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The NFL Won’t Even Let Colin Kaepernick Play In A Video Game

Madden NFL 19 won't be released until August 10 but is already making headlines. Advance copies of the forthcoming EA Sports NFL game were released to criticism relating to its soundtrack (or, rather, something missing from the soundtrack). The game has developed a reputation for pairing its technology with music... Read more

Treach, Snoop & T.I. Bring Tupac Into The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame In Style (Video)

Friday night (April 7) at Brooklyn, New York's Barclays Center, Tupac Shakur was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. More than 20 years after the legendary rapper, actor, and revolutionary was killed in Las Vegas, Nevada, his name and music will live on forever, positioned alongside The... Read more

Scram Jones Speaks Against The President Through Party-Rocking Turntablism (Video)

Scram Jones is a bona fide Hip-Hop veteran. The New Yorker has produced tracks for Raekwon, The LOX, and Ghostface Killah (as well as Mariah Carey), among many others. Moreover, he's a highly-respected DJ, from rocking clubs, mixtapes, concerts, and his post on Shade 45. Oh yeah, this 2002 "Unsigned... Read more

Hackers Are Playing YG’s “F*** Donald Trump” On Stations Across The Country (Video)

In the days leading up to Donald Trump's inauguration, Compton rapper YG offered to perform at the event for $4 million dollars. Specifically, he was referring to his anti-Trump anthem "FDT," which he originally released last March. Featuring Nipsey Hussle, the song was given the remix treatment a few months... Read more

YG Shows Not Much Has Changed Since N.W.A. Told The World About Cops In Compton (Video)

2016 has been a monumental year for YG, the Compton rapper whose Still Brazy album contains some of his most political work to date. His anti-Trump anthem "FDT (F*** Donald Trump)" featured Nipsey Hussle and was so successful, YG enlisted the help of G-Eazy and Macklemore for the song's second... Read more

YG, G-Eazy & Macklemore Unite In an Effort to Trump Hate (Video)

In the April video for "FDT," YG and Nipsey Hussle open with a question for their audience: "in which direction will we go?" It's a pointed reference to the presidential election, one in which the political arena has become more divisive and fraught with implications than most in recent history.... Read more

YG & Drake Answer Their Own Question With a Video for the Haters

This has been a major summer for Compton, California's YG, whose sophomore album Still Brazy has been making ways inside and outside Rap music. With "FDT," he released a defiantly anti-Trump anthem with Nipsey Hussle. But when he enlisted G-Eazy and Macklemore for the song's remix, he paired the song's... Read more

Hip-Hop Stood Tall In July. Here’s Some Of The Best Of The Month (Audio Playlist)

July was a tense and complicated month. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, both captured on film, led to national protests, heated discourse and some misguided shootings of police officers, presumably in retaliation. Political conventions held by the Democratic and Republican parties further divided the nation... Read more

Donald Trump Is Just the Start. YG Is Ready To Take On the System.

With the Democratic National Convention well underway, the November arrival of America's presidential election is nearing closer, and things are reaching a fever pitch. Many artists within the Hip-Hop community are taking to the studio and stage to record political messages for posterity, helping raise awareness and inspire entire movements.... Read more

Macklemore & G-Eazy May Have Just Joined YG On The Secret Service Watch List (Audio)

Earlier this year, YG and Nipsey Hussle released a song that was a scathing critique of then presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. Titled "FDT," standing for F... Donald Trump, the song was so brazen in its attacks that it landed on the radar of the Secret Service, and YG was... Read more

YG & Drake’s Chemistry Stays Strong With A Question For The Haters (Audio)

One of the centerpieces to YG's triumphant 2014 major label debut My Krazy Life was the breakthrough platinum single "Who Do You Love?" Drake lent his spotlight to the Compton, California spitter, who like Drizzy, came up through mixtapes and street records long before the big label machine. In 2016,... Read more

It’s Official. YG Is Bringing G-Funk Back (Video)

Last year, when YG released "Twist My Fingaz," the lead single from his forthcoming album Still Krazy, it sounded like he was making a statement. The track, which featured an interpolation of Funkadelic's "One Nation Under A Groove," oozed the G-Funk sound that dominated the West Coast, a generation before... Read more

See The Side Of Compton That Makes Kendrick Lamar’s “Keisha’s Song” A Reality (Video)

Following the captivating first part of Noisey mini-documentary Bompton, viewers got an inside look at the city of Compton. Kendrick Lamar and 20-year best friend Lil L are among the hosts in a voyeuristic ride through the gang-controlled streets that have affected Rap music for the last 30 years. While... Read more

Take A Look At Kendrick Lamar & High-Stakes Compton From The Inside (Video)

Last night (February 15), Kendrick Lamar closed his Grammy performance with an image of the Africa continent with the words "Compton" upon it. The parallels between the Motherland and Hub City may be strong to the 28 year-old. Both are complicated places built around Black (and Brown) Pride, cultural diversity,... Read more

