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Page Kennedy’s Freestyle Replies To JAY-Z’s Story Of O.J. & Adds A Chapter (Audio)

JAY-Z made one of his most provocative songs in years with 4:44's "The Story Of OJ," while dropping jewels about ownership, accumulating wealth, and still dealing with institutional racism in 2017. Along the way, Hov apparently chided some of Rap's underclassmen. "Y'all on the 'Gram holdin' money to your ear /... Read more

Kool G Rap Is A 30-Year Lyrical Legend. Listen To A Sneak Preview Of His New Album (Audio)

Kool G Rap is frequently considered one of Hip-Hop's greatest MCs. For 31 years, the Queens, New Yorker has helped bring Rap out of an era of simpler deliveries to compound rhyme structures, fast paced flows, and an unrivaled use of cadence. Additionally, he is one of the pioneers of... Read more

Common Wants Solange’s “Cranes” To Find Forever In His Remix (Audio)

Solange Knowles earned her first #1 album earlier this month. A Seat At The Table contains thoughtful, assertive, and incredibly timely music. Video single "Cranes In The Sky" is the entry point to many on the younger Knowles sister's latest dissertation in sound, with an album that truly owns her... Read more

Here’s a Cypher Between Nas & De La Soul From 1996 (Audio)

Tim Westwood digs in his massive vault and pulls out a 1996 freestyle featuring Nas and De La Soul. In an 11-minute cypher amongst true MCs, they pass the mic, trading verses, all off the top. Notably, this is well after each artist was firmly established, with De La Soul... Read more

Styles P’s Friday Freestyles Borrow Beats From Redman and Kendrick Lamar (Audio)

Styles P continues his Friday double feature freestyles. This week's installments find him taking on beats from a recent Kendrick Lamar release and a vintage Redman throwback. On "Ghost Night," he carries on the recent tradition of covering 90s classics, borrowing Redman's "Tonight's Da Night," from 1992's Whut? Thee Album.... Read more

Chris Rivers And Denzil Porter Mint Lyrical Gold on Lootchini (Audio)

Being the son of the highly-respected late MC Big Pun, it is no surprise that Chris Rivers is a lyrical wizard. With Denzil Porter alongside, the two New York MC's drop some catchy wordplay in a freestyle over Camp Lo's classic "Luchini" instrumental. Rivers and Porter show us that their rhyming capabilities are as polished... Read more

Inspectah Deck, Kool Keith & Headkrack Demand Justice For Unarmed Black Men (Premiere)

Three Bronx, New York MCs unite to speak on very pressing and sensitive issues in American society. Kool Keith, Inspectah Deck, and Headkrack decry the excessive force used by some law enforcement. These incidents, particularly over the last five years, have resulted in the increased death-count of Black men and... Read more

Mac Miller Strikes Back, With Bars That Slash His Recent Silence (Audio)

For nearly six months, Mac Miller has been unusually quiet. The Most Dope front man has a new label home, production work, recording responsibilities, and plenty of material to let marinate on the minds of Hip-Hop Heads. "Boo (Interlude)" emerges from this quiet, reminding the world that the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania... Read more

Astro, Sir Michael Rocks & More Refelect On Obstacles Overcome (Audio)

Sir Michael Rocks, Astro, El Prez, SkyBlew, and Clay James have put their heads together on “Untouchable," a reflective posse cut produced by Money Montage and Coopatroop. Each MC touches on obstacles met and overcome in his past, on the meditative song. Check it out. Related: Astro Handles the 5... Read more

The Lox Have a Message for Wack MCs…NO SELFIES! (Video)

The Lox release the visuals for their Sugar Hill-tinged ode against wack MCs. The video for the track that's set to the break from "Rapper's Delight" is straight forward but drives home their emphatic message. Check out "No Selfies." Related: The Lox Take Dej Loaf’s Try Me and Make it... Read more

Heard it All Before? Not With a Raekwon Verse…(Audio)

How fresh is Raekwon's Throwback Thursday series of freestyles over R&B and soul gems? The Chef has been cooking these up for several weeks, taking on Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Gap Band, Faith Evans and many more. This week's installment features the sultry tones of Sunshine Anderson. Check out... Read more

Childish Gambino Rips Another Verse on Free at Last (Video)

Childish Gambino is quickly becoming a feature favorite. Mr. Glover consistently delivered high-quality verses that are energetic and highly original. When you combine that with producer S-X's cinematic production...you have a winner. Check out "Free at Last." Related: Childish Gambino Sings a Sober Love Song (Audio)... Read more

Large Professor Releases a Tribute to Nas on His Birthday (Audio)

