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Skyzoo Gets Pete Rock To Kick A Rare Verse & Both Drop Jewels (Audio Premiere)

Tomorrow (September 20), Skyzoo & Pete Rock are releasing an anticipated collaborative album, Retropolitan. The pair's first outing together features the Brooklyn, New York veteran taking on the lyrics recorded to exclusively P.R. production. Guests on the Mello Music Group LP include Styles P, Raheem DeVaughn, and an already-released posse... Read more

Young M.A. Kicks A Freestyle That’s Germane & So So Def (Video)

With only nine days until Young M.A drops her debut album Herstory In The Making, the Brooklyn, New York MC visited Funkmaster Flex’s HOT 97 studio, self-proclaimed "home away from home." The popular MC builds the hype in the best way she knows possible. M.A busts a two-part freestyle that... Read more

Nas & DJ Premier May Have Just Announced A New Gang Starr Album. Aiight? Chill

Twenty-five years ago, Nas left a voicemail on DJ Premier's answering machine that the fans got to hear. The smoky-voiced Rap phenom joined DJ Scratch, MC Eiht, and A.G., among others, on the "Aiight Chill" interlude for Gang Starr's fourth album, Hard To Earn. A few weeks later, Nas dropped... Read more

J. Cole, Lute & DaBaby Show Why NC Is 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Hottest States Under The Sun

Dreamville continues to celebrate this year's release of Revenge Of The Dreamers III with more and more visuals. The label's collaborative record dropped this summer and presented vocals from each member of the collective: J. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, Lute, Ari Lennox, Cozz, Omen, and EarthGang. Just a month ago, Heads... Read more

Tobe Nwigwe & Paul Wall’s Collabo Is Fit For 2 Champions Of The H-Town People (Video)

Tobe Nwigwe is having a stellar 2019 campaign. Earlier this March, the Houston, Texas native released his fourth studio project, Three Originals. It features standout singles and visual accompaniments for "Peep Game," "Caged Birds," and "Bountiful." Then, just last month, Nwigwe unveiled a completely live album, Tobe From The Swat:... Read more

Anderson .Paak Mashes Up Erykah Badu & Lil Nas X To Make Old Town Road Brand New

Anderson .Paak is one of the more versatile artists in popular music. In the last 12 months alone, his two albums, 2018's Oxnard and 2019's Ventura present a singer, an MC, and a musician who can occupy different corners of genre and style. Moreover, the Southern California native creates a... Read more

Snoop & Slick Rick Join Forces On An Anthem About Self-Pride & Upliftment

Since the very beginning of his career, Snoop Dogg has cited Slick Rick as a top influence. On Snoop's hallmark debut album, the smooth-talking Long Beach, California MC covered one of MC Ricky D's best-known verses in the form of "Lodi Dodi." Crossing coasts, bridging generations, meshing styles, and putting... Read more

Flavor Flav Speaks Candidly About His Addiction & Why It Was Time For Change

From Public Enemy to reality television, Flavor Flav has been a star within music and culture. While his legendary Hip-Hop group condemned drug addiction, Flav publicly battled substance abuse. Since the group's success in the early 1990s, Flav had several high-profile arrests, including several with drug charges. In one of... Read more

Puff Daddy Details How “I’ll Be Missing You” Saved His Life & Put Hope In Rap Music

Earlier this month, the third season of Hip-Hop Evolution released on Netflix. Hosted by veteran London, Ontario MC Shad, the documentary series continues to tell the stories of our culture through intimate interviews, rare footage, and all the right music. In Season 3, Episode 2, "Life After Death," Biggie's later... Read more

ANoyd’s Freestyle Shows Why He’s A Top MC Who Belongs On Everybody’s Radar (Video)

Earlier this summer, Connecticut MC ANoyd linked up with Statik Selektah and ShowOff Records to release his album Yuck!, featuring Nick Grant, Ufo Fev, and Termanology. A' and Statik later dropped visuals for one of the album's standout singles, "The Mood." Despite ANoyd's recent ventures in flexing his album-mode muscles,... Read more

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown & CeeLo Green Have A Dungeon Family Reunion With Bad Intentions

Shortly following his halftime performance at 2019's Super Bowl LIII, Big Boi did a led tour with members of the Dungeon Family in Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown, Organized Noize, and KP The Great. While on the road, Sleepy Brown and Big Boi's rejuvenating reunion invigorated the two longtime friends to... Read more

Pharoahe Monch’s Song Brings Wordplay Back On A Whole New Level (Lyric Video)

Pharoahe Monch is one of Hip-Hop's supreme lyricists, and has been so for more than 25 years. The Queens, New Yorker's wordplay includes metaphors, similes, alliteration, assonance, and many of the other parts of speech that many are taught about in English/Reading class. Even living with asthma, the Organized Konfusion... Read more

