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Jazzy Jeff & Will Smith Re-Create From Da South 25 Years Later & It Sounds FRESH

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince have been back in form lately. With some new music creeping out, Jeff and Will Smith have an unbreakable bond that goes back nearly 35 years. At the top of a newly-released video, The Fresh Prince jokes that the man who discovered him... Read more

ScHoolboy Q’s Video Shows An Eye For An Eye Leaves The World Blind

Today (June 26) marks exactly two months since ScHoolboy Q released his fifth album, CrasH Talk. One of the most anticipated collaborations on the TDE album was "Dangerous," featuring Kid CuDi on the song's chorus. Early in his career, Q made waves with "Hands On The Wheel," a Habits &... Read more

Anoyd & Statik Selektah’s Video Gets You In The Mood For Summer

This month, Bloomfield, Connecticut MC Anoyd partnered with Statik Selektah and ShowOff Records to release Yuck!. Featuring Nick Grant, Ufo Fev, and Statik's 1982 band-mate Termanology, the 10-song collection showcases one of the more exciting voices coming out of New England, and Hip-Hop at large. Whereas Anoyd built a reputation... Read more

Blu & Exile Provide Hope Through True And Livin’ Hip-Hop (Video Premiere)

Blu & Exile's breakthrough Below The Heavens remains a classic album in many Hip-Hop circles. The MC/producer LP formally introduced two artists who had been making waves for years in the most soulful, reflective, and relatable of ways. Since that 2007 LP, both Blu and Exile have taken journeys with... Read more

Benny The Butcher Explains Why Rap Is A Grown Man’s Game (Video)

Last Friday (June 21), Benny The Butcher released The Plugs I Met. The Black Soprano Family LP marks Benny's follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 album, Tana Talk 3. On this go-round, the Buffalo, New Yorker involved A-list Rap peers including Pusha-T, Black Thought, and Jadakiss, all over-top of Daringer and... Read more

Here’s Some New Heat From Roc Marciano & His New EP (Audio)

Roc Marciano has dropped an EP of never before released rarities, through Marci Enterprises/Fat Beats Records. The Prequel, available exclusively on red vinyl, features production from Roc Marci as well as Just Blaze. New single, "Not One," sounds like New York in the Summertime, with the Hempstead Long Islander bringing... Read more

LL Cool J Tells Mike Tyson About The Boxing Royalty In His Family (Video)

LL Cool J and Mike Tyson's relationship goes back nearly 35 years. Cool James name-checked Iron Mike on 1987's "I'm Bad" with the boxing-inspired bars: "I'm like Tyson, icin', I'm a soldier at war / I'm makin' sure you don't try to battle me no more / Got concrete rhymes,... Read more

Twista Takes It Back To Summer ’96 With A Verse That’s Blazing Hot (Audio)

One of Chicago's O.G. MCs is in the midst of a renaissance. This Friday (June 28), Twista is partnering with DJ Pharris to release Summer 96, a mixtape. Based on its title, the project pulls the onetime platinum, chart-topping MC back to his roots. Although the Speedknot Mobstaz front-man was... Read more

Rapsody Rates The Bars & Shows Why She Only Works With Top-Ranked MCs (Video)

In less than a decade, Rapsody has positioned herself as one of Hip-Hop's elite MCs. Through albums, mixtapes, and features, the Snow Hill, North Carolina product has taken an independent, grassroots movement to the charts, the Grammy ballot, and the circles of JAY-Z as well as Dr. Dre. However, true... Read more

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs’ Bandana Tracklist Features Yasiin Bey, Pusha & Black Thought

This Friday (June 28), Madlib & Freddie Gibbs are releasing their sophomore collaborative album, Bandana. Following three preliminary songs and one music video, the Oxnard, California-to-Gary, Indiana pair has unveiled the tracklist to the Keep Cool/RCA Records release. Notably, it reveals that the March drop, "Bandana" is not included among... Read more

Meek Mill’s Story Is Being Told In A Docuseries Produced By JAY-Z (Video)

Meek Mill is not only one of the biggest rappers of this decade; he has become a high-profile activist behind the ongoing efforts in criminal justice reform. Having been arrested at 19 years-old, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC has been on probation for more than 10 years. The terms of his... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. & Lil Wayne’s New Song Takes A Deep Dive Into A Form Of Addiction

Throughout the ages, some great Hip-Hop music has been made about the topic of addiction. From The Roots' "The Water" to Eminem's "Going Through Changes," J. Cole's "Once An Addict," to Royce 5'9's "C*caine," these songs are honest, vulnerable, and powerful hallmarks in all of the creators' careers. Hip-Hop also... Read more

