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DJ Kool Herc Says He’s Still #1. Hip-Hop’s Godfather Speaks (Audio)

Despite being credited as the Godfather Of Hip-Hop, DJ Kool Herc never pursued a recording career. While he has spun records for more than 45 years, the 63-year-old Clive Campbell never produced music like other pioneering DJs such as Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grand Wizard Theodore. In 1994, Herc... Read more

Nas Sounds Truly Inspired On A Beautiful New Song With Amy Winehouse

Timing can be a curiously beautiful thing, especially when it comes to finally being able to share what feels like a destined collaboration in the arts. As exemplified by Salaam Remi's latest, 2019 made for the perfect opportunity to do exactly that. In the spirit of Valentine's Day, the beloved... Read more

Ghostface Killah & CZARFACE Have Released Their Joint Album. Listen Here.

Today (February 15), the group CZARFACE released its sixth project. Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck, DJ 7L, and MC Esoteric have come together to excite this decade as a collective inspired by comic books, arcade games, cartoons, and the kind of Rap that permeated the late 1980s. They created a villain... Read more

Black Thought’s New Song With Adrian Younge Reminds He’s A Master Storyteller

Each week this February, producer Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, Souls Of Mischief, Luke Cage, PRhyme) has released a series of tracks in celebration and remembrance of Black History Month. Previously, Younge linked up with Georgia Anne Muldrow and Terrace Martin for the Soul-driven, starry-eyed single "February," and most recently with British... Read more

Nas Delivers A Verse That Reminds Hip-Hop Is Global

It was Nas’ onetime nemesis JAY-Z that famously proclaimed, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man,” but Nasir Jones has also lived up to that ideal in the last half-decade. The venture capitalist has invested in everything from Lyft to Dropbox, and he doesn’t show any signs of slowing... Read more

T.I. Shoots A Diss Record At Floyd Mayweather. Floyd Jabs Right Back.

As a part of Gucci's Fall/Winter 2018 line, the Italian luxury brand released an $890 sweater that may eventually prove to cost the company millions. The pull-up sweater (embedded at the bottom of this story) was deemed offensive by many for its resemblance to racist caricatures of Black people. The... Read more

Erick Sermon & Big K.R.I.T. Join Forces To Celebrate Southern Women (Audio)

Erick Sermon's eighth solo studio album Vernia has been in the works for more than a year. The Hip-Hop legend drops off a new single to whet fans appetite on the LP that they pre-funded. "That Girl" is a strong release from the EPMD MC/producer and celebrates women of the... Read more

Method Man & Havoc Reunite For A Song All About That Street Life

Throughout the last 23 years, Method Man and Havoc have rich built a collaborative chemistry. Mr. Mef' was a guest on Mobb Deep's Hell On Earth in 1996, courtesy of "Extortion." Two years after that, Hav' produced "Play IV Keeps" from Method's chart-topping sophomore solo LP. Since then, the Staten... Read more

Buckwild Gives Terror Squad Some D.I.T.C. Fire To Celebrate Big Pun (Audio)

Last week (February 7) marked 19 years since Big Pun tragically passed away. Although much of the music from the legendary lyricist has released since his death, friends and collaborators continue to find ways to light his legacy. Diggin' In The Crates producer Buckwild uploaded a new joint to celebrate... Read more

Smif-n-Wessun & Rapsody Bring The Heat On A Song That Feels Like Summer (Premiere)

The gap between Smif-n-Wessun’s last album and their upcoming LP, The All has been their most extended hiatus since they dropped The Rude Awakening in 1998 (as Cocoa Brovaz) and did not follow-up with Smif-n-Wessun: Reloaded until 2005. And while Heads never like to wait for new material from one... Read more

Wiz Khalifa & Curren$y Rewind To 2009 With A New Joint Album (Audio)

The album many heads have been waiting for is finally here. 2009, which is a reference to the year Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y's first joint venture was released, dropped Friday (February 8) and sounds like it took years in the making to complete. Comprised of 14 tracks and production from... Read more

