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You’ve heard Saigon’s Greatest Story Never Told. Here’s the video.

The album drops on 2/15. Support good music. .... Read more

Could Araabmuzik be the next producer to dominate hip-hop? @omarakil3 thinks so after seeing his razor sharp skills on the MPC beat machine. What do you think?

The kid in this post just might have invented the next trending topic in hip-hop battling, cause he most likely won't be (or is not) the only game in town for much longer. But for now, ARAABMUZIK is definitely a beat machine savant. If you haven't heard of this guy,... Read more

With the NFL playoffs heating up and DJ Premier dropping some heat on that Reks track, it’s perfect timing for this week’s PREEM-EAR by @omarakil3.

PREEM-EAR: NICK JAVAS PEPSI NFL AUDIBLE Sorry folks about the delay. The PREEM-EARs have been more delayed than a NY snow plow after the 2010 Blizzard. But being a true fan of a the grid-iron I'm back for the NFL Playoffs. Or should I say Nick Javas is back for... Read more

This week’s playlist is an ode to some of the G-Funk greats of the 90s. Some will be expected–Dre, Snoop, DJ Quik, Ice Cube–but there may be a couple of surprises that make your head nod a little harder.

I was catching up on some reading today and finally read the Wiz Khalifa article in the October 2010 issue of XXL magazine (the whole issue was incredible).  There was a line in the Wiz article that struck me.  It was something to the effect of Wiz having moved from... Read more

Statik Selektah drops a cool animated video on a track that sounds like it could have been done in the mid-90s (and I mean that in the best possible way) for the song 17 ft Mac Miller and JFK.

This is from Statik Selektah's album called Leftovers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNYFSE3AvTI&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

It’s been a good week for Chicago MCs. Rockie Fresh and Naledge from Kidz in the Hall make it even better. Check out the video for Living.

Kids These Days kicked off the week showing there's room for more than one hip-hop band and Rockie Fresh ends it showing there are more Chicago MCs than those named Common and Kanye. Check out Living: http://vimeo.com/18327852.... Read more

Once again it’s the man with the master plan, they call him Sam and I think u better recognize. Here’s a “new” Sam Sneed joint called Lady Heroin.

Judging by the looks and sound of this however it's much more likely an unreleased gem from the early 90's.  Not mad at that though.  It was a classic era in hip-hop, especially G-Funk, and Sam Sneed was one of those "underground" West Coast legends. Here's Sam's classic U Better... Read more

This new Naughty by Nature song caught me by surprise. It’s more proof there’s no expiration date on the age for making good hip-hop. Check out the video for FLAGS ft Jaheim and Bilal.

The video is a mini-movie that features Ice-T. It's a little heavy-handed but has a positive message: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtJi8SE69E8&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Let’s keep it strictly underground tonight. Here’s a hot one from J. Pinder aptly titled All That Fire.

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

Keeping it on the live hip-hop tip, check out Big K.R.I.T. in the studio with a band called Grillade. If this preview is any indication, K.R.I.T. is still on the come up.

By now, you know we're FANS of K.R.I.T. Here's another reason why: http://vimeo.com/18493067 According to Yours Truly, there will be a whole EP released called The Grillade Sessions.  Let's hope.  In the meantime, here's the original for Something, the song featured in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf_EgwVmXLk.... Read more

Kids These Days…are really dope. Like The Roots, they are a true hip-hop band. Check out their video for Darling.

http://vimeo.com/18407602 Here's another one from them called My Days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mriAvnEctro.... Read more

Beat lovers get ready to feast on some true ambrosia for heads. Witness the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League’s sample battle.

Here's some footage of Drake in the studio with the mighty J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League where he challenges them to battle one another with their dopest samples.  It's part of the Any Given Monday series that has been making Mondays a day to look forward to.  It ranks right up there with... Read more

Will Nas and DJ Premier do a whole album together? Hear what Omar Akil has to say on the matter in the latest installment of PREEM-EAR.

