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Screwball Member Hostyle Has Passed Away At The Age Of 47

Hostyle, a founding member of Queens, New York Hip-Hop group Screwball, has died. R.A. The Rugged Man, Cormega, and other collaborators of the man born Frederick Ivey have acknowledged his passing. He was reportedly 47 years old. His cause of death has not been made public at this time. With... Read more

Joe Budden Responds To Eminem’s Latest Disses

On Friday morning, Eminem surprise-released a new album. His third LP since October of 2017 features an exciting guest list of MCs as well some ongoing jabs at rivals, including MGK, Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar, and Joe Budden. This weekend, Budden responded to Music To Be Murdered By lyrics on... Read more

Royce 5’9’s Tracklist For “The Allegory” Features Griselda, Vince Staples & DJ Premier

Yesterday (January 17), Royce 5'9 released the second video single to his 2020 album, The Allegory. The follow-up to 2018's acclaimed The Book Of Ryan has thus far included "Black Savage" (featuring T.I., CyHi The Prynce, Sy Ari Da Kid, and White Gold) as well as "Overcomer" (featuring Westside Gunn).... Read more

Eminem Has Just Dropped An Album Featuring Black Thought & Royce 5’9. Listen Here.

Eminem has done it again. Following 2018’s Kamikaze campaign, Marshall Mathers dropped another sneak-attack for fans. Like the last affair, this one comes out of nowhere. Titled Music To Be Murdered By, Em's eleventh album features Black Thought, Royce 5'9, Q-Tip, and Anderson .Paak, among others. It also has production... Read more

R.A. The Rugged Man Is A Hip-Hop Showman Who Rapped His Way From Loser To Legend

R.A. The Rugged Man knows how to grab eyeballs. The Long Island lyricist with the cult following announced his first album in nearly seven years today (January 15). So in sharing the good news, the respected MC leads with a video single that is captivating visually while offering a lot... Read more

Redman Samples “Da Rockwilder” & M.O.P. Adlibs To Make A New Banger (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let Ambrosia For Heads 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 its ever been. Not only are we able to... Read more

Mac Miller’s Family Is Releasing A Companion LP To “Swimming.” Here Is The 1st Video

UPDATE: Mac Miller's family has released the tracklist to Circles, as well as its first music video. This comes one day after the album announcement. "Good News" is the first glimpse of the January 17 LP, produced by Miller and Jon Brion. The animated video is book-ended with footage of... Read more

This Mix Tunes Through De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising, Sample By Sample

More than 30 years ago, De La Soul released its debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising. Produced by then-Stetsasonic member Prince Paul, the Tommy Boy Records LP became a benchmark of Hip-Hop music. While Posdnuos (aka Plug 1) and Trugoy (aka Plug 2) waxed poetic about life in Long... Read more

Skillz Raps Up 2019 & He Does It With 20/20 Vision (Audio)

For many Hip-Hop Heads, New Years is not a holiday without Mad Skillz. The Richmond, Virginia veteran MC (and DJ) closes the book on 2019 with a tradition that nearly goes back to Y2K. The "2019 Rap Up" is here, just ahead of many fans' celebrations, reflection, and ringing in... Read more

LL Cool J Is Back On Def Jam & Q-Tip Is Producing His Music

Between 1984 and 2008, LL Cool J released 12 albums at Def Jam Records. James Todd Smith had been a flagship artist at the label launched by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin. His discography, which also includes multiple greatest hits volumes, boasted platinum and gold accolades, as well as a... Read more

The Upcoming Documentary On Michael Jordan & The Bulls’ Last Dance Looks Amazing

At the top of 2019, a trailer for the 10-part "30 For 30" documentary series titled The Last Dance was unveiled. At just over a minute in length, the original teaser forecast a spotlight shined specifically on the team's sixth and final championship title with the Chicago Bulls during the... Read more

Drake Explains Why Pusha-T Revealing His Son Was A Genius Chess Move

This week, Drake released a new video single, "War." The Toronto, Ontario superstar let listeners know that he would like to make peace with The Weeknd. However, as the song’s title suggests, the MC/singer used wordplay and subliminal disses to confront enemies, potentially including Pusha-T, Kanye West, Puff Daddy, and possibly... Read more

Drake Declares War On Pusha-T, Diddy & More In A Song Full Of Sneak Disses

In the closing days of the year, Drake wants the last word in 2019. He drops a new song and music video with an eyebrow-raising title "War." The OVO compilation inclusion (embedded below) declares armistice with one artist Drizzy was rumored to be in a rift with. It also takes... Read more

