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Torae Freestyles His Responses In His Sway Interview. THIS Is A True MC (Video)

This morning (October 11), Brooklyn, New York MC Torae released his latest project, All Praises Due. Dropping on his Internal Affairs Ent., the rapper, radio host, podcaster, and actor teams with producer Praise for an eight-track effort that offers a pure Hip-Hop display. This week, the Barrel Brothers co-founder stopped... Read more

Torae Schools B-Boys & B-Girls On What A Career In Hip-Hop Really Takes (Video)

Coney Island's Torae is back with a new music video off his upcoming collaborative EP alongside Praise, All Praises Due (October 11). The project marks Torae's first project since his 2016 LP Entitled, despite releasing a few singles with since, including the "Get Down (Remix)," featuring Freeway and Styles P.... Read more

Torae Offers A Rap Tutorial For MCs Looking To Build Careers. Take Notes. (Audio)

The Coney Island native and multi-talented artist Torae is dropping new music this season. His last album, Entitled, dropped back in 2016. However, the gap between projects is no reflection of this veteran's work ethic. In recent years, the Barrel Brothers member has filmed several commercials and appeared in a... Read more

Redman Rates The Bars & He’s Not Afraid To Hand Out Zeros (Video)

Last week, T.I. rated the bars. The Grand Hustle Records founder put some of his artists and close affiliates ahead of Tupac Shakur, leading to some interesting discourse from fans. This week, it is Redman who sits in the director chair and rates the MCs' bars handed to him on... Read more

Torae & Nick Grant Take The Torch From Big Daddy Kane And Hold It High (Audio)

“Someone tell Praise to bring the bass and the treble in…” From the opening declaration, “Okay, let’s get the figures and facts” made in his typical take-no-prisoners style, Brooklyn, New York MC, Torae makes connections with the past, present, and future on “YGB.” Want That Raw Rap? Torae Delivers The... Read more

Want That Raw Rap? Torae Delivers The “Ugly Face Bars” You’ve Been Waiting For (Audio)

For his first solo work of the year, Torae delivers the aptly titled "Still Waiting," an aggressive record with punishing production and lyrics to match. Though the Coney Island, New York MC keeps one of the busiest performance and recording schedules in Hip-Hop, he hasn't released a project of his... Read more

Finding The GOAT Producer: Pete Rock vs. Kanye West. Who Is Better?

“Finding the GOAT Producer,” the third installment of Ambrosia For Heads’s annual battle series features Hip-Hop’s greatest producers vying for the #1 spot. Thirty producers were pre-selected by a panel of experts, and two slots will be reserved for wild-card entries, including the possibility for write-in candidates, to ensure no... Read more

Members Of Das EFX & Organized Konfusion Led A Sick Cypher. This Is The Remix (Audio)

Two of the most heralded New York City Hip-Hop acts introduced at the top of the 1990s were Das EFX and Organized Konfusion. Das, a duo of Skoob and Dray, made platinum noise when they launched with 1992's Dead Serious. Produced by EPMD, and fixtures of the Hit Squad, these... Read more

Hip-Hop Took The Gold In August. Hear The Best Of The Month (Audio)

August was filled with the Olympics and some of the worst heat of the year, but it also brought some great Hip-Hop. De La Soul released their first album in 12 years, and it debuted at #1 on the Rap chart. Andre 3000 had some choice words for ghostwriters. Nas... Read more

Styles P, Freeway & Torae Get Down On A Pete Rock-Produced Single (Audio)

Back in January, Torae released his Entitled album. One of the focal points to that self-released LP was "Get Down." First unveiled almost a year ago, the song is the latest run-in the Brooklyn, New York MC had with producer Pete Rock. A lot was at play in the beat,... Read more

Blu & Nottz Raise The Bar and the Volume With Their Titans In The Flesh EP (Audio)

