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Pharoahe Monch Details His Upcoming Album. He Vows It’s His Hardest To Date (Audio)

Pharoahe Monch has not released an album in almost five years. The Queens, New York MC/producer boasts a consistent catalog, whether solo or his three albums with Prince Po in Organized Konfusion. 2014's P.T.S.D. was a critically celebrated release that examined the stresses (and stressors) of the world and in... Read more

J. Cole’s Tearful Tribute To Mac Miller Becomes A Message To Everybody Suffering (Video)

News of Mac Miller's passing on Friday (September 7) has shaken the music world far beyond the Rap community. Meanwhile, just about everyone in Hip-Hop has paid tribute in some way to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. Perhaps one of the most emotional and vivid of the tributes was made by... Read more

Jay Electronica, Obie Trice & Bumpy Knuckles To Perform At Dillatroit Tribute Concert

February 10 marks 12 years since the untimely death of J Dilla. In James Yancey's hometown of Detroit, Michigan the third annual Dillatroit concert will take place in his memory. On Sunday, several collaborators, peers, and admirers of the Slum Village co-founder are confirmed to perform at the event held... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Pay Respects To Prodigy & Vow To Preserve His Legacy (Video)

In the early 1990s, Mobb Deep and Wu-Tang Clan were symbolic brothers in arms for rugged Hip-Hop music and attitudes. Eventually, Loud Records label-mates, the two New York City Rap collectives began collaborating at a time when both crews were mostly keeping things in-house. Raekwon and Ghostface Killah would appear... Read more

The Inside Story Of How Bruno Mars & The Time United To Celebrate Prince

During last night's (February 12) 59th Grammy Awards, one of the most impactful voices in music history was honored. Prince, who died in late April of last night, was celebrated through a tribute by one of his closest collaborators, and a contemporary Pop superstar that he has greatly influenced. The... Read more

Chris Rivers Pays Tribute To His Father Big Pun With A Crushing Freestyle (Video)

Tuesday (February 7), marked the 17th anniversary of Big Pun's passing. Though Pun only released two studio albums, his dextrous rhymes and impeccable flow left a mark that allows him to still be widely considered one of Rap's all-time greats, nearly 20 years after his debut album, Capital Punishment. Fat... Read more

New Edition’s Story Of Growth & Evolution Is Told Through This Mister Cee Mix

Last month, New Edition was the talk of television, thanks to a three-night film chronicling their beginnings, meteoric rise, and current state of the group. In conjunction with The New Edition Story, an offshoot of the group, Bell Biv DeVoe also released their first album in more than 15 years.... Read more

The Revolution Reunite At First Avenue For The Ultimate Prince Tribute (Video)

In the four months since Prince died unexpectedly on April 21, there have been a number of tributes to the fallen icon. Everyone from his longtime friend and collaborator, Sheila E. to Madonna to even The Game has celebrated the legacy of the musical wunderkind from Minneapolis. Last night (9/1),... Read more

Nick Grant Has Bars Like Nobody’s Business On A New Biggie Tribute (Audio)

Nick Grant has become one of the most exciting new MCs as of late. The Atlanta, Georgia native's music is stylish and substantial, but has that vibe to blend in with music and artist that may not be as dense. While 88 continues to burn in rotation, Grant pays homage... Read more

D’Angelo Pays Tribute To Prince With A Rendition Of “Venus De Milo” (Audio)

As much as anyone since, D'Angelo is a disciple of Prince. The artist's fingerprints are all over D'Angelo's music, from the falsetto and stacked harmonies of "Me & Those Dreamin' Eyes of Mine" to the explicit Prince homage that is "Untitled (How Does It Feel)." D'Angelo also has covered numerous... Read more

The Game Releases “Rest In Purple,” A Powerful Tribute Song To Prince (Audio)

Over the course of the next several weeks, there are going to be a slew of tributes to Prince, who passed away suddenly yesterday (April 21) at the age of 57. They will come in all forms, from all walks of like, as his influence transcended genre, race, gender and... Read more

Celebrate The Life & Legacy Of Prince With This Mix Of Deep Cuts & Rarities (Audio)

How do yo begin to celebrate the catalog of an artist who released upwards of 50 albums and reportedly had hundreds in the vault (some of which found their way to starving fans)? It's impossible, certainly not without multiple installments. As the world begins to process the loss of Prince,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Makes A Tribute Video For Kobe Bryant’s Retirement (Video)

