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Joyner Lucas & Logic Make Peace To Go To War With Wack MCs (Video)

Two years ago, Logic and Joyner Lucas were engaged in a publicized Rap beef. While both MCs made appearances on Tech N9ne's 2016 song "Sriracha," problems were seemingly lingering at the time. Joyner, during a breakout rise, had been critical of the MC/producer already with two gold albums under his... Read more

A New Documentary Shows Why Clarence Avant Is The Godfather Of Black Music (Video)

Clarence Avant is a man whose pioneering work behind the scenes has helped shape the careers of everyone from Quincy Jones to Barack Obama. Lauded as a trailblazing Black executive, Avant and his rise to fame are the subject of a forthcoming documentary called The Black Godfather, which aims to tell... Read more

Here’s The Story Behind The All-Star Cypher That Ended The Arsenio Hall Show

Twenty-five years ago this month, The Arsenio Hall Show dimmed the lights on a massive television platform, especially for Hip-Hop. Since early 1989, the actor/comedian/host planted his flag with a new kind of late-night talk-show with a penchant for the issues, people, and culture that inspired him. From M.C. Hammer... Read more

Menace II Society Director Allen Hughes Will Make A New Tupac Docuseries

In 2017, director Allen Hughes directed The Defiant Ones. The HBO docuseries traced the lives of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who would make millions (and later billions) together at Death Row Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and Beats Music. The N.W.A. co-founder and onetime Chairman of Interscope Records were interviewed, as... Read more

Westside Gunn Discusses The Possibility Of An Entire Griselda Album With DJ Premier

Just over two years ago, Buffalo, New York MCs Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher formed a partnership with Eminem's Shady Records. The three artists have been busy ever since, independently releasing a string of acclaimed hardcore Hip-Hop albums on their Griselda Records imprint, including Wes' Supreme Blientele,... Read more

Locksmith Explains Why He Was Relieved Not To Get A Deal From Dr. Dre (Video)

Locksmith is one of the Bay Area's most prolific MCs. Since the early 2000s, the Richmond, California rapper has laid forth a slew of mixtapes, albums, and freestyles to bolster his catalog and put his expert lyricism on full display. In 2018, Locksmith kept especially busy, releasing full-length Ali, and... Read more

Billionaire Robert Smith Will Pay The Student Loans For An Entire College Class

At today's (May 19) graduation keynote address, 56-year-old billionaire Robert Frederick Smith made a monumental pledge to the 2019 Morehouse University grads in Atlanta, Georgia. The CEO of the San Francisco, California-based Vista Equity Partners told approximately 396 students at the historically Black, all-male college that he wanted to provide... Read more

Oakland, California Declares May 17 To Be Phife Dawg Day

Phife Dawg was a product of Queens, New York who represented for his borough and St. Albans section throughout his 25-plus-year music career. However, the co-founder of A Tribe Called Quest also lived other places during his 45 years of life. One place Malik Taylor made his home was Oakland,... Read more

4-IZE Is Dropping Daily Freestyles Better Than Most MCs Have Rapped In Years

Going on 20 years ago, more than 3 million people purchased an album with 4-IZE on it. He joined UGK, Foxy Brown, and Shawnna as a guest on Ludacris' triple-platinum debut, Back For The First Time. Following the path of his early 1990s Loudmouth Hooligans band-mate Luda', 4-IZE had relocated... Read more

Chris Rock Is Taking The Saw Film Franchise To A Twisted New Place

Fifteen years after Saw debuted in movie theaters, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedic icon Chris Rock will help lead the franchise in a new direction. The psychological film released in 2004 spawned seven further installments, most recently 2017's Jigsaw. For its ninth chapter, Rock will reportedly join Jigsaw writers behind the scenes for a reboot... Read more

Teddy Riley, The Neptunes & Timbaland Recall Putting Virginia On The Rap Map (Video)

Beats 1 produced a very special episode of Pharrell Williams and Scott Vener’s OTHERtone radio show this week. The installment was recorded in front of a live studio audience at Pharrell’s recent Something In The Water Music Festival, and featured his Neptunes partner Chad Hugo, Pusha-T, Timbaland, and Teddy Riley.... Read more

Nipsey Hussle & DJ Khaled Continue The Marathon In A Higher Place (Video)

Many in the Hip-Hop community have been vibrating on a higher frequency since Nipsey Hussle's March 31 death. The Los Angeles rapper, business man and blossoming mogul left behind a monumental legacy and, as mournful as the mood has been in the wake of his murder, Nip left behind motivational... Read more

