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Method Man Explains Why He Did Not Want To Do All I Need

Method Man won a Grammy Award for his Mary J. Blige collaboration "I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need To Get By." The song, which originated as a track on Meth's 1994 solo debut Tical, went on to receive a Puff Daddy remix, and become a classic in both... Read more

Babyface Hosts A Tiny Desk Concert For The Ages

One of the greatest songwriters of all time, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, decided to flex his resumé for Black Music Month. The icon and co-founder of LaFace Records hosted an NPR Tiny Desk concert that stands among the best. In a special performance, the musician, singer, and creator laid out his... Read more

The Fugees Reunite For What May Be Their Last Show

Lauryn Hill surprised fans tonight (June 3) with a special Fugees reunion concert during the 2023 Roots Picnic. Taking place at West Philadelphia's The Mann Center, Saturday headliner Ms. Lauryn Hill brought out her former band-mates Wyclef Jean and Pras. Backed by The Roots, the Grammy Award-winning trio performed classics,... Read more

Vic Mensa Kicks The Year’s Two Best Freestyles Back To Back

Over the last decade, Vic Mensa has cemented himself as one of the most exciting freestylers of his generation. The Chicago, Illinois MC often uses the free-form opportunities to provide substantial commentary—whether notes about ugly Hip-Hop history, his personal conflicts, or systemic oppression. Just days after a fellow Roc Nation... Read more

One Of JAY-Z’s Most Infamous Crimes Was A Lie

Since 1999, the world has been led to believe that JAY-Z stabbed record executive Lance "Un" Rivera in the back due to Jay's belief that Un had bootlegged and leaked JAY-Z's Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter album weeks before its release date. The incident occurred at an... Read more

The D.O.C.’s Documentary Shows His Next 10 Years

In 2022, The D.O.C. screened an autobiographical documentary at The Tribeca Film Festival. The self-titled doc features appearances by Dr. Dre, Eminem, Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Too Short, Tha Dogg Pound, Xzibit, Tone-Loc, and late Death Row songstress Jewell, as well as The D.O.C. and Erykah's daughter, Puma. The artist,... Read more

The D.O.C. Explains Why Biggie Is His #1 MC

In September of 1994, photographs were taken of The D.O.C., The Notorious B.I.G., Craig Mack, and Saafir together. The historic moment combining MCs from Texas, New York, California happened backstage at Chicago, Illinois' Riviera Theatre. That month, Bad Boy Records was amid its "Big Mack" campaign, when Craig Mack released... Read more

The D.O.C. Is Performing Again For The First Time In 33 Years

Earlier this year, one of Hip-Hop's legendary songwriters, The D.O.C., gave fans his most comprehensive display of bars in 20 years. The MC closely associated with Dr. Dre, N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, and others, appeared on video single "Fast Ones" by The Codefendants. The track, later belonging to the This Is... Read more

Conway The Machine Gives Funkmaster Flex The Year’s Best Freestyle

Earlier this month, Conway The Machine released his first solo album of 2023. WON'T HE DO IT arrived on Conway's Drumwork Music Group label, and features Fabolous, Juicy J, Ransom, and Sauce Walka, as well as his longtime Griselda crew cohorts Westside Gunn and Benny The Butcher. To promote the... Read more

MGK Blasts Jack Harlow On A Hard-Hitting Diss Record

On April 28, Jack Harlow released his latest album, Jackman. The follow up to Harlow's Grammy-nominated Come Home The Kids Miss You album was a surprise release that came just a few days after Harlow announced it. Unlike, Come Home, which contained radio-friendly hits, like the Fergie-sampling "First Class," and... Read more

Jack Harlow Says He’s The Best White Rapper Since Eminem

Last week, Jack Harlow released his latest album, Jackman. The Generation Now/Atlantic Records collection includes the song "They Don't Love It" (embedded below). On that track, the Louisville, Kentucky MC asserts himself among the best white Rap artists in a bold way. “Ya boy’s strivin’ to be the most dominant ever... Read more

The Best & Worst Posthumous Rap Albums Of All Time

Last week (April 26), during a concert at Los Angeles, California's El Rey Theater, Tyler, The Creator told his hometown crowd about a very significant provision in his will. “Some of these [songs] are so good I can’t just let ’em sit on my hard drive,” Tyler told the crowd... Read more

Jack Harlow Calls Out Whites Who Want To Be Black From Afar

Yesterday (April 28), Jack Harlow released third album. Jackman. is a 10-track offering, with zero features that clocks in at 24 minute. DJ Dahi, Boi-1da, and Hollywood Cole were among the producers involved on the Generation Now/Atlantic Records project, which follows Jack's platinum debut and gold follow-up. On the album,... Read more

