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Black Thought & Roc Marciano Spit Rhymes Hard Enough To Cut Diamonds (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Eminem Has Just Released A Surprise Album To Silence His Critics. Listen Here (Audio)

When Eminem released his Revival album last December, the project was met with tepid reception from critics and fans alike. Em had set the bar exceedingly high, even for him, after a BET Hip Hop Awards Cypher in early October that nearly broke the internet, and dominated world news cycles... Read more

Kanye West Apologizes For His Slavery Comments & Breaks Down In Tears (Video)

For well over a decade, Kanye West has been one of the most polarizing figures in pop culture. From stating on live TV that then President George W. Bush did not care about Black people, to storming the stage at the 2009 VMAs in protest of Taylor Swift, Kanye has... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Discusses His Upcoming Role On Power & How It Came To Be (Video)

Earlier this week, 50 Cent and Courtney A. Kemp, the producers of Starz's hit show Power, announced that Kendrick Lamar would be joining this week's episode. While Kendrick has starred in a number of increasingly cinematic music videos, this believed to be his first acting role in a TV series... Read more

Drake Shows He’s Not Too Big To Step In The Booth & Rip A Freestyle (Video)

Over the last few weeks, Drake has firmly established that not only is he the biggest MC in Hip-Hop, he is the biggest artist in the world. With the release of his Scorpion album, the Toronto rapper, singer and actor has yielded some staggering results. His first week sales number... Read more

Wu-Tang Is For The Children…And Now It’s For The Climate Too (Video)

"When it comes to the children, Wu-Tang is for the children. We teach the children." Back in 1998, Ol' Dirty Bastard stormed the stage during the Grammy Awards and interrupted the acceptance speech for Song Of The Year with those words. Since then, the phrase "Wu-Tang is for the children"... Read more

Rakim Shows He’s Still A Super Hero On A New Song For Luke Cage (Video)

Season 2 of Luke Cage premiered yesterday (June 22) and, as with the first season, the show continues to be steeped in Hip-Hop. Written by journalist Cheo Hodari Coker, who cut his teeth writing for VIBE magazine where he did some of the definitive interviews of The Notorious B.I.G., the... Read more

A Suspect Has Been Arrested For The Murder Of XXXTentacion

Three days after the violent murder of XXXTentacion, many are still reeling at the talented artist's death. Now, the Broward County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that they have a suspect in custody for the shooting. Dedrick D. Williams was arrested Wednesday (June 20) evening and charged with first degree murder,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Accepts His Historic Pulitzer Prize (Video)

Over the last few years, Kendrick Lamar has been on the kind of run enjoyed by few artists of any oeuvre. His album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, was hailed as an instant classic and went on to be certified platinum, for over a million copies sold. To Pimp A Butterfly,... Read more

Snoop Gives Brutally Honest Advice To Kanye West About The Women In His Life (Video)

Over the last few weeks, Kanye West has drawn the ire of seemingly everyone, at one time or another. Whether it was due to his ongoing support of Donald Trump, his release of music seemingly designed to troll or outlandish comments about slavery, West's popularity is now at an all-time... Read more

Logic Replaces Eminem & Goes Berserk On A New Remix With Royce 5’9 (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Kanye West’s New Song Explains Why He’s Wearing This Hat & It’s Not What You Think (Audio)

Maybe Kanye West should run for president. When it comes to dominating a news cycle, West may be the only person in the world who can compete with the person who currently holds that job. Since his return to social media nearly two weeks ago, Kanye has made headlines every... Read more

Kanye West Releases A Song That Proves Anyone Paying Attention To Him Is A Fool (Audio)

For the last week, Kanye West has had the internet on fire in both the best and worst possible ways. Seemingly every day, West has dominated the news cycle, with everything from epic announcements of new music produced by him on the way from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Nas and... Read more

Royce 5’9 Will NEVER Dumb Down His Lyrics. He Goes All-In On A New Banger (Audio)

Although he has been one of the most consistently excellent MCs in Hip-Hop for more than 20 years, it is only in the last few years that Royce 5'9 has started getting his proper recognition as an elite lyricist. While Nickel Nine had breakout hits at the turn of the... Read more

Rakim Reveals Nas Called Him For Advice Before He Ethered JAY-Z. Here’s What Ra Said (Video)

Recently, a number of MCs have openly rebelled against those that came before them. Lil Yachty said The Notorious B.I.G. was overrated. Young Dolph openly disrespected Pete Rock. And, too many rappers to count have favorably compared themselves to Tupac. But, it wasn't always that way. There was a time... Read more

ANoyd May Rule The World Better Than Nas & Lauryn Did With This Freestyle (Video)

