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Kanye West Finally Admits That Sway Had The Answers (Video)

In late 2013, Kanye West gave Sway In The Morning a watershed moment. Host Sway Calloway suggested West empower himself, and in turn, others when he seemed to be at his highest. At a time when Kanye's later-revealed financial woes were making their way into the public, West erupted, "How,... Read more

Dave Chappelle Accepts Comedy’s Highest Honor With Heartfelt Words For His Peers

On Sunday night (October 27), Dave Chappelle received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at Washington, D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The prestigious award was given just miles from where the 46-year-old spent a big part of his youth. "That's why I love my art-form.... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Flaunts His Roots To Show The Beauty & Depth Of Mississippi (Video)

Earlier this year, Big K.R.I.T. released K.R.I.T. Iz Here, a full-circle follow-up to the MC/producer's highly-acclaimed 2010 mixtape, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here. The '19 project featured the likes of Lil Wayne, Saweetie, Baby Rose, Rico Love, and a boasted a stellar feature from Dreamville's own J. Cole for the track, "Prove... Read more

Alchemist & Evidence Reunite The Step Brothers & Bring Big Bars To Calabasas

In 2009, Los Angeles area representatives Alchemist and Evidence of the Dilated Peoples joined forces to combine their deft skills in the booth and on the boards as the dynamic duo, Step Brothers. Underneath the umbrella of the Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Rhymesayers label, the Step Brothers released their first joint record,... Read more

Eddie Murphy Explains Why Dolemite’s Story Was So Inspirational (Video)

This month, Eddie Murphy stars in Dolemite Is My Name. The new film, available in theaters and on Netflix, finds the star actor playing the late Rudy Ray Moore, who died in 2008 at the age of 81. Moore created the "Dolemite" persona, which made films, albums, and merchandise. Appearing... Read more

Rakim Is A Top MC, But He Ain’t No Joke As A Producer Either (Video)

Rakim is widely revered as one of the greatest MCs in Hip-Hop history. However, as the lyrical legend continues to speak about his career in a new light, he may also deserve recognition as one of the culture's great producers. Earlier this week, Rakim stopped by HOT 97's Ebro In... Read more

Joell Ortiz Makes Art Out Of Anxiety. He Puts His Darkest Thoughts On The Table (Video)

If there is anything that these past few have proven, it's that Slaughterhouse co-founder Joell Ortiz abides by an incredible work ethic. Last year, the Brooklyn, New York veteran MC linked up with Michigan producer Apollo Brown for a joint record, Mona Lisa. At the top of 2019 came Ortiz'... Read more

Black Moon Describe The Personal Process Of Making Their First Album In 16 Years (Video)

There are not many Hip-Hop crews who could sustain a career that has spanned a quarter of a century, while only releasing four albums, but Black Moon is not just any crew. The highly-influential Brooklyn trio, comprised of Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, first arrived on the scene back... Read more

J. Cole’s Dreamville Is Flying High In Its Quest To Be Hip-Hop’s Best Crew (Video)

2019 has been an exciting year for the Hip-Hop crew. Buffalo, New York's Griselda Records continues to build an empire, brick-by-brick. Last week's first glimpse of a Shady Records-backed album from Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher shows even more promise to a calendar year that's seen... Read more

Planet Asia & D.I.T.C. Affiliate Milano Constantine Link For Lyrical Onslaught (Video)

Fresno, California's Planet Asia has been posted up in New York City for the past couple of months. The purpose of the extended visit is to link up with like-minded rappers from all across the five boroughs and beyond. On top of recording an impressive amount of guest verses while... Read more

Eric B. Is Getting Paid In Full…As An Actor On TV

Eric B. is recognized as one of Hip-Hop's earliest artist-executives. As one-half of Eric B. & Rakim, the Queens, New Yorker helped was part of a movement that raised the bar on lyricism, production, and album-making in Rap. Now, the man born Eric Barrier is lending his talents to the... Read more

Benny, Smoke DZA & Westside Gunn Glide Over Smooth Pete Rock Production (Video)

New York City's Smoke DZA has been a close affiliate of the Griselda team since they first started gaining attention around 2015. He has featured on a number of their tracks and vice versa. So, when The Kushed God announced a joint EP with Benny The Butcher, it was no... Read more

Bone Thugs Help Out A Fan Who Had A Thuggish Ruggish Time In Cleveland (Video)

After more than 25 years making albums, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony has fans from across the globe. One particular fan, Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka, took things to extremes to meet the group. According to reports, Ryo sold his possessions to raise money to travel to Cleveland, Ohio, the hometown of the legendary... Read more

