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Diplo tells Billboard what he really thinks about EDM

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If you haven’t been to one of his personal shows, Major Lazer shows, a block party, or Holy Ship, you have definitely at least heard a track produced by this random white dude: Diplo.

He’s undeniably one of many hard working and creative individuals in the music scene right now, and he’s only getting better with age. Sitting on the ripe median of his 30′s, he’s already known for a label, a movement, an infinite amount of successful songs, and he’s even mastered the art of brushing off the haters. He’s been getting a lot of, excuse the french, shit lately from the P.L.U.R. kiddies and has been facing scrutiny in regards to the banning issues. Despite all of the drama, he’s made it very clear that he’s here for one thing and one thing only: the music. Billboard had a sit down with Mr. Pentz and talked about everything from his salary to his up and coming work. What was the most intriguing about it all, was how effortlessly Diplo brought up a topic that should be touched on a lot more in the electronic dance music community.

“[People in the rave culture] don’t even care about the music anymore, it’s about the experience and hearing things that are really familiar and comfortable over and over again…All the DJs were at my Vegas night one night–I’m not going to name names, but all the big EDM guys–and I played a Juicy J record; they were like, ‘Where do you get these records?’ I’m like, ‘They’re on the radio! You can buy them off iTunes!’…”

Of course it seems laughable to expect every EDM producer and DJ to know exactly who Young Thug, Travis Scott, GoldLink, or  Makonnen is, but Diplo explains it more as expanding the horizons or at leastwanting to: “They really have no idea. They live in these bubbles. I’m like, ‘Damn, dudes, use your imagination a little bit.’…A lot of DJs don’t realize they’re here today and gone tomorrow.” While we can admit, it may not seem as easy to delve into the “urban world” as it is with say the big room or house world, we do know all it takes is an eager mind and the Internet.

Whether Diplo is right or wrong for calling anybody out, he does bring up a topic that should be taken into consideration a lot more, especially when we’re dealing with heavily influential artists who have a tight grip on what their followers can listen and be exposed to. Don’t worry though, this interview wasn’t all shade; he gets into a lot more that you can check out on the Billboard website.

Childish Gambino Announces New Mixtape + Bonus Track

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Childish Gambino has been on a roll this past week after releasing his original track “Candler Road” and assisting Logic’s on “Driving Ms. Daisy”.  Yesterday, Gambino took to Twitter and Instagram to announce his forthcoming “STNMTN KAUAI” mixtape. I would assume ‘STN MTN’ is referring to Donald Glover’s childhood stomping grounds of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Kauai is likely referring to Hawaii’s oldest island. Seems like it might be a double sided tape from the looks of the artwork. Also really left wondering what role Jaden Smith will play in the role of the Kauai side of the tape. A release date is still to come, so stay tuned. Peep Gambino’s recent track with Problem from LA Leakers below as well, it’s fire.

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TEYANA TAYLOR OPENS FOR AUGUST ALSINA AT ‘TESTIMONY LIVE’ TOUR

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Teyana Taylor joined August Alsina on the first stop of his “Testimony Live” tour in Seattle on Thursday night. The First Lady of G.O.O.D. Music had the ladies singing along to her cover of Drake’s “Marvins Room” and serenaded one lucky—and very excited—male fan with her single “Maybe.”

The Harlem singer also debuted new material off her upcoming album VII, due October 21.

“Seattle!!!! U guys are fuckin great!!!!!!” tweeted Teyana. “I had such an amazing time tonight! Thanks for showing me love & vibe’n wit me!”

The “Testimony Live” tour continues through September 21, with stops in San Francisco, L.A., Houston, Atlanta, Boston, and New York.

Check out some footage from opening night below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: ELLE VARNER – ‘ONE LOVE’

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J. Cole is not the only one using his voice to spark change. In light of the Mike Brown shooting, Elle Varner has released her peaceful protest anthem “One Love,” inspired by “all that’s going on in the world.”

She shares a message of love and unity on the DJ Dahi production. “Imagine no one needing guns all at once, impossible maybe / But we’ve never tried it / The whole world in silence / Respecting each other, our gods, and our brothers, killin’ with kindness.”

“Over the past few tumultuous days I have prayed long and hard for Mike Brown’s family, the people of Ferguson, and the families of many others we have lost due this horrific death pattern,” said Elle, who is readying her sophomorealbum Four Letter Word. “With persistence, strategy, and intellect, we can not only obtain justice for Mike Brown but we can effectuate changes that will prevent these things from happening again!”

Hear her spread the love.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: J. COLE – ‘BE FREE’

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In the wake of the police shooting that left African-American teenager Michael Brown dead, J. Cole responds by penning a powerful and emotional plea. Over abare bones beat, the Roc Nation MC cries out for freedom and justice.

“All we wanna do is take the chains off / All we wanna do is be free,” sings a grief-stricken Cole.

“Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black,” said Cole. “I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.”

Listen to him stand his ground.

UPDATE: Cole has changed the artwork out of respect for Brown’s family.

“We were unaware of Mike Brown’s mother’s request to not use that picture,” he said of the original photo. “Art has been changed out of respect for her wishes.”

 

 

 

 

EMINEM PREVIEWS NEW SONG ‘GUTS OVER FEAR’ FEATURING SIA

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After teasing the song in June, Eminem has shared another snippet of “Guts Over Fear” in a new trailer for Denzel Washington’s crime thriller The Equalizer.

“This is the only thing I know,” sings Em on the triumphant track, which features “Chandelier” hitmaker Sia.

The song will hit iTunes on August 25, while the movie opens in theaters on September 26.

Em is currently on “The Monster Tour” with Rihanna and will headline MetLifeStadium in New Jersey on Saturday and Sunday before heading to Detroit’s Comerica Park on August 22-23.

 

 

 

 

KEYSHIA COLE ANNOUNCES ‘POINT OF NO RETURN’ RELEASE DATE

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After months of anticipation, Keyshia Cole has set a release date for her sixthalbum Point of No Return.

 

The R&B songstress took to Instagram to announce the October 7 release date. “Oct 7th Is the Album release date! (My BDay is the 15th),” said Cole of the follow-up to 2012′s Woman to Woman.

The album has already spawned the singles “Rick James” featuring Juicy J, the personal ballad “Next Time (Won’t Give My Heart Away),” and the DJ Mustard-produced “She.”

The feature-heavy set, likely her last for Interscope, also includes collaborations with Wale, Future, 2 Chainz, and August Alsina, and production from Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, Mario Winans, and RedOne.

Cole is currently on her nationwide “Point of No Return” tour, which wraps August 25 in San Diego.

She will return to BET in her third reality show starting September 2. The six half-hour episodes will chronicle her tumultuous marriage to NBA player Daniel Gibson, her music career, motherhood, and family issues.

 

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VIDEO: KID INK F/ MAEJOR ALI – ‘I DON’T CARE’

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Fresh off the remix to MAGIC!’s hit “Rude,” Kid Ink supplies his Batgang with the video for “I Don’t Care” off his chart-topping album My Own Lane. The L.A. rapper gives the middle finger to his haters while blazing up in the studio in the Dan Centrone-directed clip, which also features singer-producer Maejor Ali.

“I dropped this video to inspire people to chase their dreams,” said Kid Ink. “Don’t be distracted by doubters.”

He will head back on the road this weekend, performing at MGK’s EST Fest in Ohio.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: LIL MAMA – ‘NO FLEX ZONE (FREESTYLE)’

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Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, and Juicy J have all had a go at Rae Sremmurd’s “No Flex Zone.” Now Lil Mama shows her muscle with her own remix to the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced hit, which she released as part of her “Lyrical Purge” freestyle series.

“I run circles ’round actors / I’m too nasty, I’ll leave a ring around the bathtub,” she spits.

Last week, she kicked off the series with a remix to Drake’s “0 to 100.”

Enter Lil Mama’s “No Flex Zone” below.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: CHANCE THE RAPPER F/ WYCLEF JEAN, JESSIE WARE, & ELLE VARNER – ‘WONDERFUL EVERYDAY: ARTHUR’

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Ahead of his appearance at Lollapalooza 2014 this weekend, Chance the Rapper and The Social Experiment debut “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur,” a cover of the theme song to the PBS children’s cartoon “Arthur,” which was originally recorded by Ziggy Marley.

The feel-good track features additional vocals from Wyclef Jean, Jessie Ware, Elle Varner, Francis & The Lights, Eryn Allen Kane & The O’My’s, Peter Cottontale, and Donnie Trumpet.

The Chicago MC performed it live at the Sasquatch festival in Washington inMay. He plans to debut new material during his Lolla set on Sunday, which will be streamed live at 9 p.m. CST.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: G-EAZY F/ FRENCH MONTANA – ‘SAY’

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G-Eazy links with Bad Boy’s own French Montana on the gritty “Say.” The B-side track, which was recorded during the sessions for his album These ThingsHappen, boasts cocky rhymes over a rattling beat courtesy of Ty Fyffe (Cam’ron, 50 Cent).

The Bay Area rapper hollers at Taylor Swift (“A-list hoes, Taylor Swift is on my wish list”), while French shouts out Chelsea Handler.

Hear them silence their haters.

 

 

 

 

TIMBALAND: MISSY ELLIOTT’S NEW ALBUM IS A ‘GAME CHANGER’

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It’s been nearly a decade since Missy Elliott released her last album, but her longtime collaborator Timbaland promises it will be worth the wait.

 

“It’s coming,” the super-producer told Rolling Stone of the follow-up to 2005′sThe Cookbook. “It’s on her. She got the first single, it’s just a matter of when she wants to do it. We got the hollow-tip bullet in the gun. We have the game changer right there.”

While no release date has been set, he said to expect big things. “It’s something you ain’t never heard Missy do. It sounds today, but the future.”

In an interview with Yahoo!’s “The Yo Show,” earlier this year, Missy explained the reason for the delay. “When I create something, it’s gotta be special and it can’t just be to throw something out there because I feel like I’m Missy,” said the “Work It” rapper. “I gotta feel like what I’m giving the fans is 100 percent and that it’s game-changing. I don’t just throw out microwave records.”

In September 2012, Missy released two Timbaland-produced songs, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” off her tentatively-titled album Block Party.

She has also appeared on singles for Little Mix (“How Ya Doin’?”), Fantasia (“Without Me”), and most recently, Faith Evans (“I Deserve It”).

Meanwhile, Timbaland is hard at work on his solo album Opera Noir, which he calls his Purple Rain. “I have no features on it,” he said. “It’s all about truth and what’s going on around us.”

NEW MUSIC: FENCES F/ MACKLEMORE & RYAN LEWIS – ‘ARROWS’

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While they ready the follow-up to their Grammy-winning album The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis return to the scene on “Arrows,” the debut singlefrom singer-songwriter Fences.

The Seattle rapper gets blinded by the limelight and searches for an escape on the Ryan Lewis-produced song, which is set to appear on Fences’ debut Lesser Oceans, available October 14.

“Tom Petty in this motherfu**er, all I wanna do is free fall,” raps Macklemore.

In addition to “Arrows,” he guests on another song called “Songs About Angels,” which is also available on iTunes.

 

 

JEEZY ADDRESSES ILLUMINATI ALBUM COVER

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Jeezy is not down with the Illuminati. The Atlanta rapper is hitting back at the criticism surrounding the cover art for his album Seen It All: The Autobiography.

 

Last week, he revealed the controversial artwork, which features the Eye of Providence, a symbol of the Illuminati.

But in an interview with Mina SayWhat on Power 99, Jeezy downplayed the Illuminati references.

“Do not get art and creativity confused with ignorance,” he said. “I am a hard-working, God-fearing man. I have no idea what an Illuminati is and really don’t give a damn ’cause it has nothing to do with me. I just wanted to do something different and something bigger.”

The artwork is a reflection of the music. “It’s kinda a dark album, so I just wanted it to have that mystique about it, something to keep as a collector’s edition.”

He likened it to Tupac’s Makaveli cover art. “When Pac did Makaveli and he put himself on that cross, it was just how he felt,” said Jizzle. “He felt like it was him against the world, him against all odds. He put himself in that mind state. That’s just how I feel. I feel like I’m bigger than music. I’m a leader so I can do that. I don’t want to stand in front of a Lamborghini and give you another picture of me with five chains on. That’s wack for me. I’m nine, ten years in the game. I’m trying to push the envelope a little bit.”

When the album arrives on September 2, it will silence the critics. “When you open that album and play that album, then we ain’t gon’ have this conversation. ‘Cause that music is A1.”

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JESSIE J, ARIANA GRANDE, & NICKI MINAJ – ‘BANG BANG’

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The wait is over. Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande are here to blow your mind with their powerhouse anthem “Bang Bang,” produced by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Ilya. The pop divas show off their powerful pipes, while rap’s reigning queen busts a lethal verse.

The song serves as the first single from Jessie J’s third album, and will also be included on the deluxe edition of Ariana’s sophomore album, My Everything, available August 25.

According to HITS Daily Double, the trio will perform the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on August 24.

Meanwhile, Nicki has delayed the release of her PinkPrint single “Anaconda”until August 4.

Pull the trigger on the ladies’ explosive collaboration.

 

 

 

 

BEHIND THE VIDEO: LIL WAYNE – ‘KRAZY’

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Lil Wayne has lost his mind. MTV News was on set as the Young Money captain shot the wild video for “Krazy,” which takes place in a psych ward. Tunechi struggles to remove himself from a strait-jacket while strapped into a chair.

“I’m not talking about being crazy in the song, I’m just talking about being me, and a lot of people view that as crazy so we just wanted to capture that and have fun with it,” said Wayne.

Director Colin Tilley came up with the concept, which draws from the 1975 filmOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest starring Jack Nicholson.

“We talked about putting Lil Wayne in a psych ward and I definitely took some inspiration from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, just as far as the look and feel for it,” said Tilley. “It’s more of the psychological trip that Lil Wayne’s going through in this place.”

The song is set to appear on Weezy’s upcoming album Tha Carter V.

Prior to the album’s release, he will hit the road with Drake on the “Drake Vs. Lil Wayne” tour starting August 8.

Rehearsals kicked off over the weekend. “First day of Drake vs. Lil Wayne rehearsals were INCREDIBLE,” tweeted Drake. “Can’t wait for the people to see it.”

Go behind the scenes of “Krazy” below.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: WILLOW SMITH – ‘8’

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After debuting her “Domino” duet with SZA in Brooklyn earlier this month,Willow Smith lends her voice to DJ Kitty Cash’s Love the Free II mixtape. The 13-year-old singer settles into a laid-back groove on the tranquil cut.