Approaching Album No. 2, YG’s Narrative & Throwback Sound Isn’t Budging (Audio)

Two years ago, YG's My Krazy Life was a fan favorite, peaking at #2 on the charts. The CTE World/Def Jam Records star is hard at work on a follow-up. Reportedly called Still Krazy, the 2016 LP is shaping up to be the perfect extension of the G-Funk renaissance. "City... Read more

YG Hosts 50 Cent & Nipsey Hussle And It’s Nuthin’ But A Gangsta Party (Audio)

YG has had a tumultuous 2015. In June, he was shot 3 times while in the studio, but was able to make it to his own car to be taken to the hospital. By July, he had recovered enough to release the lead single from his forthcoming Still Krazy album.... Read more

This Streaming Music Mix Is A 52 Song Pick-You-Up (Playlist)

Lots of great music has been releasing as of late. Whether YG's G-Funk revival "Twist My Fingers," Lil Dicky and Snoop Dogg's job interview-in-rhyme, or Drake's surgical Meek Mill reply "Back To Back," there is plenty of diversity, tangibility, and value in music in 2015. Artists are steadily moving their... Read more

DJ Quik, YG & More Talk About What It Means to Be From Compton…Over New Dre Music (Video)

For fans of Dr. Dre, N.W.A. and Hip-Hop, generally, Friday cannot come soon enough. That day will bring Dr. Dre's first album since 1999's 2001. Thankfully, the good Doctor will be sharing a full preview of Compton: The Soundtrack tomorrow from 9pm to 12pm EST on Apple Music, just prior... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of July 2015 (Audio)

July has traditionally been slow for Hip-Hop releases, but 2015 proved to be the exception. The month brought new music from a wide variety of artists and set the stage for a blockbuster August, with the return of Dr. Dre and Warren G. Here are the best Hip-Hop songs of... 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

YG Twists a P-Funk Classic for Some of That New California Love (Audio)

"I really got somethin' to say. I'm the only one that made it out the West without Dre. I'm the only one that's 'bout what he say. The only one that got hit and was walking the same day." YG may have obtained his success without the help of Dr.... Read more

Erykah Badu & The Roots Perform The Ultimate Hip-Hop Medley (Video)

Erykah Badu and The Roots took the stage together at the 2015 Roots Picnic and performed the mother of all tributes to Hip-Hop. Black Thought kicked things off, ripping through "Act Too (Love Of My Life)," which segued perfectly into Badu's "Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip-Hop)," and... Read more

YG Shot Three Times in a Los Angeles Recording Studio.

According to reports, YG was shot three times at approximately 1:45am PST (6/12) in a Los Angeles recording studio. TMZ cites law enforcement officials as saying the Compton MC was struck all three times in the hip, but was able to get into his car where he was driven to... Read more

YG Talks Fist Fights with DJ Mustard, Grammys Snub and More (Video)

YG and DJ Mustard are like brothers. Sometimes, brothers knuckle up...YG dropped by HOT 97 in NYC and discussed their recent, quite public altercation, as well as several they've had in private. He explained it's all in the family. The Compton MC also discussed how he feels about fans replacing... Read more

AFH:14 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2014 (Food For Thought)

2014 was a special year in Hip-Hop music. Rather than a usual suspect front-running in spotlight, this was a democratic crop of albums—where new artists made cohesive introductory works, veterans advanced their skillsets and redefined their reputations, and underground MCs challenged the mainstream. There were artists who released multiple works,... 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

YG Displays His 2015 Flow Without Any Distractions (Video)

Often times, YG videos are driven to show the city of Compton, the place that's played such a strong role on the CTE/Def Jam artist's mixtapes, and especially his My Krazy Life debut. After nailing down 2014 as best he could, the California MC wants new things for 2015. From... Read more

GOAT: Which One of These MCs Deserves a Shot at Advancing to Round 2?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

YG Bangs On Wax With DJ Quik, Mack 10 & Tha Relativez’ Big Wy (Audio)

YG's My Krazy Life, in many ways, feels like a mid-1990s Gangsta Rap album. The CTE/Def Jam Records experience (which YG felt was Grammy-snubbed), combines strong Compton neighborhood talk with storytelling, sex-centric tracks, and honest revelations of an early twenty-something just trying to live. "Bicken Back Bein Bool" is one... Read more

YG Has a New Album Coming. Here’s the First Single (Audio)

Many believe YG has an album of the year contender with My Krazy Life (but not the Grammy Awards). With it's club and car-friendly beats and raw, unfiltered lyrics, he and DJ Mustard established a new Cali sound for a new era in Hip-Hop. Not one to rest on his... Read more