Do Remember Snoop Made Some Of His Best Music In The 2000s (Video)

In the ears and minds of many Rap fans, Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut may always be his album to beat. A keystone in the G-Funk movement, Dr. Dre and Doggy Dogg made a masterpiece while with Death Row Records. Doggystyle showed Snoop's Rap peers some new moves on how to... Read more

A$AP Rocky & A$AP Ferg Rework A DMX Classic That Still Barks Loud (Video)

A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky are two New York City rappers whose childhoods coincided with fellow New Yorker DMX's astronomical rise to fame. Both born in 1988, Ferg and Rocky had a front-row seat to the Yonkers MC's chart-topping journey, which began with 1998's quadruple-platinum It's Dark and Hell Is Hot,... Read more

Tierra Whack Is Far From It With A Superior Freestyle

North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's Tierra Whack made one of 2018's more original and unconventional albums in Whack World. While that independent release was 15 songs at approximately one minute apiece, this lyricist has a reputation for going off the rails with freestyles. Stopping by Tim Westwood's Capital XTRA studios, Tierra's clever... Read more

Open Mike Eagle Delivers 1 Of His Best Verses With A Band In A Single Take (Video)

Before the premiere of his new Comedy Central show alongside Baron Vaughn, featuring appearances and collaborations with Method Man, Phonte, MF DOOM, and others, Open Mike Eagle released his latest project, late 2018's What Happens When I Try To Relax. The six-song effort is another introspective journey into the Chicago,... Read more

Craig G Wants To Know Who Stole The Soul From Hip-Hop (Video)

With over three decades of rhyming under his belt, Queens, New York's Craig G has been able to witness Hip-Hop develop from a street sensation to mainstream global culture. In all of that time, the Juice Crew member has never been afraid to speak his mind when it comes to... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Has Brady Watt Turn Up The Bass For 1 Of His Classic Verses

New Hampshire bass player and producer Brady Watt has been a staple in Hip-Hop for nearly a decade. Most notably, Watt has received credit on projects from Curren$y, Locksmith, Statik Selektah, and Joey Bada$$. Over the past few months, Watt has linked up with yet another tier of Hip-Hop heavyweights... Read more

Diamond D Released A New Album Filled With Great MCs. Listen Here.

Yesterday (May 10), Diamond D released his first album in nearly five years, The Diam Piece 2. On the producer/MC/DJ's Dymond Mine Records imprint, the release features Talib Kweli, Xzibit, Erick Sermon, Snoop Dogg, Styles P, Raekwon, A-F-R-O, Elzhi, Twista, David Banner, and Fat Joe, among a host of others.... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Brings Back Rap City’s Booth With Beast Coast & Big Tigger (Video)

At just 24 years old, Joey Bada$$ has been a purveyor of 1990s and 2000s Rap styles throughout the last decade—even if he was not around to firsthand witness all of it. The Pro Era front-man often represents a Brooklyn not unlike crews such as the Boot Camp Clik and... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Has A Very Real Conversation About Depression, Pressure & Loss (Video)

Last month, ScHoolboy Q released his fifth album, CrasH Talk. Q's third consecutive LP to debut in the Top 3 comes after a challenging period in the MC's personal life. He lost two friends in less than a year: Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle. Moreover, the Grammy-nominated rapper and father... Read more

Method Man & N.O.R.E. Knock Out Bars Like Drink Champs In Their New Video

Method Man continues to go all in for his 2018 Meth Lab 2: The Lithium compilation campaign. The same week that Wu-Tang Clan gears up for its Of Mics & Men documentary to air on Showtime, Mr. Mef' (who co-produced the Sacha Jenkins-directed work) twists the cap off of his... Read more

Quelle Chris Self-Reflects On Life & Legacy In A Dreamy New Video (Premiere)

Just over one month ago, New York-raised but Detroit, Michigan-famed rapper Quelle Chris dropped his latest LP, Guns (embedded below). The record is his sixth solo album to date, although including collaborations and production credits, Chris has more than two dozen projects under his belt. This latest Mello Music Group... Read more

RZA Explains Why He Believes Roc-A-Fella Records Mistreated ODB

This Friday evening (May 10), the documentary, Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men will broadcast on Showtime. Veteran music journalist and filmmaker Sacha Jenkins directs the film which retraces the origins involving one of Hip-Hop's greatest groups. The collective of RZA, GZA, Method Man, U-God, Raekwon, Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck,... Read more

Common Opens Up About Being Abused As A Child To Help Others Heal (Video)

