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Nipsey Hussle Waited A Dozen Years For An Album. His New Song Sees It As Perfect Timing

Thirteen years ago this week, Nipsey Hussle released his debut mixtape, Slauson Boy. Shortly thereafter, the MC's buzz started permeating the West Coast, and then the global Rap industry. The artist from the Crenshaw section of Los Angeles, California rapped with a sense of angst, awareness, and authority that stood... Read more

Method Man Shows These Wack Rappers How To Rock A Trap Beat Properly

Today (December 14), Method Man releases his second installment to The Meth Lab series. Season 2: The Lithium is the sophomore volume in the journey that began in 2015 sees the Wu-Tang Clan O.G. building his chemical bond with fellow Staten Island, New Yorker, Hanz On. The pair involves peers such... Read more

Curren$y Pays Tribute To Grand Puba In Grand Style (Audio)

2018 has been a great year for New Orleans, Louisiana's Curren$y. The Jet Life pilot recently became a father. Meanwhile, musically, he released one of his best works to date care of the Freddie Gibbs and Alchemist collaboration Fetti. Spitta also dropped a standout guest verse on Cozz's wavy "Badu,"... Read more

Ice Cube Returns To His Old Sound For His New Album & It’s Filled With Funk

Almost 25 years ago, Ice Cube was front-and-center for a Rap renaissance surrounding Parliament Funkadelic. In 1992, Cube's N.W.A. homie Dre brought G-Funk to the mainstream. However, even before that, Cube and his team produced Del The Funky Homosapien's 1991 debut, I Wish My Brother George Was Here. The title was... Read more

Ghostface Killah & CZARFACE Are Making An Album Together. Hear The 1st Single

At the top of the decade, Wu-Tang Clan's Inspectah Deck made some of the most remarkable material of his career after he formed a group with Underground Hip-Hop stalwarts 7L & Esoteric. CZARFACE became more than just a super-group of the "Speaking Real Words" collaborators from way back. Modeled after... 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

Big K.R.I.T. Releases 2 Songs That Nod To UGK, Too Short & The Isley Brothers

Two weeks ago Big K.R.I.T. surprised fans with a three-track EP called Thrice X. It was the first time since the Meridian, Mississippi native released solo music since his third LP, 2017's 4eva Is A Mighty Long Time. Now, Big K.R.I.T. is dropping even more music to finish off 2018... Read more

JAY-Z Takes Down Donald Trump In A Song Fueled By Beef

This morning (November 30), Meek Mill released his highly-anticipated Championships album. A year ago this month, few could have imagined that the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC could be victorious in much of anything. Although last year's Wins & Losses garnered acclaim, the Maybach Music Group star was in serious legal trouble... Read more

Alchemist Drops An EP Featuring Black Thought & The Griselda Team. Listen Here.

While Alchemist tends to be prolific year in and year out, 2018 has been especially fruitful for one of Hip-Hop's most respected sound creators. He dropped the instrumentals for his highly sought-after Paris x LA x Bruxelles project on vinyl at the top of the year, followed by the short... Read more

This 2003 Conversation With MF DOOM Is The Interview Of His Career

In addition to phenomenal lyricism and one-of-a-kind production, one of DOOM's charms is his mystery. Perhaps as an extension of the metal-faced mask that he has worn for nearly 20 years, the man born Daniel Dumile rarely grants interviews. While verified accounts may exist, DOOM's one great artist of the... Read more

Erick Sermon Details EPMD’s Terrible 1st Contract & How They Got The Big Payback

EPMD is one of those groups that are always mentioned among Hip-Hop's legendary duos, however it always seems like they don't quite get their full due. That was especially true of a mid-1980s contract that the pair of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith signed. They later got the big payback... Read more

Method Man, Joey Bada$$ & J.I.D. Go Nuts On One Of The Year’s Best Collabos

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

Black Thought Wastes No Time Releasing His Second Solo Album Of 2018

At the top of June, Black Thought released his first ever solo project. Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1 was years in the making for The Roots' Grammy Award-winning MC. More than two years after Tariq Trotter dropped the 9th Wonder-producer "Making A Murderer" with Styles P, he offered up that... Read more

Method Man’s New Verse Is A Quick Reminder That He’s Still A Microphone Killah

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

Questlove Curates Massive Soundtrack For Michelle Obama’s Book Tour. Listen Along.

