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The Game’s Freestyle Shows He’s 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Most Underrated MCs

Tupac and Ice Cube are often cited as 2 of the greatest MCs of their generation, as is Kendrick Lamar. However, the man who bridged those generations, and put West Coast Hip-Hop back on the map, is often omitted from those conversations. When The Game released his debut album, The... Read more

Will Smith Finally Makes The Real Apology He Owes Chris Rock

This March's Academy Awards became one of the most talked about events of the year. During "Best Documentary Feature," Will Smith slapped presenter Chris Rock over a remark about Smith's wife, Jada Pinkett. The consequences of that stage-rushing and ensuing slap have been grave to one of Hollywood's most respected... Read more

Chuck D & KRS-One Have Launched A Hip-Hop Union

At a time when labor unions are making a resurgence among companies like Starbucks and Amazon, Hip-Hop is proving no different. Some of the leaders in the culture have established The Hip Hop Alliance, dubbed "Hip-Hop's first official union." The organization, founded by Chuck D and Kurtis Blow, defines itself... Read more

Ali Shaheed Muhammad Reveals The Hidden Meaning Of Low End Theory

A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Ali Shaheed Muhammad recently released Katalyst JID013 on his Jazz Is Dead imprint. It's Ali's latest partnership with Jazz band Katalyst and producer/musician Adrian Younge. Shaheed spoke about the new LP while on The People's Party With Talib Kweli. The two Hip-Hop artists spoke about ATCQ's sophomore LP, The Low... Read more

Ras Kass’ Sons Destroy Mics Just Like He Does

This summer, the Hip-Hop quartet Coast Contra is on a rapid rise. The collective of Ras Austin, Taj Austin, Rio Loz, and Eric Jamal has been releasing songs alongside Tobe Nwigwe, Ciara, and BJ The Chicago Kid amid the release of their LP, Apt. 505. Dave Chappelle also personally requested... Read more

Pete Rock & Funkmaster Flex Are Battling Over The Future Of NY Hip-Hop

In the last week, a battle has been going on surrounding Hip-Hop radio in New York. The series of events began with an Instagram Live monologue from Conway The Machine, one of Rap's most promising and acclaimed MCs as of late. The Machine vented frustrations with media gatekeepers, especially on the radio.... Read more

JAY-Z & Kevin Hart Discuss What Would Happen If Black Celebs United

There are few names that are bigger in entertainment than JAY-Z and Kevin Hart. Both men are at the top of their respective crafts, and each is a business unto himself. Hart is a comedian who is selling out arenas, shepherding multiple companies and has generated more than $5 billion... Read more

Many Of Hip-Hop’s Greatest Rappers Name Their Top 5 MCs

Note: Jadakiss recently appeared on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby podcast and was asked who his top 5 Hip-Hop groups of all-time were. This article has been updated below with his response, as well as The Game’s top 5 LA Rap albums. A few days ago, during a podcast appearance, Ice... Read more

Redman Explains Why He Used To Keep A Tissue In His Nose

Redman is known for keeping it real. The New Jersey veteran MC/producer/DJ had a moment over 20 years with arguably the most memorable MTV Cribs episode. Reggie Noble invited audiences into his modest Staten Island, New York home—complete with a box of dollar bills, fish sticks in the freezer, and... Read more

The Tracklist For DJ Premier’s Upcoming EP Features Nas, Slick Rick & More

UPDATE: DJ Premier has confirmed the project arriving July 15. DJ Premier: Hip Hop 50 features five songs, all produced by Preemo, arriving on Mass Appeal. The Gang Starr O.G. works with everlasting voices from the '80s, '90s, 2000s, and 2010s. The tracklist is as follows: Tracklisting: 1. "Lettin’ Off... Read more

Ice Cube Explains Why Lil Wayne Is The Best Rapper Of All-Time

Late last month, Ice Cube made a podcast appearance on On The Guest List. There, the legendary MC was asked about his opinion of other great MCs. Shortly after the 31:00 mark, the hosts ask the onetime member of N.W.A. and Westside Connection his opinion on the best rapper of... Read more

Killer Mike’s Video Is A Powerful Statement About Protecting Black Art

In the 2010s, Run The Jewels became one of the most exciting Hip-Hop groups. Across four albums, Killer Mike and El-P reignited their careers with a boisterous sound, hard rhymes, and amazing beats. However, before 2012, Mike had a successful career as a solo artist. Ushered in by OutKast, Killer... Read more