The connection between Nas and Large Professor spans decades. Extra P introduced Nas to the world via Nas' mind-bending guest verse on Live at the BBQ and then shepherded much of Esco's debut album, Illmatic. Today (9/14) is Nas birthday and his mentor saw fit to release a tribute celebrating... Read more

Childish Gambino Sings a Sober Love Song (Audio)

The multi-talented rapper, actor and singer, Childish Gambino, is readying a new mixtape. STN MTN/Kauai will be presented by DJ Drama's Gangsta Grillz. "Sober," the latest release from the project, is a plaintive love song that finds Gambino flexing his singing vocals in a way that is reminiscent of Lenny... Read more

Jamie Foxx Gets the Party Started with 2 Chainz & DJ Mustard (Audio)

Jamie Foxx turns to the hit-making machine that is DJ Mustard for his latest musical effort. Mustard abandons his trademark "hey hey hey hey" on the beat for a more subtle approach that also infuses a bass guitar in lieu of keyboards. 2 Chainz drops a verse, as well. Check... Read more

The Lox Go to Work on That Rapper’s Delight Track With a Message…No Selfies (Audio)

More than many artists from their era, The Lox have evolved to embrace and harness the power of the digital age. They are mainstays in the blogosphere and even pulled a 'Yonce by releasing a surprise EP, strictly digitally. One thing they do not co-sign is self-taken photos. Their latest,... Read more

B-Real & Snoop Make an O.G. West Coast Collaboration with a New Sound (Audio)

Shortly after the announcement of a new Cypress Hill album on the way, B-Real releases his latest solo effort. "Anybody" features Snoop and KingFly, and will be on B-Real's Dr. Greenthumb album. Check it out. Related: Cypress Hill’s Next Album Will Return To DJ Muggs Production... Read more

1979-2006: A Hip-Hop Odyssey – 800 Tracks In A 48 Minute Mix (Audio)

Here is one of the craziest mixes you will ever hear. DJ Jaguar Skills blends 800 songs in 48 minutes, spanning from 1979-2006. Press play and prepare to have your mind blown. DJ Jaguar Skills - 1979-2006 A Hip-Hop Odyssey - 800 Tracks In A 48 Minute Mix by E... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of August 2014 (Audio)

August was a banner month for Hip-Hop. Not only was there good music but several artists used their talents to speak out against the killing of Michael Brown and the events that transpired in Ferguson, MO. Though the Summer is fading, the heat generated from the music in August lingers.... Read more

Rick Ross & Killer Mike on the Same Track??? Hear it in Black & White (Audio)

Rick Ross has had some very interesting collaborators as of late. The rapper, whose message is typically dominated with messages of street hustling and a life of luxury, has recently appeared on records with Lupe Fiasco and Big K.R.I.T. Now, Killer Mike, one of the Hip-Hop's most outspoken activists (in... Read more

DJ OHSO Releases a Mix of Big K.R.I.T. Music as a Prelude to Cadillactica (Audio)

Need some Big K.R.I.T. in your life? Look no further than DJ OHSO's Cadillactica - The Prelude mix which compiles some classic K.R.I.T. along with some of his most recent releases. As the title suggests, the mix is a warm up for K.R.I.T.'s long-awaited sophomore album, Cadillactica. Check it out.... Read more

Dipset & The Lox Combine on Jim Jones & Jadakiss’ Last Night (Audio)

As Jim Jones nears the release date of his new project We Own The Night 2, he lets loose the club-friendly "Last Night" featuring Jadakiss. Check it out. Related: Dipset Restakes Its Claim With Reunited Cam’ron, Jim Jones & Hell Rell (Video)... Read more

Planet Asia’s Got That Fire for His Thai Stick (Audio)

With more than 15 years under his belt, Planet Asia is a bonafide West Coast O.G. And, the Bay Area MC has quietly been one of the most consistent in the game throughout that period. He returns with another lyrically sharp verse over an East Coast-flavored G Force production. Check... Read more

Vic Mensa Releases a Remix of Wimme Nah With a Little More BOOM (Audio)

Three weeks after the release of his new single "Wimme Nah," Vic Mensa releases a remix courtesy of Waldo & Sango. This new version preserves the essence of the song but the trapped out drums give the track more BOOM. Check it out. Related: Vic Mensa Releases a Hot New... Read more

Prince Heats It Up With a Slow Jam Like U Know Only He Can (Audio)

Prince is releasing not one but 2 new albums later this month, with Art Official Age and Plectrumelectrum. After raising the roof with the funky ditty "Clouds," he returns with a sultry slow jam. Some things just get better with time...Check out "U Know." Related: Prince Gives Some Game To... Read more

