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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

Curren$y draws inspiration from one of the most unforgettable scenes in New Jack City for his Audio Dope 2 video.

Welcome to his version of The Carter: http://www.vimeo.com/15759215 and in case you haven't seen the original in a while: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRuGqLgnzkE&feature=related.... Read more

Ever heard of OUN? You will soon. He sounds like a hungry Jadakiss…but maybe even nicer….

Check out this freestyle, starting at 2:22. Even if he wrote it and rehearsed it 100 times, it's ill...if he is coming off the top, MCs beware.  Vado looks like his feelings were hurt. ExternalVideo.971259&w=425&h=350&fv=  .... Read more

Rick Ross' Aston Martin Music might be the coldest song on Teflon Don. Here's the behind the scenes on the making of the video.

http://www.vimeo.com/15732982 And, in case you missed the making of the Aston Martin Music track, click here to check it out (it's serious).  .... Read more

Joe Budden's Sober Up ft Crooked I lives up to the name of his new mixtape. It's Mood Muzik 4 you.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nfbaSdryq0 Click here to download..... Read more

In case you missed 8 Mile, check out Eminem's interview on 60 Minutes. You'll also learn about 5 words that rhyme with "orange.'

There's also a fairly intense moment when Anderson Cooper (who is openly gay) questions Em about his reputed homophobia. Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCbtvBEPPs8  .... Read more

G.O.O.D. G*d!!! Kanye West MURDERS his verse on Lloyd Banks' ft Kanye, Swizz Beatz, Ryan Leslie and Fabolous.

G-Unit x G.O.O.D. Music = Fire.  You want a problem?  Start it up.  Start it up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbVHhYfxveQ&feature=related Click here to download.  .... Read more

Curren$y's nickname is "Spitter." Check out his new single Michael Knight and you'll understand why.

This is off Curren$y's upcoming album Pilot Talk 2 which drops on November 16th. Click here to download. The chords and dark feel of the track are reminiscent of this: .... Read more

Omar Akil drops the latest installment of PREEM-EAR where he breaksdown the most slept on tracks produced by DJ Premier. This week it's Can't Tell Me by Khaleel.

PREEM-EAR: Khaleel "Cant' Tell Me" The Primo "Stan" strikes again!  Today I dug up a new layer of DJ Premier-laced DIRTy south.  If you pay attention to Preem like I do, then you may already know that his post-Gang Starr offering to hip-hop comes in the form of his own... Read more

Maniac is vintage KiD CuDi. If you like KiD CuDi or sad Kanye West music, take a listen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6Mph0uPW7o&feature=related What's "sad Kanye West Music?"  You know it when you hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Co0tTeuUVhU&ob=av2e Click here to download Maniac..... Read more

Kanye West is a busy man. In addition to working on his solo album and another with Jay-Z, he's created a short film based on Runaway. Here's what he had to say about it.

This was Kanye's intro to the film at his screening in Paris.  Hip-hop = art. ExternalVideo.970869&w=425&h=350&fv=   .... Read more

Kanye West's latest gift is Child Rebel Soldier ft Pharrell and Lupe Fiasco. Check it out.

If these G.O.O.D. Friday tracks are any indication, his new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, is sounding like it is going to be incredible.  Click here to download Child Rebel Soldier..... Read more

It ain't nothing like hip-hop music…watch Black Milk and eLZhi tear it down as they perform Deadly Medley.

This one is from Black Milk's stellar Album of the Year. http://www.vimeo.com/15640532.... Read more

What do you get when you mix backpack rap with G-Funk? Moe Green's Iced Out Lifestyle.

Confused?  Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwhklBX2BQE&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Tyga will be the next member of Young Money to blow. This might be the First Time he's worked with Pharrell but it should not be the last.

What would urban radio sound like right now without Young Money?  Drake must be on at least 10 songs in heavy rotation and Nicki Minaj is on at least 5.  When you add Lil Wayne, what's left for anyone else not named Kanye?  Tyga is the newest Young Money millionaire... Read more

Statik Selektah and Termanology drop another hot one. This one is called Still Waiting.

