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Problem Blows The Top Off Over A Thunderous 9th Wonder Production (Video)

While 9th Wonder may be best known for his productions in the 00s for artists like Little Brother, JAY-Z, Erykah Badu and Destiny's Child, over the last few years, the North Carolina producer has been quietly and diligently releasing some of the best work of his illustrious career. In 2016, his... Read more

MC Eiht Explains How He & DJ Quik Recorded Their Historic Collaborations (Audio)

In April, DJ Quik and Problem released the full-length edition of their Rosecrans album, building on their EP of the same title (dropped a year prior). Notably, the 12 track Compton-made LP featured an unexpected guest: MC Eiht. Decades ago, what began as a Rap beef between Quik and Eiht reportedly inspired... Read more

Westside Connection: DJ Quik & MC Eiht Release Their First Ever Collaborations (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let us 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 and... Read more

Finding The GOAT Producer: DJ Quik vs. Dr. Dre. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Producer,” 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... Read more

Talib Kweli Invites Problem & Aloe Blacc On a Remix for Every Ghetto (Audio)

With one of the most expansive repertoires in Hip-Hop, Talib Kweli's longevity and stamina cannot be questioned. In addition to his MCing, he's an activist, writer, and a handful of other things that are equally impressive. But today (October 5), it's his music that is once again proving his ability... Read more

DJ Quik Reveals He Will Release Collaboration With MC Eiht (Video)

Yesterday (June 10), Ambrosia For Heads shared our Must-Listen-To Albums, EPs, And Mixtapes Of 2016 list. Included in the 11 entries was Rosecrans, the independent EP made by Compton's DJ Quik and Problem. This week, Q-U-I-K announced that there is more to come from the veteran MC/producer/DJ and one of... Read more

Problem Shows Why He’s Special In An Aggressive Freestyle On Dr. Dre’s Pharmacy (Audio)

After a decade of putting in work, 2016 may be pivotal for Compton's Problem. The Diamond Lane Music Group alum and longtime affiliate to the likes of Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, and 9th Wonder released a lauded EP with Q-U-I-K in April's Rosecrans. The generation-bridging salute to the C-P-T added... Read more

DJ Quik Discusses Aging Gracefully In Hip-Hop

DJ Quik released his platinum debut Quik Is The Name more than 25 years ago. An early Compton, California Rap star, the artist born as David Blake has been integral to the careers of Tupac Shakur, AMG, 2nd II None, Suga Free, and Hi-C. Although Q-U-I-K has never had an... Read more

DJ Quik Makes A Sequel To His Classic “Tonite” & It’s A Problem (Video)

Last month, DJ Quik and Problem released a surprise joint EP titled Rosecrans. As the title suggests, the project is a celebration of their mutual hometown of Compton, and is a sonic bridge between two generations of Hub City MCs. DJ Quik Says Kanye West’s Celebrity Supersedes His Talent &... Read more

DJ Quik Says Kanye West’s Celebrity Supersedes His Talent & Challenges Him (Video)

Yesterday (April 19), DJ Quik and Problem announced they were releasing a joint EP today, titled Rosecrans. The project, which is named after the storied street that travels through the entire city of Compton, links two generations of Hub City MCs. While promoting the release of the EP, DJ Quik... Read more

DJ Quik Is Releasing Rosecrans, A Joint EP With Problem, Tomorrow. Here’s The Tracklist

DJ Quik has been relatively quiet since the release of 2014's The Midnight Life, but the producer/MC is coming back on the scene, imminently. Tomorrow (April 20), he and Problem will fuse two generations of Compton on a joint EP titled Rosecrans. Named after the throughway that has been referenced... Read more

Problem Demands That His Time Is NOW, Or Else… (Audio)

Compton's Problem may be one of the dominant new voices in 2010s Gangsta Rap, but the patient veteran has more to say than the baseline. The Diamond Lane Music Group sensation, and longtime affiliate to Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, 9th Wonder, and Wiz Khalifa makes his latest statement single in... Read more

Talib Kweli, Problem & Bad Lucc Make A Minimalist Video All About Mic Rocking

Talib Kweli's "Pay Ya Dues" is the latest Indie 500 song to get the visual treatment. The record pulls talent from Brooklyn, New York to South Central, Los Angeles—as Compton's Problem and nearby Bad Lucc guest on the track. For a song about the elemental approach to getting your name... Read more

Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder Recruit Problem & Bad Lucc For A Message Of Perseverance (Audio)