MF DOOM Is Hip-Hop’s Grinch As He Steals Jewels With Your Old Droog & Mach-Hommy

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let Ambrosia For Heads 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 its ever been. Not only are we able to... Read more

A New Documentary Shows Kevin Hart’s Flaws With Brutal Honesty (Video)

As the globe's highest-grossing comedian, Kevin Hart's private life during his superstardom has not always been a laughing matter. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native has been covered in the spotlight for multiple infidelities, alcoholism, controversial remarks and media, and, most recently, a near-fatal automobile accident. In response to each of these... Read more

Eddie Murphy Brings Out Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan & Dave Chappelle (Video)

Hours ago, Eddie Murphy made his return to SNL. The Hollywood superstar has had a banner 2019, complete with films in theaters and in production as well as confirmation of his first standup comedy special since the late 1980s. With the fanfare, Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live, a show... Read more

The Hip-Hop Museum Is A Reality Thanks To $3.5 Million From New York

For years, there has been a drive to make the Universal Hip-Hop Museum a reality. New, the Empire State is providing some significant seven-figure funding to give the Bronx, New York a place where Hip-Hop Heads can celebrate the culture's origins and heritage. On Thursday (December 19), New York Governor... Read more

Nick Cannon Uses Eminem’s Own Words Against Him In A Final Diss (Video)

Although it may be debatable who re-opened it, two weeks ago (December 6), Eminem and Nick Cannon re-entered a decade-old beef. At the center of the issue is Mariah Carey, a former lover of both men. In Eminem's case, it was a brief romantic connection that bled into disses on... Read more

Tekashi 6ix9ine Is Expected To Be Released From Prison In 2020

Brooklyn, New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced today (December 18) in a Manhattan federal court. Moments ago (December 18), Judge Paul Engel sentenced the artist to two years behind bars for multiple charges, including racketeering, firearms offenses, drug possession, and drug trafficking, as well as conspiracy. Per TMZ, Tekashi's... Read more

A New Mos Def & Al Green Mashup Brings Much Love & Happiness (Audio)

Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey) and the Reverend Al Green are two voices that transcend genre. Al Green built a career in Southern Soul music. At the top of the 1980s, after chart-topping hits and platinum albums, he pivoted to Gospel. In recent years, Reverend Al made a return to... Read more

J Roc Punches Wack 100 In Defense Of Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy (Video)

Wack 100 is a music industry veteran. A onetime street enforcer, the Los Angeles, California native made inroads to entertainment as part of The Game's management team. More recently, Wack staked Blueface, another City Of Angels product who has signed with Cash Money Records. Although Wack 100 spent much of... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Spiritual Leader Popa Wu Has Passed Away

Popa Wu is a person deeply involved in the lives and personal lives of the Wu-Tang Clan. He was also a one-time member of the Killa Beez collective, in addition to a 2000s solo career in Spoken Word wisdom. Today (December 16), the Hip-Hop community has learned that he has... Read more

The Game Explains Why He Wants To Battle Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole (Video)

Less than a month ago, The Game released his Born 2 Rap album. What is currently being touted as the Compton, California's final LP features various homages to other songs. "The Light" (embedded below) flips the same Bobby Caldwell song as Common's J Dilla-produced 2000 track of the same name.... Read more

Scarface Loses Election For Houston City Council In A Run-Off

After more than six months of campaigning, Scarface's pivot to politics is on hold—at least temporarily. The Rap legend, also known as Brad Jordan, announced in June that he planned to run for Houston City Council in District D. This morning (December 15), following several runoffs, 'Face lost to Carolyn... Read more

Graffiti Pioneer Phase 2 Has Passed Away

Graffiti pioneer and art legend Phase 2 has passed away. The Bronx, New York native, born Lonny Wood, succumbed to a battle with Lou Gehrig's Disease. A report by HipHopDX claims that Phase 2 had been hospitalized due to complications from ALS since August. Apart from writing and painting, he... Read more

Oscar-Nominated “Do The Right Thing” Actor Danny Aiello Has Passed Away At Age 86

Last night (December 12), actor Danny Aiello died at the age of 86 in New Jersey. A native New Yorker, Aiello was nominated for an Academy Award for his role of "Sal Fragione" in Spike Lee's 1989 film Do The Right Thing. He also appeared in The Godfather Part II,... Read more