Rakim Reveals The Verse That Most Defines Him (Video)

This November marks 10 years since Rakim released an album. The Seventh Seal involved Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, and Styles P, alongside production from Nottz, Jake One, and Ty Fyffe. At the time, that SMC Recordings LP followed a 10-year-break since The Master. Unlike his first dozen or so years on wax,... Read more

Mary J Blige & Method Man Show Their Duet Still Has Mad Love To Give (Video)

Last night (June 23), the 19th BET Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. For many Heads, the highlight of the evening surrounded Mary J. Blige, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Yonkers, New York representative also performed a medley of her hits, spanning nearly... Read more

Warren G Turns Up The Bass To Show He’s Still Regulating 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago this month, Warren G unleashed an album that had a hand in saving Def Jam Records through a commercial drought season. The Long Beach, California MC/producer/DJ may have been wrongfully overlooked at Death Row Records, but the "G" in G-Child may have stood for "Golden" at Russell... Read more

The Game Freestyles Over Old Town Road. This Ain’t Country (Video)

The Game is officially in album mode. The veteran Compton, California MC formally announced his ninth outing, Born 2 Rap this week. What's more, the onetime Dr. Dre protege asserts that it will be his final album in a dominant 15-year career of provocative music and actions. A press release... Read more

A New Video From Lupe Fiasco Shows Selling Out Was Never His Plan

Like most artists, Lupe Fiasco's body of work does not begin with his debut album. Food & Liquor, which dropped in 2006, was preceded not only by the mixtape Fahrenheit 1/15 Part I: The Truth Is Among Us a year prior, but also unreleased works which have been held in a proverbial vault.... Read more

Benny & Black Thought Are Rap Kings Slicing Up The Competition (Audio)

Benny and his Griselda family have everybody’s attention right now. From their impending Shady Records debut, a video single with DJ Premier, to upcoming solo albums from each member, these Buffalo, New York MCs have built an undeniable buzz. Now, as much press and praise as the team has gotten... Read more

Ras Kass’ Soul On Ice 2 Involves Snoop, Pete Rock, Diamond D & Immortal Technique

For more than three years, Ras Kass has teased fans with a sequel to his cult-lauded 1996 debut, Soul On Ice. After an album trailer (with a fundraising drive) and a revival rendition of that Priority Records title track, "the Waterproof MC" takes a giant leap today (June 19). The... Read more

Murs’ Next LP With 9th Wonder & The Soul Council Has A New Video & Release Date

Less than a month ago, Murs & 9th Wonder premiered two singles from the upcoming The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over at Ambrosia For Heads. "Ga$ Station Gucci Belt" (which Heads got a small taste of in late March) and "Night Shift" showed two different sides from... Read more

E-40’s Next Album Features Redman, Method Man, Scarface & ScHoolboy Q

Next month, E-40 will release his 29th album. Practice Makes Paper is due July 26, adding to one of the largest and more respected catalogs of a nearly 30-year Rap veteran. As has been the case since 40 Water's mid-90s run, the Heavy On The Grind Entertainment release includes a... Read more

O.C. Releases 3+ Hours Of ’90s Rarities, Demos & Freestyles. Dig In. (Audio)

For more than 25 years, O.C. has been a vicious MC. From JAY-Z to Big L, Pharoahe Monch to Murs, rappers across the Hip-Hop landscape have been eager to work with the Diggin' In The Crates member. O' has fed the masses, from the acclaimed Word...Life and Jewelz one-two punch,... Read more

B.o.B. Tributes O.D.B. & Bumrushes The Set To Shame Fake Rappers (Video)

In the mid-2000s, Decatur, Georgia teenager B.o.B. was one of Hip-Hop's most exciting and versatile voices. With a stylized name inspired by an OutKast Stankonia single, sang, he played guitar, he produced, and the protege of hit-making producer Jim Jonsin could certainly rap. Early mixtape standout "Haters" took everybody by storm,... Read more

Chance & YBN Cordae’s Lyrics & Beat Prove They’re Making Hip-Hop For All Ages (Video)

Maryland-raised 21-year-old rapper YBN Cordae has been making a name for himself these past few years. His Young Boss Ni**as collective has been booming for several years, breaking through many walls care of YBN Nahmir's debut viral 2017 hit, "Rubbin Off The Paint." Then came follow-up looks such as "Have... Read more

Pusha-T Raps Some Of His Most Conscious Rhymes On A Song With Lauryn Hill

During the 1990s, outside of her work with The Fugees and a solo career, Lauryn Hill lent her voice to enhance songs by a few elite Rap peers. Nas famously made "If I Ruled The World" with some crooning from Ms. Hill. A year later, Common released one of his... Read more