A decade ago, Blu was one of the most exciting MCs in Hip-Hop. By 2007's Below The Heavens album with Exile, the Los Angeles, California MC perfected Everyman themes, with an original delivery. Fans took notice, and at the frontier of the digital age, took a Sound In Color release... 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

Nas, Fabolous & Talib Kweli Among 2016 Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival Performers

2016's 12th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival will celebrate some of the great artists from and around the New York City borough. The July 16 concert (with other festivities beginning on July 13) will take place at the scenic Brooklyn Bridge Park. This year's headliners include Queens' Nas, as well as... Read more

Vh1’s The Breaks Will Expand Into Full Series

Last month (January 4), Vh1 premiered a made-for-TV movie The Breaks. Partially based on Dan Charnas' book, The Big Payback, the series starred Hip-Hop artists ranging from Method Man to Phonte, Torae to Prince Paul, among others. The leading roles belonged to R&B sensation Mack Wilds, as well as Afton... Read more

Phonte & Torae Go From “The Breaks” To Breaking Down A Beat (Video)

One month after battling (in character) during Vh1's The Breaks, Torae and Phonte release their video single as a team. From Tor's just-released Entitled album, this song takes two veteran MCs who have been able to show versatility in the present, while making music that connects with Hip-Hop's past. Six... Read more

Torae’s Pete Rock-Produced Single Is A Testimony To His Paid Dues (Video)

It has been a long decade for Coney Island, Brooklyn MC Torae. The artist who uses his given name when busting down beats has amassed a career that includes Diplomats associations, esteemed collaborative albums/groups, acting, and radio hosting. Tor' just released Entitled, a crowd-sourced album including production by DJ Premier,... Read more

Duck Down Artists Old & New Celebrate By Performing The Hits, For 3 Hours (Video)

How many labels in Hip-Hop can get all of their artists over the last 20 years back together on stage? Duck Down Music (a/k/a Duck Down Records) celebrated its 20th anniversary this month. On B.B. Kings' Manhattan stage, founders Dru Ha and Buckshot Shorty celebrated this massive milestone accomplishment with a... Read more

Pete Rock & Torae Are Here To Remind Us Who’s Been Putting In Work (Audio)

Coney Island, Brooklyn's Torae continues to prove himself as one of New York's most consistent MCs, releasing classic material with fellow underground heroes like DJ Spinna, Marco Polo, Pumpkin Head, Rapper Big Pooh, Shabaam Sadeeq, and Skyzoo during the more than ten years since releasing Make Room At The Top.... Read more

DJ Premier & DJ Eclipse Honor Sean Price With A 3 Hour Tribute (Mix)

It has been almost one week since Sean Price left a permanent hole in the Hip-Hop culture he loved. Those who knew Sean and his music can agree that nothing has been the same. However, the out-pour of love, remembrance, and attention to Boot Camp Clik enforcer's compound bars, dry... Read more

Common, Mobb Deep, Freeway & More Set to Perform at The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Ambrosia For Heads is proud to announce our media partnership with the 11th annual Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival. Kicking off July 8, and running through July 11, this year's series of events drives emphasis to the very spirit of Hip-Hop culture. 2015's gala includes performances by Academy and Grammy award-winning Common,... Read more

Pharoahe Monch, Murs & Fashawn Assist J57 In Supplying Sample-Free Dope (EP Stream)

After releasing them over the course of the year, Brooklyn, New York-based J57 has culminated his series of official sample-free remixes into one conveniently packaged EP. The producer/MC re-designed four tracks, each with an original arrangement that includes a fresh beat and original vocals in the place of what were... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae Are The Latest To Rap On DJ Premier’s Bars In The Booth Series (Video)

With previous sessions featuring Jakk Frost, Dres, A.G., and Loaded Lux, Session 7 of DJ Premier's "Bars In The Booth" video series features the Barrel Brothers duo, Skyzoo & Torae. Now a true duo, this pair found success in the late 2000s, working collaboratively with Premier, on 12" singles also... Read more