Royce 5’9 Explains How Griselda Has Avoided Some Of Slaughterhouse’s Mistakes

In the last month, Griselda released its first group album, WWCD ((What Would Chine Gunn Do) on Shady Records. The project unites Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher for their first full-length release as a trio. Since signing with Eminem in 2017, the collective has independently garnered tremendous... Read more

Redman Explains Why He’s The 11th Member Of Wu-Tang Clan (Video)

Redman and Method Man have one of the strongest bonds in Hip-Hop. The pair toured together during the mid-1990s, organized by their then-label, Def Jam Records. Out of that orchestrated chemistry, a relationship grew that led to two albums, a theatrical film, and hundreds of concert appearances. However, Redman's history... Read more

Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Detail How Black Star’s Upcoming Album Came To Be

For nearly two years, Hip-Hop fans have heard bits and pieces surrounding a second album by Black Star. In February of 2018, Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def) told concert-goers in Colorado that he and Talib Kweli were recording. “New Black Star with Madlib, Talib Kweli, Yasiin, coming soon!,” said the... Read more

Nick Cannon Responds To Eminem On A Diss Track Featuring Suge Knight (Audio)

UPDATE: Nick Cannon has released his second Eminem diss song in as many days. Following Monday's "The Invitation," Cannon and a team of MCs named The Black Squad double down with the "Renegade"-inspired "Pray For Him." "No you debate and hated and viewed in America as a motherf*cking dr*g addict... Read more

Eminem Raps A Response To Nick Cannon Claiming He Tried To Beat Him Up Over Mariah

UPDATE: Nick Cannon has now reacted to Eminem's diss today (December 6). “[Eminem] has been doing this forever,” Cannon says in the clip uploaded to Instagram from his Power 106 studio. “He should change his name from Eminem to Percocet—what’s the pills that old people take? We gonna call him... Read more

Hip-Hop Peers Are Helping Scarface Get What He Needs To Become A Politician

Today (December 4) is the final day allowed for fundraising in Brad Jordan's pursuit to become the District D Councilman in his hometown of Houston, Texas. Like all campaigning politicians, Jordan is letting his supporters know that he needs their help. However, donors from far beyond H-Town are helping the... Read more

C.L. Smooth Drops New Music & Opens Up About His Relationship With Pete Rock (Video)

C.L. Smooth was a guest on Sway In The Morning this week. The veteran MC/producer released two solo singles, "Too Cold" and "Just In Town" (embedded below) in 2019. While on the show, the buttery-voiced rapper discussed the standing of his relationship with Pete Rock. During the 1990s, Pete Rock... Read more

Daringer & Beat Butcha Detail Producing Griselda’s Album Without Samples (Video)

Last Friday (November 29), Griselda released their Shady Records debut, WWCD. The collaboration between the Buffalo, New York independent imprint and Eminem's veteran powerhouse is the first group album between Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher. It involves 50 Cent, Raekwon, singer Novel, and a new, expanded... Read more

KRS-One Shows Why He’s A Miracle On A Song From His New Mixtape

KRS-One is recording a new project, Street Light. "This is the light for the street, and this light of the street," he explains of the title. "[The other meaning of the title is] the actual street light was the original source of Hip-Hop's power." Pioneers, including the Cold Crush Brothers, have... Read more

Method Man Has Not Cursed On A Verse In 5+ Years. Here’s Why (Audio)

In the last five years, Method Man was a driving force on Wu-Tang Clan's The Saga Continues album. He also released two installments of his Meth Lab series with Hanz On. Looking to 2020, Iron Lung is already slated to be teaming up with longtime affiliate Streetlife for a collaborative... Read more

Reason Gets Ab-Soul’s 1st TDE Verse Of The Year & They Turn All The Way Up (Video)

NOVEMBER 26 UPDATE: In the middle of the month, Reason and Ab-Soul made one of Carson, California's most meaningful records of all-time. Ab, who has revived the city's scene in the 2010s, partnered with his Top Dawg Entertainment label-mate Reason for "Flick It Up." At a time when Soulo verses... Read more

Griselda’s WWCD Album Features Eminem, 50 Cent & Raekwon. Here’s The LP Trailer

This Friday (November 29), the Griselda Records trio of Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher are releasing their full-length Shady Records debut, WWCD (What Would Chine Do). Following the release of "Dr. Bird's" and "Chef Dreds" (embedded below), the trio of Buffalo, New York MCs have released... Read more

DJ Premier Reveals All The MCs He Asked To Be On The Gang Starr Album & What Happened

