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J. Cole Says Losing A Grammy Was A Win For His Career

At the 61st Grammy Awards, which aired in February, J. Cole was not a winner. He was nominated for his collaboration on Miguel's War & Leisure (namely for "Best R&B Song" for "Come Through and Chill." He was also nominated for "Best Rap/Sung Performance," his collaboration with 6lack on East Atlanta Love Letter ("Pretty... Read more

Andrew Yang Is The Rakim Of Politics (Video)

Rakim placed foresight and business-minded logic into the minds of Hip-Hop Heads the moment he rapped "Thinking of a master plan" on Paid in Full in 1987. More than thirty years later, a presidential candidate in the 2020 election is stepping forward with a vision that could legitimately solve America's deepening... Read more

JPEGMAFIA Has Found The New Frontier For Experimental Hip-Hop (Video)

Based in Los Angeles, California producer and rapper JPEGMAFIA (aka Peggy) first made noise with his 2015 mixtape, Communist Slow Jams. His music is as attention-grabbing as that tape's title, which was followed by Darkskin Manson (2015) and Black Ben Carson (2016).  A former Air Force member who did a tour of Iraq, JPEG' has been... Read more

Joe Budden Breaks Down In Tears Discussing De La Soul’s Economic Plight (Video)

One of the biggest stories in Hip-Hop over the last week has surrounded De La Soul. As the Long Island, New York trio celebrated a milestone anniversary for 1989 debut, 3 Feet High And Rising, they went public regarding a battle with a former record label, Tommy Boy. The group's... Read more

Freddie Gibbs Shows He’s His Most Deadly Over Madlib Beats (Audio)

Fewer than two weeks ago, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib delighted Hip-Hop fans with their first collaborative single since the pair's 2014 album, Piñata. That song, "Flat Tummy Tea," will appear on Bandana, an album that promises to remind Heads of the remarkable chemistry between Gangsta Gibbs and the Beat Konducta. The formula cooked... Read more

2 Chainz Celebrates Black Wealth & Buys The Block In His New Video

Last Friday (March 1), 2 Chainz released Rap Or Go To The League. It's the Atlanta, Georgia MC's first album in two years and documents the artist's growing stature as a rapper's rapper. For some fans over the last decade, Chainz has been more closely associated with Trap music than... Read more

The Rap Purge Is Here & Bas Is Leading The Way (Video)

Since 2014's Last Winter, Queens, New York rapper Bas has been releasing material through Dreamville Records/Interscope, both solo albums and appearances on label compilations. He's earned a reputation for being an artist whose attention is paid closely to each facet of his image as Rap star: lyrical content, visual complements and... Read more

Kxng Crooked Takes Nas’ Beat & Shows It’s His World

More than a decade after launching his online series "Hip-Hop Weekly," Long Beach, California MC KXNG Crooked (formerly known as Crooked I) is in the throes of its revival. The original series was pivotal in his gaining career traction, giving him that proverbial "buzz" during what many Hip-Hop heads remember... Read more

Boogie Disrespects Eminem In The Most Respectful Way In His New Video

Since releasing his Shady Records debut in January, Compton, California's Boogie has added his name to a long list of Los Angeles MCs whose presence in today's Rap game makes the City of Angels a continuous force in today's Hip-Hop environment. Along with Jay Rock, Nipsey Hussle, Reason, G. Perico,... Read more

JAY-Z & Meek Mill Have Joined Forces To Free Those Unjustly Held In Prison

JAY-Z and Meek Mill, two Hip-Hop stars whose personal lives have faced criminal-justice issues head-on, are partnering on something with the potential to change millions of lives. Together with best-selling author and CNN news commentator Van Jones and others, the rappers announced the formation of REFORM Alliance, an organization which... Read more

Method Man Recites The First Rap He Ever Wrote (Video)

Method Man is a GRAMMY-winning MC whose nearly 30-year career in music makes his success story one of Hip-Hop's greatest. Since 1993's "Method Man" off the Wu-Tang Clan's Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Meth's reputation as an elite lyricist has gone unquestioned. But, like most rappers, the Staten Island, New York... Read more

Buddy Starts 2019 By Showing Why He Was 1 Of 2018’s Best

Buddy's Harlan and Alondra was named one of Ambrosia For Heads' favorite albums of 2018. The Compton rapper and singer showed off his appreciation for Funk and Soul on his debut full-length project, which paired him with everyone from Snoop Dogg to Khalid. Though rooted distinctly in Rap music, the album... Read more

