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Method Man & Mary J Blige Will Star In A “Power” Spinoff Series

Nearly 20 years ago, Wu-Tang Clan's Method Man and superstar R&B songstress Mary J. Blige won "Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group" for their collaboration, "I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need To Get By" (embedded below). The song was featured on Meth's 1994 solo... Read more

Cam’ron Details Refusing To Pay A Threatening Suge Knight (Video)

Late last month Harlem's own Cam'ron released his seventh solo album, Purple Haze 2. The 15-years-later sequel to 2004's Purple Haze features Wale, Max B, and fellow Diplomats co-founder Jim Jones. Throughout the LP, Killa Cam spills knowledge from his nearly 25 years in Rap. There are recollections about late... Read more

Deniro Farrar, Lute & Elevator Jay Rap With Heart And A Vision For A Better Life (Video)

Early last year, Charlotte, North Carolina MC Deniro Farrar released his most recent EP, Re-Up, his first since 2017's Mind Of A Gemini II. Next month, Farrar will debut the release of his ninth EP, Sole Food. In anticipation, Deniro has linked up with fellow North Carolina reps Lute and... Read more

Will Smith Discusses His Jealousy Of Jada’s Relationship With Tupac (Video)

This week, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence's Bad Boys For Life hits theaters for a January 17 premiere. The longtime friends and fellow actors sat down with the Breakfast Club to discuss the new film, including the franchise's beginnings, personal growing pains, and their impact on Black culture. At one point... Read more

Lords Of The Underground Are Back… Don’t Sleep On Real Rap (Video)

The New Jersey trio of DoItAll, Mister Funke, and DJ Lord Jazz have made their return to music and are gearing up to release their first album in over a decade. Together as Lords Of The Underground, the group released four albums between 1993-2007, but have been relatively quiet in... Read more

Smoke DZA & Benny Take Pete Rock Production To The Streets Of New York (Video)

Smoke DZA and Benny The Butcher are warming up the frigid streets of New York with their brand of bully-bars over dope production. On their latest adventure, Statue Of Limitations, this destructive duo links up with Pete Rock for this collaborative EP that is six songs, 20 minutes of all-killer,... Read more

Conway, Westside Gunn & Benny Break Down The History Of The Griselda Movement (Video)

As far as Rap crews in 2019, Griselda Records proved to be one the biggest. However, the collective that includes label figurehead Westside Gunn, brother Conway The Machine, cousin Benny The Butcher, and producer Daringer, did things a bit differently. Five years into a label, and more than 15 years... Read more

Rapsody’s Dedication To Afeni Shakur Reminds Women To Keep Ya Head Up (Video)

Rapsody released one of 2019's best albums with Eve. In 2020, she continues to promote the body of work in 2020 with a fresh visual that pays tribute to Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur. The video to the song featuring PJ Morton arrives on what would have been Afeni's 73rd birthday. She... Read more

Mac Miller’s Family Is Releasing A Companion LP To “Swimming.” Here Is The 1st Video

UPDATE: Mac Miller's family has released the tracklist to Circles, as well as its first music video. This comes one day after the album announcement. "Good News" is the first glimpse of the January 17 LP, produced by Miller and Jon Brion. The animated video is book-ended with footage of... Read more

DJ Muggs Is Cosigning A New Class Of MCs. Tha God Fahim Is 1 Of His Favorites (Video)

Since 2017, DJ Muggs has been dropping joint albums with the who’s who of a new generation of underground MCs. The Cypress Hill co-founder has taken it upon himself to put a spotlight on the current renaissance of Hip-Hop players. His Soul Assassins albums with Eto, CRIMEAPPLE, Mach-Hommy, and Tha... Read more

Griselda’s Hype Williams-Directed Music Video Shows Their Street Dreams Came True

The Griselda Records family has dropped a slew of music videos over the last half-decade and beyond. The visuals are often like the music: rooted in the street with a no-nonsense approach to being the best out. However, following late November's WWCD (named one of Ambrosia For Heads' "Best Albums Of... Read more

Dave Chappelle Explains Why He Defends The Rights Of All Standup Comedians (Video)

In a ceremony held last October, Dave Chappelle was formally presented with the Mark Twain Prize For American Humor at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Alongside family and friends, including Yasiin Bey, Common, Kenan Thompson, Jon Stewart, and Tiffany Haddish, Chappelle’s more than 30 years in comedy... Read more

The D.O.C. Recalls The Night Of His Car Accident With New Details (Video)

