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Boldy James & Vince Staples Get Personal On An Alchemist Beat (Video)

Around the time that Boldy James was among the first rappers to sign to the rebranded Mass Appeal Records (formerly Decon) alongside Bishop Nehru and Fashawn, the Detroit, Michigan MC released his first studio album, My 1st Chemistry Set. James' 2013 LP was entirely produced by The Alchemist, and released... Read more

Diamond D Recruits Raekwon, Fat Joe & More For A Video About Being Built To Last

Last year, veteran Bronx, New York MC/producer/DJ Diamond D released his sixth studio album, The Diam Piece 2. The sequel follows 2014's first Diam Piece, a record that predominantly featured Diamond's musical talents behind the boards. The D.I.T.C. co-founder has already confirmed that a third installment is coming soon. With... Read more

Westside Gunn, Benny & Conway Explain Why Griselda Was The Best Rap Crew Of 2019

Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Westside Gunn had a stellar campaign in 2019. Amid the roughly dozen projects dropped by the Buffalo, New York-based label, the trio of MCs released their debut collaborative project, WWCD, from Shady Records. Recently, the Griselda squad sat down with B.Dot and Elliott... Read more

EarthGang’s New Video Is For A Song That Prompted J. Cole To Sign Them

EarthGang's Olu and WowGr8 were scorching hot throughout their 2019 campaign. The Dreamville duo were apart of some of the year's best and most talked about projects, including J. Cole's Rap menagerie, Revenge Of The Dreamers III. Recently, Cole and Ibrahim Hamad assisted with the drop of a Director's Cut... Read more

The Game Assists TOBi With A Chilling New Verse To A Heartfelt Song About The Blues

Born in Lagos, Nigeria, MC/singer TOBi moved from Africa to Ottawa when he was 9 years old. There, the man raised as Oluwatobi Ajibolade began writing songs and poetry. As a teen, TOBi found his way into battle rapping. An old clip of TOBi battling a young Tory Lanez, who... Read more

Memphis Bleek Recalls A Wild Story About JAY-Z’s Early Stash Of Cash (Video)

Under the watchful eye of JAY-Z, Dame Dash, and Kareem "Biggs" Burke, Roc-A-Fella Records first opened its doors in the mid-1990s. At the onset, Jay was the star of his own label. However, as the label expanded, Memphis Bleek—a Marcy Projects neighbor would be among the early additions to the... Read more

Roc Marciano Influenced A Decade Of Hip-Hop. He Looks Back At How He Did It (Video)

Roc Marciano's Rap career began before Y2K. However, the 2010s were a definitive decade for the Hempstead, Long Island MC/producer. After running with Flipmode Squad, co-founding The U.N., and putting in work with Pete Rock, Wu-Tang Clan, and others, the artist stepped forth. In 2010, the man born Rahkeim Meyer... Read more

Method Man & Mary J Blige Will Star In A “Power” Spinoff Series

Nearly 20 years ago, Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and superstar R&B songstress Mary J. Blige won "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" for their collaboration, "I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need To Get By" (embedded below). The song was featured on Meth's 1994 solo... Read more

Cam’ron Details Refusing To Pay A Threatening Suge Knight (Video)

Late last month Harlem's own Cam'ron released his seventh solo album, Purple Haze 2. The 15-years-later sequel to 2004's Purple Haze features Wale, Max B, and fellow Diplomats co-founder Jim Jones. Throughout the LP, Killa Cam spills knowledge from his nearly 25 years in Rap. There are recollections about late... Read more

Deniro Farrar, Lute & Elevator Jay Rap With Heart And A Vision For A Better Life (Video)

Early last year, Charlotte, North Carolina MC Deniro Farrar released his most recent EP, Re-Up, his first since 2017's Mind Of A Gemini II. Next month, Farrar will debut the release of his ninth EP, Sole Food. In anticipation, Deniro has linked up with fellow North Carolina reps Lute and... Read more

Will Smith Discusses His Jealousy Of Jada’s Relationship With Tupac (Video)

This week, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Bad Boys For Life hits theaters for a January 17 premiere. The longtime friends and fellow actors sat down with the Breakfast Club to discuss the new film, including the franchise's beginnings, personal growing pains, and their impact on Black culture. At one point... Read more

Dave Chappelle Explains Why He Defends The Rights Of All Standup Comedians (Video)

In a ceremony held last October, Dave Chappelle was formally presented with the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Alongside family and friends, including Yasiin Bey, Common, Kenan Thompson, Jon Stewart, and Tiffany Haddish, Chappelle’s more than 30 years in comedy... Read more

Benny Is Far From An Overnight Success. Look Back At The Grind Of A Top MC (Video)

