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Anderson .Paak & Kendrick Lamar Perform Tints Together For The 1st Time

This weekend, Anderson .Paak brought his hometown of Oxnard (also the title of his latest album) to New York City. He did it live, care of a role as the SNL musical guest. .Paak's Aftermath Entertainment debut released last month and features Q-Tip, Snoop Dogg, and Pusha-T, among others. However,... Read more

Jimmy Fallon Details How He Convinced The Roots To Be His Show’s House Band (Video)

Next March marks a decade for The Roots and Jimmy Fallon working together five nights a week. The partnership began in 2009 when the Grammy Award-winning band from Philadelphia joined The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon in the midst of one of their strongest album-making strides. That relationship carried over... Read more

Donald Glover’s Atlanta Has Been Nominated For 16 Emmy Awards

Just two months after the final episode of Season 2 aired, the award season heats up for Donald Glover's Atlanta. The FX series created by and starring the actor and musician known by stage-name Childish Gambino has received 16 Emmy Award nominations. For Glover, four of those inclusions relate to... Read more

How Damon Wayans Getting Fired From SNL Lit His Future In Living Color

Between 1990 and 1992, Damon Wayans was one of the driving forces of In Living Color. Created by Damon's older brother, producer/writer/director Keenen Ivory Wayans, the sketch comedy show was an integral platform in the acting careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier, Tommy Davidson, and many others.... Read more

A New Video Shows The Insane Amount Of Work That Went Into Making SNL’s “A Kanye Place”

It's been a massive week for Donald Glover and his music alias, Childish Gambino. After a top-notch appearance as both host and musical guest for SNL over the weekend (May 5), Glover also released a single coupled with an incredibly powerful, intricately layered, and culturally significant music video for, "This Is... Read more

Donald Glover’s SNL Skit Shows What A Horror Show Kanye West Has Become (Video)

Since Kanye West returned to social media in recent weeks, it has become a 24-7 news cycle for those deeming it worthy of their attention. After a lengthy hiatus from interacting with the public, West returned to Twitter with philosophical quotes by mid-April. Gearing up for a long-awaited album, Heads... Read more

Michael Che Becomes SNL’s First Head Writer Of Color

Saturday Night Live is a television mainstay dating back to 1975. In those 42 years, NBC's sketch comedy show has catapulted the careers of Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, and countless others. This week, it was announced that Lorne Michaels' show has appointed its first... Read more

From Q-Tip To Chappelle, Talib Kweli’s Inner-Circle Shines In His New Video

Since the 1990s, Talib Kweli has maintained his role as one of Hip-Hop's leading voices striving for political empowerment and enlightenment. His passion for preaching righteousness and seeking justice had recently got Kweli's Twitter account briefly suspended for calling out a racist, homophobic lawyer.  It may be poetic coincidence that... Read more

Eminem Lists All The Reasons Why He’s NOT A Rap God In A Powerful New Song (Audio)

Life is too short to listen to bad music. So...let AFH fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it's ever been. Not only are we able to go back... Read more

JAY-Z Celebrates Colin Kaepernick & Bares His Soul In 2 SNL Performances (Video)

Last night, JAY-Z, along with host Ryan Gosling, helped kick off the 43rd season of Saturday Night Live. While Jay is no stranger to the SNL stage, this was the first time he performed music from his recent 4:44 album before a national TV audience, and he made the most... Read more

Snoop Dogg May Receive An Emmy Award Before Getting A Grammy

After 18 nominations, Snoop Dogg has never received a Grammy award in his 25-year music career. Tha Doggfather, whose trophy case does boast an American Music Award and a BET Award, may soon earn an Emmy. The Grammys Are Making Changes To Do Better By Rap. Now Maybe Snoop &... Read more

Jay Pharoah Is Funny But This Freestyle Is No Joke (Video)

Jay Pharoah is not the first comedian who can imitate famous rappers and singers as part of his act. However, it is abundantly clear that the Virginia native is out to be the best. This past week, the former SNL cast member (who ranked #55 in Rolling Stone's all-time funniest... Read more

Chance The Rapper’s Christmas In Hollis Spoof Is A Drop The Mic Moment (Video)

