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A New Mashup Mix Perfectly Blends The Sounds Of Lauryn Hill & Nina Simone

One of Ms. Lauryn Hill's biggest inspirations is Nina Simone. With mirroring emotions through the soulful cries in their delivery, the presence of Simone's influence is undeniable throughout Lauryn's singing catalog. The Fugees songstress embraced the likeness of her artistry to the late musician not only in song, but also... Read more

Black Thought Wastes No Time Releasing His Second Solo Album Of 2018

At the top of June, Black Thought released his first ever solo project. Streams Of Thought, Vol. 1 was years in the making for The Roots' Grammy Award-winning MC. More than two years after Tariq Trotter dropped the 9th Wonder-producer "Making A Murderer" with Styles P, he offered up that... Read more

Black Thought Has Released His 1st Ever Solo Project & It’s Everything (Audio)

Black Thought has partnered with 9th Wonder to release a project outside of his award-winning, critically-acclaimed work with The Roots. Beyond his consistent, yet demanding gig with the hardest-working band in show business, including a daily spot on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon along with an acting career, the... Read more

DJ Jazzy Jeff’s New Album Is A Magnificent End To An Incredible Trilogy (Audio)

Different eras of Hip-Hop fans may know DJ Jazzy Jeff for various achievements in his career. Some first encountered Jeffrey Townes' turntablism and production skills thanks to DJ Jazzy & The Fresh Prince. Others have learned of the innovating mix-master through his stellar solo career, mixtapes, and collaborative works. With... Read more

The Pharcyde Release A Deluxe Edition Of Their Debut Album With 16 Bonus Songs (Audio)

Next week (November 24) marks 25 years since The Pharcyde released debut album Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. With that milestone, a new "deluxe edition" box-set emerges to celebrate the gold-certified Delicious Vinyl LP with 16 bonus songs. Crate Recordings assembles the material, which is available for stream (below). The... Read more

Defari Unleashes His First Album In 11 Years, Produced By Evidence. Stream It All. (Audio)

In 1999, Defari was one of the most exciting emerging voices in Hip-Hop. Mentored by The Alkaholiks' E-Swift, the southern California MC appeared on Dr. Dre's massive 2001 the same year he released Focused Daily on Tommy Boy Records. Like affiliates Xzibit and Dilated Peoples, the Likwit MC appeared capable... Read more

Wu-Tang Clan Have Just Released Their Best Album In Years. The Saga Continues (Audio)

Moments ago, members of Wu-Tang Clan released Wu-Tang: The Saga Continues. Executive produced by RZA, with strong role-playing from Method Man, the LP also features Ghostface Killah, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, and Masta Killa. Redman appeared on the album's first two singles (including one video), adding to a 20-plus-year bond with the... Read more

O.C. & Apathy’s New Concept Album Boasts Cold Rhymes & Rugged Beats (Audio)

From Russia with love...of beats and rhymes. Two-and-a-half years after the collaborative album was announced O.C. (D.I.T.C.) and Apathy (Army Of The Pharaohs/Demigodz) release Perestroika. Evident from the first single, which premiered at Ambrosia For Heads, the Brooklyn-to-Connecticut LP plays around with the Soviet/Evil Empire theme. Titles on the record include... Read more

Public Enemy Release Their Free Album 5 Days Early. Listen Now. (Audio)

AUGUST 16 UPDATE: The YouTube post of the album has been added below. ORIGINAL JUNE 29 STORY: Earlier this week, it announced that Public Enemy's 14th album Nothing Is Quick In The Desert (Except Death) would be releasing on July 4. Perhaps basking in the day of their own independence,... Read more

Royce 5’9 Sets The Bar 4 2017 With The Best Mixtape Of The Year (Audio)

With 2016's Layers, Royce 5'9 landed the highest-performing solo LP of his career, a laudable accomplishment for an MC whose presence in the game extends back decades. Since its release, Detroit, Michigan's Nickel Nine never retreated from the mic, dropping punishing, razor-sharp features on projects from Westside Gunn & Conway, Consequence,... Read more

J. Period Releases A Mix Of Mashups & Classics Celebrating 23 Years Of OutKast (Audio)

Today (April 26), OutKast's debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik turns 23 years old. The 1994 full length introduction of Andre 3000 and Big Boi was one for the ages. Deemed the "Best New Artists" at the following Source Awards, 'Kast raised the profile of Atlanta, Georgia's contributions to Hip-Hop simply by creating... Read more

Oddisee May Be Hip-Hop’s Most Underrated MC. His New Album Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg (Audio)