Kevin Hart Explains Why He Stepped Down As Oscar Host & Why He Might Come Back

Kevin Hart was given a significant opportunity when he was invited to host the 91st Academy Awards, taking place in February. For any host, it's a massive undertaking. Arguably a gig with the biggest audience a performer may ever have, hosting the Oscars is a milestone most would consider a... Read more

In 1999, Kurupt & KRS-One Got Live On The Mic And Went Round For Round

Two decades ago this year, Kurupt released his second solo album, Tha Streetz Iz a Mutha. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native had long since established himself as not only a West Coast MC but also resident. After signing with Death Row Records in the 1990s and founding the Dogg Pound Gangstaz (DPG)... Read more

Xzibit Explains Why Pimp My Ride Was Profitable For Everyone But Him

From 2004 to 2007, Pimp My Ride brought custom car culture makeovers into living rooms around the world. It was hosted by Xzibit and the show further introduced the platinum-selling Los Angeles, California MC to a worldwide audience as a media personality. Centering around L.A.'s car culture, the series hooked... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh Details How He, Phonte & 9th Wonder Re-Built Their Brotherhood

In September, Little Brother surprised fans with an unexpected reunion on stage at the Art Of Cool Festival in Durham, North Carolina. It was the first time all three members—9th Wonder, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh—performed together in 13 years and a fitting location for the Tar Heel State natives.... Read more

J.I.D & J. Cole Are Out To Prove Dreamville Is The Most Lyrical Crew In Hip-Hop

Today (December 4), Dreamville's J.I.D announced the first leg of his "Catch Me If You Can Tour." It's the latest development in what has been a milestone of a year for the Atlanta, Georgia artist. On November 26, he released his second solo album, DiCaprio 2, a follow-up to 2017's The Never... Read more

Reason Demands His Place In Rap With A New Video Freestyle

TDE's Reason formally introduced himself earlier this year with the re-release of his 2017 mixtape, There You Have It. Since its arrival through Top Dawg Entertainment, he's been on the road in support of label mate Jay Rock's Big Redemption Tour, earning himself the respect of some of Hip-Hop's most selective... Read more

All It Takes Is 1 Drink To Get MF DOOM & Madlib Animated (Video)

Next year marks the 15th anniversary of MM.. Food, one of MF DOOM's most celebrated solo albums. It dropped in 2004, the same year DOOM's collaborative album with Madlib, Madvillainy arrived and was the first of his solo works to be released via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Somewhat conceptual in its delivery, the album... Read more

The Live Mixtape With Black Thought, Rakim & Pharoahe Monch Is Here (Audio)

For his latest signature mixtape, J. Period pulled off a historic trifecta: three of Hip-Hop's most venerated MCs on one stage, performing for a sold-out crowd all the way live. Ambrosia For Heads was in attendance for the September 13 concert at New York City's Sony Hall. The Live Mixtape... Read more

Spice 1 Believes This Is The Last Song Tupac Recorded (Video)

In the 12 years since Tupac Shakur was murdered in September 1996, the rapper's discography has grown to include a slew of posthumous releases and compilations. Beginning with The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, the string of projects released after his death have made him one of the most... Read more

Method Man And Redman Are Still Kings Of The Rap Jungle (Audio)

On December 11, Method Man will release Meth Lab II: The Lithium, a follow-up to its 2015 predecessor. The self-released album will feature Snoop Dogg, N.O.R.E., Heltah Skeltah’s Rock, Cappadonna, Masta Killa, Sheek Louch and more, including everyone's favorite co-hort, Redman. Together, Red and Meth are kings of the Rap jungle... Read more

Dave Chappelle & Jon Stewart Talk Politics Unusual (Video)

As comedians, Jon Stewart and Dave Chappelle are inherently political. Both have led illustrious careers in their respective fields, utilizing humor to comment on and critique policies, politicians, social movements and more. As the anchor of Comedy Central's Daily Show, Stewart brought high-brow, intricate political topics into everyday discourse. With Chappelle's... Read more

Ava DuVernay Is Making A Prince Documentary Series

Ava DuVernay has been reshaping the landscape of Hollywood for years. Just last year, she made history as the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Feature," thanks to her searing film on prison reform, 13th. This year marked her first big-budget film, A Wrinkle in... Read more

D’Angelo Stands Unshaken In A Spooky New Song From Red Dead Redemption (Audio)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a video game boasting an unexpected star on its soundtrack. Developed by Rockstar Studios, the game takes place in a fictionalized Wild West at the turn of the 20th century and was released on October 26. For gamers, it's an anticipated prequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption.... Read more

