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Charles Hamilton Takes Over a Jay Z Classic With a Complex Off the Top Freestyle (Video)

A couple of weeks ago, Charles Hamilton slayed Sway’s Five Fingers of Death Freestyle challenge. He went completely off the top for nearly 7 minutes over not five but EIGHT

Ever Hear This Mix of Jay Z Mashups with Songs By Biggie, 50 Cent, Whodini, The D.O.C., Soul II Soul and More? (Mixtape)

Here’s a look back at a mixtape of Jay Z mashups put together by DJ Lennox. He takes thirty of Jay’s choicest vocals and seamlessly blends them with songs made

Big Daddy Kane Names His List of the Greatest MCs of All-Time. Who Made the Cut? (Video)

“Me, KRS and Rakim changed the whole way people rhymed…”–Big Daddy Kane Big Daddy Kane is widely considered to be one of the greatest MCs of all-time and, for many,

Finding The GOAT (Round 3): Jay-Z vs. MF DOOM…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

Remember When Jay-Z and DMX Battled and Got Shown Up by Their Security Guard? (Video)

Here’s a look back at one of the best moments of one of Hip-Hop’s finest documentaries, Backstage. The scene was set for two of the all-time greats, DMX and Jay-Z,

Rick Ross Needs No Assistance Movin’ Bass In His Latest Visual (Video)

Rick Ross’ “Movin’ Bass” was the latest in a 10-year run of major collaborations between he and Jay Z. The Hood Billionaire and the near real-life billionaire blitz with bars

Jay Electronica Breaks The Ice On 2015 with Road to Perdition (Audio)

Jay Electronica loves the suspense. The New Orleans, Louisiana MC announced European and Chinese tour dates earlier this week. Without warning, the Roc Nation MC/producer follows with a song that

Just Blaze Releases The Beat Jay-Z & Rick Ross Wanted, Encourages Only Nice MCs To Touch It (Audio)

Just Blaze is one of the more interesting producers on social media. The Patterson, New Jersey producer/DJ enjoys waxing poetic about music, technology, industry, life, and engaging with his legions

Kanye West Says His Next Album Returns To Music, Opens Up About Class, Religion & Dame Dash (Video)

A lover of surprises, Kanye West popped in on The Breakfast Club this morning (February 20), and the superstar sat in the hot seat for nearly an hour. In a

The Very First Time Jay Z Performed On TV, They Didn’t Even Say His Name (Video)

Before 1990, Jay Z was not on too many radars. The guest on The Jaz’ “Hawaiian Sophie” was in the place that a lot of hopeful artists can relate to.

Here’s a Flawless Blend of Jay-Z, Nas and Mary J. Blige on President’s Day (Audio)

For decades, the president’s most mentioned in Hip-Hop are the late ones…So, on Presidents Day here’s a look back at a flawless blend of Jay-Z, Nas and Mary J. Blige

Drake Upstages Everybody With The Ultimate Sneak Attack Move

Despite all the major fanfare transpiring in Manhattan tonight with NBA All Star activities and the march to Fashion Week, Drake (who was in attendance at Roc City Classic) may

Rick Rubin Reveals His Insider Stories Behind Songs He Produced

In recent years, RapGenius has been the go-to website to decipher your favorite Rap lyrics, but it often works best when the artists themselves log on to give their insight.

What If Jay Z Was White? Take a Look (Video)

There’s been a lot of discussion about the appropriation of Hip-Hop lately. After showing what The Wire would look like if it took place in gentrified Brooklyn, SNL took on

Who Wants To Be A Billionaire? Jay Z Is Going Head To Head With Dr. Dre & Beats

Despite owning competing record labels, distributed by competing majors, Dr. Dre and Jay Z have been most amicable for more than 15 years. More than once, the pair has done

O.C. May Be One Of The Only Artists Who Can Claim To Have Received A Free Jay Z Feature

D.I.T.C. MC O.C. has several championed releases, stemming from his 1994 Wild Pitch Records debut, Word…Life, his 1997 Payday follow-up, Jewelz, his near-bootleg release Starchild, to his Apollo Brown tandem,

Funkmaster Flex Drops Some Nuclear Bombs on Jay Z. Says He Can Ruin Him (Audio)