Almost a year ago, Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch, and 9th Wonder announced an independent music conglomerate, Indie 500. All parties have been incredibly busy since, with an emphasis on activism—including a free concert in St. Louis, Missouri one year after Michael Brown's murder Ferguson. Today (September 22) Talib and 9th... Read more

Problem Clears The Table, Name-Checking Peers & Claiming His Place (Video)

It has been nine years since Problem made his breakthrough mixtape, Deal Or No Deal. Approaching a decade, after appearances on albums by Snoop Dogg, E-40, DJ Quik, and Wiz Khalifa, the Compton, California native is still without a studio full-length. On "50 Shades Of Grey," Problem speaks up. The... Read more

Bad Lucc, Ab-Soul, Problem & Punch Flip A Rare Dr. Dre Remix (Audio)

Bad Lucc has been paying 10 years of dues. However, as he and his Diamond Lane Music Group label-mate Problem have witnessed, good things happen to those who wait. A onetime member of Snoop Dogg's Dubb Union (with fellow dues-payers Damani N'kosi and Soopafly), Lucc is among the new guard... Read more

Problem Waves The Compton Flag Bigtime In 2015 (Audio)

Along with YG and Kendrick Lamar, Problem has been one of the 2010's laureates of the Compton class. With Hub City again living up to its reputation for the unpredictable, Problem makes "Compton." The record takes the eerie vocal from Eazy E's "Real Muthaphukkin' G'z," and flips it for 22... Read more

Noisey Releases The Biggest Posse Cut Ever Featuring More Than 35 Rappers (Video)

In the quest to put together the ultimate posse cut, Noisey assembled 35+ rappers in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York for a series of verses to be fused into one song. After seeding verses in pieces for the last few weeks, they have now released the full 42 minute... Read more

Faith Evans, The First Lady of Hip-Hop, is Back for a Good Time (Video)

Faith Evans, the First Lady of Hip-Hop, is making a return and it sounds so good...Her latest single, "Good Time," is a party-starter with big harmonies, a verse from Problem and tons of Soul. The video showcases the celebratory feeling of just living in the moment. Check it out. Related:... Read more

Game Recruits Too Short & Problem in the Visuals for Or Nah (Video)

Too Short, Problem and more join Game in the video for "Or Nah." The song, interpolates Too Short's "Don't Fight the Feeling," and maintains the G-Funk bounce of the original. Check out the video. Related: Game Leads A Charge Against Police Brutality With More Than 10 All-Star Guests (Audio)... Read more

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

August was a banner month for Hip-Hop. Not only was there good music but several artists used their talents to speak out against the killing of Michael Brown and the events that transpired in Ferguson, MO. Though the Summer is fading, the heat generated from the music in August lingers.... Read more

With His Buzz Now At A Boil, Problem Lifts Off With 354 (Mixtape)

For five years, Compton's Problem has been just that. With critical cosigns and early career work from DJ Quik and Snoop Dogg, the patient rapper has steadily fed his Heads with nine, largely-acclaimed mixtapes. A year removed from The Separation, the Diamond Lane Music Group standout dropped 354: The Liftoff... Read more

Problem & Childish Gambino Freestyle Over Quik’s CPT Classic (Audio)

Problem joins Kendrick Lamar, YG and YG Hootie in keeping Compton's Hip-Hop legacy strong in the 2010s. Early in his career, Prob' got some prime, multi-track real estate on DJ Quik & Kurupt's 2009 BlaQKout album. Now perceived protege hops on a David Blake classic released on Murder Was The... Read more

Game Leads A Charge Against Police Brutality With More Than 10 All-Star Guests (Audio)

Enough is enough. Game is among the Hip-Hop stars reacting to the murder of Michael Brown. The multi-platinum Compton, California rapper amassed a group of his contemporaries to speak out against police murdering civilians of color. Called "Don't Shoot," the point and the pain is clear from the onset. In... Read more

West Coast Hip-Hop and R&B Has Never Been Stronger. Take a Listen (Audio)

The West Coast established itself as a Hip-Hop powerhouse in the late 80's and early 90's. Artists like Ice-T, N.W.A., DJ Quik, Too Short, Spice 1, Snoop and more were household names, nationwide. That presence has never faded but in the last few years there has been a Cali Renaissance... Read more

Stalley Gives the Summer Some On One For The $ (Audio)