LL Cool J Jumps on a Mashup of Tinashe’s 2 On & Ain’t Nuthin’ But a G Thang (Audio)

LL Cool J drops a couple of verese on the G Mix of Tinashe's "2 On," which is set to the tune of Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg's "Nuthin' But a G Thang." Check it out. Related: In The Lineage Of I Shot Ya & 4,3,2,1, LL Cool J Makes... Read more

DJ Premier Breaks Down 14 of His Classic Tracks in a Deadly Mix (Audio)

Here's volume 1 of DJ Derezon & Tre The Boy Wonder's mix series titled 14 Deadly Secrets. The duo chooses 14 classic cuts from an iconic Hip-Hop producer and then has the producer narrate a blazing mix of those tracks with behind the scenes stories. The first installment of the... Read more

Timeless Truth Chop Up Pete Rock’s Strange Fruit (Audio)

If you're going to get on a Pete Rock track that first featured Tragedy Khadafi, Cappadonna & Sticky Fingaz, you better bring it. That's exactly what Timeless Truth did. The Queens duo of Oprime39 and Solace went to work on the track like they should have been on it in... Read more

A$AP Twelvyy Shows A$AP Mob’s Roster is Deep and Diverse (Audio)

A$AP Rocky and Ferg have had the highest profiles out of A$AP Mob to date, but the rest of the crew are on the rise, as well. A$AP Nast came strong alongside Method Man on the monstrous "Trillmatic" and now A$AP Twelvyy lights it up with "Glock Rivers." Like Nast,... Read more

Deojae Remixes Eric B. & Rakim’s I Know You Got Soul with a Classic Beat (Audio)

Shout out to our readers. Heads have put us on to some dope finds over the years. Now, DJ and producer Deeojae alerts us to his own ill remix of Eric B. & Rakim's classic, "I Know You Got Soul." 80's R&B heads will recognize the blend instantly. Press play... Read more

Here’s a Hot Mixtape of Erick Sermon Productions with His Commentary (Mixtape)

Here's a dope mix of some of Erick Sermon's most classic productions, featuring commentary from the Green Eyed Bandit himself about the making of each track. This is volume 3 of DJ Derezon & Tre the Boy Wonder's 14 Deadly Secrets series. Check out the stream and download below. Related:... Read more

Lil Herb, Common & Chance the Rapper Reflect on the Struggle in Their Hometown Chicago (Video)

Lil Herb teams with fellow Chicago natives Common and Chance the Rapper on the remix to Fight or Flight. The soulful track is highly conducive to head-nodding but the themes of their verses are mournful, not joyful. As Common did throughout his entire Nobody's Smiling album, the trio focuses on... Read more

Stalley Drops An Ode to N.W.A with Always Into Something (Audio)

Stalley is feeling the West Coast flavor with his latest 2 tracks, specifically that of N.W.A. With yesterday's release of the "Jackin' Chevys" video, he rode around the streets of L.A. with a "Boyz N the Hood" flavored soundtrack. Today, he releases a new song with Ty Dolla $ign which... Read more

Think Lil Dicky’s a Joke? His Rhyme Skills Aren’t…(Audio)

Lil Dicky garnered a lot of attention last year with the release of the video for his song "Ex-Boyfriend" where he comically fretted about not measuring up to his girlfriend's ex. While he frequently indulges in such (often peurile) humor, don't sleep. Dude has true rap skills. On "Spontaneity," he... Read more

Who Raps Faster Rittz or Twista? You Be the Judge (Audio)

Though Twista may not have been the first to speed rap, he perfected it, once holding the title in the Guiness Book of World Records for fastest rapper. Rittz, with his rapid fire double-time flow, was clearly influenced by Twista and shows the Chicagoan some love by having him guest... Read more

Redman Flips Usher’s Good Kisser Track to Celebrate His Love (Audio)

Throughout his career, Redman has never been short on comedic relief. From his skits on his album to MTV Cribs appearances to antics with Method Man, Reggie Noble has a prodigious since of humor. On his latest release, Redman pays tribute to one of his favorite pastimes on a cheeky... Read more

Childish Gambino Flexes Clever Wordplay Over 2 Beats in 1 Song (Audio)

Childish Gambino is back with a new single. “Candler Road,” named after a street in 'Bino's hometown of Decatur, starts out with a trap beat but halfway through shifts into overdrive. Throughout, Gambino shreds the mic with his trademark clever wordplay (nearly every line merits a rewind). Check it out.... Read more

