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

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 middle of last week. It follows June's effort with 9th Wonder and his... Read more

All It Takes Is 1 Drink To Get MF DOOM & Madlib Animated (Video)

Next year marks the 15th anniversary of MM.. Food, one of MF DOOM's most celebrated solo albums. It dropped in 2004, the same year DOOM's collaborative album with Madlib, Madvillainy arrived and was the first of his solo works to be released via Rhymesayers Entertainment. Somewhat conceptual in its delivery, the album... Read more

The LOX Flip A BDP Anthem To Bring Back Classic Hip-Hop (Video)

The LOX are three of the most prolific MCs in all of Hip-Hop. Styles P alone has released four projects this year. However, when he, Jadakiss, and Sheek Louch come together, it often awakens a spirit in Rap fans that has been burning bright for more than 20 years. On... Read more

Last Week Jae Millz Took An L, But This Freestyle Shows He Bounced Back (Video)

Jae Millz was once considered one of the sharpest MCs on the streets of New York. That's why, approximately 15 years ago, Puff Daddy took his Making The Band hopeful E Ness to see Millz for a battle. In the years since Jae was signed to Lil Wayne’s Young Money at... Read more

Nas Demands A Second Look At His Album With A Stunning Short Film (Video)

Released this June 15, Nas' NASIR album is unique within his catalog. It is the legendary MC's shortest project, clocking in at less than 27 minutes. It is also his first solo album made entirely with a single producer at the helm. For 2018, that was Kanye West, who worked... Read more

Jay Rock Shows The Serious Consequences Of Impulsive Decision Making (Video)

Top Dawg Entertainment’s stable of star rappers has been ruling airwaves and charts for the last couple of years. But 2018 saw one of the label’s earliest signings, Jay Rock, step much closer to getting the recognition that he deserves. Although he already had two rock-solid albums under his belt,... Read more

Spice 1 Believes This Is The Last Song Tupac Recorded (Video)

In the 12 years since Tupac Shakur was murdered in September 1996, the rapper's discography has grown to include a slew of posthumous releases and compilations. Beginning with The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, the string of projects released after his death have made him one of the most... Read more

Page Kennedy’s Video Shows A Toxic Relationship & It’s All Too Real

Page Kennedy dropped his Same Page, Different Story album back on August 10 and ever since, he's been steadily supporting the release with visuals. Last month, the Detroit, Michigan MC released a video for his song "No Cosign" during which he described the stigma of being an actor who raps... Read more

Black Thought Is Releasing His Next Solo Project In Less Than 2 Weeks

In June, Black Thought partnered with 9th Wonder and The Soul Council to release Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1. The moment marked the first solo vocal project from The Roots MC. One of Hip-Hop's most respected lyricists has just confirmed reports that he has another installment on the way—and he's... Read more

15 Years Later The Black Album Is Still JAY-Z’s Perfect Fadeaway (Video)

"Any time you're making an album, especially if this is your last album, every single track has to be a statement. Like, in your mind, you're thinking, I have to make the perfect album," JAY-Z said before Fade To Black cameras during 2003, when the documentary filmed. "Anybody that knows... Read more

LL Cool J Remembers Knocking Out MC Hammer With A Diss & Explains Why (Video)

On his "I Shot Ya (Remix)" LL Cool J reminded music fans that his victories included wins against Kool Moe Dee, Ice-T, and M.C. Hammer. Five years prior, on LL Cool J's fourth album, Mama Said Knock You Out, he seemingly left the ring victorious with a TKO title track aimed... Read more

Alchemist & Daringer Are Producing Benny’s Full Album. Here’s The First Video (Premiere)

While Griselda Records' Conway The Machine and Westside Gunn are on most Heads’ radars by now, some of Hip-Hop is still getting to know Benny The Butcher. He is making lasting introductions with every bar. He spit a standout verse as part of 2017's Shady Records and Griselda cypher for... Read more

An MRI Video Shows How Human Beat Boxing Works From The Inside Out

MRI scanning machines are often used for more serious medical matters: broken bones, tumors, etc. But now, at least in one case, medicine and Hip-Hop are coming together to show us how impressive the skill of beatboxing is. In a 2018 video posted by The New York Times, beat-boxer Timo... Read more

Masta Ace Is A Hip-Hop King. He Raps Royally On A Marco Polo Track (Video Premiere)