Michelle Obama released her memoirs titled Becoming last week and now she's embarked on a 10-city tour to support the book. In a style befitting of a former First Lady of the United States, her string of speaking engagements has its own soundtrack titled The Michelle Obama Musiaqualogy. Not only that, but... Read more

Joyner Lucas Strikes Back Against Tory Lanez & He Gets Specific (Audio)

Earlier today (November 20), Tory Lanez responded to Joyner Lucas' challenge to prove he is the better rapper. It started when Tory told a social media audience of fans that he was better. Lucas caught wind and asked Lanez to prove it. Within a day, the Toronto, Canada MC and... Read more

Tory Lanez Says He’s A Better MC Than Joyner Lucas & Serves Battle Bars (Audio)

Yesterday (November 19), Toronto, Canada MC/singer Tory Lanez dismissed notions that Joyner Lucas was a better MC. During an Instagram Live session, the artist who released two Top 5 albums on the charts this year (Memories Don't Die and Love Me Now) In the midst of boasting of his multi-faceted... 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

Black Thought Is A Top Notch MC. His New Song Shows He’s A Great Singer Too (Audio)

UPDATE: The YouTube version of Black Thought's "Conception" video: ORIGINAL NOVEMBER 19 STORY: In eight days, Black Thought is releasing his second project of 2018. November 26's Streams Of Thought, Vol. 2: Traxploitation will be produced by Salaam Remi (Nas, The Fugees, Amy Winehouse, etc.) as Thought confirmed in the... Read more

Nas & Rick Ross Team Up To Deliver Another Chin Check (Audio)

Throughout the last dozen years, Nas and Rick Ross have collaborated many times, usually on Rozay's albums. The South Florida rapper is clearly inspired by Nas—an artist whose many gifts include detailed imagery, and a knack for blending street exploits with quote-worthy wisdom. Fresh off of last year's stellar "Powers... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Says He Is Still A King In His 1st Music Of 2018 (Audio)

In 2018, Big K.R.I.T. has been playing it more low key than usual. He had a musical supervisor's role on Bun B's Return Of The Trill album, while also providing some heavy vocals in spots. Earlier in the year, the MC/producer also teamed with DJ Premier and Royce 5'9, care... Read more

Anderson .Paak’s Song With Q-Tip & Dr. Dre Is A Reason To Celebrate (Audio)

Anderson .Paak fans across the globe can go ahead and let out a collective “Yes Lawd!” Just minutes ago, and nearly two years removed from the release of his celebrated sophomore effort, the multi-faceted musician has officially delivered his third solo album (and Aftermath Entertainment debut) titled Oxnard. This much anticipated follow... Read more

The Live Mixtape With Black Thought, Rakim & Pharoahe Monch Is Here (Audio)

For his latest signature mixtape, J. Period pulled off a historic trifecta: three of Hip-Hop's most venerated MCs on one stage, performing for a sold-out crowd all the way live. Ambrosia For Heads was in attendance for the September 13 concert at New York City's Sony Hall. The Live Mixtape... Read more

In 1988, A Dozen Songs By Top Shelf MCs Went Missing. They’ve Been Found (Audio)

Back in 1988, there was a small studio and gathering place in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Top Shelf Studios was reportedly different than the usual places where Rap records were made. At a time when the culture was blossoming, MCs from across New York City liked the energy of the... Read more

Ice Cube’s New Song Calls To Put The President In Handcuffs (Audio)