From the outside looking in, Lonnie Rashid Lynn (professionally known as Common), has led a charmed life. The Chicago artist, who got his start in entertainment as a rapper, added acting to his repertoire and, over the course of his career, has won an Oscar, an Emmy and multiple Grammy... Read more

A New Documentary Sheds Light On The Secret History Of Ill Al Skratch (Video)

There are plenty of Hip-Hop artists whose moment seemed too short. The creators left us music that we still play and celebrate, but some of us do not know the story behind the work as well as higher-profile acts and artists. A new documentary by TRB2HH puts a spotlight on... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Now Has A District Named After It In Staten Island

Yesterday (May 4), part of the Park Hill section of Staten Island, New York was officially renamed the "Wu-Tang Clan District." The rechristening is in honor of RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and the late O.D.B. Meth', Raekwon, Ghostface, and U-God are some... Read more

Phonte & Open Mike Eagle Go Verse For Verse With Jokes About Who’s More Woke (Video)

Open Mike Eagle's Comedy Central show with Baron Vaughn has produced a lot of unique visuals, most of which draw on Black Identity in present day America. Last week, Open Mike teamed up with MF DOOM for a visual about police brutality called "Police Myself," and this week, the Chicago,... Read more

J.I.D.’s New Video Is Pure Misery

J.I.D. is inspired by movies. The MC named his mixtape series DiCaprio, which received its latest installment at the close of 2018. The Georgia native and Dreamville artist included a photo of the Titanic and Departed actor as that project's promotional artwork. However, the work eventually released with just an... Read more

Bun B & His Wife Give A Detailed Account Of The Shootout In Their Home (Video)

Last week, the Hip-Hop community was stunned when reports surfaced that Bun B had been involved in a shootout in his home. A masked intruder had entered the UGK MC's house, held his wife Queenie at gunpoint, and attempted to steal his car. Now, a week later, Bun, Queenie and... Read more

Masta Ace & Pharoahe Monch Battle In A Fight For Life (Video)

Masta Ace, the low-key overachiever, a stoic influence on the likes of Eminem, has been able to endure different eras without sacrificing style or flouting a fan-base determined to mature alongside his work, project by project, decade by decade. Earlier in the year, Ace followed up an emotionally charged "Tiny... Read more

The Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Has Been Diagnosed With Stage 4 Cancer (Video)

On June 19, 1991, the Geto Boys' Bushwick Bill was shot in the head, in the midst of an argument with his girlfriend. Miraculously, Bill survived the incident but it left him with only one functioning eye, an injury which was graphically depicted on the cover of the Geto Boys'... Read more

The Cast Of In Living Color Reunites To Discuss Changing TV 25 Years Ago (Video)

Next month marks 25 years since In Living Color wrapped its fifth and final season. The FOX sketch comedy series started by Keenen Ivory Wayans introduced two handfuls of household names. The series, which debuted 29 years ago this month, also broke more boundaries in television than even its most... Read more

John Singleton Has Passed Away At The Age Of 51

UPDATE: Moments ago (April 29), the family of John Singleton confirmed that the 51-year-old film and television producer, director, and screenwriter has died. The report comes hours after family members released a statement to TMZ announcing that he would be removed from life support today. A Singleton family rep has... Read more

A New Documentary Explains D’Angelo’s 14-Year Absence From The Music Scene (Video)

Despite being one of the most acclaimed vocalists, musicians, and producers of the last 25 years, D'Angelo has released only three studio albums during his career. The 45-year-old Grammy Award-winning singer born Michael Archer debuted with 1995's Brown Sugar, before 1998's Voodoo, before taking 14 years to follow up with... Read more

Will Smith Interviews The Fan Who Made The New Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air Film

Last month, a video clip titled Bel-Air took the web and social media by storm. The short film was a trailer, conceived and directed by emerging filmmaker Morgan Cooper, which re-imagined The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air as a drama, set in 2019. The video did not focus on lookalikes or... Read more

Slick Rick Speaks About Being The 1st MC To Bring Humor To Rap (Video)

Slick Rick is currently celebrating the 30th-anniversary of his debut album, The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick. Last year, the Bronx, New York representative worked with his former label, Def Jam Records, on a special deluxe edition reissue of that platinum 1988 release which contains hits such as "Children's Story,"... Read more

JAY-Z Celebrates Nipsey Hussle With A Freestyle About Self-Empowerment (Video)