Kendrick Lamar and Kobe Bryant share a connection that goes deeper than their ties to Los Angeles. When Kendrick faced off against Jay Z for the first time on a track, he chose the iconic photo of a young Kobe lined up against the aging Michael Jordan, as the cover... Read more

This DJ’s Dedication To Jam Master Jay & MCA Rocks To The Heavens (Mix)

Today (October 30) marks the 13th anniversary of the day Jam Master Jay (a/k/a Jason Mizell) was murdered. The iconic Run-D.M.C. co-founder profoundly influenced Hip-Hop's sound, turntable techniques, and fashion—in addition to helping along the careers of ONYX, 50 Cent, and even Jayo Felony. In the 13 years without Jay,... Read more

Eminem Says Tupac “Was a Superstar in Every Aspect of the Word,” In a Moving Tribute

Since he was teenager, Eminem has felt a special bond with Tupac. The young Marshall Mathers grew up idolizing the immortalized MC and, years later as a well-established artist and producer, Em would have the opportunity to produce an album full of Tupac material. Thus, it was fitting that Paper... Read more

Yasiin Bey Will Perform a Special Tribute to J. Dilla For One Night Only in London (News)

It's been more than 9 years since Hip-Hop lost J. Dilla. Each year in February, Heads celebrate the late great producer and the tributes have extended from Dilla Day to Dilla Weekend. For Yasiin Bey (pka Mos Def), however, who was fortunate enough to be the beneficiary of some of... Read more

Nate Dogg Left A Giant Vacancy In Music. J. Period’s Tribute Mix Says It All… (Audio)

Four years ago today (March 15, 2011), Nathaniel "Nate Dogg" Hale died, tragically, after complications from a stroke. Since his earliest days, alongside Snoop Dogg and Warren G, Nate Dogg was an anomaly. A Long Beach, California native, Nate fused Hip-Hop, Gospel, and Soul seamlessly throughout a career that lasted... Read more

Ras Kass Joins His Twin Sons, Davincci & SKAM2? For A Nonstop Bar Salute To J Dilla (Audio)

In honor of J Dilla's annual birthday weekends celebration(s), Ras Kass is one artist who joined in on the tributes. Running in some of the same circles back in the late '90s and 2000s, emerging MC Davincci laced "Dilla," a sharp-tongued salute to James Yancey with one of his bouncing... Read more

Frank Ocean Sings a Beautiful Version of At Your Best on Aaliyah’s Birthday (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Aaliyah. The talented and beautiful singer and actor would have been 36 years old yesterday (1/16). To celebrate her lasting legacy, Frank Ocean has released an amazing cover of "At Your Best." The song, which was originally written and performed by the Isley Brothers in 1976 as... Read more

Was Kendrick Lamar’s SNL Performance a Tribute to Method Man & ODB? RZA Speaks (Video)

Last week, Kendrick Lamar took the stage on Saturday Night Live and gave an incredibly dynamic performance of his current single, "i." The rendition featured a live band and Kendrick showcasing some of the choreography from the song's video. Strikingly, K.Dot also wore black eye contacts and his hair in... Read more

Rest in Peace to the Legendary Jam Master Jay. Here’s a Tribute Mix (Audio)

Jam Master Jay, legendary DJ for Run-D.M.C., was tragically taken from us twelve years ago today (10/30/02). There's not much to say about Jay that hasn't already been covered, so we decided to let the music do the talking. Here's a Run-D.M.C. tribute megamix that goes hard. Check it out.... Read more

Large Professor Releases a Tribute to Nas on His Birthday (Audio)

The connection between Nas and Large Professor spans decades. Extra P introduced Nas to the world via Nas' mind-bending guest verse on Live at the BBQ and then shepherded much of Esco's debut album, Illmatic. Today (9/14) is Nas birthday and his mentor saw fit to release a tribute celebrating... Read more

Here’s a Mix Celebrating the Ruthless Villain Eazy-E on His Birthday (Audio)

As we celebrate the birthday of Eazy-E, here's a mix from DJ Diablo and KDAY's Julio G that covers several aspects of the Ruthless Villain's legacy. You'll hear music from N.W.A., the D.O.C., Michel'le, Eazy and more. Check out the stream below. Related: N.W.A.’s DJ Yella Speaks on the Last... Read more

