January 2018


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A$AP Rocky’s forthcoming third solo LP is one of this year’s most anticipated albums. Tirelessly working on the follow-up to 2015’s At.Long.Last.ASAP, the A$AP Mob leader gets us ready for Flacko season with a new track titled “5 Stars.” With no prior notice, Rocky surprises fans with the hard-hitting track uploaded to his SoundCloud on Tuesday (Jan. 23). The record also features additional background vocals by Big Baby DRAM, who A$AP Rocky worked with last year on “Gilligan.”

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Wiz Khalifa is ready for gametime in the music video “Letterman.” For the first visual ins upport of last year’s Laugh Now, Fly Later mixtape, the Taylor Gang general rounds up the varsity cheerleaders at an empty football stadium. Instead of prepping for a game on-field, the cheerleaders relax with some good smoke and liquor in the laid-back clip.

Watch “Letterman” below and click here for Wiz Khalifa’s interview on ItsTheReal’s podcast.

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Back in 2015, De La Soul launched a Kickstarter to help fund their ninth album And the Anonymous Nobody… The campaign was a huge success, raising over $600,000 — almost half a million dollars more than its initial target. So, too, was the album, which topped Billboard’s Rap Albums chart and earned a GRAMMY nomination.

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Mike WiLL Made-It’s Ransom 2 album came out last year, loaded with star power from the likes of Rihanna, Lil’ Wayne, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz and more. One of the standout tracks off the producer’s sophomore LP was “Aries (YuGo),” a collaboration with Pharrell (and his new rapping alter-ego Station Wagon P). Almost a year after Ransom 2 dropped, the Atlanta hitmaker calls on a few more friends to hop on the official remix.

On “Aries (YuGo) Part 2,” Mike WiLL taps Big Sean, Quavo of Migos, Rae Sremmurd, and brings back Pharrell from the original version. Stream the updated version below.

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Here’s our first look at Word Is Bond, an upcoming documentary that “examines the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop music.” Directed by hip-hop renaissance man Sacha Jenkins, the film features archival footage and in-depth interviews with MCs like Nas, Rakim, Pusha T, J. Cole, Vince Staples, Jadakiss, Styles P, Rapsody, Tech N9ne, Royce Da 5’9″, Freeway, Brother Ali and Rhymefest, who proudly proclaims, “Rap is like the Bible, G!”

Word Is Bond premieres Friday, February 16 at 10pm ET on Showtime. Watch the trailer below.

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After breaking out last year thanks to his production on Playboi Carti’s self-titled album, namely the top 30 hit “Magnolia,” Pi’erre Bourne is plotting his own success as a solo artist, not too unlike one of his musical idols. “Having seen what Kanye went through, I’m expecting people to be like, ‘Damn, this n*gga wanna rap too?’” he said in a recent interview with Pitchfork. “But the shit’s hard.”

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After rounding up Roc Marciano, Quelle Chris and Danny Brown for “The Appetite,” Dabrye lures out another underground legend for his latest single. On “Lil Mufukuz,” the Michigan producer laces MF DOOM with a chilling, thumping beat that sounds like it was made for Metal Fingers from the very first drum kick. Mind you, the pair previously linked up on 2006’s “Air.”

“Lil Mufukuz” is taken from Dabrye’s new album Three/Three, out February 16.

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On the latest episode of A Waste of Time with ItsTheReal, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal chop it up with one of the coolest guys in the game, Wiz Khalifa. The Taylor Gang chief reflects on growing up in Pittsburgh, performing in front of three people in NYC early in his career, and dropping his classic mixtape Kush & Orange Juice.

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Rolling Stone have unveiled their first — and fire — cover of 2018, graced by Migos. Penned by OG journalist Touré, the cover story shadows the Atlanta trio in late December as they finish their upcoming album CULTURE II (out January 26). Offset opens up about his relationship with Cardi B and goal to achieve generational wealth (Hov would be proud) while Quavo discusses the group’s beef with Joe Budden and his personal aspirations of becoming a movie star — both as an actor and producer.

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Fight On
 

ill Camille liberates her official visual for “Fight On.” Directed by Rippy Austin, the small screen interpretation of the Preston Harris & Damani Nkosi-assisted cut perfectly personifies the Heirloom standout and showcases the Westcoast native’s raw delivery.

Watch the captivating clip after the break and purchase the album in its entirety via iTunes here.

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