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Joell Ortiz, Jon Connor & Locksmith Are Bringing Bars Back To Hip-Hop (Video)

In a time where name-dropping and direct disses are getting all the attention in Hip-Hop, a group of independent MCs is bringing back some old fashioned, cypher-oriented raps with hard punches aimed at no one in particular. The song "Back To The Bars (Intro)" features East Coast spitters MCs Joell... Read more

TDE Adds A New MC To Its Championship Roster. Meet Reason. (Audio)

Much like the Golden State Warriors, Top Dawg Entertainment continues to add more pieces to its roster after coming off of The Championship Tour. The newest addition to one of Hip-Hop's most winningest teams comes in the form of Reason, the Carson, California MC whose signing to the label was... Read more

J. Cole Says He Has The Best Flow Since Biggie On A Devastating New Freestyle (Video)

J. Cole is about to embark on his KOD Tour, hitting 36 cities across North America, and has been strategically building anticipation as the days get closer to the kickoff in Miami (August 9, 2018). Having previously tweeted out "Feed me beats. Everything gettin murdered.," Cole has now dropped a... Read more

The Souls Of Mischief’s Tajai is Designing A Hotel To Chill From 18 ‘Til Infinity (Video)

One of the founding members of Souls Of Mischief, as well as the super-group Hieroglyphics, Tajai Massey is stretching his creative capacity beyond music in 2018. Heads may not know that the Oakland, California MC/producer is also an architectural designer, and his latest project comes in the form of a... Read more

After Years On The Grind, Demrick Is Lighting Up. He Tells His Story. (Video)

Demrick has been putting in work for over a decade. Around 2005, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native hooked up with West Coast legend Kurupt and ended up moving to California to pursue his Rap career. Back then known as Young De, he went on to earn the respect of many west-coast... Read more

Lauryn Hill Adds Nas, Chappelle, De La Soul & More To Miseducation 20th Anniversary Tour

As previously reported, L-Boogie is embarking on a tour to commemorate the 20th anniversary of The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. Next month, the New Jersey songstress and MC is celebrating the milestone by touring her beloved solo debut work. However, she has sweetened the deal with a plethora of tour... Read more

Classified Personifies A Discman In The Digital Age In A Video About Changes In Rap

Classified has been making music for over two decades, and it's been a slow and steady grind to success. Hailing from Enfield, Nova Scotia, Canada, the MC/producer founded Half Life Records in 1995, and would go almost ten albums deep before gaining national recognition. He first got a national distribution... Read more

A 1993 JAY-Z Battle Shows He Was Already Dope Beyond A Reasonable Doubt (Video)

Back in the early 1990s, before many MCs had coveted record deals, they got their profiles up and buzzes hot through battling. This is the position JAY-Z was in back in 1993, as he was still two years away from founding his independent label, Roc-A-Fella Records, and was only known... Read more

Lauryn Hill Celebrates 20 Years Of “Miseducation” With A Major Tour

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Lauryn Hill releasing her classic debut, The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill. The New Jersey songstress and MC is celebrating the milestone by touring her beloved work this summer. The 1998 Ruffhouse/Columbia Records album has earned her many accolades over the years, at first starting... Read more

Saukrates, Pharoahe Monch & Shad Show Why They Are MCs Who Stand The Test Of Time (Audio)

JUNE 25 UPDATE: An official lyric video for "Father Time (2018 Version)" has been created: ORIGINAL MARCH 15 STORY: Last summer Saukrates re-released his 1999 album The Underground Tapes, making it available in digital formats for the first time, while delivering some new remixes and updated versions of those old... Read more

Tory Lanez Delivers The Best Freestyle Of The Year, So Far (Video)

Tory Lanez capped off 2017 with one of the most notable live, on-air freestyles of the year when he went off for eight minutes on Funkmaster Flex's HOT 97 series. Now in early 2018, Lanez appears on Sway In The Morning and topped that showing—not only by spitting for one... Read more

Bishop Nehru & DOOM Have A New Album Coming. The 1st Song Raises The Roof (Video)

It's been nearly four years since Bishop Nehru & MF DOOM teamed up for their NehruvianDOOM album, and now they've reunited for Nehru's upcoming project, Elevators: Act I & II, slated for a March 16, 2018 release. The split into two acts signifies themes of "Free Falling" and "Ascension," with... Read more

Tech N9ne Seamlessly Merges Rap With Breaking To Recreate ’80s Electro-Funk (Video)