Termanology, Skyzoo, Torae & REKS Celebrate The Downtime (Video)

Termanology just dropped a new music video for "Get Away," a highlight off of his new album Shut Up And Rap, which was just released last month.  The song features guest appearances from some dope MCs, all of whom released new albums in 2014: Skyzoo & Torae, who released Barrel... Read more

KRS-One Teams With Torae To To Break Down The Contrary Meanings Of Clique (Audio)

Champagne to some, a posse to others, and the sign of a hung up phone to others, "clicks" are everywhere. KRS-One and Torae bring it from the Bronx to Brooklyn alongside the Rocksteady Crew's DJ JS-1 for his recently-released It Is What It Isn't album. On "Klick Clique," Kris and... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae Hit The Courts To Tell Us Why Their Jerseys Belong In Rafters (Video)

In a digital era, Skyzoo & Torae still believe that Hip-Hop (and all art) should be tangible. Talking about the physical artifacts of their culture (with lots of sports metaphors), "Memorabilia" examines how we honor our stars, which plausibly include these two Brooklynites. Shot in black and white, and featuring... Read more

Torae & Skyzoo Are The Next To Light Up Sway In The Morning Freestyles (Video)

With their first collaborative LP, Barrel Brothers, now in stores, Skyzoo and Torae stopped by Sway In The Morning. Insisting that true freestyles are all that they know, Sky' and Tor' (who is no stranger to satellite radio) kick cypher-style, back-and-forth bars very much in step with their styles and... Read more

The Best Hip-Hop in May Included Slaughterhouse, KRS-One, Ghostface, Ab-Soul, Common, Cormega, The Roots & Much More (Audio Playlist)

Before we get too deep into June, here's a look back at some of the best Hip-Hop to drop in May and there was an abundance...You'll hear new music from Slaughterhouse, Cormega, KRS-One, Ab-Soul, Rapsody, Ghostface, Common, Mac Miller, De La Soul, Nitty Scott, MC, The Roots, Blu, Freddie Gibbs,... Read more

In The Mood For Some Pharoahe Monch, Blu, Royce Da 5’9 & More? Stream Coalmine Records’ Unearthed LP (Audio)

Brooklyn-based Coalmine Records has been consistently working with Hip-Hop luminaries from coast-to-coast, and abroad. The label has facilitated projects ranging from The Artifacts' El Da Sensei to Blu & Nottz' EP, to Rah Digga releases, and of course the Guilty Simpson x Small Professor collision. Celebrating a decade in indie... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae Get a Rough and Rugged Beat from DJ Premier (Audio)

Skyzoo and Torae's album, Barrel Brothers, hit stores earlier this week. If you're in search of strong lyrics and beats with that BOOM BAP, look no further. Their DJ Premier-produced track, "The Aura," is proof positive. Check it out below and pick up the album here. Related: Skyzoo & Torae’s... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae’s Barrel Brothers Has Plenty Of Ammo (Album Stream)

After a sampler, a mixtape, and two singles, Torae & Skyzoo's Barrel Brothers album is available for free, full stream a day before it releases to the public. DJ Premier (who twice helped bring these two together in the collective consciousness), Black Milk, Guilty Simpson, !llmind, Oh No, and Sean... Read more

Barrel Brothers Collide With Random Axe In All In Together (Audio)

All In Together Now was one of the pre-Wu-Tang names for the beginnings of the Wu-Tang Clan. Two established cliques made in the spirit of super-groups, Barrel Brothers (Torae & Skyzoo) and Random Axe (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson & Black Milk) cross paths on "All In Together." As expected, the... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae Release a Mix From The Barrel Brothers’ Chamber (Audio)

Skyzoo & Torae, The Barrel Brothers, are releasing their joint album on 5/27. Until then, they've released a mix stacked full of some of the heat they've fired off previously. Check out Pre-Loaded: The Best of The Barrel Brothers, mixed by DJ E-Holla, below. Related: Here's a Sampler From The... Read more

