The Digital Stars Of 2014 Show Out In This BET Hip-Hop Awards Cypher (Video)

The first of many 2014 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers has hit the web. Curated as a "Digital All-Star" grouping, this includes the Top 15-selling Andy Mineo, veteran Emilio Rojas, Common-cosigned Dreezy, De La Soul-cosigned Dillon Cooper, Retro Jace, and Conceited. With the exception of Mineo, who rang bells last year... Read more

20 Amazing Hip-Hop Projects From 2014, So Far (Videos)

2014 is entering its fourth quarter. As a whole, the year has seen some amazing musical developments in Hip-Hop. Mainstream artists like Common, The Roots, and Rick Ross (coincidentally, all Def Jam Records acts) have made statement albums, adding to respected and evolved catalogs. Veterans such as Cormega, Pharoahe Monch,... Read more

Who’s the King of Guest Verses? Here’s a Playlist of Some of the Best of the Best (Playlist)

Over the years, there have been a number of great guest verses, but there are some that stand above others. When done properly, a killer guest verse can become career-defining (just ask Busta and Kendrick). Here's a playlist of some truly standout guest verses. You'll hear music from Andre 3000,... Read more

View The Evolution Of Cormega In Mega Philosophy (Album Stream)

In merely a few hours, New York's own Cormega will officially release his LP, Mega Philosophy, to the masses July 22. Take a listen to MARS (Dream Team), featuring AZ, Redman and Styles P, below. The 11 track project itself, which is streaming for free on DJBooth, is entirely produced... Read more

KRS-One Returns Alongside Domingo, Chris Rivers, Bamboo & R.A. The Rugged Man (Audio)

From the raw streets of East New York, Domingo is a veteran producer known for sharing an updated boom-bap sound with the likes of KRS-One, Masta Ace, Kool G Rap, and Canibus. A frequent worker on major label and independent LPs, Domingo has also released an assortment of his own... Read more

Nicki Minaj Releases a Deeply Personal Record for Her First Single (Audio)

In many ways, Nicki Minaj has returned to her 2010 form with the release of Pills N Potions, her first single from the forthcoming album The Pinkprint. Her look is toned down, relative to recent styles, and the single is deeply personal akin to songs like Your Love and Moment... Read more

New DJ Quik, Cam’ron, Talib Kweli, ONYX, The Roots…Here’s The Week in Hip-Hop Video (Video Playlist)

This week in Hip-Hop video brought new music videos from DJ Quik, The Roots, Cam'ron, Talib Kweli & Raekwon, unbelievable freestyles from Black Thought and Prevail, a stylized faux trailer from Jay Z & Beyonce and more. See it all in the video playlist below. Related: Last Week in Hip-Hop... Read more

Bink Remixes Big L & Fat Joe’s Historic D.I.T.C. Moment Together (Audio)

Philadelphia native producer Bink is known for producing joints for nearly 20 years, including Jay Z's "Blueprint (Momma Loves Me)," Mr. Cheeks' "Lights, Camera, Action," and Kanye West's "Devil In A New Dress." The onetime Roc-A-Fella affiliate now takes a hand at D.I.T.C.'s "Da Enemy." The late '90s track was... Read more

Damn It Feels Good To Hear A Gangsta: The 2014 Revival Of Gangsta Rap (Food For Thought)

In just its first quarter, 2014 has witnessed its share of high profile releases. ScHoolboy Q unleashed his major label debut, OXYMORON, while Rick Ross’ continued his growth with concept and cohesion in Mastermind. Kid Cudi surprised everybody with a sneak-attack release, while Kid Ink, The Stepbrothers, and Isaiah Rashad... Read more

Pusha T & A$AP Ferg Have Some Explosive Chemistry On The Sean C & LV-Produced Hand In My Pocket (Audio)

From Tyler, The Creator, to Kendrick Lamar, to Big Sean, Pusha T has always been able to carve out some chemistry with the hot new lyricists of the day. The Clipse MC has many styles, and is seemingly always able to blend with others. Such is the case on "Hand... Read more

DJ SNS Liberates The Original Mixtape Version Of Biggie’s Who Shot Ya With A Keith Murray Verse (Audio)

It could be easily argued that the 1990s was the ultimate decade for mixtapes. Still on cassettes, New York masters like Kid Capri, Doo Wop, Tony Touch, DJ Clue, Ron G, Silva Surfa, Green Lantern, and a host of others competed with each other for the best exclusives, freestyles, strongest... Read more

Whoa. The Incomparable Shakespeare Sets A 2014 Standard With This Freestyle (Video)

