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Are Paid Streaming Services Relevant In A YouTube, SoundCloud, DatPiff-Dominated Hip-Hop World?

Some of the biggest Hip-Hop albums of 2015 were released without much advanced notice. In August, Dr. Dre released Compton, his first studio album of the millennium, and the third in an illustrious lineage that includes The Chronic and 2001, just a couple weeks after it was announced. However, at... Read more

There Ain’t No Half Steppin’ On Chris Rivers’ Newest Throwback Freestyle (Audio)

Chris Rivers, son of the late Big Pun, has been going on lyrical tirades lately. From killer freestyles, to adding some of his own Horror-core influences, Rivers is proving to be a standout. He is properly following in Big Pun's footsteps by recording crazy bars of his own on his father's... Read more

DJ Quik & Hi-C Remix Rihanna With A Flair For The Early 1990s (Audio)

Rapper/producer DJ Quik released his own remix of Rihanna's latest single with longtime friend and collaborator Hi-C. The two West Coast natives are remembered for being part of the movement of the same name for Rihanna's most recent record. Quik and C are now back together to do a little... Read more

Sheek Louch Gets Manic and Torches His Latest Freestyle (Audio)

Only a week after bringing his own heat to a toxic Mack Wilds beat with "Forest Fire," Sheek Louch comes back spitting flames on his new single "Bipolar Gorillaz." The instrumental comes from Jay Z's 1998 "Murdergram," which featured an up and coming DMX and Ja Rule. The song was... Read more

Take A Walk Through Grand Daddy I.U.’s Neck Of The Woods (Video)

MC/Producer Grand Daddy I.U. has released a video for his single "Neck Of The Woods." The record is from his latest album P.I.M.P (Paper Is My Priority), which was released this past February. "Neck Of The Woods" is a smooth cut that showcases the Hempstead native's longevity and continued relevance.... Read more

Obey Your Thirst, And Some Nas, Biggie, Drake, & Rakim Lyrics While You’re At It…

One of the first companies to respect and reflect Hip-Hop for the force that it is will be honoring the culture again. Soon, cans with lyrics by Rakim, Nas, Biggie and Drake will be in stores across the nation. Sprite has launched a new line of limited edition products sporting... Read more

From Big Pun & Fat Joe’s Takeover To Miami Bass, The Latino Hip-Hop Legacy Is Examined (Audio)

The great Hip-Hop photographer and documentarian Joe Conzo, Jr. recently told Latino USA, "I'd go toe-to-toe with anybody that says Latinos weren't there in the beginning." Joe was dubbed as the photographer of "Hip-Hop's baby pictures" by The New York Times, which means he was there when it all started... Read more

If OG Maco Has 15 Seconds of Fame, He’s Going to Live It to the Fullest (Video)

Recently-announced inductee of the XXL's Freshmen Class of 2015 OG Maco, has released a new video for his single "15." The Atlanta, Georgia MC, who also authored the intense club banger "Run Ricky Run," is well aware of what his detractors think...he has 15 seconds of fame, and the time... Read more

Ali Shaheed Muhammad Details Native Tongues’ Split and Much More (Audio)

Ali Shaheed Muhammad is among the most high-profile artists-turned-music media host. The founding member of A Tribe Called Quest is part of NPR's Microphone Check. Along with Frannie Kelley, Ali asks the questions, drives the discussion, and presents the culture through national radio's far-reaching lens. In a strange turn of... Read more

Chance the Rapper & Donnie Trumpet Release a Star-Studded Free Album (Stream & Download)

Chance The Rapper along with frequent collaborator/close friend Donnie Trumpet, have been selectively putting out music through their band, The Social Experiment for some time. In that span, listeners of the experimental Hip-Hop group have been waiting for a full body of work. Today, (May 29) Donnie Trumpet & The... Read more

Jesse Boykins III Shares His Own Wonder Years In The Form Of Polaroids (Video)

Jesse Boykins III has released the video for his single "The Wonder Years," off of his 2014 LP Love Apparatus. Boykins, a Bilal protege, has stayed consistent through putting his own spin on popular songs, like Drake and Jhene Aiko's "From Time." This visual is compilations of images of Jesse's recent... Read more

Canibus’ Career Is Mysterious. So Let Him Tell All In “Audiobiography” (Audio)