For many Hip-Hop Heads, The D.O.C. is widely regarded as one of the most skilled lyricists and songwriters. A native of Dallas, Texas, the artist born Tracy Curry linked with Dr. Dre in the late 1980s to make history. After assisting with the writing on N.W.A.'s Grammy Hall Of Fame-inducted Straight... Read more

Mick Jenkins Is A Deep MC. His Black Milk-Produced Song Is About Living Carefree

UPDATE: Mick Jenkins has released the video for "Carefree":  ORIGINAL JANUARY 4 STORY: It has been over a year since Chicago, Illinois MC Mick Jenkins released Pieces Of A Man. The acclaimed record perfectly encapsulated Jenkins' style as a mellowed-out deep-thinker with an ear for Jazz production. Following a... Read more

Supernatural Details How Losing A Battle To Craig G Prepared Him To Defeat J.U.I.C.E.

MC Supernatural is widely recognized as one of the greatest improvisational freestyle rappers ever to pick up a microphone. Since he came on the scene in the early 1990s, the Marion, Indiana native has won epic battles, made music with some of Hip-Hop’s elite while living on both coasts, and... Read more

This Mix Tunes Through De La Soul’s 3 Feet High And Rising, Sample By Sample

More than 30 years ago, De La Soul released its debut album, 3 Feet High And Rising. Produced by then-Stetsasonic member Prince Paul, the Tommy Boy Records LP became a benchmark of Hip-Hop music. While Posdnuos (aka Plug 1) and Trugoy (aka Plug 2) waxed poetic about life in Long... Read more

Earl Sweatshirt Explains How Being “Woke” Isn’t Enough To Confront The Issues (Video)

A few days before the conclusion of 2019, MC/producer Earl Sweatshirt scheduled a public talk at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California, with his mother, Cheryl Harris, a law professor at the University of California.  The talk was called “In/between us: a conversation on art, music, and life."... Read more

D Smoke Shows He’s Much More Than A Winner Of A Rap Competition (Video)

After impressing judges T.I., Cardi B. and Chance the Rapper and winning Netflix's Hip-Hop competition show, Rhythm & Flow, D Smoke has finally released his first music video this week in support of his debut album, Inglewood High. The LP was released back in October, a few weeks after the... Read more

The Upcoming Documentary On Michael Jordan & The Bulls’ Last Dance Looks Amazing

At the top of 2019, a trailer for the 10-part "30 For 30" documentary series titled The Last Dance was unveiled. At just over a minute in length, the original teaser forecast a spotlight shined specifically on the team's sixth and final championship title with the Chicago Bulls during the... Read more

Drake Explains Why Pusha-T Revealing His Son Was A Genius Chess Move

This week, Drake released a new video single, "War." The Toronto, Ontario superstar let listeners know that he would like to make peace with The Weeknd. However, as the song’s title suggests, the MC/singer used wordplay and subliminal disses to confront enemies, potentially including Pusha-T, Kanye West, Puff Daddy, and possibly... Read more

Drake Declares War On Pusha-T, Diddy & More In A Song Full Of Sneak Disses

In the closing days of the year, Drake wants the last word in 2019. He drops a new song and music video with an eyebrow-raising title "War." The OVO compilation inclusion (embedded below) declares armistice with one artist Drizzy was rumored to be in a rift with. It also takes... Read more

A New Documentary Shows Kevin Hart’s Flaws With Brutal Honesty (Video)

As the globe's highest-grossing comedian, Kevin Hart's private life during his superstardom has not always been a laughing matter. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native has been covered in the spotlight for multiple infidelities, alcoholism, controversial remarks and media, and, most recently, a near-fatal automobile accident. In response to each of these... Read more

Meek Mill Explains How Nipsey Hussle Taught Him To Stay Away From The Hood (Video)

Meek Mill and Charlamagne Tha God recently sat down in the Bahamas for an in-depth, unfiltered, no-holds-barred conversation. While Meek admits that he often shuns interviews (and vehemently dislikes wearing recording devices on his person), he gives C.T.G. a revealing look at his career, sobriety from pills, and maturity. After... Read more

Eddie Murphy Brings Out Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan & Dave Chappelle (Video)

Hours ago, Eddie Murphy made his return to SNL. The Hollywood superstar has had a banner 2019, complete with films in theaters and in production as well as confirmation of his first standup comedy special since the late 1980s. With the fanfare, Murphy returned to Saturday Night Live, a show... Read more

The Real Story Of Why Black Eyed Peas Replaced This Woman With Fergie (Video)

While The Black Eyed Peas found superstardom in the mid-2000s, the Los Angeles, California-based collective's story does not begin there. will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, and Fergie became global hit-makers. However, in the Hip-Hop community, many remember the quartet without Fergie, but with Kim Hill. She was with the collective in the... Read more

