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Puff Daddy – “Auction” Ft. Lil Kim, Styles P & King Los (Video)

Welcome to the Auction! Puff Daddy utilizes the power of simplicity in the video for “Auction” from MMM. In all black and white directed by Hype Williams, he, Lil Kim, Styles P, and King Los drop bars for minutes giving us a nostalgic vibe from days past. A photo posted by Puff Daddy (@iamdiddy) on . . .

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New Music Feb 18  |  

Lil Kim – “#Mine” ft. Kevin Gates

It appears that the former Queen of Rap is ready to get back in the game. In her new song, Lil Kim and Kevin Gates passionately describe their affection for one another, with seducing lyrics that draws the audience in as she reminds them why they call her Queen Bee. Hopefully this means we can expect more material from . . .

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. - 'The King & I' (Album Stream)

Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. – ‘The King & I’ (Album Stream)

Hip-Hop fans will have some new tunes to rock to for Biggie Smalls‘s birthday on May 21st. Faith Evans drops ‘The King & I,’ a duet album that has been in the works for a while. The 25-song album includes additions from Lil Cease, 112, Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Lil Kim, Jadakiss, Mama Wallace, and more. Stream below . . .

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Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. – “Take Me There” ft. Sheek Louch & Styles P

The Notorious B.I.G. left this world in 1997, but his legacy continues in 2017 with the release of “Take Me There,” a new collaborative record with Faith Evans, featuring Sheek Louch and Styles P. This verse was originally written for Lil Kim’s “Drugs.” Faith and Biggie’s the King & I duet album releases on May . . .

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Meet Darius Moreno, the artist behind GoldLink’s animated “Meditation” video

I walked into Harlem Public on 149th and Broadway, very sure of the direction this piece would take. My mission: sit down with the visual artist behind GoldLink’s latest hit “Meditation,” which was produced by Kaytranada and featured Jazmine Sullivan. I’d ask him about the inspiration behind the visuals, what the process was like, and . . .

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Qui – “Crush On You” (Premiere)

New York rapper and singer Qui gives a straightforward sentiment in her new song, “Crush On You.” The lyrics and feelings expressed are the epitome of a secret admirer longing for the attention and love from their romantic interest. “Crush On You” sends listeners on an ethereal ride through the mind of a lover on . . .

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Nicki Minaj unleashes a 3 Pack From Paris

Listen to three new songs from Nicki Minaj Amidst a supposed beef with Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj has been enjoying fashion shows in Paris, serving the occasional look on Instagram, and showing up on location with Future. The dust from “Shether” and “Another One” has settled and she sees fit to reveal three new tracks . . .

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New Music Oct 14  |  

Young M.A reps Brooklyn in her Mobb Deep sampled “Quiet Storm” video

I grew up in Brooklyn during the height of emcees like The Notorious B.I.G., Lil’ Kim, Jay, Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest, Big L and the other revolving door rappers from Bad Boy. So, while I love and appreciate the current popular incarnation of hip-hop, I will always have a soft spot for loud, hard-hitting . . .

Would Your Barber Approve of Your Favorite Rapper?

I know it’s been a few months since you’ve all heard from me. Please forgive me. I’ve been extremely busy cleansing my liver with iced lemon water as I prepare to sell my soul because I don’t have an upgrade and this new iPhone 7 Plus with 256GB in Jet Black is dropping tomorrow. I . . .

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Identity politics, Beyoncé, and why queer black men fell into formation

What happens when you can’t be yourself around those you’re supposed to identify with? Anti-blackness is pervasive enough. Leave homophobia at the door. We work to understand who we are. We deserve to be accepted. In the early hours of June 12, a gunman, Omar Mateen, opened fire in a crowded gay nightclub called Pulse . . .

Female Emcees

10 female artists poised to become top-tier emcees

With the growing diversity and sub-genres in hip hop today, you would think that we would have just as much diversity in the type of artists as the music. One alarming thing that I find lacking is the presence of more female emcees in the top tier. Besides Nicki Minaj, are there any other women that . . .

Blacklist

AM Blacklist: Celebrating Iconic Black Music from 2000 – 2005

You’re probably reading this saying, “I thought Black History Month is over!” Well, you’re technically right. Technically. But, like the anarchist I am, I believe that it should have the maximum amount of days a month is allowed, therefore, as for me and my house, it extends into March 2nd this year. The early half . . .

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AM Blacklist: Celebrating Iconic Black Music from 1995 – 2000

The latter half of the 1990s, from 1995 to 2000, was the beginning of a wide takeover period in pop culture for black musicians, artists, and singers. Black artists experienced great crossover appeal from the urban market to topping Billboard’s hot 100. During this time, black artists were found to be lucrative in various arenas. . . .

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Relive Classic Kanye West With ARIUS’s ‘Produced By K. West For Very Good Beats/Hip-Hop Since 1978’ (Exclusive)

As we await more news regarding Kanye West‘s 2016 album release, we felt it was the perfect time to dive back into classic ‘Ye. With this project, that’s just what we do. ARIUS, formerly known to us all as ESSNTL, took it upon himself to dive back into the vaults and bring some classic Kanye . . .

Who To Look Out For In 2016

Who To Look Out For In 2016

2015 was a big year for music, and a lot of artists made moves toward becoming household names. This isn’t an end-all, definitive list of who’s gonna be hot in 2016, but it’s the people our team sees taking that next big step. Check out our ten nominees for “Who To Look Out For In . . .