It's been almost two decades since rapper Canibus arrived on the scene with his 1998 debut, Can-I-Bus. After quite a few label changes, controversial songs and interviews, and changes in direction, the Jamaican-American emcee has released an album with Wu-Tang affiliate Bronze Nazareth called Time Flys, Life Dies... Phoenix Rise.   With... Read more

George Clinton Considers Rakim & Eminem GOATs, Praises Kendrick Lamar (Video)

Along with James Brown and Sly Stone, George Clinton revolutionized R&B, twisting Soul music into pure Funk. He became the mastermind behind Parliament, as well as companion band, Funkadelic. Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic have ignited the party in six decades, spawning three platinum releases. He expanded the boundaries of his music,... Read more

Camp Lo Wear Their Sunglasses While Shining 20 Years In (Audio)

The dynamic Bronx, New York duo Camp Lo share their track "Sunglasses" off their newly-released album Ragtime Hightimes. Sonny Cheeba and Geechie Suede have joined forces with their longtime producer/mentor Ski Beatz on their newest track, who entirely produced The Lo's latest LP. "Sunglasses" has that "Luchini AKA This Is It" groovy vibe, which was the... Read more

Freeway Illuminates The Community, In Protest Of Police Brutality (Video)

While Freeway was visiting the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area in protest for justice for Freddie Gray, he filmed a video for his song "Illuminate," which he dedicated to the slain 25 year-old man. The video, accented by murals in passing around the city, has an underlying message of love. The footage is of... Read more

Bilal Portrays A Modern Day Healer In His Charged New Visual (Video)

Since the release of his debut 1st Born Second, Bilal garnered acclaim as a Soul singer. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native's compelling lyrics and beautifully crafted instrumentation, along with his infectious vocal range has made him a consistent crooner. Heads have seen the personal and societal themes of his 2010 LP, Airtight's Revenge.... Read more

If Eminem’s Stan Was a Movie About Drake, It Would Look Like This (Video)

Writer and director Christopher Cole has put together an ironic and deeply satirical short film about a man's obsession with Drake. The clip, titled If You're Reading This It's Too Late, simultaneously extols the Young Money MC's virtues as an artist, while making sly puns of his lyrics and song... Read more

Camp Lo Present The Ups & Downs Of A Relationship In Their Latest Ski Beatz Collaboration (Video)

Camp Lo and Ski Beatz have been collaborating for almost 20 years. We first heard Sonny Cheeba, Geechie Suede and Ski combine forces on the groovy 1997 album, Uptown Saturday Night. They subsequently went on to make three more projects together, before venturing in a new direction with 2009's Stone... Read more

From Underground MC to Superstar Singer: The Winding Path & Secret Songs of Aloe Blacc

For more than a decade, Aloe Blacc has proven himself as an elite singer-songwriter with a passionate voice and compelling lyrics. Blacc's stunning range as a musician goes from an enriching soulful sound, to a Folk and Pop fusion. He appeared on the big screen as Bobby Byrd in the 2014... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Gives An Enticing Performance In Keep Pushing (Short Film)

Producers of the upcoming film Revolutions Per Minute, have released a prequel to the movie, titled Keep Pushing. The visual is set sometime in the early 1990s. Almost 15 minutes long, the short film follows a Bronx, New York rapper by the name of Billy da Kid. The video starts off with... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Dayne Jordan Encourage Dream-Chasers To Go Harder (Audio)

DJ Jazzy Jeff and frequent collaborator Dayne Jordan recently shared a song, "Harder!!" Dayne was first heard on the Jazzy-produced track "All About The Art," where he teamed up with other Philadelphia, Pennsylvania legends Questlove and James Poyer. Heads have seen (and heard) Jeff and Dayne Jordan work together and put a... Read more

Chance The Rapper Praises Kirk Franklin’s Influence, Reveals Ideal Future Plans

Chance The Rapper gave a lecture to students apart of Harvard University's Hip-Hop Archive & Research Institute recently (April 30). The program's mission is to "facilitate and encourage the pursuit of knowledge, art, culture and responsible leadership through Hip-Hop." With that in mind, the Ivy League college brought in the emerging Chicago rapper... Read more

Questlove Goes On A Quest For Musical Culture In Cuba (Video)