Keith Murray & Mr. Cheeks Make New Squad Rules On A Lost Boyz Sequel

Over 20 years ago, South Jamaica Queens Rap ensemble, Lost Boyz, gained traction both in New York City and on the FM waves with their 1995 debut single, "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Shameless." After inking a deal with Uptown Records, the foursome found more acclaim as they made their... Read more

Buddy May Be One Of The Best Singing MCs. A New Song Shows Both Talents

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

Royce 5’9’s Most Powerful Song Of His Career Is A Call For Solidarity & Pride

In 2018, Royce 5'9 delivered his magnum opus in the form of Book Of Ryan. That remarkable display of lyricism, personal storytelling, and song concepts culminated to a release that fans will forever use to understand one of the great MCs of the 21st century. After previously dropping the "Cocaine"... Read more

Sean Price & Small Professor Collaborated Before P’s Passing. Stream Their Album

Since Sean Price’s sudden passing in August of 2015, a lot of the music he was working on at the time of his death has released. There are his solo offerings Songs In The Key of Price from 2015 and the proper album Imperius Rex from 2017, which Ambrosia For Heads... Read more

Yelawolf Calls Out White Rappers Who Are Not Really About Hip-Hop

Yelawolf's Trunk Muzik 3 gear-up continues. Since the top of 2019, the Alabama MC/singer has supplied fans with a constant rollout of freestyles to show that Catfish Billy is about his bars. "Billy Goat Freestyle" is the latest and perhaps the boldest illustrations of the Shady Records MC brandishing his... Read more

First Method Man Rapped To A Trap Beat, Now It’s Redman’s Turn

In late 2018, Method Man tried his hand at a different kind of sound than typically associated with Wu-Tang Clan's Iron Lung MC. From his recently-released Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium project, "Killing The Game" found the Staten Island, New Yorker showing Rap fans that a nimble lyricist can... Read more

Nas Shows Why He May Be The Greatest MC To Own A Record Label

This year, Nas' Mass Appeal Records is celebrating its fifth anniversary. The New York City-based label has put out a steady stream of releases since 2014. Some highlights include Run The Jewels' RTJ2, Dave East's Kairi Chanel, and the posthumous J Dilla LP, The Diary. The imprint has also worked... Read more

Blu’s Next LP Is Produced By Oh No. The 1st Single Is A Dedication To Cali’s Lost Angels

2018 proved to be a busy year for veteran Los Angeles, California MC/producer Blu. The 35-year-old released two albums: Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh with Nottz, and exactly a week later, the artist dropped the Shafiq Husayn-produced, The Blueprint. Blu is known for being prolific. A decade... Read more

Joe Budden Tells The Game To Watch His Mouth When Talking About Him & Women

A little under two weeks ago, Joe Budden, Rory, and Mal sat down on The Joe Budden Podcast to discuss Royce 5’9’s “Cocaine” music video, Soulja Boy’s recent appearance on The Everyday Struggle, and the announcement of Coming To America 2 being in production. However, the podcast's main focus surrounded... Read more

DreamDoll Becomes Tory Lanez’ Nightmare With A Savage Diss

Over the last two months, Toronto, Ontario's Tory Lanez has been warring with more rappers than most—and it is all by choice. The singer/rapper closed 2018 with a multi-round battle with Joyner Lucas, sparked by some commentary on Instagram Live. Then, as the Rap community reacted to the song-for-song competition,... Read more

AZ Releases A Mixtape Of Freestyles & Guest Appearances To Remind His Legacy Is Strong

It may seem like the nearly decade-long wait for AZ's Doe Or Die 2 has lasted forever. However, the East New York MC has been putting out some appetizers to hold fans over for the main course, and he has done so on a consistent basis. Earlier this month, Ambrosia... Read more

Joell Ortiz & Fred The Godson Are 2 NY Giants Of Wordplay. Listen To Their New Album

Joell Ortiz and Fred The Godson have a relationship that dates back to the earliest days of Slaughterhouse. The two skilled lyricists have been hopping on tracks together for quite some time. These New York representatives introduced their "King Kong" and "Godzilla" monikers in 2015 when Fred released The Heatmakerz-produced... Read more