JAY-Z Provides Legal Assistance To A Family Terrorized By Phoenix Police

On May 29, an on-duty, in-uniform police officer was caught on video pointing his weapon, shouting profanity, and threatening a young Black family in Phoenix, Arizona. The footage quickly went viral, sparking much controversy and social outrage. Following the incident, 22-year-old Dravon Ames and 24-year-old Aisha Harper officially filed their... Read more

dead prez & Andra Day Come Together To Shed Light On Injustice (Video)

Respected DJ/producer J. Period (Black Thought, Common, K'naan) wanted to pump up the activism in Hip-Hop. He rallied peers including DJ Khalil, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Young Guru to executive produce a compilation that reminds fans of music’s power to evoke social change. The 10-track The Rise Up Project brings... Read more

Drake Accuses Pusha-T Of Snitching In A New Song Celebrating The Raptors

Just over 48 hours after his beloved Toronto Raptors earned their first NBA championship, Drake delivered new music as promised. Throughout the basketball playoffs, the music superstar had a hard time staying on the sidelines. Instead, the OVO founder seemingly always wanted in on the action. From controversial exchanges with... Read more

Missy Elliott Is The 1st Female MC To Enter The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (Video)

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. While JAY-Z became the first artist in Rap to join the prestigious circle two years ago, Missy follows a 2018 where Jermaine Dupri was admitted. Both appeared in New York City... Read more

Black Moon Release Their 1st Video In 15 Years. The New Album Is Coming Soon.

It has been 16 years since Brooklyn, New York's Black Moon released a studio album. Boot Camp Clik's breakout artists are back with their first new music since 2003's Total Eclipse. Along with an exciting new music video, the collective of Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, and 5 ft have a... Read more

Common Uses A J Dilla Beat To Show His Love For HER Is Strong As Ever (Video)

At the beginning of this month, Common was a surprise guest at the 12th-annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia. Back in the late 1990s, the MC who was making Like Water For Chocolate at the same time his friends were making Things Fall Apart. The SoulQuarians worked on both albums, so... Read more

In 2000, M.O.P. Went Hunting For CD Bootleggers To Mash Out (Video)

M.O.P. released their debut LP 25 years ago with To The Death. While the Select Records drop remains discussed by Rap purists, Lil Fame and Billy Danze seemed to widen their reach with every album since, culminating with Y2K's fourth effort, Warriorz. The Mash Out Posse's fourth and most commercially successful... Read more

Your Old Droog Is In The Express Lane. He Drops His 2nd Album In 2 Months. Listen In.

For those that were wondering why Your Old Droog’s most recent video consisted of two songs that weren’t on the project he had just released (April's It Wasn’t Even Close), the answer has finally arrived: he was preparing a surprise, second LP Transportation. This new concept LP does feature “Under The... Read more

Freddie Gibbs & Anderson .Paak Freak A Madlib Beat Like Giannis (Audio)

Everything leading up to Freddie Gibbs and Madlib's highly-anticipated sophomore collaborative album Bandana (June 28) has proven that the work has been worth the wait. First announced in 2016, the RCA/Keep Cool Records LP has already seen three of its singles drop with "Flat Tummy Tea" in February and the... Read more

Pusha-T & Benny Are Top Contenders On A Collabo That Moves Heavy Weight (Audio)

Benny has come a mighty long way in just a few short years. He’s transcended from being Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine's figurative little brother, to having an elite Rap profile. Many Heads became fans of the Buffalo MC with the release of his DJ Green Lantern mixtape, Butcher... Read more

J. Cole, J.I.D. & Bas Are Out To Prove Dreamville Is The Best Crew In Hip-Hop

At the top of 2019, J. Cole and Dreamville Records hosted invitation-only studio sessions for Revenge Of The Dreamers III. For 10 days at the top of the year (January 6 to January 16), one of 2018's biggest stars and his ever-busy team that includes Bas, J.I.D., EarthGang, Lute, Cozz,... Read more

Scarface Is [email protected] Brad Jordan Wants To Be President.

This past weekend, legendary rapper Scarface confirmed his running for Houston City Council in District D. The 48-year-old hometown hero has built his profile over the last 30 years through Rap music. He has since written a memoir, been hired as a record executive (who brought Ludacris to fame), and... Read more

Recordings By Eminem, Tupac, Rakim & The Roots Were Secretly Destroyed In Fire

Eleven years ago this month, a fiery blaze at Universal Studios Hollywood made national news. The flames started following a blowtorch repair to some homes used in old film and television shows. As the fire grew, a King Kong attraction was damaged. Reports also circulated that an archive of old... Read more

Nas Holds Lost Tapes 2 In A Video. Could It Be In Our Hands Soon?