Questlove performed in Cuba this past month a couple days after President Obama's meeting with Raul Castro at the Summit of The Americas in Panama. A video, "Quest For Cuba" shows The Roots drummer/producer/DJ exploring the many horizons of Cuban music in the capital city of Havana. The music veteran was  there DJ'ing... Read more

D12’s dEnAuN Empties His Backpack & The Contents Slam (FreEP)

Producer/MC dEnAuN (a/k/a Mr. Porter) released a new six-song EP today (May 7), Stuff In My Backpack. The EP offers a refreshing and crisp sound that displays the evolution of the Detroit, Michigan native's lengthy career (despite several name-changes) Compelling lyricism along with gritty beats gives dEnAuN a chance to shine apart... Read more

Nina Simone’s Career, Activism, & Fiery Spirit Examined In New Documentary (Video)

Although Nina Simone only had one single enter the Top 40 (1959's "I Loves You, Porgy"), the iconic singer, songwriter, and political figure has demonstrated impact on music and culture that transcends the charts. The Tryon, North Carolina native, who died in 2003, is the subject of a new documentary... Read more

Scarface Calls The Diary His Dark Side of the Moon. Says He Found Himself With the Album (Audio)

Brad "Scarface" Jordan has emerged as an uncontested legend in Hip-Hop and one of the pioneers of the Southern sound. After 29 years, he is still actively engaged in the Rap community. From the release of his first solo album, in 1991, Mr Scarface Is Back, this Geto Boy's storytelling has... Read more

Selma Will Be Gifted To Every High School In America (News)

After the news that Paramount Home Movie Distribution started an education program to let high school students see the movie for free while in theaters, the production company has now announced that they will be releasing the award-winning Civil Rights film Selma to every high school in the nation. The news was reported today (April 27).... Read more

Freddie Gibbs Delivers A Serpent Sermon In His Latest Visual (Video)

Freddie Gibbs unleashes a new video for his song "Pronto," the title song of his recent EP. The song offers an even more aggressive tone than usual from the Gary, Indiana native. The video shows Gansta Gibbs in a tub full of snakes and surrounded by tempting women. Possible metaphors... Read more

Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa’s Chemistry Never Rests, Even If They Do (Audio)

After a friendly, little conversation on Twitter, Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa have leaked another single from their newest project, #2009. Heads have seen and heard Jet Life and Taylor Gang collaborate on numerous singles and celebrated mixtapes like their 2009 joint project How Fly, but after the release of "Uber... Read more

Killer Mike is Out to Change the World One Mind at a Time. Next Stop: MIT (News)

Killer Mike is set to present his lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology about how current and future technologies impact race relations in the United States, as part of a program in the University's Hip Hop Speaker Series. The Run The Jewels co-founder is planning to discuss last year's tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri,... Read more

Ka & Preservation Literally Get Hypnotic In Latest Stylized Visual (Video)

Brownsville, Brookyln MC Ka releases a new hypnotic video titled "Day 912," which was followed by his "Day 0" and "Day 3" visuals that were released last month. With featured production from Preservation, where they also collaborated on 2014 EP titled 1200 BC , the track is a very personal look into the mind of the... Read more

SPOTLIGHT: DAP The Contract Plays With Genre & Defies Expectations (Audio / Video)

Often times, for as colorful and diverse as Hip-Hop music may appear, there is a constant cry for more originality. There are storytellers, social activists, party-starters, and technically-savvy lyricists, but the genre arguably misses the eclecticism and diversity among the new class, at least at a certain skill level. A... Read more

Sean Price Shows True Grit In His Latest Freestyle (Audio)

Sean Price releases a track where he collaborates (again) with the veteran DJ PF Cuttin (Blahzay Blahzay) in his latest freestyle, "Garbanzo Beans." Another name for "chickpeas" Sean P pummels his bars, making hummus out of this one. The Brooklyn MC definitely demonstrates his strength and prowess lyrically on the... Read more

Inspectah Deck & DJ Revolution Release A Ghostly Visual (Video)

Wu-Tang Clan member Inspectah Deck released a video for his single "These Broken Wings." With cuts brought to you by legendary turntablist (and Wake Up Show alum) DJ Revolution, the Rebel INS flows conceptually on this eerie track about the trials and tribulations of a woman in a "broken" relationship... Read more

Illa J Releases An Anthem For The Late Night Listeners (Audio)

