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Injury Reserve’s New LP Shows They Deserve A Spot In 2019’s Starting Lineup (Audio)

Tempe, Arizona Rap trio Injury Reserve formed in 2013, but it wasn't until the release of their 2015 mixtape Live From The Dentist Office that the crew started turning heads. Their use of Jazz samples, eclectic choice of guest features, and sporadic spazz-out vocal tendencies helped push forth a signature... Read more

Quelle Chris Self-Reflects On Life & Legacy In A Dreamy New Video (Premiere)

Just over one month ago, New York-raised but Detroit, Michigan-famed rapper Quelle Chris dropped his latest LP, Guns (embedded below). The record is his sixth solo album to date, although including collaborations and production credits, Chris has more than two dozen projects under his belt. This latest Mello Music Group... Read more

T.I. Helped Bail Out 23 Non-Violent Inmates To Spend Easter With Their Families

Over this past weekend, thanks to the help of T.I., an Atlanta church, and VH1's Love and Hip Hop personality Scrapp Deleon, 23 non-violent offenders were able to spend the Easter holiday with their respective families. Thanks to contributions raised by Tip and others, bail was made for these offenders, as... Read more

20 Years Ago Today, MF DOOM Was Born

MF DOOM's Operation: Doomsday came to the surface 20 years ago today, on April 20, 1999. Birthed out of tragedy and commercial frustrations, Metal Face DOOM, real name Daniel Dumile, created a solo album shrouded in mystery, multi-syllabic rhymes, and technically rough, back-to-the-future production. The display was weird, cartoonish, and... Read more

MF DOOM, Your Old Droog & Mach-Hommy Body A Beat Like King Kong (Audio)

Brooklyn, New York's Your Old Droog surprised Hip-Hop Heads today with a track featuring MF DOOM and star sensation Mach-Hommy. Produced by V Don, "RST" shows off the talented trio flowing over a soulful, synth-heavy beat. For Droog, who has put in work throughout to mid-to-late 2010s, this work stands... Read more

Oddisee Explains Why He’s NOT Underrated Or Underground

Oddisee has spent the 2010s making some of the most cohesive and thoughtful albums in Hip-Hop. 2012's People Hear What They See, 2015's The Good Fight, and 2017's The Iceberg are a three-album run as formidable as any in Rap. Meanwhile, the artist born Amir Mohamed el Khalifa has showered his fans with handfuls... Read more

Red Bull Music Academy & Red Bull Radio To Shut Down

After 20 years of operation, Red Bull has announced that the Red Bull Music Academy will be closing its doors later this year. The decision was reportedly made to “phase out the existing structure” and introduce a new tactic for Red Bull's position within music. Additionally, Red Bull Radio, the... Read more

In 1996, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Made An Anthem About Love & Survival (Video)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony dominated the mid-1990s with a unique style of Rap music. Krayzie Bone, Layzie Bone, Wish Bone, Bizzy Bone, and Flesh-N-Bone put Ohio on the global Rap map with a harmonic sound that pulled from the church and the street alike. While 1994's Creepin' On Ah Come Up achieved gold-certification... Read more

Do Remember The Lady Of Rage Rocking The Mic Rough With Her Afro Puffs (Video)

It was a monumental year when Dr. Dre released The Chronic on his Death Row Records imprint in 1992. The multi-platinum album was a street sensation that marked a new era of Rap. It delivered G-Funk to the mainstream, with videos that displayed the laid back vibes, set against menacing... Read more

Missy Elliott Assists Lizzo For A Banger That Sounds Large & In Charge

Minneapolis, Minnesota rapper Lizzo is no stranger to embracing individuality. The artwork to her upcoming album, Cuz I Love You, showcases the artist sitting in the nude in front of a blank photo backdrop. That LP's lead single, "Juice," celebrates being comfortable in a plus-sized body, placing an attitude within... Read more

DJ Muggs Aims To Make Sure All Hip-Hop Heads Know Mach-Hommy’s Name (Audio)

Mach-Hommy may not be a widely-known name outside of a hardcore corner within the Hip-Hop scene, but for those who do know it, it's hears as something like a myth. His reputation is that of a secret weapon for producers who favor dusty samples, like Alchemist or Knxwledge. He made... Read more

Samuel L. Jackson’s Interview Is Real & Unfiltered…Just Like His Best Characters

On screen, Samuel L. Jackson often plays characters that speak their minds with little compromise. Away from the film, set, the Chattanooga, Tennessee native is no a stranger to voicing his opinions with a similar approach. The unfiltered, often uncensored actor is now 70 years old and is still working... Read more

Dave Chappelle Refuses To Apologize After Calling Singer Daniel Caesar Gay (Video)

