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Royce 5’9, Jadakiss, Fabolous & Pusha-T’s Sizzling Bars Send Summer Off In Style (Video)

In two weeks, summer 2018 will come to a close. As he promised since springtime, Royce 5'9's Book Of Ryan has had "Summer On Lock" in the ears of Hip-Hop fans. The independent LP featuring Eminem, J. Cole, Logic, and others was also a centerpiece in Ambrosia For Heads' best... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Mobb Deep vs. The LOX. 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... Read more

Jadakiss Explains Why With The LOX It’s Never Been All About The Benjamins (Video)

Twenty years ago, on DMX's "Blackout," Jadakiss spit, "You pay 30 for the 'Kiss, a 100 for The LOX / And if we cool, then I write a hook for a drop." In 1998, Jada' was quoting prices to artists looking for those features to do, as he rapped, "boost... Read more

Royce 5’9, Jadakiss, Fabolous & Pusha T Put The Summer On Lock With A Hot Collabo (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Styles P Is Releasing A New Album. Get Ready For “G-Host” (Audio)

The L.O.X.'s Styles P has been very consistent with solo projects. While his group has dropped just three albums, Holiday Styles has steadily fed the masses with LPs, mixtapes, EPs, and collaborative works dating back to 2002's A Gangster & A Gentleman—which set the gold standard for the discography. It... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Clipse vs. The LOX. Who Is Better?

UPDATE: Ambrosia For Heads treats its "Finding The GOAT" battles with the utmost care for accuracy and authentic results. Over the weekend, we detected fraudulent voting in the results of our most recent battle. It was the only battle of the current tournament where voter fraud was identified. To prevent... Read more

Finding The GOAT Group: Clipse vs. The LOX. Who Is Better?

UPDATE: Ambrosia For Heads identified fraud in this poll. A new, 24-hour ballot has been created for this battle using new voting tools. Voting ends Tuesday (April 17) at the new battle poll. “Finding the GOAT Group,” the fourth installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest... Read more

Sean Price & Prodigy’s Posthumously Released Collabo Gets An Animated Send-Off (Video)

Last year, Sean Price's fourth solo album, Imperius Rex, released. The Duck Down Music LP was eventually included in Ambrosia For Heads' "Best 15 Hip-Hop Albums" of 2017 list. It was a bittersweet honor for a collection of songs released two years after the death of the beloved MC and... Read more

Fabolous & Jadakiss Get Dressed To Kill To Deliver More Lethal Rhymes (Video)

When Fabolous and Jadakiss announced they'd be putting out a collaboration album, fans were initially wondering how it would sound. Sure, the two MCs are about as New York as it can get, but their styles and flows are vastly different. Luckily, with the help of Swizz Beatz' production, what... Read more

Fabolous & Jadakiss Show That Being A Father To Your Child Is Timeless (Video)

2017's Friday On Elm Street album from Jadakiss and Fabolous was years in the making. As any Hip-Hop Head would expect, the Def Jam Records album is chock full of wordplay, clever punchlines, compound rhyme structures, and grabbing production (especially from Swizz Beatz). However, there is plenty of substance too,... Read more

Fabolous & Jadakiss’ New Video Is A Scary Movie For Lesser MCs

Late last year, Fabolous and Jadakiss released their collaboration album, Friday On Elm Street, a project that was several years in the making. The long-anticipated LP was a play on their first names, Freddy and Jason, and the 1980s horror film characters Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, from the movie... Read more

The LOX & Statik Selektah Still Make The Kind Of Hip-Hop That 90s Era Fans Love (Video)

Three months ago today, The LOX and Statik Selektah released "But You Don't Hear Me Tho." The soulful collaboration, also featuring James Mtume served as a nostalgic early look into Statik's 8 album. Today (December 8), that ShowOff Records/Duck Down Music LP releases. Thus, it's just the right time for... Read more

Fabolous & Jadakiss’ Friday On Elm Street Album Is Filled With Razor Sharp Rhymes (Audio)

One of Hip-Hop's most long-awaited projects releases today (November 24). Fabolous & Jadakiss partner for Friday On Elm Street, a collaborative album from the two New York City veteran lyricists (each signed to Def Jam Records) that has been teased for nearly three years. The project (once thought to be... Read more

The LOX Make Some Of That Beautiful Hip-Hop From Back In The Day (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

An Insider Reveals How Suge & Death Row Got Those Unlikely Guest Appearances (Video)