Statik Selektah and Termanology have come together to form a group called 1982.  By the sounds of the singles their new album sounds like a must have.  Check 'em out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yfWla_4Rgw&feature=player_embedded#! And previously....... Read more

The lovely Nicki Minaj blesses the remix of Willow Smith's Whip My Hair. Fire. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFs-JGyZvHw Click here to download..... Read more

The game is to be told and sold. Check out the Top 8 Reasons Why Rappers Make Better Business Men.

From Digital Music News: Think hip-hop's dead?  Think again: it's the 3rd largest genre - ahead of pop, and behind rock and country.  And, it accounts for more than 1 out of every 10 dollars spent on recorded music, according to the latest S&P Media and Entertainment report (double that... Read more

There was not a lot cracking in hip-hop today so here’s a little insight into the music that has been influencing the biggest star in hip-hop–Jay-Z. It’s not what you would expect.

Ambrosia for heads has been keeping tabs on the recent musical influences of hip-hop's biggest stars.  Over the next few weeks, we will showcase what is moving those driving hip-hop music.  As with many cultural movements, those driving the culture often look to outside influences for their inspiration.  Hip-hop is... Read more

Kanye West is really killing the game right now. Check out his remix of Power from SNL.

Not only did Kanye change his second verse which originally skewered the SNL cast, he also managed to do a scaled down live version of his groundbreaking video. The new verse is dope, but it's a bit surprising that he changed it. Big Brother Hov had no problem looking the... Read more

Meyhem Lauren is grimy on Got the Fever but he flows over a jazzy soulful track that sounds like it could have come from the "golden age" of the mid-nineties.

Meyhem Lauren - Got the Fever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gg5cJu1Zcws&feature=player_embedded That grimy flow over smooth jazzy beats kinda reminds me of cats like these: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLVD3uMTX7I http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5nk_J-SQ_4&feature=channel.... Read more

Nottz drops another hot one with Dontcha Wanna Be (My Neighbor) and he brought Asher Roth to drop a nice 16 bars.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09yAp5d7-PI Click here to download..... Read more

Chris Brown's Deuces remix ft Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous and Andre 3000 is fire! Get it while you can…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTLjYiiPy1c Click here to download..... Read more

Check out Kanye West's latest called Christian Dior Denim Flow ft Kid Cudi, John Legend, Pusha T, Lloyd Banks and Ryan Leslie

Here's the latest G.O.O.D Friday installment. What do you think? Click here to download. .... Read more

You cannot front on this hip-hop medley by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon (no matter how hard you may want to). Check it out.

There are definitely some corny parts but overall it's just too good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCxZB6GOtoM&feature=related.... Read more

Whatever happened to the art of freestyling?

For most MCs, freestyling means kicking a verse that they've written and nobody's heard...but true freestyling is the art of rhyming straight off the top of the dome.  Newcomer Donnis recently reminded us of the true art of freestyling with this rhyme that he spit on Sirius: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBOeY6C6W4M That inspired... Read more

What do you think of N.E.R.D's new track Hypnotize You (produced by Daft Punk)? See the Letterman performance here.

The Neptunes are always ones to push the envelope. They remain consistent in that regard, both with the song and the performance.  Pharrell and Kanye have kept hip-hop alive and kicking over the last 10 years.  Here's N.E.R.D.'s latest chapter: ExternalVideo.969771&w=425&h=350&fv= Props to Daft Punk for the beat.  Looks like... Read more

While we're on the G-funk tip, remember when Devin the Dude looked like he would be that next dude after his verse on Dr. Dre's Chronic 2001? He never blew up but he's still dropping bombs. Check out Jus Coolin'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID9hbOQ8-M8 Click here to download.  And, in case you missed the Dr. Dre reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6K7dB3T6ho.... Read more

The mighty Kurupt shows that G's don't die, they just get smoother in his video for I'm the Man

Like his lifestyle, Kurupt's flow has slowed a bit but don't trip.  It's still gangsta... ExternalVideo.969768&w=425&h=350&fv= .... Read more

Is the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League the best production team in the game right now? Listen to their breakdown of the making of Rick Ross’ Aston Martin Music.

