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Our very own Miss Info is down in Miami for this year’s Art Basel, and she’s co-hosting a special instalment of Public School NYC’s WNL Radio this weekend. She’ll be talking politics, culture and, of course, music alongside the likes of Stretch & Bobbito, Ronnie Fieg, Fonzworth Bentley, Akinyele, Heron Preston, Uncle Luke and many more.

The broadcast runs between noon and 8pm EST today and tomorrow (December 3). Tune in below!

Update: Mos Def is debuting new music now and announced 2 new albums (one with Mannie Fresh).

Update 2: Nahright posted footage of Mos performing at Art Basel.

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(Gucci in Soho with my man Kristoff [Charlie Murphy’s son])

The day after Gucci Mane clipped off his house arrest anklet, he and wifey Keyshia Ka’oir flew to New York City. While there, he not only made stops at Vogue, GQ , and XXL, but he also was spotted shopping at VFiles, KITH, and the home team, Stadium Goods. Matter of fact if you check out his GuwopSnaps Snapchat account it looks like Wop shot something special at Stadium Goods with Complex.

On Thursday night, Gucci’s team held an intimate dinner party for him at Dirty French, with everyone from media editors, fashion insiders, music personalities, and bosses from Atlantic Records, Nike, Unilever, and more. Our very own Miss Info was there and talked to Gucci about his upcoming tour plans. Afterwards, everyone went to the celebrated hot spot, Up and Down.

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Gucci Mane’s Homecoming Concert at the Fox Theater in Atlanta opened with his long-time producer Zaytoven, in red suede, at a white grand piano…tickling the ivories like some kind of Trap Bobby Short while Gucci rapped for the first time in years to sold-out stands filled with his most devoted.

The light melodies and the heavy rhymes were a perfect mismatch…and a reflection of Zay himself.
While in New York City to promote his new book for aspiring producers, “From A To Zay,” the 36-year-old piano-playing, church-going, family man who, according to Sonny Digital and Metro Boomin’, is the “godfather” of the trap sound, joined me on my new TuneIn streaming radio show to talk about what it’s like to be the most sober man in the room…

How he ended one of Gucci Mane’s saddest beefs with the man who started it all with him
What he has planned with his ‘Beast Mode’ partner, Future…
The difference between him and some of Atlanta’s other production stars…and more.
Zaytoven also gave me one of the most illuminating explanations of why trap music is teflon from rap elite criticism. It was a really interesting conversation and I hope you guys enjoy it.

We’re playing highlights from the Zaytoven x Miss Info interview starting at 1pm EST on my streaming show on TuneIn’s new Hip Hop Beat station…click here to listen.

Or you can check out the full length conversation after the jump…


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I worked my whole life for this…🔑” -DJ Khaled on his Epic Records partnership.

On the heels of what has been a year of massive mainstream saturation…DJ Khaled called us to give us the good news that he’s brought his We The Best label over to Epic Records and will be releasing his 9th solo album, Major Key, there as well. So as both label head and artist, Khaled will be partnering with Epic’ chief LA Reid, no stranger to cross-pollination of fame himself. It’s a reunion of sorts, since LA Reid gave Khaled his first major distribution deal for We The Best while heading Def Jam in 2008. As Khaled and I discussed in the cover story of SneakerNews Volume Three, We The Best is celebrating it’s 10 year anniversary…at the same time as Khaled is reveling in being Snapchat’s 6-million-follower man, and becoming a fixture on everything from Beats1 (We The Best radio show) to Jimmy Kimmel Live. As for the leak about an upcoming collabo featuring Jay-Z and Future? Khaled promises that’s just one of the big treats he has in store.

Read Khaled’s every hyperbolic statement about the new deal…and watch his short “energy” vlog…
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This really should have happened ages ago. Beyonce has effectively been the definition of that “gym life” since…pre-pubescence, so for her to not have a line of leggings and sports bras is pretty much a gaping hole in American capitalism. But all’s well, the queen will still make an absolute killing when her Ivy Park “athleisure” (as if we need a tag word to give women a reason wear spandex while doing errands on a Sunday) hits the market in April. The mid-priced ($30 to $200) line will be available at Beyonce’s Ivy Park site, Nordstrom’s, Topshop (Beyonce partnered w/ Topshop’s founder Sir Phillip Green on the line), and Net-a-Sporter. Finally all of the young women (and men) uploading their own versions of Bey’s “Formation” video (some, very inappropriate) will at least be able to do so in Beyonce-sanctioned stretch pants : )


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This is the most excited I’ve been about a new song in a really really long time. More excited than I was before Kanye’s Yeezy Season 3 and The Life Of Pablo unveiling. More excited than I was for What a Time To Be Alive to finish downloading. More excited than I was waiting for Kendrick’s Grammy set to start (although, in the end, that set blew me away). I just feel like I’ve been waiting (and more importantly, waiting in the dark) for proof of life from Jai Paul for so long.

