June 2014


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Wiz Khalifa is planning on making the summer even more hotter. The Pittsburgh rapper has revealed the release date for his third major-label solo album, Blacc Hollywood. The follow-up to 2012’s O.N.I.F.C. LP is set to hit stores on August 19, Khalifa announced on Twitter. The new project is lead by the Detail-produced single “We Dem Boyz,” which is tearing up clubs worldwide and a popular song many rappers have remixed, including Diddy, Meek Mill, and French Montana recently.

Last week, Wiz released the Jim Jonsin-produced “KK” featuring Project Pat and Juicy J. UPDATE: Wiz releases the album cover, view below.

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Robin Thicke is making it known on the biggest stages that he is sorry. Back in May, the 37-year-old singer debuted the song “Get Her Back,” dedicated to his estranged wife Paula Patton, at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. On Sunday night, Robin took advantage of millions watching this year’s BET Awards, where he performed another new record off his upcoming Paula LP.

Titled “Forever Love,” the timid piano-driven record serves as a closer on Thicke’s new album due July 1. Listen below.

UPDATE: Stream Paula in full below before it hits iTunes — and wins back his estranged wife? — tomorrow.

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Waiting for a veteran rapper to drop an album is never fun, but it’s even less enjoyable when it’s AZ, who — let’s face it — hasn’t been relevant in almost 20 years. As each year passes by with no sign of his long-awaited Doe or Die II LP, you can’t help but to wonder how many fans even remember it’s supposed to exist, let alone be willing to cough up $10 for it.

So, as Sosa drops a new track out of the blue this morning, it’s hard to predict whether that means his elusive sequel is one step closer to landing on shelves. Still, that’s not to say that “Red Magic” doesn’t hit pretty hard, even if it sounds stuck in that A.W.O.L./The Format era. Then again, don’t we all want to return to a time when AZ was putting out projects on the (semi) regular?

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The BET Awards weekend means new singles from some of your favorite artists. The tradition continues this year as Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, The Game, and Jennifer Hudson have released new records. Common keeps the trend going, blasting off track No. 5 off his forthcoming Nobody’s Smiling LP in “Speak My Piece.” A familiar sample of The Notorious B.I.G. provided by No I.D., listen as Com Sense gets busy below.

Purchase “Speak My Piece” now on iTunes, and click here to pre-order Common’s new album. Arriving july 22, the album features appearances from Big Sean, Jhené Aiko, Vince Staples, Lil’ Herb, Cocaine 80s, and more.

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Last night, I hit the 2014 BET Awards with our cameras armed to catch all the backstage action. On our first stop, the red carpet, we caught up with trapstars Young Jeezy, YG and DJ Mustard who mobbed through as a trio. After touching on his upcoming album, the Snowman pulled his young West Coast homies along and put a new term into the air. Instead of accepting the label of O.G—Jeezy says he prefers to be called the O.T.—that’s “Original Trapper” in case you didn’t know. Check out the video to see if YG and Mustard approve.

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At the 2014 BET Awards on Sunday night, Jennifer Hudson had the main stage hot and heavy premiering her new single “It’s Your World.” A day after the show, Hudson partners with Shazam to exclusively debut the studio version. The funky cut, produced by house legend DJ Terry Hunter, features none other than R. Kelly who also who the feel-good dance number.

Get up and dance with J-Hud and the Pied Piper below.

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Earlier this month, The Game announced a new album and two singles were on the way. After giving fans the vicious “Bigger Than Me,” the Compton MC gets explicit with female listeners on “Or Nah.”

A bouncy party record, the song features Too $hort, Problem, AV, and singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger. The Game’s Blood Money imprint Blood Moon: Year Of The Wolf compilation LP arrives in September.

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Chris Rock may have taken a step back from stand-up recently, but his opening monologue at last night’s 2014 BET Awards proves that he’s still got it, and needs to get back up on the stage stat. Before Pharrell and Missy Elliott had the audience on their feet dancing, Chris had us all in stitches by roasting everyone from Kevin Hart and Donald Sterling to Jay Z and Rick Ross. We’re sorry, Hov, but this was too good not to tweet:

Watch Chris Rock’s hilarious monologue below…

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Here’s another reason why we love Erykah Badu. Over the weekend, she crashed a news report being shot by PIX 11 in New York as reporter Mario Diaz was reporting on Shia LaBeouf. While in Brooklyn to perform for the Do the Right Thing anniversary, She tried to plop a kiss on his cheek before getting brushed off. The best part was Badu’s hand motion… no it was the fact that Diaz’s wife witnessed the whole thing. Well, you get the picture.

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Nicki Minaj won big at the 2014 BET Awards last night. Aside from nailing her performance of “Chi-Raq” and “Pills N Potions,” Young Money’s First Lady scooped the award for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist — for the fifth year in a row — and made sure every other female rapper knew about it. But one in particular.

“What I want the world to know about Nicki Minaj… is when you hear Nicki Minaj spit, Nicki Minaj wrote it,” she said with all the sass, swagger and subliminal shots you want to see from one of the best female MCs of all time. “No shade” Nicki protested, but we all know there was one particularly light-shaded rapper (who has been plagued by rumors of using a ghostwriter) in the building she was addressing.

Still, that didn’t stop Nicki from enjoying Iggy’s (okay, we said it) performance. Shit on them then smile, Onika. Shit on them then smile.

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