Jadakiss Says He’s The Most Underrated MC On A Song That Reminds Who He Is

Jadakiss has been unusually quiet in 2019. Save for some high profile features, the typically prolific LOX MC has been completely off the grid. In April, however, during an interview with Joe Budden, Jada indicated the year would not conclude without him putting his mark on it. During that conversation,... Read more

David Banner Bodies Diamond D Production With Some Food For Thought (Video)

It has been five years since Diamond D dropped The Diam Piece. Following some independent projects, that Dymond Mine/EMPIRE release garnered the D.I.T.C. triple-threat his greatest acclaim since 1997's Hatred, Passion and Infidelity sophomore drop. In 2019, the Bronx, New Yorker assembled The Diam Piece 2, a sequel with an... Read more

DNA Is A Champion In Battle Rap & His Latest Freestyle Is A Victory Lap (Video)

Last week Battle Rap veteran DNA beat Geechi Gotti and T-Top in the URL battles that were held as part of the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards (embedded below). On top of the bragging rights, the Queens, New York MC walked away with $25,000 in prize money. DNA is clearly... Read more

Ras Kass Recruits Pete Rock For Some Ice Cold Soul (Video)

Ras Kass has steadily dropped quality material since he came on the scene in the mid-1990s. Soul On Ice 2 is an important album in a respected discography, especially since it was first announced three years ago. When this sequel to 1996's cult-lauded original was released at the beginning of... Read more

Joe Budden Says He Encouraged Slaughterhouse To Replace Him (Video)

Joe Budden sits down with Freddie Gibbs on the latest episode of Pull Up. On a New York City rooftop, the two men discuss a number of topics. The Gary, Indiana native stresses that he wants to be included on the Top MCs lists, which Budden is no stranger to,... Read more

YBN Cordae & Anderson .Paak Travel Back To The ’70s For A Video That’s Super Fly

Last year, YBN Cordae responded to J. Cole's "1985 - 'Intro To The Falloff'" with a song of his own. Cole's song, now more than a year and a half old, confronted some younger Rap peers who had been dissing him, and offering them some valuable game. It was a... Read more

King Los Kicks The Best Verse Of The Night In The Last Standing BET Cypher

Last night (October 8), BET broadcast the 2019 Hip Hop Awards. The event included a tribute to Lil' Kim (featuring a Junior M.A.F.I.A. reunion of sorts), performances by Rapsody, YBN Cordae, Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Rick Ross, and a salute to Battle Rap. Notably, a TV event recognized for... Read more

Wesley Snipes Explains Why He Refused To Be In The New Jack City Sequel

In 1991's New Jack City, "Nino Brown" tells "G-Money," "It can never go back to the way it was." It's a profound scene in the movie where one character eventually asks the other, "Am I my brother's keeper?" The actor who played "Nino," Wesley Snipes, has a similar sentiment surrounding... Read more

Immortal Technique Lists His Top 5 MCs & Says A New Album Is Coming (Video)

Immortal Technique is recognized as an MC whose music is informational and at times, extreme. The Harlem lyricist emerged during the rise of independent Hip-Hop in the early 2000s, and his politically-charged brand of Hip-Hop quickly struck a chord with fans worldwide. Further, he is widely acknowledged for his activism... Read more

Kxng Crooked Explains Why Slaughterhouse Needs To Release One Last Album

It was nearly a year-and-a-half ago that Kxng Crooked suddenly announced his exit from Slaughterhouse. In April of 2018, the group's co-founder disbanded from the collective formed a decade earlier by Joe Budden, Royce 5'9, and Joell Ortiz. Although the Shady Records act had been relatively idle since 2014's House... Read more

Travis Scott Continues To Take The Art Form Of Music Videos To A Higher Level

Last year, Travis Scott made an exceptionally creative release in the form of Astroworld. Named one of Ambrosia For Heads' best albums of 2018, the collection pulled from Gang Starr and The Screwed Up Click in the same amusement park-inspired universe. At nearly an hour (in a year of short... Read more

Gang Starr’s New Video With J. Cole Keeps Guru’s Legacy Alive (Video)

More than 15 years since the last Gang Starr video, DJ Premier releases "Family and Loyalty." It's a Fab 5 Freddy-directed visual featuring DJ Premier, J. Cole, Big Shug, and plenty of memories surrounding the impact Guru's life made on others. The video begins with Guru's family (including his son,... Read more

Tha Alkaholiks Recall Discovering & Mentoring Madlib (Video)

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs have made one of 2019's best Hip-Hop albums in the form of Bandana. The Keep Cool/RCA Records album is a benchmark release in both artists' discography. While Gangsta Gibbs' journey dates back to the mid-2000s, Madlib's credits date back more than 25 years. In 1993, Madlib's... Read more

