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The Kennedy Center Is Celebrating Rap’s Pioneers With A Concert Series

The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center has gradually created a bona fide space for Hip-Hop within its gates over the past year. It has appointed A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip as its First Artistic Director of Hip-Hop Culture in 2016 and is awarding LL Cool J as the first ever... Read more

KRS-One Responds To MC Shan’s Battle Bars With A Brutal Diss Record (Audio)

For one week now, MC Shan has asked for a proper battle with KRS-One. Thirty years removed from the genesis of "The Bridge Wars," Shan revealed some bars he had for Kris last week. This morning, the onetime Juice Crew MC released an acapella verse that pulled no punches in... Read more

MC Shan Spits 4 Minutes Of Battle Bars With Shots Aimed Directly At KRS-One’s Head (Audio)

One week ago (April 1), MC Shan appeared on the Murder Master Music Show. The Queens, New York MC veteran vehemently denied the history that he ever lost a battle to KRS-One. First referring to Kris as "my man," the Juice Crew MC explained why the "Bridge Wars" battles with... Read more

MC Shan Challenges KRS-One To Settle The Bridge Wars Once & For All…With A Battle (Audio)

In the late 1980s, the Juice Crew and Boogie Down Productions were involved in one of Hip-Hop's most legendary battles. KRS-One and Scott La Rock released records dissing Marley Marl, Mr. Magic, Roxanne Shante, and MC Shan, among others. However, nearly 30 years later, MC Shan refutes the history that... Read more

Marley Marl Says KRS-One Asked To Be In The Juice Crew & “The Bridge” Leaked (Audio)

Iconic Hip-Hop producer and DJ Marley Marl is the most recent guest on Ice-T's Final Level Podcast. The man largely responsible for introducing the music community to Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap, Biz Markie, and countless others sat in with Ice and Mick Benzo for nearly 90 minutes. As... Read more

KRS-One Decodes His Most Classic Lines. You Must Learn… (Audio)

Shawn Setaro, former Editor-in-Chief of Rap Genius, has been opening up his vaults of classic interviews on his theciphershow.com site. One such gem is an amazing conversation with KRS-One. Kris breaks down the stories behind many of his most famous lyrics, and also provides colorful insights on never before discussed... Read more

Mobb Deep & Big Noyd’s 1994 Version Update Of MC Shan’s Classic Is Liberated (Audio)

The Bridge Wars were very real. Most Heads know about the Juice Crew vs. Boogie Down Productions main event featuring MC Shan, Marley Marl, Roxanne Shante and more versus KRS-One, Scott La Rock, Just-Ice, DJ Kenny Parker and others. However, throughout the late '80s and early '90s, other artists were... Read more

Roc Marciano – Bozak

Roc Marciano takes it back with the title for his latest song. You can get the Bozak (and hear EPMD's similarly named classic) below. Related: Roc Marciano – Momma’s Song (Audio) Here's the EPMD classic.... Read more

Sheek Louch, Ghostface Killah and Jadakiss make exquisite use of a Fat Boys catch phrase (see below). Check out Stick ‘Em (Audio)

WU-BLOCK. Related: Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah – Shrooms ft Styles P (Audio) Peep the reference:... Read more

Trae Tha Truth – F*cked Up World ft Z-Ro & Noble (Video)

Trae Tha Truth updates a Makaveli classic with F*cked Up World featuring Z-Ro & Noble. Check out the video. Related: Trae Tha Truth – I’m On 2.0 ft Big K.R.I.T., Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, B.o.B., Tyga, Bun B, Gudda Gudda and Jadakiss (Audio)... Read more

Talib Kweli – To the Music ft Maino (Prod. 9th Wonder)

Wow. 9th Wonder chopped up an 80's R&B classic LOVELY (more on that below) for Talib Kweli's new song. Check out Talib's To the Music featuring Maino. Be on the lookout for Talib's new mixtape Attack the Block. Related: Talib Kweli - Push Thru featuring Kendrick Lamar & Curren$y (Video)... Read more

