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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

Erick Sermon Has Released A New Album Filled With All-Stars. Listen Here (Audio)

Erick Sermon has just released his eighth solo album, Vernia. Earlier this month, at Long Island, New York's Def Squad Studios, the Green-Eyed Bandit extensively details his LP featuring Raekwon, N.O.R.E., Too Short, Devin The Dude, No Malice, Big K.R.I.T., Pharrell, Styles P, AZ, Shaquille O'Neal, Xzibit, Keith Murray, and... Read more

DJ Premier Recalls Nas & Big L Signing Their Record Deals Together (Video)

DJ Premier has been a part of many albums that are considered classics by Heads. However, few can equal the importance of Nas’ 1994 debut Illmatic. Mass Appeal recently launched a new video series where producers behind this magnum opus detail its creation and importance, leading up to the LP’s... Read more

DJ Quik Recalls Making Tupac’s All Eyez On Me & The Advice Dr. Dre Gave Him (Video)

DJ Quik and Hi-C recently appeared on Los Angeles, California's KDAY radio station. The Compton, California natives who have a long collaborative history spoke to host Romeo about the shows they have been doing together in the Midwest. Quik also praised the upcoming Suga Free album that he worked on.... Read more

Watch A Live Stream Of Bun B & Statik Selektah Making Their TrillStatik Album (Video)

In an era of increased access for fans, Bun B and Statik Selektah are taking things to a new plateau. The UGK co-founder and the esteemed producer/DJ for Joey Bada$$, Sean Price, Styles P, and so many others are making an album right now (April 17). First announced last week,... Read more

Pete Rock Has Music With Heavy D That He’s Thinking About Releasing

Pete Rock is a living legend in Hip-Hop. Throughout the last 30 years, Pete has fed a dedicated fan-base with material from his duo with C.L. Smooth, solo albums, remixes, DJ sets, plenty of collaborative albums, and production work. However, like J Dilla, Madlib, Ayatollah, and others, Pete Rock has... Read more

ScHoolboy Q Announces The Title Of His New Album & It’s Coming Soon (Video)

As expected, ScHoolboy Q confirmed that he is dropping a spring 2019 album. However, Groovy Q provided specific details Monday afternoon (April 15). The TDE/Interscope Records release will be called CrasH Talk, and it arrives on Friday, April 26. With the announcement, Q provided some new music in a trailer.... Read more

Jadakiss Has A Solo Album Coming Soon & The LOX Are Working Too (Video)

Joe Budden sat down with Jadakiss this month for the latest episode of Pull Up. For nearly an hour, Budden and 'Kiss discuss a range of industry-related and personal topics. These include his relationship with Def Jam Records, both artists' sons pursuing Rap careers, revenue in the streaming age, Rap's... Read more

Stream Donald Glover & Rihanna’s “Guava Island” Film (Video)

Following Donald Glover's headlining set at the Coachella Valley Music Festival last night (April 12), he and director Hiro Murai debuted their 55-minute, "tropical thriller" for all to stream for the first 18 hours post-release. While it is currently available to all for free, the film between the Atlanta collaborators will... Read more

This Derrick Rose Video Shows The Raw Emotion Players Feel When Being Traded

In sports, transactions happen every day. In an era of salary caps and free agency, few athletes can stay "franchise players." The business of team sports has changed that, and while some of the greats in past decades wore only uniform their whole career, many contemporary athletes will not even... Read more

Fab 5 Freddy’s Documentary Sets The Record Straight About A Chronic Problem

Fab 5 Freddy has worn many hats in Hip-Hop, in front of and behind the camera. The legendary host, director, producer, historian, and artist has been involved with Wild Style, Yo! MTV Raps, New Jack City, and a host of music videos. Fred Brathwaite's next project explores the modern history... Read more

LL Cool J Is Victorious In Lawsuit Against Rock The Bells Festival

It has been more than five years since the Rock The Bells music festival transpired. 2013's affair ended abruptly, citing poor sales before canceling the East Coast dates. However, starting in 2007, the traveling event was a major showcase for Hip-Hop talent in all facets. Headliners between '07 and '13... Read more

Playtime Is OVER. Oswin Benjamin Has The Best Freestyle Of 2019

Oswin Benjamin has been on the grind in Hip-Hop for years. The New York City lyricist has made his appearances count, whether they were high-profile freestyles, Team Backpack cyphers, or features on Styles P, Anoyd, and Domingo albums. The close affiliate of Chris Rivers has just released his full-length debut,... Read more

Watch The Livestream Of The Nipsey Hussle Celebration Of Life Memorial

Today (April 11), Nipsey Hussle will be laid to rest in his hometown of Los Angeles, California. Less than two weeks ago, on March 31 the 33-year-old born Ermias Davidson Asghedom was fatally shot outside of his Crenshaw District store, The Marathon. Now thousands of family, friends, fans, and other... Read more

Bun B & Statik Selektah Will Make An Album From Scratch For All To See

Last August, Bun B released his first album in five years. Return Of The Trill saw the UGK co-founder and Port Arthur, Texas legend team up with Run The Jewels, 8Ball & MJG, Lil Wayne, the late Pimp C, and others on an album that was musically overseen by executive... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Shares Some Positive Energy With Help From Jill Scott (Video)

At the close of 2018, Big K.R.I.T. wrapped up a rather quiet year with five new songs, released in two doses. Entering 2019, Krizzle packaged these and three other new songs as TDT. Like all of the K.R.I.T. releases in the 2010s, this collection continued to permeate the consciousness of... Read more

2 Chainz, E-40 & Lil Wayne Show Lyricism Lives In All Regions (Video)

2 Chainz may have taken more than a year to deliver his latest full-length album, Rap Or Go To The League, but most fans and critics agreed it has been a highlight within the 2019 Rap landscape. There would have been plenty of buzz behind a new release from the... Read more

Tech N9ne Discusses His N9na Album & Being A B-Boy For Life

Tech N9ne is one of the most prolific Rap artists in his class. For 20 years, the Kansas City, Missouri MC has fed his devoted technicians with 20 albums, handfuls of collaborative projects, EPs, and group work. Notably, every release from Aaron Yates is a mapped out universe and part... Read more

Tierra Whack’s New Video Proves She Can Eat Most MCs For Lunch

Tierra Whack is not only an incredible MC, but the way she presents her art is seriously influencing the way rappers release their music and visuals. In 2018, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native released Whack World, a 15-minute visual album featuring a different video for each track. It helped showcase Whack's... Read more

A New Video Shows Why Dwyane Wade’s Legacy Is Bigger Than Basketball

Shortly before the beginning of the 2018-19 NBA Season, Dwyane Wade announced it would be his last. The 6'4" shooting guard from Marquette University began his professional career with the Miami Heat, and after brief sojourns to the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, insured he would end his career with... Read more