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Stream and Download More Than 35 of the Best Mixtapes of 2014 (Mixtapes)

2014 was a year of incredibly diverse mixtape offerings. There were amazing blend projects like Yasiin Gaye which combined Mos and Marvin, beat-jacking tapes like Jon Connor's amazing takeover of Kanye West tracks, albums in disguise like Travi$ Scott's Days Before Rodeo, remix wonders like Soul Cookin's complete re-imagination of... Read more

Your Old Droog Shows Off Over Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers (Video)

For the second time in less than a week, Your Old Droog goes HAM over DJ Premier music during a freestyle. This time, he flows for Statik Selektah during his Showoff Radio show. About halfway in, Statik flips the beat to Premier's classic "Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers," and Droog... Read more

Your Old Droog Freestyles Over Some Vintage DJ Premier (Video)

Your Old Droog stopped by NYC's Hot 97 for his first interview with Peter Rosenberg. Droog spoke about his ethnic origins, raising his status this year, traveling to Europe and more. At a little over ten minutes in, Rosenberg put him to the test and Droog stepped up with nearly... Read more

Your Old Droog Paints a Vivid Lyrical Picture with His Toca Tuesday Freestyle (Video)

"Musicians acting like mobsters. That's Steven Van Zandt." Your Old Droog stopped by Tony Touch's Shade 45 show and kicked a Toca Tuesday Freestyle. Ever long on colorful metaphors, Droog painted a vivid picture with clever references like the above Soprano's nod. "Your Old Pal" will have another performance at... Read more

Your Old Droog Spits Fire on Porno for Pyros (Audio)

When all is said and done, what may have been lost in the Nas comparisons is that Your Old Droog is a HIGHLY skilled MC. The similes he uses and the pictures he paints with his metaphors are more than deserving of the attention he commandeered this Summer. "Porno for... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of November 2014 (Audio)

November was dominated by members of Wu-Tang Clan and Shady 2.0. Eminem, the Wu, Royce Da 5'9" & DJ Premier, Ghostface Killah and Slaughterhouse all had big records (or several). Here's a playlist featuring music by them, as well as De La Soul, Chuck D, Juvenile, Big K.R.I.T., M.O.P., AZ,... Read more

Your Old Droog Manhandles Sway’s 5 Fingers Of Death + Gives Rare Interview (Video)

Your Old Droog is not just nice on records. The MC appeared this week on Sway In The Morning, and dazzled fans with charm, whether in a freestyle or simply telling his story. Sway Calloway, Heather B and team asked Droog about the Nas comparisons, his dues paid in the... Read more

Your Old Droog Makes An Ode To His Guitar Playing & Studio Gear (Audio)

From Wyclef Jean to Lil Wayne to B.o.B., plenty of top rappers play guitar these days. You might not know it, but Your Old Droog is keen on the strings too. "48th Street" honors the days of hittin' Sam Ash, Guitar Center, and all the bygone Manhattan music shops (Manny's... Read more

After Incognito Beginnings, Your Old Droog Is All Up in Your Face (Video)

Your Old Droog is leaving 2014 in a lot better shape than he started it. The elusive underground Hip-Hop MC out of the five boroughs began almost as a myth. Although he's been running, seemingly unnoticed, in circles for years, the insightful, raspy-voiced spitter was heard more than seen in... Read more

Your Old Droog Joins Lil Fame, Sean Price & Milano On This Dusty Throwback (Audio)

Aside from a Mac Miller cut ("Sleepers..."), Your Old Droog got on without much vocal assistance. Droog's staple producer DJ Skizz gave him the ultimate cast of hardcore New York MCs on "Hot Breath." The budding sensation is joined by Heltah Skeltah's Sean Price, M.O.P.'s Lil Fame, and even D.I.T.C.... Read more

Your Old Droog & DJ Skizz Took A Freestyle & Polished It Into A Song (Audio)

Your Old Droog and DJ Skizz may have been just freestyling around last week, but the pair was in the studio for a reason. "Just Rhymin' With Skizz" has evolved into "Where The Rhymes At?" Recorded again, with some new rhymes in there, this track comes as an offering from... Read more

Your Old Droog is Not Nas But He’s Still Nasty. Here’s a New Freestyle (Video)

Now that the Nas controversy has been settled, Your Old Droog returns to what's really important to him: rhymin'. He releases part 2 of his "Rhymin' with Skizz" series which goes back to the basic with nothing but Droog on the mic and Skizz on the beat. Check out the... Read more

Nas Addresses the Your Old Droog Rumors Briefly (Video)

MTV caught up with Nas during a screening of his Time is Illmatic documentary. Nas spoke about the film, its inspiring his new music and his belief that Hip-Hop is a young man's game now. In the course of that discussion, he also was asked about the persistent rumors that... Read more

Your Old Droog Gets The lllest Remix From J-Zone & Sacha Jenkins (Audio)

If anybody's able to remix Your Old Droog, it's J-Zone and Sacha Jenkins. The former, a Queens veteran with productions for Akinyele, R.A. The Rugged Man, and The Juggaknots, hits the drum pads with precision, while O.G. journalist/musician Jenkins (ego trip!, Mass Appeal, The White Mandingos) hits the guitar licks.... Read more

20 Amazing Hip-Hop Projects From 2014, So Far (Videos)

2014 is entering its fourth quarter. As a whole, the year has seen some amazing musical developments in Hip-Hop. Mainstream artists like Common, The Roots, and Rick Ross (coincidentally, all Def Jam Records acts) have made statement albums, adding to respected and evolved catalogs. Veterans such as Cormega, Pharoahe Monch,... Read more

