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Eminem Fires A Killshot Diss At MGK & Diddy Gets Caught In The Crossfire (Audio)

On Wednesday, Eminem told Sway Calloway he was going to think things over before replying to MGK. “I’m gonna sit back, and I’m gonna wait for a second, just to see…because if people start firing off, and I try to answer every-f*cking-body that I dissed on Kamikaze, I’ma be [in... Read more

Eminem Says His Homophobic Tyler, The Creator Diss Went Too Far (Video)

So far, the first two parts of Sway Calloway's Kamikaze interview with Eminem has provided insight into his now high-profile beefs with MGK and Joe Budden. The rare public conversation also unpacks his more recent musical output, which the Detroit native admits hasn't been as on point as work from... Read more

MGK Is The First To Fire Back At Eminem & He Gets Personal (Video)

On Friday (August 31), Eminem ambushed several figures in the Rap industry and media with his Kamikaze album. The sneak-attack release addresses a host of Rap peers, from Shady Records artist (via Slaughterhouse) Joe Budden to apparent jabs at Drake, along with pokes at Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar and Tyler,... Read more

Eminem Addresses The Lack Of Dr. Dre Beats On Revival (Audio)

In mid-2017, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine released documentary The Defiant Ones. One of the focal points in the parallel documentaries on the two music producers, onetime label heads, and business partners is Eminem. Twenty years ago, Iovine handed Dre a cassette tape of Eminem's Rap Olympics battle performance and... Read more

Cassidy’s Initials Are B.A.R.S. & He Freestyles Into 2017 With Some Of His Best (Video)

Philly veteran MC Cassidy has been unusually quiet lately. Save for a Team Backpack Cypher alongside Ghostface Killah and Twista, the onetime Ruff Ryders member crept slow through 2016. That appears not to be the case for 2017. In the closing hours of the last year, the Brotherly Love lyricist... Read more

Stro Runs Through 7 Minutes Of Classic Beats In 1 Of The Year’s Best Freestyles (Video)

Stro (f/k/a The Astronomical Kid) has had a quieter 2016 than other years. However, the Brooklyn, New Yorker is just ramping up, and showing that his skills have refined. Appearing on the most recent episode of Statik Selektah's ShowOff Radio show, Stro asks if he can go off the top... Read more

Snow Tha Product Is Tired of Waiting for People to Wake Up (Video)

Mexican-American MC Snow Tha Product is no stranger to discrimination. As both a woman and a Latina in Hip-Hop, she's faced her fair share of dismissive remarks, but those who are actually listening know what's really good. The San Jose, California native has made a name for herself for using... Read more

Chris Rivers Rocks An Unreleased Pete Rock Beat & Knocks It Out (Video)

For followers of Chris Rivers' career, news that he's released another incredible freestyle may be unsurprising, but it's never less-than-impressive. The young MC from the Bronx, New York City, spent much of 2015 unloading weekly flows deftly displayed atop productions from giants like Pharrell Williams, the Alchemist, Da Beatminerz, and... Read more

D.L. Hughley Offends Everybody. No Politician, Athlete Or Doctor Is Safe (Video)

King of comedy D.L. Hughley recently visited Sway's Universe for an interview that played like a set from the celebrated stand-up. As great comedy is prone to do, topics that are often uncomfortable to talk about are brought right to the surface, where Hughley poked and prodded through astute observation... Read more

Wayne Brady Freestyles With Action Bronson & Steals The Show (Video)

This week, Action Bronson made an appearance at Shade 45 on a show hosted by Whoo Kid and DJ'd by Alchemist. Joined by Meyhem Lauren, Bronson was there to promote his VICE cooking web series. While there in the Shade 45 "fish bowl," Bronson spotted none other than the multi-faceted... Read more

Kanye West Explains Why He Blew Up On Sway & Just How Deep The Question “HOW SWAY??” Was

Throughout the last dozen years, Kanye West lyrics have dealt a lot with wealth and finances. On The Life Of Pablo, "No More Parties In L.A." is a series of verses: "A 38-year-old eight-year-old with rich nigga problems / Tell my wife that I hate the Rolls so I don't... Read more

Relive The Game-Changing Moments & Freestyles Of Stretch & Bobbito’s Show (Audio)

Yesterday (October 25) marked an even 25 years since DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito The Barber first took airwaves together. Beginning on that date in 1990, their Columbia University WKCR radio show would eventually change the sound and faces of Hip-Hop, thanks to major introductions of talent–including Nas, Big L... Read more

Eminem’s Latest Freestyle is an Exercise in Lyrical Stamina (Audio)

Since being named the winner of AFH's user-generated GOAT competition, Eminem has been busy promoting Southpaw, a Boxing film starring Jake Gylenhaal and 50 Cent, and for which he is the soundtrack's executive producer. Previously slated to become an honorary member of N.W.A. as he joins them on their forthcoming... Read more

