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Last week, I met young Makonnen and his team of two, Pres and Adrian, at the station. Little did he know, the conversation that directly preceded his arrival was one that I’m sure jaded industry cynics have been having about Makonnen ever since Drake shoved the Atlanta-based singer-rapper-songwriter into his sphere of influence. “What’s the big deal with this kid? Why are you repping for him? He must have some famous team behind him? What’s in it for you?”

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Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian

The stars were out for the 17th annual GQ Men of the Year Awards in London, England on Tuesday night. Kim Kardashian, Rita Ora, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Nicole Scherzinger, and models Cara Delevingne and Jourdan Dunn were all smiles, showing off their stunning figures during red carpet arrivals. For Kardashian, the reality tv star was named “Woman of the Year” by GQ, accompanied by husband Kanye West, who she thanked during her speech. “What a huge honour to win Woman of the Year. It’s so special. I want to thank my husband for making me feel like the Woman of the Year every single day.”

Continuing an incredible 2014, Pharrell Williams was named “Solo Artist of the Year.” “I know you guys are, like, ‘enough – we get it, you’re happy’,” said the hitmaking producer during his acceptance speech. “I don’t really deserve best solo artist. My team, my friends and my family deserve this award because it was a collective effort. I also want to take this moment to acknowledge Yves Carcelle,” he finished off.

Other winners included Jonah Hill, Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, and race car driver Lewis Hamilton. For a full list of this year’s winners click here, and check out photos from the 2014 Men of the Year Awards below.

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audio push

HS87 and MMG come together for a second time this summer (it’s still technically summer, right? Right?!) as Audio Push tap Rockie Fresh for their new track, “No Secret.” This hard-hitting, slow-crawling banger is the second offering in Pricetag and Oktane new weekly music series to celebrate hitting 40k Twitter followers. You can also check out the first freebie “Mary Jane,” which we missed because, uh, too much mary jane.

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Joell Ortiz is set to release his new album House Slippers on September 16. Getting fans ready for the full-length project, the Brooklyn MC rounds up those he knows best, his Slaughterhouse family on “Brothers Keeper.” Produced by The Heatmakerz, enjoy the lyrical feast from Ortiz, Royce Da 5’9″, Joe Budden, and Crooked I.

Pre-order House Slippers on iTunes.

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nba live 15

With Kevin Durant on the cover and Pharrell as resident DJ, 2K Sports look pretty likely to extend their dominance on the virtual hardwood in 2015. Then again, it’s not like they’ve had the toughest of competition over the last few years. But after pulling the plug on their embarrassing NBA Elite series, EA Sports have doubled down and are promising their strongest effort yet with NBA Live 15.

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usher the ur experience tour

Usher has served up some strong singles as he preps his the follow-up to 2012′s Looking 4 Myself, but he’s also getting ready to embark on his first tour in three years. Today the veteran crooner announced The UR Experience Tour, a 27-city R&B roadshow that will take him across North America this Fall. The tour kicks off in Montreal, QC on November 1 first and comes to a close in Tampa, FL on December 14. Current R&B heartthrob August Alsina and New York native DJ Cassidy will open for Usher, while more “special guests” are in store.

Tickets go on sale September 8 at 10am EST.

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london

Following up Theophilus’ Lovers Holiday 2, the Brooklyn bred rapper debuts a new song with singer Jesse Boykins III. The upbeat dance track is the perfect flow for London to end the summer with. The cover was shot by Karl Lagerfeld with art direction by Virgil Abloh (Off-White designer) from Kanye’s team. Apparently, DONDA helped pair Lagerfeld and Theo together.

Vibes will also be the name of his album set to drop in October.

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The Snowman is enjoying the release of his new project, Seen It All, today and has a brand new The Source cover to go along with that. Despite a new court case looming over his mental, Jeezy is pushing forward with his opus. In a few excerpts from his cover story, Jizzle talks about the tragedy in Ferguson and trying out for the Tupac Broadway play.

On Ferguson:
Jeezy: I just feel like, when things like this happen, you have to build trust within the community. They did all the wrong things. Instead of going there and trying to resolve the situation, they went in there with tasers, riot guns and riot forces, and you can’t come to my neighborhood and not expect us to stand up for what we believe in. You know, that type of sh*t happens in Iraq, that doesn’t happen in Ferguson.”

Purchase Seen It All on iTunes.

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jhene

Sporting some blonde lochs, songstress Jhene Aiko sings about “The Pressure” she faces as a mother, lover and artist. Featuring a cameo from her daughter, the stark video helps bring her lyrics to life and opens up viewers into her own mind. Call it her Pandora’s Box if you will.

Jhene’s upcoming album, Souled Out, is slated for release on September 9.

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interview

In the conclusion of A$AP Rocky’s SVDDXNLY documentary with VICE, the Harlem trendsetter reflects on all that he has accomplished in a few short years. Throughout the final episode, we hear from Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Riff RaFF and even Rocky’s supermodel girlfriend, Chanel Iman.

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sisqo

R&B beef usually never ends well for either party involved. It’s simple. Singers should stay singing and leave that WWF stuff to rappers. Well, that’s a pretty ignorant statement in itself but you know what I mean. Unfortunately for Sisqo and Jagged Edge’s Kyle, their catfight was caught on the Gram during an Old School concert at the Concord Pavilion in California.

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