The Source Salutes The “Nguzo Saba” aka KWANZAA


Happy Holidays!   Today starts the cultural and reflective holiday and celebration of the Nguzo Saba, also known as Kwanzaa.   Kwanzaa is a cultural and reflective holiday not a religious or a political holiday.  Inspired by the Black empowerment period, with leaders such as Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party, Kwanzaa was created by educator […]

Drake Got Drunk & Got These Ladies’ Name Tattooed On His Arm

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If you listen to Drake‘s music, you’ll know he’s got an affinity for sweet pillow talk. It’s one of the main reasons he’s such a huge star today. Some of his biggest records, like “Hold On, We’re going Home,” “Best I Ever Had,” and “Hotline Bling” prove he’s a hit among the ladies. Apparently, these two […]

Odell Beckham Jr.’s Suspension Upheld, Out For Sunday’s Game vs Vikings

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UPDATE 2: Giants star Odell Beckham Jr., officially suspended for Sunday’s important match-up against the Vikings, has released an official statement regarding the latest developments of his suspension, and his actions on Sunday. Read it in full below. I owe some people an apology. I wasn’t raised to act like I did the other day. I […]

The Source Presents: The 20 Best Hip Hop/Rap Albums of 2015

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Let the debating begin. How do we whittle an entire year of music down to just 20 albums? When we look back at 2015, what’s the album we’ll remember? Who created the biggest moment? What made the most impact in our culture and others? From political standouts to opuses stacked with hits, we ranked what we […]

The Source Presents: The 15 Best Hip Hop/R&B Songs of 2015

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Yesterday [Friday, December 18] we unleashed what we thought were the 25 Best Hip Hop/Rap songs of the year, ranging from deep cuts from guys like Rick Ross and Lupe Fiasco to some of the ill smashes of 2015, including Drake‘s “accidental” hits and Big Sean‘s comeback anthem. It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t […]

The Source Presents: The 25 Best Hip Hop [Rap] Songs of 2015

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Yes, it’s that time of year. The holidays are here, the countdown to 2016 has begun, and we’re looking back at what was—and always is—a crazy 12 months in the world of Hip Hop. How do we skim an entire year of music down to just 20 songs? Debates and shouting matches, that’s how. Younger Hip Hop […]

[Premiere] Loaded Lux Debuts “Seasons” Video

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Loaded Lux continues his evolution from battle rap titan to solo artist on the rise with the release of his latest single, “Seasons.” The Harlem rapper pulls the curtains back on his personal life with this track, a highlight from his current album, Beloved 2. Advertisement “This is definitely one of the more thought-provoking records […]

Top 10 Highlights From The First Lady’s “Go To College” Video


Christmas came early today [Thursday, December 10] for fans of First Lady Michelle Obama and Hip-Hop. She also “officially” became the coolest First Lady ever (if that wasn’t already established). FLOTUS (now the proud subject of the hashtag #FLOTUSBars) teamed up with College Humor and Saturday Night Live‘s Jay Pharoah to cause an internet stir […]

Listen Now: Chris Jones x Lando Beats, “Always Have That”

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[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Chris Jones, who was previously heralded by The Source as “one to watch,” just dropped a new record, “Always Have That.”  The Lando Beats produced track is heavy on the boom bap sound that New York is known for.  Jones, who is from Queensbridge, which has a long […]

DJ Dez & DJ Butter Bring Out the Boom Bap With “A Piece of the Action”

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[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Hip hop purists DJ Dez & DJ Butter just dropped their latest project, which is available to stream online for free.  The duo paired up with Crazy Noise Productions to bring back the boom bap with  A Piece of the Action, which boasts an eclectic soundscape born of a […]

Listen Now: Najee Morning x French Montana, “Phantom Life”

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[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Newcomer Najee Morning releases his debut track “Phantom Life,” which features an assist from French Montana.  The Maserati Sparks produced track features the two rappers boasting about–what else?–bad broads, money, and cars.  Oh, and the ever-present but elusive Illuminati.  Take a listen below and tell us what you […]

All Def Digital Spotlights Young Moe’s “All I Got Is Me”

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The second episode of The Signal (curated by All Def Digital) dropped today, showcasing yet another shining young rap star, who goes by the moniker Young Moe. The featured song, “All I Got Is Me,” is from his Humble Hustle 3 mixtape, which features 13 brand new songs from Moe, as well as guest appearances from fan favorites like Kevin Gates, Fat Trel, Young […]

Watch: Saigon, Vado, and Rahzel Jr Cipher in The Rapfest’s Third Installment


The RapFest makes a triumphant return to the airwaves with the third episode of their highly anticipated cipher series.  The “up next” artist in this feature is Rahzel Jr, who went bar for bar with hip hop heavyweights Saigon and Vado.  The three emcees show their flows on a beat from the multi-platinum, Grammy winning producer […]

Listen Now: TI’s Signee Mike Feez x Joe Young, “Keep It Real”

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[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Toledo, Ohio bred rapper Mike Feez, who just recently signed to TI’s Hustlegang imprint, drops a new record with German artist Joe Young, titled “Keep It Real.”  A smooth hook keeps things moving as the two barter bars on the beat.  Take a listen and let us know […]

Chris Brown Talks Constantly Making Music & Dishes Advice to New Artists

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Next Tuesday (10/28, 8 PM EST), Music Choice Play will air a 30 minute special with the multiplatinum selling singer Chris Brown, called “The Rise and Rise of Chris Brown.” The Source was lucky enough to get a sneak peak of the segment; check out the clips below for Breezy discussing how he’s constantly making music; […]

KeilyN Takes It “Back Home”

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It isn’t often that Ohio comes out with bangers, but lyricist KeilyN is bringing it back home with the boom bap one time for his home state of Ohio.  The “Back Home” video finds the rapper in Chicago, reminiscing about his hometown and showing off his lyrical finesse, storytelling skill, and smooth delivery as he rides […]

Listen Now: Famsquad x Tuki Carter, “I Get It”

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[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] Famsquad follows up their “Vegas Lights” track with another new record, “I Get It,” featuring Tuki Carter of Taylor Gang.  The Keeynote produced track premiered earlier today on Sway in the Morning, when the hip hop collective appeared on Sway’s Freestyle Friday.  Check it out above and let […]