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Curren$y continues holding down the New School with 4 Hrs & 20 Minutes (Ride to H-Town)

2010 is looking incredible for hip-hop.  It is going to go down as one of the best.  Some of the greats have dropped their best albums in years (Eminem, The Roots, Nas (with Damien Marley) and Rick Ross) and the new crop (Drake, J. Cole and Wiz Khalifa) are killing... Read more

New J. Cole, "Blow Up." This may be that fire you've been waiting for.

J. Cole is on a roll with Blow Up and Bun B for President.  Click here to listen and download..... Read more

Speaking of Kanye, check out the (entire) dope interview he did on the Angie Martinez Show today.

Kanye speaks on: The new album The power of Twitter (ambrosia4heads...) Drops the new single, See Me Now (click here to download) Says Nicki Minaj has the potential to be the 2nd biggest MC ever (to EMINEM) The Power remix with Jay-Z The album (potentially) dropping on 11/16 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqSjgPFyyu4.... Read more

Wale is going back to spitting heat on his new mixtape More About Nothing. Check the video for Number Won.

http://www.vimeo.com/14022320 Click here to download the mixtape if you missed it..... Read more

Bad Boy Records made the East Coast relevant again in rap music, making it the 3rd most important hip-hop record label in history.

#3 Bad Boy Records While East Coast Rap music was never quite completely dead, there is no question that from mid-1992 to mid-1994 commercial hip-hop was dominated by the West Coast, primarily by Death Row Records (more on that later...).  It was not until Sean "Diddy" Combs was fired from... Read more

J. Cole's Bun B for President is hot! Too bad it wasn't on Bun B's album, but with 5 mics he shouldn't be greedy.

This will definitely be nice for J. Cole's album.  Click here to download. .... Read more

New Red Cafe ft. Fabolous and Diddy–Money, Money, Money

Click here to listen and download..... Read more

Wiz Khalifa is the real deal. The video for Never Been is another hot one.

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

MTV's When I Was 17 has been pretty fresh. The latest installment is Swizz Beats.

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Kanye West's new Power video is different than any other video before it. What do you think?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L53gjP-TtGE [polldaddy poll=3582085.... Read more

Google is the gatekeeper of virtually all information on the web. Here's what they're CEO had to say about the future of information.

Eric Schmidt, Google's CEO, recently spoke extensively on the future of  the gathering, indexing and dissemination of information at the Techonomy conference, a gathering of people from around the globe seeking to use technology to solve the world's big problems.  Click here to read some of the thoughts he shared. ... Read more

Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y lace another track–this time with Big K.R.I.T. on Glass House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Dxi4OsT1jc Click here to download..... Read more

The new Eminem video is disturbing especially given Rihanna's role. Does it make its point or go too far?

Love the Way You Lie - Eminem ft. Rihanna, starring Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelHwf8o7_U&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

New Lil Wayne and Drake–Right Above It

Click here to listen and download..... Read more

The Game releases his latest mixtape featuring Snoop, Dre, Robin Thicke, Rick Ross, Nas and many more.

Props to xxlmag.com and nahright.com for this.  Click here to download.  Tracklist below: 1. Brake Lights feat. Busta Rhymes “You driving a mistake, like me dissin’ Hova” Game-Brake Lights ft. Busta Rhymes 2. Trading Places feat. Snoop Dogg 3. Cold Blood feat. Busta Rhymes & Dre Game-Cold Blood ft. Busta... Read more

Wale just dropped his new mixtape More About Nothing. Check it out here.