Ice Cube built his Rap career on saying what he feels and not caring about the consequences. For Hip-Hop fans, that's what millions upon millions of people love him, even before Hollywood gravitated towards his on-screen gifts. The founding member of N.W.A. and Westside Connection has not changed his ways.... Read more

This Mash-Up Mix Takes A Midnight Maraud With 36 Chambers (Audio)

Yesterday (November 9), Hip-Hop Heads celebrated the 25th birthdays of two landmark albums: A Tribe Called Quest's third LP, Midnight Marauders and Wu-Tang Clan's Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). On 11-9-93, many fans were eager to digest LPs that were likely shipped together from the same RCA Records distributor. Although... 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

Elzhi & Conway Team Up On A Soul Classic & It’s Nothing Sweet (Audio)

9th Wonder's Jamla Records continues to reach new levels with its talent and exciting releases. Yesterday (November 8) the collective released Jamla Is The Squad II, a sequel to the first project of the same name. Every MC and producer currently with the North Carolina-based label makes an appearance on... Read more

Black Thought & 9th Wonder Join Forces On Another Lethal Collaboration (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

Anderson .Paak Flexes On A New Dr. Dre Production (Audio)

Anderson .Paak fans have just one week to wait for Oxnard (November 16) and have already received some musical offerings from him prior to the Aftermath Entertainment LP's release. The MC/singer/drummer/producer's latest showcase is single, "Who R U?" With a beat by Dr. Dre and Mell Beet, it marks the first... Read more

The Story Of How ODB Recorded His Verse For Mariah Carey’s Remix Is Fantastic

In 1995 Mariah Carey scored her ninth #1 single with "Fantasy." From her fifth album, Daydream, the song offered a nod to Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, by sampling The Tom Tom Club's "Genius Of Love," a staple from New York City's Downtown scene a dozen or so years... Read more

Erykah Badu Dedicates A Mix To Roy Hargrove & Shares A New Song That’s Money (Audio)

In the last week, a principal musician within the Soulquarians family passed away at 49 years old. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Jr. played on Common’s Like Water For Chocolate, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun. On the last of the three, the Waco, Texas native played on "Green Eyes" as... 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

J.I.D. Pushes J. Cole To His Limits On A Fast & Furious Collabo (Audio)

In 20 days, Dreamville's J.I.D. will drop his DiCaprio 2 project. The follow-up effort to 2017's exceptional The Never Story (named one of Ambrosia For Heads' top LPs of the year) may be the most anticipated body of work from the East Atlanta, Georgia lyricist with shape-shifting flows. Following September's... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh Makes Up For Lost Time With His New LP. Listen In. (Audio)

While Rapper Big Pooh has consistently dropped at least one album, EP, or mixtape every year since 2008, he seemingly sat last year out. The MC known for his role in the Little Brother trio dropped full albums with Nottz (Home Sweet Home) and Apollo Brown (Words Paint Pictures) in... Read more

Slick Rick Shares A 30-Year-Old Song That Missed His Great Adventure (Audio)

This week, Slick Rick is celebrating the 30th-anniversary of his landmark debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. On Def Jam/Columbia Records, the nimble storyteller offered a collection of shorts about crime, sex, stick-ups, and messages to the youth. The moment was pivotal for Hip-Hop as Rick enhanced Rap... Read more

Nas Flips His Rhyme Style & Travels Back To The ’80s With Swizz Beatz (Audio)

Swizz Beatz just released his first album in more than 11 years. This hit-maker has seemingly been able to work with all sides of Rap music, branching into other genres. From hardcore to Pop polish, the Bronx, New York representative has thrived since his days as the low-key sound-provider on... Read more

Action Bronson’s New Album Is Available For Full Stream. Listen Here (Audio)

Action Bronson's career, no matter the territory, has never been pigeonholed. Before Action turned rapping from a hobby into a monetarily viable option, the 34-year-old began life in the working world as a well-respected kitchen commander in New York City. Action even started his own cooking show on YouTube during... Read more

Method Man And Redman Are Still Kings Of The Rap Jungle (Audio)

