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"Hot Nigga (Freestyle)"- Lance Stephenson

Yeah, you read that correctly. Lance Stephenson, now a member of the Charlotte Hornets, decided to freestyle over Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Nigga” track. Surprisingly, it’s not bad at all lol. Check it out above and enjoy.

-AO

"X"- Chris Brown

Chris Brown is preparing the release of his long-awaited album, X, and it is set to be released on September 16th. He has liberated the title track from the album and instead of singing over typical R&B love song production, Chris chose to sing over a techno, dance type of beat. If we learned anything from songs like “Turn Up The Music,” “Beautiful People,” and “Don’t Wake Me Up,” we know that Chris has that style on lock. “X” shows that Chris is still as versatile as ever and I’m excited for his album to drop. Enjoy.

-AO

Nicki Minaj has released her highly anticipated music video for “Anaconda.” It’s technically not NSFW, but it is lol. The video is dedicated to many women who are well endowed in the “fatty” department and Nicki Minaj steals the show. Look out for the Drake cameo as well as he gets up close and personal with Ms. Minaj. Enjoy.

-AO

A$AP Rocky “SVDDXNLY” Documentary (Part 3)

Noise has released part 3 of their “SVDDXNLY” documentary on A$AP Rocky. This video shows us more of the A$AP Mob as we see interviews with different members of the crew. We also get a little more insight on that fight the Mob had at a concert. Check it out and enjoy.

-AO

A$AP Rocky “SVDDXNLY” Documentary (Parts 1 & 2)

Noisey conducted a five-part documentary called “SVDDXNLY” about A$AP Rocky and they have released parts 1 & 2. The videos document Rocky’s life, influences, crew, and much more. It’s pretty cool and very informative. Parts 1 & 2 feature cameos from Rihanna, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Check them out above and stay tuned for part 3 on August 19th. Enjoy.

-AO

Jessie Ware is releasing her new album, Tough Love, on October 21st and I couldn’t be more excited. Her debut album, Devotion, was amazing and I expect nothing less from this one. She has released a new song from the album called “Say You Love Me” and it’s exceptional. Check it out above and enjoy.

-AO

Chris Brown is back on track and will soon be releasing his X project. He has revealed the music video for his newest single, “New Flame.” Usher and Rick Ross both appear in the video to perform their respective parts. It’s a really cool video and it’s great to see Usher and Chris getting their groove on as they’re two of the best dancing singers of our generation. Honestly, the video and the song would have been much better sans Rick Ross. Enjoy.

-AO

Even the trailers Beyoncé and Jay Z put out are amazing lol. The trailer for HBO’s “On The Run” tour special has been released and it’s dope. Tune in September 20th at 9/8c if, like me, you missed the tour. Enjoy.

-AO 

"Be Free"- J. Cole

The nation has been up in arms the past week over the shooting of 18-year old, unarmed Michael Brown by the hands of a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. It has caused numerous protests worldwide and many riots in the city of Ferguson. Well, J. Cole has dedicated a song to the situation called “Be Free,” which you can hear above. One of the reasons I love J. Cole is because he’s excellent at being a voice of the people in situations like these. The song features Cole singing, not rapping, with audio from reports of the incident interspersed throughout. While singing may not be Cole’s strongest suit, the passion he emits, alone, makes up for that. Cole had this to say:

"There was a time in my life when I gave a fuck. Every chance I got I was screaming about it. I was younger. It’s so easy to try to save the world when you’re in college. You got nothing but time and no responsibility. But soon life hits you. No more dorms, no more meal plan, no more refund check. Nigga need a job. Nigga got rent. Got car note. Cable bill. Girlfriend moves in and becomes wife. Baby on the way. Career advances. Instagram is poppin. Lebron leaves Miami. LIFE HITS. We become distracted. We become numb. I became numb. But not anymore. That coulda been me, easily. It could have been my best friend. I’m tired of being desensitized to the murder of black men. I don’t give a fuck if it’s by police or peers. This shit is not normal.

I made a song. This is how we feel.
- Cole”

Enjoy.

-AO

"Supreme (Remix) (feat. Fabolous, Ma$e & Big K.R.I.T)"- Rick Ross

Rick Ross chose the perfect trio to help him remix his track, “Supreme.” Fabulous, Ma$e, and Big K.R.I.T. deliver some great verses over the flashy beat. Enjoy.

-AO

PARTYNEXTDOOR - Recognize ft. Drake from PARTYOMO on Vimeo.

PARTYNEXTDOOR revealed the visuals for his Drake-assisted song, “Recognize,” off of his latest project, PARTYNEXTDOOR TWO. The video doesn’t contain anything new, although it alternates between being shot normally and VHS-style. It’s a decent video. Enjoy.

-AO

"Blue Suede"- Vince Staples

Vince Staples has released the lead single for his upcoming project, Hell Can Wait. The track, “Blue Suede,” features Staples spitting some striking bars over a bumping beat. I’ve been sleeping on this dude, but I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open now. Enjoy.

-AO

"Best Mistake (feat. Big Sean)"- Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande and Big Sean have another hit on their hands. Ariana revealed the next single from her sophomore album, My Everything. The Big Sean-assisted jam, “Best Mistake,” features some great vocals from Ariana and a dope verse from Sean. His verse reminds me a lot of the style he incorporated on “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me” from his debut album. These two clearly have some great musical chemistry and I look forward to seeing more from them. My Everything drops August 25th. Enjoy.

-AO

Jhené Aiko- Souled Out (Tracklist)

Jhené Aiko has revealed the tracklist for her upcoming album, Souled Out, and it is surprisingly lacking of features. Cocaine 80s is the sole feature on the first album single, “To Love & Die.” This is interesting because Jhené is really going to need her vocals to carry this album with no features to help her out. Seeing as how her entire catalog up to this point consists of about 5 notes, I’m a little skeptical, but I sincerely hope for the best lol. Enjoy.

1. Brave
2. To Love & Die (Feat. Cocaine 80s)
3. Beautiful Ruin
4. It’s Cool
5. Lyin King
6. Wading
7. The Pressure
8. Eternal Sunshine
9. Limbo Limbo Limbo
10. Promises
11. W.A.Y.S
12. Pretty Bird

-AO

Jhené Aiko-Souled Out (Album Cover)

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Jhené Aiko has revealed the album cover for her upcoming project, Souled Out. It looks pretty amazing. Souled Out drops September 9th. Enjoy.

-AO

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