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Common and Lupe Fiasco spit while Jennifer Hudson sings the blues over a No I.D. track. That = dopeness. Check out the video for We Can Do It Now.

Here's a video showing the story behind We Can Do It Now. Click here to see the video courtesy of 2dopeboyz.com..... Read more

Curren$y's album Pilot Talk 2 is about to be HOT. Check out the video for Michael Knight.

http://www.vimeo.com/16567551 Pilot Talk 2 drops November 22nd..... Read more

Speaking of freestyles, guest writer BIG MITCH recently sent some jewels our way. Check out these vintage DMX clips and imagine what could have been…

I think its time we remember the old school heads who if they could get their sh*t together would still rule the hip hop world.  I think we have all forgotten how special DMX was.  Let this freestyle remind us: Also, watch how he murders the greatest rapper of all-time,... Read more

Big Remo's Go Ladies is a soulful Southern track produced by 9th Wonder.

Very different from this song also called Go Ladies, but still dope. .... Read more

KiD CuDi's album is incredible. It makes you understand why Kanye f*cks with him. Here's his performance of Maniac with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon and a couple of other choice cuts.

Warning. You have to be in the right head space to appreciate this. Think night music...rainy night music. Yeah, you got it. Enjoy. Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager drops on 11/9. Support (G.O.O.D.) hip-hop..... Read more

It's not Friday but check out Kanye West's new song All of the Lights ft Rihanna, John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Alicia Keys, KiD CuDi, Fergie and Elton John(??!!)

You may remember this one from Runaway.  It was the track that played during the "parade" with the Michael Jackson float.  Click here to listen and download the full track (props to Nahright.com).  Only 19 more days until Kanye's album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy drops.  Fast forward to 7:32... Read more

50 Cent and El DeBarge? For real? The song is actually pretty good…plus, you have to give props to DeBarge for the original to one of Biggie's best songs ever.

The song is called Switch Up the Format. Click here to download. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXEWh9HdVTw And the Biggie sample? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CinavBPMy-I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--TCriRfCS8.... Read more

Dayumm. This new Devin the Dude joint is funky. Check out I Like What U Do.

Click here to listen to I Like What U Do, courtesy of Rap Radar.  Here's another joint called Gotta Be Me which is the title of the album which drops today. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TsSoRODJhk.... Read more

Ever heard of Mac Miller? His song Trippin' Out is pretty dope. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lld-78Kx_nI.... Read more

Brother Ali takes on slavery in his song and video for Breakin' Dawn. It hasn't been done this well since Public Enemy's Can't Truss It.

The video is a creative use of black and white animation.  The track is pretty ill, too.  It's got an Indian/Middle Eastern feel with the sitar sample.  This is a cool break from the norm. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUbWozgMf4M&feature=player_embedded Here's Public Enemy's classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=am9BqZ6eA5c&ob=av2n  .... Read more

Saigon always comes with that intelligent gansta ish. The video for I Want It All is no different. Can you dig it?

Saigon is definitely making a bit of a comeback.  He recently dropped a song with Statik Seletah and now this.  Welcome back. .... Read more

Little Brother fans probably remember Chaundon from some of his choice cameos with LB. Check out his new video for his upcoming solo project called No Excuses.

The video is called Y'all Don't Want It/No Excuses. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhwTuShxqrg&feature=player_embedded#! And, in case you missed those Little Brother/Chaundon collabos, check this out.  Hotness! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZGnaDTBluo.... Read more

Curren$y's album Pilot Talk 2 drops on 11/22. Here's Address, an oldie but goodie, to hold you down until then.

It's exactly what you'd expect from Curren$y...some good old gangsta soul music. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9EuIRsXoL8.... Read more

Does Swizz Beatz get his props as being one of the best rap producers of all time? Check out his new song Bang Bang ft Pharrell and Pusha T.

You hear a lot about Dre, Kanye, Timbaland and Pharrell, but Swizzy seems to hang below the radar when it comes to recognition as one of the all-time great producers.  He's been killing tracks since the late 90's and continues today, more than a decade later.  When you check the... Read more

Omar Akil is on a roll. Check out his re-ordering of The Roots How I Got Over in his latest installment of New World (AU)DER.

NEW WORLD (AU)DER: THE ROOTS HOW I GOT OVER The way you sequence an album can make or break its success, and affect its acclaim. For thier 11th studio album, The Roots got it right the first time around, but see if it doesn't feel any better playing it in... Read more

Rick Ross has some of the best ears in hip-hop. He consistently picks the most soulful tracks in the game. Fountainebleu with Diddy is another one in the collection.