The Week in Video Brought New Redman, Camp Lo, Curren$y, Your Old Droog, M.O.P., Mac Miller & More (Video Playlist)

The week in video brought closure on the mystery of Your Old Droog, freestyles from Redman, G-Unit and Freddie Gibbs, and new music videos from M.O.P., Camp Lo, Mac Miller, Jhene Aiko, Lecrae and Curren$y. See it all and more in this video playlist. Related: Last Week in Video Featured... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of August 2014 (Audio)

August was a banner month for Hip-Hop. Not only was there good music but several artists used their talents to speak out against the killing of Michael Brown and the events that transpired in Ferguson, MO. Though the Summer is fading, the heat generated from the music in August lingers.... Read more

Your Old Droog Steals The Show On Stage & With This Freestyle (Video)

Less than 15 hours after Your Old Droog's Webster Hall coming out party, DJ Eclipse unveiled this video of the Coney Island, Brooklyn MC freestyling on The Rap Is Outta Control Show. What's the best sonic canvas for Droog to throw verbal paint? The timeless instrumental from Mad Lion's "Take... Read more

Your Old Droog Takes the Stage in NYC and He Looks Like This…(Video)

Your Old Droog took the stage at NYC's Webster Hall tonight (9/3), ending months of speculation about his identity (including here at AFH). Droog, who released his first EP in June, set the Internet aflame due to his strikingly similar rhyme style to that of one Nasir Jones. That fire... Read more

Your Old Droog & Prodigy Welcome September As Hoodie Weather (Audio)

Your Old Droog has been an Internet Rap sensation, almost entirely on his own two feet. As some Heads speculated that the long-faceless MC was possibly an MF DOOM/Bumpy Knuckles-styled side project for Nas (with New York City underground Hip-Hop community members previously waving off reports), video footage appeared ,... Read more

The Week in Video Featured Killer Mike, Remy Ma, The Roots & D’Angelo, Redman & Kurupt, Your Old Droog & More (Video Playlist)

As the Summer winds down, compelling and entertaining videos keep coming. Last week brought new music videos from Redman & Kurupt, Lupe Fiasco, Fredro Starr, Rick Ross, Krazy Drayz (from Das Efx) & Smiff N Wessun, Astro and Remy Ma, freestyles from Stalley, Brianna, Troy Ave and Travi$ Scott, the... Read more

Your Old Droog Makes a Video and It’s Not Nas…Do You Believe? (Video)

The plot thickens around the identity of the mysterious Your Old Droog. For weeks there has been speculation the rapper was actually Nas. That theory was advanced in a very compelling 30+ minute video by producer Marco Polo arguing that Droog was in fact Nas, among other places (including here... Read more

Catch Up On the Best in Hip-Hop Video From the Last Week (Video Playlist)

The last week brought several gems in Hip-Hop video. Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff reunited to perform "Summertime" in Vegas, DJ Babu recounted what happened to a fan who punched DJ Premier in the face, Marco Polo made a compelling and entertainment argument about why "Your Old Droog" is... Read more

Here’s a Supremely Compelling Case for Why Your Old Droog IS Nas (Video)

As the debate about the identity of "Your Old Droog" rages on, one of our readers put us on to this supremely entertaining and compelling video from Marco Polovision as to why "Droog" unequivocally IS Nas. Marco painstakingly and quite hilariously lays out dozens of connections between "Droog" and Nas,... Read more

Your Old Droog Continues to Taunt the Sleepers with This Mac Miller Track (Audio)

"Your Old Droog" continues to taunt the internet in a shroud of mystery. I have a very credible friend who, earlier this week, told me he met Droog and it's not Nas. I told him I'd believe him when I saw "Droog" himself in person on stage on 9/3 when... Read more

Your Old Droog Has A Heavy News Crush On Tamron Hall (Audio)

Heads can relate to this one... no matter your preferences, chances are at some point in your life, you've crushed on a news anchor, if not a weather-person, on the scene reporter, sports, etc. Well, leave it to the soulful Your Old Droog to seemingly be the first Hip-Hop artist... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of July 2014 (Audio)

July brought the heat in Hip-Hop, including new music from Jeezy & Jay Z, Black Thought, Raekwon, G-Unit, Rah Digga, Q-Tip, Cormega, Wale, "Your Old Droog," Elzhi, Chubb Rock, KRS-One, Big K.R.I.T., Wiz Khalifa, Common, Dilated Peoples, Souls of Mischief, Scarface and more. Check out a playlist of the Best... Read more

Your Old Droog Has No Message For You (Audio)

Whether or not you believe that Your Old Droog is Nas, fans will be able to finally unmask the true identity of the relatively unknown MC at Webster Hall in New York City on September 3 with Rast RFC and Timeless Truth. That is, unless he actually shows up in... Read more

Grab A Plate, Your Old Droog Serves Up Some Free Turkey (Audio)

Over a month since the release of his project,Your Old Droog EP, Your Old Droog drops the funky, EL RTNC assisted production "Free Turkey." The relatively unknown Brooklyn MC took a spin through the rumor mill when he initially hit the scene with hoards of people suggesting that Your Old... Read more

If You Like Gritty, 90s-Rooted New York Hip-Hop, Your Old Droog May Be Your Best New Artist (Mixtape/EP)

DJ Skizz, whose keen ear, made some AFH favorites of 2013, is out with a relatively unfamiliar artist. Brooklyn MC Your Old Droog (or just "Droog" for short/ease) is fresh on the scene. With straightforward honesty, raspy, streetwise deliveries, Droog is rooted in that Group Home, Akinyele, and Ghostface Killah... Read more