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Papoose | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #076 (Video)

Yooooo! Pap came back and snapped on his flow for the Funk Flex show. And before you ask, he did not bring his luscious, lyrical wifey, Remy, this time. But you know he had to rep for her, too… with these “Cash Rules” BARS!

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Method Man x Black Thought Cypher Live On Air (Video)

Respect! For these flows, AND for Meth going into the phone to ensure he was NOT caught slipping when he was on the mic live KNOWING that Black Thought was about to hop on and BEAST it with him!

These Legendary Roots Crew-Tang flows though! They KILT IT! Throw a plaid skirt on this sh!t!!

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Don’t Walk! Run The Jewels… NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (Video)

Let the E&J and lyrics and booming beats FLOW! RTJ on NPR for an intimate, but no-less-energized [Tiny Desk] Concert with rhyme buddies El-P and Killer Mike. Okay, in case you don’t follow Run The Jewels… have any kids leave the F**KING room NOW! Liquor and lyrics laced with profanity and adult dopeness. Party time! Let’s GO!

Mina Tavakoli | February 6, 2017 — Like any good pair of twins, Run the Jewels have a freaky sort of unspoken fraternity. When El-P and Killer Mike strode in with their usual uniforms — Mike in a gold chain as thick as a garter snake, El in a fitted Yankees cap and pair of blue-mirrored sunglasses — the two didn’t have to do as much as nod to one another before upending three tracks from their latest LP, RTJ3, in strange and perfect symbiosis.

El-P (née El-Producto, née Jaime Meline) — rapper, producer, and all-around godfather of the backpacker scene of the late-90’s — and Killer Mike — known for guest features on tracks by Atlanta’s Dungeon Family in the early-aughts, solo work in the mid-to-late ’00s, and perhaps most widely for his very public support of Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign last year — have out-mused each other in a supergroup that somehow seems to get better, louder, and more pertinent since their start in 2013. They represent an ideal evolution of underground hip-hop to mainstream success, mixing a fundamentally activist animus with IMAX-level production without losing a speck of vital force.

On an unseasonably beautiful day in D.C., Run the Jewels was sweaty and sulfuric, ad-libbing with one another in an exchange so slick, easy, and conspiratorial, it felt like we were in on their shared language.

Run the Jewels 3 is available now!

– NPR Music

EL-P X KILLER MIKE – RUN THE JEWELS 3 (ALBUM)

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Missy Elliott – “She’s A Bitch” (Live) [Video]

Wonder how many tuned into the return of VH1’s Hip-Hop Honors show. Compared to the buzz leading up to show’s past, this last one came back on low volume. But if you saw this performance, you witnessed a textbook example of how to turn up! Missy Elliot was definitely a 90s Gamechanger, and she is one who can still deliver the goods. Believe the hype!

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Common Does A Soulful ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ At The White House (Video)

The White House is often at the center of some controversy, more so nowadays. But there was a recent time when there was less ‘crazy’ – as Keith Olbermann might say (here) – coming from the White House …or, at least, a different type of ‘crazy.’ Even then, something like this probably would not have made headline news. But it was certainly worthy of being documented. And I am glad NPR did. And after you watch, bet money that you will be, too.

We’ve never done a Tiny Desk Concert that wasn’t behind my desk at NPR. But when the White House called and said they were putting on an event called South by South Lawn, a day-long festival filled with innovators and creators from the worlds of technology and art, including music, we jumped at the chance to get involved. We chose Common as the performer and the White House library as the space.

This Tiny Desk Concert was a convergence of art and soul, mixing politics with heart. Common’s choice of songs dealt with incarceration as the new slavery, imagined a time where women rule the world and honored the man he looked up to all his life, his father. For this occasion, Common put together a special six-piece band of close friends that includes the great Robert Glasper, with his eloquent and delicate touch, on keyboards and Derrick Hodge, whose music spans from Hip-Hop to folk and has made a big imprint on the world of jazz, on bass. Common also asked his longtime friend and collaborator Bilal to sing on two songs. The performance includes three brand new songs, along with one classic, “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Bob Boilen

Yooooo! Brother Common and his crew rocked a [Tiny Desk] Concert at The White House. DOPE!

(Oh, and the girl on the flute is Elena Pinderhughes, who played flute on Future’s “Mask Off.” Hella cute! Especially in that form-fitting dress. Yes!)

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Fred The Godson | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #072 (Video)

Hard to contain myself. Know what? I’d heard that Fred The Godson was a beast, but I was not ready for him to get on with Flex and snap this hard! Let me put it this way: When heads talk about how they wish Jay-Z would go back to rapping like this or that… What they really wanna say is they want Hov to step his bars UP to Godson’s level. That’s right. Godson > Hov. Yeah, that’s today’s math! Watch.

(Shot to Jaquae for amping things up and doing the most with the hook.)

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Watch Rapsody’s In-Office Performance (Live) [Video]

“Laila’s Wisdom” drops this Friday, September 22nd. But good news for us, Rapsody & Okayplayer dropped off this footage of a free mini-concert of some old and new joints in advance of that. Bonus: I dropped that pre-order link for y’all below!

We’re live with Rapsody for an in-office performance ahead of the release of her album “Laila’s Wisdom” this Friday. Tune in!

RAPSODY – LAILA’S WISDOM (PRE-ORDER)

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A Choir Comes From Texas To Sing “Lean On Me” And Jimmy Fallon Puts A Million Dollars In The Collection Plate For Hurricane Harvey Relief (Video)

Now THAT’S how you use your platform! Salute to JJ Watt of the Houston Texans and to Jimmy Fallon. That fund Watt has going to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey keeps growing a million bucks at a time, and The Tonight Show just added another million!

