December 2017


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Fresh off putting out the Don’t Come Outside, Vol. 1 mixtape, Lenny Grant closes the year off with his “Rap Up 2017.” Grant, bka Uncle Murda, gives listeners an entertaining recap of the last 12 months and headlines that dominated. The Brooklyn veteran looks back at Meek Mill’s legal issues, Nicki Minaj breaking up with Meek and moving on with Nas, Colin Kaepernick, Remy Ma vs. Minaj, Cardi B dominating Billboard, Kevin Hart’s infidelities, Lonzo Ball, Joe Budden leaving Everyday Struggle, Cam’ron and Jim Jones getting back together, and more.

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As the year comes to an end, Skillz returns with annual “Rap Up.” Over 50 Cent and Joe’s Power theme song “Big Rich Town,” the Virginia lyricist touches on various subjects that dominated headlines in 2017. Skillz’ year-in-review looks back at Cardi B’s breakout year, Nicki Minaj and Meek Mill’s break up, Beyoncé breaking the internet with the announcement of her pregnancy with twins, LaVar Ball, O.J. Simpson being released from prison, Cam’ron vs. Ma$e, Tyrese drama, Eminem vs. Donald Trump and more.

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Travi$ Scott and Quavo gave music lovers the perfect Christmas gift, releasing their long-awaited Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho project nearly two weeks ago. Featuring appearances by Offset and Takeoff of Migos, the collaborative LP debuted No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

The 13-track album moved 90,000 units opening week, of which 17,000 were in traditional album sales according to Nielsen Music. Streams played a major part in the project’s success, earning 70,000 SEA units (equaling 105.3 million on-demand audio streams of the album’s songs during the week). The album only trailed Taylor Swift’s Reputation album, returning to No. 1 with 107,000 equivalent album units (79,000 were in traditional album sales) and Ed Sheeran’s ÷ (Divide) and No.2 with 92,000 units, powered by his Beyoncé-featured “Perfect” remix, enjoying three straight weeks on top of the Hot 100.

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As 2017 ends, BJ the Chicago Kid delivers the perfect soundtrack for those looking to mend past isssues and start off fresh. The Grammy-nominated singer connects with Lawrence Jones on the song “I’m Sorry.” On the soulful ballad, BJ asks a past love interest for forgiveness after breaking her heart. Wanting to move forward on a positive note, hear BJ’s touching apology below.

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MadeinTYO and Metro Boomin made headlines last week, when rumors started swirling that the two have a collaborative project on the way. Despite releasing the song “MadeInBoomin,” the Atlanta rapper and St. Louis producer soon after confirmed there’s no project coming and the news is false. Closing out a busy year, MadeinTYO drops a new track called “Showin Love.”

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First Sheek Louch, then Styles P, and now Jadakiss for the trifecta. Jadakiss completes a busy hour for The LOX this Friday, grabbing D-Block protégé Nino Man for a quick remix of Lil’ Baby’s “My Dawg.”

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Styles P has shown no signs of slowing down, giving us new original records and freestyles for nearly a month. The Yonkers MC drops two more tracks heading into New Year’s Eve. On “Ghost Says,” SP and D-Block’s Nino Man trade verses with Dave East over Common, Kanye West and John Legend’s “They Say.” The Ghost and Nino follow that up hopping on Kendrick Lamar’s “ELEMENT.” off DAMN.. Stream both below, plus watch the video for Styles P’s “Block Fear.”

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After putting out their #4NoReAsOn EP in October, The LOX’s Jadakiss and Styles P have kept busy feeding the streets with new music. Sheek Louch decides to join the action from his D-Block brothers, dropping some bars over DJ Premier and ASAP Ferg’s “Our Streets.”

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Just days after dropping their new single, Don Q and Desiigner return with the “Trap Phone” music video. As the rain pours, the Brooklyn and Bronx young stars pull out the minks and ride through the hood in a Rolls-Royce Wraith. Watch the performance clip from Highbridge and G.O.O.D. Music’s finest below.

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Shortly before Lil’ Wayne’s Dedication 6 arrived on Christmas Day, Weezy F. Baby revealed the mixtape has been split up into two parts. Soon after, Mack Maine confirmed Drake is one of the artists who will appear on part two.

Now moments after JAY-Z and Beyoncé debut their “Family Feud” music video, Weezy and Drizzy unleash their freestyle over the soulful track. On the remix, Drake touches on Wayne’s legal issues with Cash Money, wanting ownership in Apple Music, Meek Mill’s current legal issues and more. After the freestyle dropped online, Lil’ Wayne announced D6: Reloaded is coming soon.

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