With 30-plus years of being one of Rap's most consistent (and profoundly influential) lyricists in the game, Masta Ace teamed up with longtime collaborating producer Marco Polo to pay homage to the borough of Brooklyn. They did this by collectively constructing a full-length body of work that is conceptual, cohesive,... Read more

T.I. Outlines What He Sees As The Positive Aspects Of The Crack Era (Video)

Although the crack epidemic is one of the most tragic times for addiction, poverty, and crime, it has an odd relationship with Rap music. Iconic songs and albums have used the free base form of cocaine as thematic inspiration. This ranges from Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "White Lines... Read more

Sade Is Back With A New Song & Sounds As Amazing As Ever (Video)

Near the top of 2018, Sade made a welcomed return with some rare new music. It was the songstress' first release in seven years to be exact. The British Nigerian singer blessed the soundtrack to Ava DuVernay's A Wrinkle In Time with "Flowers Of The Universe." The song received two... Read more

MC Serch Says He Was Once Asked To Write Lyrics For Rakim (Video)

3rd Bass released two gold albums between 1989 and 1991. Twenty-nine years ago this month, Def Jam Records released The Cactus Album, a full-length debut from the New York City collective of MC Serch, Prime Minister Pete Nice, and DJ Richie Rich (aka DJ Daddy Rich). The first single from that... Read more

Michael Jordan Had Flagrant & Foul Words For Allen Iverson When They Met (Video)

On Wednesday, March 12, 1997, an NBA rookie named Allen Iverson accumulated an early pro career highlight when he crossed up his hero, Michael Jordan while driving to the lane (embedded below). The Philadelphia 76ers ultimately ended up losing to the Chicago Bulls in their third of four meetings that... Read more

A New Documentary Shows Why Wu-Tang Is Forever For The Children (Video)

For Hip-Hop devotees across the globe, today (November 9) is annually marked as one of the most notable throughout the genre’s history. Twenty-five years ago today, A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan simultaneously offered up the groundbreaking efforts of Midnight Marauders and Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The legend of November 9 will... Read more

Buddy Becomes The Robin Hood Of Compton In Another Great Music Video

Simmie Sims III, aka Buddy, is a Compton, California MC with one of 2018's best albums under his belt. An artist who worked with Pharrell, DJ Quik, Snoop Dogg, and Suga Free early in his career, he is now an especially bright spot on RCA Records' roster. Buddy has only... Read more

Dr. Dre’s Artist Anderson .Paak Is A Bad Boy On This Biggie Freestyle (Video)

Anderson .Paak's ascension into the Hip-Hop limelight is well documented, as icons including Dr. Dre, not only co-sign his work, but have literally taken the Southern California singer, MC, drummer, and producer under his wing to executive produce his forthcoming album, Oxnard, set to release November 16. In preparation of... Read more

Ras Kass Reworks “Soul On Ice” With Some New Lyrics That Burn (Video Premiere)

Ras Kass is recognized as one of the most talented lyricists to ever come out of southern California. Between the Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. and Ab-Soul, Razzy kept Carson, California on the Rap map. And while commercial success has never been an adequate reflection of his talents (partially prompting a self-comparison to... Read more

Common’s Production Company Is Telling Meaningful Stories Just Like His Music (Video)

Common has been a known activist and philanthropist for well over a decade. His socially conscious raps weren't the only lane for the Soulquarian to get his blessings off; the once-Vegan PETA supporter remains a part of the "Knowing Is Beautiful" movement, which supports AIDS/HIV awareness, is the founder of... Read more

Too Short’s Career Documentary Includes Rare Footage From MC Breed & More (Video)

Too Short is a pioneer within Rap. While Todd Shaw has been churning out albums for 31 years, his career in music goes back even further. With such an extensive resume in Hip-Hop, Too Short takes a moment to reflect on some key moments in his career. He produced 3... Read more

Ice Cube Readies 1st Album In Nearly A Decade & He’s Coming Out Swinging (Video)

After years of preparation, Ice Cube's first album since 2010 is due in just over a month. Following his recent celebration of Death Certificate's 25th birthday, the N.W.A. and Westside Connection alum is keeping politically and socially-minded Rap on his agenda. Everythang's Corrupt is currently planned for a December 7... Read more

Atmosphere’s Graffiti Video Provides Poetic Closure To The Group’s Album Trilogy (Video)

“I wrote this one while I was still alive,” Atmosphere's Slug spits on the opening line of “Graffiti.” Setting the stage for a metaphoric glance at both the romantic MC’s inner workings and the heavily layered track, the video takes that authentic grittiness a step further. Directed by longtime collaborator... Read more

