February 2014


Lupe Fiasco ends the week with another freebie out the stash. After releasing “$nitches” with Ty Dolla $ign and “$nitches 2 (30s),” Chicago’s finest returns with something for the dope boys. Featuring Gizzle, the two tap into a different sound on “DopeBoysAtAllStarWeekend.” According to Lupe, this new release is a prelude to “$nitches 2 (30s).”

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Chris Brown will remain in rehab for another two months. The R&B singer appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday afternoon, for a progress report related to his 2009 assault case on Rihanna. An L.A. County Judge has ordered Brown to return to the anger management and drug rehab program at a Malibu treatment facility.

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A$AP Ferg is taking a big liking to Que’s trap anthem “OG Bobby Johnson.” The self-proclaimed Trap Lord, who appears on the official remix, still had a few more bars to let loose over the addictive knocking beat. Enjoy the latest from Ferg’s freestyle series, titled “S**t Y Not.”

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Beyoncé and “The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” has taken over Europe. On Friday night, Queen Bey was in the mood for some loving as husband Jay Z joined her on stage at The O2 Arena in London. Music’s favorite couple had the sold-out crowd rocking to their latest collaboration “Drunk In Love.”

The hit song currently sits at No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Bey’s European tour continues with five more shows in London before hitting Dublin, Cologne, Amsterdamn, Antwerp, Barcelona, and Lisbon.

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Dipset is forever. After teasing fans with previews on Instagram recently, Cam’Ron and The Diplomats have launched their Dipset USA clothing line. Partnering with online retailer Karmaloop for the exclusive collection, die hard fans of the Harlem-based rap collective have various items to choose from, all based around Dipset’s iconic eagle logo.

Ranging from $30-$90, you can head to Dipset USA’s official online store at Karmaloop to purchase. It includes t-shirts, crewnecks, hoodies, snapbacks, and beanies in various colors. Expect new additions to the line, including a womens collection later this year.

“We’re our own bosses, and all the profit comes back to us so we definitely going be around and we ain’t going nowhere. Besides that, there’s a whole new generation of Dipset coming up underneath us, so we’ll be around for a minute,” says Cam’Ron, who gives behind-the-scenes access of a recent photo shoot below.

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TDE are set to takeover 2014 with a total of six albums scheduled from their talented roster. We’ve already heard two — Isaiah Rashad’s Cilvia Demo and ScHoolboy Q’s Oxymoron — but the most anticipated is Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d city follow-up. In Billboard‘s new cover story on the West Coast crew, TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith indicates that Kendrick’s upcoming LP will arrive in September. What’s more, that long-awaited Black Hippy album is “likely” to see the light of day this year, according to TDE President Dave Free.

In 2014, TDE hopes to lock and load its most ambitious slate of releases: Rashad and the label’s first nonrap signing, New Jersey-based female singer-songwriter SZA, will be coming with albums, as will original team members Jay Rock and Ab-Soul. Meanwhile, Free thinks the long-awaited debut from Black Hippy – the supergroup featuring Lamar, Q, Rock and Ab-Soul – is likely to appear in 2014; Tiffith indicates that TDE is planning to release a new Lamar album this coming September, too.

Read Billboard’s full story on TDE here.

Kendrick Lamar Performs at NBA All-Star Saturday Night
Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q Share the Cover of Billboard Magazine
ScHoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad & SZA Speak On ‘Oxymoron’ (Video)

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Google Play spotlight ScHoolboy Q and his brand new album, Oxymoron, in the latest episode of Life & Rhymes. Q speaks on his start in rap, being addicted to prescription drugs, becoming a father, how his experiences in the streets play into his music, and his and Black Hippy’s success so far. Fellow TDE label mates Kendrick Lamar, Jay Rock, Isaiah Rashad and SZA also share their thoughts on Q’s album.

Pick up a copy of Oxymoron on iTunes.

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Styles P has been pretty consistent with his output over the last few years, dropping a solo album every year since 2011. He took to Twitter earlier today to announce that his new LP, Phantom and the Ghost, will arrive on April 29. It will serve as the follow-up to last year’s Float, which was produced entirely by Scram Jones. Let’s hope that long-awaited LOX album sees the light of day this year, too.

Stream The LOX’s New “The Trinity” EP
The LOX Announces ‘The Trinity’ World Tour
New Music: Styles P Feat. Action Bronson & Ea$y Money “All I Got”


Da Brat is still facing serious trouble for her 2007 club fight where another woman was hit with a liquor bottle. Though, the So So Def rapper did serve time in prison for the violent crime, that isn’t the end of her issues. Now, a jury has awarded the victim with a $6.4 million settlement. Ex NFL cheerleader Shayla Stevens looks to recieve quite a pay day for his 2009 lawsuit.

The jury found Da Brat responsible for causing Stevens’ permanent facial scarring, neurological impairment, and severe mental pain.

New Music: Jermaine Dupri Feat. Jagged Edge, Da Brat, Dondria, Fresco Kane & Bow Wow “Celebration”

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NYC’s Bishop Nehru has been working on one of underground rap’s most anticipated projects of 2014, Nehruvian Doom, which is, of course, produced entirely by DOOM. XXL recently caught up with the unlikely pair in London to get some insight on how they came together. DOOM does the majority of the talking and explains how they linked up organically through the mutual respect for each other’s work they share.

UPDATE: Watch part two below.

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