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Issa Rae Has No Insecurities About Confronting Hollywood’s Diversity Problem

In addition to creating, co-writing, and starring in Insecure, the Emmy-nominated Issa Rae is devoted to creating opportunities for people of color in Hollywood. Complementing this reputation, Issa Rae’s ColorCreative has signed a multi-year production deal with Columbia Pictures to promote diversity in the writers' room. The agreement is presented as... Read more

A New Mashup Mix Perfectly Blends The Sounds Of Lauryn Hill & Nina Simone

One of Ms. Lauryn Hill's biggest inspirations is Nina Simone. With mirroring emotions through the soulful cries in their delivery, the presence of Simone's influence is undeniable throughout Lauryn's singing catalog. The Fugees songstress embraced the likeness of her artistry to the late musician not only in song, but also... Read more

Jay Rock & Tee Grizzley Rep’ Different Regions But Come From Similar Circumstances

Jay Rock's Redemption offered 13 tracks of street-certified wisdom. The Watts, California native and longstanding TDE linchpin has released videos for nine of those songs. In the midst of that championship run, Eastside Johnny is back again with new music, and a video to match. This time, Rock calls upon... Read more

Too Short’s Career Documentary Includes Rare Footage From MC Breed & More (Video)

Too Short is a pioneer within Rap. While Todd Shaw has been churning out albums for 31 years, his career in music goes back even further. With such an extensive resume in Hip-Hop, Too Short takes a moment to reflect on some key moments in his career. He produced 3... Read more

Q-Tip Explains How His Renaissance Birthed A New Movement In Hip-Hop

November 4, 2008 was a day laced in change. Marking the Presidential election that led Barack Obama to Office, American politics and culture was in the midst of a transformation. Hip-Hop artists became increasingly vocal in the conversation of change in America. In addition to US politics, Rap music seemed... Read more

Killer Mike’s Hardest Verse Of 2018 Is A Powder Keg Of Bars (Video)

Killer Mike had hit songs early in his career. But as an independent artist, saying what other MCs wouldn't on beats is what made sustained his nearly 20-year-career. That is the energy that lived on Grind Time Rap Gang releases, R.A.P., and three celebrated volumes of Run The Jewels. It... Read more

Erick Sermon & Parrish Smith Are Still In Business. They Have An EPMD Sneaker (Video)

More than 30 years ago, Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith formed EPMD. From dropping some of the most influential tracks in Hip-Hop history to surviving periods of breakup, the E and P are still together, still in business, and currently celebrating their 30-year anniversary in style. The Brentwood, Long Island... Read more

Killer Mike Is Running Fine Art Now Too

In the world of visual and fine art, some if not all topics of discussion revolve around the grey area between traditional and nontraditional forms of art. Museum culture is often depicted as intensely exclusive with a missing link to the world of music, specifically in Hip-Hop. In recent years,... Read more

John Singleton Reveals He Wanted N.W.A. To Star In Boyz N The Hood

Thirty years ago today, on August 8, 1988, the N.W.A. released its proper debut album, Straight Outta Compton. Bursting onto the scene with rawness and aggression fueled by the Reagan-era Compton climate and lifestyle, Ni**az Wit' Attitudes presented an LP that would shape the sound and narrative in Rap for... Read more

Moonlight’s Director Shares A Trailer To His Next Film, A James Baldwin Adaptation (Video)

In celebration of James Baldwin’s 94th birthday, Academy Award-winning film director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) revealed a glimpse of his next movie's trailer. Jenkins shared his on-screen adaptation of Baldwin’s 1974 novel, If Beale Street Could Talk. A follow-up to the Oscar-decorated Moonlight, the story follows couple "Tish" and "Fonny," portrayed... Read more

Pusha-T Travels To Shaolin To Explain The Importance Of Raekwon’s Purple Tape (Video)

Twenty-three years ago today (August 1, 1995) Raekwon released his classic debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... The approach to the album was to give off the essence of a John Woo feature film with Raekwon as the star, Ghostface Killah in the supporting role, and audio cameos from Wu-Tang... Read more

Ciara Levels Up Her Summer Smash With A Vintage Verse From Missy Elliott (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let AFH 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 go back... Read more

J. Prince Reveals How He & Mike Dean Got Dr. Dre’s Secret Production Formula (Video)

From the somber swing of Scarface’s The Diary to the flamboyant complement to JAY-Z & Kanye West's Watch The Throne, Grammy Award-winning producer, mixer, engineer, and musician Mike Dean has been a versatile sound provider for 25 years. Few creators can do as much as Mike in the genre, across... Read more