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Ghostface Killah’s “The Lost Tapes” Album Is Here. Listen Now (Audio)

Wu-Tang Clan has been bringing the ruckus lately. The surviving members of the legendary group appeared on Logic's song "Wu-Tang Forever" last week. Today (October 5), Ghostface Killah dropped his first project of 2018. On The Lost Tapes, Tony Starks enlists Big Daddy Kane, Snoop Dogg, E-40, Raekwon, Masta Killa,... Read more

DJ Skizz Recruits Freeway, Vinnie Paz & Westside Gunn In The Name Of Hardcore Rap (Audio)

New York City-based producer DJ Skizz has previously dropped full albums with Big Twins, Da Villins, and D.I.T.C. affiliate Milano Constantine. However, this summer he’s back with another producer compilation in the vein of 2016’s Cruise Control. This DJ/producer who was at the front-lines of Your Old Droog's breakthrough has... Read more

Turntablist & Producer DJ Devastate Has Passed Away At The Age Of 35

DJ Devastate, a turntablist and producer known for working with several well-known Hip-Hop MCs and DJs, has passed away at the age of 35, per his friend and musical collaborator Matt Diamond. Born Per Ronge, Devastate, passed a day after he returned home to his native Sweeden from a DJ... Read more

Planet Asia Shows Exactly Why His New Album Is Titled The Golden Buddha (Video Premiere)

Stretching back to its foundations, Hip-Hop has often put the spiritual beliefs of its makers front and center. Whether it is adherence to the basic tenets of Islam, the Five-Percent Nation, Rastafari, Pan-African-inspired mysticism, or Christianity, one of the genre's key aspects is the way MCs seek to merge the... Read more

Planet Asia Recruits AZ For One Of His Biggest & Best Collabos (Audio Premiere)

Two qualities define and distinguish the two-decade-plus career of Fresno, California MC Planet Asia. First, his central role within the independent Hip-Hop scene on the West Coast (he is credited with helping reinvigorate the movement back in the late '90s), and his bold production choices. Planet Asia’s 2017 collaboration with... Read more

Planet Asia Sets Off 2018 With Some Lyrical Fireworks (Video)

Approaching 20 years since the release of his debut self-titled EP, Planet Asia has unveiled the first visuals from his forthcoming (January 19) album, The Golden Buddha. The LP’s introductory single, appropriately titled “Fireworks,” is a thunderous and radiant commencement of the Cali Agents MC’s soon-to-be gainful 2018. With a... Read more

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia Bring Out Some Of The Best In Each Other (Video)

Apollo Brown and Planet Asia have struck again with a second single "Aura" from their upcoming album Anchovies. The songs serve as a formidable addition to one of Detroit's best beat-smiths and the Cali Agent MC's mutual catalog and further displays their undeniable synergy. On A Great Night For Cali,... Read more

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia Are Putting That Stank On Ya With Anchovies (Audio)

Apollo Brown will be adding another project to his already robust collection of collaborative projects, this time with MC Planet Asia. The Mello Music Group producer has already teamed up with Guilty Simpson (Dice Game), OC (Trophies), Ras Kass (Blasphemy), and with Skyzoo on 2016's standout LP The Easy Truth, released fewer... Read more

Apollo Brown’s Next Collabo Album Is With Planet Asia. Check The 1st Single (Audio)

Detroit, Michigan producer Apollo Brown has become a noteworthy crossroads for the MCs he meets in the studio. From O.C. to Ras Kass, Skyzoo to Guilty Simpson, Brown's grabbing Soul samples and hard drums bring something distinct out of MCs in their catalog. Like 9th Wonder was to Buckshot and... Read more

Veteran Producer Josh The Goon Has Passed Away

The Hip-Hop community is mourning the death of producer, engineer, and music executive Josh The Goon. Born Josh Fadem, he was known for producing pivotal Freddie Gibbs songs such as "National Anthem," and elements of 2009's The Miseducation Of Freddie Gibbs. News broke last night (June 13) online. Outside of... Read more

Before Mahershala Ali Had Gold Statues He Had Golden Bars (Audio)

