Legendary comedian Chris Rock is certainly no stranger to hip-hop. The South Carolina born, Brooklyn raised comedian has published a list on his website documenting his 25 favorite rap albums, cowrote and starred in the 1993 film CB4 which parodies gangsta rap, appeared on rap songs by Ludacris, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, and Ice Cube, and in the past has even criticized contemporary rap. But perhaps Chris Rock’s hip-hop pinnacle was reached in 2010 when he appeared on Kanye West’s now magnum opus album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Rock was asked by ‘Ye to appear on the song “Blame Game,” in which Rock provided an extended monologue. So maybe Rock is a little bit biased when he recently called Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as the “greatest hip-hop album of all-time” in a HOT 97 interview. Check out the full interview after the jump to see what else Chris Rock had to say.

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Last night, a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri came to a sudden halt when they decided to not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August death of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed after an encounter with police. Protesters in Ferguson and across the country expressed outrage at the decision. It was soon after the saddening decision that Run the Jewels (Killer Mike and El-P) performed in St. Louis, just a few miles from Ferguson. Killer Mike, who is noted for his outspoken views toward law enforcement, delivered an emotional speech in which he blasted the country’s “war machine,” offered support to Brown’s family and the protesters, and even expressed fear for his own two sons. Watch the full video after the jump.

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With the success of “About the Money” it was inevitable that Atlanta all-stars T.I. and Young Thug would team up again. And today T.I. shares the music video for “We Want War”, which yet again features a hook, chorus, and verse from Thugger. Check out the video after the jump.

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Drake’s “6 God” instrumental gets a freestyle from somebody everyone least expected. Tyler James Williams, the actor who is best known for portraying a young Chris Rock on the hit show Everybody Hates Chris stopped by Sway. But the interview took an interesting turn when Sway dropped the instrumental to Drake’s newly released “6 God”. That’s when Tyler snapped, spitting a godly freestyle. The boy done growed up, ya’ll. You have to see it to believe it. Video after the jump!

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Queens emcee Julian Stephen drops off the visuals for his latest single, “Sophisticated Thoughts”, which finds the rapper chilling around local spots amid a distinctive 90s flare. Produced by Chicago’s brandUn DeShay, whose recent work includes Mac Miller, Chance The Rapper, Danny Brown, and Casey Veggies, the beat is cheerful and optimistic which perfectly compliments the visuals. Peep the video for Julian Stephen’s “Sophisticated Thoughts” after the jump.

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With the release and success of their second Run the Jewels album, Killer Mike and El-P continue having fun with the visuals for their single “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1″ which depicts the two antiheroes as a pair of naughty EMTs. The two spend most of their time speeding, getting high, and being all around lazy and carefree. Watch the video for “Blockbuster Night Pt. 1″ after the jump.

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Last month Trademark Da Skydiver returned to the fold and dropped “Keep It 100″, the first single off of his forthcoming studio album Return of the Super Villain all the while embarking on the nationwide Smokers Club Tour with Method Man, Redman, B-Real, and Mick Jenkins. Now, the tour is winding down and Trademark is sharing the visuals for his “Keep It 100″ single. Directed by Rand Rosenberg Trademark drives around New York City with a seductive passenger. Watch the visuals after the jump and pre-order Trademark’s Return of the Super Villain via iTunes here.

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For the sixth episode of Saturday Night Live’s 40th anniversary season Top Dawg Entertainment’s star pupil Kendrick Lamar hit the stage as the musical guest alongside guest host Woody Harrelson. Kendrick performed two songs, one being his radio hit, The Isley Brothers sampled “i” and Jay Rock’s “Pay for It”. For “i” Kendrick took the stage with unkempt hair and blacked-out contacts (see: above photo), making reference to Method Man whose debut record Tical was released 20 years ago that day. Check out Kendrick’s hyped, energetic SNL performances after the jump.

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Video: SD – “Circles”

 |  November 14, 2014
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With SD’s debut full length Truly Blessed on the way (purchase here via iTunes) the rising Chicago rapper delivers the visuals for his “Circles” single. Produced by Omen and AudioBLK, the video for “Circles” perfectly captures the whirlwind and subsequent sense of despair that is SD’s world. The video finds SD rapidly flailing about in the Lord’s house and riding around in a Bentley, contemplating his very existence. SD doesn’t hold back on Truly Blessed, it’s all meat and potatoes for the 20-year-old rapper, as he depicts the harsh realities of his upbringing in the Windy City. Going along with SD’s signature raw melody and grimy raps is production from Sonny Digital, Cash Money AP and more. Watch the video for SD’s “Circles” after the jump.

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Rick Ross continues the Hood Billionaire campaign after sharing the Jay Z (hook) featured “Movin’ Bass” earlier in the week. Now he’s dropping the official music video for the Yo Gotti featured “Trap Luv”. Directed by DRE Films the video serves as the fifth release from Hood Billionaire thus far after “Keep Doin’ That (Rich B*tch)”, “If They Knew”, “Nickel Rock”, and the aforementioned “Movin’ Bass”. Watch the video for “Trap Luv” after the jump.

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In the second part of this interview series with Chicago’s SD, Rob Markman (MTV, Sway In the Morning) sits down with SD to discuss the rising rap star’s status with GBE. The veteran hip-hop journalist also salutes the young rapper for his bold decision to omit features from his new album Truly Blessed in the “features obsessed” era of rap. Watch part one of the interview here and purchase SD’s Truly Blessed album from iTunes here. Watch part two of the interview after the jump!

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