If you count collaborative works, Oddisee has released 11 albums since 2008. That does not account for the litany of mixtapes, plethora of compilation work, and four EPs from the Mello Music Group mainstay. While so many contemporary independent artists can often recklessly release product to see what sticks, the... Read more

Boldy James’ Comeback EP Featuring Kool G Rap Is A Welcomed Return (Audio)

When Nas invested in Mass Appeal Records, Boldy James was one the artists he began touting shortly after. The Detroit, Michigan street MC worked with Prodigy, Action Bronson, Odd Future, and extensive work with Alchemist. While he was extremely prolific in the early 2010s, Boldy slowed his roll over the... Read more

Alchemist & Curren$y Recruit Major Producers As Accomplices For “Heist” Remix (Audio)

In February of this year, Curren$y and Alchemist masterminded The Carrollton Heist. The New Orleans, Louisiana MC and Venice, California-based produced offered 12 tracks featuring Action Bronson, Styles P, and Spitta's onetime mentor Lil Wayne. Curren$y & Alchemist Re-Up On A New Mixtape Featuring Action Bronson & Styles P As... Read more

A-F-R-O Has Flows For Days On Marco Polo’s Best Beats (EP Stream)

Last November, Bellflower, California MC A-F-R-O released his breakthrough mixtape Tales From The Basement. More than 100,000 people gave listen to the teenage lyricist who has been cosigned by R.A. The Rugged Man, GZA, DJ Premier, and others. In the time since, All Flows Reach Out has released videos, he's... Read more

Underground Hip-Hop Is Very Much Alive In 2016. One DJ Mixes It All Together.

Often times, the glory days of Underground Hip-Hop appears coincidental with the booming resurgence of vinyl records in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Out of a movement spearheaded by radio personalities such as Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito, and Sway and King Tech, a crop of hungry artists emerged that... Read more

A Founding X-Ecutioner Moves The Crowd With Dance Hits That Can’t Be Faded (Mix)

Mista Sinista (f/k/a Joe Sinista) made a name for himself working as an elite scratch-master alongside Common, the Beatnuts, and dead prez. Since 1989, the DJ/turntablist (and onetime MC) was part of X-Ecutioners, alongside the late Roc Raida, Rob Swift, and DJ Total Eclipse. There, the group would become mix... Read more

DJ Quik Says Kanye West’s Celebrity Supersedes His Talent & Challenges Him (Video)

Yesterday (April 19), DJ Quik and Problem announced they were releasing a joint EP today, titled Rosecrans. The project, which is named after the storied street that travels through the entire city of Compton, links two generations of Hub City MCs. While promoting the release of the EP, DJ Quik... Read more

Oddisee Releases A Stellar New EP For Full Stream & Announces A New Album (Audio)

Oddisee is not yet a household name, but the MC/Producer is one of the most talented artists in Hip-Hop, currently. His 2015 album, The Good Fight, stood with the best of the year, and his stunning videos and performances only built on the narrative. Now, he returns with a new... Read more

DOOM & Sade Get Mashed Up On SADEVILLAIN (Full EP Stream)

DOOM and Sade have had a sonic affair for years. The masked villain tapped into the sweet sounds of the British Chanteuse on his song "Doomsday," from Operation: DOOMSDAY, as well as on "Kon Karne" from MM...Food? Producer Seanh2k11 picked up on the chemistry between the two and ran with... Read more

Dizzy Wright Pairs “Wisdom & Good Vibes” With A Live Band Sound (EP Stream)

Dizzy Wright has released his latest EP, Wisdom and Good Vibes. The Las Vegas, Nevada MC is headed on the road with Logic this season, and puts fresh product out there for his base. Dizz's first project since last Spring's Ambrosia For Heads-acclaimed The Growing Process finds him working with... Read more

Asher Roth, Nottz & Travis Barker Made Something Really Different, Together (EP Stream)

For years now, Heads have heard of Asher Roth and Nottz' collaborative work. In 2010, the Pennsylvania MC and Virginia producer/MC made The Rawth, a free download EP. More than five years later, the duo adds Travis Barker (Blink 182) to the fold and does it again. With a live... Read more

Stream “The Breaks” and Hear DJ Premier’s First Film Score (Video)

On Monday night (January 4), Vh1 premiered The Breaks. The film, inspired by Dan Charnas' book, The Big Payback, dramatically captures three Hip-Hop hopefuls living in 1990 New York City. One dreams to work at a hit Rap management firm. Another character wants to be a successful producer, and discover... Read more

Rapper Big Pooh Does It Again With a Stellar Album That Feels Like Home Sweet Home (Album Stream)