ANoyd might not be a household name yet, but he is one to watch. Closely. The Connecticut-based MC is quickly establishing himself as among the most talented in his generation. Like Kendrick, Cole, Logic and Joey Bada$$, the up and coming artist flexes a more lyrical style than many of... Read more

Rakim Explains Why He Refused To Do A Gangsta Rap Album With Dr. Dre (Video)

When word broke in the early 2000s that Rakim was signed to Aftermath Entertainment, the Hip-Hop world went crazy. The prospect of arguably Hip-Hop's greatest MC working with a GOAT producer, was mind-blowing. At the time, Rakim was seen as an MC who was a celebrated member of a group... Read more

Nicki Minaj Releases A Hard HIP-HOP Track To Show She’s Still The Queen Of Rap (Audio)

It seems highly unlikely that Nicki Minaj's choosing to release her first new music of the year at the end of a week dominated by Cardi B was by coincidence. The two have been intertwined for months, as successful women rappers, featured guests on the same song, and potential combatants... Read more

Newly Released Surveillance Footage Shows Just How Real Safaree’s Robbery Was (Video)

Last week, Safaree Samuels--MC, former Love & Hip-Hop star, and Nicki Minaj's previous beau of 14 years--appeared on The Angie Martinez Show visibly shaken. When asked by Martinez if he was OK, Samuels, fighting tears, revealed that he had been robbed at gunpoint just hours earlier. "A couple hours ago... Read more

Drake Celebrates Talented Women Of All Colors In His Latest Video

Last night (April 6), Drake released "Nice For What," a song that may be the first single from the new album he announced he was finishing, earlier in the week. The New Orleans bounce record features a prominent sped up sample of Lauryn Hill's "Ex Factor," and instantly packs feel... Read more

Drake Flips A Lauryn Hill Classic For A Hot New Song With That X Factor (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Craig Mack Has Passed Away At The Age Of 47

MARCH 15 UPDATE: The New York Times has confirmed that Craig Mack was 47 years old at the time of his passing. The Colleton County coroner reports that the rapper died of "natural causes." ORIGINAL MARCH 13 STORY: Craig Mack, the artist who, with his single “Flava In Ya Ear,"... Read more

Jordan Peele Is The 1st Black Screenwriter To Win The Oscar For Best Original Screenplay

Just two years after the #OscarsSoWhite movement that blasted Hollywood for a lack of diversity in Academy Award recognition of people of color, the pendulum has swung in a massive way. In theaters, Black Panther continues to make history, leading the box office for the third straight weekend with $65.7... Read more

Kool Keith Shows He Can Still Deliver Critical Beatdowns On A New Dr. Octagon Song (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

PRhyme Return To Rock It With One Of Their Best Tracks Yet (Audio)

For more than two years, listeners have been anticipating the return of PRhyme, the collective of DJ Premier and Royce 5'9. The duo's surprise formation in 2014 led to one of the year's best projects, bringing out the best in both Royce and Preemo, as they mined the sounds of... Read more

MF DOOM & CZARFACE Are Releasing A Joint Album. Here’s The First Song (Audio)

In 2013, Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck joined forces with 7L & Esoteric to form the group, CZARFACE. Since then, the collective has released four albums filled with grimy, no frills underground Hip-Hop. Along the way, they've worked with a who's who of MCs, including Ghostface Killah, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson,... Read more

Nas Performs With The National Symphony Orchestra & It’s Truly Illmatic (Video)

Over the years, Nas has had many distinctions. He is the namesake of a Harvard fellowship. He was given BET's "I Am Hip Hop Award." His album, Illmatic was chosen to be preserved in Harvard's library. And, just last week, he was given the Spotlight Award from the New York... Read more

A News Traffic Team Thinks Of A Master Plan To Celebrate Rakim’s 50th Birthday (Video)

Yesterday, Rakim celebrated 50 years since being born to be the soul controller of the universe. As a tribute to the God MC, the WSB-TV Atlanta news team of Fred Blankenship and Mark Arum incorporated a number of The R's lyrics into their traffic reports throughout the morning. The dynamic... Read more

Fabolous & Jadakiss’ New Video Is A Scary Movie For Lesser MCs

Late last year, Fabolous and Jadakiss released their collaboration album, Friday On Elm Street, a project that was several years in the making. The long-anticipated LP was a play on their first names, Freddy and Jason, and the 1980s horror film characters Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, from the movie... Read more

Drake Re-Ignites His Feud With Joe Budden On A Song Filled With Shots (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

Nas & Dave East Show How They Wrote Their Way Out In The Video For Their Hamilton Collabo

It's been nearly 3 years since the seminal musical Hamilton took Broadway and the world by storm, and the play's cultural impact continues. While it still plays to sold out shows in New York City, the Hamilton wave will now flow through multiple locales, including Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Washington,... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Turns A Prince Classic Into A Cry To Stop The Violence (Video)