Pac Div – Gimme What You Got

Here's a hot new joint from Pac Div. OC fans will instantly recognize the classic sample. Check out Gimme What You Got. Related: Pac Div - Automatic Here's the OC joint.... 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

Childish Gambino – Body ft Prodigy

Childish Gambino looks up with Prodigy over an ill Portishead sample on his latest. Check out Body. Related: Childish Gambino - Royalty (Mixtape) Here's the Portishead original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bp2hKfi1B60... Read more

AG (from Show & AG) – Toca Tuesday Freestyles (Video)

AG from Show & AG has not lost a step. He represented hard for 90's MCs on Tony Touch's Toca Tuesday Freestyles. Check out how he flows on the head-nodding, neck-snapping, slept on track Dr. Dre did for Jay-Z a few years back. Related: New music from Show & AG... Read more

Asher Roth – Good Morning View

Here's a dope new song from Asher Roth. His flow and the sample used by producer David Appleton give it a Blu & Exile type of feel. Check out Good Morning View. Related: Asher Roth - Dope Sh*t (Video) Peep the comparison.... Read more

Hodgy Beats – Fordab*tches

Hodgy Beats goes in over a vintage track from D'Angelo's first album. Check out Fordab*tches. Related: Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP (Mixtape) Click here to download. Here's the D'Angelo song.... Read more

Kool Keith – Goodbye Rap (Video)

Here's some new music from Kool Keith. He says farewell to hip-hop (at least on this album). Check out the video for Goodbye Rap. Related: Here's a look at the legacy of Jive Records, the label that first signed Kool Keith with the Ultramagnetic MCs While Kool Keith talks about... Read more

Nottz – You Need This Music ft Pusha T & Dwele

Nottz is back with a collabo with Pusha T and Dwele. He chops up the same track Just Blaze used for Usher a few years ago but very differently. Check out You Need This Music. Related: Dwele - What Profit Here's the Just Blaze-produced Usher track.... Read more

Jon Connor – True Colors (Video)

Here's a nice flip of an 80's pop classic by Jon Connor. As usual, he goes in lyrically. Check out the video for True Colors. Related: Jon Connor - Someone Like Me (Video) Check the reference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPn0KFlbqX8&ob=av2e... Read more

Childish Gambino – Silk Pillow ft Beck

Now here's a really cool combo. Childish Gambino teams up with Beck on his latest release. Check out Silk Pillow.  Related:  Childish Gambino - Black Faces ft Nipsey Hu$$le Here's Beck's classic Where It's At.... Read more

Young Roddy – Kyle Watson (Video)

Young Roddy flows over a beat that heads might recognize from the Above the Rim soundtrack. Check out the video for Kyle Watson. Related: Young Roddy - The Plot (Video) Here's the joint from Above the Rim.... Read more

Yung Menace – Bam Bam (Video)

Remember how Dancehall used to set a party off? If so, this one's for you. Here's a new video from Brooklyn MC Yung Menace set to an instantly recognizable classic. The title says it all. Check out Bam Bam. The track was produced by Chuck Strangers of Pro Era. Related:... Read more

Lupe Fiasco – Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)

Here's a new single from Lupe Fiasco's upcoming Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. It's set to the tune of Pete Rock & CL Smooth's classic T.R.O.Y. Check out Around My Way. Related: Game - Skate On ft Lupe Fiasco (Prod. Pharrell) Here's the Pete... Read more

GhostWridah – 1995 (Video)

GhostWridah joins a growing list of talented MCs who have flowed over Milkbone's Keep It Real beat. Logic recently killed it and its probably most recognized as the song that Big L and Jay-Z rhymed over in their classic freestyle session. Check out GhostWridah's 1995 video and the Big L/Jay-Z... Read more