Nick Cannon Uses Eminem’s Own Words Against Him In A Final Diss (Video)

Although it may be debatable who re-opened it, two weeks ago (December 6), Eminem and Nick Cannon re-entered a decade-old beef. At the center of the issue is Mariah Carey, a former lover of both men. In Eminem's case, it was a brief romantic connection that bled into disses on... Read more

John Amos Returns To “Good Times” For A Live TV Special (Video)

Amid a jam-packed night of television—which included scheduled finales for Survivor and The Masked Singer, as well as the historic impeachment of Donald Trump—tuned in viewers received a special treat on Wednesday night during a star-studded live restating of a classic episode of Good Times. Hosted and produced by Jimmy... Read more

Benny Is Far From An Overnight Success. Look Back At The Grind Of A Top MC (Video)

Just a few weeks ago, Griselda's trifecta of Benny The Butcher, Conway The Machine, and Westside Gunn debuted their collaborative album, WWCD, via Shady Records. Over the past few weeks, the GxFR team has accompanied the album's release with a series of documentaries. These showcase the history, style, and effort... Read more

J Roc Punches Wack 100 In Defense Of Nipsey Hussle’s Legacy (Video)

Wack 100 is a music industry veteran. A onetime street enforcer, the Los Angeles, California native made inroads to entertainment as part of The Game's management team. More recently, Wack staked Blueface, another City Of Angels product who has signed with Cash Money Records. Although Wack 100 spent much of... Read more

Redman Has Been Volunteering At Music Festivals Undercover. Here’s Why (Video)

One of the most iconic moments of Redman's career is his episode of MTV Cribs. At the top of the millennium, Reggie Noble brought cameras to his Staten Island, New York residence (which he still owns). On a show known for grandeur and decadence, Funk Doc's crib featured a DJ... Read more

The Game Explains Why He Wants To Battle Kendrick Lamar & J. Cole (Video)

Less than a month ago, The Game released his Born 2 Rap album. What is currently being touted as the Compton, California's final LP features various homages to other songs. "The Light" (embedded below) flips the same Bobby Caldwell song as Common's J Dilla-produced 2000 track of the same name.... Read more

Reason’s Latest Freestyle Reminds Us Why He Is TDE’s Ace In The Hole (Video)

Carson, California MC Reason has been quietly dropping bombs since signing with Top Dawg Entertainment. After TDE's re-release of his debut mixtape, There You Have It, 2019 has been a year in which Reason spent sharpening his Rap abilities before gearing up to release his first batch of single under... Read more

Marlon Craft Puts His Competition On Notice With A Blistering Freestyle (Video)

Manhattan native Marlon Craft has been making the best of his opportunities by delivering top-notch freestyles that show off his skills. For those not in the know, Craft came across Rap honestly and as the son of a Jazz musician. From there, he showcased an adept style that instantly endeared... Read more

Oscar-Nominated “Do The Right Thing” Actor Danny Aiello Has Passed Away At Age 86

Last night (December 12), actor Danny Aiello died at the age of 86 in New Jersey. A native New Yorker, Aiello was nominated for an Academy Award for his role of "Sal Fragione" in Spike Lee's 1989 film Do The Right Thing. He also appeared in The Godfather Part II,... Read more

Royce 5’9 Explains How Griselda Has Avoided Some Of Slaughterhouse’s Mistakes

In the last month, Griselda released its first group album, WWCD ((What Would Chine Gunn Do) on Shady Records. The project unites Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher for their first full-length release as a trio. Since signing with Eminem in 2017, the collective has independently garnered tremendous... Read more

Conway Details Nearly Losing His Life & Rap Dream (Video)

Just under three weeks ago (November 29), Griselda released their debut collaborative album on Shady Record, WWCD. The trio comprised of Buffalo, New York rappers Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher released their first LP as a unit. WWCD arrived on Eminem's Shady Records imprint and featured 50... Read more

Masta Ace & Marco Polo Add Some New Material To 1 Of 2018’s Best Albums (Video)

One year ago this week, Ambrosia For Heads declared Masta Ace & Marco Polo's A Breukelen Story one of the Top Albums Of 2018. Through intertwining Polo’s story of moving from Ontario, Canada to Brooklyn with Masta Ace's reflection of a borough then and now made for a smooth, compelling, and evocative listen.... Read more

Redman Explains Why He’s The 11th Member Of Wu-Tang Clan (Video)