Dear Mama Shows There Is Still So Much We Don’t Know About Tupac

On Friday (April 21), the first two episodes of Dear Mama premiered. The docuseries, covering the parallel journeys of Tupac Shakur and his mother, Afeni Shakur, is directed by Allen Hughes, one-half of the Hughes Brothers team that gave viewers Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, and documentaries, including The Defiant Ones. In addition to the live broadcast... Read more

Snoop Dogg Reveals The Record Deal He Nearly Took Before Dr. Dre Called

In 1992, Snoop Dogg made his debut alongside Dr. Dre on "Deep Cover," the title song from the soundtrack of the same name. The song arrived as Dr. Dre made a high-profile exit from N.W.A. and Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. Dre would join manager Marion "Suge" Knight at Death Row, a... Read more

Royce 5’9 Speaks About Ownership & How It Divided Slaughterhouse

Royce 5'9 has found success as a gold-selling major label artist as well as an independent stalwart. After 25 years in the professional Rap space, the Detroit, Michigan MC has been acquiring his catalog. Over the last seven years, Nickel Nine has also released some of the best music of... Read more

Royce 5’9 Explains How He’s Taking Control Of His Own Music Destiny

Over the last 25 years, Royce 5'9 has had a decorated career that spans solo albums, mixtapes, feature work, and three super-groups. While he has been respected from the entrance, many could argue that Nickel Nine has only improved at his craft during that time. Since 2016, Royce has released... Read more

The LOX & Dipset Want A Verzuz Rematch…Here’s Why They Shouldn’t Do It

On August 3, 2021, Verzuz's 33rd battle proved to be one of its best. In the second season of the music battle format co-created by Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, The LOX competed against Dipset at Madison Square Garden's Hulu Theater. With Verzuz having launched the same month that the pandemic... Read more

Madlib Says Madvillain Sequel Is Coming Soon & Gives Details

Earlier this month, Talib Kweli and Madlib released Liberation 2. Available exclusively on the Luminary podcast app (where Black Star released 2022's Madlib-produced No Fear Of Time), the new LP features Westside Gunn, Roc Marciano, Q-Tip, Roy Ayers, and the late Mac Miller. The project is a sequel to the... Read more

Alchemist’s Freestyle Shows He’s Magic On The Mic Too

This Friday (March 31), Larry June and Alchemist are teaming up for The Great Escape. After four singles ahead of Friday's Escape and a documentary video (embedded below), fans are anticipating the LP, which is slated to feature Joey Bada$$, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Curren$y, Action Bronson, Ty Dolla $ign, Slum Village, Boldy James, Evidence... Read more

JAY-Z, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole & More Share Secrets For Greatness

J. Cole interviews are a rarity these days. Fresh off Dreamville's recent Creed III: The Soundtrack display, J. Cole sat down for a rare public conversation. However, it was not promoting the compilation that includes a new Cole solo song to a vintage, recycled Dr. Dre beat. Instead, Jermaine sat... Read more

JAY-Z’s “U Don’t Know” Was Originally Offered To Busta Rhymes & Prodigy

Hip-Hop history is filled with what-ifs, especially concerning beats and production. Tupac's diamond-certified All Eyez On Me once featured verses from Inspectah Deck and The Lady Of Rage. Moreover, Disc 2's Dr. Dre-produced "Can't C Me" was rumored to be created for a shelved Ice Cube collaboration before another iteration had Tha Dogg Pound rapping. Jadakiss'... Read more

De La Soul & The Roots Perform Stakes Is High In Spectacular Fashion

Last night (March 17) on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, De La Soul performed their iconic track "Stakes Is High" with The Roots, in what was a poignant and emotional moment. The performance was made all the more significant by the absence of Dave, De La Soul's founding member... Read more

Logic Has Made It Hard To Like Him & It’s Not Just Joe Budden

Among chart-topping Hip-Hop artists of the last decade, Logic is arguably the most polarizing. The Gaithersburg, Maryland native MC/producer who began as a DIY artist in the early 2010s Hip-Hop underground, has since gone on to achieve a wall full of platinum and gold plaques, was nominated for "Song Of... Read more

Michelle Yeoh Disses Don Lemon During Her 2023 Oscar Speech For Best Actress

Tonight (March 12), actress Michelle Yeoh won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2023, for her role as a mother in the film Everything, Everywhere, All At Once. Yeoh took the award while making history, as the first Asian lead actress to win the award. During her simultaneously emotional,... Read more