This ep of PREEM-EAR is more anecdotal than a "display of hidden hotness".  I found this little clip of Primo calling out Nas in the motherland.  You've heard the rumors. Nasis supposed to do a full album with Premier (a la Jay and Ye, or 9th Wonder and *insert indy... Read more

B.o.B. rocks out on a sample from an 80’s classic by Foreigner. He is one of very few in hip-hop who could pull this off. Check out the performance of Cold As Ice.

http://vimeo.com/18539778 This song just further builds his claim that he can't be defined by one style.  Click here to download his No Genre mixtape.  Here's Foreigner's version of Cold As Ice: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UdXbMyo1rU.... Read more

You heard the “G-Mix” for Wiz Khalifa’s Black & Yellow ft Snoop Dogg and T-Pain. Now here’s the video.

This is probably the first of many collabos between Snoop and Wiz. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWAGLkyxQG0&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Saigon drops another hot one ironically called It’s Cold. Here’s the video.

It's no secret we're Saigon fans. Here's why.  His album drops on 2/15. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=26c4oVsfIhI&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Some may say Jay-Z but my money is on Snoop Dogg to be the first rapper to have a hit after turning 50. Check out his new video for Wet.

This one could be called Sexual Eruption--The Sequel. As with most sequels, it's not nearly as good as the original, but the video is too hot for TV. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-Fj33r2qdc&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

It’s a slow day for new hip-hop so we take matters into our own hands. Check out this playlist of some classic joints.

Each Thursday night, we will be bringing you a different playlist to ease you into the weekend.  This week's is full of old gems.  You'll hear joints from Common, Wu-Tang Clan, De La Soul, Snoop, Biggie, Outkast, Gang Starr, Nas, The Roots and others.  Just press play, sit back and... Read more

We’ve been drawing the comparisons between Big K.R.I.T. and J. Cole for some time. Now you can witness their first meeting. Check it out.

The 2 were joined by CyHi Da Prynce, another dope up and comer in the game. Peep some of the other similarities between J. Cole and Big K.R.I.T. here. http://vimeo.com/18394927.... Read more

Josh Groban singing Kanye West tweets? Priceless. Check out the video.

This one is from the Jimmy Kimmel show. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Axzxe1a78E&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Rick Ross is still hustlin’ everyday. He’s even doing videos for mixtapes. Check out the one for 9 Pieces/Even Deeper.

These are from Rick Ross' Ashes to Ashes mixtape.  Click here to download if you missed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IG4xgt-OVA&feature=player_embedded With Ross riding that Barry White sample it makes me realize he's kind of like the hip-hop Barry White:  husky voice, overweight sex symbol, big bushy beard...hmm...Check the comparison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np5VvHx-1T4.... Read more

Tis the season to sample songs from movies. Lil Wayne samples One Night Only from Dreamgirls on his new song.

Wayne's version maintains the darkness of the original Jennifer Hudson version. Click here to download.  Here's the Dreamgirls version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRJAOzzg1nE.... Read more

Remember the blood bath scene in the movie Blade? Akon uses the music from it for his new song Drop Down ft Ludacris.

Always thought this music was dope in the movie.  I guess Akon did too... Click here to download. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OFgZQabR3g.... Read more

Can you believe one of the first shows on the new Oprah Winfrey Network is about Jay-Z? And, it’s a cool concept?

It's been pretty well-documented that Oprah has had her issue with hip-hop, primarily regarding lyrics she believes to be detrimental to the community. It makes sense then that if she were to do a show about hip-hop, it would be one that was designed to inspire and uplift. Thus, the... Read more

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #1 YMCMB…could it be anything else?

Has there ever been 1 hip-hop label more dominant in a year than Young Money/Cash Money?  It depends on how you define "dominant."  If you're talking purely about record sales, Death Row and maybe even Bad Boy had more dominant years in the 90s.  But this is a different era... Read more

Whoa. Kanye West’s new video is kinda scary…but that’s fitting for a Monster. Check it out.

