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The US Government Is Getting Involved In A$AP Rocky’s Case

A$AP Rocky remains in solitary confinement at a Swedish detention center during an ongoing investigation surrounding a June 30 altercation on the streets of Stockholm. Captured on video and shared on social media by A$AP Rocky, the artist in town for a concert was followed by two men who other... Read more

Common Prevents A Stick-Up In The Video For His 1st Swizz Beatz Collabo

Common seems to enjoy breaking the boxes that many people like to put him in. Back in 2000, at the conclusion of the DJ Premier-produced "6th Sense" on the Like Water For Chocolate album the historically conscious MC made light of his reputation, by portraying a vi*lent pimp. His Grammy-nominated Be... Read more

Cardi B & Rapsody Are Continuing Queen Latifah’s Tradition Of U.N.I.T.Y. (Video)

Over the last few years, Cardi B has achieved one of the top spots in music. The recent and first female rapper to take home the Grammy's "Best Rap Album" title, care of 2018's triple-platinum Invasion Of Privacy, went on social media tonight (July 11) to call attention to some... Read more

Inspectah Deck Is Terminating Wack MCs Who Are Trying To Change The Game (Video)

Inspectah Deck is gearing up for his second release of 2019. The Wu-Tang Clan co-founder has had a busy year, even beyond music. Deck's story was prominently featured in Sacha Jenkins' documentary, Wu-Tang: Of Mics & Men. Joey Bada$$ is playing the Rebel INS in the upcoming Wu-Tang: An American... Read more

Freddie Gibbs Sheds Tears In A Deeply Emotional Interview With Madlib (Video)

Last month, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs released their second collaborative album, Bandana. It stands as one of the best albums of 2019 so far. Plenty has happened to the two artists since 2014's Pinata, which also garnered its fair share of acclaim. Since then, the two veterans secured a major... Read more

Why Kanye West Will Be JAY-Z’s Billionaire Brother

Five weeks ago, Forbes determined that JAY-Z has become the first Hip-Hop artist to reach billionaire status. The Roc Nation figurehead with an elaborate and diverse investment portfolio spanning streaming platforms, champagne, ride-share services, and much more. The milestone accomplishment follows a longstanding race between Jay and collaborators Dr. Dre... Read more

Common Joins A Street Performer In An Off The Top Cypher That’s GREAT!

Common is a Hip-Hop legend who carries his love of the art-form. No matter how many plaques, spokesman gigs, or hits that the Chicago, Illinois veteran achieves, he has never been too big to freestyle, participate in the culture, and spread awareness of its foundation. In the last month alone,... Read more

Jaz-O Confirms Inking Deal With JAY-Z’s Roc Nation

Some of JAY-Z's early and breakthrough Rap appearances came courtesy of his Marcy projects neighbor, Jaz-O. The Jaz, who was signed to EMI Records, featured his friend Jay on video singles "Hawaiian Sophie" and "The Originators." At the time, the two Brooklyn MCs employed a similar stuttered rhyme style. However,... Read more

A$AP Rocky Is Reportedly Being Held In Inhumane Conditions In Sweden

Rapper A$AP Rocky is currently being detained in Sweden. On Friday (July 5), the RCA Records star was ordered to two weeks in detention related to an altercation on the streets of Stockholm during the previous week (June 30). Despite reduced assault charges, the artist was deemed a flight risk... Read more

Ghostface Killah Announces His Next Album With A Heist-Themed Mini-Movie (Video)

Wu-Tang Clan member Ghostface Killah is one of Rap's busier veterans. In the last five years, he has released as many projects. This includes a sophomore collaboration with producer/musician Adrian Younge, Inspectah Deck's CZARFACE squad, and a Lost Tapes drop in late 2018. Having already blessed fans with Czarface Meets... Read more

A$AP Rocky May Face 6 Years In Prison For Allegedly Defending Himself From 2 Men Who Were Stalking Him

A$AP Rocky is currently being detained in Stockholm, Sweden. The Harlem MC/producer is currently under investigation following a Sunday (June 30) altercation with two men. Rocky was in Stockholm for a concert amidst a set of European festival dates that the Polo Grounds/RCA Records artist must now miss. He was... Read more

Willie D & Scarface Could Both Become Houston City Councilmen

Last month, Brad Jordan (aka Scarface) announced his campaign to run for Houston City Council. With that step, the legendary lyricist and Geto Boys hit-maker revealed that he is putting his Rap name to bed, and beginning a trajectory that Jordan believes could go as far as the White House.... Read more

Denzel Curry’s Performance Demonstrates Why He’s A Real Master Of Ceremony (Video)