Bumpy Knuckles is Still Verbally Re-Arranging Grills on PhLoWtAyShUn (Audio)

"I'm a credit to my age, 'cause I still body any show." The artist formerly known as Freddie Foxxx talks tough on wax and backs it up. They don't call him Bumpy Knuckles for nothing. The grizzled veteran MC is back with some lessons on rhyming to studio gangstas, fake... Read more

Saigon Kicks Some Reality Rap Over a DJ Premier Track (Audio)

Saigon addresses rumors about himself, his role on Love & Hip-Hop and more over a boom bap DJ Premier track. Sai's message? It's "Nunya" business. Check it out. Related: Saigon, Papoose & Omar Epps Look To The Skies To Make A Sinner’s Prayer (Video)... Read more

Lauryn Hill Releases a Chilling Dedication to Michael Brown (Audio)

The collective voices of outrage at the death of Michael Brown continue to grow in Hip-Hop. Lauryn Hill is the latest to stand in protest, at least in her music. Her song "Black Rage" is set to the tune of the Sound of Music's "My Favorite Things" but it is... Read more

B.o.B. Makes a Song Reminiscent of 2Pac, KRS, Public Enemy & Other Hip-Hop Revolutionaries (Audio)

B.o.B. has released one of the most powerful songs of his career. Hip-Hop has stood up in droves in light of what is happening in Ferguson, MO, right now. And, the messages have come from many different perspectives. B.o.B. has taken the opportunity for a call to action among African-Americans... Read more

Travi$ Scott Releases a Dark and Complex Free EP (Mixtape)

With one listen to Kanye West's Yeezus and Travi$ Scott's Owl Pharoah, the mind meld shared by the 2 sonic technicians is abundantly clear. Scott, the former G.O.O.D. Music signee, joined Kanye's camp in 2012 and his influence could be heard as early as on their Cruel Summer project. With... Read more

Jhene Aiko Serves Up Some More Music for the Soul with Spotless Mind (Audio)

As Jhene Aiko readies her new album Souled Out, she serves up some more music for the soul with "Spotless Mind." As with much of her music, the organs, guitar and her ethereal lilt make this song sound timeless. Check it out. Related: Jhene Aiko Recalls The Pressures Of A... Read more

Little Brother’s Rapper Big Pooh Rocks a 9th Wonder-esque Beat (Audio)

Little Brother's Rapper Big Pooh teams up with BJ the Chicago Kid on a trunk-rattling track by Praise that features some 9th Wonder-esque funk. Pooh sounds right at home on this track and it's a reminder of just how nice this third of LB is. Check out "Last Dance." Related:... Read more

Eve, Madonna & Pharrell on 1 Track? The Beat is So Crazy…(Audio)

Here's a previously unreleased track produced by The Neptunes featuring Eve and Madonna. Both ladies are singing over vintage mid to late '00's Neptunes drums and chords. Check out "The Beat is So Crazy." Related: Eve Recalls Time With The Ruff Ryders & Dr. Dre With Peter Rosenberg (Video)... Read more

Your Old Droog Continues to Taunt the Sleepers with This Mac Miller Track (Audio)

"Your Old Droog" continues to taunt the internet in a shroud of mystery. I have a very credible friend who, earlier this week, told me he met Droog and it's not Nas. I told him I'd believe him when I saw "Droog" himself in person on stage on 9/3 when... Read more

J. Cole Sings an Emotional Song About Michael Brown (Audio)

J. Cole's words speak for themselves on this one: "There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but... Read more

Diamond D Gets Pete Rock to Step From the Boards and to the Mic (Audio)

Diamond D, the double-threat producer/MC from the Diggin' in the Crates crew, taps another multi-talented Hip-Hop legend for his latest single. Pete Rock steps away from the boards and to the mic on "Only Way to Go." Check it out. Diamond D's new album, The Diam Piece, drops on 9/30.... Read more

Rah Digga, Chuck D & Jon Connor Bring the Ruckus on the Remix to Storm Comin’ (Audio)

A few weeks ago, Rah Digga and Chuck D rained down on Hip-Hop with Storm Comin', an indictment on what they believe to be the current sad state of the culture. Now, Rah has added Aftermath's upstart, Jon Connor, to the remix and he brings the ruckus while staying on... Read more

Bilal is Back as Soulful as Ever. Sound the Sirens (Audio)

Bilal is back with a new song and it is oh so soulful. Adrian Younge and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad provide the track for "Sirens II," an update on Younge's original "Sirens." Heads will recognize the music as the anchor for the sample Jay Z used on... Read more