Slum Village/Yancey Boys alum Illa J released a single, "Strippers." The Detroit, Michigan native (and California transplant) crafts a song about what the title implies...and it is a catchy tune that is sure to generate some buzz in and out of the cabaret club. The production is handled by Potatohead... Read more

Charles Hamilton Pays Tribute to the Civil Rights Movement in His Latest Visual (Video)

As part of his comeback, Charles Hamilton has been making a good amount of press from his interviews and blazing freestyles, and by recently releasing his entire discography for free to the public. The Harlem, New York MC just released a video for his single "New York Raining," featuring Roc... Read more

Lecrae Releases an Explosive Portrayal of America. It Isn’t Pretty (Video)

If there is any MC to help stimulate an open and honest conversation about the State of the Nation, it's the conscious and spiritually-minded Lecrae. The Grammy nominated rapper has released the video for "Welcome to America", the second track off of his commercially successful and critically acclaimed 2014 album, Anomaly. The video... Read more

How Many MC’s Could Freestyle Over This Black Moon Classic As Well As Lloyd Banks? (Audio)

G-Unit has been quite active throughout the last month. With their second EP, The Beast Is G-Unit and a number of freestyles from Kidd Kidd during his promotion for XXL's 10th spot in the 2015 Freshmen class, the Unit has been hard at work. While Tony Yayo recorded his own freestyle... Read more

Oddisee Goes Against Time In A Stimulating Visual (Video)

Oddisee easily captures the viewers attention in his new video for his song, "CounterClockwise" which will be on his upcoming solo album, The Good Fight (May 5). The cut is about "being there for people, and them going against you as a result, which leads to you becoming the bearer... Read more

Jhene Aiko Re-Enacts Her Near Death Experience in the Visual for Eternal Sunshine (Video)

Singer-songwriter Jhene Aiko released a video for the single "Eternal Sunshine" off of her 2014 debut album Souled Out. The video captures her above while she exhibits her emotions when a car crash occurs in the background, as paramedics rush to the scene of what seems to be a tragedy. The R&B artist based... Read more

Rick Gonzales Taps A Tony Toni Tone! Classic For Inspiration In Honoring The ’90s (Audio)

Actor Rick Gonzalez is best known for starring in “coming of age” movies like Coach Carter, or the roller-skating themed Role Bounce. After the news that Mobb Deep member Prodigy signed him to his Infamous Records in January 2013, Gonzalez, (a/k/a Realm Reality) has seemingly put more of a focus... Read more

Amy Winehouse is Gone But a New Documentary Shows She is Far From Forgotten (Video)

It's been almost four years since the unfortunate and untimely death of Amy Winehouse. Though she is gone, she is not forgotten. A documentary titled Amy is slated to be released to commemorate the late British jazz and soul singer. The Back to Black musician passed away on July 26,... Read more

Prince Paul Clarifies an MF DOOM Production Rumor, Revisits Prince Among Thieves (Audio)

Prince Paul is one of the more legendary producers of the last 30 years. Throughout that time, the Long Island, New York native has been involved with an extensive range of music, into Comedy and Spoken Word. His approaches have changed and pioneered the modern Rap sound, with the use... Read more

MF DOOM & Flying Lotus Announce Collabo Album, But Is It An April Fool’s Joke?

As fans are holding their breaths, hoping that these two illusive artists aren’t playing an "April Fools" joke. [UPDATE: According to one of DOOM's past labels, Nature Sounds Records, this is all a joke.] MF DOOM and Flying Lotus just announced their collaboration on an album titled Mask Of The... Read more

Rodney Hazard, DANSE & King Mean Glimpse Into Victim Volunteer (Video)

Following his four-part, "Learn From Legends" interview-advice series, emerging producer Rodney Hazard releases video, “Two Lanes” featuring DANSE and King Mean. The Brooklyn, New York natives are seen going off during a live showcase, and looking the lens dead on, delivering their bars over Rodney's beat. The shotbythethird-directed visual is off... Read more

J. Cole & Cozz Showcase That Dreams Can Come True (Video)

Buzzing Dreamville signee Cozz drops the visual for the “Knock Tha Hustle Remix," a single off of his Cozz And Effect project, adding two standout verses to the inspiring visual. As on the digital album, the South Central Los Angeles MC gets his man J. Cole to spit the imagery of... Read more