The D.O.C. Explains The Real Elements Of The Rap Formula

On his 1989 solo debut, No One Can Do It Better, The D.O.C. had a highlight single with "The Formula." The Dr. Dre-produced Ruthless/Atlantic Records track begins with the lyrics, "High energy flowin' with the wisdom / Sense of a rich man, knowledge and the rhythm / This is what... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff Says Will Smith Would Have Slapped Mike Tyson

In 1989, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince released the song "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson," the Rocky-inspired lead video single from their aptly-titled And In This Corner... album. Iron Mike appeared in the Jive/Zomba music video, and according to Jeff some years back, was not above... Read more

Kanye West & Sway’s Legendary Fight Is Mashed Up With Kendrick Lamar

On November 26, 2013, Kanye West appeared on Sway In The Morning for one of the show's most memorable episodes. While promoting that year's Yeezus album, Kanye got into an argument with host Sway Calloway that led to yelling, trembling, interruption, flared tempers, and an enduring catch-phrase, "How, Sway? You ain't got the answers!" The... Read more

Kanye West Praises Diddy As A Hero While Dressed Like A Supervillain

Twenty-five years ago, Diddy released No Way Out, his first album as an artist after serving as an executive and producer for others throughout the decade. Puff Daddy & The Family, his crew at the time, included The LOX, Ma$e, the late Black Rob—all featured on the cover art, and... Read more

Brandy & Jack Harlow Make Peace With A 1st Class BET Awards Performance

For weeks, Jack Harlow and Brandy have been in a playful war of words. It all began when, during a May 10 interview with HOT 97's Ebro, Peter Rosenberg and Laura Stylez, Harlow did not know who and artist was on a song that the hosts played while quizzing him.... Read more

Jill Scott Goes Bar For Bar With Conway & Holds Her Own

One of the better Hip-Hop albums of 2022 is Conway The Machine's God Don't Make Mistakes. Years in the making (with plans to arrive in late 2021), Conway's Shady Records solo debut is one of his most complete albums in an impressive and extensive catalog. Along with Griselda cohorts Westside... Read more

Eminem & Snoop Celebrate Their Peace By Battling EVERYBODY

A year and a half ago, things seemed bleak for Snoop Dogg and Eminem. Two of Dr. Dre's superstar proteges, who had made huge records together in the past, appeared to be at odds. The two artists used the media and verses to take shots at each other. A beef... Read more

Chance The Rapper & Joey Bada$$ Are Back In Mixtape Mode

A decade ago, in 2012, two of Hip-Hop's most exciting new voices were Chance The Rapper and Joey Bada$$. From Chicago, Illinois and Brooklyn, New York, respectively, these two MCs each brought something fresh to Hip-Hop, while honoring time-tested traditions. In the decade since his mixtape debut 10 Day, Chance... Read more

French Montana Shows He Can Really Rap On A Song With Jadakiss & Benny

French Montana has been a powerful force over the last decade-plus. The Moroccan-born, New York City-raised MC has released platinum and gold albums, and dropped a plethora of major singles alongside the likes of Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Diplo, Swae Lee, The Weeknd, and others. French has achieved commercial... Read more

The Top 20 Rap Albums Of All-Time As Determined By Millions Of Fans

Earlier this month, the Hip-Hop community reacted to the latest high-profile lists ranking the greatest Rap albums of all time. Rolling Stone magazine and a team of journalists and writers ranked 200 Hip-Hop LPs, prompting plenty of reaction. It was not the first list of this kind, and it certainly will not... Read more

Black Thought Freestyles Over Benny’s Beat & Butchers It

Earlier this month, West Philadelphia played host to the 20th Roots Picnic. There, The Roots crew shared the stage with Mary J. Blige and welcomed artists including DJ Jazzy Jeff & Rakim, Freddie Gibbs, Masego, Babyface Ray, and others to their two-day event. On Saturday (June 4), Black Thought and... Read more

Eminem’s Mind Is Blown As He Raps The D.O.C.’s Lyrics

This week, Hip-Hop veteran The D.O.C. has been in New York City promoting his eponymous documentary film, a debut feature from director David Caplan. The 94-minute doc' is currently screening at the Tribeca Film Festival. The piece covers The D.O.C.'s rise to Rap stardom, his tragic 1989 car accident, his... Read more

Pharrell Has Made The Most Creative Video & Beat Of The Year

While it has been five years since he or his groups have released an album, Pharrell Williams' 2022 is ramping up. In spring, he competed (and collaborated) with Kanye West in producing Pusha-T's chart-topping album, It's Almost Dry. Now, Skateboard P delivers a video single that shines within his incredible 25-plus-year music... Read more