“I’ve been really into numerology lately because a lot of numbers have been following me and my friends,” Willow told MTV News. “I’ve been coming into this new phase in my life, just becoming one with all that is, going deeper into myself and getting to the goal of my music, which is to share that feeling and pass on knowledge so that consciousness can be raised on this planet.”

Due Tuesday, Kitty Cash’s 19-track tape also includes contributions from SZA, Blood Orange, Yuna, and Rochelle Jordan.

Hear Willow dig deep.

 

 

 

 

ELLE VARNER SINGS NATIONAL ANTHEM AT EBC BASKETBALL CHALLENGE

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Before the players took the court at Sunday’s EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center, Elle Varner performed a soulfulrendition of the National Anthem.

“I put some flavor on it. Everybody’s heard the song a million times, so I did my thing. I had fun,” she told TrueExclusives afterwards.

Earlier this month, the R&B songstress debuted her new single “Don’t Wanna Dance” featuring A$AP Ferg. Her sophomore album 4 Letter Word is due this fall.

“I’m making a very positive shift in my career with this album,” she said. “It’s all about artistry and being authentic and the message. It’s more soulful in the sense that you feel it in different ways.”

Watch Elle’s patriotic performance.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: G-UNIT – ‘COME UP’

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It’s the Unit. The New York crew drops the top and rides out for the summer on its latest original song “Come Up.” Over a sample of The Gap Band’s ’80s hit “Outstanding,” 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, and Kidd Kidd boast about getting paid and looking good while doing it.

“Grindin’, diamonds shinin’, top reclinin’ / We do it again / Watch a ni**a come up,” raps 50.

Hear them chase the paper on their hustlers’ anthem.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: AZEALIA BANKS – ‘HEAVY METAL AND REFLECTIVE’

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Banks is back. After parting ways with Universal Music earlier this month, Azealia returns with her new single “Heavy Metal and Reflective,” which she released via her own label, Azealia Banks Records.

On the throbbing banger, the Harlem spitfire slings some bossy bars, rapping about everything from Billie Jean to Tamagotchis.

“‘HEAVY METAL AND REFLECTIVE’ is an ASS-CLAPPERRRRRRRR !!!!!” she said. “All the big butts, little butts, fake butts and real butts gonna be clappingfor their LIVESSSSS.”

The video, which she teased on Instagram, will premiere August 5, while the song goes to iTunes on Monday.

Her debut Broke With Expensive Taste will showcase her diversity. “There’s Opera, Jazz, Hip-Hop, House, Hardstyle, Merengue, Pop, and Soul on ‘BROKE WITH EXPENSIVE TASTE’. It’s truly an eclectic body of work!” tweetedAzealia.

Over the weekend, she shot the album packaging with photographer Rankin.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: M.I.A. – ‘GOLD’

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Pull up the people. M.I.A. links with The Partysquad on the bombastic “Gold” offThe Partysquad Summer Mixtape. Over the sound of blasting horns, the pop provocateur demands that you “show me your gold, do what you’re told.”

The mixtape also includes remixes to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” Kanye West’s “Bound 2,” and M.I.A.’s “Double Bubble Trouble.”

Listen to Matangi’s shiny new jam below.

 

 

 

VIDEO: CHANCE THE RAPPER – ‘I AM VERY VERY LONELY’

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Chance the Rapper teases his upcoming Lollapalooza gig with the short and steamy video for “I Am Very Very Lonely,” a track he released in April. A couple makes passionate love—humping, grinding, and twerking against each other—in the shadows while Chance provides the late-night soundtrack.

“It’s just me and la cucaracha / Cold piece with the hot Sriracha tonight,” sings the Acid Rap MC.

He will showcase new material during his Lollapalooza gig in Chicago on August 3. The concert will be streamed live.

Unleash the freak fest below.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: LIL MAMA – ’0 TO 100 (FREESTYLE)’

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Lil Mama is back with a vengeance. After starring as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes in VH1′s TLC biopic CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, the “Lip Gloss” MC shows that she can still get it poppin’ with her freestyle to Drake’s “0 to 100.”

“And I’m undefeated / Ain’t no contenders in my class / And you couldn’t beat it even if you Michael Jackson bad,” spits the spunky 24-year-old.

While she hasn’t released an album since 2008, she plans to put out more freestyles as part of her “Lyrical Purge” series.

Hear Mama return to the mic.

 

 

 

COMMON AND JHENÉ AIKO PERFORM ‘BLAK MAJIK’ ON ‘KIMMEL’

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In celebration of his album release, Common took over the outdoor stage on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Wednesday and brought along some special guests. The Chicago veteran got the crowd hype with “Blak Majik” featuring Jhené Aiko and was joined by Vince Staples for “Kingdom.”

His 10th album Nobody’s Smiling, which also features Big Sean and Cocaine 80s, is expected to sell 18-21,000 copies in its first week.

Watch Common perform with his friends.

 

 

 

 

 

BEYONCÉ REMIXES ‘CRAZY IN LOVE’ FOR ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ TRAILER

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Uh oh. Beyoncé lends her voice to one of the most anticipated films of 2015,Fifty Shades of Grey. After teasing a clip over the weekend, Queen Bey rolls out the full two-and-a-half-minute trailer, which features a breathy remix to her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love.” The music was scored by Boots, who co-wrote and produced the bulk of her self-titled album.

The erotic thriller, based off the first novel in E. L. James’ romance trilogy, starsJamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and Rita Ora, who plays Christian Grey’s sister.

Fifty Shades of Grey is scheduled to open in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.

Get a first look at all the steamy action below.

 

 

 

SINGLE COVER: NICKI MINAJ – ‘ANACONDA’

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Bam. Nicki Minaj puts her assets on display on the sexy cover art for “Anaconda,” the second single off her upcoming album The Pink Print. The voluptuous vixen poses in nothing but a pink G-string, halter top, and blue Jordans with her big booty to the camera.

The song, produced by Polow Da Don and Da Internz, hits iTunes and radio on Monday, July 28. The music video was shot in Los Angeles with director Colin Tilley (“The Boys,” “Freedom”).

Nicki is also featured on “Bang Bang,” a collaboration with Jessie J and Ariana Grande, which arrives the following day.

On September 19, she will perform at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at theMGM Grand in Las Vegas.

What do you think of Nicki’s provocative artwork?

NEW MUSIC: PITBULL F/ JOHN RYAN – ‘FIREBALL’

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Pitbull keeps churning out the hits. Following his No. 1 smash “Timber,” the Miami hitmaker sparks a “Fireball” on the first single from the upcoming albumGlobalization, due this fall.

Mr. Worldwide ignites the contagious track with his electrifying rhymes, while singer-songwriter John Ryan lays down the bluesy hook.

“Lot of craziness going on in the world right now, so lets escape it for 3:55,” said Pitbull before dropping the song.

Blaze it up below.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JESSIE J + ARIANA GRANDE + NICKI MINAJ – ‘BANG BANG’ [SNIPPET]

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The countdown is on to Jessie J + Ariana Grande + Nicki Minaj’s collaboration “Bang Bang.” Ahead of its July 29 premiere, Nicki has taken to Instagram topreview a snippet of her highly-anticipated verse.

“It’s me, Jessie, and Ari / If they test me, they sorry,” raps the head Barb.

The powerhouse anthem, produced by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, and Ilya, serves as the first single from Jessie J’s third album, and will also be included on the deluxe edition of Ariana’s sophomore album, My Everything, available August 25.

According to HITS Daily Double, the trio will perform the song at the MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on August 24.

Preview Queen Nicki’s verse below.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: TREVOR JACKSON F/ KIRKO BANGZ – ‘ME LIKEY’

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After serenading the ladies on Diggy Simmons’ “My Girl,” Trevor Jackson takes it to the club with another one of his Atlantic labelmates, Kirko Bangz, on his summer-ready single “Me Likey.” The 17-year-old heartthrob gets flirty with a pretty young thing on the infectious jam.

Just last month, Trevor dropped “Good Girl, Bad Girl,” co-written by Ne-Yo and co-produced by Jim Jonsin.

Check out the comic strip-inspired audio visualizer below.

 

 

 

NICKI MINAJ, USHER, IGGY AZALEA, & ARIANA GRANDE TO PERFORM AT IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL

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The biggest names in music are coming to Las Vegas this September. Nicki Minaj, Usher, Iggy Azalea, and Ariana Grande are among the performers for the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival.

 

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the two-night event will return to the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 19 and 20.

Ariana Grande and Seacrest were on hand to announce the performers on Wednesday’s “Good Morning America.”

 

 

The diverse lineup includes Iggy Azalea, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Motley Crue, Zac Brown Band, One Direction, Paramore, Train, Lorde, Calvin Harris, Bastille, Steve Aoki, and more.

 

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Prior to the main event, Iggy Azalea, Lil Jon, Neon Trees, Kacey Musgraves,Childish Gambino, MAGIC!, The Pretty Reckless, and Nico & Vinz will hit the iHeartRadio Music Festival Village stage on the Strip on Saturday afternoon.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 26, at 1 p.m., while Mastercard cardholdershave early access starting today at 4 p.m. ET through Friday at 4 p.m. ET.

 

 

VIDEO: PHARRELL WILLIAMS F/ MILEY CYRUS – ‘COME GET IT BAE’

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“Beauty has no expiration date,” proclaims Pharrell Williams in the video for“Come Get It Bae,” the second U.S. single off his album G I R L. The Neptunes hitmaker celebrates diversity in the Luis Cerveró-directed clip, which features women of all races and a cameo from Miley Cyrus.

 

 

 

VIDEO: TINY – ‘WHAT YOU GON DO?’

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While T.I. is professing his love to his wife, Tiny hits back with “What You Gon’ Do,” the brand new single off her Pretty Hustle label. Mrs. Harris doesn’t hold back on the ladies’ anthem, which was inspired by her tumultuous relationship with the Atlanta rapper.

“All I wanna do is stay down for you, but you make it so hard / I’m about to give up on you,” sings the former Xscape member.

She even threatens to walk out of the relationship. “I said you better get your mind right boy or I’ll be gone.”

In the video, Tiny digs even deeper as she reflects on the couple’s wedding and speaks to her man from behind the prison glass.

Hear Tiny go on the record about her relationship.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: T.I. F/ VICTORIA MONÉT – ‘STAY’

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With his Iggy Azalea-assisted anthem “No Mediocre” rising up the charts, T.I. teams with Samsung to liberate another song off his album Paperwork. Tiny’s husband professes his love to his lady on “Stay” featuring Victoria Monét.

“Shawty, I’d die, kill for ya if you keep it real / Go to jail, even if I got to kneel, I will,” he raps, while Victoria lays down the heavenly hook.

Due in September, Paperwork features contributions from Timbaland, DJ Toomp, Young Thug, and Pharrell, who serves as executive producer.

Stream Tip’s love song below.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: BRIANNA PERRY – ‘I’M THAT B.I.T.C.H.’

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With her degree in hand, University of Miami graduate Brianna Perry is ready to embark on the next chapter of her career. Following a series of freestyles, the 22-year-old Miami rapper declares her independence on her new single “I’m That B.I.T.C.H.,” an acronym for Beautiful Intelligent Tough Chick in Heels.

The melodic song features a singing Brianna: “I do me / Don’t need no ni**a for nuttin’ / What you see, baby, that’s me / I don’t do no frontin’.”

She will star alongside fellow femcees Diamond, Siya, Bia, and Nyemiah Supreme on Oxygen’s reality show “Sisterhood of Hip Hop,” which premieresAugust 12.

 

 

 

VIDEO: ICE CUBE F/ 2 CHAINZ & REDFOO – ‘DROP GIRL’

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After shaking up the box office with his No. 1 blockbusters Ride Along and 22 Jump Street, Ice Cube returns to the mic with his new single “Drop Girl” featuring 2 Chainz and Redfoo. The former N.W.A. member trades his gangsta rhymes for a booty-shaking banger.

“If I hit the switch, I can make the ass drop,” declares Cube.

Directed by Will Kendrick, the special effects clip stars Cube and his cohorts asemployees of Booty Drop Enterprises. They don lab coats while studying their twerking subjects.

On October 21, Cube will release his 10th solo album Everythang’s Corrupt on Lench Mob Records/Caroline. He has been gearing up with tracks including “The Big Show,” “Sic Them Youngings on ‘Em,” and “Sasquatch.”

 

 

 

JHENÉ AIKO PERFORMS ACOUSTIC VERSION OF ‘TO LOVE & DIE’

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As she prepares to hit the road, Jhené Aiko has shared some footage from her rehearsals. Joined by her guitarist Jeff, the L.A. songstress performs anacoustic rendition of her Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die” as well as her Sail Out cuts “Stay Ready (What a Life)” and “The Worst.”

Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour, which kicks off September 19 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Prior to the tour launch, she will release her full-length debut Souled Out. Justlast week, she dropped her new single “The Pressure.”

See her stripped-down set below.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JUICY J, WIZ KHALIFA, & TY DOLLA $IGN – ‘SHELL SHOCKED’

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Cowabunga! Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa, and Ty Dolla $ign band together for “Shell Shocked,” the official theme song to Michael Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. In honor of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo, and Raphael, the hip-hop trio reps the turtle power on the Kill the Noise & Madsonik production.

“Knock knock, you about to get shell shocked,” declares Wiz.

The movie, starring Megan Fox and Johnny Knoxville, opens in theaters on August 8.

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: YG – ‘BICKEN BACK BEING BOOL’

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It’s just another typical day on the block until all hell breaks loose in the video for YG’s “Bicken Back Being Bool,” the DJ Mustard-produced cut off his debutMy Krazy Life.

Decked out in their Bloods gang attire, the Bompton rapper and his homies kick back and sip 40s in their front yard until shots ring out. They scatter and the cops eventually come calling.

The Alex Nazari-directed clip also features a cameo from Ty Dolla $ign.

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: FUTURE – ‘T-SHIRT’

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Time is money. Future documents his jet-setting lifestyle in the video for hisHonest album cut “T-Shirt.”

From the private jet to the stage, the Freebandz rapper counts down the 13hours in a typical day in ATL. He takes a trip to the ‘hood, cops some fresh kicks, and meets up with Mike WiLL Made-It, changing outfits multiple times.

