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Killer Mike Has Made The Most Dangerous Show On Television (Video)

In just a few hours (January 18), Season 1 of Trigger Warning With Killer Mike will be available. One of the most consistent Hip-Hop artists of the last decade and a leading activist within the culture takes his charisma, his ability to ask hard questions, and his courage to television,... Read more

Dave Chappelle Details The Night R. Kelly Confronted Him With His Goons

Earlier this week, Chappelle's Show co-writer Neal Brennan revealed to The Breakfast Club that more than 15 years ago, R. Kelly and his entourage stepped to Dave Chappelle in Chicago. The confrontation took place as a response to the Comedy Central show's "Pee On You" sketch. While Brennan said he... Read more

Ghostface Killah Releases His First Song Of The Year & He’s Shining

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That '09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list,... Read more

Ghostface Killah Shines Brightly On A Remix To The Light

Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah has a long and rich history with R&B music. The Staten Island, New York legend pivoted nearly a decade ago when he released Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City. That '09 album and its cast of guests blended Hip-Hop with R&B in its guest list,... Read more

E-40 Is 1 Of Hip-Hop’s Smartest Hustlers. He Breaks Down His Businesses Beyond Rap

Twenty years ago, E-40 named his album, Charlie Hustle: The Blueprint Of A Self-Made Millionaire. While the moniker and subtitle may have been accurate at the time, the founder of Sick Wid It Records has seemingly lived up to that statement ever since. As 40 Water's career has been going... Read more

Kevin Hart Apologizes To Native Americans For Throwing A Cowboys & Indians Party

Kevin Hart appeared on The Breakfast Club to address the climate of comedy against the current cancel-culture taking place on social media. “Everything with comedy is a gamble," said Hart. "You [are] throwin’ the dice every time. You might not laugh at this sh*t, and that’s the gamble that I’m... Read more

Aaron McGruder Discusses The Boondocks Being Ahead Of Its Time

Since broadcasting earlier this month, Surviving R. Kelly has many people re-examining their position on the onetime R&B superstar. This month's six-part documentary on Lifetime details the accusations against the 52-year-old by alleged victims. These include claims of sex with underage girls and graphic accounts of abuse and predatory tactics... Read more

This Video From Nas’ Most Recent Album Is Everything

After a mid-November short film compromised of more than half of his Kanye West-produced Nasir album, Nas continues to release the music videos a la carte. Earlier this week, the lyrical legend dropped the jarring and provocative "Cops Shot The Kid" visual, including a Slick Rick cameo. He has since... Read more

Kevin Hart Speaks About Why We Find Joy In The Unhappiness Of Others

Kevin Hart is a recent guest on Sway In The Morning. He addresses the recent controversy surrounding his stepping down from hosting this year's Academy Awards. While there were some suggestions that Kevin might return to the post for next month's 91st Oscar event, he puts those notions to bed.... Read more

Nas Throws His Hands Up In Solidarity With Those Unjustly Killed By Cops

Near the midpoint of 2018, Nas released his NASIR album, produced entirely by Kanye West. Apart from having one producer, the legendary MC's 11th album saw a different rollout than his other works. It was not until mid-November that fans got a video from the Mass Appeal/Def Jam Records release.... Read more

Pharoahe Monch Just Released A New Song & It’s Pure Crack (Video)

Pharoahe Monch may have just released the most exciting new song in the first week of 2019. Last year, the esteemed lyricist partnered with M.O.P's Lil Fame for the menacing a la carte video single, "24 Hours." The Queens, New Yorker also made standout appearances on Masta Ace & Marco... Read more

Bun B Reveals How Different MCs Are As Parents Than As Performers

Bun B is widely respected as one of Rap music's pillars of guidance. While the UGK co-founder refused to censor his lyrics throughout his career, the Port Arthur, Texas "Trill O.G." is recognized for his wisdom far more than his '90s vulgarity. In the 15 years between Too Hard To... Read more

Too Short & Others Explain How Record Companies Are Robbing Artists Blind (Video)

For decades, record labels and the artists they represented, have developed a love/hate relationship. If the public bought records, fame followed. Fortune, however, was not guaranteed. Some of the more successful artists across music did not receive compensation to reflect their success on charts or stages. In the most recent... Read more

It’s A Rap. Skillz Calls It Like It Was In 2018 (Audio)