Denzel Curry is a contemporary Rap star who is influenced by the greats. The Carol City, Florida MC channeled JT Money's Poison Clan with the artwork of his 2019 album, ZUU. Signed to Loma Vista Recordings through the same executive (Tom Whalley) responsible for first signing Tupac Shakur, Curry is... Read more

See The 1st Look At Wu-Tang: An American Saga Starring Joey Bada$$ & Dave East

Fresh off of Sacha Jenkins' recent Wu-Tang Clan documentary for Showtime, Of Mics And Men, Hulu has a new development in its dramatic series. Coming to the platform September 4, Wu-Tang: An American Saga unveils its first trailer. The one-minute clip features the origin story of Wu-Tang's founding members. Heads... Read more

Jeezy Flips A Classic Jay & Beans Beat To Launch His TM 104 Campaign (Audio)

It has been a year and a half since Jeezy released Pressure. At the top of this year, the CTE founder partnered with Boston George for a collaborative free mixtape, Boston George & Diego (embedded below). However, many longtime fans have been eagerly waiting a return to the Thug Motivation... Read more

J. Cole’s Dreamville Documentary Shows Creativity At Its Competitive Best

Throughout the ages, Hip-Hop benefits from the ensemble studio vibe. That was the case when Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg rolled their Chronic. As Sacha Jenkins' film recently showed, this energy made Wu-Tang Clan form like Voltron for its 36 Chambers debut. Such was the vision for Tupac's unfinished One... Read more

Nas’ Lost Tapes 2 Tracklist Has RZA, Pete Rock, Kanye, Alchemist & More Producing

After teasing fans with a short, cryptic social media video last month, Nas' Lost Tapes has a release date. The legendary and his Mass Appeal Records dropped a trailer for the compilation that is due July 19. The video, which includes a Statik Selektah-produced "Lost Freestyle" as its sound-bed, confirms... Read more

Tired Of Waiting: Reason & Cozz Scheme To Rob J. Cole & Top Dawg (Audio)

Reason and Cozz are two rising sensations on stacked rosters. In 2018, Cozz played a respectable role in Dreamville's takeover, thanks to his Effected album. That LP saw the Los Angeles, California veteran working with Kendrick Lamar as well as the artist who signed him, J. Cole. Shortly after Effected,... Read more

Freddie Gibbs Draws Depictions Of Bandana Songs & He Goes Hard In The Paint (Video)

Freddie Gibbs is a ferocious MC who raps about the ills of hustling, gangland, and no-strings-attached romance. However, the Gary, Indiana veteran has a sense of humor. That wit regularly makes its way into similes and metaphors in lyrics, and music videos like 2018's "Automatic," where he played a dirty... Read more

Drag-On Rates Some Bars That Dissed Him. The Score & Response Are Surprising (Video)

Onetime Ruff Ryders rapper Drag-On is the latest guest on Rate The Bars. Seventeen years ago, the Bronx, New Yorker scored a gold album in his debut, The Opposite Of H20. However, by the mid-2000s, the "Spit These Bars" and "Down Bottom" creator faded from the spotlight as compared to... Read more

Slick Rick Releases 2 Brand New Songs. He’s Still Got The Midas Touch (Audio)

Slick Rick maintains a very active 35-plus-year-Rap career. In the last year, he has worked with Black Eyed Peas, appeared in music videos by Nas, French Montana & Drake, and sat down with GQ to show off his truck jewelry collection. In late 2018, Rick Walters also worked with Def... Read more

Black Thought, Yasiin Bey & Freddie Gibbs Educate MCs Over A Madlib Beat

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 it’s ever been. Not only are we able to... Read more

ScHoolboy Q May Need Numb Numb Juice After Taking The Hot Wings Challenge (Video)

ScHoolboy Q admits that he was never one for the fanfare in the first part of his career. Like much of TDE, Groovy Q typically shuns the spotlight. He enjoys making his art, living a relatively private life, and occasionally roasting some of his friends and Rap peers on and... Read more

Rapsody Announces Her New Album & Shows Why She’s A Top Rated MC (Video)

Earlier today (June 27), Rapsody endorsed a video through his social platforms. The montage visual features a series of Black women appear, including Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, Grace Jones, Beyoncé, Lauryn Hill, Queen Latifah, Whoopi Goldberg, Maxine Waters, Aretha Franklin, and others. Available at Genesis320, the video features cryptic wording,... Read more

Lil Dicky Kicks A Freestyle With Comedy Without Sacrificing The Bars (Video)