It all leads up to Hot 107.9′s Birthday Bash, where he takes the stage alongside Pusha T and Ludacris.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JUICY J – ‘HOT NI**A (REMIX)’

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Everyone from Beyoncé and Jay Z to Drake and Meek Mill have co-signed Bobby Shmurda. Now Juicy J gets behind the Brooklyn rap sensation, who just signed a deal with Epic Records, by remixing his single “Hot Ni**a.”

“I hear that shmoney talkin’ / My money machine stutters / All these rocks inside my watch / I think my jeweler do construction,” boasts the Memphis MC, who previously remixed “No Flex Zone.”

Do the “Shmoney Dance” to Juicy’s THC remix.

 

 

VIDEO: ESTELLE – ‘CONQUEROR’

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After parting ways with Atlantic Records, Estelle ventures out on her own with her independent label Established 1980 Inc./BMG Rights. The British songstress proves that nothing can stop her in the inspirational video for“Conqueror,” the lead single off her upcoming album True Romance.

In the black-and-white clip, a male dancer turns his body into a canvas to drive home the powerful message.

“I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees / ‘Cause I am conqueror and I won’t accept defeat,” sings Estelle on the uplifting anthem.

Due November 4, her fourth album True Romance is comprised of four themes—passion, courage, true romance, and the bullshit.

“Every song fits into one of these themes,” said Estelle. “This is a real body of work, just like when you do an art piece, or when you have all these awesome images on your Instagram. You want people to see the full you.”

 

 

NEW MUSIC: WIZ KHALIFA F/ SNOOP DOGG & TY DOLLA $IGN – ‘YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS’

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A month before its release, Wiz Khalifa liberates another cut off his album BlaccHollywood. Taylor Gang’s commander-in-chief links with frequent collaborators Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ign on the DJ Mustard-produced banger “You and Your Friends.”

Ty pops bottles in the club and finds some shawties to take home, while Snoop has his eye on a girl like Jennifer Holliday. “He wants the cute one, I want the fat one,” he raps.

Due August 19, Blacc Hollywood also features appearances from Project Pat, Juicy J, Curren$y, and Nicki Minaj, who guests on “True Colors.”

On Thursday, Wiz will kick off his “Under the Influence of Music” tour with Ty, Jeezy, and Mack Wilds.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: THE WEEKND – ‘KING OF THE FALL’

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The Weeknd adds some seductiveness to your Sunday with “King of the Fall,” which borrows its title from his upcoming tour. The Canadian casanova sings about stealing your girl when he comes to town, and getting away with it.

“Your girl’s so bad, let me get her,” he commands. “She gon’ give it up ’cause she know I might like it.”

On September 19, he will kick off his “King of the Fall” tour with special guests Jhené Aiko and ScHoolboy Q. The four-city trek will stop in Brooklyn, Toronto, L.A., and San Francisco.

Pour up a glass of XO.

 

 

BEYONCÉ LENDS VOICE TO ‘FIFTY SHADES OF GREY’ TEASER

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Has Beyoncé contributed a song to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack? The singer took to Instagram to reveal a steamy teaser for the movie trailer, which includes a breathy remix of her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love.”

“Uh oh, uh oh, uh oh, oh no no,” moans Queen Bey.

The first trailer for the “worldwide phenomenon” premieres Thursday, July 24.

The erotic thriller, based off the first novel in E. L. James’ romance trilogy, stars Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, and Rita Ora, who plays Christian Grey’s sister.

Fifty Shades of Grey is scheduled to open in theaters on Valentine’s Day 2015.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: AUGUST ALSINA F/ NICKI MINAJ – ‘NO LOVE (REMIX)’ [SNIPPET]

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As she inches closer to the release of The Pink Print, Nicki Minaj has been keeping busy with a series of guest appearances for everyone from Trey Songz to Cam’ron. The latest is a remix to August Alsina’s “No Love,” a cut off his debutTestimony. The New Orleans crooner took to Instagram to preview Nicki’s highly-anticipated verse.

“You can’t front like this ain’t way realer / I know you hard, I know that you a killer,” she raps.

Next up, the Young Money diva plans to shoot videos for Usher’s single “She Came to Give It to You” as well as Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” featuring Ariana Grande.

The full “No Love (Remix)” drops Monday. Listen to a snippet below.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JHENÉ AIKO – ‘THE PRESSURE’

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As anticipation grows for her debut album Souled Out, Jhené Aiko faces “The Pressure” on her latest single. On the airy Fisticuffs production, she sings about the stress of a relationship.

“The way you feel is not my problem / I don’t want to see you go / But I don’t have time to solve this.”

The L.A. songstress plans to showcase the diversity of her hometown through her music. “People don’t give L.A. the credit it deserves for being creative and cultured,” she told Vogue. “We are just as open-minded as artists from other places. And we are venturing…It’s not just gangster rap.”

Just last month, she premiered the Cocaine 80s-assisted single “To Love & Die.”

Souled Out is now scheduled for a September release. Following its release, Jhené will join The Weeknd on his four-city “King of the Fall” tour with ScHoolboy Q.

 

 

 

NEW MIXTAPE: ADRIAN MARCEL – ‘WEAK AFTER NEXT’

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With his Sage the Gemini-assisted single “2AM” burning up the airwaves, Adrian Marcel keeps the momentum going with Weak After Next, the follow-up to his 2013 mixtape 7 Days of Weak.

Executive produced by Raphael Saadiq and hosted by Don Cannon, DJ Carisma, and DJ Amen, the 19 tracks boast appearances from Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Casey Veggies, with production by Saadiq, Vinylz, and Tha Bizness.

The Oakland crooner also performs a cover of James Brown’s “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” and remixes Drake’s “Girls Love Beyoncé.”

Stream the free project below.

 

 

 

 

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NEW MUSIC: YOUNG THUG F/ T.I. & ZUSE – ‘EWW EWW EWW (REMIX)’

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Earlier this year, T.I. enlisted Young Thug for his single “About the Money.”Now the Hustle Gang chief returns the favor by adding a nasty verse to Thugger’s “Eww Eww Eww,” which also features Kingston rapper Zuse.

“And yuck, get going, splatter your brains on the floor / I’m like eww eww eww,” spits T.I.

His album Paperwork is due in September and will be executive produced by Pharrell, who encouraged him to sign with Columbia Records.

“At his wedding, he kinda introduced me to the who’s who over at Sony and Columbia,” he told Big Boy.

Listen to Tip get down and dirty.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JEREMIH X SHLOHMO – ‘NO MORE’ [EP]

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In celebration of his 27th birthday, Jeremih liberates No More, his long-awaited EP with L.A.-based electronic producer Shlohmo. The six seductive tracks include a collaboration with Chance the Rapper (“The End”) and the remix to “Fuck You All the Time.”

Jeremih is also working on his third album Thumpy Johnson and debuted the DJ Mustard-produced first single “Don’t Tell ‘Em” featuring YG in May.

Unwrap his birthday gift below.

 

Download: Jeremih x Shlohmo – No More

 

 

DRAKE TAKES SHOTS AT MACKLEMORE, GETS KISSED BY SKYLAR DIGGINS AT ESPYS

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Drake delivered as host of the 2014 ESPYS. The hip-hop superstar charmed the all-star crowd, while earnings laughs with several comedic bits at Wednesday’s show at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

He opened the ceremony with a 10-minute monologue, in which he joked about LeBron James’ decision to go back to Cleveland and Johnny Manziel’s partying ways.

“So many of you that I respect. So many of you that I admire. So many people that I would trade my life to be,” he told the audience of athletes. “I love all of you…until you start losing. Then you’re dead to me.”

He showed his respect to the Charlotte Hornets’ newest player Lance Stephenson by puckering up to him on the “Lance Cam.”

He faced off with Blake Griffin in one skit, while his former rival Chris Brown made a cameo as his surgeon.

He also drew on his musical background, hitting the booth as boxing champ Manny Pacquiao to record the Frozen theme song “Let It Go.”

Dressed in all white, Drizzy performed a medley of songs including “Honorable Mention,” in which he took shots at Macklemore (“Real music doesn’t always win Grammys, but we’re OK”) and compared Iggy Azalea and Nick Young to the “poor man’s Jay and Bey.”

He saluted the “Side Pieces” on a duet with Brian McKnight, and remixed “Worst Behavior” for racist Clippers owner Donald Sterling using the hash tag #SterlingNeverLovedUs.

He professed his love for Skylar Diggins with a poem called “Can I Diggin,” but the WNBA star only wanted be friends. However, she did leave him with a kiss on the forehead.

“That was good. I’ll take what I can get,” said Drizzy as sparks flew on stage.

He dedicated the awards to his “mentor and friend” Jamie Foxx. “Thank you for giving me the confidence to get up on this stage,” said Drake.

He earned rave reviews for his performance. “@Drake did a phenomenal job on the #ESPYS2014! The show was hilarious! Congrats!” tweeted his YMCMB labelmate Christina Milian, who attended with Lil Wayne.

Watch some of the hilarious moments below.

 

 

Opening Monologue

 

Lance Cam

 

Manny Pacquiao Sings “Let It Go”

 

“Honorable Mention” (Macklemore Diss)

 

“Side Pieces” feat. Brian McKnight

 

Skylar Diggins

 

Floyd Mayweather Introduction

 

BEYONCÉ LEADS 2014 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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Who runs the VMAs? Beyoncé. The pop superstar leads the field with eight nominations at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

 

Queen Bey is nominated in categories including Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Collaboration for several tracks from her platinum self-titledalbum.

Eminem and Iggy Azalea follow with seven nods apiece, MTV announced today via SnapChat.

Em’s nominations include Best Hip-Hop Video (“Berzerk”) and two for “The Monster” with Rihanna (Best Male and Best Collaboration), while Iggy’s “Fancy” will vie for Video of the Year, Best Female Video, and Best Pop Video.

The Aussie rap sensation shared her excitement, tweeting, “Just woke up to the news I’ve been nominated for 7 VMAs! huge news! Realllllly hope I walk away with an award this year. Fingers crossed.”

Pharrell Williams scores four nods and is the the only male artist in the Video of the Year category, which also includes Beyoncé, Iggy, Miley Cyrus, and Sia.

Other multiple nominees include Jay Z, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Pitbull, Sam Smith, and Jason Derulo.

Fans can vote for their favorites starting today by visiting vma.mtv.com.

The 2014 MTV Video Music Awards will air live from the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on August 24, and will include performances from Usher, Grande, and 5 Seconds of Summer.

See a full list of nominees below.

2014 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS NOMINEES

Video of the Year
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sia – “Chandelier”

Best Hip-Hop Video
Childish Gambino – “3005″
Drake ft. Majid Jordan – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
Eminem – “Berzerk”
Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”
Wiz Khalifa – “We Dem Boyz”

Best Male Video
Ed Sheeran ft. Pharrell Williams – “Sing”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”
John Legend – “All of Me”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”

Best Female Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Lorde – “Royals”

Best Pop Video
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc – “Wake Me Up”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Pharrell Williams – “Happy”

Best Rock Video
Arctic Monkeys – “Do I Wanna Know?”
Black Keys – “Fever”
Imagine Dragons – “Demons”
Linkin Park – “Until It’s Gone”
Lorde – “Royals”

Artist to Watch – Presented by Taco Bell
5 Seconds of Summer – “She Looks So Perfect”
Charli XCX – “Boom Clap”
Fifth Harmony – “Miss Movin’ On”
Sam Smith – “Stay With Me”
Schoolboy Q – “Man of the Year”

Best Collaboration
Ariana Grande ft. Iggy Azalea – “Problem”
Beyoncé ft. Jay Z – “Drunk In Love”
Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne and Tyga – “Loyal”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”
Katy Perry ft. Juicy J – “Dark Horse”
Pitbull ft. Kesha – “Timber”

MTV Clubland Award
Calvin Harris – “Summer”
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Martin Garrix – “Animals”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”

Best Video With a Social Message
Angel Haze ft. Sia – “Battle Cry”
Avicii ft. Dan Tyminski – “Hey Brother”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
David Guetta – “One Voice”
J. Cole – “Crooked Smile”
Kelly Rowland – “Dirty Laundry”

Best Cinematography
30 Seconds to Mars – “City of Angels”
Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Gesaffelstein – “Hate Or Glory”
Lana Del Rey – “West Coast”

Best Editing
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Fitz and the Tantrums – “The Walker”
MGMT – “Your Life is a Lie”
Zedd ft. Hayley Williams – “Stay the Night”

Best Choreography
Beyoncé – “Partition”
Jason Derulo ft. 2 Chainz – “Talk Dirty”
Kiesza – “Hideaway”
Michael Jackson ft. Justin Timberlake – “Love Never Felt So Good”
Sia – “Chandelier”
Usher – “Good Kisser”

Best Direction
Beyoncé – “Pretty Hurts”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem ft. Rihanna – “The Monster”
Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

Best Art Direction
Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – “Fancy”
Tyler – the Creator – “Tamale”

Best Visual Effects
Disclosure – “Grab Her!”
DJ Snake & Lil Jon – “Turn Down For What”
Eminem – “Rap God”
Jack White – “Lazaretto”
OK Go – “The Writing’s On The Wall”

WILLOW SMITH AND SZA DUET IN BROOKLYN

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SZA graced the stage at the Red Bull Sound Select concert at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday night. In addition to performing tracks off her EP Z, the TDE songstress surprised the crowd by bringing out Willow Smith to duet on a previously unreleased song called “Domino.”

She bestowed praise upon the 13-year-old daughter of Will and Jada, and hinted at more music to come.

“Thank you to my baby girl my sunflower my genius my sister willow smith for coming out to perform our special song tonight !!!” wrote SZA. “baby your such a force to be dealt with and tonight you gave them a GLIMPSE..glow on I love you…if you wasn’t there to hear it you wasn’t there.. You’ll have to wait.”

Watch the soul sisters share the stage.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JUICY J – ‘NO FLEX ZONE (REMIX)’

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Hot on the heels of Nicki Minaj’s remix, Juicy J turns Rae Sremmurd’s hit “No Flex Zone” into a ballers’ anthem. Over the Mike WiLL Made-It-produced beat, the Oscar-winning rapper evades TMZ cameras and buys a tour bus for “all of his hoes.”

He planned to release the remix a day earlier, but other things got in the way. “Mane I got so blazed last nite I forgot to drop the no flex zone remix smh,” tweeted Juicy, whose new album The Hustle Continues is due this September.

Enter Juicy’s no flex zone.