Chance The Rapper returned to SNL. Now Grammy-nominated, the versatile MC/singer did more than just perform select pages from his acclaimed Coloring Book. In one sketch, Chance perfectly nailed a copycat image of D.M.C., while Kenan Thompson takes on the Rev Run part. Together, these artists expertly spoof Run-D.M.C.'s indelible... Read more

Here Are The Best Hip-Hop Performances & Videos Of 2016

2016 has been a unique year. With it, Hip-Hop had a lot to say, visually. Poets new and old, independent and well-heeled, used their art to promote awareness, suggest change, and when appropriate, provide distraction. At a time when the music video largely lives online, artists made statements—about themselves, their... Read more

The Symphony 2016 Was Just 1 Of The Truly Amazing Performances & Videos Of The Year

2016 has been a unique year. With it, Hip-Hop had a lot to say, visually. Poets new and old, independent and well-heeled, used their art to promote awareness, suggest change, and when appropriate, provide distraction. At a time when the music video largely lives online, artists made statements—about themselves, their... Read more

A Tribe Called Quest Perform On SNL & Phife Dawg Looms Large (Video)

On one of the most highly-anticipated episodes of SNL in recent memory, A Tribe Called Quest joined host Dave Chappelle, as the show's musical guests. It was the group's first major television appearance since their performance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon on November 13, 2015, in celebration of... Read more

Dave Chappelle Hosts SNL & The Timing Could Not Have Been Better (Video)

Tonight (November 12), Dave Chappelle hosted Saturday Night Live. It was the first time for the brilliant comedian whose Chappelle's Show gave SNL, and every other sketch comedy show, a run for its money as the best of all-time, and his appearance could not have come at a better moment.... Read more

Dave Chappelle & A Tribe Called Quest Will Kick It On SNL

One week from today (November 11), A Tribe Called Quest will release its sixth and final album We Got It From Here, Thank You for Your Service. While Phife Dawg died more than six months prior to its release, the surviving founding three members of the group aim to make... Read more

Bruno Mars Takes The Stage On SNL And Absolutely Owns It (Video)

Over the years, Bruno Mars has established himself as one of the most talented performers in the business. It has earned him the opportunity to rock the Super Bowl, the world's biggest platform, and countless other mega events. As dazzling as those shows have been, there is something magical that... Read more

Tracy Morgan Explains Why He Never Makes Fun Of The Audience (Video)

Tracy Morgan is healing wounds in more ways than one. This morning (October 13), the 30 Rock veteran and SNL alum sat down with The Breakfast Club to discuss how his near-death experience has matured him. In the interview, Morgan speaks on his ability to transform pain into laughter and his... Read more

Drake vs Everybody: Why He’s The Best Rapper You Love To Hate (Video)

For the 1.2 million people who showed their love for Drake by way of first week sales of his VIEWS album, there are millions more who take great pleasure in deriding his every move. There are countless memes and vitriolic comments aimed at the Toronto MC who has become one... Read more

Leave It To SNL To Provide Comic Relief To Oscar Controversies (Video)

Since its days known as Saturday Night Live, SNL has been a podium for making light of headline news and strong social discourse. This month, the specific 2016 Oscar nominations (and lack thereof) prompted very public dialogue surrounding the diversity of its nominating committees. Meanwhile, the Academy of Motion Picture... Read more

Skillz’s Rap Up Masterfully Covers The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Of 2015 (Audio)

Like clockwork, Skillz serves up his annual summary of the year that was, with a masterful rap. There is nothing like his blow by blow rhyme to remind us all of the good, bad and often bizarre happenings of 2015. In his latest installment, Skillz covers seemingly everything that dominated... Read more

Chance The Rapper Makes SNL History As Its First Independent Musical Guest (Video)

The year 2015 is ending on a high for Hip-Hop. Earlier in the week, Kendrick Lamar was nominated for 11 Grammy Awards, the most ever for a Hip-Hop performer in a single year. And, tonight (12/12), Chance The Rapper became the first independent artist, in any genre, to perform on... Read more

Michelle Obama Gets On The Mic For Education & Shows Why She’s Flow-Tus (Video)