Honoring a tradition that is nearly 20 years old, Skillz sums up the year that was with a rap. Long before any ball drops commemorating the arrival of 2019, the Virginia veteran MC (and DJ) makes sense of a complicated year in Hip-Hop and the world at large. The song... Read more

Wale Channels Ghostface Killah To Send A Chilly Message To His Competition & Critics

Wale released a series of singles and EPs this year. Apart from a feature on Logic's YSIV, it was a lower profile year for the Warner Bros. Records artist. However, the veteran spitter refuses to let 2018 end without reminding fans and his peers that he's a top-tier spitter. Moreover,... Read more

Layzie Challenges Migos To Battle Bone Thugs-N-Harmony To See Who’s Best

Members of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony and Migos are at odds. At the center of the developing tension are Layzie Bone and Offset. Twice this year, and most recently in an XXL interview, the Migos member declared that his trio is "the greatest group in the world to ever exist." Previously, he... Read more

Joe Budden Had The Biggest Come Up In A Year He Was Supposed To Struggle

It was one year ago this week that Joe Budden exited the show Everyday Struggle. On December 18, 2017, DJ Whoo Kid unceremoniously took Budden's seat on the Complex weekday talk series alongside co-hosts Nadeska Alexis and DJ Akademiks. The guest known best as a G-Unit DJ and radio personality told... Read more

Xzibit Explains Why Pimp My Ride Was Profitable For Everyone But Him

From 2004 to 2007, Pimp My Ride brought custom car culture makeovers into living rooms around the world. It was hosted by Xzibit and the show further introduced the platinum-selling Los Angeles, California MC to a worldwide audience as a media personality. Centering around L.A.'s car culture, the series hooked... Read more

Killer Mike Is Getting His Own TV Show & It’s About Questioning EVERYTHING

For more than 15 years, Killer Mike has been a Rap artist who has proven that he can give people information and then rally them to act. In 2016, the Run The Jewels co-founder led a successful campaign to "Bank Black" in his native Atlanta, Georgia. The statement  sent a... Read more

Erykah Badu Shows Why She’s One Of The Best Performers Alive & A True Legend

Twenty-one years after her debut album, Erykah Badu is actively adding to one of music's most revered catalogs. The Dallas, Texas native Badu sings, she DJs, and she carries her passion for performing with her everywhere. Last month, Erykah received the Soul Train Music Awards "Legend" recognition. Badu was presented... Read more

Kevin Hart Steps Down From Hosting Oscars After Backlash Over His Past Remarks

On Tuesday night (December 4), Kevin Hart announced that he had agreed to host the upcoming 91st Academy Awards next February. The superstar comedian and actor mentioned his late mother being proud in a social media post that confirmed the news. Approximately 48 hours later, Hart stepped down from the... Read more

Four Hip-Hop Artists Have Grammy Nominations For Album Of The Year

The 61st Grammy Awards nominations have been announced, and there is plenty to talk about for Rap and Hip-Hop fans. The affair will take place February 10, 2019, returning the event to Los Angeles, California's Staples Center after a New York City ceremony earlier this year. While Top Dawg and... Read more

Travel Back To The Early ’90s & Hear Casual Paint Hieroglyphics With Words On His Demo

A few years before there Mistah F.A.B. burst onto the scene, it was Casual who turned a Bay Area reputation for battling into a successful music career that has lasted ever since. "Smash Rockwell" continues to put in work with his Hieroglyphics crew, as Fear Itself approaches its 25th anniversary.... Read more

Del The Funky Homosapien, Domino & Dante Ross Detail The Making Of No Need For Alarm

The cornerstone of Del The Funky Homosapien’s career and artistic identity belongs to his second album, No Need For Alarm. Released 25 years ago last month, the Elektra Records LP may not be remembered as a commercial triumph. However, the record increased the profiles of Del’s Hieroglyphics cohorts, establishing a... Read more

In 1988, A Dozen Songs By Top Shelf MCs Went Missing. They’ve Been Found (Audio)

Back in 1988, there was a small studio and gathering place in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Top Shelf Studios was reportedly different than the usual places where Rap records were made. At a time when the culture was blossoming, MCs from across New York City liked the energy of the... Read more

Nas Demands A Second Look At His Album With A Stunning Short Film (Video)

Released this June 15, Nas' NASIR album is unique within his catalog. It is the legendary MC's shortest project, clocking in at less than 27 minutes. It is also his first solo album made entirely with a single producer at the helm. For 2018, that was Kanye West, who worked... Read more