Throughout his career, Rapper Big Pooh has produced some of his best work when paired with producers with a penchant for soulful beats. From teaming with 9th Wonder as part of Little Brother to releasing this year's Words Paint Pictures album with Apollo Brown, something about deep funky bass lines... Read more

Ghostface Killah Unleashes a Full Album Stream of 36 Seasons (Audio)

Over the last few weeks, Ghostface Killah has released banger after banger after banger from his forthcoming 36 Seasons album. Few, if any, projects have been more anticipated. Now, the wait is over. Similar to DJ Premier & Royce Da 5'9" with their PRhyme EP, Ghost has released a full... Read more

Travi$ Scott Releases a Dark and Complex Free EP (Mixtape)

With one listen to Kanye West's Yeezus and Travi$ Scott's Owl Pharoah, the mind meld shared by the 2 sonic technicians is abundantly clear. Scott, the former G.O.O.D. Music signee, joined Kanye's camp in 2012 and his influence could be heard as early as on their Cruel Summer project. With... Read more

Ready For Common’s Nobody’s Smiling Album? Here’s the Full Stream (Audio)

After several stellar releases, Common's Nobody's Smiling album hits stores on Tuesday (7/22). The album is now available for full stream. Check out his song Blak Majik featuring Jhene Aiko below, as well as a link to the stream. Related: Common Talks Chicago Music, Culture, & The “Heat” That Inspired... Read more

50 Cent Releases the Full Album Stream for Animal Ambition (Audio)

A lot has been written about the resurgence of 50 Cent since he left Interscope and renewed his grind as an independent artist. The reaction has been with good reason. 50 has been putting out some of his best music in years. The album, Animal Ambition, is set to be... Read more

Stream Terrace Martin’s New LP ft Snoop, Kendrick Lamar & More (Audio)

Terrace Martin has released 3ChordFold Pulse, which features new material from Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Robert Glasper and more. This project showcases Martin's jazz chops even more than the incredibly soulful original 3ChordFold project. Check out the full stream below.... Read more

Dizzy Wright Shares His Unique State of Mind on His New EP. Check out the Stream (Audio)

Funk Volume artist and 2013 XXL Freshman, Dizzy Wright, is back with a new project. State of Mind features Dizzy's trademark mix of self-empowering lyrics ("my healthy mind, that's what gon' help me over") and party-starting beats. He manages to spread positivity without being preachy; uplifting while remaining down to... Read more

Can’t Wait to Hear Black Milk’s New Album? Here’s a Full Stream (Audio)

There's been a publicity blitz about albums by Rick Ross and Pharrell being released this week. It turns out 1 of the strongest contenders for album of the week actually comes from Black Milk whose Glitches in the Break hits stores tomorrow (3/4). Don't take our word for it, though.... Read more

How Deep Did J Dilla’s Crates Go? Deep As The Abyss & House Shoes Reminds You (Audio)

From Daft Punk to Steve Miller Band to Aretha Franklin, J Dilla's ears were scanning through a lot of music when it came time to craft his own compositions. That's why, even in his death, Heads are still finding stashes of Dilla's vinyl collection in storage units, stores, and elsewhere.... Read more

Stream Talib Kweli’s Gravitas Album in Full (Audio)

In a week dominated by Beyonce's surprise album release, Talib Kweli carries the torch for the independent artist. Kweli has released his Gravitas album completely on his own and now he is giving fans the opportunity to stream it before buying it. Take a listen to Gravitas here and support... Read more

Skyzoo and Antman Wonder Remake Jay Z’s Reasonable Doubt Album From Top To Bottom. Here’s an Ode to Reasonable Doubt (Stream and Download)

Skyzoo and Antman Wonder have put together a creative tribute to Jay Z's Reasonable Doubt album. Rather than re-creating the lyrics and tracks, the project is more of a re-interpretation of the album. It uses elements from the original tracks in new productions along with Skyzoo's own take on the... Read more

Childish Gambino Releases One of the More Challenging Albums of the Year with Because the Internet. Here’s a Full Album Stream (Audio)

Childish Gambino's album Because the Internet plays like a look into the day in the life of the talented Mr. Glover. As with most days in life, it is unpredictable and filled with moments--highs, lows and in-betweens. When you couple that range of subject matter with an equally extensive sonic... Read more

Stream Marco Polo’s PA 2: The Director’s Cut Which Features an All-Star Roster of 90’s Legends (Album Stream)

Marco Polo's new album PA 2: The Director's Cut plays like an all-star compilation of ridiculously dope tracks from 90's legends, including Talib Kweli, Masta Ace, Inspectah Deck, Organized Konfusion, Jean Grae, Posdnuos, Styles P, Alchemist, MC Eiht, King Tee, Large Professor and many more. The album hits stores on... Read more