 

 

 

VIDEO: FRENCH MONTANA F/ FABOLOUS & WALE – ‘R&B BITCHES’ [TRAILER]

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French Montana shares his dreams of bagging an R&B chick in the trailer for“R&B Bitches” featuring Fabolous and Wale. The rappers holler at music’s hottest women including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, and Ashanti, who makes a cameo alongside French.

Watch the trailer before the full video premieres July 23.

 

 

 

KANYE WEST, IGGY AZALEA JOIN ‘BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA’ L.A. LINEUP

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Kanye West and Iggy Azalea have been added to the lineup for the 2014 “Budweiser Made in America” Music Festival in Los Angeles.

 

The two-day festival will take place for the first time at the Los Angeles Grand Park on August 30 and 31.

In addition to L.A., Kanye will headline the Philadelphia festival, which returns to Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the third year in a row during the same weekend.

Kanye and Iggy join previously announced headliners Imagine Dragons and John Mayer on the L.A. bill. Other performers include Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Rita Ora.

Single-day tickets for both festivals go on sale Friday, July 18.

See the daily lineup for both cities below.

PHILADELPHIA DAILY LINEUP

Saturday
Kanye West
The National, Steve Aoki
J. Cole, Chromeo, City and Colour
R3HAB, Baauer, Mayer Hawthorne
The Neighbourhood, Holy Ghost, Will Sparks
Destructo, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Young & Sick, Kaneholler

Sunday
Kings of Leon
Tiësto, Pharrell Williams
Girl Talk, Spoon, Grimes, AWOLNATION
Gareth Emery, Tommy Trash, Kongos, Danny Brown
YG, Penguin Prison (DJ Set with Live Vocals)
3Lau, Mimosa, Bleachers, Cut Snake, Bixel Boys, Vacationer

LOS ANGELES DAILY LINEUP

Saturday
Imagine Dragons
Kendrick Lamar, Afrojack, Iggy Azalea
Sublime with Rome, Metric, Capital Cities
Gareth Emery, ScHoolboy Q, Borgore
DVBBS, YG, MUTEMATH, Dr. Dog, Hit-Boy
ZZ Ward, Classixx, Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Cut Snake, GrandTheft

Sunday
Kanye West, John Mayer
Juanes, Weezer, Rise Against
Steve Aoki, Chance the Rapper, Cypress Hill
R3HAB, Wolfgang Gartner, 12th Planet
Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, Terraplane Sun
Yellow Claw, Will Sparks, Scavenger Hunt, SZA, A Tribe Called Red

DANITY KANE PREVIEWS NEW MUSIC

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Now that they’re off tour, the ladies of Danity Kane have been back in the studio finishing up their third album. Aubrey, Dawn, and Shannon drummed up excitement by sharing snippets of some new tracks off their first project in six years.

“Coming hard AS #DK3 #Neon,” tweeted Dawn, who can be heard singing over a pulsating beat.

Aubrey posted another snippet of a Stereotypes-produced song titled “I Would Be Nothing.”

“In the booth finishing this #DK3 album!” she said.

The girls dropped their first single “Lemonade” with Tyga in May and have been performing new songs including “All in a Day’s Work,” “Rage,” and “Rhythm of Love” on tour.

Get a taste of what DK3 has in store.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

J. COLE BRINGS ‘DOLLAR & A DREAM’ TOUR TO NYC

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In honor of the 5th anniversary of his seminal mixtape The Warm Up, J. Cole brought his second annual “Dollar & A Dream Tour” to NYC with two back-to-back shows at Highline Ballroom on Tuesday night.

Fans were given the location on Twitter earlier in the day and lined up in the rain to get their hands on the coveted $1 tickets.

It didn’t take long before both shows were sold out. “congrats to those that got a wristband. i’m sorry to those that didn’t, I wish you could rock with me 2,” tweeted Cole.

He performed The Warm Up in its entirety including crowd favorites “Grown Simba” and “Lights Please.”

Following the kickoff show in London earlier this month, the tour continues to Miami (7/17), Raleigh (7/19), Chicago (7/21), and L.A. (7/23).

Cole recently welcomed 20-year-old South Central rapper Cozz to the Dreamville family.

Dreamville’s Bas, who is opening for him on tour, just dropped a video for “Charles De Gaulle to JFK” off his debut EP Last Winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARSHA AMBROSIUS PERFORMS ‘RUN’ ON ‘CONAN’

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In celebration of her album release, Marsha Ambrosius paid a visit to “Conan” on Tuesday. The Grammy-nominated songstress poured her heart out while belting her emotional ballad “Run” off her sophomore album Friends & Lovers.

The album, which features appearances from Dr. Dre and Charlie Wilson, is now available to stream on SoundCloud.

Starting July 22, she will join John Legend on his “All of Me” tour in Cedar Park, Tex.

Watch Marsha leave it all on the stage.

 

 

VIDEO: CAM’RON F/ NICKI MINAJ – ‘SO BAD’

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Cam’ron reunites with Nicki Minaj in the video for “So Bad.” In the Antwan Smith-directed clip, Killa Cam and his girl JuJu head out to L.A. to rent a new crib, but he discovers that the owner of the house (played by Nicki) is his ex. He tries to sweet talk her, but her sassy facial expressions do all the talking.

“I shoulda been left your ass, huh / Oh that chicken head you fu**in’ wit, ask her,” raps Nicki.

The song, which also features Yummy Bingham, will appear on the second installment of Cam’s 1st of the Month EP series, set to drop at the top of August.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: ADRIAN MARCEL F/ K CAMP & PROBLEM – ‘2AM (REMIX)’

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It’s “2AM” somewhere, and time for the remix. Adrian Marcel calls on “Cut Her Off” hitmaker K Camp and Compton’s own Problem for the remix to his hit, which originally featured Sage the Gemini.

The Oakland-bred singer, who is the protégé of Raphael Saadiq, released his mixtape 7 Days of Weak last year and is working on his Universal Republic debut.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: NICKI MINAJ – ‘NO FLEX ZONE (REMIX)’

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Nicki Minaj unleashes her remix to Rae Sremmurd’s anthem “No Flex Zone.” Over the Mike WiLL Made-It production, the reigning rap queen boasts about her supreme status.

“Running this game for five years, guess that’s why my feet hurt / Wonder when they bite me, do these bitches teeth hurt / Yes, I am an icon, that’s me on your T-shirt,” she raps.

Listen to Nicki flex her lyrical muscles.

 

 

 

VIDEO: NAS – ‘REPRESENT’

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Twenty years after its release, Nas’ Illmatic classic “Represent” gets an official video.

The Queens veteran and Mass Appeal held a contest inviting fans to create the visuals. The winner, Brian Katz, was chosen to direct alongside Mass Appeal’s own Jason Goldwatch.

The black-and-white clip was inspired by the soundtrack to the 1924 silent film,The Thief of Bagdad, which DJ Premier sampled on the song.

“As someone who has had Illmatic in heavy rotation for the past 20 years, the opportunity to represent as a true fan in sharing my vision with Nas and have Jason Goldwatch help bring that vision to reality is proof positive that indeed ‘The World Is Yours,’” said Katz.

Illmatic XX, a special 20th anniversary edition of Nas’ seminal debut, is available now featuring rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: ESTELLE – ‘CONQUEROR’

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Estelle came to win. Following the release of last year’s Love & Happiness EP series, the British songstress leads the march to victory on her triumphant anthem “Conqueror.”

“I’d rather stand tall than live on my knees / ‘Cause I am conqueror and I won’t accept defeat,” sings a resilient Estelle.

On November 4, she will release her fourth album True Romance, which follows her journey back to love.

“I had to figure out who I was again. I had ask to myself questions like, ‘What kinds of things do I like?’” Estelle told USA Today. “This album is about the time in between breaking up with someone and becoming happy again. That time that you’re just existing. No one goes straight to happiness after a breakup.”

The official music video will premiere July 21 on VH1 Soul. In the meantime, Estelle has called on ballet dancer Misty Copeland to bring “Conqueror” to life through dance.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: WALE – ‘MMG UNDER GOD (HEAVENLY PEOPLE)’

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Wale holds it down for his team on “MMG Under God (Heavenly People).” Over a soulful beat, the D.C. spitter prays for his squad (and his enemies), while shouting out his incarcerated homies.

Despite their public fallout, he also shows support to his MMG brother Meek Mill, declaring, “Free Meek.”

Listen to him religiously rep the Double M.

 

 

 

 

MEEK MILL CALLS OUT WALE: ‘HE’S BEEN HATING ON ME’

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There’s a rift in the Maybach Music camp. Meek Mill has publicly called out Wale for hating on him.

 

The Philly rapper took to Twitter to put his labelmate on blast. He’s upset that Wale did not tweet about his upcoming album Dreams Worth More Than Money, but says this is only the latest in a history of hate.

“Wale just ain’t gone tweet a thing about my album…. He’s been hating on me long time now …don’t even text me cornball! #UNOTMMG,” tweeted Meek.

He doesn’t want anyone calling him to make amends either. “Everybody can see it! None of y’all dudes don’t call me text me nothing it is what it is!” he continued. “I don’t really want no suckas in arm reach of me…. My hands might lose control! That’s how I’m rocking.”

He continued, “I don’t need no support…It’s about a lot of these dudes really b hating behind closed doors..All these guys that’s on the rap scene kno.”

Wale has yet to respond to Meek’s accusations. The MMG rappers have collaborated several times in the past on their solo albums as well as the Self Made compilations.

Just yesterday, Meek announced a September 9 release date for his sophomore album Dreams Worth More Than Money, while Wale is readying The Album About Nothing.

UPDATE: Wale has responded to Meek on Instagram. Read what he had to say below.

Few weeks ago. (7w) I posted this .but ok. Movin along . My Avi always changed when it’s THAT time .. Ok that’s not enough y’all see “razor ramon ” post on his no. But I don’t care.. I wrote a long ass post day before his single dropped .. Mariah record dropped nobody said a word I didn’t care .. I still don’t… I carry myself with confidence and humility ., I always try to have a lighter side to MMG.. Cuz I understand I don’t “fit the mold” so if I’m tryna spruce an interview up to show that we not tryn be “serious tough guys” on the red carpet Or try to be a bit more engaging to broaden our audience forgive me . I never wanted anybody to think we take ourselves THAT serious. (Were rappers )I don’t need to take anybody shine.. Or hate on anybody . I walk in a completely different world .. Where I look for slp jeans and Shanghai dunks online and know what “kayfabe” means. I check nbadraft.net daily . I’m on whatculture allll day I enjoy shyt like that. I play fuckin Zelda and fuck wit bitches who teach yoga and paint… I get it . I’m different . I always embrace that shyt.. I encourage y’all to embrace what y’all like or the person y’all wanna be.. I text niggas happy Father’s Day and get no reply .. I laugh it off .. I laugh at how I write songs about “chain music” and y’all get lost or “600benzz” i like to have fun with our culture. Because I beleive I add THAT to a “gangster rap” faction. I made my opportunity work for me that way. I write poems . I watch wwe . I collect kicks. I’m sensitive ok. Maybe bi polar. But one thjng I’m not is a hater.. I see Daquan jokes all day yesterday and patted myself on the back that I’m regarded as the aforementioned adjectives and not “Daquan”. I’m me and I’ll be me and do this shyt wit my “dew” till I don’t wanna do it. I encourage you to wake up soon as you find time. This was a post about #nothin

 

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Baauer – Soulja [FREE DL]

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Baauer just posted this picture on FB and all it said was “soulja”. So we went to his website and plugged it into that little text box you get a FREE download of “Clang” and this new heater titled “Soulja”. Just yet another thuggish banger from the one and only Baauer, sampling some bars from Soulja Boy. Make sure to go to Baauer’s website to unlock both FREE downloads. Cheers.

 

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Kanye Wests Plays 20 New Tracks @ London Nightclub

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Kanye West is one of the busiest artists in music today; he’s been everywhere since the release of Yeezus. This past Saturday night (July 6) at London’s Hotel Cafe Royal, Ye reportedly played 20 new tracks in a private set that lasted over three hours. No recording equipment was allowed in the club, but details have managed to find their way to us via Twitter. The vibe of the tracks he played were described by attendees as “dark, hellish, and ground shaking”. Does this mean Yeezuz 2 (not an official title) is near finished? Only time will tell. Check out the tweets and IG about the set below.

Kanye played three consecutive nights at the UK’s Wireless Festival – filling in for Drake on Saturday night (who dropped out due to an illness) and honoring the YMCMB artist by playing a few of his tracks. West was booed during his set for a 10 minute rant against the media, consumerism and the fashion industry, but the crowd still applauded at the conclusion of his set, just another reason why he was on our list of Artists People Pretend To Hate, But Really Love.

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Skrillex & Kill The Noise – Recess Remixes (feat. Fatman Scoop and Michael Angelakos)

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Skrillex’s new album was one of the most anticipated releases of the year and when it dropped you knew there would be some epic remixes on the way. For his single “Recess” with Kill The Noise and Fatman Scoop, he enlisted his friends Milo & OtisValentino Khan, Ape Drums, and Flux Pavillion to do him the honor of remixing the song officially.  If you have been to a festival this year I’m sure you’ve heard the original as well as some of the remixes.

 

Milo & Otis’ remix and Flux Pavillion’s remix are absolutely massive and will be tearing up festivals the rest of the year. Valentino Khan and Ape Drums also provide stellar remixes that definitely deserve to get played out. You can stream the entire “Recess Remixes” EP below.

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Global Dance Festival 2014 Only 10 Days Away

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For the past 12 years, Global Dance Festival has been bringing in some of the biggest acts across multiple genres to bring you one of the do-not-miss festivals of the summer. This year is no exception. With huge headliners like Adventure ClubDestroid, and Zedd, along with incredible supporting acts like Carnage andMadeonGlobal Dance Festival 2014 will be one of the most insane summer festivals this year.

 

The list of acts goes on with RTT favorites BrillzETC! ETC!, and Waka Flocka Flame making appearances. The cherry on top? The festival takes place at by far one of the most incredible live music venues in the world: Red Rocks.

The show takes place next weekend, July 18th through the 20th. Check out the daily lineup below to make sure you know who you’re going to see!

Tickets for GDF14 are on sale now!

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New Music: “Club Go Crazy” The Baka Boyz

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Congrats @Cecy_B winner #bakasbreakme Contest!

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You won 4 weeks of radio spins on the BakaBoyz MasterMix. Your song will play on 60+ stations in US.