Wale's Attention Deficit album was stellar but failed to live up to expectations, given some of his past mixtapes and the huge buzz around him last year.  This is his latest mixtape as he preps album #2.  Click here to download.  See below for the tracklist: 1. The Problem (Produced by... Read more

Kanye West did not start by going to the press or TV to promote his new album. He went straight to Facebook. Here’s what he had to say.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQYi6RybLSI&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exNOyZ220jg&feature=player_embedded http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Umjy314sQQ&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

The truth about Inception (serious spoiler alert)

Much has been written and discussed about the movie Inception (a must see if you haven't already--but go ready to focus intensely for a 2.5 hour period). Many people have different theories about the "meaning" of the movie. In "reality," we may never know what was fully in director Christopher... Read more

Lauryn Hill reminds us why people still care even though it's been 12 years since she put out her last studio album with this one.

No matter when she made this joint called Repercussions, it's timeless.  Click here to download. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxphisTJaoU.... Read more

It's hard not to like these 2 joints from Red Cafe.

2010 Mentality and Gotdamn - Red Cafe http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_UPf8aAXD4&feature=player_embedded#!.... Read more

Rick Ross' album is so dope this song didn't even make the cut.

Sweet Life - Rick Ross ft. John Legend    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifCOETm5HjQ  Click here for the download.                     .... Read more

J. Cole is a really likeable dude. Check out this interview from Fuse.

[dailymotion id=xe439w The album drops on 10/26.  In the meantime, if you don't have his Warm Up mixtape, click here to download it..... Read more

The Mighty Mos Def rocks a jazzy beat from Ski Beatz forthcoming 24hr Karate School Project

Ski Beatz' Cream of the Planet (featuring Mos Def) and Scaling the Building with Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa are just the appetizer's.  The line up on Ski Beatz' 24hr Karate School album is looking promising.  The set also features Jim Jones, Jay Electronica, Jean Grae, The Cool Kids, Camp Lo... Read more

Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa have teamed up again on Curren$y's Scaling the Building.

Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa recently got together to bless the remix of Super High with Rick Ross.  This time the pair rocks a track from Ski Beatz, who you might remember as the architect of one of Jay-Z's all time classics, Dead Presidents.  The intro to Scaling the Building is... Read more

In Rick Ross' Free Mason, Jay-Z opens his verse by saying "they put the Devil on me." Here's what he meant.

The collaboration between Rick Ross and Jay-Z titled Free Mason has set the hip-hop world on fire over the last couple of weeks.  This has primarily been because the song is straight heat, but obviously their tackling of the Freemason subject matter has also provoked interest due to allegations of... Read more

Check out this smooth Michael Jackson mix by the legendary Qool DJ Marv on Soul Bounce

Qool DJ Marv has often been called the hardest working DJ in New York City.  He has spun around the world from Miami and LA to London and Croatia.  He's been the house DJ for HBO and been commissioned to make mixes for some of the greatest legends ever in... Read more

Is 2010 the best Summer ever for hip-hop? These releases from Eminem, Drake, The Roots, Big Boi and Rick Ross are making a strong argument.

Can you come up with a better slate of Summer releases of rap albums than these: Recovery - Eminem Single:  Not Afraid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s Standout track (1 of many): 25 to Life Thank Me Later - Drake Single:  Drizzy hit several markets, dropping Find Your Love for the ladies and Over for... Read more

The evolution of Kanyeezy: Here's a timeline showing how Kanye West is quietly becoming the best MC in the game.

The first time I saw Kanye West perform in person was when Talib Kweli brought him onstage in 2003.  Kanye did not have an album yet but was making a name for himself as a producer.  He wanted to be an MC but the gents at Roc-A-Fella thought he was... Read more

Pharrell has been stretching out musically lately. The new N.E.R.D. could go in many directions. Here are a few possibilities.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3jT3_Vu9rQ Pharrell - Fun, Fun, Fun (from the Despicable Me soundtrack--yep, the kids' movie with Steve Carell...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jICG4paURs&feature=related Robin Thicke - My Life (also produced by Pharrell for Despicable Me--he scored the whole project--and he has Robin Thicke sounding just like Justin Timberlake...) And, of course there's the Christian Rich... Read more

"The Decision" by LeBron James generated $2.9 million for charity. Are you still mad? Here's the story.