Just a few weeks ago, Griselda's trifecta of Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Westside Gunn debuted their collaborative album, WWCD, via Shady Records. Over the past few weeks, the GxFR team has accompanied the album's release with a series of documentaries. These showcase the history, style, and effort... Read more

Jay Electronica & Dave East Have Experienced Homelessness. Now They Help Others

As December rolls in, many Americans across the country are experiencing the chill and snowy weather of the year's winter months. While many are lucky enough to warm themselves up during these cold, long nights, there are an estimated half a million people in the U.S. who are experiencing homelessness... Read more

Tech N9ne & Flatbush Zombies Refuse To Compromise. They Are Riding High (Video)

Comprised of MCs Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick The Architect, the Flatbush Zombies have defied Rap convention since their 2010 inauguration into the game. The Zombies have since released two mind-bending studio albums, with their most recent LP, Vacation In Hell, dropping nearly two years ago. This year, the... Read more

Locksmith Rips 2 Amazing Freestyles. Fat Joe Declares That He May Be The Best (Video)

Locksmith is regarded as one of the elite MCs in Hip-Hop, especially when it comes to freestyling. As an independent artist, the Richmond, California MC has relied on his keen storytelling abilities and deft wordplay to secure his growing fan base. In his early days, Locksmith's career began as a... Read more

Pusha-T & YBN Cordae Endured Real-Life Nightmares To Reach Rap Dreams (Video)

YBN Cordae is having a stellar campaign in 2019. This summer, the man born Cordae Amari Dunston dropped his debut album The Lost Boy, a project many Hip-Hop Heads consider among the best releases of 2019. The record hosted a slew of talent as well, including appearances from Meek Mill,... Read more

Jadakiss Confirms An Unreleased Concept Song Where He & Big Pun Battled (Video)

Jadakiss has amassed an incredible discography over the last 25 years. Along that journey, the LOX and D-Block member has shared the mic with some of the greats, including JAY-Z, DMX, Nas, Royce 5'9, Eminem, and Scarface, to name a few. Recently, 'Kiss appeared on Bootleg Kev and DJ Hed's... Read more

Scarface Is One Giant Step Closer To Winning A Seat On The Houston City Council

After 30 years in Hip-Hop, Brad "Scarface" Jordan announced his run for Houston's City Council in District D this June. After months of campaigning, the number of candidates in the race was recently reduced from over 100 potential candidates to 24 in a runoff on Tuesday (November 5). With only... Read more

EARTHGANG Performs A Colorful Song From 1 Of This Year’s Most Original Albums (Video)

EARTHGANG, comprised of rappers Olu (aka Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (aka Doctur Dot), is having a breakthrough 2019. Backed by J. Cole's Dreamville Records, EARTHGANG is now responsible for one of the year's best LPs with their full-length debut, MirrorLand. Earlier this summer, the duo appeared on the chart-topping Revenge... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Flaunts His Roots To Show The Beauty & Depth Of Mississippi (Video)

Earlier this year, Big K.R.I.T. released K.R.I.T. Iz Here, a full-circle follow-up to the MC/producer's highly-acclaimed 2010 mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The '19 project featured the likes of Lil Wayne, Saweetie, Baby Rose, Rico Love, and a boasted a stellar feature from Dreamville's own J. Cole for the track, "Prove... Read more

Alchemist & Evidence Reunite The Step Brothers & Bring Big Bars To Calabasas

In 2009, Los Angeles area representatives Alchemist and Evidence of the Dilated Peoples joined forces to combine their deft skills in the booth and on the boards as the dynamic duo, Step Brothers. Underneath the umbrella of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Rhymesayers label, the Step Brothers released their first joint record,... Read more

DaBaby Makes A Song That Shows He’s A Grown-Up MC With A Real Message

Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, also known by his Rap moniker DaBaby, has been having a stellar campaign in 2019. After being featured in XXL's "Freshman" class this season, the 27-year-old MC released his debut album, Baby On Baby, which reached the top 25 of the Billboard 200 charts. It was accompanied... Read more

Tobe Nwigwe & Paul Wall’s Collabo Is Fit For 2 Champions Of The H-Town People (Video)

Tobe Nwigwe is having a stellar 2019 campaign. Earlier this March, the Houston, Texas native released his fourth studio project, Three Originals. It features standout singles and visual accompaniments for "Peep Game," "Caged Birds," and "Bountiful." Then, just last month, Nwigwe unveiled a completely live album, Tobe From The Swat:... Read more

Flavor Flav Speaks Candidly About His Addiction & Why It Was Time For Change

From Public Enemy to reality television, Flavor Flav has been a star within music and culture. While his legendary Hip-Hop group condemned drug addiction, Flav publicly battled substance abuse. Since the group's success in the early 1990s, Flav had several high-profile arrests, including several with drug charges. In one of... Read more