When Death Row Records launched in the early 1990s, they used Hollywood's SOLAR Records Studios to lay their tracks. After making "Deep Cover" for the SOLAR's soundtrack of the same name, Dr. Dre recorded and mixed The Chronic with some of the very same consoles and equipment used to make... Read more

Chris Rivers, Styles P, Sheek Louch & Lil Fame Unite On A Track & It’s Far From Fair (Audio)

M.O.P. and The LOX. Those are two New York City institutions for making "wild out" street music. The angst, the imagery, and the aggressive deliveries for each group have been storied for well over 20 years. Three members from those groups come out to support somebody who carries on tradition.... Read more

DMX & The LOX To Headline 2017 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (Video)

Last night (April 21), the Ruff Ryders reunited on the stages of Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center. DMX, Eve, Swizz Beatz and others celebrated nearly 20 years of guttural street music from the New York City collective that also spawned the careers of The LOX, Drag-On, Cassidy, and others. While the... Read more

WAIT…Talib Kweli & Styles P Released A Great New Project Too.

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let us fight through it for you and only supply you with that good stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been before. Not only are we able to go... Read more

Talib Kweli & The LOX Pull No Punches On An Earthshaking Collabo (Audio)

In 2000, The LOX released We Are The Streets while Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek dropped Train Of Thought as Reflection Eternal. At the time, these New York City artists appeared to some, to exist at opposite sides of the Rap industry. While Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch were... Read more

Styles P, Joe Young & Termanology Are Poetry In Motion On A Dame Grease Burner (Audio)

Last year, Joe Young released his Invincible Armour album. On it, the Wu-Tang Clan affiliate brandished his associations, through features from Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, and a posthumous O.D.B. verse. Moreover, the MC who spent part of his youth in Germany is extensively produced by Dame Grease, the... Read more

As Eve, DMX, Swizz, Drag-On & The LOX Plan A Ruff Ryders Reunion, Here’s The Scenario (Audio)

This week, the Ruff Ryders announced their reunion homecoming, planned for April. The Hip-Hop collective (which began first as a party promotions company in the late 1980s) is largely responsible for the careers of DMX, Swizz Beatz, The LOX, Eve, Cassidy, and others. Approaching the turn of the millennium, the... Read more

The Original Ruff Ryders Are Reuniting For A Mega Celebration

Since they burst onto the scene in the 90s, members of the original Ruff Ryders crew have been ever-present in Hip-Hop. Consisting of DMX, The LOX, Eve and, leader, Swizz Beatz, they created a new sound for the era, built on thin synths and thunderous drums. Since those early days,... Read more

The LOX Will Tour “Filthy America…” & It’s Beautiful For Fans Around The Country

Jadakiss, Sheek Louch and Styles P have announced their first United States tour of 2017. Fresh off of touring with their former Bad Boy Records family (and Ruff Ryders mentor DMX) in '16, The LOX will perform at more than 20 stops, beginning later this month. The LOX’s “What Else... Read more

Fabolous Drops A Big Clue That His Collabo Album With Jadakiss Is Weeks Away (Video)

2017 promises to have a number of Hip-Hop projects to be excited about. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth will release their first album since 1994, according to Pete. Redman said that Muddy Waters 2 will dirty up the new year, after close to a decade of anticipation. Talib Kweli and... Read more

Method Man, Redman, Jadakiss & Juelz Santana Bring That Ol Thing Called Hip-Hop Back (Audio)

At the height of the mid-2000s Dipset reign, Juelz Santana brought an edge to Diplomats/Def Jam Records. There, the Harlem, New Yorker with the punchlines, unforgettably ad-libs, and youthful charms went to Top 10 and garnered a gold album in 2005's What The Game's Been Missing. In the 11 years... Read more

The LOX Release The 1st Video For Their New Album. The Foundation Is ROC Solid.