CyHi’s Freestyle Shows Why He Is A GOAT Ghostwriter

This month, Atlanta, Georgia veteran MC CyHi released a four-track EP, EGOT. No longer officially using "The Prynce" in his name, CyHi's latest release follows 2017's acclaimed No Dope On Sundays—named among Ambrosia For Heads' best of that year. Nearly five years removed from that major-label drop, the highly-respected writer... Read more

CyHi The Prynce Disses Joe Budden On A Blistering Freestyle

For three and a half years, there has been tension brewing between Joe Budden and CyHi The Prynce. The MC-turned-media mogul has been critical of the former G.O.O.D. Music artist. In 2018, Budden criticized CyHi's relationship with Kanye West. “CyHi just tweeted yesterday, ‘Uh oh, masta’ said, I’m gettin’ seven... Read more

Isaiah Rashad Discusses Trying To Kill Himself

Last week, a video interview clip between Joe Budden and Isaiah Rashad marked the Tennessee MC's first public reaction to at least one videotape leaked in February. In that clip, the Top Dawg Entertainment artist spoke about his sexuality, his current relationship, and if he would be pursuing legal action... Read more

Symba Makes The Best Case Ever For Who’s The GOAT

Bay Area Rap veteran Symba is still making an introduction after over a decade in the game. Having worked with Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz, the Antioch, California native landed at Atlantic Records (after time spent at Sony) with a fervor for the mic. His latest single "GOAT" is... Read more

Isaiah Rashad Addresses The Leaked Videotape That Changed His Life

In February of this year, TDE artist Isaiah Rashad allegedly appeared in a leaked personal videotape. In the video, a man appearing to be the 31-year-old Chattanooga, Tennessee MC was engaged in sex acts with another man. Rashad, who released The House Is Burning in 2021, has remained silent on the... Read more

Nick Grant Shows Why He Is One Of The Best Freestylers Of His Generation

South Carolina's Nick Grant has been one of the most promising MCs to burst on the scene over the last five or so years. His major-label debut, Return Of The Cool, was a praiseworthy release back in 2017. Since then, Grant put his career on the independent route, where he... Read more

Explaining Kendrick Lamar’s Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers Albums

More than any other artist in Hip-Hop, and perhaps in all of music, Kendrick Lamar expresses himself through albums. Over the years, these albums have shown themselves to be dense bodies of work, filled with cryptic references and hidden meanings. Entire college courses and podcast series have been devoted to... Read more

Kendrick Lamar’s New Video From His Album Is Filled With Symbolism

Earlier this week, Kendrick Lamar released a video for "The Heart, Pt. 5," the fifth installment of a series of songs Kendrick uses to launch his albums. The video featured Kendrick rapping by himself as he morphed into several people, including OJ Simpson, Kanye West, Jussie Smollett, Will Smith, Kobe... Read more

Black Thought’s Next Album Is Produced By Danger Mouse. Here’s The 1st Single

After a quarter-century of albums with The Roots, Black Thought expanded into a solo catalog in 2018. That year, he released not one but two projects. The first, Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1, was produced by 9th Wonder. The Grammy-winning Salaam Remi handled the beats on the second volume. In 2020,... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Just Released His 1st New Song In 5 Years

Kendrick Lamar has just released his first new song in more than 5 years. Just weeks ago, Kendrick announced that his new album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, would be arriving on Friday, May 13. Days ago, Lamar fueled the hype for his forthcoming work by posting a photo... Read more

Lil Wayne Names His Top 5 & Missy Heads The Pack

Lil Wayne was a recent guest on What's Wright? With Nick Wright. There, the FOX Sports commenter and the New Orleans, Louisiana Rap superstar discussed the Green Bay Packers, Rap peers, and more. For Hip-Hop Heads, Wayne was asked to offer his Top 5 rappers list. “I got...for me, first:... Read more

Black Star Has Released The Best Rap Album Of 2022 So Far

Earlier this week (May 3), one of the most anticipated albums has released. Black Star's No Fear Of Time arrived after nearly a quarter-century since the duo's first and only other album, Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star. The two MCs have hinted towards a sophomore album sporadically over the last four years, eventually... Read more

Dave Chappelle Was Attacked On Stage Last Night

Last night (May 3), comedian Dave Chappelle was attacked during a performance at Los Angeles, California's Hollywood Bowl. Based on The New York Times reports, a man from the audience accessed the stage where he tackled the 48-year-old comedian and actor. TMZ and other sources have reported that the man was armed with a... Read more