Five years ago, Nas confirmed that Lost Tapes 2 would be happening. The announcement came at a time when the MC's Mass Appeal Records was rapidly expanding its roster. Since that May 2014 report, Nas has been at work on several projects. Nasir, a collaborative album with Kanye West's production,... Read more

Bun B Tells Talib Kweli Why T.R.O.Y. Is The Biggest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time (Video)

Back in 2011, Bun B accepted a position at Rice University to co-teach a class about Religion and Hip-Hop Culture. Since then, the UGK co-founder has imparted his knowledge in these areas to hundreds of Texas. Beyond academia, Bun regularly reflects on his experiences as an MC, a father, and... Read more

Spread Love The Brooklyn Way. A Street Is Named After Biggie Smalls (Video)

Just over 47 years ago, on May 21, 1972, Christopher Wallace was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Wallace was raised by his mother, Voletta, a preschool teacher, at 226 St. James Place in Clinton Hill. From his booming stage entrance during a pivotal... Read more

Spice 1, Kurupt & Devin The Dude Are Proud To Be Hip-Hop OGs (Audio)

For more than 30 years, Spice 1 has been giving fans his brand of raw, uncut Hip-Hop. The Hayward, California representative released three gold-certified albums at the top of the 1990s, venting on the anxieties of staying strapped in the 'hood. Throughout that time, the onetime protege and label-mate of... Read more

Bushwick Bill Has Passed Away At The Age Of 52. His Family Confirms.

The Hip-Hop community is mourning the loss of Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill (aka Richard Shaw). Earlier this year, the Jamaican-born, Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York-raised MC was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Although a premature announcement was widely circulated this morning (June 9), according to TMZ, the veteran dancer-turned-rapping... Read more

Scarface Announces He’s Running For Houston City Council

For more than 30 years, Houston, Texas has long been a significant player in the Rap music space. Crews ranging from the Geto Boys to Screwed Up Click to Swishahouse have led musical movements far beyond the city. Artists like Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Lil Keke, Mike Jones, Trae Tha Truth,... Read more

Joell Ortiz & Hit-Maker Salaam Remi Have Released A New EP. Take A Listen.

This past year has been busy for Brooklyn, New York's Joell Ortiz. Last year, the Slaughterh*use co-founder linked up with veteran Michigan producer Apollo Brown for the release of their joint venture, Mona Lisa. Then at the beginning of 2019, Joell caught a wave with Dipset affiliates The Heatmakerz and... Read more

Big K.R.I.T.’s Video Shows How Record Companies Treat Rappers Like Slaves

Less than 24 hours after announcing his upcoming K.R.I.T. Iz Here album, Big K.R.I.T. delivers the first video from the July 12 affair. A title song of sorts, "K.R.I.T. Here" is an affirmation of all that the Meridian, Mississippi double-threat has accomplished in the last decade. Ten years ago, K.R.I.T.,... Read more

The Truth About Kanye West: He’s Andy Kaufman (Video)

David Letterman and Kanye West's 2019 interview is available to the public. The highly-publicized My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode includes footage filmed at West's California home as well as an on-stage conversation before a live audience. Notably, during the revealing interview, the MC/producer/fashion designer makes a striking self-comparison... Read more

GoldLink & Tyler Are 2 Of Music’s Most Versatile Voices. They Collaborate To Elevate

GoldLink is preparing to drop his forthcoming album Diaspora next week (June 12). In anticipation, he's giving fans another strong sampling of what's to come. The Washington, D.C. native teamed up with Tyler, The Creator and Jay Prince for "U Say." The track features transient Bossa Nova-inspired instrumentals that slowly... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Honors His Mixtape Roots With Upcoming “KRIT IZ Here” Album

Nine years ago, Meridian, Mississippi MC/producer Big K.R.I.T. made one of the most-acclaimed mixtapes of the 2010s courtesy of K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The 2010 freebie (later released on CD and vinyl) involved Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Devin The Dude, Smoke DZA, and Krizzle affiliate Big Sant. The release was supported by... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Will Play Inspectah Deck In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Bio Series

Last month, following the premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men, a DJ Juanyto interview for HOT 97 on Staten Island with members of the Clan and its extended family suggested that Dave East would not be the only rapper to appear in an upcoming biopic. Joey Bada$$'s name... Read more