UPDATE: Pro Era has released the official audio to "Thugz Cry":  ORIGINAL JANUARY 18 STORY: Over the course of his career, Joey Bada$$ has shown himself to be absolutely fearless, when it comes to making music. When he burst onto the scene with his 2012 mixtape, 1999, he eschewed... Read more

Keith Murray Pays Tribute To Rakim With His “I Ain’t No Joke” Freestyle (Audio)

Rappers often borrow productions popularized by other MCs, to put their own spin on the record. Sometimes they give credit. Sometimes they don't. What Keith Murray has done with Rakim's classic "I Ain't No Joke," however, is different. Rather than simply jack the classic beat, Murray makes his "I Ain't... Read more

Kendrick Lamar & Top Dawg Will Produce Black Panther Soundtrack. Here’s The 1st Song.

Although 2018 is only a few days old, Marvel's Black Panther is already one of the most anticipated films of the year. The movie is directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed), and features an all-star lineup that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, The Walking Dead's Danai... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (The Final Battle): Kendrick Lamar vs. Big K.R.I.T.

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Skillz Releases His 2017 Rap Up & It’s An Epic End To A Crazy Year (Audio)

As years come to a close, no Hip-Hop tradition has become more anticipated that Skillz's annual Rap Up. After much cajoling, the VA MC has released his 2017 installment, and it does not disappoint. More than just a summary of the year's events, Skillz's song often provides much needed reminders... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (The Final 4): Kendrick Lamar vs. Joey Bada$$

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (The Final 4): Big K.R.I.T. vs. Rapsody

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 12): JAY-Z vs. Joey Bada$$

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Drake Spits His Best Verse Of The Year While Lil Wayne Blasts Birdman (Audio)

Earlier this week, Lil Wayne released his Dedication 6 mixtape with DJ Drama. Unlike most of the mixtapes of today, which feature original productions and are basically free albums, Wayne’s project was a return to the days when MCs jacked other rappers for their beats and made them their own.... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Was Originally RZA, GZA & ODB But Protect Ya Neck Changed Everything (Video)

In one of the most epic installments yet of the Drink Champs podcast, Wu-Tang Clan joined N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for a conversation that lasted 3 hours and change. While the Clan was not at full strength, Method Man, Raekwon, U-God, Cappadonna, Masta Killa and DJ Mathematics represented well for... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 11): Kendrick Lamar vs. Logic

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 10): Rapsody vs. Oddisee

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Black Thought Clarifies Whether His 10-Minute Freestyle Was Written Or Off The Top

Nearly two weeks ago, Black Thought set the Hip-Hop world on fire, with a 10-minute freestyle that many considered the best of the year. In fact, Puff Daddy went as far as to say the verse was the greatest freestyle in Hip-Hop history. The video quickly went viral and, to... Read more

Busta Rhymes, Black Thought & MC Lyte Give A Knockout Tribute To LL Cool J (Video)

Earlier this month, LL Cool J became the first Hip-Hop artist to be celebrated as a Kennedy Center Honoree. Last night (December 27), the full ceremony aired on CBS, and LL’s tribute was one fit for a GOAT. While it is customary to have a celebrity introduce honorees at these... Read more

Who Had The Best Rap Album Of 2017 (Battle 9): Big K.R.I.T. vs. Sean Price

We have our opinions on the best albums of 2017, but rather than simply list them, we thought it would be more interesting to hear what you, the readers, believe is the Best Rap Album of 2017. With that in mind, we decided to make our Best Rap Albums Of... Read more

Nipsey Hussle & Swizz Beatz’s New Anthem Says The Sky Is The Limit (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

What’s Better Than 1 New Dave Chappelle Comedy Special? Two. Here’s A Preview (Video)

For the last several weeks, there has been high anticipation for the release of Dave Chappelle's upcoming standup comedy special. Titled "Equanimity," the show is slated to premiere on Netflix on New Year's Eve. Earlier in the week, Chappelle released the first clip from the special. Now, it turns out... Read more

DMX Jumps On Kanye West’s Beat And Makes It About Real Pain (Audio)

In March of 2016, Swizz Beatz teased a remix of Kanye West's "Real Friends," from his Life of Pablo album, that featured DMX. On his Instagram post, Swizz said "Oh yeah and since we're talking @dmx new music alert ⚡️ we're ready to start it up now!!!! X is my... Read more

Dave Chappelle Tells A Joke That Becomes Funny In The Last Second (Video)

Dave Chappelle is The Comeback Kid. After walking away from a reported $50 million dollar contract with Comedy Central, on principle, Chappelle has had an epic year. He landed a Netflix deal that allegedly made up for what he sacrificed by leaving Chappelle's Show in 2005, and, over the Summer... Read more