radio show of DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito The Barber’s show (thanks to DJ Eclipse, who spun then and digitized it now).

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie Release Their Annual Summertime Mix (Download)

When it comes to music, there’s nothing that says it’s summertime quite like DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie’s annual mix. Perfect for BBQs, sitting by the pool or cruising

19 Years Ago Today Jay-Z & Biggie Smalls Showed Why They Were Brooklyn’s Finest (Audio)

Although it was never a Reasonable Doubt single, “Brooklyn’s Finest” helped make Jay Z’s debut album a milestone album. Released 19 years ago today (June 25, 1996) the moment would

Why Did Nas Sign Dave East? Because He’s Hungry. Just Listen (Video)

Every once in a while, you can hear the hunger in an MC’s voice. Whether it’s untempered desire for success or the unabashed quest for the throne, there’s an edge

Sheek Louch Gets Manic and Torches His Latest Freestyle (Audio)

Only a week after bringing his own heat to a toxic Mack Wilds beat with “Forest Fire,” Sheek Louch comes back spitting flames on his new single “Bipolar Gorillaz.” The

Method Man Gets 100% Real About His Album, The Media & Why He No Longer Curses on Songs (Interview)

We had the opportunity to speak at length with Method Man to discuss his forthcoming new album, The Meth Lab, and more. The veteran MC had a lot on his

Drake Makes Waves Of His Own As The Face Of Apple’s New Music Service

Today (June 8), the forthcoming Apple Music is not starting from the bottom. The electronics giant announced at San Francisco, California’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) that Apple Music is on

Ghostface Killah Explains Why His Jay Z Collab Fell Through and Why He Won’t Release His Verse (Video)

Ghostface Killah is the Iron Man. That being said, even Tony Starks has his limits. When recently asked why his reported collaboration with Jay Z and Raekwon for 2013’s “Heaven”

Alchemist Reveals How Jadakiss, Ras Kass, Nas & Jay Z Tie Into One Hit (Audio)

With a new surprise instrumental album in stores (Israeli Salad), veteran bi-coastal producer Alchemist stays busy. The Gangrene/Step Brothers members is the debut guest on podcast, “A Waste Of Time,”

Here’s a Feel Good 90s Hip-Hop and R&B Mix to Kick Off the Summer (Audio)

As the warm rays of the Summer sun start to shine through, soak up the good vibes of this 90s Hip-Hop and R&B mix put together by DJ Rumor. You’ll

Canibus’ Career Is Mysterious. So Let Him Tell All In “Audiobiography” (Audio)

It’s been almost two decades since rapper Canibus arrived on the scene with his 1998 debut, Can-I-Bus. After quite a few label changes, controversial songs and interviews, and changes in

It’s The Roc In Here. Beanie Sigel & Freeway Discuss Reuniting With Jay Z (Video)

Jay Z conducted two high profile B-Sides concerts for his new Tidal music service last weekend (5/15 & 5/16). While Jay pulled out his bag of tricks, including a diss

Freeway Illuminates The Community, In Protest Of Police Brutality (Video)

While Freeway was visiting the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area in protest for justice for Freddie Gray, he filmed a video for his song “Illuminate,” which he dedicated to the slain 25

Guess Who’s Back? Jay Z & Beanie Sigel Reunite On Stage

Throughout the 2000s, Jay Z and Beanie Sigel made history together. The Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder and one of the label’s star pupils released a number of hit songs together, including

Why Did Jay Z Sign Vic Mensa? Watch His Blackout Freestyle Over Roc Boys (Video)

Less than halfway into 2015, it’s already been a monster year for Vic Mensa. The multi-talented Chicago MC has collaborated with Kanye West twice, and was recently signed to Jay

Can An MC Be Considered The Greatest of All-Time After 5 Years? This Short Film Says YES (Video)

“Can it be that it was all so simple then?” The nostalgia effect is a strong one in Hip-Hop, and causes us not only to look back with optimistic revision,