Ghostface Killah’s New Album Uses Shaolin Soul To Teach The Youth (Audio)

This month, Ghostface Killah released his latest solo endeavor. Titled Ghostface Killahs, the new, independent project involves Wu-Tang Clan partners Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Masta Killa, as well as Cappadonna. Notably, G.F.K. also features some of the artists he's been grooming for years, including Theodore Unit affiliates Solomon Childs... Read more

Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Yasiin Bey, DJ Quik & E-40 Headline 2019’s A3C Festival Lineup

A3C has announced its 2019 lineup. This year the Atlanta, Georgia festival is running for six days and features a host of artists from across the generations of Hip-Hop. Topping the bill of legends we have Yasiin Bey (fka Mos Def), who will be putting on a 20th-anniversary Black On... Read more

DMX Is Back On Def Jam. It’s About To Get Hot Again

At the beginning of this year (January 25), DMX was released from a West Virginia prison after spending much of 2018 behind bars for a tax evasion conviction. Since then, the onetime superstar has been on a climb that feels distinct in a career filled with peaks and valleys. The... Read more

Freddie Gibbs Blows Up His Enemies In His New Video…Literally

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Bandana is among 2019's best Hip-Hop albums. The sophomore outing from the MC/producer battery has been complemented by a series of lighthearted videos starring Gangsta Gibbs. Including some album imagery, these visuals are based on a dr*g kingpin with a complicated past trying to live a... Read more

25 Years Later, Easy Mo Bee & Mister Cee Recall Making Biggie’s Ready To Die (Video)

This week (September 13) marks the 25th-anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s debut album, Ready To Die. Part of Bad Boy Records' "B.I.G. Mack" campaign, Biggie Smalls and Craig Mack took the fledgling label to new places in September of 1994. Since its release, Biggie's breakthrough LP has been certified six-times-platinum... Read more

Yasiin Bey To Perform Black On Both Sides As 20th-Anniversary Homecoming Concert

This fall marks 20 years since Mos Def released his acclaimed solo debut, Black On Both Sides. The gold-certified Rawkus Records release followed praises from Black Star's album a year earlier. It also showed a versatile artist who rapped, sang, and commanded audiences with a purist's, stripped-down approach to Hip-Hop... Read more

Happy Birthday To Big Daddy Kane. Ever Hear His “Raw” Remix With Kool G Rap?

Today (September 10) marks Big Daddy Kane's birthday. Commanding audiences far and wide since he was a teenager, the now 51-year-old living legend continues to be among the culture's best performers. From collaborations with Ghostface Killah and Joell Ortiz, as well as new freestyles, King Asiatic continues to add to... Read more

Rapsody’s Eve Is 1 Of The Year’s Best Albums In Any Category

In terms of receipts from paying dues, Rapsody possesses suitcases full of them. Her career dates back to an inconspicuous debut on 9th Wonder's Dream Merchant 2 interludes a dozen years ago. That look came after years of studying under the famed producer, long before she ever touched one of his beats... Read more

Common Launches A Progressive Charter School In Chicago’s South Side (Video)

Less than two weeks ago, Common released his 12th album, Let Love. Featuring production from Karriem Riggins as well as the late J Dilla, the LP also involves Swizz Beatz, A-Trak, and BJ The Chicago Kid, among others. The music campaign coincides with Common's latest book, Let Love Have The... Read more

RZA Says The Wu Documentary & TV Series Have Strengthened The Clan’s Bond (Video)

Earlier this week, the first wave of episodes from Wu-Tang: An American Saga premiered on Hulu. The dramatic miniseries chronicles the formation of the Wu-Tang Clan. Executive produced by RZA and Method Man, the series follows The Abbott and his siblings on a street journey that eventually leads to one... Read more

Ras Kass’ Soul On Ice Sequel Uses Lyricism To Confront New Threats (Audio)

Over two decades ago, Ras Kass planted a flag for lyricism that balanced accounts of life in the streets of South Central with information found in the books that upset the setup. That unique gift culminated on Soul On Ice, the MC's 1996 debut that has been heralded in circles... Read more

RZA Breaks Down 10 Kung Fu Films That Wu-Tang Clan Sampled (Video)

It's on the introduction of Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) that listeners first hear a vocal sample that heeds a threat: "The Shaolin and the Wu-Tang could be dangerous." The rough and unpolished sample, taken from the martial arts movie Ten Tigers from Kwangtung, presents a taste of cinematic flavor that... Read more

