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MC Sha-Rock, a pioneer in the hip-hop industry, is making waves in the music scene.

Known as the "mother of hip-hop," Sha-Rock's contributions to the genre cannot be ignored.

Her talent and influence continue to inspire artists today.

Grime pioneer Ghetts has released the music video for his latest single 'Tumbi', which showcases his suaveness over a laidback beat inspired by Amapiano and Afrobeats.

Directed by Nathan James Tettey, the video sees Ghetts surrounded by luxury and beautiful women on the Caribbean coast.

'Tumbi' is the third single from Ghetts' upcoming album 'On Purpose With Purpose'.

CZARFACE, the supergroup consisting of Inspectah Deck from Wu-Tang Clan and 7L & Esoteric, is back with their new album "CZARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE."

The album takes listeners on a cosmic journey through hip-hop and comic book culture, featuring collaborations with Logic, Kool Keith, and others.

The group has also released a series of lyric videos on their YouTube channel to enhance the listening experience.

In an exclusive Q&A, Esoteric discusses the creative process behind the album and how CZARFACE continues to push the boundaries of hip-hop.

Hip-hop producers Hit-Boy and The Alchemist have teamed up for a three-song EP titled "THEODORE & ANDRE."

The EP follows their collaboration on Benny The Butcher's album and features a lone feature from Jonathan Hulett.

Check out the EP and the accompanying visual.

Renelle 893 has released the title track and official video for 'Art Thief’, on High Focus Records.

The song, produced by Bay29, captures the essence of a heist movie in just over three minutes.

The captivating video adds an extra layer of excitement, and fans can now pre-order Renelle 893's debut album, 'Art Thief.

ScHoolboy Q is finally releasing his first album since 2019, called 'BLUE LIPS,' on March 1.

The tracklist has been shared, but details on production credits and guest features are still unknown.

Fans are eagerly awaiting the album's release.

Pitchfork, a highly influential music publication, has undergone significant changes in recent weeks, including mass layoffs and restructuring.

Despite the uncertainty, Pitchfork's impact on the rap industry cannot be overlooked.

Over the past decade, the site shifted its focus to take rap music seriously, making it a core component of its coverage.

This change not only reflected the evolving culture of hip-hop but also filled the void left by genre-specific publications.

Pitchfork's willingness to explore new voices and frontiers in rap has made it an essential critical voice in the genre.

UK rapper Fredo has been sentenced to five years in Dubai prison for drug possession, marking his second run-in with Dubai authorities in just three months.

This comes after previous legal issues in his hometown of London.

Fredo's latest album, Unfinished Business, was released in August.

Amy Winehouse's influence on hip-hop is undeniable, and her vocals have been sampled by artists across different subgenres.

From Organized Noize's remix of "Tears Dry On Their Own" to Nas' collaboration with Winehouse on "Cherry Wine," these samples pay tribute to her incredible talent and contribute to her lasting legacy in popular music.

Stormzy and Little Simz, two successful UK rappers, recently discussed their journey from humble beginnings in South and North London to international fame.

Stormzy emphasised that his upbringing in the hood was integral to his success, but also acknowledged the need to let go of certain behaviours in order to grow.

The two artists also talked about their dream collaborations in a lively conversation.

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