Torae & Skyzoo Fire Off A Warning Shot With The Barrel Brothers Album Sampler (Audio)

On May 27, Skyzoo & Torae will release their debut collaborative album, Barrel Brothers. After a decade of collaborations, the Brooklyn independent mainstays are teaming with Fokis' Loyalty Digital imprint and Empire Distribution to offer Heads a full glimpse at the chemistry from the vets, who have found success in satellite... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae Take You To Some Public Houses And Rep That Cross-Stitched “NY” (Video)

Torae & Skyzoo's highly-anticipated Barrel Brothers project is on the horizon. After a preview of the audio last week, "Blue Yankee Fitted" arrives in video form, following the Brooklyn pair through a day in the life, filled with symbolism of an 80s-baby's New York upbringing. The !llmind drums smash, as... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae Morph Into The Barrel Brothers And Pay Homage To The Classic Yankee Cap

With the anticipation of Skyzoo and Torae's collaborative project, Barrel Brothers, building, it's time for all to release a collective sigh of relief with the drop of their latest single, "Blue Yankee Fitted." Dedicated to the universally recognized baseball cap of quite possibly the most beloved and most hated team... Read more

Skyzoo & Torae – The Get Up

Skyzoo and Torae team up under the name The Barrel Brothers and drop a red hot track. Check out The Get Up. Related: Skyzoo – Spike Lee Was My Hero (Video)... Read more

Sha Stimuli – Rapping Paper ft Torae & Skyzoo

Sha Stimuli drops off an early Christmas gift--a mean track where he Torae and Skyzoo go in. Check out Rapping Paper below. Related: Sha Stimuli – The March (Mixtape) Rapping Paper by Sha Stimuli & Dynamite Bruhz ft. Skyzoo, Torae... Read more

Torae rhymes on the Sway in the Morning show (Video)

Need some of that raw rap? Torae's got plenty. Check out these 6 minutes of verses he spits on Sway in the Morning. The first part is him showcasing his off the dome skills (Sway drops a word, Torae drops a rhyme). The 2nd part is him dropping a fire... Read more

Torae – The Daily Bread Series

Torae has been dropping short little gems every day for the last several days. He's calling the series The Daily Bread and goes in over beats from Diamond D, 9th Wonder and more. Check out all the installments that have dropped so far below. Related: Torae – Gettin’ Biz ft... Read more

Torae – Sh*t on My Mind (Audio)

Torae goes in on a dope 9th Wonder track. This is the first in a series of daily recording he will be creating. Check out Sh*t on My Mind. Related: Torae – Gettin’ Biz ft Khrysis (Audio)... Read more

Torae – Gettin’ Biz ft Khrysis

Torae takes it back to the 90's rhyming over a track with a hard horn break and a James Brown sound. Fonky. Check out Gettin' Biz featuring Khrysis. If you like this one, you can listen to and download all of Torae's Off the Record EP here. Related: Torae -... Read more

Torae – That Raw (Video)

Here's the video for Torae's Pete Rock-produced track That Raw. Check it out below. Related: Torae - For the Record (Video)... Read more

Torae – For The Record (Video)

Torae dropped a hot record produced by DJ Premier a few months ago called For The Record. Here's the video and it features Primo. Check it out below. Click here for Torae's That Raw produced by Pete Rock. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xd7le5aRdcM... Read more

Torae – For The Record

Torae has been working with some of the all time great producers on his new project.  That Raw, the first joint he dropped, featured a blazing hot track from Pete Rock.  For the Record (the album title cut) is the latest release and has a dope DJ Premier track.  Check... Read more

Torae – That Raw

Wow. Pete Rock laced Torae with that BOOM BAP on That Raw. Check out this heat rock. Click here to download.... Read more