Danny Brown’s Q-Tip Produced Song Yields 1 Of The Year’s Weirdest Videos

This month marks three years since Danny Brown's last album, Atrocity Exhibit. After four solo releases, celebrated mixtapes, and a collaborative catalog that includes Black Milk-assisted project, D.B. is embarking on an exciting close to 2019. The Detroit, Michigan MC's Uknowhatimsayin¿ is the name of his fifth album. As reported... Read more

Skyzoo, Elzhi & Griselda Body A Pete Rock Beat On 2019’s Hardest Posse Cut (Audio)

In just over two weeks (September 20), Skyzoo & Pete Rock are releasing their joint album, Retropolitan. The 12 all-new songs finish a campaign that began at the top of 2019. Styles P and Raheem DeVaughn are among guests. However, one song contains an arsenal of lyrical talent. "Eastern Conference... Read more

The 1st Look At Bad Boys For Life Is Pretty Epic. Will & Martin Are Back (Video)

The trailer for the third and final installment in the Bad Boys trilogy has been revealed. Titled Bad Boys For Life as both a nod to a Bad Boys II quote and an excuse to employ a cinematic remix of P. Diddy's "Bad Boys For Life." The movie is slated... Read more

Boogie’s Freestyle Questions Whether Buying Back The Block Is The Right Thing (Video)

Boogie made one of 2019's better albums in Everything's For Sale. The Long Beach, California native who was later raised in the streets of Compton, confronts the issues of our time with wisdom and witty cynicism. A young father who spent years grinding on Soundcloud on a path that's ultimately... Read more

Joell Ortiz Joins The Greats In Making A Heartfelt Dedication To His Mother (Audio)

Late last year, Joell Ortiz released one of his most revered works in Mona Lisa, a collaborative album with producer Apollo Brown. Since then, the Brooklyn, New York veteran has hardly sat still. He opened the year with a joint project, Gorilla Glue, alongside Fred The Godson that was produced by... Read more

Little Brother Discuss Their New Album, Personal Growth, 9th Wonder & More

With less than 24 hours of notice to fans, Little Brother released its fifth album, May The Lord Watch two weeks ago. Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh reunited after nearly a decade to make a record that honors the group's legacy with skill and wit. Meanwhile, the body of work... Read more

Alchemist Brings His New LP Featuring Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren & Conway To Video

Back in 2012, The Alchemist teamed up with a sunglasses company called 9FIVE for a signature Alchemist edition of spectacles. Those shades came with an exclusive album titled Yacht Rock on limited-edition vinyl. That continuous cassette-style two-sided mix features Action Bronson, Roc Marciano, Oh No, Big Twins, Chuck Inglish, and... Read more

Lupe Fiasco’s Clever Wordplay Gets To The Real Roots Of Street Organizations (Video)

Lupe Fiasco released his latest album, Drogas Wave, approximately one year ago. It is the second album in his Drogas (Spanish for "drugs") trilogy. The series started with early 2017’s Drogas Light, and Lupe has since stated that it will end with Skulls later this year. The latest collection of... Read more

DMX Growls At Lying Rappers On A Collabo With Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz (Audio)

At the beginning of this year, DMX left a West Virginia prison after approximately a year behind bars. From there, the onetime superstar continued his campaign tour to celebrate 20 years of debut LP, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot. He rocked the Twin Cities' Soundset Festival, and is slated... Read more

Dave Chappelle’s Logo Is A Tribute To X-Clan

This week, Dave Chappelle released his fifth Netflix special since 2017. The one-hour Sticks & Stones sees the Grammy Award-winning comedian tackling taboo issues, as advertised in the Morgan Freeman-narrated trailer from earlier this month. Between the standup segment and an epilogue, the credits roll. After the credits, as Chappelle... Read more

Pusha-T & Lauryn Hill Show What Hip-Hop Sounds Like If They Rule The World

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let Ambrosia For Heads 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... Read more

Skyzoo Is Gearing Up For 1 Of The Biggest Albums Of His Career & It’s All Good (Video)

Skyzoo is embarking on one of his biggest albums in an already-decorated discography. Next month, S-K-Y and Pete Rock will release Retropolitan (September 20) on Mello Music Group. Both Sky and Rock have done some of their best work with a single collaborator. In addition to legendary work with C.L.... Read more

Rakim’s “Sweat The Technique” Memoir Will Arrive In Less Than A Month

For several years, Rakim has discussed plans to release a memoir. The text would place the legendary Long Island, New York MC born William Griffin, Jr. in the company of Hip-Hop peers including LL Cool J, KRS-One, Ice-T, Chuck D, Scarface, and the Beastie Boys. After initial plans to release... Read more

Meek Mill Is Finally Free. His 12-Year Legal Battle Comes To An End (Video)

