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Benny The Butcher Explains Why Rap Is A Grown Man’s Game (Video)

Last Friday (June 21), Benny The Butcher released The Plugs I Met. The Black Soprano Family LP marks Benny's follow-up to his acclaimed 2018 album, Tana Talk 3. On this go-round, the Buffalo, New Yorker involved A-list Rap peers including Pusha-T, Black Thought, and Jadakiss, all over-top of Daringer and... Read more

LL Cool J Tells Mike Tyson About The Boxing Royalty In His Family (Video)

LL Cool J and Mike Tyson's relationship goes back nearly 35 years. Cool James name-checked Iron Mike on 1987's "I'm Bad" with the boxing-inspired bars: "I'm like Tyson, icin', I'm a soldier at war / I'm makin' sure you don't try to battle me no more / Got concrete rhymes,... Read more

Rapsody Rates The Bars & Shows Why She Only Works With Top-Ranked MCs (Video)

In less than a decade, Rapsody has positioned herself as one of Hip-Hop's elite MCs. Through albums, mixtapes, and features, the Snow Hill, North Carolina product has taken an independent, grassroots movement to the charts, the Grammy ballot, and the circles of JAY-Z as well as Dr. Dre. However, true... Read more

Meek Mill’s Story Is Being Told In A Docuseries Produced By JAY-Z (Video)

Meek Mill is not only one of the biggest rappers of this decade; he has become a high-profile activist behind the ongoing efforts in criminal justice reform. Having been arrested at 19 years-old, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania MC has been on probation for more than 10 years. The terms of his... Read more

Rakim Reveals The Verse That Most Defines Him (Video)

This November marks 10 years since Rakim released an album. The Seventh Seal involved Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, and Styles P, alongside production from Nottz, Jake One, and Ty Fyffe. At the time, that SMC Recordings LP followed a 10-year-break since The Master. Unlike his first dozen or so years on wax,... Read more

Mary J Blige & Method Man Show Their Duet Still Has Mad Love To Give (Video)

Last night (June 23), the 19th BET Awards took place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California. For many Heads, the highlight of the evening surrounded Mary J. Blige, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Yonkers, New York representative also performed a medley of her hits, spanning nearly... Read more

Warren G Turns Up The Bass To Show He’s Still Regulating 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago this month, Warren G unleashed an album that had a hand in saving Def Jam Records through a commercial drought season. The Long Beach, California MC/producer/DJ may have been wrongfully overlooked at Death Row Records, but the "G" in G-Child may have stood for "Golden" at Russell... Read more

The Game Freestyles Over Old Town Road. This Ain’t Country (Video)

The Game is officially in album mode. The veteran Compton, California MC formally announced his ninth outing, Born 2 Rap this week. What's more, the onetime Dr. Dre protege asserts that it will be his final album in a dominant 15-year career of provocative music and actions. A press release... Read more

A New Video From Lupe Fiasco Shows Selling Out Was Never His Plan

Like most artists, Lupe Fiasco's body of work does not begin with his debut album. Food & Liquor, which dropped in 2006, was preceded not only by the mixtape Fahrenheit 1/15 Part I: The Truth Is Among Us a year prior, but also unreleased works which have been held in a proverbial vault.... Read more

Murs’ Next LP With 9th Wonder & The Soul Council Has A New Video & Release Date

Less than a month ago, Murs & 9th Wonder premiered two singles from the upcoming The Iliad Is Dead And The Odyssey Is Over at Ambrosia For Heads. "Ga$ Station Gucci Belt" (which Heads got a small taste of in late March) and "Night Shift" showed two different sides from... Read more

E-40’s Next Album Features Redman, Method Man, Scarface & ScHoolboy Q

Next month, E-40 will release his 29th album. Practice Makes Paper is due July 26, adding to one of the largest and more respected catalogs of a nearly 30-year Rap veteran. As has been the case since 40 Water's mid-90s run, the Heavy On The Grind Entertainment release includes a... Read more

B.o.B. Tributes O.D.B. & Bumrushes The Set To Shame Fake Rappers (Video)

In the mid-2000s, Decatur, Georgia teenager B.o.B. was one of Hip-Hop's most exciting and versatile voices. With a stylized name inspired by an OutKast Stankonia single, sang, he played guitar, he produced, and the protege of hit-making producer Jim Jonsin could certainly rap. Early mixtape standout "Haters" took everybody by storm,... Read more

Chance & YBN Cordae’s Lyrics & Beat Prove They’re Making Hip-Hop For All Ages (Video)

Maryland-raised 21-year-old rapper YBN Cordae has been making a name for himself these past few years. His Young Boss Ni**as collective has been booming for several years, breaking through many walls care of YBN Nahmir's debut viral 2017 hit, "Rubbin Off The Paint." Then came follow-up looks such as "Have... Read more

dead prez & Andra Day Come Together To Shed Light On Injustice (Video)

Respected DJ/producer J. Period (Black Thought, Common, K'naan) wanted to pump up the activism in Hip-Hop. He rallied peers including DJ Khalil, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Young Guru to executive produce a compilation that reminds fans of music’s power to evoke social change. The 10-track The Rise Up Project brings... Read more

Missy Elliott Is The 1st Female MC To Enter The Songwriters Hall Of Fame (Video)

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott has become the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. While JAY-Z became the first artist in Rap to join the prestigious circle two years ago, Missy follows a 2018 where Jermaine Dupri was admitted. Both appeared in New York City... Read more

Black Moon Release Their 1st Video In 15 Years. The New Album Is Coming Soon.