Sunday night (March 10), Dave Chappelle and R&B singer Daniel Caesar made guest appearances on John Mayer's Instagram Live show Current Mood. The encounter between the comedian and the "Get You" singer, however, was fumbling and awkward. The moment Mayer introduces Daniel Caesar for a performance, Chappelle interjects and comments,... Read more

Homeboy Sandman & Edan Rap And DJ In A Way That Will Make Hip-Hop Pioneers Proud

Last year, Queens, New York MC Homeboy Sandman connected with triple-threat DJ/rapper/producer, Edan to serve up some Humble Pi, courtesy of Stones Throw Records. With their joint LP, the highly-talented duo proved they were bred and conditioned into Hip-Hop, showcasing some of the sharpest rhymes delivered in a classically, over... Read more

A Short Film Shows What The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Would Look Like In 2019

Next year, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air turns 30 years old. It's been nearly three decades since Will Smith introduced America to a fictionalized version of himself, playing a West Philadelphia-native who gets relocated to Bel Air, California to stay out of trouble and live with his extended family. During... Read more

Mick Jenkins Makes A Song About Seduction With Consent (Video)

27-year-old Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins released his latest studio album, Pieces Of A Man, in October of last year to much critical and fan acclaim. Named after Gil Scott-Heron's LP of the same name, Pieces Of A Man pulled together an impressive supporting entourage (Ghostface Killah, Black Milk, KAYTRANADA) to accompany... Read more

Don’t Call It A Comeback…FUBU Is Making Its Return In Classic Style

FUBU is making its return to the marketplace. Founded in 1992 by Daymond John, J. Alexander Martin, Keith Perrin, and Carlton Brown as a hat company based out of Hollis, Queens, New York, FUBU (an acronym for "For Us By Us") became a fashion staple during the 1990s street-wear scene.... Read more

André 3000 Delivers His First Rap Verse In More Than A Year. Listen Here.

Following a leaked tracklist at the top of the year, Electronic musician James Blake revealed his newest album, Assume Form, would arrive on January 18. Blake humbly embraced the leak hype by confirming Assume Form's full tracklist on Instagram, and showed off which Hip-Hop heavyweights were on his collaboration list.... Read more

E-40 Is 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Smartest Hustlers. He Breaks Down His Businesses Beyond Rap

Twenty years ago, E-40 named his album, Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint Of A Self-Made Millionaire. While the moniker and subtitle may have been accurate at the time, the founder of Sick Wid It Records has seemingly lived up to that statement ever since. As 40 Water's career has been going... Read more

Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month's six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics... Read more

Snoop Says His Debut Album Broke The Color Barrier For Gangsta Rap (Video)

Today, November 23, 2018, marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most influential albums of all time, Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle. The 1993 gangsta rap album carried with it an onslaught of west coast radio domination following Dr. Dre's debut record, The Chronic. Where The Chronic first introduced a young Snoop... Read more

Kemba & Smino Have Each Reached A New Level. Their Collabo Stops To Exhale (Audio)

Kemba has been turning heads since age 19, with the release of his debut mixtape, You're Welcome, which dropped back in 2010. The project set a promising stage for the young rapper as the tape portrayed an artist in the midst of developing a voice, but never revealing any sense of... Read more

Cut Chemist Mixes 45 Songs Sampling A Beat That’s Relevant 45 Years Later (Audio)

In the midst of this week's hectic midterm elections, beloved Jurassic 5 DJ, mix-master, producer, and solo artist Cut Chemist released an ultimate mix of songs that sample The Honey Drippers' 1973 song, "Impeach the President." The mix, cleverly titled Impeach The Precedent, rolls through 45 different songs within Hip-Hop... Read more

Common’s Production Company Is Telling Meaningful Stories Just Like His Music (Video)

Common has been a known activist and philanthropist for well over a decade. His socially conscious raps weren't the only lane for the Soulquarian to get his blessings off; the once-Vegan PETA supporter remains a part of the "Knowing Is Beautiful" movement, which supports AIDS/HIV awareness, is the founder of... Read more

DJ Premier Reveals He’s The Person Who Sequenced Nas’ Illmatic Album (Audio)

DJ Premier has an extensive background in Hip-Hop music and production. This week the legendary Gang Starr member (deemed "The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer Of All-Time" by Ambrosia For Heads readers) native casually dropped another line to add to his already lengthy resume. On the latest episode of crooner Anderson .Paak's .Paak... Read more

16 Years After Jam Master Jay’s Passing, A Run-D.M.C. Mural Goes Up In New York City

It's an undeniable fact that Run-D.M.C. remains one of the most influential music groups in all of music history. The Hollis, Queens trio's success and crossover appeal set the commercial stage for many Rap crews afterward – such as The Beastie Boys, who are enjoying their run of Beastie Boys... Read more

