July 2017


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Toronto duo Majid Jordan are coming with a new album later this year. Singer Majid Al Maskati and producer Jordan Ullman announced their sophomore LP The Space Between on Monday (Jul. 31). The OVO Sound pair revealed the news on Instagram, informing fans the album will arrive this fall. Lead by the singles “Phases” and “One I Want” featuring PARTYNEXTDOOR, The Space Between serves as a follow-up to their self-titled LP, released back in February 2016.

Before their new project arrives, catch Majid Jordan at the 8th annual OVO Fest with Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn and Roy Wood$.

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Tee Grizzley made a name for himself with last year’s My Moment mixtape, lead by the JAY-Z co-signed record “First Day Out.” Last week, the up-and-coming star released the song “Teetroit,” a track off the soundtrack to Kathryn Bigelow’s new film Detroit. Based on the 1967 12th Street riot in Detroit, the film’s soundtrack also features contributions by The Roots, Bilal and more.

Grizzley is now back with an official video, starring 1960s Detroit Riot participants and their families, plus influencers from the city like Meech On Mars and Page Kennedy. Watch the music video below.

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2017 XXL Freshman and Pharrell’s i am OTHER protégé Kap G released his SupaJefe debut album back in April. Following the Chris Brown-featured “I See You” music video, Kap G is back with his potnas and visual graphics in the visual for “CEO.”

Watch below and get SupaJefe on iTunes.

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Lana Del Rey, Tyler, The Creator and Meek Mill headlined a busy album release day last Friday, and it was a close race. According to Chart Data, Lana Del Rey’s Lust For Life snagged the top spot on the Billboard after selling 103,000 equivalent album units in its opening week. Tyler’s Flower Boy came in at a close second with 100,000 sales, while Meek’s Wins & Losses landed at No. 3 with a first-week tally of 98,500. All three albums overachieved on their initial projections.

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Kendrick Lamar isn’t the only TDE member with amazing visuals. Teaming up with prolific director Nabil, SZA gives her CTRL album opener “Supermodel” a visual makeover that’s as magical as the song itself. Featuring fairy dust, fire crackers and half-nekkid shots of the New Jersey songstress, SZA gets her own back on the dude that left her lonely for prettier women — if that’s even possible.

UPDATE (10/27): After being an Apple Music exclusive for three months, the video is now available on YouTube. Watch below.

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Vic Mensa’s debut album, The Autobiography, released in-stores and all streaming services on Friday. With his Roc Nation debut now out, the Save Money artist appeared on The Breakfast Club to promote the project.

In their 44-minute conversation, Vic and The Breakfast Club crew discussed JAY-Z calling him a “once in a lifetime artist,” KRS-One getting him into Hip-Hop, treatment from Chicago police from a young age, dealing with drug addiction and suicidal thoughts, JAY-Z suggesting to remove a Lil’ Yachty diss line, the song “Homewrecker,” activism, his thoughts on DJ Akademiks, and resolving his beef with Chance the Rapper.

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Ugly God, who landed on this year’s XXL Freshman cover thanks to viral songs like “Water” and his infectious personality, has been a one-man show so far. But on his new single, “No Lies,” the hilarious Houston rapper shares the spotlight with Wiz Khalifa for a charming (in his own unique way) ode to his girl. The only catch: don’t waste his time.

“No Lies” is taken from Ugly God’s upcoming project The Booty Tape, which drops this Friday.

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It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire, the foul-mouthed Brooklyn rapper who burst onto the scene with “The Last Huzzah” a few years ago, but today he’s back with a new EP called Brainiac. Serving as eXquire’s first full-length release since 2015’s Live Forever, the six-song project contains grade-A raps over gully production from The Alchemist, Parallel Thought, Canya Reial and CONSTROBUZ. Fellow New Yorker Meyhem Lauren makes a solo guest appearance on “Bebop and Rocksteady,” which sounds like an early standout.

Word is eXquire is working on a new album called Black Genius, but in the meantime, stimulate your brain cells with his Brainiac EP below.

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Shea Serrano’s The Rap Year Book is one of the best hip-hop books around, up there with ego trip’s Book of Rap Lists and Dan Charnas’ The Big Payback. For those who have yet to experience the joys of Shea debating and deconstructing the most important rap song from every year since 1979 (in which case, you’re fucking up as a hip-hop fan), then you’ll want to tune in to this.

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In celebration of Mary J. Blige’s ‘What’s The 411′ LP 25th anniversary, producer/hip-hop blogger Ace Dizzy Flow delivers his latest instrumental EP ‘A Mary’s Joint.’ Featuring a lone co-production by Sunrize on “(U) Remind (ME) Part 2,” the 3-track body of work honors the R&B legend with a unique spin.

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