Ambrosia For Heads has been down with Brooklyn's The Incomparable Shakespeare for a minute. After this stop on Statik Selektah's ShowOff Radio show, Heads can expect more. Over classics by The Notorious B.I.G., Jay Z, and Scarface, Shake' slams some bars that show his confidence in himself, while still paying... Read more

Today It All Makes Sense: A Retrospective on the Chicago Hip-Hop Sound (Food For Thought)

Published by: Bandini “This the city of Chicago, the state of confusion The style I'm using is free or at least it would be if my mind was…” – Malik Yusef, “My City” (One Day It’ll All Make Sense) Since the 1990s, Common Sense has always been among my favorite... Read more

The Lox Give Sway In The Morning A Mini Concert & An In-Depth Interview (Video)

So The Lox just dropped this EP, The Trinity. Think they know the lyrics? Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, and Styles P rap some of the fresh cuts live on air for Sway In The Morning. In between the sets, the trio talks about their deep respect for those who came before... Read more

Ambrosia For Head’s 13 Best Hip-Hop Albums Of 2013 (Food For Thought)

2013 was a different kind of year in music. Not only did Rick Rubin return to crafting Hip-Hop albums, but he had a hand in three of the genre's biggest releases from top artists like Jay Z, Eminem, and Kanye West. Meanwhile, as has been the case over the last... Read more

Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle & The Death Row Records Reign (Food For Thought)

Twenty years ago today, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Death Row Records released Doggystyle. The four-times platinum debut LP by Dr. Dre's then-protege helped put Long Beach, California on the Hip-Hop map, it cemented the dominance and versatility of G-Funk, and despite a 1993 year with acclaimed albums by Wu-Tang Clan,... Read more

Mistah F.A.B. Says Push Through & Don’t Cry About It (Video)

Mistah F.A.B. could cry, if he was the type. One of the faces of the Hyphy movement, F.A.B. was signed by Atlantic Records in the mid-2000s. The label never released the output, and Fabby Davis was seemingly dismissed as the posterchild for Hyphy after the mainstream hype passed. In actuality,... Read more

Remembering Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) 20 Years Later (Food For Thought)

There are certain albums in Hip-Hop that were complete game-changers. Run-DMC’s 1983 self-titled album ripped the Disco out of Rap and, with a new look of Kangol hats, leather jackets and shell-toed Adidas along with crossed arms and boasts of college pursuits, took ownership of the culture.  Five years later,... Read more

Nice Guys Finish First…But Not By Playing Nice

Kendrick Lamar and Big K.R.I.T. After the late 2000s breakthrough of Blu, Thurz, Fashawn and Torae, it is these two men that truly opened me up to what I considered the youthful unknown in Hip-Hop. In 2010, I was very much the anti-new-rapper’s fan, convinced that labels (large and small)... Read more

AFH: Best Hip-Hop of May 2013 (Audio Playlist)

As the year heats up, so does the music. May brought new and previously unheard tracks from Rakim, Jay-Z, Wu-Tang Clan, J. Cole, Aasim & Nas, Styles P, Jadakiss, Sheek Louch, Black Hippy, Joey Bada$$, Action Bronson, Goodie M.o.B., Prodigy, Havoc, Tito Lopez, AZ, Kanye West and more. You can... Read more

Statik Selektah – Extended Play (Extended Album Sampler)

Statik Selektah is dropping an album with a sick lineup next month. The project, titled Extended Play, will feature Black Thought, Joey Bada$$, Styles P, Bun B, Raekwon, Sean Price, Smiff-N-Wessun, Freddie Gibbs, Blu, Posdnuos, Talib Kweli, Action Bronson and many more...and the beats are HOT!! You can listen to... Read more

J. Period – Rage is Back (Mixtape)

Here's a new mixtape from J. Period that features new music from Black Thought, Talib Kweli, Common, Blu and more, as well as remixes of joints by Nas, Styles P, Biggie, Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest and more. You can check out the track list and listen to the... Read more

Tito Lopez – Toca Tuesday Freestyle (Video)

With the Kendrick Lamar & Dr. Dre collabo that dropped earlier and these hot verses from Dre's protege Tito Lopez on Toca Tuesday Freestyles, it's a new kind of Dre day. Check out Tito in the video below as he blazes the mic with Tony Touch. Previously: Tito Lopez gets... Read more

Here’s some new J. Cole. He and Big K.R.I.T. are carrying the torch for true Southern spitters.

The track is called Killers and there's an interesting story behind it. Here's the story: From Alex Haldi: Hello All, Unfortunately our first single leaked ahead of time but I would really appreciate if you could link the artwork and our blurb. Its for Charity and this is by far... Read more