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You cannot front on this hip-hop medley by Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon (no matter how hard you may want to). Check it out.

There are definitely some corny parts but overall it's just too good: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCxZB6GOtoM&feature=related.... Read more

Whatever happened to the art of freestyling?

For most MCs, freestyling means kicking a verse that they've written and nobody's heard...but true freestyling is the art of rhyming straight off the top of the dome.  Newcomer Donnis recently reminded us of the true art of freestyling with this rhyme that he spit on Sirius: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBOeY6C6W4M That inspired... Read more

What do you think of N.E.R.D's new track Hypnotize You (produced by Daft Punk)? See the Letterman performance here.

The Neptunes are always ones to push the envelope. They remain consistent in that regard, both with the song and the performance.  Pharrell and Kanye have kept hip-hop alive and kicking over the last 10 years.  Here's N.E.R.D.'s latest chapter: ExternalVideo.969771&w=425&h=350&fv= Props to Daft Punk for the beat.  Looks like... Read more

The mighty Kurupt shows that G's don't die, they just get smoother in his video for I'm the Man

Like his lifestyle, Kurupt's flow has slowed a bit but don't trip.  It's still gangsta... ExternalVideo.969768&w=425&h=350&fv= .... Read more

Is the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League the best production team in the game right now? Listen to their breakdown of the making of Rick Ross’ Aston Martin Music.

Many fans of Rick Ross know that his best material on his last 3 albums has been courtesy of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.  Key tracks include Maybach Music, Luxury Tax, Magnificent and, most recently, the instant classic Aston Martin Music.  Few people know much about the men behind the boards who... Read more

Newcomer Shad brings more respect to 2010 for hip-hop. Check out his We, Myself and I video.

This one is visually reminiscent of On to the Next One but the comparisons stop there...unless you think the dope rap/rock collabo also reminds you of this. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5UaQCQoOwc&feature=player_embedded.... Read more

Black Milk’s Album of the Year may be the most slept on rap album in 2010.

Black Milk's aptly titled Album of the Year is the Detroit producer's 3rd album and he has definitely found his stride.  His beats are so on point that the rhymes are secondary, but once you give them a listen they are also engaging.  You can hear influences ranging from Dre... Read more

Jay-Z's book, Decoded, hits stores on November 16th. Here's a little something to whet your appetite.

Decoded was initially written as an in-depth biography but the word is when it was done it was a little too personal for Hov. So, instead, he opted to release Decoded which is still biographical but more indirectly, as it tells his story in large part by breaking down lyrics... Read more

Will Jay-Z be hip-hop’s first billionaire? Check out his one-on-one with billionaire Warren Buffet in Forbes.

Here's the full interview between hip-hop's richest entertainer and Warren Buffet, one of the wealthiest people in the world. Click here to read the article. .... Read more

Check out J. Cole's interview with the Smoking Section. This one is more about beats than rhymes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-od9foCWRQE&feature=player_embedded During the interview he talks about beats he wishes he made.  One was Xxxplosive by Dr. Dre and the other was Raekwon's Ice Cream.  He specifically mentions how genius the sample use was on Ice Cream.  Check out the Chef's classic and the sample below.  The sample is from... Read more

Speaking of great Snoop Dogg classics, check out John Legend and The Roots’ take on Little Ghetto Boy.

This one is off the full album collabo between John Legend and The Roots that will be dropping on 9/21.  The album is all covers of soul classics from the 60s and 70s that have a political theme. ExternalVideo.967034&w=425&h=350&fv=videoId%3D604473945001%26amp%3BplayerID%3D10172910001%26amp%3BplayerKey%3DAQ%252E%252E%2CAAAAAAAA5vE%252E%2CEeb-O-20Rk8OOHarFBBmNsbiBU9ieS50%26amp%3Bdomain%3Dembed%26amp%3BdynamicStreaming%3Dtrue Here's Dr. Dre's Lil Ghetto Boy from the Chronic featuring Snoop... Read more

Curren$y continues to step up his game with 4 Hours & 20 Minutes (Ride to H-Town).

Fans of Snoop D-O double G will instantly get the reference Curren$y spits in the first line he drops on 4 Hours & 20 Minutes.  It's just one of the many things about him that remind you of the Doggfather (and the mighty Kurupt).  Check out the video and judge... Read more

Statik Selektah is known for dropping classic mixtapes but now he is dropping singles. Check out 1982 ft Bun B

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TRzymRKa3Y&feature=player_embedded And, in case you're not familiar with Statik Selektah's mixtapes, check out The Look of Love, the tribute to J. Dilla he did with Q-Tip a few years ago.  It's vintage Dilla.  Click here to download the mixtape.  The tracklist is below: 01 - Q-Tip - One Love Intro... Read more

Hip-hop may not be dead but vinyl officially is. The legendary Fat Beats record store closed on 9/4/10. Check out DJ Premier's tribute.

The art of DJ'ing lives on through Serato, but for purists who prefer vinyl things just got a little tougher.  Fat Beats record store was a staple of hip-hop in NYC (as well as in LA and Amsterdam) and it closed its doors forever (or at least in that location...)... Read more

Gotta support the homie B.o.B. He is a true artist (in any genre). Check out his MTV Unplugged performance.

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Chris Brown and Tyga's mixtape Fan of a Fan has been out for a minute but if you missed it, it's surprisingly good.

Click here to download.  Of course it features, Deuces which has quietly become one of the biggest songs of the Summer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RUSRxTpI80&ob=av2e.... Read more

My Mic Sounds Nice the new documentary from BET premieres on 8/30 at 10pm. It is one of the best hip-hop films ever.

If you are a fan of hip-hop, documentaries or just great TV, check out the premiere of My Mic Sounds Nice: A Truth About Women and Hip-Hop on BET at 10pm on Monday, August 30. The show is the most comprehensive look at the role of women in hip-hop, ever,... Read more

New school is showing love to the old school today. Big K.R.I.T. rides a Souls of Mischief track on Somedayz

Somedayz – Big K.R.I.T. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oVgq-QrwRM Here’s the classic Souls of Mischief joint, ’93 til Infinity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP56Tf5fpjM&feature=player_embedded …as well as an ill version by Kidz in the Hall, Wheelz Fall Off (’06 Til): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VUxm8jRoNw&feature=player_embedded …finally the original, a song called Heather by Billy Cobham.  The sampled part start at 2:03 (wait... Read more

Freddie Gibbs put his spin on a classic Dr Dre beat (really Isaac Hayes) on his latest song Something New and did it real justice.

Check out the video showing a bit of the making of the song and click below for the download. Closed Sessions: Freddie Gibbs http://vimeo.com/14194755 Click here to download Something New. Also, check out a few other uses of the sample by Dr. Dre, as well as the original by Isaac... 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It's official. John Legend and The Roots are releasing an album together in September

As you can tell by the numerous collabos between The Roots and John Legend on The Roots album, the 2 artists have been putting in some work together.  They will be releasing a full album called Wake Up! together in September, which sounds like it will be their equivalent of... Read more

Big Sean reminds me of The Pharcyde…but a little more gangsta…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ8fIMlTG84 ...and that's a good thing.  I'm not sure whether its his tone (which is reminiscent of Fat Lip's), his flow or his catchphrases, but there's something that takes me back to when The Pharcyde dropped when I hear this song.  What do you think?.... Read more

I Love Rick Ross

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPJtZLq07C8&feature=player_embedded Dude is just dope musically.  Regardless of what you think of his hood cred, his music has overcome it time and time again.  Think about it.  He is the first person to survive a full on attack by 50.  In fact, he might even be bigger than he was... Read more