On top of that, Jimmy invited a Houston area Gospel choir to come take his audience to church in less than 5 minutes flat. If you’ve never been ‘full’ from some good church singing… get ready for that and press play above.

#HelpHouston

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Z. Rich – “SideTracked” (#LifeRap Ep. 02) [Video]

Yooooo! Did you know Z. Rich (TAFKAP, you know… The Artist Formerly Known As Phene) put out another #LifeRap after “FAME” (Ep. 1)?? And not just another ONE, but like SEVEN more??? If you knew, why didn’t you tell me???! And if you did not know, you’re welcome! Because all these shiz is doooope!

Check out Episode 2 above and all the rest after the jump.

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DJ Premier On The Turntables For His Very Own ‘Tiny Desk Concert’ (Video)

DJ Premier with The Badder Band doing a short set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Series. Yeah, you read right. Preem on NPR! And now you are so intrigued you MUST press play above, right? Well, do that now, so we don’t spoil things for you. So worth it!

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Comedy: Watch Samuel L. Jackson And James Corden Go Head Up In A ‘Late Late Show’ Rap Battle (Video)

James Corden vs. Samuel L. Jackson. The Late Late Show battle rap battle you NEED to see! They face-off and it’s ON! The bars are not Jigga vs. Nas but actually, they snap kinda hard. The crowd was definitely into the fun… Know what? That’s what this is: FUN!

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Tiffany Haddish In Her Showtime Stand-Up “She Ready!” (Teaser Trailer)

Mercy mercy! Did you see comedian Tiffany Haddish on Showtime for her Friday night special though?? Sexy on super-smash with that all black outfit gripping her… figure (wow). But she got jokes, funny jokes, for the whole show. So your bae won’t get mad. Hilarious hella sexy Tiffany did great.

Got a few of clips – starting above and more after the jump for you to see.

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ADD Challenges All Video Game Coders To Create A Video Game Using Tahir & DoBoy (Video)

Hahaa! Might need to circle back around and check out some of the work folks put out for this challenge. Making these hilarious ADD folks into a video game… I’m laughing already.

We at All Def Digital challenge you to make us a fighting video game. Do you have what it takes to turn this video footage into a playable game? #CatchHandzChallenge
– All Def Digital

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DJ Nu-Mark – “Leo Mix” (Video)

Crazy dope thing is… I always envision/mimic deejays when I am really into the mixes they are doing. And seeing them in action only enhances the enjoyment. Of course, live is best. But video of a deejay going in… SO DOPE! Check out DJ Nu-Mark and see if you agree.

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Redman – “Who Shot Ya” (Freestyle)

Reggie Noble with seemingly limitless spit for that “Who Shot Ya” beat! Oh yes, let’s take it back to ’95!

Redman goin in with a legendary freestyle over Notorious B.I.G’s Who Shot Ya back in 1995 in New York on the Rap Xchange with Westwood & Funkmaster Flex.
Tim Westwood TV

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Rest Well Sean Price, Because Wifey Got You On The Mic (Video)

Gonna let Ras Kass tell you about this Sean Price mini-tribute. I have seen footage of his wife rock with Rock on this Heltah Skeltah track, and it still chokes me up a bit when I see Sean’s wife step in like this. Plus, I think she is getting better.

(Hit the jump for the music video from back in the day.)

This Was Dope. Rockness & Bernadette (Sean Price wife) spitting his verse prod. by E Swift, Tha Alkaholiks show & myself. Mad friends & celebs in the building…
Ras Kass

#RIPSeanPrice

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Throwback: Run-DMC x Jam Master Jay [Live] (Video)

I remember reading in some Public Enemy album liner notes that when the group was looking for a DJ (who would eventually be Terminator X), they were looking for a ‘Jam Master Jay level’ deejay. WHAT?! You know how all powdered soft drinks are called Kool-Aid, or how all in-line skates are called RollerBlades? Jam Master Jay was like that… the industry standard!

Watch JMJ start the show like a pro, then watch Run-DMC come shut sh!t down!! Awesome jewel from back in the day (September 1984). Hip-Hop forever!!

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Action Bronson | Freestyles On Flex | Freestyle #065 (Video)

LOL! Somebody let Bronson the bucking bull loose in the Funk Flex fine china shop, and dude cracked and stomped on all the best dishes. Can’t tell you what this is – all this – but you gotta see it. Dope!

(Flex didn’t know WTF was happening, but he was hanging on for the ride. Haahahaaa! Lights, camera, Action Bronson!)

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Watch Action Bronson Performing Live At ‘Rolling Loud 2017’ (Video) [Not Safe For Work]

Whether you knew it or not, you are getting it. Action Bronson doing almost an hour live and rocking the sh!t out the stage… and shouting out ‘Walking In The Rain’ singer Oran Juice Jones and iconic movie and rap star Will Smith (for real)… and going to grab his phone and deejaying himself (yeah, for real).

And if you thought wilding out and going informal style like that was as far as he’d go to bring the crowd in… you have not been paying attention to Bronson over the years. All kinds of porn, pot and more will be referenced in this show.

Did… did he call his MOM a lucky slut???

Yoooo… Strap in! Unless you are the hotties acting out starting around the 16-minute mark, because they are setting them boobies free (hence the Not Safe For Work rating)!!

@ojones1

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Nas Raps The Hook To ‘Shook Ones’ In tribute To Prodigy (Video)

To be honored by one’s peers has to be one of the fondest wishes of many an artist across genres. Emceeing is an art. And when a G.O.D.M.C. shouts out a Prodigy R.I.P. and rocks a crowd to the Mobb Deep joint… Chokes me up. Nas. Bless!

#RIPProdigy

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