It has been 16 years since Brooklyn, New York's Black Moon released a studio album. Boot Camp Clik's breakout artists are back with their first new music since 2003's Total Eclipse. Along with an exciting new music video, the collective of Buckshot, DJ Evil Dee, and 5 ft have a... Read more

Common Uses A J Dilla Beat To Show His Love For HER Is Strong As Ever (Video)

At the beginning of this month, Common was a surprise guest at the 12th-annual Roots Picnic in Philadelphia. Back in the late 1990s, the MC who was making Like Water For Chocolate at the same time his friends were making Things Fall Apart. The SoulQuarians worked on both albums, so... Read more

In 2000, M.O.P. Went Hunting For CD Bootleggers To Mash Out (Video)

M.O.P. released their debut LP 25 years ago with To The Death. While the Select Records drop remains discussed by Rap purists, Lil Fame and Billy Danze seemed to widen their reach with every album since, culminating with Y2K's fourth effort, Warriorz. The Mash Out Posse's fourth and most commercially successful... Read more

Bun B Tells Talib Kweli Why T.R.O.Y. Is The Biggest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time (Video)

Back in 2011, Bun B accepted a position at Rice University to co-teach a class about Religion and Hip-Hop Culture. Since then, the UGK co-founder has imparted his knowledge in these areas to hundreds of Texas. Beyond academia, Bun regularly reflects on his experiences as an MC, a father, and... Read more

Spread Love The Brooklyn Way. A Street Is Named After Biggie Smalls (Video)

Just over 47 years ago, on May 21, 1972, Christopher Wallace was born at St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn, New York. As a youth, Wallace was raised by his mother, Voletta, a preschool teacher, at 226 St. James Place in Clinton Hill. From his booming stage entrance during a pivotal... Read more

Big K.R.I.T.’s Video Shows How Record Companies Treat Rappers Like Slaves

Less than 24 hours after announcing his upcoming K.R.I.T. Iz Here album, Big K.R.I.T. delivers the first video from the July 12 affair. A title song of sorts, "K.R.I.T. Here" is an affirmation of all that the Meridian, Mississippi double-threat has accomplished in the last decade. Ten years ago, K.R.I.T.,... Read more

The Truth About Kanye West: He’s Andy Kaufman (Video)

David Letterman and Kanye West's 2019 interview is available to the public. The highly-publicized My Next Guest Needs No Introduction episode includes footage filmed at West's California home as well as an on-stage conversation before a live audience. Notably, during the revealing interview, the MC/producer/fashion designer makes a striking self-comparison... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Will Play Inspectah Deck In The Upcoming Wu-Tang Clan Bio Series

Last month, following the premiere of Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics And Men, a DJ Juanyto interview for HOT 97 on Staten Island with members of the Clan and its extended family suggested that Dave East would not be the only rapper to appear in an upcoming biopic. Joey Bada$$'s name... Read more

Marlon Craft’s Video Calls Out The REAL American Gangsters

Marlon Craft is an MC from New York City (Hell's Kitchen in Manhattan, to be specific) who appeared on Masta Ace and Marco Polo's November 2018 album, A Breukelen Story. That release was named one of Ambrosia For Heads best of the year, and it involved Craft in an ensemble that... Read more

Meek Mill Is Getting A Chance To Prove His Innocence In Front Of A New Court & Judge

For more than a decade, Meek Mill's freedom has rested in the hands of a single judge, Genece Brinkley. After multiple lengthy stays behind bars (including one that just ended in 2018), Meek, Roc Nation, his record company, legal team, and legions of fans have campaigned that the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania... Read more

Griselda & DJ Premier Put The Boom Bap Back In New York Rap (Video)

Last month, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher dropped the Griselda trifecta's highly-anticipated DJ Premier-produced single "Headlines." The Payday Records collaboration linked the three MCs with a producer who had a major hand in inspiring their sound and Rap aesthetic. The first union between the Gang Starr... Read more

Locksmith Is A Fiercely Independent MC. His Symbolic New Video Shows It

Richmond, California's Locksmith had a busy 2018. He partnered with Mello Music Group's Apollo Brown to release the eight-song project No Question. Later last year, Lock' followed with Ali, a hard-hitting collection of solo songs that features Jedi Mind Tricks' Vinnie Paz, Jarren Benton, and Murs. Notably, in spring of... Read more

Black Thought, Yasiin Bey, Pharoahe Monch & Tobe Nwigwe Make A New Live At The BBQ

Yesterday (June 1), The Roots hosted their 12th-annual picnic in the legendary group's hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event moved this year to the Mann Center, in the same West Philly that Questlove represents. With active three stages, the day was filled with incredible performances, including a 20th-anniversary rendition of... Read more