DMX – Sh*t Don’t Change ft Snoop Dogg

DMX goes in on a track Dre produced for Snoop's Tha Blue Carpet Treatment album. The Boss Dogg also adds some ad libs. DMX's new free EP The Weigh In drops on 5/15. Click here to download. Related: DMX performs in NYC (Video) Here's Snoop's original Boss' Life ft Nate... Read more

Jon Connor – Someone Like Me (Video)

Jon Connor's latest video is for his Kings of Leon-inspired song Someone Like Me. As usual, dude spits (check the co-sign from Busta Rhymes at the end). Check it out below. Related: Jon Connor - No Thrillz (Video) Here's the Kings of Leon track.... Read more

J. Rocc – Sing About It

Here's a lush new track from legendary Beat Junkie DJ (and founder), J. Rocc. He took a break from hip-hop to produce a Brazilian house track. Check out Sing About It. And, speaking of legendary hip-hop producers doing house music, check out DJ Jazzy Jeff's house mix of The Temptations'... Read more

Ab-Soul – Empathy ft Alori Joh and JaVonte (Video)

Ab-Soul vibes out on a track that is reminiscent of the sound Timbaland crafted for Aaliyah in the One in a Million era. Check out the video for Ab-Soul's Empathy featuring Alori Joh and JaVonte. Related: Ab-Soul - SOPA ft Schoolboy Q Peep the reference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HN0GBRu10E... Read more

BJ The Chicago Kid – Hay

Here's yet another dope track from BJ The Chicago Kid. This time he flips up Crucial Conflict's Hay and takes it from hip-hop to soul. Check both BJ's take and the original Hay below. Related: BJ The Chicago Kid - Dream II (Video) Here's the Crucial Conflict original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDyp7E4Lj74... Read more

K. Sparks – Clair

K. Sparks new song Clair has a Slum Village feel to it...in a GREAT way. The track was produced by Payozo and you can hear the clear Dilla influence. Check it out below. Related: K. Sparks - Baggage Handlers Peep the reference. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqZxQuDadyU... Read more

Crooked I – Nikki

Crooked I crushed this new joint joint called Nikki. The sample is inspired and instantly recognizable by Prince fans. Check it out below. Previously: Crooked I freestyles live in NYC (Video) Here's the Prince original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4Vl-VuSG5g... Read more

Showbiz & AG – Walk With Me

I'm down with DITC...heads know the rest. Here's a soulful new joint from Showbiz & AG from the legendary DITC crew. Check out Walk With Me. Props: Nahright Previously: Diamond D breaks down the stories behind many of his dopest tracks And, if you need more Show & AG in... Read more

Beanie Sigel – Shot Caller

Beanie Sigel is back. And, he dropped a hot verse over French Montana's Shot Caller track (which heads will recognize as a chop of the Lords of the Underground's classic Funky Child record). Check out Beanie's Shot Caller below. Previously: Travis Barker - Just Chill ft Beanie Sigel, Bun B... Read more

Buddy & Kendrick Lamar – Staircases (prod. Pharrell Williams)

A video of Kendrick Lamar and Buddy performing a song called Staircases at SXSW hit a couple of weeks ago. Here's the recorded version which was produced by Pharrell. Heads will no doubt recognize the vintage Faze-O track that EPMD rocked on Please Listen to My Demo. Check it out... Read more

Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah – Batman

Here's yet another burner from Sheek Louch and Ghostface Killah. This time they rock out over the classic Funky Drummer beat (with a hook that's a nod to the Toto track MC Lyte flowed over back in the day). Check out Batman.  Previously:  James Brown Playlist Here's that MC Lyte... Read more

Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah – Barry

Here's another burner from Sheek Louch & Ghostface Killah, complete with a classic Barry White sample. Check out Barry. Here's the Barry White classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mz1Dgof_MYI... Read more