JAY-Z and Nipsey Hussle had a special bond. In many ways, the two men mirrored one another, albeit from different generations and different coasts. Both were entrepreneurs imbued with a hustler's spirit, who used the lessons they learned from the streets, both good and bad, as tools of motivation for... Read more

The Roc Boys In The Building: JAY-Z & Cam’ron Have Ended Their Beef (Video)

Last night (April 26), JAY-Z performed his "B-Sides 2" concert at New York City's newly-reopened Webster Hall. It was the first time the Manhattan venue hosted a Hip-Hop show since Action Bronson took the stage in the summer of 2017. Following his 2015 rarities set, Jay performed songs from his... Read more

Benny Treats Rap Like The Streets. He’s Out To Run Competition Off The Block (Video)

In less than 12 months, Benny The Butcher went from being a respected and veteran voice in the underground to an elite force throughout all of Rap music. The Buffalo, New Yorker was one of the hand-picked guests invited to J. Cole's Revenge Of The Dreamers, Volume 3 sessions. More recently,... Read more

Method Man Tells MCs What Time It Is With 2 Minutes Of BARS (Video)

Method Man is still dedicated to serving product from 2018's Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium. The Wu-Tang Clan MC made a visual to one of the independently-released LP's standout songs, "Two More Mins." Here, the veteran lyricist shows that even with TV shows, film credits, and classic songs under... Read more

John Singleton Is In A Coma After Suffering A Stroke

UPDATE: According to TMZ, director John Singleton remains in treatment more than a week after being hospitalized in California. The acclaimed director suffered a stroke on April 17. Sources now say that Singleton is currently in a coma. The publication obtained documents confirming that members of John's family are seeking... Read more

Open Mike Eagle & DOOM Make A Powerful Video About How We Imprison Ourselves

Open Mike Eagle and Baron Vaughn began a new Comedy Central series last week that focuses on social commentary. Titled The New Negroes, every episode ends with an original song and video created by the Chicago, Illinois-born MC and features one other artist. Ahead of tonight's showing of the episode... Read more

Large Professor Lights The Fuse For Tragedy Khadafi & Truth On A Remix That Bangs

Queens, New York MC Truth has been rapping for more than half of his life and is influenced by the likes of Mobb Deep, Run-D.M.C., Nas, Kool G. Rap, A Tribe Called Quest, Organized Konfusion and other local legends that have played a significant role in shaping his style. While... Read more

B-Real Details How He Developed 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Most Distinctive Voices (Video)

Guru famously proclaimed "It's mostly the voice" on a Gang Starr song of the same name. Like the late, great Keith Elam, Cypress Hill and Prophets Of Rage member B-Real has one of the most recognizable voices in music. The Los Angeles, California veteran raps with clarity and a nasal... Read more

Mack 10 Is Releasing His 1st Album In 10 Years & It Has His Old Sound (Video)

This coming September marks a decade since Mack 10 released a solo album. The Inglewood, California veteran and Westside Connection co-founder made 2009's Soft White, which involved Rick Ross, Anthony Hamilton, and former Cash Money Records label-mate. Since then, the founder of Hoo-Bangin' Records self-released a joint-effort with Glasses Malone,... Read more

Geoffrey Owens Has Gone From Working At Trader Joe’s To Making Billions

Last August and September, actor Geoffrey Owens became part of the news cycle in an unexpected turn of events. The 58-year-old actor who famously portrayed "Elvin Tibideaux" on The Cosby Show throughout the late 1980s and early '90s was spotted by a customer at a Trader Joe's location in Clifton,... Read more

Lil Dicky Has Gone From Saving Money To Trying To Save Earth (Video)

Today (April 22) is Earth Day. The day of observing environmental awareness was instituted in 1970. It demands greater recognition as our planet continues to suffer from global warming, depletion of resources, deforestation, and many more blows to its health. Lil Dicky is a Rap artist who cares about what... Read more

Your Old Droog Drops 2 Videos On The Move To Go With His Brand New Album

UPDATE: Your Old Droog released a double-video. "The Cheese" is an ode to school-bus transportation, while "Under The Train (Transporting)" examines the marketplace under the El.  Your Old Droog has returned in style with the release of his latest full-length album. After a relatively prolific 2017 in which he... Read more

Ava DuVernay’s Central Park Five Film Trailer Shows The Pain Of Injustice (Video)

Ava DuVernay famously recreated the 1965 Selma to Montgomery marches and brought them to life for "Best Picture"-nominated film 50 years later. Selma portrayed the committed fight for civil rights in a way that was real, human, and palpable to the modern issues—beyond most textbooks. The Lynwood, California native next took... Read more