Stream Blu & Nottz’s New EP Gods in the Spirit EP in Full (Audio)

Blu and Nottz's EP Gods in the Spirit is in stores now. It features guest appearances from Sene, Homeboy Sandman, Aloe Blacc, Scienze and more. If you've been looking for a worthwhile underground project to support, look no further. You can stream the entire EP below and buy it here.... Read more

Stream Black Milk’s No Poison No Paradise Album in Full (Audio)

Black Milk's new album No Poison No Paradise will hit stores on 10/15. He's made a full stream of the album available, and it's one of the finest of the year. In addition to guest verses from Black Thought and Dwele, it features stellar production and sharp wordplay from Black... Read more

Ransom & Statik Selektah – The Proposal (Album Stream)

Statik Selektah has been on a tremendous run this year. He released his own incredible album, produced 4 tracks on Astro's last mixtape and now laces Ranson with 10 tracks. Again, he does not disappoint. His tracks and Ransom's grimy lyrics makes for raw, rugged Hip-Hop. You can listen to... Read more

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience (2/2) (Album Stream)

Justin Timberlake's follow up to the 20/20 Experience hits store on 9/30. Until then, you can listen to a full stream of the album here via iTunes. Related: Jay Z – Holy Grail ft Justin Timberlake (Video)... Read more

Mack Wilds – New York: A Love Story (Full Album Stream)

Mack Wilds (aka actor Tristan Wilds from The Wire and 90210) has created an album that is both an ode to his hometown of NYC and his clear love for Hip-Hop. While Mack sings on the majority of the album, the Hip-Hop presence is ubiquitous, from the Executive Production of... Read more

Janelle Monae – The Electric Lady (Full Album Stream)

Janelle Monae gives a full preview of her album which promises to provide the soundtrack for a funky Fall. The Electric Lady includes features from Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange, Big Boi, Cee-Lo, Miguel and more. Check out the full stream below. Related: Janelle Monae – Q.U.E.E.N. ft Erykah Badu (Video)... Read more

Blitz The Ambassador – The Warm Up (EP Stream)

German label Jakarta Records has a name-your-price EP from longtime independent titan Blitz The Ambassador, The Warm Up. The Ghanaian-American MC teams with Fresno's Fashawn for this seven-track effort, which is available for free stream. Blitz' 2009 Stereogum was an ear-grabber, and he's consistently living up to his name by bringing... Read more

Goodie M.O.B. – Age Against the Machine (Album Stream)

Can't wait to hear Goodie M.O.B.'s new Age Against the Machine album? Say no more. You can listen to a full stream of the album here at amazon.com. The album is in stores on 8/26. Related: Goodie M.O.B. – Special Education ft Janelle Monae (Video)... Read more

Terrace Martin – 3ChordFold (Full Album Stream)

Terrace Martin's 3ChordFold album hit stores today. The album features Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Wiz Khalifa, Musiq Soulchild, Robert Glasper, James Fauntleroy, Lalah Hathaway, Snoop Dogg and more. If you like soulful hip-hop with introspective lyrics, this one's for you. You can stream the entire album below and purchase it here.... Read more

Hieroglyphics – The Kitchen (Full Album Stream)

It's official...The 90's are back! Specifically, the mighty Hieroglyphics return with a new project that hit stores yesterday. You can stream their entire album The Kitchen here and buy it on iTunes. Related: Hieroglyphics – Gun Fever (Video)... Read more

Ka – The Night’s Gambit (Full Album Stream)

Ka's Grief Pedigree album was met with widespread critical acclaim last year due to its gritty and incisive lyrics as well as spare and unflinching beats. The Brooklyn MC is back with another project that stands to be one of the breakout underground projects of the year. You can listen... Read more

Freddie Gibbs – ESGN (Full Album Stream)

Freddie Gibbs adds his album to the mix of records that were released this week. The project has a cool mix of established and new artists, including Daz, Spice 1, Problem, Jay Rock and BJ the Chicago Kid. You can listen to a full stream of ESGN below and buy... Read more

Slum Village – Evolution (Full Album Stream)

Slum Village's new album, Evolution, is in stores next week. Until then, you can listen to a full stream of the album below. Related: Slum Village – Forever (Video)... Read more

Mac Miller – Watching Movies With the Sound Off (Full Album Stream)

With all the commotion about Kanye West and J. Cole's albums dropping tomorrow (as well as Statik Selektah), some may have forgotten about Mac Miller...Quietly, he has put together an incredibly solid album. His lyrics have improved 10-fold since his last album, as have the beats and features (Ab-Soul, Schoolboy... Read more