November 2012


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Being a DJ under YMCMB sure has its benefits. DJ Stevie J released The Appreciation Vol. 5 mixtape today, included is an exclusive track from Weezy F. Baby. Tunechi puts the rapping on the side, and gets to the crooning on the Jahlil Beats and Key Wane-produced “Awkward.” I Am Not a Human Being II arrives February 19, 2013.

Stream “Awkward” after the jump….

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After his strip club anthem “Bandz a Make Her Dance,” Juicy J plans to “Show Out” in style with his new single. Produced by Mike Will Made It, Mr. Turn Up calls on Young Jeezy and G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean on the ratchet party tune. Rap Radar’s Elliott Wilson had the green light to premiere the song on his weekly EVR Radio show on Friday evening. Expect the collaboration to appear on Juicy J’s Stay Trippy album, due in 2013 on Taylor Gang/Kemosabe/Columbia Records.

Party with the trio after the jump….

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Fans have been wondering, what does Young Jeezy have cooking up? A few moments ago on Twitter, Jeezy revealed his plans. Along with DJ Drama, The Snowman announced he’ll be releasing a new mixtape titled Its Tha World (Es El Mundo). Expect the project to arrive on Wednesday, December 12 (12.12.12). Safe to say Snow Go will deliver top notch production and features on his new free offering.

After the jump, Jeezy joins 2 Chainz for “Supafreak” during his “B.O.A.T.S.” tour stop in Atlanta…..

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As French continues this back-and-forth with 50 Cent on Twitter, the Coke Boys leader continues to flood the internet with new virals. The latest, a video for the Harry Fraud-produced “Only If For a Night.” Montana brings you along for a wild night in Las Vegas which includes hard partying, heavy flossing, and of course, plenty of ladies. Find the intro off Frenchie’s Mac & Cheese 3 mixtape out now.

Watch the video for “If Only For a Night” below…..

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Gunplay fears little and cares even less about what people think about him. This time he linked up with Memphis trap boy, Yo Gotti, to discuss dealers. The drug kind. There’s no telling if this will be included on his Def Jam debut, but it should hold thirsty fans over for at least the weekend. (spotted at Eskay’s)

Listen to new music from Busta Rhymes after the jump…

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Well, we all knew who Pusha was talking about even without hearing the actual song. Earlier this week a snippet of Ludacris “Tell Me Why They So Mad For” leaked to the internet, and featured a scathing verse from P. While we didn’t get to actually hear the actual rhymes, Splash provided us with a transcription. He was clearly taking shots at Wayne, with lines like: “N*ggas saying you was better when the drugs was in your system/Now your crack swag gone ever since u came from prison/Got you tweeting all stupid, is you skatin’, is you dissin.”

Last night, I got a chance to speak with Pusha at VIBE’s V-Mix concert about the track and he confirmed he was definitely talking about Weezy and Birdman.

“It’s new and was for Luda’s album,” Pusha tells VIBE. He also explained his motivation for the record. “Oh, because it’s a Swizz beat. You got to blame Swizz. See, when Wayne got a Swizz beat… with the “Ghoulish” track; he got busy, well, he tried to.”

Watch Pusha’s exclusive interview after the jump…
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Jamie Foxx laced Rick Ross with some heat for his contribution to the Django soundtrack. Rozay put some serious thought into “100 Black Coffins.” He goes beyond his usual subject matter and drug-thug tales. The Quentin Tarantino film’s OST will hit retailers on Dec. 18. Read the VIBE cover story with Leonardo Dicaprio, Kerry Washington, and Jamiee Foxx here.

Listen to the track after the jump…

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Here’s another piece from Chrisette Michele’s Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation, which will be released online on December 8. She calls on her pals Dunson and Bilal to help create a jazzy track for this nostalgic video. In the black and white visuals, classic images of Audrey are intertwined with clips of Chrisette reenacting the classic shots.

A fun lil Audiovisual Presentation Konee Rok and I drummed up. The concept is “Prisoner of a Still Picture” Dunson and I are stuck in the iconic photography of Audrey and the great Sir Davis. We pose in these lyrics, the question, “Can The Cool Be Loved?” From our Art to Yours… Enjoy.

watch the full video after the jump…

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This week Forbes ranked their annual Highest-Paid Musician list for 2012, and the results may surprise you. Superstars from all genres ranked in the top 25, which also included a few rappers and singers. Rihanna came in at #13 with 55 million, Diddy at #15 with 45 million, Beyonce at #18 with 40 million, Jay-Z at #20 with 38 million, and Kanye at #22 with 35 million. However, the top spot went out to Mr. Beats By Dre himself. Were you surprised?

1. Dr. Dre ($110 million)
His long-awaited album, Detox, is still on the shelf, but Dre still rakes in cash from old albums, production and the occasional concert. And then there’s that headphone line. The superproducer collected $100 million pretax when handset maker HTC paid $300 million for a 51% stake in the company last year, at the beginning of our scoring period (earlier this year, he and his partners bought back half of what they sold).

2. Roger Waters ($88 million)
A founding member of Pink Floyd, Waters continues to rake in cash from his The Wall Live tour, in which he plays the aforementioned album straight through. According to Billboard Boxscore, he grossed $131 million from November 2011 to May 2012 alone.

Check out more of 2012′s highest paid musicians after the jump…

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What better way to promote your upcoming single? By dropping a free project of the same name. Tyga plans to murder the competition with 187, his new mixtape leading up to the release of his Rick Ross-assisted single. The nine songs feature the Young Money rapper remixing fan favorite songs from Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Chief Keef and Trinidad James.

T-Raww’s free mixtape should hold fans over until his “187″ single arrives. His collaboration with The Bawse is the first offering off Hotel California, set to arrive in March 2013.

Stream and download Tyga’s 187 mixtape below….

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