This year, Lil Dicky took an Earth Day-themed song about saving the planet to the top of the charts. Even though the corresponding music video to "Earth" features Justin Bieber, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ariana Grande, and a host of others, the Greater Philadelphia native is still very in touch with his... Read more

ScHoolboy Q’s Video Shows An Eye For An Eye Leaves The World Blind

Today (June 26) marks exactly two months since ScHoolboy Q released his fifth album, CrasH Talk. One of the most anticipated collaborations on the TDE album was "Dangerous," featuring Kid CuDi on the song's chorus. Early in his career, Q made waves with "Hands On The Wheel," a Habits &... Read more

Anoyd & Statik Selektah’s Video Gets You In The Mood For Summer

This month, Bloomfield, Connecticut MC Anoyd partnered with Statik Selektah and ShowOff Records to release Yuck!. Featuring Nick Grant, Ufo Fev, and Statik's 1982 band-mate Termanology, the 10-song collection showcases one of the more exciting voices coming out of New England, and Hip-Hop at large. Whereas Anoyd built a reputation... Read more

Twista Takes It Back To Summer ’96 With A Verse That’s Blazing Hot (Video)

UPDATE: Twista has made the video for "Summer '96": ORIGINAL JUNE 25 STORY: One of Chicago's O.G. MCs is in the midst of a renaissance. This Friday (June 28), Twista is partnering with DJ Pharris to release Summer 96, a mixtape. Based on its title, the project pulls the onetime... Read more

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs’ Bandana Tracklist Features Yasiin Bey, Pusha & Black Thought

This Friday (June 28), Madlib & Freddie Gibbs are releasing their sophomore collaborative album, Bandana. Following three preliminary songs and one music video, the Oxnard, California-to-Gary, Indiana pair has unveiled the tracklist to the Keep Cool/RCA Records release. Notably, it reveals that the March drop, "Bandana" is not included among... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. & Lil Wayne’s New Song Takes A Deep Dive Into A Form Of Addiction

Throughout the ages, some great Hip-Hop music has been made about the topic of addiction. From The Roots' "The Water" to Eminem's "Going Through Changes," J. Cole's "Once An Addict," to Royce 5'9's "C*caine," these songs are honest, vulnerable, and powerful hallmarks in all of the creators' careers. Hip-Hop also... Read more

Rakim Reveals The Verse That Most Defines Him (Video)

This November marks 10 years since Rakim released an album. The Seventh Seal involved Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, and Styles P, alongside production from Nottz, Jake One, and Ty Fyffe. At the time, that SMC Recordings LP followed a 10-year-break since The Master. Unlike his first dozen or so years on wax,... Read more

Mary J Blige & Method Man Show Their Duet Still Has Mad Love To Give (Video)

Last night (June 23), the 19th BET Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. For many Heads, the highlight of the evening surrounded Mary J. Blige, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Yonkers, New York representative also performed a medley of her hits, spanning nearly... Read more

Warren G Turns Up The Bass To Show He’s Still Regulating 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago this month, Warren G unleashed an album that had a hand in saving Def Jam Records through a commercial drought season. The Long Beach, California MC/producer/DJ may have been wrongfully overlooked at Death Row Records, but the "G" in G-Child may have stood for "Golden" at Russell... Read more

The Game Freestyles Over Old Town Road. This Ain’t Country (Video)

The Game is officially in album mode. The veteran Compton, California MC formally announced his ninth outing, Born 2 Rap this week. What's more, the onetime Dr. Dre protege asserts that it will be his final album in a dominant 15-year career of provocative music and actions. A press release... Read more

Ras Kass’ Soul On Ice 2 Involves Snoop, Pete Rock, Diamond D & Immortal Technique

For more than three years, Ras Kass has teased fans with a sequel to his cult-lauded 1996 debut, Soul On Ice. After an album trailer (with a fundraising drive) and a revival rendition of that Priority Records title track, "the Waterproof MC" takes a giant leap today (June 19). The... Read more

E-40’s Next Album Features Redman, Method Man, Scarface & ScHoolboy Q

Next month, E-40 will release his 29th album. Practice Makes Paper is due July 26, adding to one of the largest and more respected catalogs of a nearly 30-year Rap veteran. As has been the case since 40 Water's mid-90s run, the Heavy On The Grind Entertainment release includes a... Read more

Pusha-T Raps Some Of His Most Conscious Rhymes On A Song With Lauryn Hill

During the 1990s, outside of her work with The Fugees and a solo career, Lauryn Hill lent her voice to enhance songs by a few elite Rap peers. Nas famously made "If I Ruled The World" with some crooning from Ms. Hill. A year later, Common released one of his... Read more