15 Years Later The Black Album Is Still JAY-Z’s Perfect Fadeaway (Video)

"Any time you're making an album, especially if this is your last album, every single track has to be a statement. Like, in your mind, you're thinking, I have to make the perfect album," JAY-Z said before Fade To Black cameras during 2003, when the documentary filmed. "Anybody that knows... Read more

Bobby Brown Reveals The Real Reason Mike Tyson Lost To Buster Douglas

On February 11, 1990 Mike Tyson fought Buster Douglas at The Tokyo Dome. In 10 rounds, the fight would go down in history as one of boxing's biggest upsets. The undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion lost to Douglas, an underdog with four losses and a draw to his name at the... Read more

Erykah Badu Dedicates A Mix To Roy Hargrove & Shares A New Song That’s Money (Audio)

In the last week, a principal musician within the Soulquarians family passed away at 49 years old. Trumpeter Roy Hargrove, Jr. played on Common’s Like Water For Chocolate, D’Angelo’s Voodoo, and Erykah Badu’s Mama’s Gun. On the last of the three, the Waco, Texas native played on "Green Eyes" as... Read more

Do Remember When The Internet Figured Out The Exact Date Ice Cube Had A Good Day

Twenty-five years ago, Ice Cube released the highest-charting solo song of his three-plus-decade Rap career. Although "It Was A Good Day" made its debut in late 1992 on Cube's third LP, The Predator, the single took flight after the album's second single, "Wicked." The formula for "It Was A Good... Read more

Pusha-T Says Producer “40,” Not Kanye West, Snitched About Drake’s Child (Audio)

This past weekend, a conversation between Drake and Lebron James seemingly rehashed what may end up as 2018's most talked-about feud in Rap. While Drizzy and Pusha-T have been verbally sparring on songs for most of this decade, the art of war got especially colorful this year in the form... Read more

J-Live Is Making Hip-Hop Great Again With A Song About Hate (Lyric Video)

The triple threat MC/DJ/producer J-Live has demonstrated that he loves concept. The Atlanta, Georgia-based New Yorker's last album, 2015's How Much Water used H20 as a theme throughout, complemented by liquid lyricism and pitter-pattering beats. Justice Allah's biggest single of 2018, "Hating," is both conceptual and topical. In the lyric... Read more

Lil Wayne Confirms That When He Shot Himself It Was Really A Suicide Attempt (Audio)

Last Friday (September 28), Lil Wayne released his twelfth solo album, Tha Carter V. The Young Money LP arrives more than three years since Weezy F. Baby had a full-length LP, and more than five calendars since the New Orleans, Louisiana native put one of his albums on a CD... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Is Decidedly Your Greatest Hip-Hop Group Of All Time

On April, Ambrosia For Heads launched a tournament where Hip-Hop fans were able to vote on their favorite group of all time. After more than 60 match-ups across six rounds, we now have an answer. Wu-Tang Clan is decidedly the readers' greatest Hip-Hop group of all-time. The championship was hard-fought.... Read more

Ghostface & Big Daddy Kane Have United To Take Hip-Hop Back (Audio)

Wu-Tang Clan swordsman Ghostface Killah has been open about his musical influences. The Staten Island, New Yorker grew up admiring Rap music from the likes of Kool G Rap & DJ Polo, Slick Rick, Divine Force, Ultramagnetic MC's, and others. Over the last 25 years, he has been able to... Read more

MC Lyte Will Celebrate 30 Years In Hip-Hop With A Kennedy Center Concert

Thirty years ago this month, MC Lyte released her debut album, Lyte As A Rock. The MC born Lana Moorer was just 17 years old when she linked with Audio Two and First Priority Music to drop one of the earliest full-length offerings by a solo female Rap artist. The... Read more

Lord Jamar Recites Eminem’s Diss Of Him & Suspects It Has Racial Overtones (Video)

There are many targets on Eminem's recently-released Kamikaze album. One of the people that Marshall Mathers calls out by name is Lord Jamar. Over nineteen years ago Em ran and worked in the same circles as Sadat X back on Soundbombing 2. However, in 2018, he appears to be at... Read more

An Argument For Why J. Cole’s KOD Is Already The Album Of The Year (Video)

There are three and a half months left in 2018. However, one album has proven to rise from the pack with time, less than six months since its release. J. Cole's KOD is a compelling body of work that stands to be among the best art from a consistent source.... Read more

