Black Thought & Salaam Remi Explain Why Thought’s New Album Sounds Different

This morning (November 26), Black Thought released his second album of 2018. That project, Streams Of Thought, Vol. 2: Traxploitation, is entirely produced by Salaam Remi. The Queens, New Yorker and past "Producer Of The Year" Grammy nominee is known for his acclaimed work with Amy Winehouse, Nas, The Fugees,... Read more

Ice Cube Reveals He Originally Wanted Dr. Dre to Produce Amerikkka’s Most Wanted (Video)

As we reported earlier, today (5/16) is the 25th anniversary of the release of Ice Cube's debut album, Amerikkka's Most Wanted. To celebrate the milestone, Cube has made a series of videos detailing behind the scenes stories about the making of the landmark LP. In part 1, the rapper born... Read more

You Got the Juice Now…Here is the Most Definitive Piece Ever Written on The Making of Juice.

"Tupac, Fist Fights and the Making of Juice" is an amazing oral history which features inside commentary from many of the film's key contributors. MySpace interviewed Ernest Dickerson (the film's director and co-writer), Omar Epps (Q), Treach, key producers, the actors who played Raheem and Steel, as well as soundtrack... Read more

If You’re a Fan of Artists Like Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Chic and Luther Vandross, Something Amazing is Coming (Video)

DJ Cassidy, DJ to the stars and even the Obamas, has put together a labor of love project that celebrates the music of the late 70's and early 80's. He has recruited many of the original players on classics like Rock With You, Le Freak and Never Too Much by... Read more

Killer Mike & El-P Detail the Psychedelic Influences on Run the Jewels While Actually Taking a Trip (Video)

Killer Mike and El-P's joint Run the Jewels project has withstood the test of time and remains one of the better projects of the year (free or otherwise). The 2 captured footage of the making of the album which involved a cabin, turkey burgers and "a copious amount of psychedelic... Read more

Behind the Scenes Look at the Recording of Rakim & DMX’s Don’t Call Me (Video)

Rakim and DMX took the 'net by surprise last week with the release of their joint track Don't Call Me. Here's a behind the scenes look at the recording of the song. Check out the video. Related: Rakim Performs at Brooklyn SummerStage 2013 (Video)... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Speaks on the First Time He Worked With Dr. Dre (Video)

Kendrick Lamar speaks on the first time he met Dr. Dre and gives the behind the scenes story on the recording session for their collabo, Compton. Check out the video. Related: Kendrick Lamar Speaks on His Earliest Experiences with Hip-Hop (Video)... Read more

The Making of Jeru The Damaja’s Come Clean (Video)

Here's an incredibly well done documentary on the making of Jeru The Damaja's classic Come Clean. It features interviews with Jeru, DJ Premier, Talib Kweli, Special Ed, Pete Rock and more, vintage footage and photos, and priceless stories. Check out the video below. Related: The Making of Pete Rock &... Read more

The Making of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth’s They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) (Video)

Here is a truly phenomenal documentary on the making of one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time: Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.). If you are a Head, take the time to watch this video. It will be 10 of the best minutes you've... Read more

Pharrell Discusses the Making of Feds Watching with 2 Chainz (Video)

Here's a glimpse inside the mind of Pharrell and the way he creates music. It turns out it wasn't just the Feds Watching 2 Chainz that inspired that track. Pharrell recounts how his observations of how 2 Chainz and his crew move directly lead to Pharrell's creation of the track.... Read more

Terrace Martin Breaks Down the Making of Kendrick Lamar’s Real (Part 2) (Video)

Here's part 2 of the video where Terrace Martin breaks down the making of Kendrick Lamar's song "Real" from good kid, m.A.A.d. city. In this episode Terrace gets more technical about some of the techniques used to create the lush instrumentation on the track. Check out the video. Related: Kendrick... Read more

Skyzoo – Behind The Scenes of the Spike Lee Was My Hero Video Shoot (Video)

The homie Skyzoo has a dope song called Spike Lee Was My Hero that features Talib Kweli on his album A Dream Deferred. Here's an inside look at the making of the video where Skyzoo breaks down the concept of the video and talks about how Spike Lee ultimately heard... Read more

Terrace Martin Speaks on How the Track for Kendrick Lamar’s Real was Crafted (Video)

Much has been discussed about the lyrical content and story told on Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d. city. So much so that it's easy to forget that it is one of the most lushly-produced albums (in any genre) in the last several years. Here's part 1 of a video of... Read more

The Making of The Real Husbands of Hollywood (Video)

Kevin Hart is in a new show on BET that spoofs the current slew of Housewives shows. The show is called Real Husbands of Hollywood and also stars Nick Cannon, Duane Martin, Robin Thicke, JB Smoove, Boris Kodjoe and more. Here's a hilarious inside look at the "making of" the... Read more

T.I. gives the behind the scenes story on the recording of Sorry with Andre 3000 (Video)