Last night (February 26), Mahershala Ali made history as the first Muslim actor to win an Academy Award to win an Oscar. He took home the gold as Best Supporting Actor for his work as Juan in Moonlight, but longtime fans know that his success did not happen overnight. He... Read more

Finding The GOAT Producer: Dr. Dre vs. DJ Muggs. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Producer” begins. The third installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest producers vying for the #1 spot. Thirty producers were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and two slots will be reserved for wild-card entries, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no deserving... Read more

Tony Touch Shows Where The New Boom Bap Lives In His Latest Mix (Audio)

Twenty years ago, Brooklyn, New York's Tony Touch was one of the most prominent mixtape DJs. One of the original promoters of the MC freestyle, Tony Touch played records he liked, featured great signed and underground talent, and kept the culture organic. In 2016, Tony is one of the only... Read more

On A Great Night For Cali, Planet Asia Is Another Agent Of State Pride (Video)

Planet Asia's career benefited greatly from Sway & King Tech's The Wake Up Show. When P.A. (along with Jurassic 5) were Interscope Records label picks from the West Coast Hip-Hop Underground, they got massive spots on 1999's This Or That, the hallmark album from Sway, Tech, and DJ Revolution. In... Read more

Sean Price & Planet Asia Set Off the Festivities With Serious Lyricism (Audio)

The late, great Sean Price left Heads with a robust discography, thanks to the Brownsville "Bar-barian's" extensive recording career as a member of Heltah Skeltah, Random Axe, and as a hardworking solo MC. Now, his booming baritone can be heard dropping some new heat in the form of "The Festival,"... Read more

Planet Asia Rolls Up His Sleeves & Gets Busy With Intricate Wordplay (Audio)

Planet Asia has more than 15 years of shredding up tracks under his (black) belt. Fresno, California's first MC on the national scene is hard at work on a new album with DJ Concept. Seventy Nine releases March 25 on Coalmine Records with a promised theme driving the wheel (Heads... Read more

Ras Kass & Planet Asia Burn It Down. No Fire Drills (Audio)

It was three years ago this month that Planet Asia and Ras Kass released "Kings." The song was produced by South Florida's Numonics. The producer and two California lyrical monarchs return together on "Fire Drills." This song is not just a bell-ringer, it delivers heat as the MCs from Carson... Read more

Planet Asia Wages War Against Major Record Companies & Spares No Hostages (Video)

Planet Asia has been a West Coast Hip-Hop staple for the better part of 20 years. Although the Fresno, California veteran was once signed to the major label, Interscope Records, he did not release an album while with the company and, instead, has earned his stripes as an independent artist.... Read more

Apollo Brown & Planet Asia Make The Song Cry For Ill Street Blues (Audio)

Apollo Brown is the veteran producer MCs see when they aim to make something different in the catalog. O.C., Ras Kass, and Guilty Simpson all have jewels to show. Planet Asia, who did a whole album with Mello Music Group (2013's Abrasions with Gensu Dean), may be next in that... Read more

Do Remember: Cali Agents’ (Planet Asia & Rasco) Crash The Boards (Audio)

Low key, one of the stronger groups of the Underground Hip-Hop glory years are touring together this summer—and we don't even mean Jurassic 5 (who is also doing a set of dates). The Cali Agents are celebrating the 15th anniversary of How The West Was Won, with a series of... Read more

Did Planet Asia & Durag Dynasty Earn Just Blaze’s Liberated Instrumental? (Audio)

Three weeks ago, Just Blaze shared an illusive instrumental track in "Miracle." Courted by everybody from Jay Z to Rick Ross to Chris Brown, the song (apparently even sold at one point), the track never was recorded—so the New Jersey DJ/producer shook things up and liberated it. Demanding only MCs... Read more

Do Remember: Zion I & Planet Asia’s Critical (Audio)

February brought some saddening news to many Heads. Zion I, the veteran duo of Zumbi (f/k/a MC Zion) and partner Amp Live are parting ways. The split is amicable, and seems more related to creative directions and geography than anything. However, the Oakland, California group stems out of the 1990s,... Read more

Planet Asia Keeps The Free Goodies Coming, Alongside DirtyDiggs (FreEP)

