July 2018


Jay-Z isn’t the only hip-hop legend involved in the upcoming documentary series Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story; Black Thought has been tapped to create the title track, “Rest In Power,” which reflects on Trayvon’s death and legacy in a way only Black Thought can. Today, he’s sharing the song’s accompanying video, which pairs shots of The Roots MC in NYC’s Gotham Hall with powerful images from the documentary. The video was directed by Rohan Blair-Mangat (Jay-Z “Bam, dvsn “Too Deep”).

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story premieres July 30 on Paramount Network.

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Almost five years after the release of Bastards of the Party, World’s Fair are back with their new album — and first release on Fool’s Gold — New Lows. Rest assured, the title is entirely ironic as the Queens collective make their return in top form across the 13-track offering. No guest features, but only because the chemistry between Remy Banks, Nasty Nigel, Lansky Jones, Jeff Donna, Cody B. Ware and Prince SAMO is tight enough already. Besides, there aren’t many rappers who could tackle the jungle grooves of “Elvis’ Flowers” or the industrial rock-infused “Birdman.”

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After star turns on Pusha T’s Daytona, Kanye West’s Ye and Nas’ Nasir albums, 070 Shake maintains her impressive run with the release of this new track, “Accusations.” The self-produced song, which she’s previewed numerous times since last year, finds the G.O.O.D. Music rookie wrestling with a bitter breakup.

Stay tuned for Shake’s new project Yellow Girl — the follow-up to this year’s Glitter EP — coming soon.

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Buddy’s debut album Harlan & Alondra is out today, but it hasn’t been an easy journey for the Compton rapper. In his new video for “Trouble On Central,” Buddy retraces his steps down Central Ave, where he’d run into all kinds of trouble growing up. Kendrick isn’t the only good kid who made it out the mad city.

Stream Harlan & Alondra here featuring Snoop Dogg, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Ferg and more.

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During a recent performance in Vancouver, Nardwuar caught up with Logic to talk about his old job at Jiffy Lube, sampling Cassius Clay and his dad’s music career in the D.C. go-go band Experience Unlimited. Nardwuar also showered Logic with gifts, including a J Dilla turntable, before getting showered himself — in silly string.

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The name Bobby Sessions may not ring the loudest bell, at least outside of his native Texas, but his music speaks volumes. The Dallas rapper proved exactly why Def Jam signed him earlier this year with the one-two punch of “Like Me” and “Pick a Side,” which tackle systemic racism and police brutality with Ice Cube-like ferocity (and striking visuals that DMX would be proud of).

Today, Bobby pours more fuel onto the fire that burns deep in his belly with the release of his new EP, RVLTN (Chapter 1): The Divided States of AmeriKKKa, featuring Killer Mike and ZYAH. With song titles like “Politics,” “Unchained” and “Black Neighborhood,” it’s safe to say he doesn’t hold his lyrically-sharp tongue on this nine-track project. Neither does Killer Mike, who shows up with a biting verse on the latter (“Jesus is a fraud, the black woman is God / ‘Cause n*ggas ain’t no marches if you ain’t got no Corettas“).

RVLTN (Chapter 1): The Divided States of AmeriKKKa is the follow up to Bobby’s 2017 EP Grateful, and will surely be followed by a full-length album on Def Jam.

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G.O.O.D. Music was in the house on The Tonight Show last night. With a little help from The Roots, Pusha T and 070 Shake performed their Daytona collaboration “Santeria” for Fallon’s audience, which included Pierce Brosnan and Deepak Chopra.

Speaking of G.O.O.D. Music, King Push’s Daytona Tour with Valee and Sheck Wes kicks off in Denver on July 31.

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Bobby Shmurda remains in high spirits as he does his prison time in Clinton. He checks in with ThisIs50 and opens up about how he is maintaining, alleged rap beefs, his high hopes for the future and more.

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N.O.R.E. has enjoyed success in the media world over the past few years with his Drink Champs podcast and On the Run television series. The veteran Queens MC returned to the music earlier this year, with his Pharrell-featured single “Uno Más.” The C-N-N member now announces his new album, 5E. Due July 27, the album will be released via N.O.R.E’s Militainment and Mass Appeal Records. The 11-song LP features appearances by The-Dream, Fabolous, Tory Lanez, Jadakiss, Wyclef and Sevyn Streeter. Norega’s long-time friend Fat Joe also makes two appearances on the album, including N.O.R.E.’s new single “Don’t Know.”

Hear it below and pre-order the album on iTunes.

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G Herbo and Southside have been teasing their Swervo project for quite some time now. The Chicago rapper and Atlanta producer announce fans can expect their joint album to arrive on July 27. Available for pre-order now, the 14-track LP features appearances by Young Thug, Chief Keef and Juice WRLD. Along with the album cover, G Herbo and Southside drop their new single “How I Grew Up” with a guest verse by 21 Savage.

See the track list and stream “How I Grew Up” below.

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