T-Pain just made this weekend a whole lot better by digging into his vaults and dropping this surprise mixtape, Everything Must Go Vol. 1. The 13-track project is made up of “guaranteed original recordings straight from my home studio directly to you my fans,” T-Pain says, and includes a particularly unexpected collaboration with Joey Bada$$ and Joe Budden. The “Vol. 1” part suggests there’s more where this came from, too.

“Listen up! All music must go. I’m giving away all my unreleased music from the vault! The guaranteed original recordings straight from my home studio directly to you my fans!”

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Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, is set to release a new album called Negro Swan next week. True to his eclectic (and exclusive) tastes, the project features appearances from A$AP Rocky, Diddy, Project Pat, Steve Lacy, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Janet Mock and more. Last night, Rocky and Pat joined the London native on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to give a live debut to their Negro Swan collaboration “Chewing Gum,” which can be best described as ’80s synthpop meets ’90s Memphis rap by way of Harlem.

Negro Swan drops August 24.

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Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Garcia are back with a new season of their NPR podcast, What’s Good with Stretch & Bobbito. For the season two premiere, the rap radio legends sit down with Erykah Badu for a freewheeling conversation about spirituality, comedy, parenthood and more.

Ms. Badu, who made a surprise appearance on Stretch and Bob’s previous episode with Dave Chappelle, talks about becoming a certified doula, having a “terrifying” but profound out-of-body experience, the backlash to her Vulture interview, and that time Prince critiqued her demo.

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It’s been almost two years since he released his debut album Big Baby DRAM, but DRAM has been kindly keeping us fed this summer. Shortly after dropping his short-but-sweet That’s a Girls Name EP, the Virginia crooner is back with an official version of his cover of André 3000’s “Prototype” that he he’s been performing on the road. There’s no topping the original, of course, but that doesn’t mean DRAM’s raw, stripped down rendition isn’t a panty dropper.

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After dropping numerous mixtapes and EPs over the last few years, Atlanta’s Reese LaFlare has finally released his debut album. The self-titled project boasts appearances from the likes of Young Thug, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Smokepurpp and Yung Bans, but the guest list isn’t all trap crooners and new school rappers. Reese also nabs a guest verse from Pusha T, who slides through with another surgical verse on “Mood Ring,” which features one of the hardest beat switches I’ve heard this year.

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Cousin Stizz has kept pretty quiet since dropping One Night Only last summer, but trust his new album’s on the way. In the meantime, the Boston rapper keeps our thirst quenched with the release of this new three-song care package, All Adds Up. With the likes of Lil Rich, Mike Hector and Tee-WaTT (who also recently picked up credits on Mac Miller’s Swimming and Aminé’s ONEPOINTFIVE) supplying the speaker-slapping sounds, Stizzy hits the block on “Shop,” toasts to success on “Did It,” and continues to glo up on “Way Up,” which might just be the best of the bunch.

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Quality Control Music have built a roster of stars lead by Migos and Lil’ Yachty. With those acts established and running the charts, the label is working on a new crop of talent that includes Lil’ Baby, City Girls and U.K. artist Stefflon Don. The South London sensation now delivers her debut project with QC, SECURE. The 16-track mixtape features appearances by Future, DJ Khaled, Sean Paul, Popcaan, Sizzla and more. Paying homage to Lil’ Kim’s The Notorious K.I.M. on the cover, stream Stefflon Don’s
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Bun B is gearing up to release his new album, Return of the Trill, on August 31. It will serve as the UGK legend’s first album since 2013’s Trill OG: The Epilogue. The Underground King now returns with a new single, “Recognize.” With a classic southern sound, Bun B recruits a couple of familiar friends in T.I. and Big K.R.I.T. to join the ride. “Recognize” is available as a free download when fans pre-order the album now on iTunes.

Coming in at 13 tracks, Return of the Trill features guest appearances by Lil’ Wayne, Run the Jewels, 2 Chainz, Gary Clark Jr, 8Ball and MJG, Yo Gotti, Slim Thug, Leon Bridges, Giggs and more. Stream “Recognize” and see the full track list below.

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The entertainment world is mourning the loss of Aretha Franklin, after the iconic singer passed away on Thursday morning (Aug. 16). Ariana Grande was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to promote her new album, Sweetner. The pop singer was scheduled to appear in a few comedy sketches, but instead used her late-night appearance to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. Along with The Roots, Grande performed a rendition of Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Watch the emotional moment below.

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24Hrs puts out a warning to scheming dudes trying to get in with his girl. The R&B crooner drops a new record called “Don’t Mess,” which features a guest verse from YG. Produced by Hitmaka, the song’s chorus is a flip of Nivea’s 2001 hit-song “Don’t Mess With My Man,” featuring Jagged Edge and produced by Bryan Michael-Cox. Hear “Don’t Mess” from 24Hrs and YG below.

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