Common Premieres A J Dilla-Produced Song About The State Of Hip-Hop In 2019

Since the release of his 1994 song "I Used To Love H.E.R.," Common has had a complex and well-documented relationship with Hip-Hop. At first listen, the song played like Common Sense's ode to a woman with whom he'd had a life long affair, which was a love-hate relationship. At the... Read more

B-Real & Brady Watt Add Some Dr. Dre & DJ Premier To Cypress Hill’s Biggest Hits

Renowned bass player, producer, and member of DJ Premier's Badder Band Brady Watt has been bringing his groove to video lately, linking up with MCs and singers for a series of videos he's calling "Bass & Bars." Each entry has Watt laying down a bassline for a guest to recite... Read more

25 Years Ago, Snoop & Tha Dogg Pound Barked At All The Biters (Video)

Twenty-five years ago, in 1994, Dr. Dre and Suge Knight's record label was giving the mainstream music world an electric charge from the streets of Los Angeles. 1992 saw Dr. Dre's solo debut, The Chronic. Eleven months later, Snoop Doggy Dogg presented his style with a game-changing D*ggystyle LP with Dre and... Read more

Watch The Beastie Boys’ Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Ill Communication

Following the release of the Beastie Boys Book in late 2018, Michael Diamond (aka Mike D) and Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock) have been in the public eye. Since the book hit store shelves, the two MC/producers expounded on the Beasties' bitter split with Def Jam, the group very nearly calling... Read more

Smif-n-Wessun Take Brooklyn To South Beach In A Perfect Video For Summer

Back in February, Ambrosia For Heads premiered Smif-n-Wessun's "Ocean Drive" as a part of the Boot Camp Clik duo's latest album, The All. As Heads would later learn, the Duck Down Music release was one of SnW's best works to date. Now the Brooklyn, New Yorkers are treating fans to the... Read more

Royce 5’9 & Kxng Crooked Discuss Who Was Better On Renegade: JAY-Z Or Eminem (Video)

Kxng Crooked is the latest respected Hip-Hop lyricist to segue into driving dialogue in the music media. Recently, the Long Beach, California lyricist also known as Crooked I launched Crook's Corner. Taking a concept from his hashtag of longstanding Hip-Hop discussions on social media with peers and fans, the MC... Read more

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s 1st Video From Their New Album Is Criminal Minded

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have released the third single (and first music video) to their upcoming Bandana album. A follow-up to 2014's Pinata, the major label-backed Bandana is arriving on June 28 via Keep Cool/RCA Records. The upcoming collection of songs (available for pre-order) is confirmed to feature Killer Mike,... Read more

Jeru The Damaja Returns With A Message That’s Right On The Money (Video)

Twenty-five years to the month after unveiling his acclaimed debut album, The Sun Rises In The East, Jeru The Damaja has returned with a critically potent message for the masses in a new track titled “Harriet Tubman." Never timid to recount social, political, and worldly malpractice throughout his career, the... Read more

Conway The Machine’s Freestyle Wrecks Shop Alongside Benny & Rick Hyde (Video)

Earlier this month, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher released "Headlines," a standalone single produced by the legendary DJ Premier. The Payday Records song stands as a benchmark intersection between the three self-made stars of Griselda Records and the Gang Starr O.G. According to Wes' recent interview... Read more

J. Cole & Ty Dolla $ign Cash In With A Modern Spin On A Classic Message (Video)

UPDATE: Ty Dolla $ign and J. Cole have released the music video for "Purple Emoji," nine days following the single. Both artists appear in the music video that also includes a variety of romantic couples:  ORIGINAL MAY 20 STORY: J. Cole's collaborative spirit continues. While the platinum MC/producer's albums... Read more

Bushwick Bill Reveals The Reason The Geto Boys Tour Was Canceled (Video)

UPDATE: Following last Friday's (May 24) announcement that the Geto Boys' recently announced reunion tour plans have canceled, longtime group member Bushwick Bill has clarified those initial reports. “For all y’all out there that thought I was healthy enough to make a tour, I’ve been in the hospital since May... Read more

EPMD Are Working On A New Album & It’s Big Business (Video)

Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith are back to work more than 30 years since the release of EPMD's debut album, Strictly Business. At Long Island, New York's Def Squad Studios, speaking to AFH TV, Erick and Parrish dropped some new information about the duo's upcoming eighth album, said to be titled... Read more

Alabama MC Chika Makes Her TV Debut With A Fight For Women’s Rights (Video)

Last year, then-21-year-old Montgomery, Alabama MC Chika took to Twitter to drop a mighty freestyle. Using one of Kanye West's breakthrough instrumentals, Chika criticized the superstar's controversial political views of the time: "It don’t matter how much you have or you lack, when that check clears don’t forget your children... Read more

Pete Rock Recreates “They Reminisce Over You” Behind The Turntables (Video)

Last Wednesday (May 22) at New York City's Chelsea Music Hall, Pete Rock celebrated the release of his latest instrumental album, The Return Of The SP1200, with a party. Of course, Rock had to show off his DJing skills and have some fun of his own. He jammed with a... Read more

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