Diddy's and Ross' collaboration as the Bugatti Boyz is slated to drop later this year. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vbxH1B9e8M.... Read more

Black Thought is one of the best MCs ever to do it. Period. Check out his “live mixtape” with J. Period and you’ll get a taste of his greatness.

http://vimeo.com/15492429 Click here to download the J Period & Black Thought Present The Live Mixtape: Illadelph Edition Nahright.com had this to say about Black Thought: Black Thought is the ultimate “emcee.” Ask anybody who is a fan of hip hop and chances are they will note that this man embodies... Read more

Curren$y spits some of that new G-Funk on Still Choppin’ ft Boo Sledge–laid back gangsta rap. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KdubjxCTI0 Click here to download. .... Read more

Jay-Z is the best rapper and the best business man in hip-hop. He NEVER does the ordinary. The release of his book Decoded is no different. Hov is about to launch an interactive marketing campaign the likes of which have never been seen before. Check out what he has in store.

Pound for pound I'm the best to ever come around here Excluding nobody Look what i embody The soul of a hustler I really ran the street A CEO's mind That marketing plan was me --Jay-Z - What More Can I Say JAY-Z AND BING CHANGE THE GAME WITH DECODED... Read more

You will never have time to listen to this entire interview. But, if you do, you will learn a TON about hip-hop history and journalism. Two of hip-hop's finest minds, Combat Jack (aka former pioneering entertainment attorney Reggie Osse) and Elliott Wilson (the mind behind Rap Radar) chop it up for more than 2 hours.

In the interview, Combat Jack takes Elliott on a 20-year "this is your life" journey through a career that touched The Source, XXL, Ego Trip, xxlmag.com, Vh1, Jay-Z, Eminem and finally Rap Radar.  Those are some pretty significant arbiters of hip-hop culture.  Take a listen to hear Elliott's role in... Read more

The latest installment of PREEM-EAR is here. This week Omar Akil drops a jewel with Joell Ortiz.

PREEM-EAR: Joell Ortiz "Project Boy" Got another one!  Or should I say Joell got ONE!!!  I'm hoping that, at this point, there is no need to familiarize you all with the rhyme animal that is Joell Ortiz.  Forget repeat, Flex (Funkmaster) has had Joell's HOT97 (NY) freestyle on continuous loop... Read more

Ski Beatz' 24 Hour Karate School came and went quietly but he's already working on a project featuring Miles Davis remixes. Check out Blue and Green.

If you missed the 24 Hour Karate School project, it's worth copping.  Here's Blue and Green ft Nesby Phips: BLUE AND GREEN from Creative Control on Vimeo. ...and the original classic by Miles Davis: .... Read more

Wow. This song was a surprise. Persuasion by JR & PH7 ft Sean Price and Olivier DaySoul is about as funky as it gets. Live drums, ill verse and vocals reminiscent of vintage D'Angelo. Get with this.

There's even a G.U.R.U sample.  The video is tight too.  Very different visuals than you would expect with the audio. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RK23K-sF-qs&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

If Big L had lived would he be in the discussion as the Greatest Of All Time?

You heard him go head to head with Jigga (the actual G.O.A.T., right?) on the Bobbito show in '95.  Here's a previously unreleased track from his upcoming second posthumous album Return of the Devil's Son, called Zone of Danger: .... Read more

Speaking of Jay-Z classics, if you have not heard the battle between him and Big L from '95 prepare yourself. It does not get better than this.

Here's the 7-minute version... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRp6iiXvzQk ...and recently this 10-minute version surfaced.  Click here to download while you can..... Read more

Diggy Simmons is the latest to flow on the Dead Presidents track with his song As I Am. Who rocks the track better between Diggy, J. Cole and Jay-Z?

The answer is clearly Jay-Z, but it's closer than you might think.  Take a listen: Diggy Simmons - As I Am http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt6wiO3M-HA J. Cole - Dead Presidents II (click here for his original version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNlkVXGAoIU Jay-Z - Dead Presidents (original version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BC0_rcoX9XE Jay-Z - Dead Presidents (album version) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYIsa_u_C-s Lonnie... Read more

CyHi Da Prynce drops his Royal Flush mixtape.