Massive Attack Are Re-Releasing Their Landmark Album In A New Format: DNA

British Trip-Hop group Massive Attack is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their third album in a very special way. Twenty years ago, the Circa/Virgin Records album was the first to be streamed entirely for free online. Now, Mezzanine will be the first LP to be released in strands of synthetic... Read more

10 Years Later, The Cool Kids Drop A Stylish Sequel To The Song That Got Them Hot (Audio)

It was 2007 when The Cool Kids saw the release of their first commercial single, "Black Mags," hot off the heels of their debut mixtape, Totally Flossed Out. Chuck Inglish and Sir Michael Rocks saw a glimpse of commercial success with their Hip-Hop love song about bicycles, and the duo... Read more

Sa-Roc Says She’s A Rap Dragon & A Lyrical Goddess. Her Video Proves It.

Goddess MC Sa-Roc is no stranger to Hip-Hop. Rhymesayers Entertainment artist has been on the scene since 2008, wielding a heavy pen and studying the MC greats since her career beginnings. She's worked with David Banner, Brother Ali, Sadat X & El Da Sensei, and DJ EFN. Now, after a... Read more

Mysonne’s Statement On Rape Culture Shows He’s Smarter Than Most Senators (Video)

The Bronx, New York rapper Mysonne is in headlines once again for vocalizing in protest of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for Supreme Court Justice. The veteran rapper spoke with journalist Chuck Modi on his position in a video. What Modi seemingly thought he was getting was a quick take on Mysonne's... Read more

Atmosphere Makes An Album For Life’s Changing Seasons. All Can Listen Here (Audio)

Atmosphere has been steadily releasing music for more than two decades, and they've shown no sign of stopping. Instead, the duo of Slug and Ant joined in the ranks of JAY-Z, Phonte, and Open Mike Eagle by crafting a brand of Rap that chronicles aging, family, health, and still feeling... Read more

Torae Schools B-Boys & B-Girls On What A Career In Hip-Hop Really Takes (Video)

Coney Island's Torae is back with a new music video off his upcoming collaborative EP alongside Praise, All Praises Due (October 11). The project marks Torae's first project since his 2016 LP Entitled, despite releasing a few singles with since, including the "Get Down (Remix)," featuring Freeway and Styles P.... Read more

Homeboy Sandman & Edan Make An Anthem For Going Offline (Video)

Earlier this year, Queens, New York native MC Homeboy Sandman and Big Apple-based producer/DJ/MC triple-threat Edan teamed up to drop a sleeper single just before summer: "#NeverUseTheInternetAgain." The two connected on the banging track to drop facts on the dangers of social media, and their efforts in rejecting internet usage.... Read more

Styles P & Dave East Are NY Giants From Different Eras. Bars Bridge Gaps (Audio)

LOX co-founder Styles P has been rapping for nearly 25 years, and his verses continue to impress. While some of the '90s and early 2000s catalog ages like a fine Merlot, the artist shows he enjoys building bridges to those that he and his cohorts have influenced. The last five... Read more

RZA & GZA Support Chicago’s Joey Purp With Some Exceptional Verses (Audio)

Twenty-five-year-old Chicago MC Joey Purp first made waves when he dropped his sophomore mixtape iiiDrops in 2016. His buzz-worthy project balanced socially conscious, often braggy lyricism with gritty Windy City realism with a punchy delivery. The beat selection ranged from addicting dance rhythms to horn-laden production akin to an explosive early-2000s... Read more

Reason Is Next Up In A Long Line Of Great West Coast MCs (Video)

Carson rapper Reason is TDE's latest signee, and he's already proving he has what it takes to join the roster. Early last month, Reason dropped video single "The Soul," a raw, hard-hitting verse delivered with a doozy of a flow above an equally triumphant instrumental. Within his first few bars,... Read more

Mac Miller’s 2013 Off The Top Freestyle Shows His True Love For Hip-Hop (Video)

The 26-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MC/producer Mac Miller passed away on Friday (September 7), leaving a handful of essential albums behind, and the Hip-Hop community in total mourning. Born Malcolm James McCormick, Miller had recently released his fifth studio album, Swimming, and was about to kick off a national tour on... Read more

Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Mannie Fresh & More To Perform At 7th Annual Hiero Day

The 7th annual Hiero Day Music Festival & Block Party is taking place Labor Day, September 3. The event performers have officially been unveiled. Oakland, California's legendary Hieroglyphics crew will be performing at their festival, and joining them will be Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Freddie Gibbs, Mannie Fresh, Elzhi, Georgia... Read more

