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Salute To Hip-Hop Couples. Jean Grae & Quelle Chris Are Now Married

Remy Ma and Papoose. Offset and Cardi B. Solé and Professor Griff. There are multiple marriages of two rappers throughout history and currently. Hip-Hop can add a new couple to that list after last weekend. Jean Grae and Quelle Chris have married. The couple and friends, including Tanya Morgan's Donwill... Read more

Jean Grae Knocked With The Hardest Bars & The Industry Opened The Door (Audio)

Jean Grae was a refreshingly honest and forthright MC when she first emerged out of the New York City underground scene in the late 1990s. Previously known as What? What?, Jean made it abundantly clear to all within an earshot that she was bringing that raw spit. Known to share... Read more

Finding The GOAT Producer: Pete Rock vs. 9th Wonder. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Producer” begins. The third installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest producers vying for the #1 spot. Thirty producers were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and two slots will be reserved for wild-card entries, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no deserving... Read more

15 Years Ago, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Common & More Used Hip-Hop for Justice. The Fight Continues.

Police officers (and law enforcement officials) murdering unarmed people of color has been a resounding issue, especially since the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin. However, while mainstream media has not always looked at the issue that extends back throughout the United States' history, other media has. One of those sources... Read more

Jean Grae’s iSweatergawd Is Boldly Refreshing & Produced by Quelle Chris (EP Stream)

Jean Grae makes self-releases fun. The New York City veteran MC surprises the masses on a Sunday (June 28) with the sneak attack release of iSweatergawd. Thanks to the Natural Resource alum's Bandcamp page, the six-track EP is available for stream and $7 purchase. The Everybody’s Pregnant band mates Donwill... Read more

Rest In Peace Pumpkinhead, Friends & Collaborators Mourn

Veteran Brooklyn, New York MC Pumpkinhead (a/k/a PH) has been reported dead this morning (June 9). Friends and collaborators of the man born Robert Alan Diaz have begun to publicly mourn. Notably, Pumpkinhead appeared on acclaimed albums such as Immortal Technique's Revolutionary 1 and Revolutionary 2 albums, in addition to... Read more

These MCs Are Often Unsung & Underrated…But They Are GOATs (Video)

When you ask Hip-Hop fans to name their Top 10 MCs, there are certain names cited consistently--Nas, Tupac, Eminem, Biggie, Jay Z...but, inevitably, there will be artists mentioned that seem like wildcards, too. However, when you pay close attention, you'll find that these artists' names also recur. These are MCs... Read more

Finding the GOAT: Who is Your Wildcard Pick for Round 2?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

You’ve Never Heard Jean Grae Like This, In A Free-Form Groove With A Star-Studded Band (Video)

Early in her solo career, Jean Grae did not make many of videos. The format, which has opened drastically thanks to technology, fits the New York City MC veteran very well, given her charisma, sense of humor, and animation. From the recently-released, non-Rap #5 EP, Jean dropped the visuals for... Read more

Jean Grae Releases a New EP Where She’s Singing…And It Sounds Great (Audio)

Jean Grae shows her multiple dimensions on her latest project. Having long-established her razor sharp MCing abilities, she switches things up and sings on her new EP, #5. The results are quite intoxicating. She has a neo-soul vibe and great song-making skills. Check out the full stream below and purchase... Read more

Ladies First: Here’s a Mix in Celebration of the Women of Hip-Hop (Audio)

As we enter March, Women's History Month, today we celebrate some of the countless contributions to Hip-Hop by women, starting with this mix. You will hear music from MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Lauryn Hill, Bahamadia, Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Missy, Da Brat, The Lady of Rage, Jean Grae, Yo-Yo, Salt-n-Pepa... Read more

Jean Grae’s 5 Song jeannie. EP Is Available For Listen (EP Stream)

Jean Grae keeps her promises. The Brooklyn-based MC dropped jeannie. as planned. The five-song EP, released to her Bandcamp, includes early preview "The Mask," as well as four other tunes sans guests. Check it out here: jeannie. by Jean Grae While Jean Grae's partnered with labels for some of her... Read more

Jean Grae is Self-Releasing a New Album Tonight. Here’s the First Single (Audio)

Just months after dropping Gotham Down: cycle 1: Love In Infinity (Lo-Fi) via her Bandcamp, Jean Grae is releasing another album tonight (January 14). Grae's Jeanie album, as its called, includes "The Mask." Here, you hear the ultra-talented daughter of Jazz vocalist Sathima Bea Benjamin dabble into some singing. In... Read more

Stream Marco Polo’s PA 2: The Director’s Cut Which Features an All-Star Roster of 90’s Legends (Album Stream)

Marco Polo's new album PA 2: The Director's Cut plays like an all-star compilation of ridiculously dope tracks from 90's legends, including Talib Kweli, Masta Ace, Inspectah Deck, Organized Konfusion, Jean Grae, Posdnuos, Styles P, Alchemist, MC Eiht, King Tee, Large Professor and many more. The album hits stores on... Read more