T.I. has an incredible collabo with Andre 3000 called Sorry on his forthcoming album, Trouble Man. I've heard the song and it's one of T.I.'s finest. It's grown man rap, similar to works on Nas' Life is Good like Daughters and Bye Baby, that is fitting of both T.I. and... Read more

The making of DJ Khaled’s song Hip-Hop featuring Nas, Scarface & DJ Premier (Video)

Nas and Scarface on a J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League track with DJ Premier scratching on the hooks?? Epic. Here's a behind the scenes video showing the making of the record called Hip-Hop which will be featured on DJ Khaled's upcoming album. Check it out. Related: Nas discusses his "ghost writers" (Video)... Read more

Pharrell and Rick Ross on the making of Presidential (Video)

Pharrell laced Rick Ross with one of the funkiest tracks on God Forgives, I Don't. Here's some behind the scenes footage of Pharrell and Ross in the studio discussing the making of Presidential. Related: Rick Ross - 3 Kings featuring Dr. Dre & Jay-Z (Video)... Read more

The Making of MF DOOM’s Mask (Video)

Ever wonder how MF DOOM's mask came into being? Here's a super fresh video featuring the creator of the mask, graffiti artist Frank Chapter, telling the story of the inception of the mask + a healthy dose of inside dope on DOOM. Ill. Check it out below. Related: Oh No... Read more

Marley Marl – Classic Recipes: The Making of Mama Said Knock You Out (Video)

Here's the first episode of an incredible new series from Marley Marl called Classic Recipes. In this episode, Marley Marl gives lots of behind the scenes info on the making of Mama Said Knock You Out and how he came to work with LL. He also shows in detail how... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. – The Making of Live From the Underground (Video)

Here's a 10-minute behind the scenes look at the making of Big K.R.I.T.'s Live From the Underground album. It breaks down the meaning behind the album cover, the genesis of some of the songs, his getting booed the first time he performed in NYC and more. There's even footage of... Read more

Behind the scenes at the making of the video for Nas’ Daughters (Video)

Here's a behind the scenes look at the video Nas is making for Daughters from Complex. Nas discusses the video and the significance of the song to him. Check it out below. Related: Nas - The Don (Video)... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. – Making of I Got This Video + Road Less Traveled (Ep. 2) (Video)

Here's a double play from Big K.R.I.T. First up is a behind the scenes look at the making of the video for his single I Got This. Next is part 2 of his vlog of the last days leading up to the release of his upcoming album Live From the... Read more

The Game – The City ft Kendrick Lamar (Behind The Scenes Video)

Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of The Game's video for The City featuring Kendrick Lamar. Check it out below. Here's the full song from The Game's The RED Album. Read more

The Making of Nas’ It Ain’t Hard to Tell Video as told by Video Music Box’s Ralph McDaniels

Here's an incredible article on the making of Nas' It Ain't Hard to Tell video.  It features in-depth input from Ralph McDaniels, founder and host of NYC's Video Music Box, who produced and directed the video.  Below is an excerpt from the article and you can read the whole article... Read more

Common – Sweet: Making of the Video (Video)

Common is about to drop a new single from his forthcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer. It's called Sweet and sounds like it is going to be extra soulful. Here's a behind the scenes look at the making of the video for Sweet, as well as a small taste of... Read more

Nas – The Making of the Nasty Video (Video)

Nas' Nasty blew the web up earlier this Summer. The video is on the way. Before it drops, here's an entertaining behind the scenes look at the making of the video done by the folks over at Decon. Check it out. Read more

Here’s a short film on the making of Watch the Throne.

It got yanked from YouTube already, so watch it while you can... Watch the Throne drops on August 5th. Click here to download Kanye and Jay-Z's Otis ft Otis Redding.... Read more

Here’s a great behind the scenes look at the making of Ghetto dreams. Common, Nas and No I.D. were interviewed in the studio during the recording of the song.

The sneak peek of this dropped a couple of days ago. Check out the full video. Read more

Believe it or not, it has been 16 years since Mobb Deep released The Infamous…

To commemorate the anniversary of the release of that landmark album, the good folks over at Complex just did an article detailing the making of The Infamous. Here's the intro: "Although they are now considered a legendary group, leading into the release of their second album, The Infamous, it was... Read more

Need some new Jay Electronica in your life?

Not yet...but here's a behind the scenes video that gives you a taste of the vibe of the album.  Sounds special. Read more

Rick Ross' Aston Martin Music might be the coldest song on Teflon Don. Here's the behind the scenes on the making of the video. And, in case you missed the making of the Aston Martin Music track, click here to check it out (it's serious).  .... Read more

Is the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League the best production team in the game right now? Listen to their breakdown of the making of Rick Ross’ Aston Martin Music.

Many fans of Rick Ross know that his best material on his last 3 albums has been courtesy of the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League.  Key tracks include Maybach Music, Luxury Tax, Magnificent and, most recently, the instant classic Aston Martin Music.  Few people know much about the men behind the boards who... Read more