Swizz Beatz Reveals The Hidden Secrets He Learned At Harvard (Video)

Less than one week ago, Swizz Beatz released his first album in more than a decade. The arrival of POISON has the hit-maker for DMX, JAY-Z, Beyoncé, T.I., and Styles P promoting the Epic Records LP. However, few interviews in Swizzy's 20-plus-year career are as engaging as his second sit-down... Read more

KRS-One Recalls How Battling On Scott La Rock’s Behalf Led To The Formation Of BDP

Boogie Down Productions is a Hip-Hop outfit that is revered for its combative nature. The collective launched by KRS-One and DJ Scott La Rock would challenge Rap peers including MC Shan, Marley Marl, Grandmaster Melle Mel, Roxanne Shanté, and others throughout its late 1980s run. However, according to Blastmaster KRS-One,... Read more

Swizz Beatz Explains Why The JAY-Z, Nas & DMX Collabo Has Not Come Out (Video)

Yesterday, Swizz Beatz released his POISON album. For the Bronx, New York representative, it is his third retail release over the last 16 years. Rather than bring attention to his catalog, the Grammy Award-winning producer, rapper, DJ, and musician has spotlit so many moments for his peers in Rap, R&B,... Read more

A Haunting DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince Music Video Makes Its Return After 30 Years

DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's 1988 sophomore, the He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper double album is iconic for many reasons, but one of them may have been forgotten during the commotion of the project's success. "A Nightmare On My Street" is one of the most memorable Hip-Hop adaptations of... Read more

Cypress Hill Recall Filming A Video With Ice Cube & Tim Dog On The Same Set (Video)

It's been nearly a decade since Cypress Hill released a group studio album, but that changed late last month with their new LP Elephants On Acid. That effort restores the production to DJ Muggs, a welcomed shift both for the group and its legions of fans. In honor of the project,... Read more

Xzibit Recalls Moving To LA Alone As A Teen & The Likwit Crew Taking Him In (Video)

Falling on Halloween yesterday, the team of Xzibit, B-Real, and Demrick released the second installment in their Serial Killers series since 2015's The Murder Show with the seven-tracked, Day Of The Dead. In promotion of the freshly released project, Xzibit sat down with Adam22, aka Adam Grandmaison, of the No... Read more

50 Cent Announces He Is Producing A Prequel To Power

Fifteen years after launching one of the biggest Rap careers of the 2000s, 50 Cent has found a new source of artistic and commercial success through Power. Since 2014, the Starz series has become a top draw for the network and premium cable shows of its kind. Following its fifth... Read more

Martin Lawrence Confirms Bad Boys 3 With Will Smith & Details Surface About The Story

Fifteen years after Bad Boys II, a third film is cemented. For those anticipating Bad Boys For Life, this is not the first time they have heard this. Back in mid-2015, fans were promised a third and fourth installment in the action-comedy franchise starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. With... Read more

Pharoahe Monch & Lil Fame Team Up To Make A Record Executive Pay (Video)

Pharoahe Monch is wrapping up 2018 in a big way, and just in time to celebrate his birthday (October 31). This past September, Pharoahe Monch sat down with Take It Personal Radio for a tribute episode dedicated to the Queens MC in which he revealed the release of his latest... Read more

Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz Discuss Their Album, Slaughterhouse & More (Video)

Apollo Brown and Joell Ortiz released their Mona Lisa album on Friday, October 26 (embedded below). These two stalwarts of the culture have put together 11 tracks of soulful, insightful, and competitive-spirited Hip-Hop. Having had a chance to digest this nuanced body of work, Ambrosia For Heads' Editor-in-Chief Jake Paine... Read more

Busta Rhymes Leads A Cypher Between His 2 Crews. He’s Still The Top Dragon (Video)

Since his Leaders Of The New School days in the early 1990s, Busta Rhymes has always had a posse surrounding him on stage and in the studio. For most of the last 25 years, it was the Flipmode Squad, which included DJ Scratch, Rampage The, Rah Digga, Baby Sham, Spliff... Read more

Remy Ma Breaks Down Voter Suppression & The Importance Of This Election (Video)

Midterm Election Day is less than one week away, and as always, Hip-Hop is assuming a big role in trying to get people to the polls. Whether it's in the music or conversations outside of the studio, issues surrounding racial injustice, economic imbalance, gender discrimination and more often find the... Read more