Dropping his first music video off of his upcoming solo album, Planet (March 2), Tech N9ne's "Don't Nobody Want None" has him paying homage to that early '80s era when break-dancing and DJing were at the forefront of Hip-Hop. Not only is he going back to Hip-Hop's foundation, but he's... Read more

Enter Swollen Members’s House Of Rhyme Mastery, Where Only Lyricists Survive (Video)

This Halloween Canadian MC Robbie G reunited one of Canada's most iconic Hip-Hop acts to help deliver a rugged, hardcore banger to set the mood for the holiday. The new single "Fun House" has the Guelph, Ontario MC trading bars with Prevail and Madchild of Vancouver's own Swollen Members, and... Read more

Tech N9ne & Logic Put Hot Sauce On Their Flows So They Can Spit Fire (Audio)

Months ago, Heads got to see a video of Tech N9ne and Logic backstage trading techniques on how to rap incredibly fast, both in the studio and on stage. While it was satisfying to see a veteran MC and a younger one building and learning from each other, it also... Read more

Vinnie Paz Is Releasing A New Album To Fill A Void In Hip-Hop (Video)

Always one to embrace and shine light on the roots of Hip-Hop culture, Vinnie Paz has enlisted Diggin' In The Crates' very own Buckwild on his new single, "The Void." The single presents a hard percussion-driven beat that brings back the classic D.I.T.C. sound while fitting Vinnie's aggressive delivery perfectly.... Read more

Snow Tha Product Will Be Here Long After Lesser MCs. Lyricism Lasts (Audio)

Always keeping her pen game sharp, Snow Tha Product has released a new track with a wicked rapid-fire verse, venting about how much harder she has to work as a female MC who isn't about showing off her skin. She raps about being able to go on tour even without... Read more

Apathy Has A Message For The Posers: “Rap Is Not Pop” (Audio)

After releasing over 50 songs in 2015 with his EP Weekend At The Cape and his double-disc compilation album The Black Lodge, Apathy is already gearing up for a strong 2016 with the first single off his upcoming album Handshakes With Snakes. The Demigodz/Army of the Pharaohs MC is attacking... Read more

DJ Premier & Royce Da 5’9″‘s Long Awaited Collaboration w/ DOOM & Phonte Is Here (Audio)

The first lyrics you hear on "Highs & Lows" are very fitting to the situation, as Royce Da 5'9" sings "hey there music world, you've been keeping 'em waiting." As the group PRhyme, Royce and DJ Premier announced almost a year ago that they would be releasing a deluxe edition... Read more

Necro, Vinnie Paz & Immortal Technique Take Hip-Hop Back To Its Essence (Video)

Remember when hardcore MCs were at the forefront of Hip-Hop? Necro, Vinnie Paz and Immortal Technique are bringing Heads back to those days with their new music video for "Take HipHop Back." Filmed in New York City, the video features all of the Hip-Hop elements: MCing, DJing, breakdancing and graffiti.... Read more

Big Boi & Phantogram Bring Out The Big Drums In Brooklyn (Video)

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" had a highly appropriate lineup on what was dubbed "Back To The Future Day," with October 21, 2015 being the day Marty McFly lands in the future in the 1989 sequel to the classic film. Jimmy interviewed Michael J. Fox, the actor who played Marty in the... Read more

Nitty Scott, MC Puts Spirituality & Lyrics First On Her Birthday (Video)

Today on her 25th birthday (October 10), Nitty Scott, MC has released her very first self-directed music video. The video is for the first song after the intro on last year's The Art Of Chill album, "Generation Now." It's been over a year since fans have gotten any visuals for... Read more

Shots Fired! Hopsin Attacks Every Stereotype He Sees As Polluting Hip-Hop These Days (Video)

If Hopsin has been consistent at anything, it has been staying true to the lyrical craftsmanship of MCing, filling his songs with sharp rhymes and witty wordplay. In recent years, mainstream Rap music has rewarded MCs who do the opposite of this; spit simple rhymes with cookie-cutter flows over hard... Read more

Will Smith Says He & DJ Jazzy Jeff Are Going On Their First Tour Ever (Video)

After recently releasing his first rap verse in ten years with a remix of Bomba Estereo's "Fiesta," Will Smith stopped by the Beats 1 studio for an interview with Zane Lowe. The new song of course draws speculation as to whether we can expect a new album from Will Smith... Read more

Tyler, The Creator Makes a Video That’s Controversial Even for Him (Visual)