KXNG Crooked Puts His LBC Roots On Display & Tells The Story Of His Come-Up

KXNG Crooked is in the midst of reviving his "Hip-Hop Weekly" series. It is happening more than a decade after the online series was an inflection point in Crook's independent career. While many people associate the MC with Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, and Royce 5'9, the artist formerly known as... Read more

Eminem’s 1st Verse Of The Year Shows He’s Still At War With His Critics

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

DJ Quik Says Suge Knight Had Diddy’s Child’s Mother In His Room After The Source Awards

On August 3, 1995, that year's Source Awards took place at Madison Square Gardens' Paramount Theater. The event is seismic in Rap music history, as it marks the shots heard 'round, disses from the podium at the magazine's event. In the aftermath of the situation, for those in attendance and... Read more

J. Cole Claps Back At All The Haters Who Counted Him Out

Moments ago, J. Cole released his latest single "Middle Child." Produced by Toronto's T-Minus (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Ludacris, Lil Wayne), the record marks the Dreamville leader's first song of 2019. He released his fifth solo studio album, KOD, less than one year ago. Cole also spent some time blessing other... Read more

Elzhi, Ras Kass & Large Professor Rap About The Enduring Problems From Reaganomics

Some really good Hip-Hop music can be found on producer albums. From unknown beat-makers to those getting commercial placements, these compilations of tracks can often feature a wide variety of MCs that also range from underground to legend. In this case, relative newcomer B Leafs has brought together two different... Read more

Kris Kasanova Celebrates The Hustler’s Spirit On New Song “This Side”

Kris Kasanova has positioned himself to be a vibrant voice in Hip-Hop and an artist to watch. He's put in work on the independent scene through this decade. Now, the Red Hook, Brooklyn native kicks off a hopeful 2019 with his latest single, “This Side.” The single celebrates life by hustling for... Read more

Stream The New Good People LP. It Features Great Guests Including Large Pro & Lil Fame

The Good People are two Hip-Hop purists. Together, DJ/MC Emskee and producer/MC The Saint make music with throwback sensibilities that refuses to pander. The music feels good, is accessible and it sounds really good. That is especially true of Good For Nuthin', the just-released LP that features Large Professor, M.O.P.'s... Read more

Joe Budden Rips Future’s Mask Off For Lying About Lean

Yesterday (January 18), rapper Future released his seventh studio album, Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD. Recently, the maturation of Future's music has been at the forefront of many conversations in the Rap music space, especially on The Joe Budden Podcast. However, at the same time, the Dungeon Family product appears... Read more

Busta Rhymes & Lil Wayne Have Fire In Their Bellies As They Slay This Track

Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne go back. Just over a decade ago, the Leaders Of The New School co-founder was a standout guest on Weezy's Carter III affair. Wayne returned the favor on Bus' Back On My B.S. More notably for the time, the two artists worked together on "Thank... Read more

AZ Takes A Classic Kool G Rap Beat & Demonstrates Why He’s Great (Audio Premiere)

AZ enjoyed a relatively quiet 2018. The highly-respected Brooklyn, New York lyricist was the subject of a documentary involving commentary by Rakim, Nas, Pete Rock, and Foxy Brown. He made a few careful appearances, one with early mentor Daddy-O of Stetsasonic and another with Fresno, California's Planet Asia. However, when... 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

Ghostface Killah Releases His First Song Of The Year & He’s Shining

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That '09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list,... Read more

Ghostface Killah Shines Brightly On A Remix To The Light

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That '09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list,... Read more

Ain’t No Such Thing As Halfway KXNG Crooked Verses. He Goes All In With Mobb Inspiration

KXNG Crooked has always been nice on the mic, but he's not above paying respects to the greats who shaped his style. The Slaughterhouse MC formerly known as Crooked I just released a freestyle that would make Mobb Deep proud. Titled "Halfway Me," the song is an homage to the Queensbridge... Read more

Yelawolf Is Releasing A New Album & It’s A Return To Trunk Muzik (Audio)

After a tumultuous period leading up to and after the release of his third album, Trial By Fire, in the Fall of 2017, Yelawolf is back with some long-promised new music. The Slumerican Records CEO teased the arrival of TM3 (Trunk Music 3) for most of last year, but judging... Read more

dream hampton Speaks About The Horrors Of Making Surviving R. Kelly

In the last week, the six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired on Lifetime. The investigative work examines the extensive abuse allegations against the three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. Kelly's accusers are all women of color, many of whom were minors at the time. In the documentary, each goes into detail about... Read more