Slug Unpacks Atmosphere’s New Album & Puts His Rumored Alchemist LP To Bed (Video)

Atmosphere dropped their seventh studio album Mi Vida Local earlier this month. It was the conclusion to a trilogy of thematic full-lengths that, according to Slug, "are based around the idea of mortality." The trio began with 2014's Southsiders and followed in the form of 2016's Fishing Blues, before this month's final... Read more

Ava DuVernay Is Making A Prince Documentary Series

Ava DuVernay has been reshaping the landscape of Hollywood for years. Just last year, she made history as the first Black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for "Best Documentary Feature," thanks to her searing film on prison reform, 13th. This year marked her first big-budget film, A Wrinkle in... Read more

Jimmy Fallon Details How He Convinced The Roots To Be His Show’s House Band (Video)

Next March marks a decade for The Roots and Jimmy Fallon working together five nights a week. The partnership began in 2009 when the Grammy Award-winning band from Philadelphia joined The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon in the midst of one of their strongest album-making strides. That relationship carried over... Read more

Anderson .Paak’s New Video Shows An Unmasked World & It’s 1 Sick Puppy

There is great anticipation for Anderson .Paak's upcoming album Oxnard (November 16). It marks a major label debut for Andy, and his first record overseen by Dr. Dre. The Southern California singer, MC, drummer, and producer recently released his "Tints" single with Kendrick Lamar. Now comes the video, and it... Read more

Brother Ali Uses Some Baduizm To Show Just How Serious He Is About His Art (Video)

In 2017, Brother Ali gave fans one of the year's most illuminating albums in All The Beauty In This Whole Life. The Rhymesayers Entertainment release was named one of Ambrosia For Heads' best of the year and showed Ali at a new place with his outlook, his family, and his... Read more

Jay Rock & Kendrick Lamar Go Back To Basics In Their “Wow Freestyle” Video

Jay Rock may have dropped his highly praised Redemption album at the top of the summer, but he is still working on the TDE project. The “Wow Freestyle” is the eighth video he has dropped off his third full-length project, which is 13 tracks long. Artists have been saying that... Read more

Dave East & Styles P Kick Freestyles & Show Why Their Bond Is Thoro (Video)

Styles P and Dave East recently released a joint album, Beloved. For two New York City MCs with proven chemistry, the Def Jam Records LP has the spirit of early 2000s mixtapes (especially of the D-Block variety) with the kind of polish typically reserved for albums. To promote the 13-song... Read more

Spice 1 Reveals He Was Considered For The Role Of O-Dog In “Menace II Society” (Video)

Spice 1 was a driving force in 1993's Menace II Society soundtrack. Released on Jive Records, the platinum-certified compilation opens with Spice's "Trigga Gots No Heart." The E-A-Ski and CMT-produced song became a single from the audio companion to Allen and Albert Hughes' film. Spice's longtime collaborator MC Eiht followed... Read more

ScHoolboy Q, Westside Gunn & Conway Stick A Fork In The Competition Over An Alchemist Production (Video)

Today (October 25) is The Alchemist's birthday. The legendary producer, DJ, and artist has had the Midas touch in Hip-Hop for over 20 years, across the Rap landscape. From California to a New York City tenure, and an eventual return to the Cali' sunshine, ALC has made so many unforgettable... Read more

Edan & Homeboy Sandman Take Hip-Hop Underwater. Literally. (Video)

Queens, New York's Homeboy Sandman has become a Stones Throw Records mainstay, and even though he has been dropping fly solo albums every one to two years faithfully since his debut the Nourishment (Second Helping) in 2007, he may be even better when paired up with other dope lyricists. His three... Read more

Jazzy Jeff Demonstrates New DJ Technology That May Mark The End Of Needles (Video)

As the end of 2018 approaches, the art of DJ'ing inches closer to its 85th birthday. The term "disc jockey" itself was first coined in 1935 by New York City-born radio commentator Walter Winchell. Later, in 1943, the first official DJ dance party was curated by then DJ Jimmy Savile... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Paints A Colorful Mural With Words In An A Capella Verse (Video)

Lupe Fiasco is the kind of lyricist that many Hip-Hop Heads hold in high regard. Perhaps the Chicago, Illinois MC earned that trust and respect, given the creativity he injected into Rap music during the mid-2000s. Although Lu' achieved commercial pinnacles while experimenting with Pop, Rock, and other fusions in... Read more