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The Kennedy Center Is Celebrating Rap’s Pioneers With A Concert Series

The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center has gradually created a bona fide space for Hip-Hop within its gates over the past year. It has appointed A Tribe Called Quest’s Q-Tip

KRS-One Responds To MC Shan’s Battle Bars With A Brutal Diss Record (Audio)

For one week now, MC Shan has asked for a proper battle with KRS-One. Thirty years removed from the genesis of “The Bridge Wars,” Shan revealed some bars he had

MC Shan Spits 4 Minutes Of Battle Bars With Shots Aimed Directly At KRS-One’s Head (Audio)

One week ago (April 1), MC Shan appeared on the Murder Master Music Show. The Queens, New York MC veteran vehemently denied the history that he ever lost a battle

MC Shan Challenges KRS-One To Settle The Bridge Wars Once & For All…With A Battle (Audio)

In the late 1980s, the Juice Crew and Boogie Down Productions were involved in one of Hip-Hop’s most legendary battles. KRS-One and Scott La Rock released records dissing Marley Marl,

Marley Marl Says KRS-One Asked To Be In The Juice Crew & “The Bridge” Leaked (Audio)

Iconic Hip-Hop producer and DJ Marley Marl is the most recent guest on Ice-T’s Final Level Podcast. The man largely responsible for introducing the music community to Big Daddy Kane,

KRS-One Decodes His Most Classic Lines. You Must Learn… (Audio)

Shawn Setaro, former Editor-in-Chief of Rap Genius, has been opening up his vaults of classic interviews on his theciphershow.com site. One such gem is an amazing conversation with KRS-One. Kris

Mobb Deep & Big Noyd’s 1994 Version Update Of MC Shan’s Classic Is Liberated (Audio)

The Bridge Wars were very real. Most Heads know about the Juice Crew vs. Boogie Down Productions main event featuring MC Shan, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante and more versus KRS-One,

Roc Marciano – Bozak

Roc Marciano takes it back with the title for his latest song. You can get the Bozak (and hear EPMD’s similarly named classic) below. Related: Roc Marciano – Momma’s Song

Sheek Louch, Ghostface Killah and Jadakiss make exquisite use of a Fat Boys catch phrase (see below). Check out Stick ‘Em (Audio)

WU-BLOCK. Related: Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah – Shrooms ft Styles P (Audio) Peep the reference:

Trae Tha Truth – F*cked Up World ft Z-Ro & Noble (Video)

Trae Tha Truth updates a Makaveli classic with F*cked Up World featuring Z-Ro & Noble. Check out the video. Related: Trae Tha Truth – I’m On 2.0 ft Big K.R.I.T.,

Talib Kweli – To the Music ft Maino (Prod. 9th Wonder)

Wow. 9th Wonder chopped up an 80’s R&B classic LOVELY (more on that below) for Talib Kweli’s new song. Check out Talib’s To the Music featuring Maino. Be on the

Pac Div – Gimme What You Got

Here’s a hot new joint from Pac Div. OC fans will instantly recognize the classic sample. Check out Gimme What You Got. Related: Pac Div – Automatic Here’s the OC

Stalley spits live on Shade 45 (Video)

Stalley was on Shade 45 and spit some verses over that Rhyme No More beat DJ Premier laced for Jay-Z. Check out the video below. Related: Stalley – Hammers &

Childish Gambino – Body ft Prodigy

Childish Gambino looks up with Prodigy over an ill Portishead sample on his latest. Check out Body. Related: Childish Gambino – Royalty (Mixtape) Here’s the Portishead original.

AG (from Show & AG) – Toca Tuesday Freestyles (Video)

AG from Show & AG has not lost a step. He represented hard for 90’s MCs on Tony Touch’s Toca Tuesday Freestyles. Check out how he flows on the head-nodding,

Asher Roth – Good Morning View

Here’s a dope new song from Asher Roth. His flow and the sample used by producer David Appleton give it a Blu & Exile type of feel. Check out Good

Hodgy Beats – Fordab*tches

Hodgy Beats goes in over a vintage track from D’Angelo’s first album. Check out Fordab*tches. Related: Hodgy Beats – Untitled EP (Mixtape) Click here to download. Here’s the D’Angelo song.

Kool Keith – Goodbye Rap (Video)

Here’s some new music from Kool Keith. He says farewell to hip-hop (at least on this album). Check out the video for Goodbye Rap. Related: Here’s a look at the

Nottz – You Need This Music ft Pusha T & Dwele

Nottz is back with a collabo with Pusha T and Dwele. He chops up the same track Just Blaze used for Usher a few years ago but very differently. Check

Jon Connor – True Colors (Video)

Here’s a nice flip of an 80’s pop classic by Jon Connor. As usual, he goes in lyrically. Check out the video for True Colors. Related: Jon Connor – Someone

Childish Gambino – Silk Pillow ft Beck

Now here’s a really cool combo. Childish Gambino teams up with Beck on his latest release. Check out Silk Pillow.  Related:  Childish Gambino – Black Faces ft Nipsey Hu$$le Here’s

Young Roddy – Kyle Watson (Video)

Young Roddy flows over a beat that heads might recognize from the Above the Rim soundtrack. Check out the video for Kyle Watson. Related: Young Roddy – The Plot (Video)

Yung Menace – Bam Bam (Video)

Remember how Dancehall used to set a party off? If so, this one’s for you. Here’s a new video from Brooklyn MC Yung Menace set to an instantly recognizable classic.

Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)

Here’s a new single from Lupe Fiasco’s upcoming Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. It’s set to the tune of Pete Rock & CL Smooth’s

GhostWridah – 1995 (Video)

GhostWridah joins a growing list of talented MCs who have flowed over Milkbone’s Keep It Real beat. Logic recently killed it and its probably most recognized as the song that

DMX – Sh*t Don’t Change ft Snoop Dogg

DMX goes in on a track Dre produced for Snoop’s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment album. The Boss Dogg also adds some ad libs. DMX’s new free EP The Weigh In

Jon Connor – Someone Like Me (Video)

Jon Connor’s latest video is for his Kings of Leon-inspired song Someone Like Me. As usual, dude spits (check the co-sign from Busta Rhymes at the end). Check it out

J. Rocc – Sing About It

Here’s a lush new track from legendary Beat Junkie DJ (and founder), J. Rocc. He took a break from hip-hop to produce a Brazilian house track. Check out Sing About

Ab-Soul – Empathy ft Alori Joh and JaVonte (Video)

Ab-Soul vibes out on a track that is reminiscent of the sound Timbaland crafted for Aaliyah in the One in a Million era. Check out the video for Ab-Soul’s Empathy

BJ The Chicago Kid – Hay

Here’s yet another dope track from BJ The Chicago Kid. This time he flips up Crucial Conflict’s Hay and takes it from hip-hop to soul. Check both BJ’s take and

K. Sparks – Clair

K. Sparks new song Clair has a Slum Village feel to it…in a GREAT way. The track was produced by Payozo and you can hear the clear Dilla influence. Check

Crooked I – Nikki

Crooked I crushed this new joint joint called Nikki. The sample is inspired and instantly recognizable by Prince fans. Check it out below. Previously: Crooked I freestyles live in NYC

Showbiz & AG – Walk With Me

I’m down with DITC…heads know the rest. Here’s a soulful new joint from Showbiz & AG from the legendary DITC crew. Check out Walk With Me. Props: Nahright Previously: Diamond

Beanie Sigel – Shot Caller

Beanie Sigel is back. And, he dropped a hot verse over French Montana’s Shot Caller track (which heads will recognize as a chop of the Lords of the Underground’s classic

Buddy & Kendrick Lamar – Staircases (prod. Pharrell Williams)

A video of Kendrick Lamar and Buddy performing a song called Staircases at SXSW hit a couple of weeks ago. Here’s the recorded version which was produced by Pharrell. Heads

Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah – Batman

Here’s yet another burner from Sheek Louch and Ghostface Killah. This time they rock out over the classic Funky Drummer beat (with a hook that’s a nod to the Toto

Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah – Barry

Here’s another burner from Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah, complete with a classic Barry White sample. Check out Barry. Here’s the Barry White classic.

Scienze – Happiness Is ft Blu & Sene

The jazzy piano loop that King I Divine samples on his collabo with ScienZe is reminiscent of tracks you used to hear on the regular in the mid-90s (in a

STORi – Just Another Day

STORi’s flow is part singing, part rapping and part chatting. Check out how she rides Queen Latifah’s classic Just Another Day track. Here’s Queen Latifah’s classic.

Joell Ortiz – You Can’t Stop the Prophet

The cats from Slaughterhouse have been taking their name really seriously lately. They’ve dropped several hot joints as a collective lately and Joell Ortiz is keeping the momentum going on

Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch – Trading Places

Here’s another collabo between Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch. This one is not a new song though. Instead, they take turns catching wreck over one of the other’s most recognized

Apollo Brown & OC – Prove Me Wrong

Here’s some new OC produced by Apollo Brown and chopped up by DJ Premier. Far from Time’s Up, OC is timeless. Check out Prove Me Wrong below. Here’s OC’s classic

Curren$y – What Da F*ck & #CruiseLife (Video)

Here’s a double play Curren$y video that features 2 songs where he takes on The Throne…not literally, but he does rhyme over a classic track flipped by Jay and a

The Gorillaz – Do Ya Thang ft James Murphy & Andre 3000

The Gorillaz have had some cool collabos with hip-hop artists over the years. Their latest features Andre 3000. If you dig the Gorillaz and experimental 3 Stacks, you’ll probably dig

Styles P – Exhibit A (Video)

Styles P laid down a tight verse on Just Blaze’s Exhibit A track (originally produced for Jay Electronica) a few weeks ago. Here’s the video. Here’s the original Jay Electronica

The Kid Daytona – Angela’s Sister

The Kid Daytona flows lovely over the theme song for Taxi. So soulful…Check out Angela’s Sister. Here’s the timeless theme from Taxi…aka Angela.

Big K.R.I.T. – Boobie Miles

Big K.R.I.T.’s 4EvaNaDay mixtape drops on 2/20. K.R.I.T. just released the first song from the project. It’s a jazzy track with typically meaningful lyrics from K.R.I.T. Check out Boobie Miles

Fokis – Salute (King Tee) (Video)

Fokis pays homage to the great King Tee on Salute (King Tee). Check out the video. Here’s King Tee’s At Your Own Risk (the beat Fokis used), as well as

Logic – Young Sinatra III

Logic breathes life into a vintage (and ridiculously slept on) Milkbone track, complete with a Nas/AZ sample. Check out Young Sinatra III. Props to 2DopeBoyz for the find. Here’s the