April 2017


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Katy Perry is getting set to give fans her new album, the follow-up to 2013’s Prism. The pop superstar released the single “Chained to the Rhythm” back in February, and after a remix with Lil Yachty, keeps the ATL flavor on a new offering. Katy serves up a feast with her brand new single “Bon Appétit,” featuring an appearance by rap’s hottest artists out right now, the Migos.

Fresh off a platinum-selling album in CULTURE, plus features on big pop records by Calvin Harris and Sean Paul, hear Atlanta’s Offset, Quavo and Takeoff bring their southern splash to Katy Perry’s “Bon Appétit” below.

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Majid Jordan delivered one of last year’s standout albums with their self-titled debut. After two headlining tours and recently performing at Coachella 2017, the Toronto duo of Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman return with their new single, “Phases.” Available now on iTunes and Apple Music, OVO Sound’s secret weapon comes through with an uptempo jam sure to have listeners dancing all-night this summer.

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Logic’s new album Everyday arrives next week on May 5 via via Visionary Music Group/Def Jam Records. Juicy J, Killer Mike, the legendary Chuck D, Black Thought, No I.D., and Neil deGrasse Tyson all make guest appearances on the follow-up to 2015’s The Incredible Story. Alessia Cara and Khalid are also featured on the album, coming together with the Maryland MC to bring awareness to suicide prevention on the song “1-800-273-8255.”

The track title isn’t a promotional number in which fans can contact the young phenom, but the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number, tackling a subject many listeners of all ages can relate to. The powerful record is available as a free download when you pre-order Everyday now on iTunes.

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Summer is near and Wale has the perfect soundtrack for the warmer season with his fifth solo LP,
SHINE. The follow-up to 2015’s The Album About Nothing is lead by the singles “My PYT,” “Running Back” featuring Lil’ Wayne, and “Fashion Week” with G-Eazy.

Standing for Still Here Ignoring Negative Energy, SHINE is 14 tracks with guest appearances by Chris Brown, Travi$ Scott, Major Lazer, WizKid, J Balvin, Davido, and Wale’s newborn daughter Zyla Moon. The D.C. rapper will embark on the 15-date “Shine” tour, kicking off May 5 in Atlanta, GA.

Stream the album in full below.

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Mary J. Blige channels recent personal pain and frustration on her 13th studio LP, Strength of a Woman. As the legendary singer fights through a messy divorce from her ex-husband Kendu Isaacs, the 45-year-old pushes on, giving fans her first full-length LP since 2014’s The London Sessions. The new album is lead by the singles “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson).”

Kanye West (“Love Yourself”), the trio of Missy Elliott, Quavo and DJ Khaled (“Glow Up”), Montreal DJ/producer KAYTRANADA (“Telling the Truth”), and Prince Charlez (“Smile”) all make guest appearances on the 14-track album, available now for purchase on iTunes.

Hear The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul on Strength of a Woman below.

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Kid Ink will be dropping a new EP titled 7 Series next week on May 5. The -track project features appearances by 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign, and Starrah. After spending big on “Lottery” last week, the Los Angeles rapper raps Canadian producer Murda Beatz on a new track off the EP, “Supersoaka.” Fans can receive the song as an instant download when you pre-order 7 Series on iTunes at midnight.

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Steve Aoki has collaborated with rap artists like Kid Ink, Waka Flocka Flame, and Machine Gun Kelly in recent years. The DJ/producer keeps that streak going, tapping 2 Chainz on his new single “Without U.” A record released with Canadian duo DVBBS, 2 Chainz graces the electronic fist-pumper with two guests verse and shows off his crooning skills on the song’s bridge.

Get “Without U” when it hits iTunes in North America at midnight. Stream below.

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Dreamville’s newest signee J.I.D. was put to the test on Wednesday (Apr. 26) during a visit to HOT 97. The Atlanta MC put his words to the mic, delivering a 7-minute freestyle over a few classic instrumentals including The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Who Shot Ya?.”

The Never Story is out now, watch the freestyle below.

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Tory Lanez is ready to own the summer. The Toronto singer/rapper has been warning the competition on his Twitter account recently, and now the takeover begins. For his first remix of the warmer season, Tory dips into the rapping, flowing effortlessly over DJ Khaled’s recent No. 1 Urban single “Shining” with Beyoncé and JAY Z.

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Casanova put out his debut project, Be Safe Tho back in February. Chris Brown, Streetrunner, Jahlil Beats, The Heatmakerz, and Reefa all contribute to the 14-track mixtape, which was released for free. The Warehouse Music Group/Roc Nation rapper stays on his toes in the video “Stick & Move.” Watch below as the Brooklyn native stays one step ahead of police on his trail.

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