On December 11, Method Man will release Meth Lab II: The Lithium, a follow-up to its 2015 predecessor. The self-released album will feature Snoop Dogg, N.O.R.E., Heltah Skeltah’s Rock, Cappadonna, Masta Killa, Sheek Louch and more, including everyone's favorite co-hort, Redman. Together, Red and Meth are kings of the Rap jungle... Read more

Curren$y, Freddie Gibbs & Alchemist Are Money. Stream The Fetti Project (Audio)

In the Spring of 2015, Grand Theft Auto V was released for Microsoft Windows. It was a couple of years after the video game had initially hit consoles. So, to hype the release, Rockstar introduced new in-game features and commissioned Alchemist and Oh No (who had already formed Gangrene at... Read more

D’Angelo Stands Unshaken In A Spooky New Song From Red Dead Redemption (Audio)

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a video game boasting an unexpected star on its soundtrack. Developed by Rockstar Studios, the game takes place in a fictionalized Wild West at the turn of the 20th century and was released on October 26. For gamers, it's an anticipated prequel to 2010's Red Dead Redemption.... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh Has A New Album Coming. Here’s The 1st Song (Audio)

Last month, all three members of Little Brother reunited in Durham, North Carolina. Few could have anticipated that Phonte, 9th Wonder, and Rapper Big Pooh coming together under the moniker that birthed their three respective careers more than 15 years ago. It was a key moment for a group that's... Read more

Sean Price Teamed With Mic Handz In His Last Days. Listen To The Music They Made (Video)

UPDATE: Mic Handz' video to "Conceit," featuring Sean Price: ORIGINAL OCTOBER 27 STORY: "More than three years since he passed away, Sean Price's legacy burns bright. Last year, Duck Down Music and Sean's wife Bernadette released Imperius Rex, an album that was selected among Ambrosia For Heads' best of 2017.... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Refuses To Be Boxed In. He Makes Soul-Jazz With Marcus Strickland (Audio)

Pharoahe Monch has been busy lately. Ambrosia For Heads recently caught up with the Queens MC last month during J. Period's "live mixtape" show that Monch did with a slew of Hip-Hop legends, including Rakim, Black Thought, Dres, and others. He's also wrapping up a new solo LP he describes... Read more

J. Cole Saves His Best Verse Of The Year For A Collabo With Rapsody (Audio)

J. Cole is on an incredible run in 2018. April's KOD album is a top-tier contender for this year's best albums. In an era marred by overdose and self-medication, the LP offers powerful commentary to millions of listeners that could benefit. Furthermore, infidelity, vanity, greed, and a generational chasm in... Read more

The Black Eyed Peas New Song Reunites The Native Tongues’ Phife & Posdnuos (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

Ras Kass & Apollo Brown Make An All-New Soul On Ice. It’s As Cold As Ever (Audio)

Ras Kass is overtly re-channeling his landmark debut Soul On Ice on his latest song. "SOI3 (Soul On Ice 3)" is produced by Ras' celebrated Blasphemy collaborator, Apollo Brown. The track deliberately reworks Ras' 1996 remix that presented one of the coldest lyricists in the game. Producer Apollo's dark and ghoulish instrumental... 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

Action Bronson Shows He Can Body A Beat With Soul (Audio)

Wasting no time, Hip-Hop heavyweight and TV personality Action Bronson has dropped the second single from his upcoming album White Bronco (November 1). It’s only been a couple of weeks since Bam Bam gave fans the psychedelic visuals for the album’s title track, so the Queens native is clearly trying... Read more

Method Man, Raekwon & Ghostface Show Love With Verses On Teyana Taylor’s Remix (Audio)

Wu-Tang Clan is as busy as they've ever been. Even without a 2018 album, the collective is celebrating 25 years since Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) in prolific style. Fresh off of a group-wide appearance on Logic's aptly-titled "Wu Tang Forever," Method Man, Raekwon, and Ghostface Killah come together in... Read more