Whoa. Funkmaster Flex fears no man. Last night, he went completely nuclear on Life + Times and, seemingly, its owner…Jay Z. Flex referenced several issues that had him upset. He

Jay-Z’s Pre-Reasonable Doubt Demo Tape Surfaces, Ch-Check It Out (Audio)

Before he was regarded in Rap’s most elite lyrical circles, and long before he was a sports agent, franchise owner, or mega-million executive, Jay-Z was just another rapper hungry for

Finding The GOAT (Round 2): Jay-Z vs. AZ…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

The End Of An Era For Hardcore Hip-Hop…DJ Premier’s Studio Closes Its Doors Today

Nas’ Illmatic recorded there. The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready To Die recorded there. Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt recorded there. And nearly every song by Gang Starr, in addition to every track produced

Listen to Over 170 of the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2014 in One Playlist (Audio)

2014 was an incredibly diverse year for Hip-Hop, musically and thematically. Many of the sounds that have dominated airwaves and web streams remained, but something returned that had been missing

5 Things That Made Hip-Hop Proud in 2014 (Food For Thought)

Looking at the culture, 2014 had plenty to offer. In addition to the albums, the mixtapes, the songs, and the videos, there was real action. The year, from the Hip-Hop

FOX News Calls Jay Z a Crack Dealer. Jon Stewart Smacks Them Down (Video)

After FOX News’ Sean Hannity recently had some inflammatory descriptors for Jay Z in a story, a surprising ally came to his defense. Jon Stewart played clips of FOX coverage

LL Cool J Refutes Battling Jay Z, Talks 2 Types Of Album Styles & Some Amazing Rumors (Audio)

The Combat Jack Show has left Hip-Hop journalism better than they found it in 2014. In the closing weeks of the year, the show invited LL Cool J for what

M.O.P. Discuss Their History with Jay Z & Dame Dash, Perform Ante Up & More with Sway (Video)

M.O.P. sat down with Sway and had an extended conversation amongst Hip-Hop O.G.’s. They discussed their extensive history, including some real talk about their history with Jay Z and Dame

Happy Birthday to Jay Z. Take (Another) Listen to The Brown Album (Audio)

Salute to Jay Z who turned 45 today. To celebrate his birthday, here’s a look back at Kev Brown’s remix project, The Brown Album. As many know, Jay released the

DJ Premier Mixes Up A Special Set For Def Jam’s 30th Anniversary (Audio)

In his career, neither DJ Premier nor his group Gang Starr were ever signed to Def Jam Records. However, the HeadQCourterz Studios producer has worked with an arsenal of Def

Eminem & DJ Whoo Kid Have Released an Epic 66-Song Mixtape of Shady Classics (Mixtape)

Eminem is pulling out all the stops for the 15th anniversary celebration of Shady Records. In the span of two weeks, he released an instant classic 18-minute cypher featuring himself,

Rick Ross, Jay Z & Timbaland’s Movin Bass Began As A Tink Song. Hear It (Audio)

Released one week ago, Rick Ross and Jay Z’s latest tandem, “Movin’ Bass” premiered. This latest collision happened on a jolting Timbaland beat. However, this week suggests that the high-profile

Jay Z & Rick Ross Are Out To Move Mountains Over A Bass-Heavy Timbaland Beat (Audio)

In two weeks, Rick Ross will release his second album of the year. November 24’s Hood Billionaire promises to finish where Mastermind left off. As has become rather customary on

Who Wants Some Rare Early Cuts From Jay Z, DMX, The Beatnuts & Black Sheep? (Mixtape)

A lot of the would-be Hip-Hop stars of the 1990s put in studio recording work years before their names got hot. Moreover, the artists, their early labels, and teams had

In the Ultimate Kiss Off to Cristal, Jay Z Now Owns Ace of Spades

In the late 90’s, you would be hard-pressed to find a more ardent proponent of high-end Champagne Cristal, than Jay Z. Fast forward to 2006, however, and things took a

Jeezy Brings Out Jay Z for a Charged Performance of Seen it All (Video)

Jeezy performed at this year’s Power 105 Powerhouse concert in Brooklyn, and during “Seen It All,” brought out fellow collaborator, Jay Z. Check out professional quality footage of Jay’s verse

Ja Rule Details Why His Super Group With DMX & Jay Z Fell Apart (Video)