Scienze – Happiness Is ft Blu & Sene

The jazzy piano loop that King I Divine samples on his collabo with ScienZe is reminiscent of tracks you used to hear on the regular in the mid-90s (in a great way).  Blu dropping a verse on the track is just icing.  Check out Happiness Is, featuring Blu and Sene.... Read more

STORi – Just Another Day

STORi's flow is part singing, part rapping and part chatting. Check out how she rides Queen Latifah's classic Just Another Day track. Here's Queen Latifah's classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB1LXcRDoiA... Read more

Joell Ortiz – You Can’t Stop the Prophet

The cats from Slaughterhouse have been taking their name really seriously lately. They've dropped several hot joints as a collective lately and Joell Ortiz is keeping the momentum going on the solo tip. Check out how he murders the track for the remix to Jeru tha Damaja's classic You Can't... Read more

Ghostface Killah & Sheek Louch – Trading Places

Here's another collabo between Ghostface Killah and Sheek Louch. This one is not a new song though. Instead, they take turns catching wreck over one of the other's most recognized beats. Check out Trading Places. And here's a classic scene from the inspiration of the song title. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gekaEzqj5g... Read more

Apollo Brown & OC – Prove Me Wrong

Here's some new OC produced by Apollo Brown and chopped up by DJ Premier. Far from Time's Up, OC is timeless. Check out Prove Me Wrong below. Here's OC's classic Time's Up. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCJ6f5VnVVo... Read more

Curren$y – What Da F*ck & #CruiseLife (Video)

Here's a double play Curren$y video that features 2 songs where he takes on The Throne...not literally, but he does rhyme over a classic track flipped by Jay and a classic track used by Kanye. Check out What Da F*ck & #CruiseLife. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1XM9OjFwaU Here's the Jay-Z classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZLXt3KGTBI And, the... Read more

The Gorillaz – Do Ya Thang ft James Murphy & Andre 3000

The Gorillaz have had some cool collabos with hip-hop artists over the years. Their latest features Andre 3000. If you dig the Gorillaz and experimental 3 Stacks, you'll probably dig this. Check out Do Ya Thang featuring James Murphy and Andre 3000. Here's The Gorillaz classic Feel Good Inc. featuring... Read more

J Cole just dropped a new song that’s as good as any on his album. He goes in on an old soul sample. Check out Grew Up Fast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KkSIaYE7sM Here's the David Ruffin original. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mu8fXaDvWU... Read more

Styles P – Exhibit A (Video)

Styles P laid down a tight verse on Just Blaze's Exhibit A track (originally produced for Jay Electronica) a few weeks ago. Here's the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dr_I08fUFCg Here's the original Jay Electronica version. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSxLzrXurJI... Read more

The Kid Daytona – Angela’s Sister

The Kid Daytona flows lovely over the theme song for Taxi. So soulful...Check out Angela's Sister. Here's the timeless theme from Taxi...aka Angela. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDj2-tgAauw... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. – Boobie Miles

Big K.R.I.T.'s 4EvaNaDay mixtape drops on 2/20. K.R.I.T. just released the first song from the project. It's a jazzy track with typically meaningful lyrics from K.R.I.T. Check out Boobie Miles (peep the song title reference). Here's what K.R.I.T. had to say about the song: "The 1st song I wanted 2... Read more

Fokis – Salute (King Tee) (Video)

Fokis pays homage to the great King Tee on Salute (King Tee). Check out the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ke4JESFo8yQ&feature=player_embedded Here's King Tee's At Your Own Risk (the beat Fokis used), as well as Just Flauntin', one of my favorite King Tee joints. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pZKdIYr-UA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lL-idMUSekU... Read more

Logic – Young Sinatra III

Logic breathes life into a vintage (and ridiculously slept on) Milkbone track, complete with a Nas/AZ sample. Check out Young Sinatra III. Props to 2DopeBoyz for the find. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=T3JgUT-fa3A Here's the original Milkbone joint. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8VNrhEUs5s And, here's a mixtape from Logic. Download Mixtape... Read more