At the end of this week, The LOX will release their highly-anticipated third album, Filthy America...It's Beautiful (December 16). Their first album in more than 16 years comes on their third different label. Striking success in the late '90s with Puff Daddy and Bad Boy, the Yonkers, New York trio... Read more

Snyp Life Reps Mount Vernon & Salutes Heavy D On A Pete Rock Production (Video)

D-Block representative Snyp Life recently dropped some visuals for his Pete Rock-produced, head nod-inducing banger “Oh No,” featuring a catchy, melodic hook from Sheek Louch, that Ambrosia For Heads gave the first listen to in September. The video takes viewers on a tour of Mount Vernon, New York, Snyp’s hometown,... Read more

Mickey Factz & Styles P Stage A Rap Battle On “Vs” & We Win (Audio)

To follow up the “ode to true love” Mickey Factz released last week, the Bronx-bred MC joins the Ghost himself, Styles P, on another Nottz production—and this one’s no love song. Instead, in a flow reminiscent of an old L.O.X. track, both lyricists flex their verbal abilities, going back and... Read more

The LOX & Termanology Have Dreams Like Biggie, But Keep It Grimy (Audio )

The LOX were present in the last days of Biggie Smalls. Before he left the world mourning his personality, rhyme skills, and giving heart, Christopher Wallace helped clear a path for Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch to succeed. At the time, they were his hopeful label-mates at Bad Boy... Read more

The LOX Blaze A Path For D-Block’s Snyp Life With Pete Rock & Beatnuts Jams (Audio)

Throughout their careers, The LOX—collectively and individually—have had an ear for great beats. Songs like Jadakiss' Alchemist-produced "We Gonna Make It," Styles P's Ayatollah-laced "The Life," and the trio's DJ Premier-conducted "Recognize" have defined their aesthetic. Sheek Louch, Jada', and Holiday Styles have never lost sight of that purest Hip-Hop... Read more

Fabolous Wants To Release His Joint Album With Jadakiss Before The End Of The Year (Video)

Throughout the years, Fabolous and Jadakiss have had a close working relationship. Two veteran acts at Def Jam Records, these New York City MCs have appeared together on songs like DJ Khaled's "Don't Ever Play Yourself," Jeezy's "OJ," and Uncle Murda's "Right Now (Remix)." Both close associates of Allen Iverson,... Read more

Beanie Sigel Confirms A Collaborative Project With Jadakiss

In 2001, Jadakiss and Beanie Sigel were two of the most exciting new solo artists in Rap music. While Jada' had been on wax since 1994 with the LOX, Sigel was becoming Jay Z's most exciting protege on the Roc-A-Fella Records roster. They had even appeared together on 1998's "Reservoir... Read more

Styles P, Freeway & Torae Get Down On A Pete Rock-Produced Single (Audio)

Back in January, Torae released his Entitled album. One of the focal points to that self-released LP was "Get Down." First unveiled almost a year ago, the song is the latest run-in the Brooklyn, New York MC had with producer Pete Rock. A lot was at play in the beat,... Read more

The LOX Turn The Table On Police Brutality With An Important Question (Audio)

The LOX are known for straight to the jugular hardcore Hip-Hop for the last 20-plus years. However, Jadakiss, Styles P, and Sheek Louch have always seemingly known when to set aside the bully-raps for important, insightful messages. Songs like "Why?" and "The Life" showed depth to these MCs, who could... Read more

Jadakiss & Beanie Sigel Root Out The Necessary Evil Of Money (Audio)

The onetime beef between Beanie Sigel and Jadakiss may as well be an afterthought in 2016. The early 2000s tensions between State Property and The LOX are long over, and Jada' is now notably a Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records artist, years after he challenged the reigning squad. After Sigel's late 2014... Read more

Styles P, Joey Bada$$ & Droog Reload The Clipse On A Black Milk Beat (Audio)

Fifteen years ago, Pusha T and No Malice kicked in the door to the industry with "Grindin'." The Lord Willin' single received some of the most captivating Neptunes production of all time, that took the Brothers Thornton's Virginia Beach attitudes, and projected them upon the world. Your Old Droog finds... Read more

Sheek Louch Discusses Silverback Gorilla 2 & Talks Working With Biggie and DMX (Interview)

Whereas speaking to Jadakiss or Styles P is often a lower key experience, their LOX band-mate Sheek Louch is high-energy. The Yonkers, New York veteran MC did not equate himself to one of the most ferocious members of the animal kingdom by being docile. In the Tommy Boy Entertainment conference... Read more

Sheek Louch & Fabolous Take No Losses & No Prisoners (Audio)

Sheek Louch and Fabolous keep the chemistry flowing. The former Def Jam Records label-mates release "No Losses" from next week's Silverback Gorilla 2 album (December 4). These two 1990s MCs have been super-durable in the 2000s, and 2010s, with the kind of endurance that comes from an undefeated-like record. As... Read more

Jadakiss Believes That Keeping It Real Has Led To His Mass Appeal (Video)