Ja Rule performed during the Def Jam 30th Anniversary celebration at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn last week. After, he took time to speak with MTV about what the moment

Cozz & J. Cole Say You Can’t Knock Tha Hustle (Audio)

Much as J. Cole’s mentor and label head Jay Z said emphatically on 1996’s Reasonable Doubt, Cole and his mentee/label signee Cozz join forces to remind Heads you “Can’t Knock

Nas Opens Up About His Life With Angie Martinez; Says New Music Possible Coming Today (Video)

Nas has always been an open book through his art, narrating not only for himself but for the streets. However, he typically has been a little less forthcoming in interviews.

Dr. Dre Estimated To Have Made More Than Next 24 Wealthiest Hip-Hop Stars, Combined

It’s Dre Day, and everybody’s celebratin’. Following 2013’s announcement that Jay Z and Puff Daddy were the Forbes Cash Kings (top earners) of the year, they can watch the throne

DJ Clark Kent Says There Are No Lies On Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt (Video)

After a titillating first chapter, Hip-Hop Wired returns with a second segment of “Off The Record” with DJ Clark Kent. HHW’s Aqua Boogie asks Clark about a more obscure cut,

Jay Electronica Says He’s Sitting On Many Albums Worth Of Music, Elaborates On Drug Use (Video)

The always elusive Jay Electronica hit the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards red carpet leading up to his performance of “Kingdom Remix,” alongside Common and Vince Staples. MTV News was able

Big Sources Are Saying That Jay Z & Beyonce Have Collaborative Album Coming

On his new platform, Dash Radio, DJ Skee is doing—rather saying big things. The DJ closely associated with the careers of Game and Freddie Gibbs announced today (September 16) that

DJ Doo Wop Takes Everybody Back To School With Another Great Mix (Audio)

DJ Doo Wop marks the Back to School season with the second installment of his Coolout series. Within, Doo Wop goes free form with the New York City Hip-Hop he

Jay Z & Beyonce’s Latest On The Run Trailer Takes A Page From McQueen & MacGraw (Video)

Following their fast-paced heist film-inspired trailer in May, Beyonce & Jay Z’s “On The Run” HBO special gets a second trailer, pulling from other types of film. Deliberately off-beat, the

Big Sean Joins The Roc Nation Family

Wale might be out, but one of his star contemporaries of the 2010s is in. News broke last night (September 11) that Detroit, Michigan MC Big Sean has joined Roc

Do Remember: Original Flavor & Jay Z’s Can I Get Open? (Video)

In the story of Roc-A-Fella Records, there is often an under-played element in the story: Ski Beatz. A Greensboro, North Carolina native, Ski (as he was known for more than

Here is an Unbelievable Mix of 90’s Hip-Hop Remixes. Press Play and Get Ready (Audio)

SoulBounce‘s DJ Harvey Dent has put together an incredible mix of 90’s Hip-Hop, featuring nothing but remixes. You’ll hear music from Method Man & Redman, Common, Pete Rock & CL

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Nominees Announced

The 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards will air Tuesday, October 14 at 8pm EST. Leading up to the annual affair, the network has announced its categories and nominees. Hip-Hop elite, including

Beyonce’s Dad Says Jay Z & Solange’s Elevator Fight Was Staged For Sales (Video)

Springtime did not blossom as Jay Z and Beyonce may have planned. On Sunday night (August 24), the Carter couple seemingly laid to rest paparazzi speculation that they, young parents,

Beyonce’s Legacy Just Earned An Exclamation Point At The 2014 VMAs (Video)

Tonight’s (August 24) live airing of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards was met with some early, real-time criticism. Audio problems, comedic missteps from presenters, odd red carpet segments, and

50 Cent Taught Everybody How To Rob MCs 15 Years Ago This Week

Months after 50 Cent survived getting shot nine times in his own front yard, the Southside, Queens rapper released one of the decades most memorable diss tracks with the Trackmasters-produced

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of July 2014 (Audio)

July brought the heat in Hip-Hop, including new music from Jeezy & Jay Z, Black Thought, Raekwon, G-Unit, Rah Digga, Q-Tip, Cormega, Wale, “Your Old Droog,” Elzhi, Chubb Rock, KRS-One,