ANoyd’s Freestyle Shows Why He’s A Top MC Who Belongs On Everybody’s Radar (Video)

Earlier this summer, Connecticut MC ANoyd linked up with Statik Selektah and ShowOff Records to release his album Yuck!, featuring Nick Grant, Ufo Fev, and Termanology. A' and Statik later dropped visuals for one of the album's standout singles, "The Mood." Despite ANoyd's recent ventures in flexing his album-mode muscles,... Read more

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown & CeeLo Green Have A Dungeon Family Reunion With Bad Intentions

Shortly following his halftime performance at 2019's Super Bowl LIII, Big Boi did a led tour with members of the Dungeon Family in Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown, Organized Noize, and KP The Great. While on the road, Sleepy Brown and Big Boi's rejuvenating reunion invigorated the two longtime friends to... Read more

RZA Says The Wu Documentary & TV Series Have Strengthened The Clan’s Bond (Video)

Earlier this week, the first wave of episodes from Wu-Tang: An American Saga premiered on Hulu. The dramatic miniseries chronicles the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan. Executive produced by RZA and Method Man, the series follows The Abbott and his siblings on a street journey that eventually leads to one... Read more

Ras Kass’ Soul On Ice Sequel Uses Lyricism To Confront New Threats (Audio)

Over two decades ago, Ras Kass planted a flag for lyricism that balanced accounts of life in the streets of South Central with information found in the books that upset the setup. That unique gift culminated on Soul On Ice, the MC's 1996 debut that has been heralded in circles... Read more

Blu Is Having 1 Of His Best Years Yet. A New Surprise Album Seals The Deal (Audio)

Johnson Barnes III, known by many as Blu, has been having a stellar 2019. The California MC kicked off the year by linking with producer, rapper, and Gangrene member Oh No for A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night. Then, just three months later, he went back to his... Read more

Snoop Dogg Previews His Upcoming LP For KXNG Crooked & Details Suge Knight Song

After more than 25 years in the game, Long Beach, California MC/producer/DJ Snoop Dogg is gearing up to release his 17th studio album, I Wanna Thank Me, later this year. A few weeks ago, Snoop released the single and a video to the title track of the album. In the... Read more

Bahamadia Makes A Statement For Gender Equality & She Will Not Be Ignored (Video)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Rap veteran Bahamadia has been busy making music since her Gang Starr co-signed 1996 debut album, Kollage. Since then, she has been featured alongside the likes of The Roots, Jedi Mind Tricks, and Erykah Badu. Two years ago, Bahamdaia produced an entire EP, Dialed Up 2, strictly through... Read more

When It Comes To Lyrics, Oswin Benjamin Has Got That FIRE (Video)

Born in Brooklyn and raised in upstate New York's city of Newburgh, Oswin Benjamin is a seasoned MC that continues to make significant waves on his climb. In 2016, Benjamin was a part of one of the year's best cyphers alongside Chris Rivers and Denzil Porter, a session that ultimately... Read more

Black Milk Is Evolving. His Latest Song Shows Where He’s Heading (Audio)

Last year, Detroit producer/MC Black Milk released his seventh studio album, FEVER, marking his first full length project since 2014's, If There's A Hell Below. In an already acclaimed career, the Computer Ugly/Mass Appeal Records LP was received as some Black Milk's best work to date, including a spot on... Read more

Ras Kass Rhymes With A Vengeance. He Vows To Make 2019 His Year (Video Premiere)

Twenty-three years ago, Ras Kass dropped his first studio album, Soul On Ice. The LP brilliantly balanced wordplay with rich information about history, religion, race, and life in the Southern California streets from the MC who reps both Watts and Carson. The Priority Records album featured production from Battlecat, Vooodu, Bird,... Read more

A Newly Surfaced Jay Electronica Song Revisits His Time With Erykah Badu

Jay Electronica's first foray into Hip-Hop's collective eye came twelve years ago in 2007 with his first project, Act I: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge), in which Jay spits for fifteen minutes over music woven from the score to the 2004 film, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Three years later,... Read more

Slick Rick Is Still Shinin’ In His First Video After Nearly 2 Decades

It's been more than 30 years since Slick Rick released his debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick, and 20 since The Ruler dropped his most recent project, The Art of Storytelling. His natural effect on both Hip-Hop and popular culture is palpable, as the British-born, Bronx bred MC's... Read more

