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Emilio Rojas ft. Hi-Rez – All I Know

Emilio Rojas drops a new DJ Pain 1 produced track off his L.I.F.E. EP, which will be available on July 10th. Previously: Emilio Rojas ft. Mark Battles – On Top

Maffew Ragazino ft. Roc Marciano – Better Recognize

Maffew’s new project, Eight Million Stories, is out today and available on iTunes for purchase as we speak. Check out the Frank The Butcher produced “Better Recognize” featuring the god Roc Marciano below. Previously: Maffew Ragazino ft. Easalio – All IV You

10 Years Later: Remembering the Greatness of Luther Vandross

Ten years after his untimely death on July 1, 2005, we remember Luther Vandross and his soulful impact on R&B and soul music. Continue reading…

Video: Big Sean – Focus (Vlog)

Over some behind the scenes footage from Summer Jam, his most recent videos and the BET Awards, Sean Don enlightens us on the nature and importance of focus. Previously: Big Sean ft. Chris Brown & Ty Dolla $ign – Play No Games

Premiere: Aaron Cohen – Panes (Prod. by Myth Syzer)

A one-off from our guy Aaron Cohen. Produced by French producer Myth Syzer, who caught my ear with a few years back with this release. Previously: Aaron Cohen – Home Less (EP)

Video: DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap & Shy Glizzy – XXL Freshmen Cypher Pt. 3

DeJ Loaf, Fetty Wap and Shy Glizzy participate in part 3 of the XXL Freshmen Cypher series. Previously: GoldLink, OG Maco & Vince Staples – XXL Freshmen Cypher Pt. 2 (Video)

Watch Nas’ Obey Your Thirst Profile

Like Drake before him, Nas hooks up with Sprite and FADER for a quick profile in support of the Obey Your Thirst/Verse campaign. Look out for additional pieces on Vince Staples and Isaiah Rashad. Previously: Nas, Drake, Vince Staples & Isaiah Rashad – Sprite Obey Your Thirst Profiles (Trailer)

Rico Richie ft. Verse Simmonds – Both Ways

Rico Richie follows up his new video for “Poppin” with the Verse Simmonds assisted “Both Ways”. Look out for The Realest Story Ever Told to drop July 7th. Previously: Rico Richie – Poppin (Video)

Audio Push – Shook1nes (Remix)

Audio Push go in over Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Pt. 2? for their latest freestyle. Previously: Audio Push – Normally (Video)

Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson, Ab-Soul & Elle Varner – All You Need

Damn, Statik is really going hard with this new album. Ahead of the release of Lucky 7 next week, he shares “All I Need” featuring Action Bronson, Ab-Soul and Elle Varner. Pre-order on iTunes now. Previously: Statik Selektah ft. Sean Price, Bun B & Styles P – Top Tier | Statik Selektah ft. Action Bronson & […]

Happy Birthday, Plies!

Although the Billboard hits eventually stopped coming, Plies still remains one of the more entertaining figures in hip-hop. The rhymer turns 39 years old today (July 1). Although he has been in the game since the late '90s, Plies fi Continue reading…

Watch a Recap of Raury’s 2015 Raurfest

Last Friday night, Atlanta’s incense and dashiki set gathered at The Atlanta Freight Depot for the second annual Raurfest, presented by rising local talent and freshly minted XXL Freshman Raury. Performers included Key, Trinidad Jame$, Two-9, Earthgang, Money Makin Nique, TDE’s SZA and several others. Check out a video recap above and read a first […]

Rihanna Is First Artist to Surpass RIAA's 100 Million Song Certifications Mark

That Rihanna reign just won't let up. According to the RIAA, the vivacious singer has surpassed more than 100 million gold and platinum song certifications, placing her as the top artist with the most Digital Single Awards. Continue reading…

Behind the Scenes of Kendrick Lamar’s Mass Appeal Cover

Here’s a behind the scenes look at Kendrick’s photoshoot for the cover of Mass Appeal issue #56, which is on newsstands now. If you haven’t yet, you must immediately go watch K.Dot’s new video for “Alright”. Previously: Kendrick Lamar Covers Mass Appeal

Video: Vince Staples on Over/Under

Vince Staples talks about if Bill Nye The Science Guy, KFC, PETA and more are overrated or underrated. Previously: Vince Staples – Breakfast Bars Freestyle on #TheCruzShow (Video)

Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 20)

Joe Budden, Marisa and Rory discuss the 2015 BET Awards, Meek Mill’s new album and more on episode 20 of “I’ll Name This Podcast Later”. Previously: Joe Budden – I’ll Name This Podcast Later (Ep. 19)

Geraldo Rivera Takes Aim at Kendrick Lamar's 'Alright': 'This Is Exactly the Wrong Message' [VIDEO]

Geraldo Rivera is trolling us again. The FOX News pundit spewed his vitriol of hip-hop once again, this time ranting about Kendrick Lamar's song "Alright." Continue reading…

Video: Gunplay ft. YG – Wuzhanindoe

Check out Gunplay’s new video for “Wuzhanindoe”, as filmed in South Central, LA. Living Legend is out July 31st. Previously: Gunplay – John Gotti Freestyle (Video)

Kidd Kidd Arrested at 2015 XXL Freshman Concert in New York

G-Unit member Kidd Kidd was arrested and taken into custody on Tuesday night (June 29) before his performance at the Best Buy Theater for the XXL Freshman concert in New York City. Continue reading…

Happy Birthday, Missy Elliott!

Perhaps one of hip-hop's most underrated gems is Missy Elliott, who went on one of the genre's most impressive creative runs in the early '00s. Misdemeanor turns 44 years old today (July 1). The genius of Timbal Continue reading…

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