Layzie Bone’s Migos Diss Record Is Thuggish Ruggish

Last month, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony co-founder Layzie took strong umbrage with Migos member Offset. The Grammy Award-winning Cleveland, Ohio MC responded to the Georgia rapper's continued claims that he, Takeoff, and Quavo are the greatest group of all-time. L-Burna wanted receipts for the statement, and welcomed a battle to see if... Read more

Bun B Reveals How Different MCs Are As Parents Than As Performers

Bun B is widely respected as one of Rap music's pillars of guidance. While the UGK co-founder refused to censor his lyrics throughout his career, the Port Arthur, Texas "Trill O.G." is recognized for his wisdom far more than his '90s vulgarity. In the 15 years between Too Hard To... Read more

Noname Leaves Marks With Some New Heavy Mental Bars

In 2018, Chicago MC Noname (fka Noname Gypsy) made a big impression with her sophomore release, Room 25. Her first taste of new music since the self-released LP keeps that excitement, momentum, and skill going strong. "Song 31" may seem like a nondescript track from the previous guest on albums... Read more

It’s A Rap. Skillz Calls It Like It Was In 2018 (Audio)

Honoring a tradition that is nearly 20 years old, Skillz sums up the year that was with a rap. Long before any ball drops commemorating the arrival of 2019, the Virginia veteran MC (and DJ) makes sense of a complicated year in Hip-Hop and the world at large. The song... Read more

Waka Flocka Flame Uses Classic DJ Premier To Show He Can Really RAP

Few artists can claim to have had as prolific of a mixtape career as Waka Flocka Flame. While the Atlanta, Georgia representative is often recognized for his Trap beat ear and boisterous delivery, he can sometimes unload a track that shows a deft lyricist who often downplays his talent or... Read more

Cormega Releases His 1st Project In 4 Years & It’s Full Of Realness

Early in this decade, Cormega proved that one could still make major noise through the independent channel. The Queensbridge veteran accomplished more on his own than any famed label could seemingly do for the unique spitter. Throughout the last 20 years, Mega has fed his faithful fan-base with award-winning gems... Read more

Eminem Names His Top 12 Rap Diss Songs Of All-Time (Audio)

Despite being a perennial Grammy darling, with 44 nominations and 15 wins, Eminem's 2018 Kamikaze album has no nominations. The LP also was missing from a number of prominent "best album of the year" lists. But, make no mistake, Kamikaze, which became Em's 10th album in a row to reach... Read more

Joe Budden Challenges J. Cole To Step Up His Game & Be Truly Great (Audio)

For anyone truly paying attention to Hip-Hop, J. Cole has had a career year in 2018. His album, KOD, released in April, became his fifth consecutive LP to debut at number one, selling nearly 400,000 album-equivalent units in its first week and breaking the record for first day streams, at... Read more

Wale Channels Ghostface Killah To Send A Chilly Message To His Competition & Critics

Wale released a series of singles and EPs this year. Apart from a feature on Logic's YSIV, it was a lower profile year for the Warner Bros. Records artist. However, the veteran spitter refuses to let 2018 end without reminding fans and his peers that he's a top-tier spitter. Moreover,... Read more

9th Wonder Closes Out An Incredible Year With More Than 40 Beats & Songs

Grammy Award-winning producer and Jamla Records founder, 9th Wonder returns with his third-annual solo project, Zion III. The esteemed professor has had a productive 2018, having produced (with his Soul Council ensemble) the entirety of Black Thought's Streams of Thought, Vol. 1, as well as quarterbacking the marvelous Jamla Is... Read more

J. Cole Calls Out Rappers For Faking Their Streaming Numbers On A Savage Verse

In a year that J. Cole dominated, he's not quite done. If KOD, its incredible videos, and a plethora of high-powered guest verses were not enough to set the table, Cole refuses to let 2018 end without at least one more stunner. It comes courtesy of the opening song from... Read more