Last month, with an overturned conviction, Meek Mill was removed from probation after spending a decade between incarceration and court-mandated regulations. Following July's development of a new presiding judge and the removal of probation, Meek had been awaiting word surrounding a possible re-trial of his 2007 arrest in his hometown... Read more

Missy Elliott Works It! She Brings Her Classic Videos To Life At The VMAs

Last night (August 26), Missy Elliott accepted the coveted legacy prize at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. The 48-year-old Portsmouth, Virginia MC, producer, dancer, and philanthropist was on hand to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard trophy, which puts her in the company of some of modern music's greatest... Read more

Eddie Murphy Will Return To Host SNL For The First Time In 35 Years

For four seasons, Eddie Murphy was the star of Saturday Night Live. During Season 6, Murphy joined a cast that was rebounding from the mass exodus of the "Not Ready For Primetime Players" squad that made the show a cultural touchstone in the second half of the 1970s. In the... Read more

GZA Opens Up About Writing Some Of ODB’s Classic Verses

Over the last decade, GZA has been one of the most reserved members of Wu-Tang Clan. The legendary Brooklyn, New York lyricist participated in this year's Sacha Jenkins-directed documentary, Wu-Tang: Of Mics And Men. He will also be portrayed in next week's dramatic series, Wu-Tang: An American Saga. However, The... Read more

Jidenna Takes His Time To Make Music With A Message. This Video Is Worth The Wait

Jidenna recently released his first project in more than two years. 85 To Africa thematically connects the singer, rapper, actor, and scholar's Atlanta lifestyle to his African heritage. Following a Grammy-nominated 2016-2017 campaign, the 34-year-old Wisconsin native has taken his time since The Chief and later EP, Boomerang. With involvement... Read more

Evidence Talks About The Time Kanye West Jacked His Beat (Video)

Twenty-five years ago, The College Dropout put a long-striving Kanye West the spotlight. 2004 proved to a breakthrough for the Roc-A-Fella Records artist who had been stacking credits since the late '90s. After some critical production work on albums by JAY-Z, Beanie Sigel, Scarface, and Talib Kweli, 'Ye was able... Read more

Death Row Records Is Now Owned By A Toy Company

In the early 1990s, Dr. Dre broke from N.W.A. and Ruthless Records. After five years of work with Eazy-E taking Gangsta Rap to the top of the charts, Dre wanted an imprint of his own. The producer for J.J. Fad, The D.O.C., Above The Law, and Michel'le moved across town.... Read more

Little Brother’s 1st Music Video In Nearly A Decade Celebrates Their Magical Reunion

Little Brother delighted fans this week with a surprise album. Giving people less than 24 hours notice, Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh delivered May The Lord Watch on Tuesday (August 20). It marked the first L.B. project since 2010, and the group's fifth LP featured the blessing of founding third... Read more

Rapsody & Latifah Unite As Two Generations Of Hip-Hop Queens (Audio)

Today (August 23), Rapsody released her Eve album. The North Carolina MC's first project since the 2017 Grammy-nominated Laila's Wisdom keeps the conceptual style going. Rap' titled each of the 16 songs after great Black women in history, ranging from "Afeni" to "Michelle" to "Maya." The Jamla/Roc Nation affair involves... Read more

The 1st Episode Of Vince Staples’ New Show Makes It Clear He’s One To Watch (Video)

Earlier this week, Long Beach, California MC Vince Staples teased a seemingly formless upcoming project titled The Vince Staples Show (embedded below). No one seemed to quite know what The Vince Staples Show would become, but many speculated that it would be Staples' newest record. After his latest music video... Read more

Common’s Video Shows The Difficulties Of Balancing Career & Parenthood

Common's music has reached places that other MCs have not always been willing to go. In a vast catalog, the Chicago, Illinois lyricist has written from intimate and vulnerable states of being that deal with expecting couples, intense seduction, and telling the stories of social revolutionaries whose message cannot always... Read more

Inspectah Deck’s New Video Is An Amazing Tour Through Hip-Hop History

In the first music video from his recent Chamber #9 solo album, Inspectah Deck positioned himself as "The Terminator." However, in a video inspired by James Cameron's acclaimed Sci-Fi franchise starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Rebel INS was on a personal quest to terminate the wackness plaguing Hip-Hop. Love of culture... Read more

Logic Runs A Pharcyde Beat In A Freestyle Announcing He’s About To Be A Dad

In May, Logic released Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind. The MC/producer's fifth album topped the charts, including appearances from Eminem, YBN Cordae, Wiz Khalifa. However, the 29-year-old refuses to touch the brakes, even with some very exciting family news to share. Logic released "No Pressure Freestyle" today. The standalone video... Read more