Drake Accuses Pusha-T Of Snitching In A New Song Celebrating The Raptors

Just over 48 hours after his beloved Toronto Raptors earned their first NBA championship, Drake delivered new music as promised. Throughout the basketball playoffs, the music superstar had a hard time staying on the sidelines. Instead, the OVO founder seemingly always wanted in on the action. From controversial exchanges with... Read more

Missy Elliott Is The 1st Female MC To Enter The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (Video)

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. While JAY-Z became the first artist in Rap to join the prestigious circle two years ago, Missy follows a 2018 where Jermaine Dupri was admitted. Both appeared in New York City... Read more

J. Cole, J.I.D. & Bas Are Out To Prove Dreamville Is The Best Crew In Hip-Hop

At the top of 2019, J. Cole and Dreamville Records hosted invitation-only studio sessions for Revenge Of The Dreamers III. For 10 days at the top of the year (January 6 to January 16), one of 2018's biggest stars and his ever-busy team that includes Bas, J.I.D., EarthGang, Lute, Cozz,... Read more

Scarface Is De@d. Brad Jordan Wants To Be President.

This past weekend, legendary rapper Scarface confirmed his running for Houston City Council in District D. The 48-year-old hometown hero has built his profile over the last 30 years through Rap music. He has since written a memoir, been hired as a record executive (who brought Ludacris to fame), and... Read more

Recordings By Eminem, Tupac, Rakim & The Roots Were Secretly Destroyed In Fire

Eleven years ago this month, a fiery blaze at Universal Studios Hollywood made national news. The flames started following a blowtorch repair to some homes used in old film and television shows. As the fire grew, a King Kong attraction was damaged. Reports also circulated that an archive of old... Read more

Nas Holds Lost Tapes 2 In A Video. Could It Be In Our Hands Soon?

Five years ago, Nas confirmed that Lost Tapes 2 would be happening. The announcement came at a time when the MC's Mass Appeal Records was rapidly expanding its roster. Since that May 2014 report, Nas has been at work on several projects. Nasir, a collaborative album with Kanye West's production,... Read more

Big K.R.I.T.’s Video Shows How Record Companies Treat Rappers Like Slaves

Less than 24 hours after announcing his upcoming K.R.I.T. Iz Here album, Big K.R.I.T. delivers the first video from the July 12 affair. A title song of sorts, "K.R.I.T. Here" is an affirmation of all that the Meridian, Mississippi double-threat has accomplished in the last decade. Ten years ago, K.R.I.T.,... Read more

The Truth About Kanye West: He’s Andy Kaufman (Video)

David Letterman and Kanye West's 2019 interview is available to the public. The highly-publicized My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode includes footage filmed at West's California home as well as an on-stage conversation before a live audience. Notably, during the revealing interview, the MC/producer/fashion designer makes a striking self-comparison... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Honors His Mixtape Roots With Upcoming “KRIT IZ Here” Album

Nine years ago, Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer Big K.R.I.T. made one of the most-acclaimed mixtapes of the 2010s courtesy of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The 2010 freebie (later released on CD and vinyl) involved Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Devin The Dude, Smoke DZA, and Krizzle affiliate Big Sant. The release was supported by... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Will Play Inspectah Deck In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Bio Series

Last month, following the premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men, a DJ Juanyto interview for HOT 97 on Staten Island with members of the Clan and its extended family suggested that Dave East would not be the only rapper to appear in an upcoming biopic. Joey Bada$$'s name... Read more

Meek Mill Is Getting A Chance To Prove His Innocence In Front Of A New Court & Judge

For more than a decade, Meek Mill's freedom has rested in the hands of a single judge, Genece Brinkley. After multiple lengthy stays behind bars (including one that just ended in 2018), Meek, Roc Nation, his record company, legal team, and legions of fans have campaigned that the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

TDE vs. Dreamville: Who Wins The Battle With These 2 New Songs?

Last November, J.I.D. admitted that competition between Dreamville Records and TDE is a very real thing. During his DiCaprio 2 campaign, the Georgia MC described his primary motivation was helping his squad, started by J. Cole, outshine the team that includes Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jay Rock, and others. “Being... Read more

Erykah Badu Tempts Fans With A 1980s Pop Cover (Audio)

Erykah Badu is no stronger to cover songs. She and D'Angelo powerfully remade Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "Your Precious Love" early on in both of their careers. Erykah's 1997 Live! collection includes a harmonic rendition of Rufus & Chaka Khan's "Stay." More recently, the singer covered the likes of... Read more