Even though the album is still less than a week old, Jadakiss has quickly proved that Top 5 Dead Or Alive will have no shortage of visuals. Following Friday's (November 20) "You Don't Eat," 'Kiss reappears with a video for the Young Buck-assisted "Realest In The Game." Still black-and-white, this... Read more

Jadakiss Explains What It Takes To Be Top 5 Dead Or Alive (Video)

Jadakiss' Top 5 Dead Or Alive releases today (November 20). The long-anticipated Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records album is a conversation piece for The LOX MC's own place in the game. With a plethora of peers on board, "You Don't Eat" is a song that's mostly about the skills and approach that... Read more

Busta Rhymes, Fabolous, Jadakiss & Styles P Prove The Conglomerate Is Still In Tact (Audio)

In 2009, Busta Rhymes called upon Jadakiss and Lil Wayne for his biggest single on the Back On My B.S. campaign. "Respect My Conglomerate" permeated the slang of the streets, as Bus' proved that he could blend in any grouping of MCs, whether Native Tongues, Young Money, or D-Block. In... Read more

Jadakiss Brings Cameras To His Yonkers, New York Neighborhood (Video)

Jadakiss and The LOX helped make Yonkers, New York a Hip-Hop landmark. Along with their Ruff Ryders bandmates, especially DMX, the trio of MCs brought attention to the Westchester County city that was previously known for its size (the fourth largest population in the Empire State), and its Neil Simon... Read more

Chris Rivers’ & Sheek Louch’s I Got It Made Video Salutes Many More Legends Than Just Special Ed

Over the Summer, Chris Rivers released a slew of sizzling freestyles featuring both original and throwback tracks. Out of many quality offerings, one stood out in particular. The son of Big Pun teamed with one of his father's contemporaries in The LOX's Sheek Louch. Together, Chris and Donnie put on... Read more

Everybody Knows Jadakiss Is an Elite MC. But Did You Know He Can Windmill? (Video)

Jadakiss is often considered one of the greatest MCs in Hip-Hop. The self-proclaimed "Top 5, Dead Or Alive" got there by winning over the streets, the mainstream, and Hip-Hop Heads. As far as the third component, the Yonkers, New York lyricist is one himself. It's why Jada' has been puttin'... Read more

Jadakiss & Swizz Beatz Speak Directly To The Badges Of Brutality (Video)

Just days after "Jason" released to audio, Jadakiss and Swizz Beatz drop the visual. The track captures the suspense associated with the Friday The 13th slasher franchise, where Jason Vorhees attacked Camp Crystal Lake, again and again. In Jada' and Swizz's version, it's not at the movies. Instead, the two... Read more

Jadakiss & Swizz Beatz’s Chemistry Is Scary Like Jason (Audio)

For more than 15 years, Jadakiss and Swizz Beatz have had an undeniable sonic chemistry. The 2 first linked on N.O.R.E.'s 1998 headbanger, "Banned From TV," and their alliance has been solidified over the years with staples like The LOX's riotous anthem, "Wild Out." Despite the alchemy they've generated, they... Read more

The LOX & Faith Evans Are Still “Family” Over An S.O.S. Band Homage (Audio)

The LOX and producer Duane DaRock appear to have a formula. The New York City veteran Rap trio and the budding beat-maker travel back to the early '80s flavor for some proven musical framework. In March, the quartet channeled Gap Band in "That Money." In Fall, it's S.O.S. Band's "Just... Read more

Sheek Louch & Pusha T Keep It Hardcore… In Rap & In Life. (Audio)

Sheek Louch and Pusha T have weathered the industry storms. Two products of the 1990s, these MCs with East Coast and Down South audiences have stayed consistent to the craft of MC'ing, while always speaking to the streets that made them. This duality may be the key to longevity, while... Read more

Styles P’s Energy Freestyle Comes To Living Color (Video)

Back in late March, Styles P was amidst a rampage of weekly freestyles, sometimes releasing in bursts. One of those snatched Drake's "Energy" instrumental (produced by Boi-1da), and waxed two minutes of warning shots against all suitors. In high Summer, S.P. The Ghost gets his rooftop on and his bucket-hat... Read more

Styles P Gets the Party Started For His New Album and Invites Jadakiss to the Celebration (Audio)

For several years, Styles P has been one of the most consistent artists in Hip-Hop. Whether with his LOX brethren Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, or solo, Ghost releases quality product, year round. After treating fans to a slew of Friday freestyles that spanned the entirety of Spring, Styles turns his... Read more