NEW Music: @itsKaMillion “Tip Of Your Tongue” (Produced by @DJmustard) @IAMTONYNEAL

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New Music: 24 Hours – @TeeFLii Ft @2Chainz (CLEAN)@DJMUSTARD PRODUCED

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NEW MUSIC: MILA J F/ TY DOLLA $IGN – ‘SMOKE, DRINK, BREAK-UP (REMIX)’

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Mila J won some new fans after showcasing her impressive moves in the dance-heavy video for “Smoke, Drink, Break-Up.” Now Jhené Aiko’s older sisterserves up a remix to her intoxicating single featuring Ty Dolla $ign, who stars as her boyfriend in the video.

The L.A. songstress is currently in the studio working on her Motown Recordsdebut MILA (Made in Los Angeles).

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: TEEFLII F/ 2 CHAINZ – ’24 HOURS’

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TeeFLii is bringing more ratchetness to the radio. Following last year’s breakout single “This D,” the R&B crooner drops the DJ Mustard-produced “24 Hours.” The L.A. native gets freaky on the raunchy record, which wouldn’t be complete without a verse from 2 Chainz.

After gaining attention with his DJ Mustard-produced mixtapes, TeeFLii has signed a deal with Epic Records and is set to release his debut album Starr this summer.

Listen to him get it in on the West Coast banger.

 

 

PHARRELL WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES ADIDAS PARTNERSHIP

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Pharrell Williams has another deal under his hat. The Oscar-nominated hitmaker has announced a long-term partnership with adidas.

 

The first adidas Originals x Pharrell Williams products will debut this summer.

This marks the first time adidas has partnered with a designer who owns their own textile company. Pharrell’s Bionic Yarn, which turn plastic debris from the oceans into yarn and fabric, will be used in some of his upcoming adidas Originals products.

“Working with an iconic brand like adidas is such an incredible opportunity,” said Pharrell. “From the classic track suit, to growing up in Virginia wearing Stan Smiths, adidas has been a staple in my life. Their pieces are timeless. This is an exciting partnership for both me and for Bionic Yarn.”

The “Happy” singer has also partnered with Japanese fashion brand Comme des Garçons on his first fragrance G I R L, due this September.

Pharrell is not the only hip-hop superstar with ties to adidas. Kanye Westannounced a high-profile deal with the brand last year, while Big Sean, 2 Chainz, and Teyana Taylor have all collaborated on limited edition products.

 

VIDEO: MACHINE GUN KELLY – ‘STATE OF MIND (FREESTYLE)’

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While he prepares his sophomore album, Machine Gun Kelly laces his fans with his fiery new freestyle “State of Mind.” In the black-and-white video, the bandana-wearing MC spits some heat on a snow-covered rooftop.

Over Cam’ron, Jay Z, and Juelz Santana’s “Welcome to New York City” instrumental, the Bad Boy signee reps for Cleveland, calls himself “underrated,” and boasts about living the life.

“Stop sleeping on me, I just broke bread with Hova,” raps MGK.

In addition to music, he will make his acting debut in the Amar’e Stoudemire-produced film Blackbird, which co-stars Minnie Driver and Danny Glover.

 

 

YG’S ‘MY KRAZY LIFE’ DEBUTS AT NO. 2

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Compton crashes the charts as YG’s debut My Krazy Life enters at No. 2.

 

The 24-year-old rapper scores the week’s biggest debut on the Billboard 200with 61,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album, which features the platinum hit “My Hitta,” enters at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

But he was no match for Disney’s Frozen. The soundtrack to the animated film spends a seventh week at No. 1, selling an additional 202,000 copies last week.

YG thanked his fans for their support. “#myKRAZYlife debuts #1 Rap album in the country. #2 Album on billboard top 200 …. Thank all y’all doe,” he tweeted. “If it wasn’t for thatt fukin frozen album I woulda had the #1 album on billboard top 200 too lol. It’s Bool doe.”

Other top 10 debuts this week include Foster the People (No. 3, 54,000), Skrillex (No. 4, 47,000), and Enrique Iglesias (No. 8, 24,000).

Pharrell Williams’ G I R L drops 5-6 with 34,000, and Rick Ross’ Mastermindfalls 3-7 with 27,000.

 

NEW MUSIC: 50 CENT – ‘HOLD ON’

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After debuting the song at SXSW earlier this week, 50 Cent unleashes the studio version of “Hold On,” the first of two new songs off his upcoming independent album Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire to Win.

“I got the Midas touch, sometimes it’s hard as hell not to touch stuff,” boasts Curtis.

On Tuesday, he will also release the Yo Gotti-assisted “Don’t Worry ‘Bout It.” A new track will drop each Tuesday until May 20, while the album arrives June 3 featuring a collaboration with Trey Songz (“Smoke”).

In an interview with Billboard, Fif explained the project’s concept.

“This album is prosperity. It’s the positive and negative effects of prosperity,” he said. “If I’m doing too good, it’s actually not good in front of people. Prosperity makes them think you’re doing better than them, that brings envy and jealousy which then brings negative energy.”

 

 

 

 

KEYSHIA COLE PREVIEWS NEW SONG ‘BOSS ASS BITCH’

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Keyshia Cole is taking charge on her sixth album. The R&B songstress took toInstagram to give her fans a preview of her new music including a song called “Boss Ass Bitch.”

“If you hos didn’t know, my name is Keyshia Cole and I’m a boss ass bitch,” declares Keysh on the personal anthem, which marks a return to her Oakland roots.

She shared some tidbits about the album with her fans on Twitter. The first single, which she describes as a “club” record, will drop next week.

The follow-up to 2012′s Woman to Woman will include 15 tracks including three “sexy records.” When asked if the theme is male bashing, she responded, “Sadly sorta.”

She has been in the studio with Future, Wale, Trey Songz, French Montana, August Alsina, Elijah Blake, Mike WiLL Made It, and Sean Kingston, who she worked with on her remix to Chris Brown’s “Loyal.”

Get a taste of Keyshia’s new music below.

 

 

 

 

BEHIND THE VIDEO: RITA ORA – ‘I WILL NEVER LET YOU DOWN’

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Rita Ora is back and ready to share her happiness with the world. The 23-year-old singer has unveiled the red-hot cover art for “I Will Never Let You Down,” the first single off her upcoming sophomore album.

Earlier this month, the blonde bombshell shot the video with director Francesco Carrozzini (Beyoncé’s “Jealous”) in L.A. The fashionista was all smiles as she went in front of the lens, modeling a green python dress, ruffly red top, and Chanel earrings and gloves. In one scene, she electrified in pink as she walked through red paint in her sneakers.

The uplifting love song, produced by her boyfriend Calvin Harris, reflects her current mood.

“I think this is the perfect song to launch my new album because I want it to be as personal and honest as possible and I’m happy right now,” said Rita. “I’m in avery good place. I really wanted people to just see how I felt and how I want other people to feel when they listen to my music, happy.”

Watch Rita spread some sunshine on set.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: FUTURE – ‘COVERED N MONEY’

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After locking in an April 22 release date for Honest, Future debuts yet another song off his sophomore album. On the Sonny Digital-produced “Covered N Money,” the Auto-Tuned rapper busts some rapid-fire rhymes over the stomping trap anthem.

Expect to hear more heavy-hitting songs like this on the follow-up to 2011′sPluto, which features André 3000, Drake, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and Pusha T.

“I started going in another direction after I made the ‘Shit’ record,” said Future. “It just flipped the whole album. I got in a whole other mood when I went in the studio.”

Listen to Future’s victorious new record below.

 

 

 

 

#BakasBreakMe Contender: @DLUXMUSIC ft @Acehood “BOMB BOMB”

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The production on this track is dope!!!

To submit your music to us Tweet @thebakaboyz a link and use #BakasBreakMe deadline is 3/31. Winner for the contest will be announced April 1st and their track will play on 60 stations through the US.

Check out DLux ft Ace Hood “Bomb Bomb”

NEW MUSIC: SEVYN STREETER F/ KID INK – ‘NEXT (REMIX)’

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With “It Won’t Stop” certified gold, Sevyn Streeter moves on to the “nEXt,” the new single off her EP Call Me Crazy, But… The singer-songwriter taps L.A.’s own Kid Ink for the remix.

“How can my ex-boyfriend be my next boyfriend?” asks Sevyn, while Kid Ink plays the role of her man, who she just can’t seem to shake.

Hear their relationship play out on the remix.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: FREDDIE GIBBS – ‘REAL’ (JEEZY DISS)

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Jeezy and Rick Ross may have patched things up, but another rapper has beef with the Snowman. Freddie Gibbs has issued a diss track to his former CTE boss.

Since their split in 2012, the Gary, Indiana rapper has accused Jeezy of not holding up his end of the deal. On the Madlib-produced “Real,” which he debuted live in Chicago on Monday, Gibbs goes on the record.

“You wanna be Jay Z, ni**a, you just a fuckin’ puppet,” he raps on the three-and-a-half-minute track.

“Now you say you’re the realest ni**a in it / But Ross said you’re scared to drop a diss record / No nuts, got the whole team lookin’ weak / Guess that’s why they ran up on you at the BETs.”

The scathing song will appear on Gibbs and Madlib’s joint album Piñata, dropping Tuesday.

 

 

 

RICK ROSS TOPS THE CHARTS, PHARRELL DEBUTS AT NO. 2

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Rozay rules the charts once again. The Miami rapper scores his fifth No. 1 album with Mastermind.

 

The sixth album from Rick Ross debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 179,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

It marks his fifth No. 1 album to date (2010′s Teflon Don debuted at No. 2). His previous album, 2012′s God Forgives, I Don’t, still holds his best week ever with 218,000.

“WE #1..EVERY ONE OF U WHO BELIEVED IN ME I PRAY U #RICHFOREVER,” tweeted Rozay.

Pharrell Williams’ second album G I R L comes in at No. 2 with 112,000. Despite the No. 1 success of his Oscar-nominated hit “Happy,” the set sold less than his 2006 debut In My Mind (142,000).

Last week’s chart-topper ScHoolboy Q falls 1-8 with his major label debutOxymoron, which sold 30,000.

Ashanti rounds out the top 10 with Braveheart. The R&B songstress’ first album since 2008, released independently through Written Entertainment/eOne Music, enters at No. 10 with 28,000.

#BakasBreakMe Contender: @Cecy_B “All I Do is Werk”

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We love the elements of trap in this track! Video is dope too!!

To submit your music to us Tweet @thebakaboyz a link and use #BakasBreakMe deadline is 3/31. Winner for the contest will be announced April 1st and their track will play on 60 stations through the US.

Check out Cecy B “All I Do is Werk”

#BakasBreakMe Contender: @SavvySossa “Like I Mean It”

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Savvy has been dropping some notable tracks the last few years. S/O Pomona’s own!

To submit your music to us Tweet @thebakaboyz a link and use #BakasBreakMe deadline is 3/31. Winner for the contest will be announced April 1st and their track will play on 60 stations through the US.

Check out Savvy’s “Like I Mean It”

#BakasBreakMe Contender: @STONE_AAG “Middle Fingers Up”

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S/O to Stone we love this Souther shit!

To submit your music to us Tweet @thebakaboyz a link and use #BakasBreakMe deadline is 3/31. Winner for the contest will be announced April 1st and their track will play on 60 stations through the US.

Check out Stone’s “Middle Fingers Up”

NEW MUSIC: TIFFANY FOXX F/ PUSHA T, YOUNG THUG, & CHUBBIE BABY – ‘YOUNG N THUGGIN’

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Tiffany Foxx showed us how to party with last year’s Lil’ Kim-assisted single“Twisted,” which featured a Miley Cyrus video cameo.

Now the St. Louis femcee takes it from the club to the streets on “Young N Thuggin” featuring Pusha T, Young Thug, and Chubbie Baby.

The song, produced by K.E. on the Track and Beats Merchanics, will appear on her upcoming mixtape King Foxx.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: TANK – ‘YOU’RE MY STAR’

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After his stint in TGT, Tank ventures out solo again with “You’re My Star,” the new single from his upcoming sixth album Stronger. The R&B crooner shows just how madly in love he is as he sings his girl’s praises on the horn-heavy R&B jam, which samples The Jacksons’ “This Place Hotel.”

“I get chills every time I think about your smile / My heart skips a beat,” croons Tank.

He will perform at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans during Fourth of July weekend.

Get down to his funky, feel-good tune.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: IGGY AZALEA – ‘IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING’

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Iggy Azalea reaches for her dreams on her empowering anthem “Impossible Is Nothing.” Over a tinkering beat, the Aussie rapper vows to never give up and never let her haters see her sweat.

“Promise to blaze a path and leave a trail for the next / And never sell out my soul for any number on a check,” raps Iggy.

If you pre-order her debut The New Classic on iTunes, you will receive the instant track.

She has also revealed the tracklisting, which features appearances from Rita Ora, T.I., Mavado, and Watch the Duck.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: FRANK OCEAN, MICK JONES, PAUL SIMONON, & DIPLO – ‘HERO’

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Converse brings together Frank Ocean and The Clash’s Mick Jones and Paul Simonon for the latest in its “Three Artists. One Song” music series. Produced by Diplo, the reggae-and-rock-tinged “Hero” was recorded in London, Hawaii, and Los Angeles, and features additional vocals from the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir.

“I don’t know how we could expect a Clash-Frank Ocean-Diplo song to sound, but this sounds like that,” Diplo told Billboard. “It just has all kinds of vibes on it. We really had no rules.”

“Hero” marks the ninth collaboration in Converse’s “Three Artists. One Song”series, which has featured André 3000, Kid Cudi, Pharrell, Soulja Boy, and Gorillaz.

Download the song for free below.

 

 

 

SZA ANNOUNCES ‘Z’ ALBUM, DEBUTS ‘BABYLON’ VIDEO

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With Isaiah Rashad and ScHoolboy Q out the gate, SZA is up next. On April 8, TDE’s First Lady will release her new album Z featuring “Julia” and the DJ Dahi-produced “Babylon,” which kicks off with an intro from Mac Miller.

In the accompany video, which she co-directed with APLUSFILMZ, the New Jersey songstress gets baptized, laying out her belongings before stripping down and taking a plunge in the lake.

“This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on anything in my entire life,” SZA told Rap-Up TV “This might be the first thing I’ve ever been proud of—ever.”

In anticipation of her upcoming album, she will perform at several showcases during SXSW in Austin, Texas, next week.