Kanye has been putting him on through G.O.O.D. Music.  This is his chance to stand on his own.  Does he live up to the G.O.O.D. Music brand?  Here's what CyHi had to say about it, but decide for yourself.  Click here to download.  The tracklist is below: 1. Ring Bellz... Read more

Nottz breaks down The Cycle of how some leave the pen just to go back in…

Nottz rides a jazzy chopped up loop ft Joell Ortiz.  This is the 3rd or 4th hot joint from his upcoming album You Need This Music which drops on 10/26.  It sounds like it's definitely one to cop.  Support (good) hip-hop. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ustQD4nOic Click here to download..... Read more

Phonte (formerly of Little Brother) and Nicolay continue to push the boundaries of hip-hop as The Foreign Exchange. This is their story.

The Foreign Exchange have dropped 2 stellar albums, but the 2 men comprising the group have kept a relatively low profile.  Here's what they have to say about the group that grew from side project to full-time gig: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEadPp2DcUU&feature=player_embedded ...and here are some of their best songs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnqX9mRDxyI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy2RjQvBeL4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7ELR-W7BKs.... Read more

CyHi Da Prynce might be that next dude…especially with a co-sign from Kanye West. Here's what he has to say about his mixtape Royal Flush which drops on 10/14.

It's been a G.O.O.D. couple of weeks for CyHi.  He had a G.O.O.D. look on Kanye's  So Appalled and he was a standout in the G.O.O.D. Music Cypher on BET's hip-hop awards.  He discusses his upcoming mixtape with Decatur Dan (you'll probably recognize the visual style from the making of... Read more

Lupe Fiasco gets some help from his friends on the I'm Beamin' remix ft Asher Roth, Blu, The Cool Kids, Charles Hamilton, Dosage and B.o.B. There's strength in numbers…

Lupe and his crew have taken on the name All City Chess Club.  It's not a stretch to assume they would not be offended by the term "backpackers."  It's good to see so many facets of hip-hop again.  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkBXlko3bsU Click here to download..... Read more

You’ve seen the official Cyphers. Now check out Skillz’ version. You will not be disappointed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evGF596N1I4 If you like what you hear, check out Skillz' new mixtape with Jazzy Jeff..... Read more

Check out the Cyphers from BET's Hip-Hop Awards ft Kanye West, Common, Pusha T, Big Sean, Raekwon, Ice Cube, Diggy Simmons, Wiz Khalifa, Yelawolf and many more.

The BET Hip-Hop Awards have been featuring Cyphers for years and they've taken a life of their own. Last year's launched the career of Nicki Minaj. This year's are the best yet. Check them out: [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.971347&w=425&h=350&fv=configParams%3Dord%253D457795567011120900%2526tile%253D2%2526reportPropChannel%253Dhiphop10%2526reportPropSubSection%253Dhiphopawards10%2526reportPropContentType%253Dhha10_videos%2526adAspectRatio%253D2%2526reportDartNValue%253Dhha10_video_showcypher%2526reportDartSubValue%253Dhiphopawards10%2526   [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.971341&w=425&h=350&fv=configParams%3Dord%253D206602806129951520%2526tile%253D2%2526reportPropChannel%253Dhiphop10%2526reportPropSubSection%253Dhiphopawards10%2526reportPropContentType%253Dhha10_videos%2526adAspectRatio%253D2%2526reportDartNValue%253Dhha10_video_showcypher%2526reportDartSubValue%253Dhiphopawards10%2526   ExternalVideo.971338&w=425&h=350&fv=configParams%3Dord%253D48253978693669320%2526tile%253D2%2526reportPropChannel%253Dhiphop10%2526reportPropSubSection%253Dhiphopawards10%2526reportPropContentType%253Dhha10_videos%2526adAspectRatio%253D2%2526reportDartNValue%253Dhha10_video_showcypher%2526reportDartSubValue%253Dhiphopawards10%2526 [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.971339&w=425&h=350&fv=configParams%3Dord%253D119154515025513440%2526tile%253D2%2526reportPropChannel%253Dhiphop10%2526reportPropSubSection%253Dhiphopawards10%2526reportPropContentType%253Dhha10_videos%2526adAspectRatio%253D2%2526reportDartNValue%253Dhha10_video_showcypher%2526reportDartSubValue%253Dhiphopawards10%2526 .... Read more

Von Pea has a nice EP called Pea's Gotta Have It dropping on 10/19. Check out the sneak preview.

This one is for the backpackers, but it's a good listen if you need a break from BALLIN'. [bandcamp album=73813169 size=venti bgcol=FFFFFF linkcol=4285BB.... Read more

KiD CuDi drops his video for Erase Me ft Kanye West

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICaTsTkBPV8&feature=player_embedded#!.... Read more