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The wait is over! Drake’s highly-anticipated fourth solo LP VIEWS has arrived. The follow-up to 2013’s Nothing Was The Same consists of 20 tracks, including the singles “One Dance,” “Pop Style,” and the smash-hit “Hotline Bling.”

Rihanna, Future, PARTYNEXTDOOR, WizKid, dvsn, and the late Pimp C make guest appearances on the album, as Kanye West, Boi-1da, Noah “40” Shebib, Metro Boomin, Southside, Cardo, and Nineteen85 lead an all-star cast of producers.

Premiered exclusively on Apple Music’s Beats 1 during an interview with Zane Lowe, get Drizzy’s new full-length LP below.

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Freeway is back. The Philadelphia MC returns with his first solo LP in four years, Free Will. The follow-up to 2012’s Diamond in the Ruff and 2014’s Broken Ankles collaborative LP with Girl Talk can be streamed in its entirety, hours before it’s set to drop at midnight.

The 15-track LP features guest appearances by Young Buck, Raheem DeVaughn, and more. Head to iTunes to pre-order your copy and stream below.

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Many were glued to their TV screens on Saturday night (Apr. 23), as Beyoncé premiered her one-hour long LEMONADE special on HBO. With little details known, it turns out Queen Bey’s primetime event was a 60-minute visual of her new album of the same name.

Shortly after the premiere, the pop superstar released the 12-track album that includes the single “Formation.” Available exclusively on TIDAL, LEMONADE includes guest appearances by The Weeknd, James Blake, Kendrick Lamar, and Jack White. Just Blaze, Diplo, Mike WiLL Made-It, Boots, Hit-Boy and more contribute on the production side. The album comes four days before Beyonce is set to kick off her “Formation World Tour” with special guest DJ Khaled on Apr. 27 in Miami, FL.

Stream LEMONADE and check out the credits below. UPDATE: LEMONADE is now available for download on TIDAL for $17.99. According to various reports, the album will also be available for download on both iTunes and Amazon at midnight (Apr. 25). Physical copies are set to arrive later this week, as TIDAL will continue to hold exclusive streaming rights.

UPDATE #2 (4/25): The album can now be bought on iTunes by clicking here.

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The T.I.-lead Bankroll Mafia collective first made their introduction last summer with the song “Bankrolls On Deck.” The crew of TIP, Young Thug, Shad Da God, and PeeWee Roscoe now deliver their debut project, Mafia History.

Available exclusively for streaming on TIDAL and purchase on iTunes, the 17-track LP features guest appearances by Migos, Lil’ Yachty, Bankroll Fresh, and more.

Stream Mafia History below and watch Bankroll Mafia’s “Smoke Tree” video here.

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Three years after the release of his Trap Lord debut album, A$AP Ferg follows that up with his sophomore effort Always Strive And Prosper. The 18-track LP is lead by the singles “New Level” featuring Future, and “World Is Mine” with G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean. A$AP Mob, Missy Elliott, Chris Brown, Rick Ross, ScHoolboy Q, Ty Dolla $ign, Skrillex, Chuck D, and Lil’ Uzi Vert also make guest appearances on Fergenstein’s new album available now on iTunes.

A$AP Ferg will be supporting the album on the 25-date “Level Up Tour” with Tory Lanez, kicking off May 18 in Philadelphia.

Stream Always Strive And Prosper below.

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Royce Da 5’9″‘s Layers solo LP arrives later this week on April 15. The Detroit MC decides to make the full album available for stream on SoundCloud before it hits stores. T

he 17-track project, which can be pre-ordered on iTunes, features contributions from Rick Ross, Pusha T, S1, Mr. Porter, DJ Khalil, Jake One, Nottz, and more.

Press play on Layers below and get Royce’s Trust the Shooter EP here.

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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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Close friends and frequent collaborators Big Sean & Jhené Aiko come together, forming the duo TWENTY88. The Detroit rapper and angelic L.A. singer release their self-titled joint project. TWENTY88 is an 8-track conceptual LP, themed around the sounds of ’90s R&B and ’70s experimental rock/soul.

Da Internz, Key Wane contribute on the production side, with K-Ci & JoJo, and Detail serving as guest features. Available now for purchase on iTunes, the album can also be streamed exclusively on TIDAL. Big Sean and Jhené Aiko will make their late-night television debut as TWENTY88 on Thursday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

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SBTRKT has had music lovers salivating this week with the release of two new songs featuring The-Dream and D.R.A.M. on BBC Radio 1. The English producer now gives fans Save Yourself, an 8-track project that includes the two previous released songs, plus a guest appearance by Sampha on “TBD.”

SAVE YOURSELF is the new project from me to you, my fans. While a complete piece with a beginning, end and visual concepts that have been worked on over many months, this is not an album,” says SBKTRT in a statement posted on his newly launched website. “This record was written from last summer til last week and is about being able to share music with you more frequently than I have done in the past, and not long after its been created.”

Buy on iTunes and listen below.

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Before the second season finale of K. Michelle: My Life airs Mar. 28 on VH1, K. Michelle drops her new album More Issues Than Vogue. Serving as her third solo LP, the soulful Memphis singer’s latest project is lead by the singles “Not a Little Bit” and “Mindful.”

Trina, Yo Gotti, and Jason Derulo make guest appearances on the 12-song LP, available now for purchase.

Listen to More Issues Than Vogue below.

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