Jonah Hill’s Top 5 MCs Shows He’s A True ’90s Hip-Hop Head (Video)

Jonah Hill is an Oscar-nominated actor whose career in film almost began behind the camera. Instead, appearances in comedies like Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Pineapple Express blazed a path that led him to become one of his generation's most sought-after comedic actors. Turns in dramatic roles for Moneyball and The Wolf Of Wall... Read more

J. Cole Doesn’t Use Guest Verses But The Ones He Raps Never Lack (Video)

A guest verse from J. Cole is arguably one of the best "gets" in Hip-Hop today. The Dreamville MC and producer has earned enough accolades for his own work to place him among today's pre-eminent recording artists, but his artistry doesn't stop on his solo albums. Notably, the rapper who's... Read more

Fabolous Is Facing 4 Felony Counts In A Domestic Violence Case

Fabolous is facing serious charges stemming from an alleged altercation with his current partner, Emily B. The Brooklyn, New York rapper is accused of violently assaulting her and has reportedly been indicted on four felony charges by a grand jury in New Jersey, the state where the allegations took place.... Read more

LL Cool J Has Been Nominated For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

A foundational figure in Hip-Hop history is eligible for nomination into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a milestone reached in past years by Beastie Boys, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, N.W.A., Public Enemy, Run-D.M.C. and Tupac Shakur. This year, LL Cool J is among the list of... Read more

Eminem Is Producing A Battle Rap Satire Film Filled With Social Commentary (Video)

It's been nearly 18 years to the date since 8 Mile hit theaters, a film which solidified Eminem's place in the pop-culture zeitgeist. At the time of its debut, Eminem was several months removed from the release of The Eminem Show, his fourth studio album and one that would eventually release a... Read more

Logic Explains How He Was Able To Triumph & Get All Of Wu-Tang On His Song (Video)

Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Method Man, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, U-God and Masta Killa all appear on Logic's new album, YSIV (Young Sinatra 4), released Friday (September 28). The Gaithersburg, Maryland MC/producer was able to pull of a huge stunt in getting all living Wu-Tang Clan members (plus U-God protégé... Read more

A Hip-Hop Group With An Openly Gay Member Has The #1 Album

On September 21, Brockhampton released Iridescence, the fourth studio album from the group and the first not included in the Saturation series they kicked off in 2017. In fewer than two years since debuting, the group—consisting of rappers/vocalists Kevin Abstract, Bearface, Matt Champion, Joba Don McLennon and Merlyn Wood, plus producers and their... Read more

KOTA The Friend Is Directing A New Blueprint For Brooklyn Hip-Hop (Video)

KOTA The Friend is a young MC who shares the same native borough as Brooklynites Mos Def, Skyzoo and Joey Bada$$. He's branded himself as an internet savvy, forward-thinking creator with an obvious appreciation for steps made before him; his multi-framed Instagram post for Hip-Hop's 45th birthday—in which he documented... Read more

Snoop Dogg Has 2 Words For Donald & Kanye. He Goes All The Way In (Video)

While visiting DJ Suss One's Sirius XM Hip Hop Nation show recently, Snoop Dogg made some pointed statements about two polarizing figures in pop culture and politics: Donald Trump and Kanye West. In recent months, the two have drawn ire and comparisons to one another, much to the dismay of... Read more

Eminem Celebrates Rap’s OGs While Dissing A Generation Of Mumble Rappers (Video)

The focus on Eminem's Kamikaze remains sharp this month. Released on August 30, the album has become a source of debate, not just about its content but also its place within a greater debate about the state of lyricism, in general. The Detroit MC released the album, in part, as a response... Read more

25 Years Ago, Digital Underground & Tupac Asked A Question That Still Needs Answers (Video)

In October 1993, Digital Underground released The Body-Hat Syndrome, the third of six studio albums released by the Oakland, California collective whose central figure is Greg "Shock G" Jacobs. With their 1990 debut Sex Packets, the crew showcased a signature brand of irreverent humor, textured sampling and devotion to Hip-Hop's core elements.... Read more

Eminem Brings Back Slim Shady In The Video For His Joe Budden Diss

Eminem's decision to release a surprise album has placed him on Hip-Hop's center stage in ways fit for a Rap God. Kamikaze arrived on August 31 with no roll-out but its reception has been deafening, largely thanks to the Detroit MC's decision to use it as a means of addressing his critics.... Read more

