When the debates start up about who’s the best on the MPC, names like DJ Premier, Dr. Dre and Pete Rock are bound to come up. But one name that’s often overlooked by many a fan is Prince Paul. Now, the maestro behind the likes of De La Soul, Handsome Boy Modeling School, the Gravediggaz and others opens up to Complex about some of his most renowned hits from his 20-plus year discography. The interview is a must read for fans of Paul’s work and anyone that appreciates some good samples.

Read Complex’s “Prince Paul Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)”

Hip Hop’s already taken over the Museum of Modern Art, and now, Hov’s set to rock Carnegie Hall this February for the United Way of New York and Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. Now, The Boombox got new footage from Jay-Z’s press conference announcement of the performances. Check out their write-up of the conference to hear the Brooklyn legend talks about the importance of charity and what it’s like to be able to perform at the prestigious venue.

Check Out The Boombox’s “Jay-Z’s Carnegie Hall Concerts will Feature Rhymes and Charity”

The year’s wrapping up, and for every music publication, that means only one thing: the inevitable best albums of the year list. Although there’s still a few weeks left in December, Rolling Stone decided to get the jump on the list making with their top 50 LPs of the year list. So who made the cut? Check out their full list to find out.

Read Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Albums of 2011”

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