The summer is halfway gone, but it's still heating up. In just a few days, DJ S.WHiT of SiriusXM and DJ Base of SKEE Music will add fuel to the fire with the release their collaborative mixtape Give The Summer Some and today they leak a teaser track with Stalley... Read more

Don’t Fight the Feeling with The Game, Too Short & Problem (Audio)

Deep into Too Short's 1988 album, Life is Too Short, lies a bombastic funk track called "Don't Fight the Feelin'." The Game has dusted off that record and recruited Short Dog, himself, as well as Problem, AV and Eric Bellinger. Check out "Or Nah."... Read more

GQ, Problem & Bad Lucc Create a New East/West Coast Connection over a 9th Wonder Beat (Audio)

If you're not familiar with GQ, 9th Wonder's latest protege, this is a good place to start. The North Carolina spitter's crisp lyrics penetrate 9th's dense beats with precision. He links with Problem and Bad Lucc, 2 of the finest of Cali's new generation on "Falls Down." Hip-Hop, stand up.... Read more

The Best Hip-Hop in May Included Slaughterhouse, KRS-One, Ghostface, Ab-Soul, Common, Cormega, The Roots & Much More (Audio Playlist)

Before we get too deep into June, here's a look back at some of the best Hip-Hop to drop in May and there was an abundance...You'll hear new music from Slaughterhouse, Cormega, KRS-One, Ab-Soul, Rapsody, Ghostface, Common, Mac Miller, De La Soul, Nitty Scott, MC, The Roots, Blu, Freddie Gibbs,... Read more

Problem Serves Up Some of That New West Coast G-Funk with 2 New Releases (Audio)

Problem had a big year last year and he did it with a slew of releases that drew on the sounds of his Cali Hip-Hop forefathers from 2 decades prior. He's back with 2 new songs that showcase his own brand of that Gangsta Funk. Check out Realest Ni**as in... Read more

Kurupt, ScHoolboy Q, Bad Lucc & Problem Show Out For Salva On A Bouncy Track (Audio)

Getting to Salva is pretty easy. The producer recruited O.G. Kurupt, as well as white-hot West Coast spitters ScHoolboy Q, Bad Lucc, and Problem for "Drop That Bitch." The song samples an Eazy-E lyric most Heads are familiar with. The unique, bouncy production style stands apart from what's been in... Read more

Bad Lucc & Problem Show That The Sights & Sounds Of South Central Haven’t Changed (Video)

The synth break on The Ohio Players' "Funky Worm" has been as West Coast as swap meets, and pumps and dumps in trunks since N.W.A.'s "Dopeman." As they are respected for, Bad Lucc and Problem carry on tradition in "Outchea." Moreover, the label-mates show you that Los Angeles, at least... Read more

Problem is Back with His First Release of 2014 (Audio)

Problem had a big year last year with the release of his stellar mixtape The Separation and an appearance in the BET Cypher. He's back with his first release of 2014. Check out Too On to Be Off. Related: Problem – The Separation (Mixtape)... Read more

Terrace Martin Loves Making Love-Making Music. His Valentines Day Mix Includes Chris Brown & Snoop Dogg (Mixtape)

Terrace Martin's music is always smooth enough for the car, the couch, the pool-party, and seemingly, the bedroom. The Locke High producer/saxophonist dropped off Love Music in time for the February 14th Valentines Day holiday, and he invited some high-profile homies including Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Tank, Problem, and James... Read more

Freddie Gibbs & Problem Are At It Again, This Time Thanks To Trae Tha Truth (Audio)

Two days ago, the Gary-to-Compton connection of Freddie Gibbs and Problem kicked their 2014 gangsta boogie on "One Eighty Seven." Now the tandem stays in tact on Hustle Gang/ABN/Screwed Up Click's Trae Tha Truth's "Wid It." Trae goes back into his bag and brings out the kind of track that... Read more

Freddie Gibbs & Problem Serve Up Some of That New Gangsta Boogie on One Eighty Seven (Video)

Freddie Gibbs, one of the recent prides of Gary, Indiana, links with Problem—another current generation purveyor of Gangsta Rap, and the pair interpolate Too Short's "Freaky Tales" classic for a song about redrum. Check out the video for One Eighty Seven. Related: Freddie Gibbs & ESGN Cover 3 X Krazy’s... Read more

Here Are the Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes of 2013. Stream and Download More Than 45 Mixtapes Here (Mixtapes)