20 Amazing Hip-Hop Projects From 2014, So Far (Videos)

2014 is entering its fourth quarter. As a whole, the year has seen some amazing musical developments in Hip-Hop. Mainstream artists like Common, The Roots, and Rick Ross (coincidentally, all Def Jam Records acts) have made statement albums, adding to respected and evolved catalogs. Veterans such as Cormega, Pharoahe Monch,... Read more

This Week in Hip-Hop Brought a Righteous Verse from Lecrae, Videos from Common, Cormega, ONYX, YG & More (Video Playlist)

This week in Hip-Hop video brought some heavy hitters, including Lecrae conquering Sway's 5 Swingers of Death MC challenge with a righteous verse, 19-year old Kanye freestyling, new music videos from Cormega, Common, ONYX, YG, 2 Chainz, Chance the Rapper and more, Snoop interviewing Jimmy Kimmel, short clips on Apollo... Read more

YG Has A Krazy Life, But Today He’s Bicken Back Being Bool (Video)

YG's music is representative of that bump you feel in the bass when your speakers are on full blast and the young artist's West Coast sounds continue that trend by taking over the club scene with hit makers like the Billboard charting monster cut, "My Nigga," and the piano spotted,... Read more

G-Unit Borrows YG’s DJ Mustard-Produced Hit Beat (Audio)

G-Unit's jackin'-for-beats continues into the holiday weekend. 50 Cent and his cohorts, which now seems to permanently include Kidd Kidd, hop on YG's Drake-assisted My Krazy Life hit, "Who Do You Love?" Keeping the DJ Mustard-produced-song's structure in tact, the quintet brags it up like the old days, and make... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in March 2014 (Audio)

As we ease our way into April, here's a playlist of the best Hip-Hop to drop in March. You'll hear new music from Jay Z, Jay Electronica, Wu-Tang Clan, Crooked I, The Lox, Mobb Deep, Jon Connor, Devin the Dude, Big K.R.I.T., Nitty Scott, MC, Kendrick Lamar, YG, 50 Cent,... Read more

If You Aren’t Up On YG, This Kendrick Lamar-Assisted Track Will Put Your Attention In A Chokehold (Audio)

Although he's still a relatively new face in Hip-Hop, Kendrick Lamar has fast found the ability to knight other artists into the spotlight. While K.Dot has many pockets of fans, some Heads gravitate towards the Compton MC for his unpredictable flows, honesty, and eloquent wordplay that align him with the... Read more

Crooked I Has Been Beating Up Tracks Harder Than Ever. DJ Mustard’s Is the Latest Victim (Audio)

Crooked I has been on a tear the last 6 months. The Long Beach MC has always been nice on the mic, but he's stepped it up even by his standards. His latest release is a re-take on YG's DJ Mustard-produced My Ni**a. Check it out below. Related: Crooked I... Read more

Wale – Hella ft Dom Kennedy & YG

Wale gets some help from Dom Kennedy and YG on his G-funked up song Hella. This is one to ride to. Check it out below. Wale's new album The Gifted is in stores now. Related: Wale – MJ (Prod. Just Blaze) (Audio)... Read more

Young Jeezy Ft. YG, Kendrick Lamar & Chris Brown- R.I.P. (Remix)

Jeezy continues to find ways to reinvent himself on the club scene. After recently dropping the video for "R.I.P.", Jeezy reloads with a couple of big name features for the remix. Related: Juicy J – Show Out ft Big Sean & Young Jeezy (Video)... Read more

YG – Cali Living ft Dom Kennedy (Video)

YG and Dom Kennedy put it down for the Left Coast. Check out the video for Cali Living. Related: The 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher ft YG, E-40, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg & DJ Quik (Video)... Read more

The Making of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards West Coast Cypher (Video)

The West Coast Cypher featuring Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, E-40, Kurupt, YG, Xzibit and DJ Quik was definitely one of the best of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of the cypher, that includes interviews with Snoop, E-40, Quik and DJ Premier. Check... Read more

The 2011 XXL Freshmen put on a show at NYC’s BB King’s last night and dropped a mixtape today.

Watch a recap of the show and listen to and download the whole mixtape below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuLlIsCAWqI&feature=player_embedded#at=22 Here's the mixtape: Download Mixtape... Read more

Some of these XXL 2011 Freshman Cyphers are pretty tight (especially parts 2 and 3). Check out all 3 below.

YG, Mac Miller, Diggy Simmons and Lil Twist Yelawolf, Kendrick Lamar, Lil B and CyHi Da Prynce Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T. and Fred Da Godson... Read more

XXL just released their 2011 Freshmen list. Who did they miss?

This years 11 includes Meek Mill, Big K.R.I.T., Cyhi Da Prynce, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Twist, Big K.R.I.T., Diggy Simmons, Fred the Godson, Yelawolf, Lil B, Mac Miller, and YG.... Read more