Jadakiss Calls Out Record Labels For Gambling With Artists’ Lives

Over his near-30-year career, Jadakiss has recorded for several storied record labels, including Bad Boy, Interscope, and Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam Records. In the mid-2000s, he made headlines for calling out labels for mishandling his music and financial affairs. Nearly 20 years later, the Yonkers, New York MC condemns record companies of late... Read more

The D.O.C.’s 1st Verse In 19 Years Gets A Video

The D.O.C. remains one of Hip-Hop's great what-if stories. The Dallas, Texas native released just one solo album, 1989's No One Can Do It Better. With Dr. Dre and DJ Yella's production, the MC made a case for that title with elite lyricism, an incredible flow, and plenty of "high energy" and... Read more

Melle Mel Explains Why Busta Rhymes Is A Greater MC Than JAY-Z

Just over one month ago, Billboard and VIBE collaborated on one of the most talked-about lists of the last year. The publications and a team of respected journalists ranked "The 50 Greatest Rappers Of All-Time." As predicted, the feature prompted discourse among fans and artists. The criteria for these ranks were written to be: "body of... Read more

LL Cool J Gets His Bell Rocked On Hot Ones

"I'm damn near in crackhead mode right now. It's like some crackhead sh..." LL Cool J recently appeared on First We Feast's "Hot Ones," the show where celebrities take on the challenge of eating increasingly spicy wings. The legendary rapper and actor was clear from the start that he prefers... Read more

Ab-Soul Says There Would Be No Kendrick, Drake, Or Cole Without Him

Ab-Soul closed out 2022 with one of the year's best albums. HERBERT, named among Ambrosia For Heads Top 15 albums of the year, featured Joey Bada$$, Big Sean, Russ, and Punch, among others. The Top Dawg Entertainment LP ends with "GOTTA RAP," a DJ Premier-produced track that reclaims Soulo's love... Read more

Posdnuos & Maseo Remember Their De La Soul Brother Dave

Ten days after the music world lost a legend in the passing of David Jude Jolicoeur, his two De La Soul band-mates have used social media to honor their fallen brother—known to the Hip-Hop world by Dave, Trugoy The Dove, and Plug 2. The surviving two-thirds of the Grammy Award-winning... Read more

Black Thought Recaps 50 Years Of Hip-Hop History In An Epic Freestyle

Earlier this month, The Roots' Black Thought rocked the Grammy stage as part of a massive Hip-Hop 50th-anniversary tribute. The set was curated by Thought's band-mate Questlove (who played along from the drums) and featured Run-D.M.C., LL Cool J, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, Rakim, Big Boi, Posdnuos, Busta... Read more

KRS-One Explains Why Kool Herc Is THE Founder Of Hip-Hop

Throughout 2023, Hip-Hop culture is celebrating its most significant anniversary to date. At the top of the year, US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, and Congressman Jamaal Bowman appeared at the Universal Hip Hop Museum construction site in New York's Bronx borough. There, attending with KRS-One, Roxanne Shanté, Grandmaster Flash,... Read more

Scarface & Willie D Have A Heated Exchange About The Grammy Hip-Hop Tribute

On 1991's We Can't Be Stopped album, the Geto Boys scoffed at Grammy Awards courtesy of their charged-up song "Trophy." Over 30 years later, Scarface—a legendary MC/producer without a trophy—performed at the 2023 Grammy Awards, as part of the Hip Hop 50 tribute curated by The Roots' Questlove. There, Brad... Read more

Black Thought & Rakim Light Up The Stage With Talib Kweli

Last week, Bob James held a concert residence at New York City's Blue Note alongside Talib Kweli and a live band for the second consecutive year. An esteemed panel of guests joined the Grammy-winning Jazz keyboardist and famed producer during 2023's three-night residency. D.M.C. joined on February 7, Slick Rick... Read more

Trevor Noah Raps Flawlessly Alongside Busta Rhymes

In September of 2022, Trevor Noah shocked the world when he announced he was stepping down from his post as the host of The Daily Show, after nearly seven years of filling the role. The announcement came as a surprise to nearly everyone, including his staff. Just before going to... Read more

The Prince Family Speaks In Detail About The Night Takeoff Died

On Sunday (February 5), the Recording Academy included Takeoff in its tribute to fallen artists. The moment came with a performance by Quavo, Takeoff's Migos band-mate and the slain rapper's uncle, performing a new tribute song, "Without You." On November 1, Takeoff, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was fatally shot at... Read more

Hip-Hop Legends From The Last 50 Years Gave The Most Iconic Tribute Ever

Last night (February 5), the Grammy Awards celebrated Hip Hop's upcoming 50th birthday. LL Cool J, one of the culture's first superstars, introduced the special concert, in which he also performed. During the presentation, LL pointed to August 11, 1973, and the Bronx back-to-school jam at a rec center, made... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Is Dominating The Grammys