Redman and Method Man have one of the strongest bonds in Hip-Hop. The pair toured together during the mid-1990s, organized by their then-label, Def Jam Records. Out of that orchestrated chemistry, a relationship grew that led to two albums, a theatrical film, and hundreds of concert appearances. However, Redman's history... Read more

Little Brother Take Lie Detector Tests & Fail Miserably (Video)

Little Brother shocked fans in 2019 with the 24-hour announcement and release of the duo's first album in nearly nine years. May The Lord Watch was a welcomed reunion of Phonte (who also gave fans an early '19 EP, Pacific Time) and Rapper Big Pooh. This followed a late 2018... Read more

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs’ Tiny Desk Concert Is An Education On 1 Of 2019’s Best Albums

In the eyes of many fans, one of 2019's best Hip-Hop albums is Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's Bandana. Five years after Pinata, the duo reunited with a product that built on the genuinely unique chemistry from two prolific artists. At a time when both men make so much music, fans... Read more

LL Cool J Weighs In On Why Some GOAT Rapper Lists Snub Him (Video)

Hip-Hop loves a list, and that was especially true in 2019. In late summer, a series of fan-generated Top 50 MCs lists became a viral fad, with everybody from rappers to athletes and celebrities participating on social media, and evoking debate and discourse. At the same time, many interview guests... Read more

Tech N9ne & Flatbush Zombies Refuse To Compromise. They Are Riding High (Video)

Comprised of MCs Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, and Erick The Architect, the Flatbush Zombies have defied Rap convention since their 2010 inauguration into the game. The Zombies have since released two mind-bending studio albums, with their most recent LP, Vacation In Hell, dropping nearly two years ago. This year, the... Read more

Locksmith Rips 2 Amazing Freestyles. Fat Joe Declares That He May Be The Best (Video)

Locksmith is regarded as one of the elite MCs in Hip-Hop, especially when it comes to freestyling. As an independent artist, the Richmond, California MC has relied on his keen storytelling abilities and deft wordplay to secure his growing fan base. In his early days, Locksmith's career began as a... Read more

C.L. Smooth Drops New Music & Opens Up About His Relationship With Pete Rock (Video)

C.L. Smooth was a guest on Sway In The Morning this week. The veteran MC/producer released two solo singles, "Too Cold" and "Just In Town" (embedded below) in 2019. While on the show, the buttery-voiced rapper discussed the standing of his relationship with Pete Rock. During the 1990s, Pete Rock... Read more

Daringer & Beat Butcha Detail Producing Griselda’s Album Without Samples (Video)

Last Friday (November 29), Griselda released their Shady Records debut, WWCD. The collaboration between the Buffalo, New York independent imprint and Eminem's veteran powerhouse is the first group album between Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, and Benny The Butcher. It involves 50 Cent, Raekwon, singer Novel, and a new, expanded... Read more

Flying Lotus & Denzel Curry Make A Video As Bold And Symbolic As Their Collabo

Flying Lotus is widely known for his insane visuals and his genre-bending creativity. But with "Black Balloons Reprise," his newest video, which features Denzel Curry, Brainfeeder's brainchild admitted to doing something he's not really known to do: giving up control. "Honestly, ['Black Balloons Reprise'] is the first video I kinda... Read more

KRS-One Shows Why He’s A Miracle On A Song From His New Mixtape

KRS-One is recording a new project, Street Light. "This is the light for the street, and this light of the street," he explains of the title. "[The other meaning of the title is] the actual street light was the original source of Hip-Hop's power." Pioneers, including the Cold Crush Brothers, have... Read more

Royce Tells Joe Budden He Has A New Album & It Will Bring Budden Out Of Retirement

Just over two weeks ago (November 14), Royce 5'9 released his second single of 2019. Now a music video, "Black Savage" features Sy Ari Da Kid, White Gold, CyHi The Prynce and T.I. The song re-contextualized the disparaging term by instead, wearing it as a proud title. The song now... Read more

Fabolous Uses The Bulls Theme Music To Show He’s The Jordan Of Rap (Video)

Fabolous is well known for his various mixtapes series, including There Is No Competition, The S.O.U.L. Tape, and Summertime Shootouts. On Friday (November 29), he released the third and final volume of Summertime Shootouts, subtitled Coldest Summer Ever. Interestingly, even though these drops are named for the hot season, they... Read more

Griselda’s Shady Records Debut Is Westside Gunn, Conway & Benny At Their Most Raw

In early 2017, Shady Records Eminem and Paul Rosenberg partnered with Griselda Records. The move was surprising to some, and exciting to many more. At a time when so many labels use data and metrics to inform their decisions, Griselda's foothold in the Rap game was certified in the streets... Read more