Witness SZA’s rebirth in the powerful video.

 

 

 

VIDEO: RICK ROSS F/ JEEZY – ‘WAR READY’

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Enemies become friends in the video for “War Ready.” Rick Ross joins forces with his former rival Jeezy and his MMG signee Tracy T in the action-packed visuals, shot during NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans.

Gun shots ring out as the hip-hop titans turn a warehouse into a violentbattlefield in the TAJ-directed clip, which features cameos from Meek Mill, YG, DJ Khaled, and DJ Mustard.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rozay spoke about squashing his beef with Jeezy. “We had past differences and we put that to the side being true bosses to do something big for the culture, which is bigger than both of us,” he said.

The Mike WiLL Made It-produced song appears on Ross’ sixth album Mastermind.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: TAME IMPALA F/ KENDRICK LAMAR – ‘BACKWARDS’

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Kendrick Lamar continues to transcend hip-hop. After linking with Imagine Dragons on the remix to “Radioactive,” the TDE lyricist rocks with Aussie psych-rock band Tame Impala on “Backwards,” their genre-bending collaboration for the Divergent soundtrack.

K-Dot unleashes a vicious verse on top of the lush production, which is a reworking of Tame Impala’s Lonerism cut “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards.”

Due March 11, the Divergent soundtrack also features Pia Mia, Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, and more.

Listen to “Backwards” below and stream the entire soundtrack at Pitchfork.

 

 

 

TIMBALAND PREVIEWS MICHAEL JACKSON COLLABORATION ‘SLAVE TO THE RHYTHM’

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Michael Jackson is getting the Timbaland treatment. As part of his “Timbaland Thursdays” series, the super-producer has released a snippet of “Slave to the Rhythm,” his collaboration with the King of Pop. The minute-long track features unreleased vocals from the late legend over one of Timbo’s coveted beats.

“She’s a slave to the rhythm of love,” sings MJ.

A song of the same name leaked in 2010, while just last year, a pop-dance version featuring Justin Bieber surfaced.

In August, Timbaland announced that he had been working with L.A. Reid on a posthumous project from Jackson and that the first single would be a song entitled “Chicago.”

Get a taste of what Timbo has in store.

 

 

ARIANA GRANDE COVERS WHITNEY HOUSTON AT THE WHITE HOUSE

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Ariana Grande joined Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, and other “Women of Soul” for a special concert at the White House on Thursday. AsPresident Obama and First Lady Michelle looked on, the 20-year-old pop diva charmed the audience.

“Mr. President, Mrs. Obama, what’s up, how are ya?” she asked the First Family. “What’s up? It’s all good?”

After getting the thumbs up from Mrs. Obama, she showed off her powerful pipes with a beautiful cover of Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” which earned her a standing ovation.

“I’m going to sing a song by a woman who’s inspired me endlessly since I was a little girl,” said Ariana while introducing the ballad.

She also performed her own song “Tattooed Heart” off her debut Yours Truly.

For the finale, she dueted with Jill Scott, Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge,Patti LaBelle, and Janelle Monáe on “Proud Mary.”

The full concert, “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House,” will be broadcast April 7 on PBS.

 

 

 

VIDEO: YG F/ DRAKE – ‘WHO DO YOU LOVE’

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YG escapes the drama and lets loose in the Benny Boom-directed video for his West Coast banger “Who Do You Love” featuring Drake.

When he suspects that his girlfriend has been cheating on him, the Compton rapper heads to a house party in Malibu, where he meets up with Drizzy. While he’s out popping bottles in the pool with some scantily-clad women, his girl is at home desperately trying to reach him.

“The video shoot was my first time partying with Drake in real life, but Drake is cool,” YG told BuzzFeed. “Drake got the bitches—of course he’s a fun guy to hang out with—he got the bitches.”

The DJ Mustard-produced song will appear on YG’s debut My Krazy Life, due March 18. He will also kick off a headlining tour on March 29.

Grab a red cup and watch YG party with some new friends.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: COMMON – ‘THE LADDER’

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Common climbs “The Ladder” of chaos on his contribution to Catch the Throne, HBO’s Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape. The hip-hop and reggaeton compilation includes 10 tracks, with appearances from Wale, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Magazeen, and Snow tha Product.

“I think about it when I’m in my zone, my life is like a game of thrones,” spits the Chicago MC.

He has been hard at work on his concept-driven album Nobody Smiling, which will be executive produced by No I.D.

Listen to Common’s cut below and stream the full mixtape on SoundCloud.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: WALE – ‘KING SLAYER’

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Ahead of the show’s April 6 premiere, HBO has enlisted 10 rappers for its Game of Thrones-inspired mixtape, Catch the Throne. The free hip-hop and reggaeton compilation will be available for download on March 11 featuring Common, Daddy Yankee, Big Boi, Magazeen, and Wale, who contributes the theme song “King Slayer.”

Over an epic beat, the D.C. rapper murders the competition with his razor-sharp rhymes.

He is also in the studio working on The Album About Nothing, due later this summer.

 

 

 

Catch the Throne Tracklisting

1. Big Boi – “Mother of Dragons”
2. Magazeen – “Iron Throne”
3. Bodega Bamz – “Win or Die”
4. Kilo Kish – “Magical Reality”
5. Daddy Yankee – “Born to Rule”
6. Dominik Omega – “Arya’s Prayer”
7. Snow – “Fire”
8. Dee Goodz – “The Parallel”
9. Common – “Interlude/The Ladder”
10. Wale – “King Slayer”

VIDEO: TREVOR JACKSON F/ B.O.B – ‘DROP IT (REMIX)’

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Ladies, report to the dance floor. Trevor Jackson wants you to “Drop It” once again in his remix video featuring B.o.B.

The 17-year-old heartthrob linked up with his Atlantic Records labelmate on the L.A. set. With director Mike Ho at the helm, Trevor performed some slick moves and cozied up to a sexy lady.

“We just clicked,” said Trevor of B.o.B. “Our chemistry was good on-camera and he just brought a whole new element to the video, so I’m thankful that he was able to make it out here.”

While the original video was more concept-driven, the remix video is pure visual. “I wanted to take my photography and make it move,” said Ho. “You’re gonna see more chemistry and more performance-driven [scenes], but beautiful shots.”

The song can be found on Trevor’s debut EP #NewThang, available now.

 

 

 

PRINCE DEBUTS ‘FUNKNROLL’ ON ‘ARSENIO’

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In a rare television appearance, Prince took over “The Arsenio Hall Show” on Wednesday. The pop icon brought his live concert experience to late night andeven took questions from the audience.

Joined by 3RDEYEGIRL, he kicked off the show with the first performance of hisnew song “FUNKNROLL” and performed his 1985 B-side “She’s Always in My Hair.”

With some help from his 30-piece band and The New Power Generation, he capped things off with a performance of “Mutiny.”

He also revealed his pet peeve (“Strangers touching my hair”), the one breakfast food he cooks, and why he doesn’t have a cell phone.

Plus, watch the masterful musician break up a couple live on air.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RICK ROSS AND FRENCH MONTANA PERFORM ‘NOBODY’ ON ‘LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS’

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Following his appearance on “The Tonight Show” last week, Rick Ross invaded “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on Wednesday. Accompanied by FrenchMontana, the MMG chief performed “Nobody,” his remake of Biggie’s Life After Death classic “You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You).”

His sixth album Mastermind is expected to claim the No. 1 spot on next week’s charts with 145-160,000 copies.

Tune in to “Arsenio” tomorrow night for another performance from the Bawse.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: JENNIFER LOPEZ F/ FRENCH MONTANA – ‘I LUH YA PAPI’

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Jenny has the block on lock. Following “Same Girl” and “Girls,” Jennifer Lopez unleashes her French Montana-assisted single “I Luh Ya Papi”,  J.Lo professes her love to her man on the Detail-produced song.

“I put it down for a brother like you, give it to you right in the car that’s you,” she sings.

She recently shot a video for the song in Miami with director Jessy Terrero. There are also two additional versions featuring Big Sean and Tyga.

Her upcoming 10th album marks a return to her roots. While she didn’t reveal arelease date, she did say that she has to turn in the album by March 17.

“My roots are hip-hop, my roots are R&B, my roots are pop, my roots are Latin,” said J.Lo. “All that always comes out in my records. I’ve always found that when I follow my own heart, that’s when my music is the best. This album is right back to that for me.”

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: BIG SEAN – ‘SANCTIFIED’

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Oh God! Big Sean drops the solo version of “Sanctified,” which originally appears on Rick Ross’ album Mastermind. The Detroit rapper calls himself the “black Brad Pitt” on the soulful song, produced by Kanye West, Mike Dean, and DJ Mustard.

“That Detroit ni**a gettin’ married, but I’m still a player,” raps Naya Rivera’s fiancé on his holy verse.

Listen to Sean Don bless the beat.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: BIG K.R.I.T. F/ A$AP FERG – ‘LAC LAC’

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Following the Rick Ross-assisted “New Agenda” and “Conscious Effort Freestyle,” Big K.R.I.T. lets loose the third song in his Week of K.R.I.T. series.The Mississippi MC rides alongside Harlem’s A$AP Ferg on “Lac Lac,” which he also produced.

“Open your mind / This could be the day / You don’t know the road, I could show the way,” raps K.R.I.T., whose new album Cadillactica is due later this year.

Enlighten yourself with their laid-back flow.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: CHRIS BROWN F/ RICK ROSS – ‘NEW FLAME’

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Chris Brown sparks up a collaboration with the Mastermind, Rick Ross, on “New Flame.” The R&B crooner, who was ordered back to rehab for two months, finds new love in the club on the bouncy synth-heavy production.

“Baby try a new thing, and let’s spark a new flame,” sings Breezy.

He is also expected to drop his collaboration with Ariana Grande, for which he was recently seen rehearsing for the video.

Due May 5, X is set to include collaborations with Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, and Lil Wayne.

Fan of a Fan, his joint album with Tyga, is also on the way. A song called “Bitches” recently leaked, but Tyga told REVOLT that will not be the first single.

 

 

SCHOOLBOY Q’S ‘OXYMORON’ DEBUTS AT NO. 1

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The “Man of the Year” is also the king of the charts. ScHoolboy Q’s major labeldebut Oxymoron enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1 this week.

 

The TDE rapper sold 139,000 copies in his first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard). He also debuts at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Oxymoron marks the first No. 1 for Top Dawg Entertainment, which previously peaked at No. 2 with Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 debut good kid, m.A.A.D city.

The Black Hippy also scores the largest debut for a rap album since Eminem’sThe Marshall Mathers LP 2 opened at No. 1 with 792,000 in November 2013.

Kid Cudi’s surprise release Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon lands at No. 4 with 87,000, giving the Cleveland rapper his fourth top 10. The digital-only set was released exclusively on iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon MP3 on February 25 before expanding to other digital retailers on March 3.

Kid Cudi’s previous album, 2013′s Indicud, debuted at No. 2 with 136,000.

Rounding out the top 5 is former Aventura frontman Romeo Santos, whose second solo album Formula: Vol. 2 sold 85,000 copies.

NEW MUSIC: NAS – ”93 STRETCH & BOBBITO FREESTYLE (PART 1)’

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In honor of the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, Nas digs in the crates and unearths a commercially unreleased freestyle. The nearly 10-minute track, recorded on “The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show” on October 28, 1993, features 6’9″ and Grand Wizard and can be found on the second part of Illmatic XX.

Due April 15, the two-disc compilation includes rare remixes, unreleased demos, and freestyles commemorating the anniversary of Nas’ seminal debut.

To celebrate the release, Nas will tour the U.S. this spring and perform the groundbreaking album in its entirety. The tour will kick off with performancesat the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and Coachella in April.

Time Is Illmatic, a documentary that examines Illmatic, will also open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 16.

 

 

 

 

New Music: De La Soul “Dilla Plugged In” (Produced By J Dilla)

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#BakasBreakMe Contender: @RULLET

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Now, this artist is from Inglewood, Ca “Always up to no good.”  Rullet can really spit tho. We might be able to carve a spot for him on the Hip Hop Master Mix.

To submit your music to us Tweet @thebakaboyz a link and use #BakasBreakMe deadline is 3/31. Winner for the contest will be announced April 1st and their track will play on 60 stations through the US.

Check out Rullet’s “Visionary”

#BakasBreakMe Contender: @IAmJaySangz

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We found this dope artist on Twitter yesterday, he hails from Hollywood, CA. This track might be an easy fit for our radio show Hip Hop Mastermix.

To submit your music to us Tweet @thebakaboyz a link and use #BakasBreakMe deadline is 3/31. Winner for the contest will be announced April 1st and their track will play on 60 stations through the US.

Check out Jay Sangz track  ”Jumanji” – ft. Scarlet War

NEW MUSIC: FAR EAST MOVEMENT F/ RIFF RAFF, SCHOOLBOY Q, & B.O.B – ‘THE ILLEST (REMIX)’

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Far East Movement pumps out the raucous remix to their Riff Raff-assistedsingle “The Illest.” The L.A. group rounds up ScHoolboy Q and B.o.B., who deliver electric verses over the DJ E-Man-produced banger.

Look out for Far East Movement’s upcoming album KTown Riot.

 

 

 

VIDEO: 2 CHAINZ – ‘MAINSTREAM RATCHET’

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2 Chainz helped write the ratchet handbook, so it’s only fitting that he gives us avideo for his B.O.A.T.S. II cut “Mainstream Ratchet.” The Atlanta rapper heads to Jamaica for the ratchet festivities in the fiery clip, which includes plenty of booty-clapping ladies and a cameo from Sean Paul.

2 Chainz is currently on his “2 G.O.O.D. to Be T.R.U. Tour” with Pusha T and August Alsina, which wraps March 24 in Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

VIDEO: DJ CASSIDY F/ ROBIN THICKE & JESSIE J – ‘CALLING ALL HEARTS’

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Calling all party people. DJ Cassidy spreads love on the dance floor in the feel-good video for “Calling All Hearts” featuring Robin Thicke and Jessie J.

The X-directed clip was shot in London and features a 13-piece band, performing on a pink lacquer heart-shaped stage. British sensation Jessie J cozies up to a newly-single Thicke, while Cassidy rocks the turntables in a pastel suit and boater hat.

Cassidy, who is currently on tour with Thicke, is gearing up for the release of his debut Paradise Royale featuring R. Kelly, CeeLo Green, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, John Legend, and Kelly Rowland.