Click here to check out the full story of how the real Ari and David Geffen helped orchestrate the biggest non-criminal, sports news story in a decade..... Read more

Rick Ross and Jay-Z have made some classics together. Free Mason is the latest in what hopefully will be a long line.

Jay's verse may be his best feature since Diamonds from Sierra Leone (yeah, I said it).  Teflon Don drops on Tues, 7/20.  About 10 songs have leaked from the project and at least 7 have been fire.  If you've enjoyed the songs, pick up the album.  Art is not free...Props... Read more

In celebration of the summer Heat, check out the remix to Jay-Z's Hello Brooklyn ft. Lil Wayne set to Quincy Jones' Summer in the City

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFLuJYgbw7c&feature=player_embedded#! You may recognize the Quincy Jones track as sampled in this classic Pharcyde joint.  Sit back, relax, exhale and be glad the free agency madness is over.  Long live the King...The King is dead....Click here to download the track..... Read more

Cee-Lo’s No One’s Gonna Love You is a cool video and not just because of the naked Scarlett Johansson lookalike

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HytmxLXxOQ&feature=player_embedded This plays like a mini-indie film.  Props to Cee-Lo for always following his muse and pushing the boundaries of music genres by covering this Band of Horses song..... Read more

Reflection Eternal's Ballad of the Black Gold video is a great statement from the hip-hop nation about the disaster in the Gulf.

[vimeo=http://vimeo.com/12982709 If you want to know how you can help with what is looking like it will be the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history, click here..... Read more

Freddie Gibbs is nice. Really nice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bn_q-kZLieU.... Read more

Power is Kanye's return from a self-imposed hiatus and a big departure from 808 & Heartbreak, but is he still in the same dark place?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8Yo3FJDrbc Check out the above video (21st Century Schizoid Man by King Crimson) on which part of the hook to Power is based.  Pretty dark, right?  Also, why does Kanye shift gears at the end of Power to start saying "It will be a beautiful death" and "jumping out the... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff & Mick Boogie just dropped a mixtape full of Summertime classics.

When 1 of the greatest DJs ever links with 1 of the best mixtape DJs ever, you know it's going to be fresh.  The tracklist below speaks for itself.  Click here to download. 1. Summertime Intro 2. Kool & The Gang: Summer Madness (Live Version) 3. Kool & The Gang:... Read more

Check out the video for Janelle Monae Ft. B.o.B. x Lupe Fiasco “Tightrope (Wondamix)”

ExternalVideo.954139&w=425&h=350&fv=    Janelle Monae Ft. B.o.B. x Lupe Fiasco “Tightro..., posted with vodpod    Janelle Monae is having a good year.  In addition to recently being chosen to honor Prince at the BET Awards, her new album ArchAndroid was just name one of the year's 10 best so far by mtv.com. ... Read more

Rick Ross and Kanye West Live Fast, Die Young is the latest track to leak from Rick Ross' Teflon Don album.

It's hard to lose with Rick and Ye.  Click here for the download..... Read more

Whoa. Estelle is also a dope rhymer.

I met Estelle recently.   She has great energy.  She's one of those people who is just cool not because she's trying to be cool but because it's just who she is.  In fact, she's so cool she cuts through pseudo cool.  Case in point, I saw her perform at a... Read more

Wiz Khalifia and Curren$y spit fire on the Super High remix with Rick Ross.

Rick Ross also contributes a new verse. There's a lot of heat around Wiz Khalifia as of late and this verse will continue to make it get hotter.  It's been the best Summer in a long time for hip-hop..... Read more

Get your Terminator on. Advancements in artificial intelligence are rapidly progressing.

Movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Terminator, and The Matrix have been depicting a world in which computers have overtaken humans in intelligence for decades, and the result has always been ominous.  There have also been some scholars who have made very specific predictions about when this will happen in... Read more