August 2018


KYLE’s Light of Mine debut album came out back in May, lead by the single “Playinwitme” featuring Kehlani. The California native gives the record a new look, returning with the official remix. For it, KYLE keeps Kehlani from the original version and adds a guest verse from Logic. Out everywhere now, stream it below.

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Nicki Minaj’s QUEEN album was in a battle with Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week. Leading up to the final numbers being revealed by Billboard, Minaj was already skeptical about the legitimacy of the results, at one point calling out the projections and telling fans to wait until Sunday (Aug. 19).

On Sunday, Billboard officially announced that Scott’s album went No. 1 for a second straight week with 205,000 equivalent album units moved (78,000 in traditional album sales). Minaj QUEEN debuts at No. 2, moving 185,000 equivalent album units (78,000 in traditional album sales). Shortly after the news broke, Minaj reacted stating that she indeed has the No. 1 album in the country and Scott’s method of selling merchandise and tour tickets with his album has holes in it and should not count towards sales.

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Last week, Juelz Santana pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft reports the Associated Press. The two charges are in relation to an incident at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport in March, where the Dipset rapper attempted to board an airplane with a loaded .38-caliber handgun and oxycodone pills. The government is suggesting 2-5 year sentence in prison for a plea agreement, though a judge can order the Harlem native to serve the maximum sentence of 20 years (10 years for each charge).

Until his sentencing arrives on Dec. 12, Santana is moving forward filming for VH1’s Love & Hip Hop NY and recording music. Soon after the news came out on Friday (Aug. 17), Juelz returns with a new bumping record for the streets called “Ez Work.” Out now on iTunes, stream it below.

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Kodak Black was arrested earlier this year for child neglect, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft of a firearm and marijuana possession after his Florida home was raided during an Instagram Live session. The charges of child neglect and grand theft of a firearm were later dropped, and the Broward County native would plead not guilty to the remaining two charges. After serving seven months of a one-year sentence, the 21-year-old was released from jail early Saturday morning (Aug. 18). Kodak was spotted leaving Broward County Jail, greeted by friends and his security team. The rapper smiled for the cameras, and quickly made his away to an SUV before being driven away.

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Nicki Minaj revealed earlier this week that a special physical edition of her new album QUEEN will be available for her Barbz. The Target exclusive physical CD includes two bonus tracks, the previously released “Barbie Tingz” and a song called “Regular Degular.” The latter is now out, and can be streamed in full below.

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Logic is one of many artists set to perform at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on Monday (Aug. 20). The Maryland MC will give the first live performance of his new single “One Day,” the Ryan Tedder-featured record released back in July. Logic and the One Republic singer/songwriter debut the official music video for their collaboration, an eye-opening visual that tackles deportation, the immigration laws, and racial tension under the Trump administration.

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Young Thug and YSL Records released their Slime Language compilation LP at midnight. Lead by Thugger Thugger, the project features appearances by Lil’ Uzi Vert, Gunna, Lil’ Baby, Jacquees and more. Hours after dropping the album, the Atlanta star returns with a music video for the song “Gain Clout.” Directed by Millicent Hailes, the visual is loaded with special effects as Young Thug is surrounded by cars, girls, and flames.

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Tamia is getting set to release her new album, Passion Like Fire, next month on September 7. “Leave It Smoking” is one of the singles currently in rotation to support the forthcoming project. The record now gets an upgrade, as the R&B veteran taps MMG’s Wale who adds an opening guest verse to the smooth uptempo jam. Passion Like Fire can be pre-ordered now here and the remix can be steamed below.

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T-Pain just made this weekend a whole lot better by digging into his vaults and dropping this surprise mixtape, Everything Must Go Vol. 1. The 13-track project is made up of “guaranteed original recordings straight from my home studio directly to you my fans,” T-Pain says, and includes a particularly unexpected collaboration with Joey Bada$$ and Joe Budden. The “Vol. 1” part suggests there’s more where this came from, too.

“Listen up! All music must go. I’m giving away all my unreleased music from the vault! The guaranteed original recordings straight from my home studio directly to you my fans!”

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Blood Orange, aka Dev Hynes, is set to release a new album called Negro Swan next week. True to his eclectic (and exclusive) tastes, the project features appearances from A$AP Rocky, Diddy, Project Pat, Steve Lacy, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Janet Mock and more. Last night, Rocky and Pat joined the London native on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to give a live debut to their Negro Swan collaboration “Chewing Gum,” which can be best described as ’80s synthpop meets ’90s Memphis rap by way of Harlem.

Negro Swan drops August 24.

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