Ab-Soul & Retch Kick Some Cool Verses as Pro Era Looks On (Video)

Statik Selektah drops a smooth beat just in time for Retch and Ab-Soul to lay down some slick rhymes on Shade 45's Showoff Radio. In between verses, Pro Era's Joey Bada$$ and Nyck Caution walk into the room prompting Ab-Soul to kick some spirited bars of his own. Ab says... Read more

Joell Ortiz Passes Out House Slippers & Talks Dr. Dre On Shade 45 (Video)

On Eminem's Shade 45, Slaughterhouse's Joell Ortiz sits down with Sway Calloway to discuss his new battle rapping series, Total Slaughter (0:30), his upcoming solo album, House Slippers (5:40), his recent weight loss (6:40), and the first time he wrote a rhyme (12:15). Joell also dove into a story about... Read more

HS87 Hits You With Freestyles Over Unreleased Hit-Boy Beats On Sway In The Morning (Video)

It's a family affair when Hit-Boy and HS87 hit the Shade 45 studio. Hit-Boy discusses his love for music, introduces his father, and takes some phone calls with fans on Sway In The Morning. Hit-Boy was the first producer to ever bring his own beats to play for Sway, and... Read more

Enter Mayhem Lauren’s New York State Of Mind Through A Freestyle (Video)

Mayhem Lauren fuels up with "Danny's House of Pizza" before unleashing his New York peppered bars for Statik Selektah and the crew at Shade 45. The Queens rapper continues to push his New York state of mind with strong work on his recently released project, Silk Pyramids, which features production... Read more

Stalley spits live on Shade 45 (Video)

Stalley was on Shade 45 and spit some verses over that Rhyme No More beat DJ Premier laced for Jay-Z. Check out the video below. Related: Stalley - Hammers & Vogues ft Curren$y (Video) Here's Rhyme No More.... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. – 5 Fingers of Death

Big K.R.I.T. is the latest MC to participate in the 5 Fingers of Death series on the Sway in the Morning show on Shade 45.  Check out how he flows over 5 beats below. Click here to download.  Also, click here to check out Kendrick Lamar's 5 Fingers of Death.... Read more

Common – When I Was 17 (Video) + DJ Drama Interview

Here are a couple of cool pieces on Common. First is his appearance on MTV's When I Was 17. Next, is an interview of him by DJ Drama where he talks about the motivation behind So Sweet, G.O.O.D. Music, his approach to his upcoming The Dreamer, The Believer album, rhyming... Read more

Talib Kweli – Distraction Live (Video)

Talib Kweli gets it in on the Sway & Devi Dev show. Check out his live a capella rendition of Distraction.  Also, here's another performance he did of the song at the Occupy Wall Street protests. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zYidlNdRpLQ... Read more

Peter Gunz Confronts Affion Crockett (Video)

You saw Affion Crocket's hysterical parody of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Cory Gunz. Last night, Peter Gunz confronted Affion Crockett about the video on Sway's show for Shade 45. You might be surprised at how tense it got... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsuwWykUB5A&feature=player_embedded... Read more

D12 – Toca Tuesdays Freestyle (Video)

You know the drill. D12 joined Tony Touch in the Shade 45 studio and spit some verses. Check it out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMBeRL3NYE8&feature=player_embedded... Read more

You know how Black Hippy gets down. You know how Toca Tuesday Freestyles go down. Here’s the combo of the 2.

Check out Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul and Schoolboy Q kicking verses (some true freestyles, some not...but all good) with Tony Touch.  10 minutes strong... Click here to download.  And, if you need more Toca Tuesday Freestyles in your life, click here. Update: Here's another freestyle from Kendrick Lamar and... Read more

Freeway kicks a true freestyle. 3+ minutes of ill lyrics straight off the dome.

The rhymes aren't perfect but the passion in the delivery and the fact that he is truly going off the top of the head more than make up for it. Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0pHnDhsy7k&feature=player_embedded If you're in the mood for more freestyles, click here to watch the documentary Freestyle.... Read more

Are there any better “freestyle” sessions than the one’s on Shade 45’s Toca Tuesdays? Saigon is the latest to drop a verse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF95HoNUmFc&feature=player_embedded And this one from Cyhi Da Prynce is still one of my favorites: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY4BAz4MlJg... Read more

Ladies and gentlemen, Lil Wayne is back in the booth…and it's like he never left. The new single is called 6'7" and ft Cory Gunz. Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMQc-AH75gA Click here to download. Also, here's Wayne's first interview post-prison.  He called into DJ Drama's radio show on Shade 45 to discuss the new single, video and many other things: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZVwSKJeQn8  .... Read more