JAY-Z Provides Legal Assistance To A Family Terrorized By Phoenix Police

On May 29, an on-duty, in-uniform police officer was caught on video pointing his weapon, shouting profanity, and threatening a young Black family in Phoenix, Arizona. The footage quickly went viral, sparking much controversy and social outrage. Following the incident, 22-year-old Dravon Ames and 24-year-old Aisha Harper officially filed their... Read more

Spread Love The Brooklyn Way. A Street Is Named After Biggie Smalls (Video)

Just over 47 years ago, on May 21, 1972, Christopher Wallace was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Wallace was raised by his mother, Voletta, a preschool teacher, at 226 St. James Place in Clinton Hill. From his booming stage entrance during a pivotal... Read more

Scarface Announces He’s Running For Houston City Council

For more than 30 years, Houston, Texas has long been a significant player in the Rap music space. Crews ranging from the Geto Boys to Screwed Up Click to Swishahouse have led musical movements far beyond the city. Artists like Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Lil Keke, Mike Jones, Trae Tha Truth,... Read more

Joell Ortiz & Hit-Maker Salaam Remi Have Released A New EP. Take A Listen.

This past year has been busy for Brooklyn, New York's Joell Ortiz. Last year, the Slaughterh*use co-founder linked up with veteran Michigan producer Apollo Brown for the release of their joint venture, Mona Lisa. Then at the beginning of 2019, Joell caught a wave with Dipset affiliates The Heatmakerz and... Read more

Denzel Curry Delivers A Wrecking Ball Verse While Flying Lotus Flips Quasimoto (Audio)

Last year, Denzel Curry released TA13OO, featuring appearances from GoldLink, J.I.D, JPEGMAFIA, and more. In 2019, Curry linked has with Australian radio station Triple J to reprise Rage Against The Machine's "Bulls On Parade," adding his spin with a verse from TA13OO's "SIRENS [Z1RENZ]" and an added personal touch of... Read more

Westside Gunn Discusses The Possibility Of An Entire Griselda Album With DJ Premier

Just over two years ago, Buffalo, New York MCs Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher formed a partnership with Eminem's Shady Records. The three artists have been busy ever since, independently releasing a string of acclaimed hardcore Hip-Hop albums on their Griselda Records imprint, including Wes' Supreme Blientele,... Read more

Locksmith Explains Why He Was Relieved Not To Get A Deal From Dr. Dre (Video)

Locksmith is one of the Bay Area's most prolific MCs. Since the early 2000s, the Richmond, California rapper has laid forth a slew of mixtapes, albums, and freestyles to bolster his catalog and put his expert lyricism on full display. In 2018, Locksmith kept especially busy, releasing full-length Ali, and... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Has Brady Watt Turn Up The Bass For 1 Of His Classic Verses

New Hampshire bass player and producer Brady Watt has been a staple in Hip-Hop for nearly a decade. Most notably, Watt has received credit on projects from Curren$y, Locksmith, Statik Selektah, and Joey Bada$$. Over the past few months, Watt has linked up with yet another tier of Hip-Hop heavyweights... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Now Has A District Named After It In Staten Island

Yesterday (May 4), part of the Park Hill section of Staten Island, New York was officially renamed the "Wu-Tang Clan District." The rechristening is in honor of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late O.D.B. Meth', Raekwon, Ghostface, and U-God are some... Read more

Redman Explains How He & Method Man Became Hip-Hop’s Dynamic Duo (Audio)

UPDATE: Take It Personal Radio has included the interview in a two-part, mega-mix that clocks in at more than seven hours: ORIGINAL MAY 4 STORY: Recently, Take It Personal Radio hosts DJ 360 and Philaflava took some time to speak with Newark's own Reggie Noble for an in-depth interview. Throughout,... Read more

Killer Mike Pens A Heartfelt Tribute To Roxanne Shante & The Power Of Kindness

This week (May 3) Killer Mike wrote a powerful open letter to one of his Hip-Hop heroes, Roxanne Shanté. "This is a photo from my grandmother’s photo album of me and my accomplishments and moments. This is an actual photo of a hero of mine. On a trip to [New... Read more

Blu & Exile Reunite For A Soulful Song About How Hip-Hop Is True & Livin’ (Audio)

After meeting in the early 2000s, Los Angeles, California MC Blu and fellow native producer Exile recorded and released their first studio album in 2007 with the critically acclaimed, Below The Heavens. One album (2012's Give Me My Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them) and a decade after, Blu... Read more

Stream Bun B & Statik Selektah’s Star-Studded TrillStatik Album

In the middle of this month, UGK's own Bun B and highly-respected producer Statik Selektah hosted a live recording and taping for their collaborative album, TrillStatik. The two veterans have extensively worked together in the past on Statik albums as well as his group with Termanology, 1982. This collaboration was... Read more