First the last 18 months, First Lady Of The United States Michelle Obama has been diligently advancing her Reach Higher initiative. The objective of the extended campaign is "to inspire every student in America to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a... Read more

Tracy Morgan’s SNL Return Is A Special TV Moment. Watch The Full Episode (Video)

Last night, into early this morning (October 18), Tracy Morgan returned to host "SNL" (f/k/a "Saturday Night Live"). The highly-successful cast alum returned to the storied NBC live sketch comedy show a year removed from an auto accident. The June 2014 incident on the New Jersey Turnpike took the life... Read more

Tracy Morgan Returns To Stand-Up Comedy For First Time Since Accident

This coming Saturday (October 17), Tracy Morgan will make his return to host "SNL." Not only is the former cast member returning to his NBC alma mater, he is making a public, televised performance following a June, 2014 accident that nearly cost him his life. One of Tracy's friends and... Read more

Damon Wayans Gets Deadly Serious About Diabetes, In Living Color & Past Racism on SNL (Video)

An adage famously says that "tragedy plus time equals comedy." Throughout the last 30 years, Damon Wayans has tested that formula. The comedian and actor dazzled television, film, and stand-up with imitation and observation that barred no holds. The "In Living Color" and "My Wife And Kids" superstar created caricatures... Read more

Following Near Fatal Accident, Tracy Morgan Will Return To Host SNL

It has been more than one year since actor/comedian Tracy Morgan was nearly killed on the New Jersey Turnpike. On June 7, 2014, a six-car accident left comedian James McNair dead, and Morgan (along with other passengers) severely injured. Morgan, who was in a coma for nearly two weeks, suffered... Read more

Cookie Lyon Meets Cookie Monster. No One on Sesame Street is Safe (Video)

The season might be over for FOX's breakout hit, Empire, but that doesn't mean the show's matriarch, Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson), is taking a break. Instead, she's taking over a new show and a new street. In a hilarious SNL spoof, Queen Lyon invaded the world of... Read more

Watch a 21-Year Old Eddie Murphy Talk About His Experiences on SNL (Video)

Saturday Night Live is celebrating its 40th anniversary tonight (2/15) with an all-star special involving several of its alumni and guests from the last several decades. One of the most highly-anticipated moments will be the return of Eddie Murphy, who has not been on the SNL stage since he left... Read more

Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell & Jimmy Fallon Have A Post Super-Bowl Lip Sync Championship Battle (Video)

In the post-Super Bowl XLIX fanfare, Jimmy Fallon hosted a special Sunday edition of "The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon." With the special captive audience, and some carryover from the big weekend, Jimmy reverted to one of his nighttime talk show's winningest formulas: show how well celebrities know the lyrics... Read more

What If Jay Z Was White? Take a Look (Video)

There's been a lot of discussion about the appropriation of Hip-Hop lately. After showing what The Wire would look like if it took place in gentrified Brooklyn, SNL took on the sensitive subject of Race & Hip-Hop with no fear. Witness the "fully accurate Jay Z story," as portrayed by... Read more

D’Angelo & The Vanguard Perform Really Love & The Charade on SNL (Video)

This season of SNL has featured a parade of Funk. Prince tore down the stage in November and Mark Ronson & Bruno Bars kept it hot a couple of weeks later. Now, D'Angelo takes the stage with his multi-piece band The Vanguard. D performed his smoothed out single "Really Love,"... Read more

Eddie Murphy is Returning to SNL for the First Time in Over 30 Years

Many of the biggest stars in comedy were launched on NBC's Saturday Night Live. Names like John Belushi, Bill Murray, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler are household now, after noteworthy turns on the show. Perhaps no SNL alum is more well known than Eddie Murphy. Despite... Read more

What If The Wire Was Set In Gentrified Brooklyn? Kevin Hart Illustrates… (Video)

HBO's "The Wire" awakened a multitude of viewers to the grittiness of Baltimore, Maryland's underbelly. The hit show magnificently highlighted the total characterization of the drug trade, from corner-boys, to kingpins, henchman, to police officers, media, government, and transporters. David Simon's crime drama has been off the air for almost... Read more