KRS-One Raps Hip-Hop’s History & It Doesn’t End Well

Over a quarter-century ago, KRS-One assisted Das EFX in a cultural anthem, "Real Hip-Hop." Featuring production by DJ Premier (and Pete Rock on the remix), the EastWest Records single served as a battle cry for the culture these artists loved in the winds of change. In 2022, Kris returns with "Raw Hip... Read more

Pusha-T Used His New Album As A Verzuz Between Kanye & Pharrell

In the last week, one of the year's biggest albums released. Pusha-T competes for his first #1 on the charts with the arrival of It's Almost Dry. The G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Records collection follows up the veteran MC's 2018 Grammy-nominated campaign for DAYTONA. That LP, the first of a Kanye West-produced five-album summer series,... Read more

J.U.I.C.E. Speaks On Defeating Eminem & Then Getting Him Signed

Chicago MC J.U.I.C.E. is revered as one of Hip-Hop's all-time elite freestylers and punchline wordsmiths. During the late 1990s and early 2000s in particular, J.U.I.C.E. commanded the spotlight on Sway & King Tech's The Wake Up Show, Cincinnati's Scribble Jam battles, and appearances on Molemen albums. However, J.U.I.C.E. is also... Read more

Daz Plays Part Of A Song That Featured Tupac & Nas

Daz Dillinger has corrected Snoop Dogg's recent account of the removed Nas verse from a Tupac track. On the newest episode of Drink Champs, Snoop Dogg said that Method Man and Kurupt were on a song together, referring to Tupac Shakur's “Got My Mind Made Up.” The diamond-certified All Eyez On Me song... Read more

Snoop Reveals Nas Was Cut From All Eyez On Me

UPDATE: Snoop Dogg's cousin and frequent collaborator, Daz Dillinger, has stepped in to correct Snoop's account. The producer of "Got My Mind Made Up" says it is another song entirely that originally featured Nas, and also included Tupac upon release. ORIGINAL APRIL 17 STORY: Twenty years ago, Tupac Shakur reached... Read more

JAY-Z Has Dissed More People Than Any Other MC

Earlier this month, JAY-Z appeared alongside Pharrell Williams on Pusha-T's latest single, "Neck & Wrist." While the G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Records single initially prompted discourse regarding Jay's lyrics regarding his late friend and collaborator Biggie Smalls, the song also contains diss bars that some may have missed. Jay's guest verse... Read more

Big Daddy Kane Says Busta Rhymes Has The Best Flow In Hip-Hop

In late 2021, Big Daddy Kane and KRS-One held a Verzuz battle for the ages. Two of the most influential and respected MCs in Hip-Hop history squared off and made for an epic night that still prompts debate. However, in a recent event, Big Daddy Kane used the spotlight to... Read more

Black Star Release The Featured Artists On Their New Album

In less than a month, one of the most anticipated Hip-Hop albums of all time is set to release. On May 3, Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli will wave the Black Star flag once more with the duo's second album in nearly 24 years. Late last week, the Brooklyn, New York... Read more

Will Smith Is Barred From The Oscars For 10 Years After Slapping Chris Rock

Will Smith won his first Oscar Award last month. Now, he must wait another decade to attend the Academy Awards again. The 53-year-old actor learned today of the Recording Academy's punishment for stepping on stage from the audience to deliver a blow to presenter Chris Rock on March 27. The... Read more

Nas Won The Grammys Without Getting An Award

Last night (April 3), the 64th annual Grammy Awards broadcast from Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by Trevor Noah, the affair may have gone differently than many Hip-Hop Heads expected. After history of being snubbed by the Grammys, many anticipated that 2022 would celebrate J. Cole, whose The Off-Season content was seeded... Read more

Chris Rock Makes His 1st Comments Since The Oscars

Following Sunday night's (March 27) Oscar fiasco, Will Smith apologized to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his stage-rushing smack to Chris Rock and his language. Smith also wrote directly to his peer: "I would like to publicly apologize to you, Chris. I was out of line... Read more

Pusha-T Finally Has An Opponent That Breaks Him

Pusha-T is a fierce competitor within Hip-Hop. From his 20-plus years of releasing music to his beefs to his business acumen, Push' seemingly hates to take an L. However, the Virginia native was willing to put it all on the line for a recent episode of Hot Ones. After admitting... Read more