Happy Birthday Big Daddy Kane. King Asiatic Turns 50 Years Old (Video)

Earlier this year, LL Cool J and Rakim both celebrated their 50th birthdays. Today (September 10), another game-changing lyricist joins the party. Big Daddy Kane (aka Antonio Hardy) turns 50. This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Long Live The Kane. At 50, Kane's longevity is cemented. In terms... Read more

Drake & Meek Mill End Their Beef & Embrace On Stage (Video)

Three years ago, the biggest beef in Rap music was between Drake and Meek Mill. In July of 2015, Meek Mill launched a campaign that may have forever shaped Drake's perception in the Hip-Hop community. The Maybach Music Group star accused Drizzy using ghostwriters and references for songs, including one... Read more

Joe Budden Flips Out On Eminem. He Says He’s Been Better Than Em For A Decade (Video)

Friday (August 31) marked Joe Budden's 38th birthday. The Jersey City MC-turned-media host says he woke up to learn that Eminem addressed him on a sneak-attack album, Kamikaze. The news came after Budden was publicly critical of Eminem's 2017 work, (especially singles "Walk On Water" and "Untouchable") via his platforms, ... Read more

Donald Glover’s New Video Shows Hip-Hop America & How Great It Could Be

Just under four months ago, Donald Glover released one of the most unforgettable music videos of 2018. "This Is America" is artful, symbolic, and it is certainly jarring. The visual was a return to Rap for the versatile, genre-defying also artist also known as Childish Gambino. Since then, Glover released... Read more

Bun B Has A Very Trill Conversation About Quitting Unhealthy & Deadly Habits (Video)

This Friday (August 31), Bun B is releasing Return Of The Trill. Originally titled "Bernard," the album marks a personal transformation for the UGK co-founder as it pertains to his music. In the last decade, Bun B has expanded his resumé to include teaching at Houston's Rice University, co-authoring a children's... Read more

Lauryn Hill Responds To Her Critics In A MAJOR Way. This Is A Re-Education.

Just over two weeks ago, Grammy Award-winning musician/artist Robert Glasper opened up about Lauryn Hill in an interview with Houston, Texas' 97.9 The BOX. The revealing 40-minute conversation found Glasper recalling his time with L-Boogie in 2008 as a touring musician. Those memories were not positive, as the pianist says... Read more

Killer Mike Is Running Fine Art Now Too

In the world of visual and fine art, some if not all topics of discussion revolve around the grey area between traditional and nontraditional forms of art. Museum culture is often depicted as intensely exclusive with a missing link to the world of music, specifically in Hip-Hop. In recent years,... Read more

DOOM & DJ Muggs Assassinate Kanye West In Their Latest Video

Artistically, DJ Muggs pulls no punches. The Cypress Hill co-founder is known for a raw and uncompromising style. His brand is Soul Assassins, and from GZA to Sick Jacken, Ill Bill to Planet Asia, he historically aligns with MCs that are not afraid to speak their mind on the microphone.... Read more

A Report Suggests Beyoncé & Kanye’s TIDAL Streaming Numbers Were Inflated (Video)

In recent weeks, several of the major streaming platforms have been under public fire for some of their hate speech policies and excessive marketing. While JAY-Z's Tidal service has avoided those headlines, an ongoing investigation into the platform raises some other questions entirely. VICE News has published a video that... Read more

Drake’s New Video Shows No One Is Better At Being In Their Feelings Than He Is

Drake has released a music video to his #1 single, "In My Feelings." The Scorpion track produced by Noah "40" Shebib, TrapMoneyBenny, and Blaqnmild has created a viral moment with its "Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding? / Say you'll never ever leave from beside me / 'Cause... Read more

Mysonne Says He’s Today’s Tupac & Nas On The Best Freestyle Of The Year (Video)

Mysonne is far from a new artist. The Bronx, New York MC has made his impression felt for years, on major platforms like his show-stopping performance at last year's BET Hip Hop Awards cypher stage. However, awareness surrounding the MC who appeared on Ma$e's Double Up and Ruff Ryders' Ryde... Read more

This Black Eyed Peas’ Video Shows What A Horrible Mess Our Country Has Become

It is no secret that the Black Eyed Peas, throughout the last 20 years, have taken their Hip-Hop talents to Pop music pursuits. The shift would lead millions upon millions of music fans across the globe to the group that began as a product of the 1990s Underground Hip Hop... Read more