2013 was a stellar year for mixtapes. In fact, with strong releases from Big K.R.I.T., Pusha T, Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa, Rapsody, Raekwon, Slum Village, Curren$y, Cam'ron, Lloyd Banks, Pete Rock & Camp Lo, Problem, Nipsey Hussle, Action Bronson, Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes and more, it can be argued... Read more

How Do You Make a Terrace Martin Track Funkier? Add Murs & Problem to It (Audio)

Veteran Snoop Dogg and Kurupt associate Terrace Martin brought an electrified Jazz to Hip-Hop in the last five years. One of the year's stronger releases was his Empire Distribution-released 3ChordFold LP, which features Kendrick Lamar and others. For one of those album's cuts, Terrace found a master in Relationship-Rap with... Read more

Problem Brings That New Gangsta Boogie with Understand Me. Check Out the Video (Video)

Problem is a big part of the new West Coast movement that has arisen over the last few years, along with TDE, Nipsey Hussle, Dom Kennedy, Casey Veggies and others. Like Whaaat STILL gets the party started...Here's his latest video, Understand Me. Related: BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher: Asia Sparks,... Read more

Childish Gambino & Problem’s New Single Lines Up With Sweatpants Season (Audio)

Childish Gambino's second studio album because the internet will be here with the new calendar page. Two weeks early, Donald Glover teams up with Compton's Problem for the tricked-out "Sweatpants." Coming from Camp, how do you look at Gambino's music now that he's seemingly way open to collaborations? Related: Childish... Read more

BJ the Chicago Kid – Smokin’ & Ridin’ ft Freddie Gibbs & Problem

BJ the Chicago Kid has been a little quiet lately but he's back with a banger featuring some hot verses from Freddie Gibbs and Problem. Check out Smokin' & Ridin' off that Grand Theft Auto V Soundtrack. Related: Grand Theft Audio V (Mixtape)... Read more

League Of Starz – Show Sumn’ ft. Skeme, Problem, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Rock, G. Malone & Bad Lucc

It seems only fitting that the team that’s spearheading the “function music” movement (hybrid of LA’s G-Funk and The Bay’s hyphy), enlisted a roster of homegrown California talent for their latest offering. On their new track “Show Sumn”, production standouts League of Stars put together a bass heavy medley reminiscent... Read more

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

As we ease into July 4th weekend, here's a look back at the best hip-hop that dropped in June. You'll hear music from J. Cole, Nas, Curren$y, Mac Miller, Kanye West, Wu-Tang Clan, Rick Ross, Jadakiss, Posdnuos, Kid Tsunami, Drake, LL Cool J, Slum Village, Wale, Lupe Fiasco, Joey Bada$$,... Read more

Problem – The Separation (Mixtape)

Problem's mixtape, The Separation, is one of the best to drop this year. It sports beats by producers the likes of Warren G and Terrace Martin, as well as guest verses from Snoop Dogg, T.I., The Game, Wale, Wiz Khalifa and more. It's a strong addition to the canon of... Read more

Problem – Roll Up ft T.I. and Snoop Dogg

Here's a tough new joint from Problem featuring T.I. and Snoop. Check out Roll Up. Related: Terrace Martin – Something Else ft Problem (Video)... Read more

Terrace Martin – Something Else ft Problem (Video)

Terrace Martin, the multidimensional artist, producer and musician, adds director to his impressive list of credits. Here's a short film he directed along with APlus that serves as the visual for "Something Else," Terrace's co-production with 9th Wonder. The video features Ab-Soul and a couple of nods to Kendrick Lamar... Read more

Hit-Boy – T.U. ft Audio Push, Problem & Juicy J

Hit-Boy saved his latest hot beat for himself. Check out T.U. also featuring Audio Push, Problem & Juicy J. Related: Hit-Boy – Brake Lights (Video)... Read more

Terrace Martin – Somethin’ Else ft Problem (Prod. Terrace Martin & 9th Wonder)

Terrace Martin and 9th Wonder link up for another East Coast/West Coast production. Check out Something Else featuring Problem. Related: Terrace Martin – Why ft Jay Rock & Wendi Vaugn (Audio)... Read more

Terrace Martin – On Some Other Sh*t ft Problem and TayF 3rd (Video)

Terrace Martin is holding it down for that new West Coast sound. Here's the new video for his song On Some Other Sh*t featuring Problem and TayF 3rd. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=42Q99Sgas5w... Read more

Run 4 Ya Life by Problem is 70 seconds of pure heat.

There's no hook, just rhymes and MONSTER beats.  Check it out. Click here to download.... Read more