From One Soul Brother To Another, Pete Rock Salutes James Brown (Audio)

Today (August 1), James Brown biopic Get On Up has its theatrical opening. In celebration of the Mick Jagger-produced film, Pete Rock—who's Soul Brother #1 moniker is a nod to James Brown's own name—made a mix celebrating his love for the late, legend. The mixtape, quite fittingly, is called #GetOnUp,... Read more

DJ Premier Tells the Story of How He Became a DJ (Video)

Salute to DJ Premier who was honored by Serato today for his contribution to DJ culture. As part of the tribute, they've put together a phenomenal video of Premier discussing what led him to be a DJ, how Gang Starr came to be, his early days as a producer, his... Read more

J. Period Honors The Iconic Biggie Smalls With March 9th Revisited (Mixtape)

DJ J. Period is among the absolute best deejays doing it right now. When he's not providing the sounds for the Brooklyn Nets, the longtime affiliate to Zion I, Black Thought, and Common makes conceptual, fully-produced mixtapes (often released in clever formats like t-shirts, zip drives, etc.) that honor the... Read more

RIP Big Pun. Here’s Mister Cee’s 2014 Tribute Mix (Audio)

Today marks the 14th anniversary of the day Big Pun passed away. Here's a new tribute mix celebrating the life and legacy of the big man, courtesy of Mister Cee. Check out the stream and download below. Related: Here’s a Rare Demo Version of Big Pun’s Still Not a Player... Read more

Happy Birthday to Bob Marley. Here’s a Mix Celebrating His Life & Legacy (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Bob Marley who would have celebrated his 69th birthday today. Here's a tribute mix from Mister Cee celebrating the life and legacy of one of the world's biggest icons. It includes music from Marley, as well as name checks from some of the Hip-Hop artists he's influenced.... Read more

Happy Birthday to Aaliyah. Here’s Mister Cee’s Baby Girl Bday Mix (Audio)

Happy Birthday to Aaliyah. Here's a mix by Mister Cee celebrating her life and music. Related: Aaliyah Video Tribute (Playlist)... Read more

Happy Birthday to the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, The Incomparable Mary J. Blige (Video Playlist)

What's the 1/11? Mary J. Blige's birthday...and what better way to celebrate her than through her music? It's easy to forget how many hits she has but it's kinda RIDICULOUS. Here's a video playlist so you can Reminisce. Related: Here’s a playlist celebrating the legendary career of Mary J. Blige... Read more

Mister Cee Pays Tribute to Heavy D with a Mix (Audio)

Rest in peace to Heavy D who passed away 2 years ago today. Mister Cee paid tribute to the Overweight Lover with a mix which you can stream and download below. Related: A mix and video playlist to celebrate the life of Heavy D (Mixtape & Video Playlist)... Read more

Mister Cee – 2Pac Tribute Mix

Mister Cee is back doing what he does best: mixing great music. With that comes what has become his tradition of making mixes that pay tribute to Lost Legends. Here's Cee's tribute to 2Pac from earlier today, the 17th anniversary of Pac's death. Related: A Look at 17-year Old Tupac... Read more

Remembering George Duke: A Tribute Playlist (Audio)

Rest in peace to George Duke. The multi-talented jazz musician died at the age of 67 yesterday, after a battle with Leukemia. Duke's music was a landmark presence in hip-hop, having been sampled by artists like A Tribe Called Quest, Ice Cube, Common, Slum Village, Spice 1, Pete Rock &... Read more

Happy Birthday MCA: A Tribute To The Beastie Boy (Video)

Happy Birthday to Adam Yauch, aka MCA from The Beastie Boys. The MC with the unforgettable raspy voice would have been 49 years old today. Here's a video recap of the first annual MCA Day that was held in Brooklyn on May 4, 2013, the one year anniversary of his... Read more

Raheem DeVaughn – Trigga Man (Travyon Martin Tribute) ft Styles P

Raheem DeVaughn has released a tribute to Trayvon Martin which features a guest verse from Style P. Here's Trigga Man. Related: Young Jeezy – It’s a Cold World (Trayvon Martin Tribute) (Audio)... Read more

Young Jeezy – It’s a Cold World (Trayvon Martin Tribute)