For the second time in 10 weeks, Planet Asia gives his faithful another free EP of music. This time, one-half of the Cali Agents teams with regular collaborator DirtyDiggs for 2010 A.D. The four-track effort is sparse beats, textured deliveries, and that sharp Fresno, California insight. Is Planet Asia one... Read more

Planet Asia Pops Off Over Beats That Sound Straight Outta The Rhyme Pays Era (FreEP)

When Planet Asia eloquently stated "My mind shine harder than your chain" back in 2000, on Dilated Peoples' "Ear Drums Pop," it was clear that the Fresno, California MC was special. Trading an Interscope Records deal for full creative control, this Cali Agent has achieved strong independent success. Late in... Read more

Planet Asia Makes a Short Horror Film for the Visuals to Mystique (Video)

Try not to nod your head to the vibrations emanating from the speakers on Planet Asia and Tzarizm's "Mystique." As P.A.'s laser lyrics start nearly a capella, it's almost impossible not to move once the beat kicks in. For the video, they take it up a level. Just in time... 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

Planet Asia’s Durag Dynasty & Casual Link Over Raphael Saadiq Co-Production (Audio)

Beyond 2013's 360 Waves, Planet Asia's Durag Dynasty lives on. The Fresno, California based group (featuring P.A., Tri-State, and Killer Ben) moves forward with a not-so friendly game of baseball. With rugged, sharp bars in their mission statement, Durag welcomes Hieroglyphics vet Casual to the cypher for "Baseball." The song... Read more

Rah Digga & Planet Asia Shine, Readying For Musical Apocalypse (Audio)

Rah Digga has been on a tear throughout the last month. Jersey City's star MC makes another poignant statement, this time witnessing the decline in the musical art-form, industry and outlets for artists. Before Digga comes in strong, Fresno's Planet Asia kicks a detailed, rugged verse that is among his... Read more

Doo Wop Features A New DJ Premier & Tony Touch Joint, Freestyles From Cory Gunz, Termanology & Planet Asia (Mixtape)

Legendary game-changing DJ, Doo Wop has always been vocal. The New Yorker, who boasts being a longtime member of both Bounce Squad and Flip Squad DJ's has rapped alongside Tony Touch (Diaz Brothers), toured the world with the late Guru, and made a host of certified classic mixtapes in the... Read more

Planet Asia Breathes Fresh Fire Into a Classic DJ Premier Beat (Video)

If you get on the Rhyme No More beat DJ Premier laced for Jay Z, you better have BARS. Please believe, Planet Asia has got plenty. Check out how he breathes fresh fire into a classic. Related: Guilty Simpson & Planet Asia Switch Seats With Apollo Brown & Gensu Dean... Read more

Guilty Simpson & Planet Asia Switch Seats With Apollo Brown & Gensu Dean (Audio)

Mello Music Group loves MC/producer tandem projects—especially combining complete strangers. They took veteran D.I.T.C. MC O.C. and introduced him to Detroit, Michigan producer Apollo Brown for 2012's Trophies. In the last 12 months, they took Fresno, Cali vet Planet Asia and linked him with New Yorker Gensu Dean for Abrasions.... Read more

Planet Asia & Gensu Dean Remind Us Why We Ought To Listen (Video)

While Gensu Dean's album with Planet Asia, Abrasions, dropped almost a year ago, Mello Music Group and the Queens-to-Fresno connect isn't done working the fan favorite. The pair drop a darker, poignant video for "Listen" from the LP. Bars and beats, to paraphrase Phonte, what more could you want? Related:... Read more

Planet Asia & Gold Chain Military Recreate An MC Lyte Classic (Video)

"Cha Cha Cha"-meets-"Cha, Cha, Chain" as Planet Asia and Killa Kali recreate MC Lyte's 1989 King Of Chill-produced single. Over three years removed from the group's Chain Of Command album, Asia—fresh from successes with 2012's Black Belt Theatre and this year's 360 Waves with his other, other crew, Durag Dynasty.... Read more

Planet Asia Gets Downright Scientific On Go You Slavia (Audio)

Planet Asia has had quite a run in the last two years. After resonating with many on Black Belt Theatre, Fresno's finest formed Durag Dynasty with Alchemist, and made a hazy LP earlier this year. Now teaming with Frank The Butcher & Paul Mighty for "Go You Slavia," the MC... Read more