Finally, there is new music!


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Ta-Nehisi Coates is certainly reaping the rewards of his hard and excellent work…after writing the award-winning “Between The World and Me,” a gut-wrenching book about racism in America, Coates was not only given a MacArthur “genius” grant (which is basically a lump of cash to ensure you have the freedom to pursue your creative goals without worry for the rent), but he also got the chance to live out a childhood dream…to revive Marvel’s first black superhero series from the 1970’s, Black Panther. Coates writes about how comic books influenced his thinking and his work, and gave his former workplace, The Atlantic, a sneak peek at what the new Black Panther, as drawn by Brian Stelfreeze.

Some of the best days of my life were spent poring over the back issues of The Uncanny X-Men and The Amazing Spider-Man. As a child of the crack-riddled West Baltimore of the 1980s, I found the tales of comic books to be an escape, another reality where, very often, the weak and mocked could transform their fallibility into fantastic power. That is the premise behind the wimpy Steve Rogers mutating into Captain America, behind the nerdy Bruce Banner needing only to grow angry to make his enemies take flight, behind the bespectacled Peter Parker being transfigured by a banal spider bite into something more.

See more of the preview of Marvel’s Black Panther revival, and watch a video of Coates…
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13 Hours: The Secret Soliders of Benghazi..I mean…it can’t actually get worse than this, right? Michael Bay and assorted Hollywood slopchops deciding that they’re the right folks to turn the 2012 terrorist attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, Libya (that left 2 American diplomats and 2 CIA agents dead) into their own personal chest-thumping Zero Dark Transformers moment. Woo-Ah!

But Bay isn’t Kathryn Bigelow (although he does somewhat remind me of another Hollywood megalomanic, Bigelow’s former husband James Cameron). Michael Bay is the man who made last year’s important cultural contribution…the movie Ouija. Yes. Based on the board game for paranoid schizophrenics. Along with all the Transformers, Purges, Bad Boys (those were actually pretty good), and The Rock (again, a retro favorite but in hindsight, cheesy).

Judging from this fantastically cringe-worthy red-band trailer…Jim Halpert AND Roy Anderson from “The Office” (actors Jim Krasinski and David Denman) are two of the real life Navy Seals who rushed to the embassy after it was attacked, along with a few other B-level mall-heartthrobs, like “Pornstache” from “OITNB” (actor Pablo Schreiber, brother of Liev).

Just watch it, after the jump, and count the Michael Bay movie-franchise mashups…

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Miss Info: As the days gets shorter and colder and darker here in New York City…the perfect antidote for the seasonal blues is this new EP ‘BirdsIView’ from 23-year old Los Angeles singer/rapper Tyler Thomas. Thomas has been on his independent grind for the past few years, catching the attention of industry insiders with “Whiskey on the Rocks” back in 2012 and his 2013 Higher Learning EP…but now, under the executive-production direction of Grammy-winning squad The Stereotypes, Thomas is primed for the big-time.

This week, Thomas dropped a video for the very PCH-drive-ready “Make Me Go” (above)…But so far, my favorite track has been the grittier “Lincoln Ave.”

Watch Tyler’s “Lincoln Ave” video and download his ‘Birds I View’ EP…
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Amy Schumer, arguably the hottest comic in the game right now, gets her first chance to host Saturday Night Live tonight…but music fans will be even more excited about musical guest, The Weeknd. (Check out Amy and The Weeknd’s SNL promos) The cruciferous-haired singer has the number 1-song in the country with “The Hills,” and in advance of his performance, he dropped the new remixes featuring Nicki Minaj and Eminem. Talk about the one-two punch.

Check out “The Hills” Remixes featuring Nicki and Eminem after the jump…

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