Black Eyed Peas Show They Can Still Get It Started Without Fergie (Video)

Black Eyed Peas are a Hip-Hop group, through and through. Despite having reached chart-topping success with Pop hits in what could now be called the “Fergie era,” BEP began as a trio with deep roots to the culture. Early traces began in late-’80s Los Angeles and, in 1992, the group... Read more

Rakim Speaks About Why Artists & Athletes Should Fight For Justice (Audio)

More than 30 years ago, Rakim raised the bar of rapping. The Long Island, New Yorker is regularly associated with his consciousness. Although Ra' may not be remembered for his politics to the degree of peers such as Chuck D or KRS-One, he has been a steadfast symbol of self-empowerment.... Read more

Birdman Makes Sincere Public Apology To Lil Wayne

Last night (August 25) in New Orleans, the 4th Annual Lil' Weezyana Fest took place. Since its inception, Lil Wayne has used the festival to celebrate not only his solo catalog but also those of his all-star friends and local celebrities. The event has developed a reputation for being a... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Will Give Up All Senselessly Violent Music, TV, Film & Other Content In 2019

Lupe Fiasco is ready to sacrifice the consumption of music, television, film and more to an admirable degree. The Chicago MC is resolving to take a proactive role in expunging as much violent content from his diet, a seemingly impossible task in today's gratuitous climate. Taking to social media to... Read more

20 Years Later, The Value Of Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation Is Not Lost (Audio)

On her 1998 song "Lost Ones," Lauryn Hill waxes cautionary: "You might win some but you just lost one," she spits. It's felicitous phrasing for the venerated MC, whose five-time Grammy Award-winning debut The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill turns 20 this week. Drawing its title from the 1930s Carter G. Woodson book... Read more

Bun B Returns For His 1st Album In 5 Years With Big K.R.I.T. & T.I. (Audio)

In 2017, Bun B was hard at work on Bernard, his fifth solo album and the first since 2013's Trill OG: The Epilogue. That album never materialized, but the 25-year-veteran and one of the undisputed underground kings is indeed back with a new LP, though with a different title. On August 31,... Read more

Nicki Minaj Updates Biggie’s “Dreams” With Her Fantasies About Today’s Artists (Audio)

The Notorious B.I.G. made an audacious move with 1993's "Just Playing (Dreams)," a promotional single in which he lasciviously name-dropped female artists. Contemporaries like SWV and TLC got attention, as did treasured icons Patti LaBelle and Chaka Khan. It was raunchy, pompous and potentially risky for an MC whose debut... Read more

Prodigy Discusses Living A Lifetime Filled With Excruciating Pain (Video)

June marked the first anniversary of Prodigy's passing. His death blindsided the Hip-Hop community, despite his frequent, frank discussions about living with sickle-cell anemia. He even used his 2000 debut solo album, H.N.I.C, as an opportunity to share his struggles with the illness on "You Can Never Feel My Pain." Though... Read more

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

Page Kennedy, Elzhi & Nick Grant Hold A Master Class In Storytelling (Audio)

In 2017, Detroit's Page Kennedy released Torn Pages. Featuring Royce 5’9, KXNG Crooked, Elzhi, Mr. Porter, Kuniva, Marsha Ambrosious and others, it was an intimate breakthrough from an MC who openly tackled heavy topics like police violence, sex addiction and more. Since then, his independent releases have been robust and sometimes explosive.... Read more

Chris Orrick Finally Unmasks And Faces The Music (Video)

Hailing from the blue-collar pastures of Michigan, Chris Orrick is an MC whose latest album, Portraits, makes a strong case for the value of intense reflection. In January, he announced he was retiring his former moniker (Red Pill) to opt for his given name, after learning of the existence of a... Read more

Too Short Explains How Tupac Almost Kept Pimp C From Working With JAY-Z (Video)

With 2000's guest spot on JAY-Z's Top 20 hit "Big Pimpin'," UGK scored their most visible collaboration to date. Produced by Timbaland, it appeared on Jigga's triple-platinum Vol. 3... Life and Times of S. Carter and is easily one of the rapper's biggest commercial successes. At the time, Underground Kingz Bun B... Read more

Cypress Hill Will Be Rap Superstars On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

As the first Latino Hip-Hop group to sell a platinum record, Cypress Hill reigns supreme as a record-breaking, history-setting Rap group already. The Los Angeles crew was nominated for Best Rap Performance by a Group or Duo at the Grammys in three consecutive years, beginning in 1994 for "Insane in the... Read more