AFH: Best Hip-Hop of October 2013 (Playlist)

Here's a look back at some of the Hip-Hop highlights from October. You'll hear new music from Eminem & Kendrick Lamar, Scarface, Jadakiss, Meek Mill, J. Cole, Dead Prez, Tha Dogg Pound, Common, Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Large Professor, Childish Gambino, Rapsody, Crooked I, Jean Grae, Game and many, many more.... Read more

Jean Grae Breaks Conventions with Her New Track Football Season is Over (Audio)

Jean Grae has never been a conventional MC. Her new single Football Season is Over, however, is unorthodox even by her standards. Her flow slinks along with a track of syncopated and changing drum patterns and the "hook" is a continuation of commentary that occurs throughout the track. Got that?... Read more

Jean Grae – F*ckery Level 3000

Fresh off the release of GOTHAM DOWN: cycle 1: Love In In Infinity last week, Jean Grae is back assaulting the mic with one of the most engaging song titles of the year so far. On the new track "Fuckery Level 3000", Jean paints the picture of a disgruntled employee venting... Read more

Jean Grae – Gotham Down: cycle 1: Love In Infinity (Lo-Fi) (Album Stream)

In the late 2000s, Jean Grae's musical output slowed to a halt with her signing to Talib Kweli's Blacksmith/Warner Bros. deal. In the last three years however, the New York Underground Hip-Hop mainstay has partnered with DJ Drama for mixtapes, and now surprise-attacks us with an EP. Gotham Down is... Read more

AFH: Best Hip-Hop of August 2013 (Audio Playlist)

August may well go down as the hottest month of the year (literally and musically) when all is said and done. It will no doubt be remembered as the month Kendrick Lamar set the Hip-Hop world aflame with 1 verse and woke up the Hip-Hop Nation. In addition to Big... Read more

AFH: The Week in Video (8/11/13) (Video Playlist)

This week's video wrap up features a groovy new video by Schoolboy Q featuring Kendrick Lamar, freestyles from Lord Finess and Camp Lo, Tony Touch showing off his vinyl collection and Jean Grae putting it down with Mobetta. Check it out below. Related: AFH: The Week in Video (8/3/13) (Video... Read more

Mobetta – Back At The Ranch ft Jean Grae (Video)

Following last week's release of the song, Grammy Award-winning trumpeter Mobetta drops the video to "Back The Ranch." Jean Grae's talent in performing shines, despite a career without a plethora of music videos. DJ Scratch, who produced the track, also makes a cameo in front of the Big Apple-inspired green-sky... Read more

Mobetta – Back At The Ranch ft. Jean Grae

DJ Scratch (EPMD/Busta Rhymes) laces strong percussion for Jean Grae to accent a catchy chorus, with Maurice "Mobetta" Brown on the trumpet. This is a Grammy Award-winner hitting collaborations that take us back to Branford Marsalis, Buckshot Lefonque and Quincy Jones' Back On The Blockfor that Jazz/hip hop hybrid. Even... Read more

Jean Grae Performs on the Sway in the Morning Show (Video)

Here's a really dope performance by Jean Grae on the Sway in the Morning Show. It's the first one I can recall where the performer AND Sway stood... and she even got Sway to two-step. Check out the videos of "U&Me&EveryOneWeKnow" and "This Morning" below. Related: UNITY: A salute to... Read more

UNITY: A Salute to the Women of Hip-Hop (Video Playlist)

March is women's history month. Here's a video playlist celebrating the many contributions to hip-hop by women. You'll find music from MC Lyte, The Lady of Rage, Jean Grae, Rapsody, Lil Kim, Bahamadia, Da Brat, Eve, Foxy Brown, Nicky Minaj, Rah Digga, Queen Latifah, Salt N Pepa, Left Eye, Lauryn... Read more

Jean Grae – Dust Ruffle (Full Album Stream)

Here's a dope new album from the mighty (and ever consistent) Jean Grae. You can listen to and purchase Dust Ruffle below. Related: Jean Grae - Kill Screen (Video) Dust Ruffle by Jean Grae... Read more

Check out all of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers featuring DJ Quik, DMX, Mystikal, Eve, Childish Gambino, Ab-Soul, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar and more below (Video)

There were some strong verses from OGs and young guns in this year’s Cyphers. Below are all the Cyphers, including verses from DMX, Eve, Jean Grae, Ab-Soul, Talib Kweli, Childish Gambino, Driicky Graham, Schoolboy Q, Mystikal, Snoop, DJ Quik, E-40, Kurupt, Xzibit and Kendrick Lamar, starting with the West Coast... Read more

