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Chill Moody Has Rakim’s Attention. He Should Have Yours Too (Audio)

Hailing from the same part of Philadelphia made famous by Will Smith on "The Fresh  Prince of Bel-Air," Chill Moody has amassed a list of accomplishments that make him a hometown hero. Having performed with veteran MCs like Freeway, been named "Best Rapper" by Philadelphia magazine, and his current status... Read more

BrvndonP Promotes “No Fakery” In His Rhymes Or His E-40 & Lecrae Cosigns

As the Bay Area competes for a second straight NBA Championship (care of the Golden State Warriors), its Hip-Hop scene is also booming in the mid-2010s. While the veteran guard of Rap talent continues to make hits, in leading and supporting roles, a bevy of new voices emerge with a... Read more

R.O.T.’s MuGGz & Tay Dayne Are Out To Reclaim Manhattan’s Hip-Hop Roots (Audio)

The island of Manhattan has been instrumental to Hip-Hop culture. Since the late 1970s, the top DJs from the Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn would play at and party in the clubs, from Harlem to the Village. By the time commercial Rap was pressed to wax, acts ranging from Beastie Boys... Read more

Here’s Why G-Jet Is The Latest Artist On A Roster That Includes GZA, Grand Puba & Freeway (Video)

In late May and June, the Smokers Club Tour crosses the United States. As fans pack venues to see the likes of Cam'ron, Smoke DZA, The Underachievers, Pro Era's Nyck Caution, and others, they will encounter G-Jet, likely for the first time. A product of Columbus, Texas, G-Jet (an abbreviation... Read more

Imagine If Jimi Hendrix & Prince Had A Guitar Prodigy Son. Meet Marcus Machado (Audio & Video)

In the life of every music lover there comes a time when a live performance reminds us of the purest form of power in talent - to reinvigorate, re-inspire, and rekindle that spark which made us fall in love with music in the first place. When coming across an artist... Read more

Spotlight: Tim Gent Aims To Put Clarksville, Tennessee On The Lyrical Rap Map

Today (January 25), Clarksville, Tennessee MC Tim Gent is releasing his latest project. For The Love is a free effort by the impressive sensation, who balances precise lyricism with the trends of today. Already with individual videos reaching beyond 30,000 plays, the 22 year-old not only shows promise for putting... Read more

Spotlight: HANiF’s Anti-Hipster Rap Brings Boom-Bap Into 2015 & Beyond (Video)

HANiF is a New York City native whose February E.P. 12 Inch Vinyls is a 5-track snapshot of contemporary boom-bap, the sounds reminiscent of a previous era, but the content is unmistakably contemporary. On "Gentrify," the MC unpacks the socio-economic perils of gentrification in cities like the Big Apple, where... Read more

SPOTLIGHT: Nolan The Ninja Aims To Restore Detroit’s Hardcore Rap Legacy (EP Stream)

Today (November 10), Detroit, Michigan MC/producer Nolan The Ninja released his debut vocal EP, F.T.H. The 11-track follow-up to this year's Lo-Fi L∞ps instrumental effort, features veteran MCs such as Phat Kat, Finale, and Hassan Mackey. Also available by iTunes, the F**k The Hype, a Left Of Center release, is... Read more

Spotlight: Despite His Name, Rain910 Is Here To Shed Light On His People’s Pain (Video)

North Carolina has consistently proven itself to be a breeding ground for forward-thinking, soulful, and prolific MCs, a tradition be carried on today by Rain910. Hailing from the land of 9th Wonder, J. Cole, and Little Brother, the 27-year-old Fayetteville rapper and producer is currently surfing the waves he left... Read more

Spotlight: Ace Cosgrove Aims to Feed the Uninspired with New Project (Album Stream)

24-year-old Ace Cosgrove is a Maryland MC for whom 2014 was a watershed year. Two of last year's releases, Simple Criticism and UsVsRobots, introduced him to a wide swath of Heads, thanks in part to acclaim from a handful of highly respected outlets. Today (September 15), the young spitter releases... Read more

JR & PH7 Are Beatmakers for Some of Hip-Hop’s Most Respected MCs. Hear Why (EP Stream / Video) (EP Stream / Video)

Cologne, Germany production duo JR & PH7 has amassed a career that includes an extensive list of collaborators, from Sean Price to King Mez, Phonte to Freeway. From Europe, this combined force of beat-makers has been a driving ambassador of the talent abroad. Already in 2015, JR & PH7 teamed... Read more

SPOTLIGHT: DAP The Contract Plays With Genre & Defies Expectations (Audio / Video)

Often times, for as colorful and diverse as Hip-Hop music may appear, there is a constant cry for more originality. There are storytellers, social activists, party-starters, and technically-savvy lyricists, but the genre arguably misses the eclecticism and diversity among the new class, at least at a certain skill level. A... Read more

Spotlight: Dave East Shows Everything That He’s About On Around Here (Video)

Spanish Harlem, New York's Dave East is one of the artists who is making big noise in the last several months. His Black Rose mixtape is making its rounds, with involvement from Sean C & LV (The Hitmen), Smoke DZA, and Chinx Santana. "Around Here," which was released exclusively to... Read more

Spotlight: Salomon Faye Brings “Luv” To Hip Hop & Gets It In Return (Video)

Salomon Faye may be under the radar for now, but given the quality and originality of tracks like "Luv," he's going to have a hard time staying undetected. For those that feel the passion of spoken word and the fire of hot metaphorical bars, Salomon Faye delivers both in this... Read more

SPOTLIGHT: Retro Is Highly Futuristic With 2 Amazing Visuals & A Cool Style (Videos)

Atlanta, Georgia's Retro (a/k/a Retro Tha Kid) has a delicate balance of youthful imagination and grown-up perspective. In two videos, "Wonderland" and "Resist," Heads can see just how vivid one of those things is. Clearly a student of the Trap sound, Retro makes records that apply to anybody who can... Read more

SneakerBoxChock Takes The Stage In His Visual To Elephants (Video)

Recently, AFH put the "Spotlight" on New Jersey MC SneakerBoxChock and his song "Elephants." Chock keeps it moving, and came with a compelling visual to match his message about the isolation in his personal life and career at times. This is heartfelt Rap that seems to suggest that even listening... Read more

SPOTLIGHT: SneakerBoxChock Makes A Powerful Opening Statement In Elephants (Audio)

If one of Hip-Hop's great roles is to educate each other on what's going on, Heads should take a close listen to Camden, New Jersey's SneakerBoxChock. Also known simply as Chock, this MC does not mince his words at all. Speaking from real life experience, the artist just over the... Read more

AFH MC Spotlight

When it comes to Hip-Hop, one of the biggest elements is the sense of excitement that trickles throughout the community with the discovery of fresh new music. Well here at AFH, we figured why not give the Heads a chance to help create more of that excitement on a regular... Read more

SPOTLIGHT: DeLorean – Breathe ft Curtis Snow (Video)

Houston has a long lineage of dope MCs. DeLorean is the next MC on deck to step up and rep the city. Check out his steely flow over an extra soulful track in his video for Breathe. Related: Scarface – The HardKnock TV Interview Pt. 2 (Video) Click here to... Read more