Many fans of Rick Ross know that his best material on his last 3 albums has been courtesy of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.  Key tracks include Maybach Music, Luxury Tax, Magnificent and, most recently, the instant classic Aston Martin Music.  Few people know much about the men behind the boards who... Read more

Mickey Factz brings Fat Joe and Bun B with him to Paradise for the remix. Check it out here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT2C_uWMs84 Click here to download Mickey Factz' mixtape I'm Better Than You. Here's the tracklist: 1. Diamond Dust (Produced by Mickey Factz) 2. I’m Better Than You Feat. Steve-O (Produced by Don Cannon) 3. Legend (Produced by Precize) 4. Paradise Remix feat. Fat Joe & Bun B (Produced by Precize)... Read more

If you're feeling Black Milk, check out Nottz' Blast That. It features a hot Black Milk beat and the Milk man himself.

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

It's a new day and Omar Akil is bringing a New World Order to Ambrosia for Heads. Check out his remix of Bun B's classic Trill O.G.

New World Order:  Bun B - Trill O.G. Have you ever played an album to death?  Or have you ever questioned why your favorite artist put that bomb ass song at the end of their CD as the third hidden track (and its untitled at that)?  If you've ever skipped... Read more

New Kanye West: check out So Appalled ft Jay-Z, RZA, Pusha T, Swizz Beats and Cyhi the Prynce.

At this rate, is Kanye going to have anything left for the album?  Word on the street is these are just the outtakes.  The best is yet to come... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5FLvOLL_aQ Click here to download..... Read more

Newcomer Shad brings more respect to 2010 for hip-hop. Check out his We, Myself and I video.

This one is visually reminiscent of On to the Next One but the comparisons stop there...unless you think the dope rap/rock collabo also reminds you of this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UaQCQoOwc&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Nicki Minaj's Right Thru Me is surprising. No gimmicks, no funny voices, just good music…

After the mixtapes and cameos, it's showtime for Nicki Minaj--time for her to show and prove by herself (without Weezy, without Drake, without Robin Thicke...).  From the looks of it, she may just be hip-hop's Lady GaGa:  lots of pomp and circumstance, but also the goods to back it up.  Here's... Read more

Black Milk’s Album of the Year may be the most slept on rap album in 2010.

Black Milk's aptly titled Album of the Year is the Detroit producer's 3rd album and he has definitely found his stride.  His beats are so on point that the rhymes are secondary, but once you give them a listen they are also engaging.  You can hear influences ranging from Dre... Read more

DJ Premier is one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. Ambrosia for Heads contributor Omar Akil is a Primo scholar and fan. Check out the first installment in his weekly column dedicated to Premier.

PREEM-EAR A DJ Premier track = Rare chopped up sample + ill drum loop + vocal sample as hook (manipulated by turntables). While Preem has never deviated from this formula (in almost 22 years as a producer), his tracks always, always, always sound different and familiar at the same time. ... Read more

Jay-Z's book, Decoded, hits stores on November 16th. Here's a little something to whet your appetite.

Decoded was initially written as an in-depth biography but the word is when it was done it was a little too personal for Hov. So, instead, he opted to release Decoded which is still biographical but more indirectly, as it tells his story in large part by breaking down lyrics... Read more

If you like Outkast’s first album or anything from Death Row Records, check out Ab-Soul’s All Feelin’. It’s a return to the funk.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1vaerNUTh44 Click here to download. Not feeling the Outkast comparison?  Check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4f5VKdK1c3Q.... Read more

Will Jay-Z be hip-hop’s first billionaire? Check out his one-on-one with billionaire Warren Buffet in Forbes.

Here's the full interview between hip-hop's richest entertainer and Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest people in the world. Click here to read the article. .... Read more

Bruno Mars has got talent. Beautiful Girls was just the beginning. Check out Liquor Store Blues ft Damian Marley.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMHiFGnQOgU Bruno recently performed at the Bowery Ballroom in New York and killed it.  His album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, drops on October 5th.  Click here to download the track..... Read more