Tobe Nwigwe Makes Some Of The Best Music Videos In Hip-Hop & He Does It Weekly

In the modern music age, many artists are dropping at a grueling pace. From Hip-Hop legends like DJ Muggs and Ghostface Killah to dominant emerging voices such as Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine, staying prolific is seemingly part of the daily operation. Tobe Nwigwe has released three albums since... Read more

T.I. Kicking Metaphors Over A Soul Sample Is Pure Money (Video)

Hip-Hop loves a metaphor. From Kendrick Lamar to Common, Tupac to Nas, the great MCs love to make songs that seem like they are about one thing, that double as another. From “I Used To Love H.E.R.” (and Common's latest iteration in the saga) to Kanye West's "Homecoming," many metaphors... Read more

Stalley Makes His Return With A Smooth Style That Feels All So New (Video)

OCTOBER 14 UPDATE: Stalley has released the video to "All So New":  ORIGINAL SEPTEMBER 16 STORY: In 2018, Stalley continued his Tell The Truth: Shame The Devil EP series with volumes 2 and 3. It has been that series, combined with 2017 albums New Wave and Another Level, that... Read more

DMX Toasts To His Comeback Campaign In A Video With Rick Ross & Swizz Beatz

At the end of August, Swizz Beatz released "Just In Case," featuring DMX and Rick Ross. The song was a companion to Godfather Of Harlem series, with the hit-making producer curating the soundtrack. It also marked a milestone in a comeback year for X. The Yonkers, New York representative began... Read more

Black Thought Details Making The Roots’ “New Years @ Jay Dee’s” Collaboration With Dilla

The Roots have released an expanded edition of Things Fall Apart in honor of the album's 20th-anniversary. The 1999 LP that connected the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania band with their first taste of Grammy gold was recently performed at this year's Roots Picnic. Album collaborators such as Mos Def (aka Yasiin Bey),... Read more

Futura 2000 Is A Graffiti Legend Who Continues To Leave His Mark On The Globe

Futura 2000 is a Hip-Hop trailblazer in more than one facet. Now in his sixties, the New York City graffiti writer, artist, and cultural conduit tells his story in the latest episode of  The Masters. This veteran creator has been in the game for half a century, and in that... Read more

Rakim Raps His Unreleased Lyrics That Were Dissing Big Daddy Kane (Video)

Earlier this week, Rakim published his memoir, Sweat The Technique: Revelations On Creativity From The Lyrical Genius. The God MC's first text tells his life story as well as offers insight into songwriting and rhyming. In promotion of the book (which he wrote with author, activist, and former Source editor Bakari... Read more

A New Jack City Remake Is Reportedly In The Works. Is It Time For Change?

Among the canon of Hip-Hop lifestyle films, few have had the impact and longevity of New Jack City. The 1991 Warner Bros movie, which was written by Thomas Lee Wright and Barry Michael Cooper, ushered in a new era of cinematic storytelling that not only brought to life the narratives... Read more

Skyzoo & Pete Rock Break Down The Making Of Their Brand New Collabo Album (Video)

Heads were gifted an outstanding collaborative album titled Retropolitan last Friday (September 20) by top-tier lyricist Skyzoo and legendary producer/DJ Pete Rock. The 12-track Mello Music Group LP (embedded below) celebrates Hip-Hop culture and the city that birthed it. As Sky' puts it, the project is a love letter that... Read more

DMX Explains Why He Did Not Want To Do Ruff Ryders Anthem (Video)

Twenty-one years ago, DMX carried his debut and sophomore albums to the top of the charts. By the end of 1998, the Yonkers, New York MC was a Hip-Hop superstar, giving Rap fans a plethora of hardcore anthems. One song, in particular, would help brand X's crew, The Ruff Ryders,... Read more

DaBaby Makes A Song That Shows He’s A Grown-Up MC With A Real Message

Jonathan Lyndale Kirk, also known by his Rap moniker DaBaby, has been having a stellar campaign in 2019. After being featured in XXL's "Freshman" class this season, the 27-year-old MC released his debut album, Baby On Baby, which reached the top 25 of the Billboard 200 charts. It was accompanied... Read more

T.I. & Teyana Taylor Hunt Traffickers & Abusers In A Powerful New Video

T.I. recently dropped a 12-plus-minute double video for the songs “You” and “Be There” off of 2018’s DIME TRAP album. While many recording artists claim their visuals "are a movie," the “You (Be There)” vid' may deliver on that promise with higher production value. More importantly, Grand Hustle’s head honcho... Read more

Flavor Flav Tells The Origin Story Behind Wearing Clocks (Video)

