May 2018


Known as of of Hip-Hop’s premier lyricists, Black Thought has never put out a full solo project despite fans asking for one over the past decade. The Roots member finally delivers for his long-time fans, releasing the Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 EP. In collaboration with producer 9th Wonder, the 5-track project includes guest appearances by Rapsody, KIRBY, and Styles P who appears on the previously released “Making a Murderer.”

Hear Streams of Thought, Vol. 1 below.

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MadeinTYO is ar artist that consistently put out records for his ever growing fan base. The Atlanta artist is back with not one, but two records heading into the weekend. Playing off the popular character from The Simpsons, MadeinTYO links up with A$AP Ferg on “Ned Flanders.” On the second offering, TYO keeps it solo on “Club Close.” Out now on all streaming services, listen to both songs below.

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Kanye West is set to release his 8th studio album at midnight, the second of five projects executive produced by West dropping in the coming weeks. Titled YE, the album comes after Pusha T’s DAYTONA last week, and ahead of June releases for Nas, Teyana Taylor and Kanye’s joint project with Kid Cudi. The rapper/designer is hosting a listening session for his new album in Wyoming on Thursday night (May 31), where members of the music industry have all flown out to experience the 7-track offering.

Def Jam CEO/President Paul Rosenberg, Kanye’s former manager Scooter Braun, Loud Records’ Steve Rifkind, Chris Rock, Nas, Kid Cudi, 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Teyana Taylor, Fabolous, Lil’ Yachty, actor Jonah Hill, Ty Dolla $ign, Tim Westwood, DJ Semtex, Desiigner, Damon Dash, Pusha T, Bump J, Francis and the Lights’ Francis Farewell Starlite are some of the notables who have made their way to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, along with various media outlet writers and tastemakers. Kanye will be live streaming the event via the WAV Media app, starting at 10 p.m. EST (see below).

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It been two years since Swizz Beatz put out his own solo music. The in-demand producer can always be heard contributing on other records, most recently working with Nipsey Hussle and the Freddy vs. Jason duo of Fabolous and Jadakiss. As the east coast heats up for the summer season, Swizzy returns to the music with a new record called “It’s Okayyy.” Out now on iTunes, stream it below.

UPDATE: Swizz Beatz announced in an Instagram post early Friday morning (now deleted) that his new studio album is titled Poison. Swizzy’s first project since 2007’s One Man Band Man will hit stores on July 20.

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A$AP Ferg has been one of the hottest — and proudest — products to come out of Harlem in the last few years. And on this new song, “Harlem Anthem,” Ferg puts his borough on his back while borrowing the fittingly triumphant backdrop of Pharoahe Monch’s Public Enemy-inspired “Welcome to the Terrordome” (which itself is built from a sample of Third Avenue Blues Band’s “Come and Get It“). Of course, it wouldn’t be a Harlem anthem without name dropping Cam and Ma$e.

“Harlem Anthem” is taken from the upcoming Uncle Drew soundtrack (out June 15), which also features new music from A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz, French Montana, Logic, Wiz Khalifa and more.

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It only feels like last week when we were saying, “Gorillaz back!” But after making their comeback with Humanz in 2017, Damon Albarn’s digital outfit are wasting little time in releasing a follow-up album, The Now Now, which he’s announced is dropping on June 29.

Unlike their previous record, which featured everyone from Pusha T and Popcaan to Danny Brown and De La Soul, this new one contains a noticeably smaller supporting cast that includes Snoop Dogg, Jamie Principle and jazz legend George Benson, who guests on the album’s lead single, “Humility.” Oh, and Jack Black takes the starring role in the song’s accompanying video. Because why not?

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Red Bull’s 2018 Music Festival closes with Oscar Boyson’s RAMMΣLLZΣΣ documentary It’s Not Who But What. The short film is about the legendary artist, graffiti writer, hip-hop pioneer, myth-maker, and New York cult icon — who is often overlooked when the origins of true NYC hip-hop culture is being discussed.

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Coming off the release of “Ain’t Yo Girl” featuring Cash Money’s Jacquees, K-Major is not resting on his laurels. With the momentum for his forthcoming album still rising, he doubles down on his successes with the release of his follow-up single “Proud To Beg” which features close friend and fellow singer/songwriter SoMo.

This isn’t their first rodeo as the pair have a history of creative collaborations such as “Contraband” and “Wake Up Call” off of SoMo’s latest project and SoMo’s previous singles “First” and “Champion.” from the sophomore album ‘The Answers.’ The very smooth cut finds both K-Major and SoMo showcasing their vocal talents over the melodic tune about bringing you and your lady bringing home a friend together.

Stream the cohesive cut after the jump and purchase the song via iTunes here.

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Tierra Whack makes her long awaited return with a new 15-minute video that features 1 minute snippets from a number of new tracks. The Philly native is set to release more new music and visuals later this year.

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Def Jam’s new recruit YK Osiris taps Lil Uzi Vert for his “Valentine (Remix).” The Jacksonville raised trap-crooner also recently stopped over to Genius where I interviewed him about the single for Verified.

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