Jean Grae – Kill Screen

Here's a banger from Jean Grae (#sounderrated). Gamers from back in the day will recognize the theme song immediately. Check out Kill Screen. Related: Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae experience South Africa (Video)... Read more

Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae experience South Africa (Video)

Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae recently performed in South Africa and some of their travels were captured on film. Here's a short video with some performance footage and an interview where they discuss the impact the experience had on them. Check it out below. Related: Pharoahe Monch - Still Standing... Read more

Jean Grae – U&Me&EveryoneWeKnow

Here's a strong new song from Jean Grae. Check out U&Me&EveryoneWeKnow. Click here to download.... Read more

Talib Kweli, Buckshot, Pharoahe Monch & Jean Grae Behind the Scenes Rehearsal Footage (Video)

Here's some dope behind the scenes footage of Talib Kweli, Buckshot, Pharoahe Monch and Jean Grae rehearsing for their showcase at the CMJ conference in New York this weekend. Each one is doing it big with a live band. The footage shows a snippet of each performing as well some... Read more

Nitty Scott, MC – Auntie Maria’s Crib

Nitty Scott, MC is a dope up and coming MC who happens to be female.  Her voice has hints of Jean Grae and Lady Bug Mecca from Digable Planets, but, her style is all her own.  She just dropped a dope new song called Auntie Maria's Crib.  Check it out... Read more

Talib Kweli – Uh Oh ft Jean Grae (Extended Video)

Talib Kweli and Jean Grae dropped the video for Uh Oh last week.  Here's an extended version that adds more context to the Mr. and Mrs. Smith theme played out in the video.  Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKlh94lFlmg&feature=player_embedded... Read more

Here’s a mix dedicated to the women who helped lay the foundation of hip-hop and those who continue to build the culture. You’ll hear Missy, Yo-Yo, Lauryn Hill, Lil Kim, Foxy Brown, Conscious Daughters, Lady of Rage, Left Eye, Ladybug Mecca, Da Brat, Bahamadia, Jean Grae, Queen Latifah, MC Lyte, Salt N Pepa, Nicki Minaj and more. Check it out.

Seeing Lauryn Hill speak about The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill was a reminder of how important women have been to hip-hop. Ambrosia For Heads Ladies First Mix by Parfit.  Also, if you missed BET's My Mic Sounds Nice, which documents the story of women in hip-hop, click here to watch... Read more

Oddisee – 101 (Free Album)

Oddisee released 101, a strong debut album on Mello Music Group, in 2008. The production was tight, the rhymes were solid and it had features from J-Live, Jean Grae, Rapper Big Pooh and several from Phonte (spittin’). They've decided to release the album for free and you can listen to... Read more

Here’s a mix to take you into your weekend and beyond…You’ll find new music featuring Curren$y, Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, Jean Grae, Talib Kweli, Styles P, DJ Quik, Wiz Khalifa, Rapper Big Pooh, Stalley, Wale, Devin the Dude, J. Cole, Mobb Deep, EDO.G, Eminem, Royce Da 5’9″ and more.

There's been a lot of good music released in the last few weeks. Here's just a taste.  It starts off laid back and soulful and finishes with that boom bap. Check it out. Ambrosia For Heads LONS Mix by Parfit... Read more

It’s a good day for rappers who hold it down on the independent tip. Salute to Jean Grae who’s been doing it on her own for YEARS.

Check out the video for R.I.P. ft Talib Kweli and Styles P. Click here to download.... Read more

It’s a great day for lyricists. Next up is Pharoahe Monch.

The song is called Assassins (guess he and J. Cole are on the same wavelength these days) and features Jean Grae and Royce Da 5'9". Oh yeah...the beat is fire too! Pharoahe's album drops next week on the indie tip. Support good music.... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh got his shine earlier. Now it’s 9th Wonder and Phonte’s turn.

Check out Lil B's Base For Your Face ft Jean Grae and Phonte (RHYMING) and produced by 9th Wonder. Throw in an old Public Enemy sample and it = Fire. Click here to download. Wanna here that PE original? HERE IT IS...BAM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyR09SP9qdA And, if you missed Rapper Big Pooh's... Read more

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #3 the girls are back in town…well, at least 1, but Nicki Minaj has opened the door for the next wave of great female MCs.

The role of women in hip-hop should not be overlooked but it often has been.  For more than a decade (including the 90's which many consider to be the Golden Age of hip-hop) women were a staple in rap music.  In fact, they were so much a part of the... Read more

Nicki Minaj is the new girl in town but Jean Grae has been holding it down for the ladies for the better part of a decade. Check out Bridge, produced by the innovator RJD2.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Lt4qJCdAYc Click here to download.  Both Jean Grae and RJD2 are dope at their craft but each has taken a backseat to others in the game who have achieved more popularity for one reason or another.  For Jean, it's clearly Nicki now and RJD2 (he created the theme song to... Read more