It's been several months since Tyler, The Creator dropped a new music video, and today (Oct. 1) he's back with a double feature. The video covers the songs "Buffalo" and "Find Your Wings," both off of his 2015 album Cherry Bomb. The first part of the video, "Buffalo," is a... Read more

R.A. The Rugged Man & Tom Thum Revive The MC & Beatbox Collabo (Video)

Ever since releasing his Legends Never Die album in 2013, R.A. The Rugged Man has been supplying fans with a steady stream of ambitious visuals to go with the project. Today (August 31) he has released his ninth music video off the album, this time for the Tom Tom Club-tinged... Read more

2015’s Best Battle On Wax? Funk Volume & Horseshoe Gang Trade Diss Tracks (Audio)

The year 2015 has seen a re-emergence of "beef" or diss records on wax in the world of Hip-Hop. While Mos Def a/k/a Yasiin Bey had a video leaked of him calling out MCs earlier this year, only for him to retract his challenge, 2015 has seen much hype around... Read more

Ice Cube Talks Rap Beef, Jerry Heller, Dr. Dre’s New Album & More (Video)

With the highly anticipated N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton set to be released next Friday (August 14), Ice Cube and the cast of the film sat down with HOT 97's Ebro, Laura Stylez and Peter Rosenberg for an interview. The cast included Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Junior, who plays... Read more

¡Mayday! Are Fueling The Fire On Their Future/Vintage Album (Audio)

¡Mayday! are gearing up to release their fourth album on Strange Music, Future/Vintage, due out on August 21, 2015. Today (July 14), they released the first piece of audio from the upcoming album, a song called "Fuel To The Fire." The song showcases the great chemistry Bernz and Wrekonize have... Read more

RZA Is Releasing His Collaborative Album With A Rock Legend, And It Costs $120

Remember Achozen? Back in 2006, the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA and System of a Down's Shavo Odadjian announced that they were forming a group together, and that they were working on an album under that name. In 2008, they released the single "Deuces" (featured below) which could be heard during the... Read more

The Plot Thickens in Part 2 of Czarface’s Cinematic Series (Video)

Picking up right where the previous video left off, 7L, Esoteric and Inspectah Deck are back with the second installment of their Czarface music video series. Marking the release of their sophomore album together, Every Hero Needs A Villain, their video for "The Great (Czar Guitar)" started this cinematic series... Read more

Return Of The Great: Czarface Is Back On The Scene (Video)

Today (June 16) marks the official release date of Inspectah Deck, 7L & Esoteric's follow-up to their self-titled debut as Czarface: Every Hero Needs A Villain. With the release of their sophomore album together, they've also put out a new music video for the song "The Great (Czar Guitar)." The... Read more

Shad Remains One Of Hip-Hop’s Best Kept Secrets, 10 Years Deep

Ten years ago today (June 10), Shadrach Kabango, more widely known as Shad, had a box delivered to his parent’s house in London, Ontario, Canada. As he recalled today via Facebook, the box contained the first CD pressings of his debut album, When This Is Over, which he would take... Read more

Hopsin’s Out To Snatch The Crown On His Next Album (Video)

When Hopsin pranked us late last year, the positive that came from it was that Heads would get a new album from him in 2015. That time has come, as he has released a music video for his first single off the album, Pound Syndrome, called "Crown Me." Unlike the... Read more

Jedi Mind Tricks & Eamon Call Out The Frauds In Their Lives (Video)

Vinnie Paz and Stoupe The Enemy Of Mankind have come together to craft a new Jedi Mind Tricks album, The Thief And The Fallen, set to hit stores on June 2, 2015, on Enemy Soil. They've released a music video for a new single off the album called "Fraudulent Cloth,"... Read more

Nitty Scott, MC Remixes Omarion & Throws A Party Of Her Own (Video)

Nitty Scott, MC has released a new music video for her remix of "Post To Be." The original song is by Omarion featuring Chris Brown & Jhene Aiko, and is featured on Omarion's latest album, Sex Playlist. While the original song is purely R&B, Nitty Scott delivers a desired Rap verse... Read more

Earl Sweatshirt & BadBadNotGood Reunite For a Televised Live Performance (Video)

While on tour to promote his new album, I Don't Like Shit, I Don't Go Outside, Earl Sweatshirt stopped by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show to perform alongside Canadian Jazz band BadBadNotGood. Earl & BBNG have previously collaborated on the song "Hoarse," off 2013's Doris, but this rare performance together... Read more

