February 2019


Not long after dropping the Streams of Thought Vol. 2 EP with Salaam Remi, Black Thought is back with a new track produced by the nostalgia-steeped producer and composer Adrian Younge. If you’ve heard Younge’s work with Ghostface Killah (Twelve Reasons to Die), Royce Da 5’9″ and DJ Premier (PRhyme) or more recently Ali Shaheed Muhammad (The Midnight Hour), then you already know what kind of rich production to expect. And who better than Tariq Trotter to deliver a black history lesson in rhyme form?

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In addition to appearing on Good Morning America, 21 Savage sat down with The New York Times shortly after his release on bond from ICE custody. In a much more candid and reflective conversation than the one he had on TV, 21 speaks with Jon Caramanica about moving from London to Atlanta as a kid, growing up in the U.S. without a VISA, and the nightmare of facing deportation from the country he’s called home for the last 20 years.

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It was the perfect homecoming for J. Cole on Sunday night (Feb. 17), headlining the 68th annual NBA All-Star Game halftime show. Cole World, who grew up just three hours away in Fayetteville, North Carolina, took to the stage at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, delivering an incredible show. Wearing a throwback Charlotte Hornets Starter jacket, J. Cole opened his set with a performance of his new single “Middle Child” for the first-time live. The Dreamville star switched things up to is 21 Savage collaboration “a lot,” shouting out the Atlanta rapper, who is dealing with legal issues after being detained by ICE earlier this month.

Backed by singers and a full band, J. Cole moved from the crowd of screaming fans to the main stage where he closed his set with the songs “ATM, “Love Yourz” and “No Role Modelz.” Watch J. Cole’s full halftime show performance at the 2019 NBA All-Star Game below.

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The 68th annual NBA All-Star Game took place on Sunday night (Feb. 17), live from the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Right before tip-off between Team LeBron vs. Team Giannis, the star-studded teams were introduced with an explosive opening lead by Meek Mill. Backed by dancers, the MMG rapper kicked things off with a medley of “Championships (Intro),” “Going Bad,” “Uptown Vibes,” and his classic “Dreams & Nightmares (Intro).”

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In the midst of their current North American tour, Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y are back with another music video. Just days after giving fans “Forever Ball,” Spitta and Wiz drop the visual for “The Life.” In support of their 2009 joint album, the two rap stars give viewers some behind-the-scenes access backstage and on their tour bus. Light one up and watch below.

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Blueface’s club anthem “Thotiana” reached a new peak this week, rising to No. 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Last month, the rising L.A. rapper dropped a remix to his undeniable banger featuring YG. After Nicki Minaj released her own take on the record, Blueface returns with a new remix. Teased over the past few weeks, the Cardi B version is here for fans to enjoy. With Cole Bennett behind the lens, Blueface and Cardiana bring the fun and antics in their feel good music video.

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Wiz Khalifa and Curren$y’s 2009 joint album came out last week, featuring appearances by Ty Dolla $ign and Problem. Currently on tour across North America in support of the project, Khalifa and Spitta drop the first music video off the album “Forever Ball.” Hoodied up and enjoying the finest smoke, watch the performance visual below.

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Gangster Doodles, aka hip-hop illustrator Marlon Sassy, is following up his awesome 2017 book with a compilation album called Gangster Music Vol. 1. The project, dropping on March 1, features new music from KAYTRANADA, Max B, Jonwayne, Quelle Chris, Blu and more. Sassy’s biggest coup, though, is a collaboration between the elusive, legendary Madlib and his brother Oh No called “Big Whips,” which comes complete with an equally dope video that places Pink Panther in the hood.

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A slice with extra sauce from Dani’s House of Pizza followed by a cruise around Queens — Remy Banks has the perfect first date plans on his Valentine’s Day (late pass, I know) loosie, “Like Me…” KS-13’s horn-laced production is as smooth as the World’s Fair MC.

“Like Me…” is Remy’s first release since Champ Hoody Music Ep. 2, which features Wiki, Domo Genesis, Lansky Jones and ZeeloperZ.

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The Social Experiment’s Peter Cottontale came through with the perfect Valentine’s Day gift yesterday: a video for “Forever Always,” his lovey dovey collaboration with Chance The Rapper, Daniel Caesar, Rex Orange County, YEBBA and Madison Ryan Ward. Out of the stacked lineup, only Peter makes an appearance in the A Weird Life Films-directed clip, while the rest of the video is consumed by love of all different kinds. Even if Valentine’s Day really isn’t your thing, this video is guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

Stay tuned for Peter Cottontale’s debut album coming this Spring.

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