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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…šŸ”‘” -DJ Khaled on his Epic Records partnership.

On the heels of what hasĀ 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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Despite all the glitz and glamour, television talent shows are no guaranteed ticket to fame. Especially not since the Internet helped to give pure, honest artistry as big of a platform as the machine’s manufactured crap. Just ask Kehlani, who last year fulfilled her transformation from America’s Got Talent finalist to one of the best new voices — and most colorful personalities — in music.

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Contest time! MissInfo.TV are letting 20 lucky readers enjoy an early viewing of J. Cole’s HBO documentary, Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming. We’ve got 10 passes for the documentary screening in Chicago, which takes place tonight (January 6), and another 10 passes for the screening in Washington D.C. tomorrow (January 7).

To enter, all you have to do is follow our Facebook page and leave a comment on this photo with your favorite J. Cole project and which city you’d like to attend. Good luck!

Forest Hills Drive: Homecoming airs January 9 at 10pm EST on HBO.

Related: Watch J. Coleā€™s HBO Mini-Series ā€˜Road to Homecomingā€™

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Harlem’s thugged out crooner Tim Vocals reaches into his bag for another jack move. This week for #TimTuesdays, he takes on Major Lazer’s monster single, “Lean On.” As usual, Vocals flips this one into a criminal minded ode titled “Somebody I Put The Beam On.”

Stay tuned for more music in the coming weeks.

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It’s 6:25pm EST and the entire Rap Internet is practically glued to OVO Sound on Beats1 as I type this. Drizzy Drake is playing disc jockey as he plays some of his favorite songs and explains how his original intention was just to hit Atlanta and make a few songs with Future, but his ATL friend’s energy was so magnetic that they ended up doing a whole mixtape. “It’s a little soundtrack for the people that need it right now,” says Drake.

The clock just hit 6:28pm and the tape just started playing after a quick intro from October’s very own. I’m not going to lie I’m still tripping on that fact that a peer of mine named this mixtape. Yes, Ernest Baker came up with the tape’s name based off a phone call he had with Drizzy when he hit Ernest to let him know about the project. Wow.

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Miami recording artist Major Myjah serves up the stream to his upcoming Trouble EP exclusively with Missinfo.TV today. The crooner has been working on this project for the last year and combines his own unique blend of R&B, hip-hop and pop. With influences from Reggae and Dancehall, Major’s voice can’t be compared with any of his contemporaries.

On the 8-track project, the emotions and vibes range from sultry ballads, midtempo grooves and of course songs that can destroy radio. Records like “Chemical Kids” showcase Major’s incredible voice and songwriting abilities — while records like “Disposable” and “Ground Zero” are perfect for cruising around while getting lost in your own thoughts.

Trouble officially hits retailers on Friday (Aug 28).

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With all the sneak dissing going on in hip-hop, Capone-N-Noreaga are back to give these rap cats some serious Lessons from the gods. As an added bonus to the duo’s newly released album, NORE hit us off with a solo joint where he addresses all the cats bumpin’ their gums with no action to follow. And to that one dude talking’ ish — pay attention.

“We too grown to be going back and forth” — NORE

Be sure to pick up CNN’s new Lessons album on iTunes as well.

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Ca$h Out is back with one for the those looking to hit the club this Fourth of July weekend. With “Touch Ya Toes,” the ATLien came across a chick twerking to one of his songs on the ‘Gram and applied that 16 second clip for his inspiration. Produced by InomekInDaKitchen, Ca$h’s latest effort finds him back in his sweet spot.

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BAPE’s flagship boutique in New York City celebrated its 10 year anniversary last on Thursday night (Apr 23) in Manhattan. Special invited guests Pusha T, Travis $cott, Virgil Abloh, Cipha Sounds, Vashtie and Sky Gellatly — as well as tastemakers from around the world huddled into NYC hot spot, Up & Down for a night of open bar Hennessey and incredible DJ sets. Big shouts to Ciph who killed it all night.

Things peaked when Young Travis climbed on top of the DJ booth in usual fashion. Turning the club atmosphere into one of his wild ass shows, the Bape fiend nearly injured himself when he took a spill, but that didn’t stop him from continuing on. Pyrex P closed the party out with a short but sweet set of his crowd favorites. Even the Japanese BAPE staff lost their minds when “Grindin” dropped.

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