“I set out on a mission to bring the greatest and most universal dance music of all time back to the airwaves, back to nightlife, back to the dance floor,” said Cassidy.

Watch his all-pink party erupt on the dance floor.

 

 

 

VIDEO: IGGY AZALEA F/ CHARLI XCX – ‘FANCY’

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Nearly 20 years after Clueless hit theaters, Iggy Azalea pays homage to the 1995 cult classic in the cinematic video for “Fancy” co-starring Charli XCX. The Aussie rap sensation rules the halls of Beverly Hills High School as socialite Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) in the X-directed clip.

The blonde bombshell filmed at the same high school where Clueless was shot,inviting 250 fans to be a part of the video. She rocked a ’90s wardrobe straight out of Cher’s designer closet and even shut down the freeway while recreating one scene.

“Iggy and her whole generation kinda grew up on this movie in a way that’s really personal,” said X.

Her debut The New Classic arrives April 15 featuring collaborations with T.I., Mavado, Watch the Duck, and Katy Perry, who co-wrote her next single.

Watch Iggy bring back the ’90s in her, like, totally awesome mini-movie.

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: LUPE FIASCO & AB-SOUL – ‘THORNS & HORNS’

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Lupe Fiasco is just getting warmed up. Following “$nitches,” “$nitches 2 (30′s),” and “DopeBoysAtAllStarWeekend,” the Chicago spitter links with TDE’s Ab-Soul on “Thorns & Horns.” The lyricists demand respect as they exchange mean verses over a sinister chopped-and-screwed beat, produced by Floss & Fame.

“Amateurs get locked out / We janitors with the mops out / Clean house / I used to wanna be the GOAT, but I’m the ox now,” raps Lupe.

Ride out to their wicked collaboration.

 

 

 

T-PAIN ANNOUNCES ‘I AM T-PAIN’ TOUR

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Prior to the release of his next album, T-Pain is hitting the road. The Auto-Tune King has announced dates for his “I Am T-Pain” North American tour.

 

The 34-city trek kicks off March 6 in Sacramento and travels across the U.S. and Canada this March and April, currently wrapping May 10 in San Angelo, Tx. T-Pain will be joined by his Nappy Boy signees, rapper Young Cash and singer Vantrease.

Additionally, the Tallahassee hitmaker will perform a DJ set at Haze nightclub in Las Vegas and several college campuses including the University of California, Riverside and Oxford College.

Tickets are available on T-Pain’s website Illuminappy.net.

Later this year, he plans to release his fifth album Stoicville: The Phoenixfeaturing the B.o.B-assisted single “Up Down (Do This All Day).”

“I Am T-Pain” Tour Dates

March 6 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
March 7 – Reno, NV – The Knitting Factory
March 8 – Olympia, WA – The Royal Lounge
March 9 – Boise, ID – The Knitting Factory
March 10 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo’s House of Music
March 11 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo’s House of Music
March 12 – Seattle, WA – Nuemos
March 13 – Eugene, OR – Studio 44
March 14 – Richland, WA – Joker’s Night Club
March 15 – Yakima, WA – The Season Hall
March 16 – Spokane, WA – The Knitting Factory
March 20 – Calgary, Canada – Marquee Beer Hall
March 21 – Vancouver, Canada – Venue
March 22 – Edmonton, Canada – Encore
March 23 – Canada – TBD
March 24 – Canada – TBD
March 25 – Canada – TBD
March 27 – Danville, IL – Club Deuce
March 28 – Chicago. IL – UIC Forum
March 29 – Peoria, IL – Civic Center
March 30 – Emporia, KS – The Granada
April 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theater
April 4 – Las Vegas, NV – Club Haze (DJ Set)**
April 5 – Merced, CA – TBD
April 10 – Albuquerque, NM – The Main Event
April 11 – Oxford, GA – Oxford College of Emory**
April 15 – Casper, WY – The Casper Event Center
April 17 – Magna, UT – The Great Saltair
April 19 – Great Falls, MT – Mansfield Center Ballroom
April 22 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theater
April 23 – Billings, MT – Babcock, Theater
April 25 – Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
May 3 – Riverside, CA – University of California**
May 10 – San Angelo, TX – The Venue

** independent of tour

 

NEW MUSIC: BIG BOI F/ T.I. & LUDACRIS & KITO & REIJA LEE – ‘KING SH!T’

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For his latest #MashUpMondays release, Big Boi remixes his Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors cut “In the A” with Kito & Reija Lee’s “Run for Cover.” The OutKast rapper, along with fellow ATLiens T.I. and Ludacris, unleashes some rapid-fire rhymes over the dubstep beat.

“Yeah, you may be able to outtrap me, but none of you ni**as’ll ever outrap me,” proclaims Luda.

Hear their genre-bending collaboration below.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: RICO LOVE – ‘RED NOSE (REMIX)’

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Rico Love dims the lights and sets the sexy mood with his raunchy remix to Sage the Gemini’s hit “Red Nose.” The Division1 hitmaker turns the club anthem into a slow jam as he sings seductively over the snapping beat.

“If you under 21, don’t listen to this record without an adult around,” warns Rico.

His debut EP, Discrete Luxury, released digitally last summer, will be available exclusively at Best Buy stores on April 8. The six tracks include the new single“Bitches Be Like.”

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: BIG K.R.I.T. F/ RICK ROSS – ‘NEW AGENDA’

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Over the next seven days, Big K.R.I.T. plans to give away seven new songs as part of the Week of K.R.I.T. To kick things off, the Mississippi MC teams with Miami’s own Rick Ross on “New Agenda.” Over a slow-rolling beat, produced by K.R.I.T., the two trade boastful bars.

K.R.I.T. is in the studio working on Cadillactica, the follow-up to his 2012 debutLive From the Underground.

“2014 is all about growth musically and new agendas,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’m excited for my supporters to hear the sound I’ve been creating.”

 

 

 

RICK ROSS F/ JEEZY AND TRACY T – ‘WAR READY’ [TEASER]

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Rick Ross surprised his fans last night and dropped his sixth album Mastermindon iTunes, a day ahead of schedule.

To kick off his release week, the Miami kingpin assembles the troops and prepares for battle in the teaser for his latest single “War Ready” co-starring Jeezy and his MMG signee Tracy T.

Masked man toting guns and wearing hoodies approach an abandoned warehouse in the TAJ-directed video, which was shot in New Orleans last month.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Rozay spoke about squashing his beef with Jeezy. “We had past differences and we put that to the side being truebosses to do something big for the culture, which is bigger than both of us,” he said.

Preview his coming attraction below.

 

 

 

PHARRELL WILLIAMS’ ‘HAPPY’ HITS NO. 1

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It’s a “Happy” day for Pharrell Williams. The Neptunes hitmaker has scored his first solo No. 1 single.

 

The Oscar-nominated song off his upcoming album G I R L dethrones Katy Perryand Juicy J’s “Dark Horse” and rises to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week. It also spends a second week at No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

This is Pharrell’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1, but first as a lead artist. He previously shared the honors with Snoop Dogg (“Drop It Like It’s Hot”), Ludacris (“Money Maker”), and Robin Thicke (“Blurred Lines”).

Next up, he will perform the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack cut at Sunday’s Academy Awards and release his second solo album G I R L on March 3.

Elsewhere on the Hot 100, John Legend lands his first top 10 as his piano ballad “All of Me” jumps 11-4.

NEW MUSIC: KID INK – ‘WOKE UP THIS MORNING’

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In honor of reaching 500,000 Twitter followers, Kid Ink has liberated a leftover from his My Own Lane recording sessions. On “Woke Up This Morning” featuring Devin Cruise, the L.A. rapper recounts his wild night at the strip club and looks forward to doing it all over again.

“This was one of our favorite records for months in 2012,” he said, “but near the end of the album process, it got shaved off the tracklist as it didn’t really fit the overall sound of the album.”

On April 1, Kid Ink will hit the road for his 21-date “My Own Lane” tour with King Los and Bizzy Crook.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: RICO LOVE – ‘BITCHES BE LIKE’

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Rico Love has no filter. On his new single “Bitches Be Like,” co-produced by Danja, the Division1 hitmaker calls out the gold diggers (“You ain’t from D.C. / But you had the Million Man March up inside of you”), who chase after a richhusband in the club and document their phony lifestyle on Instagram.

“No talent, but she know Jimmy Fallon / No house, no car, but she be stylin’,” he raps.

Rico recently shot a video for the remix to “They Don’t Know” with Ludacris, Trey Songz, Tiara Thomas, T.I., and Emjay, and is currently working on his full-length debut Turn the Lights On.

Listen to him put bitches on blast.

 

 

 

VIDEO: RICK ROSS – ‘OYSTER PERPETUAL’

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With his album Mastermind just days away (and now streaming), Rick Ross drops a video for his freestyle “Oyster Perpetual.”

From the Las Vegas Strip to the strip club, Rozay gives us another peek into his bossy lifestyle in the black-and-white clip. He puffs a cigar while overlooking Sin City and hits up King of Diamonds in between shots of his album listening and label meetings.

Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator praised the clip, writing, “DUDE THIS IS SICK.”

See how the Mastermind gets down.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: DAWN RICHARD – ‘DARK HORSE (UNICORN REMIX)’

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In between recording her sophomore album Blackheart and preparing for Danity Kane’s comeback, Dawn Richard puts her dark spin on Katy Perry’s No. 1 PRISM single “Dark Horse.”

The leader of the Hearts teams with producer Noisecastle III (“Valkyrie”) on the mysterious “Unicorn” remix, which boasts a reworked beat and Dawn’s haunting vocals.

“It’s always fun to be in the lab with Noisecastle III,” said Dawn. “We were working on the Danity Kane project and decided to randomly take a break and this happened. Something only the Hearts can appreciate. We always do things with our little twist. Done in true Heart music form.”

Listen as Dawn brings Katy’s hit into her own world.

 

 

 

ASHANTI ‘BRAVEHEART’ ALBUM STREAM

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Four years after The Declaration, Ashanti ventures out on her own with herlong-awaited fifth album Braveheart (Written Entertainment/eOne). In advance of its March 4 release, the R&B songstress has made the album available to stream on Pandora.

The 13 tracks include the Rick Ross-assisted single “I Got It” and dancehall jam “First Real Love” with Beenie Man, plus collaborations with French Montana and Jeremih.

“A lot of people counted me out and that feeds my hunger and ignites my passion to continue my journey,” says Ashanti on the album intro. “I will continue to thrive, continue to prosper, I will continue to be brave. I am Braveheart.”

Get a taste of Ashanti’s new music below.

 

Click here to stream the album on Pandora.

Braveheart Tracklisting

1. “Intro/Braveheart”
2. “Nowhere”
3. “Runaway”
4. “Count”
5. “Early in the Morning” feat. French Montana
6. “3 Words”
7. “Love Games” feat. Jeremih
8. “Scars”
9. “Never Should Have”
10. “She Can’t”
11. “Don’t Tell Me No”
12. “I Got It” feat. Rick Ross
13. “First Real Love” feat. Beenie Man/Outro

VIDEO: 50 CENT – ‘THE FUNERAL’

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50 Cent is leaving the past behind. After severing ties with Interscope/Shady/Aftermath and going independent, the rap mogul has released the cinematic video for “The Funeral,” the first release under his new deal.

“It’s a concept for a story I wrote that’s written like film where it’s not all talkand one piece,” explained 50. “There’s a lot of flashbacks. It starts at the end and goes back like the movies.”

His first indie album Animal Ambition drops June 3. On March 18, fans will be able to pre-order the album and receive two instant tracks, while the videos will premiere online.

As part of his new agreement, he will pay Caroline/Capitol/UMG only 7% of wholesale per album in exchange for distribution and support.

“It’s freedom to invest in your own ideas,” he told Forbes. “If ever I had a horse that I was betting on at the track, I’d like to be the horse. Let it be me, goddammit, because I’m going to run as hard as I can.”

Watch the video and go behind the scenes below.

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: YG F/ LIL WAYNE, RICH HOMIE QUAN, MEEK MILL, & NICKI MINAJ – ‘MY NI**A (REMIX)’

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From New York to Compton, YG rounds up some hip-hop heavyweights for the all-star remix video to his platinum hit “My N**a” aka “My Hitta.”

Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill, and Nicki Minaj all make appearances in the black-and-white clip, which was directed by Motion Family in L.A.

The Compton MC puts on for his hometown and Nicki reps for the bossy bitches as she raps alongside the boys.

YG’s debut My Krazy Life drops March 18 featuring Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and more.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: THE WEEKND – ‘OR NAH (REMIX)’

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After his steamy remix to Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love,” The Weeknd drops an even raunchier remix to Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa’s collaboration “Or Nah” that will make you blush.

Listen to him put his XO stamp on the Beach House EP cut.

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: GUCCI MANE – ‘WAR READY (REMIX)’

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Gucci Mane goes to battle with his critics on his remix to Rick Ross and Jeezy’sMastermind single “War Ready.” The Brick Squad captain, who faces 20 years in jail for weapons possession, rattles off a confessional verse about his troubled past over the Mike WiLL Made It-produced beat.

“I’m not the average celebrity, can’t let you get the best of me,” he declares.

Plus, go behind the scenes of Rozay and Jeezy’s explosive video below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: KATY PERRY F/ JUICY J – ‘DARK HORSE’

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She ruled the jungle as Tarzan’s wife Jane in “Roar” and for her latest video,Katy Perry rules ancient Egypt as Katy Patra. The pop superstar transforms into an Egyptian queen in the magical video for her No. 1 single “Dark Horse” featuring Juicy J.

Kings travel from around the world to win her heart, but only one will be “top dawg.” They come bearing lavish gifts including diamonds, a gold chariot on hydraulics, and even a pyramid, but none are able to impress her and she turns her suitors to sand.

Katy shows off her stripper moves on the pole, Juicy J emerges from a sarcophagus, and even cuddly Boo the Dog makes a cameo.

Will anyone be able to gain her love or will they all fall victim to her wrath? Watch the epic story unfold.

 

 

 

PIA MIA SIGNS TO INTERSCOPE RECORDS, READIES DEBUT EP

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Pia Mia took the Internet by storm, and now she’s ready to take her career tothe next level. The 17-year-old singer-songwriter has signed a deal with Interscope Records.

 

The Pacific Island girl, who was born and raised on Guam, became a viral sensation with her YouTube covers of Rihanna and Bruno Mars and her a capella performance of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” in front of Drake, Kanye West, and the Kardashians.