Planet Asia – Shine On

Here's a soulful new song from West Coast underground OG, Planet Asia. Check out Shine On. Related: Agallah – Coat Of Arms ft Planet Asia, Tristate & Rasco (Video)... Read more

Agallah – Coat Of Arms ft Planet Asia, Tristate & Rasco

After almost 20 years in Hip-Hop, Brooklyn native Agallah is still serving the streets with music that hits straight from the chest. Formerly known as 8-Off the Assassin, the Brownsville MC/producer has come a long way since his EPMD affiliate days, or his Dipset/Purple City days. Agallah recently signed a... Read more

The Almighty (Canibus, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, M-Eighty & Nino Graye) – Prelude to the 2nd Coming (Mixtape)

In all the hype over The Verse, this mixtape from The Almighty (Canibus, Cappadonna, Planet Asia, M-Eighty & Nino Graye) might have gotten lost in the shuffle. With tough beats and features from Styles P, Talib Kweli, Keith Murray, Raekwon, RZA and more, it is not to be overlooked. You... Read more

Durag Dynasty – Fish Meat ft Prodigy

Before there was Albert Einstein this year, there was "Fish Meat." Planet Asia and Alchemist's Durag Dynasty clique (which also features Tri-State and Killer Ben) enlisted the M-O-B-B MC who has never been far from the mix for a song that smells like Fulton Street Fish Market. The kitchen visual... Read more

Almighty (Canibus/M-Eighty/Cappadonna/Bronze Nazareth/Planet Asia & Nino Graye) – Immaculate Bosses

Almighty (Canibus/M-Eighty/Cappadonna/Bronze Nazareth/Planet Asia & Nino Graye) return with the second release from their upcoming LP, The 2nd Coming. Check out Immaculate Bosses. Related: Planet Asia & Ras Kass – Kings (Audio)... Read more

Planet Asia & Ras Kass – Kings

Planet Asia and Ras Kass rep the left coast underground on their new collabo. Check out Kings. Related: Ras Kass – Barmaggedon (Mixtape)... Read more

Evidence – Sakura ft Planet Asia

Evidence dropped Cats & Dogs, one of the best and most slept albums of the year, last year. Here's another dope track from him from 2011 that wasn't included on the album. According to Evidence, it's "blend [of] a Japanese Folk Song that [he] learned in first grade with Escapades... Read more

Planet Asia – Furniture (Video)

Here's another video from Planet Asia's stellar Black Belt Theatre album. Check out Furniture. Previously: Planet Asia - Street Clothes (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu9Zl1ZhMMg... Read more

Planet Asia – Street Clothes (Video)

Planet Asia keeps it grimy on Street Clothes. Check out the video. Previously: Planet Asia - Whirlwind Patterns (Video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTHZCws9cBs... Read more

Planet Asia – Whirlwind Patterns (Video)

Here's Planet Asia's hilarious new video for his song Whirlwind Patterns. The visual stays true to the theme of his album Black Belt Theatre. Beat downs (both verbal and literal) ensue. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhwOhUzl1V8... Read more

Omar Aura – Too Coo ft Planet Asia (Video)

Omar Aura and Planet Asia come with some new G-Funk on Too Coo. Check out the video. Click here for his video 1000 Palm Trees featuring Fashawn. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2KlZFJJPN4... Read more

Planet Asia – No Apologies ft Raekwon

Planet Asia is joined by Chef Raekwon on his latest track. Check out No Apologies. Planet Asia's album Black Belt Theater drops tomorrow. Click here to buy it.... Read more

Planet Asia – Golden State (Video)

Planet Asia still shuts it down. Here's a new video for his song, Golden State. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rcBmtpeeDn4&feature=player_embedded... Read more

Planet Asia – The Last Air Benders (Video)

Here's a new video from Planet Asia. Check out The Last Air Benders. http://vimeo.com/28767607... Read more

Planet Asia – Inspiration (Video)

Here's a new video from West Coast underground OG, Planet Asia. Check out Inspiration. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zersOpYxUG0&feature=player_embedded And here's one of my favorite joints from Planet Asia and Rascoe (aka Cali Agents) from back in the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-GHQwlgJc4... Read more