In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, Jeezy releases a tribute to Trayvon Martin with some words about the song. You can listen to It's a Cold World and read Jeezy's statement below. Related: Reflections on Trayvon Martin (Audio Playlist) Here's what Jeezy had to say about the song:... Read more

Salute to Adam Yauch aka MCA of The Beastie Boys (Video Playlist)

Salute to Adam Yauch, aka MCA of The Beastie Boys, who passed away one year ago today. The Beastie Boys always pushed the boundaries of hip-hop both musically and visually, so to celebrate MCA's life and legacy here is a video playlist of some of the Beasties' many innovative videos.... Read more

Guru – Moment of Truth (Video) + Mister Cee Tribute Mix (Audio)

Here's more love for Guru on the 3rd anniversary of his passing. First up is an amazing short film that is previously unreleased. It features never before seen interview and performance footage as well as some really inspiring moments of Guru speaking to students in a school. Next, is Mister... Read more

DJ Premier – Guru Tribute Mix

Today marks the third anniversary of our loss of Guru. To celebrate his life, here's the mix that his Gang Starr partner DJ Premier did as a tribute. Since Guru was also one of the finest MCs to ever come out of Boston, we dedicate this to all those affected... Read more

DJ Finesse – B.I.G. over Premier (Biggie Tribute Blend Mix)

Here's an incredibly dope project. DJ Finesse put together a Notorious B.I.G. tribute mix featuring blends of Biggie's vocals over various DJ Premier beats. He even got the co-sign from Primo. You can listen to and download B.I.G. over Premier below. Related: AFH: Notorious B.I.G Tribute Here's the tracklist: 1.... Read more

Mister Cee – Nate Dogg Tribute Mix

We're keeping the love for Nate Dogg going. Here's a tribute mix Mister Cee did dedicated to him today. You can listen to and download it below. Related: AFH: Nate Dogg Tribute (Playlist)... Read more

AFH: Nate Dogg Tribute (Playlist)

SXSW is always bitter sweet for me now. On the one hand, there is really no better experience on earth for a music lover. No matter what genre of music you like and no matter what type of artist (mainstream or cutting-edge underground) there is more than you could consume... Read more

AFH: J Dilla Tribute

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Mister Cee – Big Pun Tribute Mix

Today is the 13th anniversary of Big Pun's untimely passing. As has become tradition, Mister Cee did a mix celebrating Pun's life and music. You can listen to and download the mix below. Related: Mister Cee's 2012 Big Pun Tribute Mix (Audio)... Read more

Questlove J. Dilla tribute (Video)

It's never a bad day for some J. Dilla music. Here's an hour long set of Dilla-produced beats spun by the one and only Questlove. Check out the video. Related: Bling47 breaks down J. Dilla’s Dooinit beat (Video)... Read more

Mister Cee’s ODB Tribute Mix (Mixtape)

Today is the 8th anniversary of the day we lost Ol' Dirty Bastard and Thursday 11/15 would have been his birthday. Here's Mister Cee's tribute mix celebrating the life of ODB. Props: 2DBZ Related: Raekwon performs Shimmy Shimmy Ya + C.R.E.A.M. Live (Video)... Read more

Happy Birthday Big Pun

Salute to Big Pun who would have turned 41 today. Below is the tribute mix Mister Cee did earlier in the year to celebrate the life of the big man. Related: A look at the legacy of Loud Records... Read more

A mix and video playlist to celebrate the life of Heavy D (Mixtape & Video Playlist)

Today marks the 1-year anniversary of the day we lost Heavy D. As has become customary on the anniversary of these losses, Mister Cee did a tribute mix celebrating the life and music of the Overweight Lover. You can listen to and download the mix (props to 2DBZ) and also... Read more

Jam Master Jay Tribute (Video Playlist)

Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the day we lost Jam Master Jay. Here are some videos celebrating the life of one of hip-hop's most iconic DJs. Related: Run-D.M.C. performs at the Made in America Festival (Video)... Read more

Chris Lighty Tribute (Video)

If there were any questions about the impact Chris Lighty had on hip-hop and music, generally, last night's stirring tribute to him at the Hip-Hop Awards answered them. The late mogul was celebrated by performances from some of his biggest clients including Busta Rhymes, 50 Cent, Fat Joe, Missy Elliott... Read more