On February 25, her six-track debut EP, The Gift (Wolfpack/Interscope), will be available at digital retailers featuring her single “Red Love” and cover of “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” An eight-track version of the EP was released for free in December.

“I want to show everyone that people from small places can achieve their dreams no matter how big they are,” said Pia.

Additionally, her song “Fight for You” featuring Chance the Rapper will be featured on the soundtrack to the sci-fi thriller Divergent, available March 11.

The Gift Tracklisting

1. “On My Mind”
2. “Complicated”
3. “Lost & Found”
4. “Mr. President”
5. “Hold On, We’re Going Home”
6. “Red Love”

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: ASHANTI F/ BEENIE MAN – ‘FIRST REAL LOVE’

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Ashanti heads to the islands with the “King of the Dancehall” Beenie Man on her flirty new single “First Real Love,” produced by Teetimus. The R&B diva effortlessly rides the riddim, while the Jamaican superstar adds his reggae flavor.

“It’s my first real love and I don’t want to lose it now / But every time we get so close, I feel that love will lose us both / It’s my first real love out of all,” coos Ashanti.

The song is taken off her upcoming album Braveheart, due March 4. In addition to Beenie, she has collaborated with Rick Ross, French Montana, and Jeremih.

Hear Ashanti find true love on the bouncy banger.

 

 

 

TRACKLISTING: YG – ‘MY KRAZY LIFE’

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On March 18, YG will enter the big leagues with his long-awaited debut My Krazy Life. The Compton rapper has revealed the tracklisting for the album, which will be released on Pu$haz Ink/CTE World/Def Jam.

The 14 tracks include the DJ Mustard-produced hit “My Ni**a” and the Drake-assisted follow-up “Who Do You Love?”

The hip-hop-heavy guest list also boasts appearances from Jeezy, Ty Dolla $ign, and TDE’s own Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, and Jay Rock.

“It’s gonna put me on that level with all the other mainstream artists,” YG told MTV News. “I’ve been considered an underground artist because I’ve been doing mixtapes and indie tours on my own, but this is gonna put me [in the] mainstream because the record label is gonna come in. They’re gonna put all themoney behind me. All that branding will take it to another level.”

See the tracklisting below.

 

My Krazy Life Tracklisting

1. “The Put On Intro”
2. “Bpt”
3. “I Just Wanna Party (feat. ScHoolboy Q & Jay Rock)
4. “Left, Right” (feat. DJ Mustard)
5. “Bicken Back Being Bool”
6. “Meet the Flockers” (feat. Tee Cee)
7. “My N***a” (feat. Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan)
8. “Do It To Ya” (feat. TeeFLii)
9. “Me & My Bitch” (feat. Tory Lanez)
10. “Who Do You Love?” (feat. Drake)
11. “Really Be (Smokin N Drinkin)” (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
12. “1Am”
13. “Thank God (Interlude)” (feat. Big TC & RJ)
14. “Sorry Momma” (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

 

50 CENT LEAVES INTERSCOPE RECORDS, SIGNS INDEPENDENT DEAL

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50 Cent is venturing out on his own. After 12 years at a major label, the hip-hop mogul has decided to go independent.

 

The rapper announced on Thursday that he’s leaving his longtime label, Interscope Records and Eminem and Dr. Dre’s imprint, Shady/Aftermath.

He and G-Unit Records have signed a worldwide distribution and services agreement with Caroline, the independent label at Capitol Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group.

During his time at Shady/Aftermath/Interscope, 50 released five albums including his 2003 debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’The MassacreCurtis, andBefore I Self Destruct, and sold over 30 million copies.

“I have had great success to date with Shady/Aftermath/Interscope and I’d like to thank Eminem and Dr. Dre for giving me an incredible opportunity,” said 50 in statement. “I’ve learned so much from them through the years. I am excited to enter this new era where I can carry out my creative vision.”

His mentor Eminem wished him well. “Both myself and Shady Records are grateful to have had the chance to play a part in 50′s career. Shady simply would not be what it is without 50 Cent,” said the Detroit rapper. “I’ve developed a great friendship with 50 over the years, and that’s not going to change. We know 50 will have success in his new situation, and we remain supporters of both him and G-Unit.”

Under the new deal, his first release will be Animal Ambition, due June 3. On March 18, fans will be able to pre-order the album and receive two instanttracks, while the videos will premiere online. An additional song and video will debut each week leading up to the album’s release.

PHARRELL EXPLAINS ‘G I R L’ ALBUM TITLE

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Pharrell Williams made his fans especially “Happy” when he announced the title and release date for his first album in eight years. So what exactly does G I R L mean?

 

Before his performance at the BRIT Awards, the Oscar nominee broke down the all-caps title, which is written with two spaces between each letter.

“The reason why I named it G I R L in capital letters is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird,” he told Zane Lowe. “And the reason why it does is because society is a little unbalanced. And I just thought like, if I’m gonna make an album, I need to make an album that says everything that I’ve ever wanted to say, like dreamt of.”

The title is an homage to all the women in his life. “Women have been so good to me over this entire career and they’ve done so much for my family,” said Pharrell, who has a son with his wife Helen Lasichanh. “Everything I’ve ever gotten is because they’ve paid for so they’re like my bosses—indirectly and directly. I wanted to analyze that for a second.”

He continued, “I admire women in a lot of ways, but I needed to make sure that everyone knew that. On the surface, I do look and I do like them and I appreciate them in my little dirty ways here and there, but at the core, is what I’m telling you. We need them. Every living breathing human being on this planet regardless to your sexual orientation benefits from two things from a woman: the agreement to enter the act and the agreement to have you. So they have the power. Every human being has come through those silver-lined doors.”

He wants his fans to remember that when they listen to the album, which arrives March 3. “I want everyone to keep in mind that at the core, when you cut this album open that’s what comes out is that purpose. G I R L, I think, is my best work yet.”

Watch his explanation below and see Pharrell get emotional in the trailer.

 

 

BEYONCÉ PERFORMS ‘XO’ AT BRIT AWARDS

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After her steamy “Drunk in Love” performance with Jay Z at last month’s Grammys, Beyoncé surprised her British fans with a dazzling set at the BRIT Awards 2014 in London on Wednesday.

Looking like a mermaid in a blue crystal dress by Vrettos Vrettakos, the global superstar delivered her single “XO,” dedicating the performance to her BeyHive.

“I’d like to dedicate this performance to my incredible fans. I love ya’ll,” she said.

On Thursday, she will kick off the next leg of “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” in Glasgow, Scotland.

Watch Queen Bey turn the lights out at O2 Arena.

 

 

NEW MUSIC: SCHOOLBOY Q F/ RAEKWON – ‘BLIND THREATS’

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TDE meets Wu-Tang on “Blind Threats.” With less than a week until his major label debut Oxymoron arrives, ScHoolboy Q breaks off his collaboration with Raekwon. On the dark record, produced by Lord Quest, the L.A. rapper reflects on trying times.

“Misery loves company / It was just me and my ni**as, we was tryna to survive / But we would never make it out alive, should we live it or die, oxymoron,” he raps.

He met up with Raekwon in an elevator in Europe. “I had that song. I did it and I just needed someone from Wu-Tang on there, whether it was Cappadonna or Raekwon or Ghostface,” he said during his L.A. listening session. “Me and Raekwon happened to run into each other. I wasn’t gonna say something until he said something to me. We’ve been trying to get a record together for at least eight months.”

In addition to the Chef, Oxymoron also features collaborations with 2 Chainz, Kendrick Lamar, Tyler, the Creator, Kurupt, and more.

 

 

LADY GAGA BRINGS ‘ARTPOP’ TO ‘TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON’

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Following her brief appearance on Monday’s premiere, Lady Gaga helped Jimmy Fallon christen his “Tonight Show” stage with a white-hot performanceof the title track off her album ARTPOP.

With blonde hair cascading down her back, the pop superstar opened her dramatic set by playing an avant-garde piano before descending a white staircase and jamming with her band as smoke filled the stage.

On May 4, she will kick off her “artRave: The ARTPOP Ball” tour in Ft. Lauderdale. She also recently shot a video for “G.U.Y.” at Hearst Castle.

Watch Gaga light up late night.

 

 

 

 

PHARRELL ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM ‘G I R L’

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The year of Pharrell continues. After scoring an Oscar nomination and four Grammys including Producer of the Year, the “Happy” hitmaker has announced a title and release date for his second solo album.

 

G I R L, his first project since 2006′s In My Mind, will arrive on March 3 via Columbia Records.

“When Columbia Records presented me with the opportunity to make an album, three things came to mind,” said Pharrell. “One was the sense of overwhelming honor that I felt when I realized that they were interested in partnering with me on the album that I had always dreamt of making. Two, it would have to feel festive and urgent. And three, I instantly knew it would be called G I R L. I hope you like it.”

The 10 tracks are now available for pre-order on iTunes featuring the first single “Happy,” which is currently No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The upbeat hit also appears on the soundtrack to the animated film Despicable Me 2.

Pharrell revealed the cover art and posted a 30-second trailer of him in the studio, laughing, crying, and recording with composer Hans Zimmer and an orchestra.

On the eve of his album release, he will perform his Oscar-nominated hit at the 86th Annual Academy Awards. He will also tour with Bruno Mars on select dates this spring/summer and play Coachella in April.

 

PHARRELL GIVES FAN A ‘PRICELESS’ SURPRISE

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Pharrell made one of his biggest fan’s dream come true when he surprised her as part of Mastercard’s “Priceless Surprises.” The Neptunes hitmaker showed up to a preschool where children’s drama workshop facilitator Queen was running a playgroup.

While she danced to his song “Happy,” Pharrell boogied his way into the room, much to Queen’s surprise. She was overcome with emotion as Pharrell took her hand and danced along to his Oscar-nominated hit.

“This song was meant for people like yourself to keep you, keep me, keep them, keep us all going,” he told her. “You’re absolutely carrying a torch for the impetus of the record. And this is priceless what you do, the way you inspire these children, so thank you very much.

Watch Pharrell put a smile on one lucky fan’s face.

 

 

 

 

NEW MUSIC: THE WEEKND – ‘DRUNK IN LOVE (REMIX)’

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The remixes keep coming. Following Kanye West and Diplo, The Weeknd ups the ante with his seductive remix to Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” In honor of his 24th birthday, the Canadian crooner brings Bey’s hit single into his world with a dark and provocative reinterpretation.

“February = new age, new xo gear, new music,” he tweeted.

Go all night with The Weeknd’s intoxicating remix.

 

 

 

Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix)

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Mad Decent top dawg Diplo just dropped this Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix) out of nowhere last night. Giving this Beyonce track the proper trap music rub down for a late valentines day present to all. A little something extra to turn up to with your bae while you wait to grab tickets to the Mad Decent Boat Party.

Stream the Beyonce – Drunk In Love (Diplo Remix) below, and holler in the comments and let us know what you think.

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Diplo – Biggie Bounce (Kid Kamillion Remix)

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Diplo‘s brand of high energy, light hearted, party-primed productions always tends to make booties bounce and crowds go wild. He commands the party with his signature dance floor destroyers, blending dance hall, trap music, and twerk selections into both his original works and his leading-edge remixes. Off of his October 2013 EP RevolutionDiplo’s certified rump-shaker “Biggie Bounce” is now getting a little remix treatment of it’s own, as New Orleans bred producer, and close friend of the RTT familyKid Kamillionadds his own spin to Diplo’s funky, twerk-inducing heater.

Kid Kamillion’s “Biggie Bounce” remix ups the ante right off the bat, swapping Travis Porter and Angger Dimas‘ lyrical verses for some clean vocal chops and swirling loops. The original mix is as bouncy as they come (obviously…), however the Kid comes through with an electrifying tempo boost, giving the track a vibe best described as Nu-Bounce. From a bubbly build to the remix’s wild, back-popping break, this remix is meant for some serious party action. Blending elements from multiple genres, Kid Kamillion’s latest release proves versatile ability as a producer and reflects his wide musical background.

Released via Mad Decent, you can stream the remix below, or purchase it on iTunes.

 

OUTKAST AND DRAKE TO HEADLINE 5TH ANNUAL OVO FEST

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OutKast is bringing their comeback tour to Canada. André 3000 and Big Boi will headline Drake’s 5th Annual OVO Fest this summer.

 

The two-day festival will take place on August 3 and 4 at Toronto’s Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Drake announced via his OVO blog.

The Atlanta duo will take the stage on Sunday along with some special guests, while October’s Very Own performs for his hometown fans on Monday with his own surprise lineup.

Tickets for the Live Nation-presented concert go on sale February 21.

Last year’s OVO Fest featured surprise performances from Kanye West, Diddy, Ma$e, TLC, and more.

Prior to OVO Fest, OutKast will kick off their reunion at Coachella in April and play over 40 festivals throughout the world including New York’s Governors Ball and London’s Wireless Festival.

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WILL SMITH AND JIMMY FALLON TEAM UP FOR ‘EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP DANCING’

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To kick off his first show as “Tonight Show” host, Jimmy Fallon welcomed Will Smith. In the tradition of his past “Late Night” skits with Justin Timberlake and Michelle Obama, the talk show host teamed up with the “Fresh Prince” for a viral segment entitled the “Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing.”

Dressed in baggy overalls and Timberlands, they ran through some famous hip-hop dance crazes—from the “Cabbage Patch” to the “MC Hammer” to the “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” ending with the “twerk.”

Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Mike Tyson, Robert De Niro, and more also made cameos during Jimmy’s inaugural show.

Watch them showcase their hip-hop moves.

 

 

 

 

VIDEO: KELIS – ‘JERK RIBS’

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Kelis is serving up some fierce fashion in the video for “Jerk Ribs,” the first single off her upcoming album Food. In the colorful clip, the fashionista takes usbehind the scenes of her album packaging shoot. She gets glammed up and turns the streets of Mexico into a catwalk as Mister Cartoon photographs her. She also performs at a garden party, where a giraffe roams the property.

“This song is the cornerstone of my album,” Kelis told TIME. “So I wanted thevideo to look like my life, my love—back to the beginning.”

She is putting the finishing touches on her sixth album Food, due April 22. The 13 tracks were produced entirely by TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek.

The Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef also stars in her own Cooking Channel special,“Saucy and Sweet,” premiering February 26 at 8:30 p.m.

Feast your eyes on Kelis’ latest creation.