At the top of the month, Gang Starr released One Of The Best Yet. The seventh album by Guru and DJ Premier features familiar collaborators such as Big Shug, Group Home, Jeru The Damaja, M.O.P., and Freddie Foxxx. Additionally, J. Cole, Talib Kweli, Royce 5'9, Q-Tip, and Nitty Scott, MC... Read more

King Los Kicks The Year’s Best Freestyle. MCs Should Be Shook (Video)

When it comes to the freestyle, King Los is one of the most exciting artists of all-time. Although the Baltimore, Maryland native has made some potent songs and revered projects, his calling card has always been what he does on the spot. Following last month's standout showing at the 2019... Read more

Action Bronson & Alchemist’s Lamb Over Rice EP Has Flavor. Listen Here (Audio)

This morning (November 22), Alchemist and Action Bronson released their collaborative EP, Lamb Over Rice. The MC and producer battery regularly work together on television. However, the genesis of the bond has been on heralded mixtapes like 2012's Rare Chandeliers, which is getting a special limited-edition vinyl re-release. The whimsical... Read more

Statik Selektah, Paul Wall & Benny Team Up With A Message From The Soul (Audio)

Statik Selektah has made albums with Termanology, Kxng Crooked, Bun B, and Bumpy Knuckles, just to name a few. One of the busiest producers/DJs/radio hosts in Hip-Hop has just announced another collaborative project—arguably with an unlikely partner. On November 28, Statik and Houston, Texas veteran Paul Wall are releasing Give... Read more

Rapsody’s Latest Freestyle Shows Why She Is Already In The Winner’s Circle (Video)

Yesterday (November 20), Rapsody expressed her disappointment following the announcement of the 2020 Grammy Award nominations. While late 2017's Laila's Wisdom earned two nominations, 2019's exceptional LP Eve was not included in Wednesday's list. In a social media post, the Jamla/Roc Nation MC admitted that she was "frustrated" and "disappointed."... Read more

Pusha-T Bodied Features In 2019. He Keeps The Trend Going Over DJ Shadow Production

Following last year's Grammy nomination for DAYTONA, Pusha-T has been a Rap role-player in 2019. He appeared on lauded albums by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Benny The Butcher, GoldLink, and YBN Cordae. At the same time, Push' released a collaboration with Lauryn Hill, plus reunited with brother NoMalice for Kanye... Read more

From Dreams To Reality…J. Cole’s Squad Has Been Nominated For A Grammy

The nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards have been announced. The upcoming year's contenders celebrate a host of potential first-time winners, especially in Rap and Hip-Hop. In the "Best Album Category," there are several key contenders. Notably, J. Cole (who has never previously won a Grammy) earned that distinction with... Read more

Consequence Trades Rhymes With Phife On One Of His Last Songs (Audio)

The late Phife Dawg would have turned 49 years old tomorrow (November 20). Sadly, Malik Taylor passed away more than three-and-a-half years ago. The MC/producer was not able to see the final album from A Tribe Called Quest, 2016's We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service. However,... Read more

Kanye West Claims He & Dr. Dre Are Making A Sequel To His New Album

Less than one month ago (October 25), Kanye West released his ninth solo album, JESUS IS KING. The Spiritual 11-song collection involved a Clipse reunion, appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, and Jazz artist Kenny G, as well as guest production from Timbaland. The G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Records LP subsequently topped... Read more

As Tical Turns 25, Method Man Brings The Pain To A Havoc Beat (Video)

Twenty-five years ago today (November 15, 1994), Method Man gave fans his Tical album. The Def Jam Records album was the first Wu-Tang Clan solo album following Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) almost exactly a year earlier. Meth's RZA-produced debut would achieve platinum status and earn the Shaolin representative a... Read more

Royce 5’9, T.I. & CyHi Use Bold Bars To Redefine The Meaning Of Savage (Video)

Yesterday (November 14), Royce 5'9 released a powder keg of bars in the song "Black Savage." Produced by the decorated MC, the song was posted on social accounts by the NFL, reportedly tied into JAY-Z's Inspire Change initiative with the league. However, the song is not about football. Instead, the... Read more

Nas & Pharoahe Monch’s 1st Collabo Unites 2 Hip-Hop Kings From Queens (Audio)

Nas and Pharoahe Monch each grew up in Queens, New York. While Nasir reps Queensbridge, Pharoahe hails from another section, South Jamaica. Both MCs made impact in 1991. The same year that Monch's crew, Organized Konfusion, released its self-titled debut, Nas famously appeared on Main Source's "Live At The Barbeque."... Read more