For Slick Rick, it has been the eye-patch and truck jewelry. LL Cool J has his Kangol cap. Run-D.M.C. is forever associated with three-stripe Adidas shell-toes. Raider hats, bandanas, Clark's Wallabees. Many rappers and groups have iconic props to go with their incredible music. For more than 30 years, Flavor... Read more

Young M.A. Kicks A Freestyle That’s Germane & So So Def (Video)

With only nine days until Young M.A drops her debut album Herstory In The Making, the Brooklyn, New York MC visited Funkmaster Flex’s HOT 97 studio, self-proclaimed "home away from home." The popular MC builds the hype in the best way she knows possible. M.A busts a two-part freestyle that... Read more

J. Cole, Lute & DaBaby Show Why NC Is 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Hottest States Under The Sun

Dreamville continues to celebrate this year's release of Revenge Of The Dreamers III with more and more visuals. The label's collaborative record dropped this summer and presented vocals from each member of the collective: J. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, Lute, Ari Lennox, Cozz, Omen, and EarthGang. Just a month ago, Heads... Read more

Tobe Nwigwe & Paul Wall’s Collabo Is Fit For 2 Champions Of The H-Town People (Video)

Tobe Nwigwe is having a stellar 2019 campaign. Earlier this March, the Houston, Texas native released his fourth studio project, Three Originals. It features standout singles and visual accompaniments for "Peep Game," "Caged Birds," and "Bountiful." Then, just last month, Nwigwe unveiled a completely live album, Tobe From The Swat:... Read more

Anderson .Paak Mashes Up Erykah Badu & Lil Nas X To Make Old Town Road Brand New

Anderson .Paak is one of the more versatile artists in popular music. In the last 12 months alone, his two albums, 2018's Oxnard and 2019's Ventura present a singer, an MC, and a musician who can occupy different corners of genre and style. Moreover, the Southern California native creates a... Read more

Snoop & Slick Rick Join Forces On An Anthem About Self-Pride & Upliftment

Since the very beginning of his career, Snoop Dogg has cited Slick Rick as a top influence. On Snoop's hallmark debut album, the smooth-talking Long Beach, California MC covered one of MC Ricky D's best-known verses in the form of "Lodi Dodi." Crossing coasts, bridging generations, meshing styles, and putting... Read more

Flavor Flav Speaks Candidly About His Addiction & Why It Was Time For Change

From Public Enemy to reality television, Flavor Flav has been a star within music and culture. While his legendary Hip-Hop group condemned drug addiction, Flav publicly battled substance abuse. Since the group's success in the early 1990s, Flav had several high-profile arrests, including several with drug charges. In one of... Read more

Puff Daddy Details How “I’ll Be Missing You” Saved His Life & Put Hope In Rap Music

Earlier this month, the third season of Hip-Hop Evolution released on Netflix. Hosted by veteran London, Ontario MC Shad, the documentary series continues to tell the stories of our culture through intimate interviews, rare footage, and all the right music. In Season 3, Episode 2, "Life After Death," Biggie's later... Read more

ANoyd’s Freestyle Shows Why He’s A Top MC Who Belongs On Everybody’s Radar (Video)

Earlier this summer, Connecticut MC ANoyd linked up with Statik Selektah and ShowOff Records to release his album Yuck!, featuring Nick Grant, Ufo Fev, and Termanology. A' and Statik later dropped visuals for one of the album's standout singles, "The Mood." Despite ANoyd's recent ventures in flexing his album-mode muscles,... Read more

Big Boi, Sleepy Brown & CeeLo Green Have A Dungeon Family Reunion With Bad Intentions

Shortly following his halftime performance at 2019's Super Bowl LIII, Big Boi did a led tour with members of the Dungeon Family in Goodie Mob, Sleepy Brown, Organized Noize, and KP The Great. While on the road, Sleepy Brown and Big Boi's rejuvenating reunion invigorated the two longtime friends to... Read more

Pharoahe Monch’s Song Brings Wordplay Back On A Whole New Level (Lyric Video)

Pharoahe Monch is one of Hip-Hop's supreme lyricists, and has been so for more than 25 years. The Queens, New Yorker's wordplay includes metaphors, similes, alliteration, assonance, and many of the other parts of speech that many are taught about in English/Reading class. Even living with asthma, the Organized Konfusion... Read more

DMX Is Back On Def Jam. It’s About To Get Hot Again

At the beginning of this year (January 25), DMX was released from a West Virginia prison after spending much of 2018 behind bars for a tax evasion conviction. Since then, the onetime superstar has been on a climb that feels distinct in a career filled with peaks and valleys. The... Read more