At the 65th Grammy Awards, the winner of the "Best Rap Album" category is Kendrick Lamar for Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers. Wearing a blue pgLang and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball cap and sunglasses, Kendrick accepted the award from 2019 category winner Cardi B. He thanked his family and fans for... Read more

KRS-One Has Received The Greatest Award Of His Life

On Sunday (February 5), the 65th annual Grammy Awards will take place in Los Angeles, California. There, artists including Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Pusha-T, Future, Gunna, and Doja Cat will compete in the four Rap categories, as K-Dot hopes to win his first "Album Of The Year" category for Mr. Morale & The... Read more

Flavor Flav Explains Why Rap Music Is Much More Dangerous Now

Thirty-five years ago, Public Enemy released a classic album It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back. The Def Jam Records LP contained the video single "Night Of The Living Baseheads," which was a stylish and clever indictment on drug use, particularly crack cocaine—which was an epidemic during that decade. Chuck... Read more

Black Sheep Dres Explains His $750 Million Lawsuit Against Universal Music

Earlier this month, it was reported that Hip-Hop duo Black Sheep is leading a $750 million class action lawsuit against Universal Music Group over artist royalties related to Spotify streams. Black Sheep Dres (as he is now known) and band-mate Mista Lawnge released two major label albums as Black Sheep... Read more

Cordae & Anderson .Paak Have A Heated Debate About A Woman On Their New Song

In 2019, Anderson .Paak was a crucial guest on Cordae's Grammy-nominated album, The Lost Boy (also named one of Ambrosia For Heads' best albums that year). That collaboration, "RNP (Rich Ni**a Problems)" was produced by J. Cole and evolved to become a music video. The chemistry between Cordae and Paak... Read more

Lupe Fiasco Dares You To Try To Understand His Latest Video

Last month, Ambrosia For Heads published our annual best albums list. For 2022, that collection included Lupe Fiasco's stunning DRILL MUSIC IN THE ZION. The 1st & 15th LP also arguably contained the year's best verse, courtesy of "FAUX NEM." As that FnF album marches towards its first birthday, Lupe continues to gather attention to the release.... Read more

Macklemore Ponders Hip-Hop’s Bad Influences On A Song With DJ Premier

It has been over a decade since Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' mainstream breakthrough, The Heist. Promoted with impressive Backroom freestyles and more, the album dealt with industry triumphs, sexual equality, and more. The against-the-grain LP featuring ScHoolboy Q and Ab-Soul would eventually (and somewhat controversially) win "Best Rap Album" at the 2014... Read more

Joey Bada$$ Performs Mos Def’s Umi Says & Smashes It

In 2022, Joey Bada$$ released one of the year's best albums courtesy of 2000. The spiritual sequel to Joey's breakthrough 1999 mixtape a decade earlier, 2000 was named among Ambrosia For Heads ' best of the year. Although it was an overt snub by the Grammy Awards in their "Best... Read more

The Final Season Of Wu-Tang’s TV Series Will Show Their Triumph

Since September 2019, Wu-Tang: An American Saga has been some of the most significant Hip-Hop programming on television. The Emmy-nominated Hulu series has traced the Staten Island, New York origins of the Wu-Tang Clan—covering music, crime, and police brutality across 20 episodes. RZA is a series creator, and his character... Read more

Black Sheep’s $750 Million Lawsuit May Take Down The Music Business

One of the greatest Hip-Hop super crews is undoubtedly the Native Tongues. The New York City collective, reportedly masterminded by The Jungle Brothers' Baby Bam, would grow to include De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Queen Latifah, Monie Love, Leaders Of The New School, Black Sheep, Chi-Ali, The Beatnuts,... Read more

Skyzoo Has Released An Entire Album As Snowfall’s Franklin Saint

Skyzoo has been on a tear for the last five years in an already decorated career of elite lyricism and quality album-making. In that time, the Brooklyn, New York veteran MC released In Celebration Of Us, Retropolitan with Pete Rock, and 2021's stunning All The Brilliant Things. 2020 also included two standout EPs within... Read more

Eddie Murphy Explains Why Making Beverly Hills Cop 4 Was So Hard

More than three years ago, Eddie Murphy revealed that Beverly Hills Cop 4 was in the works, and the onetime superstar actor and comedian was starring and producing in the comedy-action film. Since then, Eddie resurrected Coming To America with a 2021 sequel, which he starred in and co-produced. This... Read more