Lakeith Stanfield Returns To His Hip-Hop Roots Alongside Tune-Yards (Video)

Before Lakeith Stanfield was an actor best known for his roles as "Darius Epps" in Donald Glover's FX comedy Atlanta, "Cassius 'Cash' Green in the sci-fi comedy Sorry to Bother You, Civil Rights activist "Jimmie Lee Jackson" in Selma, and a young "Snoop Dogg" in Straight Outta Compton, Stanfield rapped as... Read more

Tyler, The Creator & A$AP Rocky Remind The World They Are GREAT MCs (Video)

Two years ago, Tyler, the Creator released a loosie single/video titled "WHAT THE F*CK RIGHT NOW," in which the Odd Future co-founder rapped over Kanye West's "Freestyle 4," a beat taken from West's 2016 effort, The Life Of Pablo. Purely recorded for fun, the music video featured fellow rapper birthed... Read more

Jay Smooth, Host Of NYC’s Longest-Running Hip-Hop Radio Show, Resigns In Protest

Jay Smooth, host and DJ of The Underground Railroad, the longest-running Hip-Hop radio program in New York, has announced that he is resigning from his post. The show runs on the non-commercial WBAI-FM station. Smooth's resignation is a direct protest of WBAI's recent hiring of Leonard Lopate, a former show... Read more

Quentin Miller Drops Hints About Writing For Drake & Kanye In His Funk Flex Freestyle (Video)

Atlanta, Georgia MC Quentin Miller has seemingly been a ghostwriter whose name still haunts aspects of Drake's career. Three years ago, Meek Mill first outed the rapper as one of Drake's writers, after the two previously amicable rappers collaborated on "R.I.C.O." A reference track of Miller rapping Drake's early 2015... Read more

Chance The Rapper Releases 4 New Songs & Explains Why He Bought A News Site (Audio)

Chance The Rapper is making headlines once again, and per usual, if it's not for his music, then it's for his effort to further uplift Black culture within the public eye. Last week, Chance the Rapper spoke with the The Chicago Tribune to reveal his upcoming album will be a... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff & MICK’s 9th Annual Mix Means Summertime Is In Effect Mode (Audio)

DJ Jazzy Jeff and MICK (fka Mick Boogie) are back with the latest entry of their Summertime mix series. Since 2010, the two kings of party-rocking have linked up to release the annual 4th of July mixtape inspired by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's hit single. These mixes,... Read more

Why Kanye West Is A Genius Regardless Of His Views Outside Of Music

Kanye West's cultural influence is undeniable. Few artists, especially in Hip-Hop have had a reign as long or as far-reaching as the artist who locked himself in a room doing five a beats a day for three summers. Remember when everyone wore those terrible shutter shade sunglasses after Graduation dropped?... Read more

GoldLink Is In “I Told You So” Mode. His Tiny Desk Concert Shows It. (Video)

GoldLink is seemingly playing it cool everywhere he goes. Since his breakout 2016 hit "Crew" was certified double-platinum (and notably, spawned a standout remix with Sly Glizzy and Gucci Mane that has more than 20-million YouTube plays), GoldLink has been enjoying a gleeful walk into stardom. Of course, a few meticulously placed... Read more

Phonte Starts His Day With Some Brutal Breakfast Bars (Video)

At the top of the year, Phonte released his superb solo sophomore album, No News Is Good News. The record serves as a vignette of 'Te's 39-year-old life – a life shrouded in anxiety of mortality, a growing disconnect with significantly younger industry peers, and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. But most... Read more

The Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth Songs Titling Each Luke Cage Episode Are Revealed

In 15 days (June 22), Netflix will premiere its highly anticipated second season of Luke Cage, a Marvel series based off the Harlem bulletproof superhero of the same name. The show will see the return of Mike Colter as "Luke Cage," as well as Simone Missick as "Mercedes 'Misty' Knight,"... Read more

Rap Pioneer Jalal Mansur Nuriddin Of The Last Poets Has Passed Away At 74

Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, one of the members of the Spoken Word group The Last Poets, has passed away yesterday (June 4). The native of Fort Greene, Brooklyn was 74. The Last Poets have released a statement on Nuriddin's passing: "It is with extreme sadness and a heavy heart that the... Read more

A$AP Rocky & Skepta Nod To DMX In An Ocean-Crossing Collabo (Video)

A$AP Rocky's new record Testing deserves recognition amidst almost two weeks worth of narratives driven by peers and their respective new and upcoming releases. Make no mistake that Lord Flacko packaged a few bangers into his latest solo effort. Rocky's hazy, sluggish team-up with Diddy on "Tony Tone" is one... Read more