Mystikal & Bruno Mars Get Funky with Mark Ronson and It Feels Right (Video)

This weekend, Mark Ronson took the stage on Saturday Night Live and time traveled back to 1972 with a brief stop in 1980. He performed his song "Uptown Funk" featuring Bruno Mars, which channels the rugged, stanky funk of the early 80's Prince era. The performance features a rugged bass... Read more

Was Kendrick Lamar’s SNL Performance a Tribute to Method Man & ODB? RZA Speaks (Video)

Last week, Kendrick Lamar took the stage on Saturday Night Live and gave an incredibly dynamic performance of his current single, "i." The rendition featured a live band and Kendrick showcasing some of the choreography from the song's video. Strikingly, K.Dot also wore black eye contacts and his hair in... Read more

Kendrick Lamar Brings Out Jay Rock to Crash His Saturday Night Live Party (Video)

Kendrick Lamar took the stage on Saturday Night Live for the second time in 2 years. He performed an extremely animated version of his single "i," complete with a funky live band, black contact lenses and even choreography from the video. He also flipped the flow of the song to... Read more

Prince Turns on the Funk Then Rocks Out on Saturday Night Live (Video)

Saturday Night Live now belongs to Prince. He took the SNL performance stage last night and held it hostage for 8+ minutes amidst a storm of unrelenting funk and rock. Accompanied by his group 3rdEyeGirl, Prince broke a 40-year SNL tradition by playing one monster set instead of two separate... Read more

Think Drake Takes Himself Too Seriously? Think Again. Here’s Some Sound Advice for Him (Video)

Though Drake's music career has taken a front seat to his acting, he's proven on SNL and other vehicles that he still has his thespian chops. In particular, he's flexed his comedic abilities, never being afraid to take shots at himself, or at least the perceptions about him. In Sound... Read more

Drake Takes Over SNL. Here Are 4 Performances (Video)

Drake took over Saturday Night Live last night, assuming duties as both host and musical guest. In between sketches, he took the time to perform Started From the Bottom, Trophies, Hold On, We're Going Home and From Time (with Jhene Aiko). Check out all 4 performances below. Started From the... Read more

Janelle Monae Performs Dance Apocalyptic on SNL (Video)

Janelle Monae brought her quirky soul, funk fusion to SNL last night with a typically high energy performance. You can watch Dance Apocalyptic below. Related: Janelle Monae – Prime Time ft Miguel (Audio)... Read more

Kanye West Performs Black Skinhead & New Slaves on SNL (Video)

Kanye West's new Yeezus album seems like it is going to be even darker than My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. After premiering his song New Slaves on Friday night, Kanye debuted another incendiary new track from the album on SNL Saturday night. You can watch his performances of Black Skinhead... Read more

Kendrick Lamar performs Swimming Pools (Drank) and Poetic Justice on SNL (Video)

Kendrick Lamar made his debut on Saturday Night Live over the weekend and performed dope renditions of Swimming Pools (Drank) and Poetic Justice, accompanied by a live band. Check out both performances below. Related: Kendrick Lamar in the SNL Short “YOLO” (Video) Swimming Pools (Drank) Poetic Justice... Read more

Kendrick Lamar in the SNL Short “YOLO” (Video)

Kendrick Lamar made his debut on Saturday Night Live last night. In addition to performing "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice," K. Dot was in an SNL short with Andy Samberg and Adam Levine. Check out "YOLO" below. Related: Kendrick Lamar – Nas Is Like Freestyle (Audio)... Read more

Eminem and Lil Wanyne together performing on the same stage. This is a fitting coda to the best year ever in hip-hop.

Eminem and Lil Wayne performed on SNL last night. Welcome back, Weezy.  They did No Love, Won't Back Down and the first televised version of 6'7".  Could this be the next hip-hop stadium bill? .... Read more

Kanye West is really killing the game right now. Check out his remix of Power from SNL.

Not only did Kanye change his second verse which originally skewered the SNL cast, he also managed to do a scaled down live version of his groundbreaking video. The new verse is dope, but it's a bit surprising that he changed it. Big Brother Hov had no problem looking the... Read more