Moka Only & Illa J Team Up To Deliver A Smooth Jam For The Ladies (Audio)

Today (May 8) Moka Only released a new album called Chicken Wingz on Self Serve Records, the first release on the newly formed, Vancouver-based label. The lead single from the album features label mate Illa J rapping with Moka on a smooth, relaxing, J Dilla-esque production called "Freak Ya Heart... Read more

The Original Jedi Mind Tricks Lineup Reunites In This Dark Visual (Video)

Jedi Mind Tricks have reunited and are gearing up to release their eighth album, The Thief and the Fallen on their Enemy Soil label on June 2, 2015. This album will see original JMT members Vinnie Paz & Stoupe The Enemy of Mankind working together for the first time since... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Breaks Down To Pimp A Butterfly’s Cover Art and Its Significance (Video)

Kendrick Lamar recently sat down with Mass Appeal for an interview, of which an excerpt was released on video of him explaining the album cover of his highly lauded To Pimp A Butterfly. He explains that all the people on the album cover with him are friends and family from... Read more

Yelawolf & Eminem Go Behind The Love Story (Video)

Last week Yelawolf released his single featuring Eminem, "Best Friend," and today (April 21) he has officially released his second studio album on Shady Records, Love Story. While on set filming a music video for "Best Friend," Yelawolf & Eminem made a quick video to remind fans to buy the... Read more

Tech N9ne & Eminem Break Down Their New Collaboration On Sway In The Morning (Video)

People are still reacting to the new Tech N9ne single, "Speedom (Worldwide Choppers 2)" featuring Eminem & Krizz Kaliko. Tech N9ne was just on Sway in the Morning a few days ago to talk about his upcoming album, Special Effects, and he returned to the show on April 20 to... Read more

Here’s a Look at the Real-Life Settings for Some of Hip-Hop’s Most Iconic Album Covers (Photo)

Part of the experience of enjoying an album, Hip-Hop or otherwise, is taking in the cover art that comes with the music. Technology and the Internet have made it so that fewer people actually pay attention to the cover art when they download an album, but recently the internet gave... Read more

From Rap God to Speed Demon. Tech N9ne & Eminem Flow Furiously (Audio)

After more than a decade of trying to make it happen, Tech N9ne has finally been able to collaborate with Eminem for the first time since they were on Sway & Tech's "The Anthem" in 1999. Since then, Eminem has set the world record for the amount of words per... Read more

Tyler, The Creator Breaks Down His Inspirations & Talks New Album (Video)

After releasing his new album, Cherry Bomb earlier this week, Tyler, The Creator stopped by the Tavis Smiley show to chop it up. Before even beginning the interview, Tyler tells Tavis about the first time he watched the show, which had R. Kelly and Pharrell Williams talking about N*E*R*D's In... Read more

Tech N9ne Opens Up About Mother’s Passing, Confirms Latest Eminem Collabo (Video)

Tech N9ne is gearing up to release his 15th album, Special Effects on May 4, 2015. To promote the album, he stopped by Sway In The Morning to give some details behind it, including guest appearances and the content in the music. They start the interview off by talking about... Read more

Jay Z Releases Visual To One Of His Most Personal Songs In Years (Video)

Jay Z has been making headlines recently through his new business venture with Tidal. In support of the new music streaming business, he released a music video for the song "Glory," reminding us that he is an artist and a father first and foremost. Before Common & John Legend were... Read more

The Full Version of Kanye West’s All Day Remix Featuring Kendrick Lamar Is Here (Audio)

Snippets have leaked of Kendrick Lamar's verse from a remix of Kanye West's "All Day" single, and now the full version of the song has been released. The remix starts off like the original song, with Kanye West spitting the first verse, but then K-Dot replaces Theophilus London on the... Read more

Blueprint Gives a Heartfelt Tribute to Eyedea (Video)

Blueprint is gearing up to release his fourth studio album, King No Crown on April 28 through Weightless Recordings. As a single off the album, he released a music video for the song "Great Eyedeas Never Die", a tribute to the late Eyedea who had passed away in 2010. Eyedea... Read more

Chris Rivers, Grandmaster Caz & More Bridge Generations in a Cypher w/ R.A. The Rugged Man (Video)

R.A. The Rugged Man is gearing up to go on his Shoot Me In The Head Tour, but before heading out, he did a show at SOB's in New York City and brought out an all-star cast to join him in a cypher on stage. The cypher bridged together generations... Read more