This one is more high art from Kanye.  The execution of Nicki Minaj's verse is very dope.  This is clearly a work in progress, but you get the picture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WL-J0uo7_Y&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #4 Whut? Thee album???…there have been a lot of great songs in hip-hop over the years but not a lot of great ALBUMS. In 2010, there were at least 10…

When's the last time you went back and listened to some of your favorite hip-hop albums from back in the day? I'm guessing if you randomly picked 10 of your favorites and listened to them from front to back, you would want to skip at least 5 tracks on each... Read more

Vado and Raheem DeVaughn make some gangsta Quiet Storm hip-hop with It’s You. Check it out.

This one is surprisingly dope.  Vado and Raheem mesh much better than you would expect. Click here to download.  It's a fine line between corny and laid back, but when a hip-hip ballad is done properly it's a good look.  Here are a few others that have straddled the line... Read more

Merry Christmas to all. May your years only get better.

Christmas Rap http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fh8hB1tAip8 Christmas in Harlem .... Read more

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #7 Rappin’ all over the world…you know that’s right when the hottest rapper of the year was from Canada.

Everyone knows New York City was the birthplace of hip-hop.  For years, the dominant s0und in the genre was from the city that never sleeps.  In the late 80's the West Coast, particularly LA, began to take over and it had a several year reign that corresponded with the fall... Read more

You have to see this new Saigon video. It's so simple but SO incredibly creative. The song is called Together (Dear Black America). Brilliant

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otTDPrtg2sY&feature=player_embedded#! Props to 2dopeboyz for putting the video together.  Click here for more Saigon..... Read more

Pace Won and Mr. Green's My Song ft Rival is pretty dope. Check out the video.

Pace Won's verse in particular is worth a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oT6hTkcfWVw&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

10 reasons why 2010 was the best year ever in hip-hop: #9 Change the game…several artists expanded the boundaries of hip-hop in 2010.

1. B.o.B. - Bobby Ray dropped several crunk-filled mixtapes before releasing his first official album.  When the album dropped, however, it was filled with lots of pop, rock and just a little bit of crunk...and it was dope.  In addition to garnering 5 Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year,... Read more

There's been a lot of heat around Pusha T since he linked with Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music but Malice has always been my favorite half of The Clipse. Check out his verse on Ab Liva's Where Do We Go.

http://www.vimeo.com/18002640 Here's a side-by-side comparison of the brothers Thornton, aka The Clipse.  Who do you think is nicer on the mic?.... Read more

Curren$y's lyrics are always tight so did his tracks keep his album from being a hit? Check out how he rides the Kanye West-produced Live Fast, Die Young track and see if this one moves you.

Curren$y's version is called Daze of Thunder.  Rick Ross and Kanye still rocked this track the best, but Curren$y holds his own. http://www.vimeo.com/17995715.... Read more

Eminem and Lil Wanyne together performing on the same stage. This is a fitting coda to the best year ever in hip-hop.

Eminem and Lil Wayne performed on SNL last night. Welcome back, Weezy.  They did No Love, Won't Back Down and the first televised version of 6'7".  Could this be the next hip-hop stadium bill? .... Read more

Rick Ross' 9 Piece ft T.I. sounds like the third part of a trilogy that started with MC Hammer and B.M.F. What do you think?

Click here to download.  Here are parts 1 and 2 of the "trilogy": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdNLClvoqro http://www.vimeo.com/13285609.... Read more

Has the color barrier been broken yet in hip-hop?

It's not a secret that hip-hop was born from black culture and, to date, has been comprised primarily of black performers.  As a result, there have been few rappers of other colors who have gained mainstream acceptance, and they generally have come one at a time (The Beastie Boys, 3rd... Read more

Jae Millz has been killing the clubs with Green Gobblin ft Chris Brown (spitting no less). Check out the video.

What would 2010 be without Young Money?  The Chris Brown comeback is complete... http://www.vimeo.com/17871774.... Read more

Diddy's Ass on the Floor is one of the doper songs on Dirty Money's Last Train to Paris album. Check out the video.

This song continues the "dancefication" of hip-hop, but it works.  Check out NahRight's take on the video and the trials of blogging here. http://www.vimeo.com/17795826.... Read more