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Minutes before Big Sean released four brand new songs on the Internet this past Friday (Sept 12), Miss Info stopped by the Def Jam offices to catch up with Detroit’s very own.

In anticipation for his upcoming album, Sean said he needed to share what he has been working on for the past months. While he wouldn’t reveal any working titles or possible release dates, the newest artist on Roc Nation Management wants to get his next album out by the year’s end.

“We got so much music but the four songs are just the very tip of the iceberg. We did the new deal with Roc Nation for management, but it’s still G.O.O.D. don’t get that confused,” says Big Sean of his new album and Roc Nation deal. “I get to kick with with Jay Brown and Jay Z and play them my music. That’s priceless to sit down with them, along with Ye.”

Big Sean also talked about what it was like to watch the events of Ferguson unfold while recording new music with Kanye and the G.O.O.D. Music family in Mexico. He recalls watching the footage of the riots with Kanye by his side.

“I rap about it on “4th Quarter” — about how we was in Mexico, about how we saw Ferguson. I was with [Kanye]. Me and Ye were looking at the footage of the riots in St. Louis,” says Big Sean. “We just sat there and stopped — we were blown away. It was really sad but good to see people not accept it.”

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Last week, I met young Makonnen and his team of two, Pres and Adrian, at the station. Little did he know, the conversation that directly preceded his arrival was one that I’m sure jaded industry cynics have been having about Makonnen ever since Drake shoved the Atlanta-based singer-rapper-songwriter into his sphere of influence. “What’s the big deal with this kid? Why are you repping for him? He must have some famous team behind him? What’s in it for you?”

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You may have heard the name Raury quite a bit lately. The fresh-out-of-high school singer/songwriter was rumored to have kicked it with Kanye West, has been invited to open for OutKast (alongside Kid Cudi and Childish Gambino) at their concert in Atlanta next month, and just yesterday released his eagerly anticipated debut project, Indigo Child, to immediate acclaim.

Last week, Raury — rocking his trademark wide-brimmed floppy hat — made a trip to the Hot 97 offices to meet our very own Miss Info. The ATLien spoke on his now-confirmed deal with Columbia Records, explaining that they were one of the few labels to understand his ambition to “bring about a new era of music through me.” Which is why, looking forward, Raury isn’t rushing to align himself with bigger artists, instead “focusing on building upon myself as a better artist.”

Stream and download Indigo Child here.

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A$AP Ant delivers a new movie from the Philly blocks on this Monday afternoon (July 28). Featuring newcomer Lil’ Uzi Vert, YG Addie lets us know what happens when an enemy comes around looking for trouble. Crime scene.

“187″ was featured on Ant’s latest mixtape release, Big Payback Vol. 2.

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Young Jeezy is at a very good place in his life. For what feels ike the first time ever, the trap god seems to be at ease with his career and personal life. Last night (July 10), the Snowman invited Missinfo.TV to come preview 10 new songs that he cooked up for his forthcoming 5th studio album, Seen it All, and boy was he in a good mood. Keeping the producers to just a few select names –Chidlish Major, Mike WiLL and Cardo — Jeezy was able to cultivate a cohesive sound while having a lot of diversity on the project. He noticeably steps out of his comfort zone throughout the LP, and creeps a couple blocks past the trap on songs like “Addicted” and “No Tears.”

Production-wise, Hov’s former A&R Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua helped Jeezy find just the right sounds to satisfy his core fans while keeping up to date with the ever evolving rap world. On the album, fans get to take in a new perspective on life from the man formerly known as Mr. 17.5.

Even Jeezy admits that it’s been quite some time since he was whipping up work in the kitchen and he wants to share what he’s gained during that transition. Seen it All will showcase Jeezy utilizing auto-tune like never before, his ability to chart new waters sonically and his permanent drive to please the fans that have been riding since day one. After one listen, here are my initial reactions to the new songs he played us.

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When it comes to young talent in hip-hop and R&B, Jermaine Dupri definitely knows a thing or two about what it takes to survive in the music industry. After helping shape the careers of child acts like Bow Wow and -Kriss Kross, JD has the knowledge and experience to dish advice to any young and in-the-spotlight artist. While talking to Miss Info at BET Awards Radio Room, the music mogul gave a very interesting take on Chris Brown’s latest “comeback.”

“He’s a star, though. I told people when he came out of jail, he’s going to be Tupac. He’s an R&B singer and a singer’s music is supposed to go farther than rap. And, it stretches over different boundaries. To me, he’s going to be more famous than Tupac. I mean, he’s a star, and I can’t front on it.”

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After chopping it up with Jermaine Dupri, who shared his interesting thoughts on Chris Brown’s comeback, we had a chance to talk with one of “New Atlanta”‘s current stars, Rich Homie Quan, at the 2014 BET Awards. Sitting down with Miss Info, the ATLien reflected on his whirlwind 12 months (“last year I wasn’t even thinking about the awards”) and discussed his chances for the Best New Artist award. The 24-year-old admits ScHoolboy Q is probably the favorite for the prize, but knows that a victory (or indeed a loss) won’t leave him feeling some type of way.

To be honest, I like ScHoolboy Q, [but] you’ve got to have faith in yourself. I’m proud to be nominated, but if I win I win, if I don’t I don’t; it won’t make me or break me. Shout out to everybody who made the list, and shout out to the new people who gon’ make the list next year. Other than that, I’m just excited to be here.

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It’s giveaway time, ladies and gentlemen. Today Missinfo.TV is giving away a pair of tickets to see a SummerStage concert with ScHoolboy Q, Domo Genesis, Tinashe and BlackOutBoyz (A$AP Yams and A$AP J Scott) on June 25th in Central Park. To win: reply in the comments section with your favorite song off Oxymoron and your favorite part/quotes from Buzzfeed’s profile on Miss Info. Good Luck, and don’t forget to leave your email so we can notify the winner. Special thanks to BuiltbyMeanRed and Summerstage.

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Alex Wiley just dropped his new Village Party mixtape, which I’m not afraid to put up there with Chance The Rapper’s AcidRap and Vic Mensa’s INNANETAPE as one of the most impressive projects to come out of Chicago’s bubbling scene over the last few years. One track that didn’t quite make the cut, however, was “Own Man,” a three-and-a-half-minute rush of hunger, ambition and euphoria, co-starring the steely-voiced Mick Jenkins.

Today Alex gives us the green light to premiere the corresponding video, which chronicles the young Chi-Town rappers’ journeys thus far onto a stack of box televisions. Shot in Austin earlier this year and directed by Andrew Zeiter and Bryan Lamb, the clip features cameos from Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, Thelonious Martin and many more rising talents at the heart of Chicago’s Closed Sessions movement.

Alex Wiley will be performing at New York City’s Webster Hall alongside Nitty Scott, MC tomorrow night (June 11). Tickets are available here.

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ItsTheReal: It’s a proud moment when one makes the transition from MissInfo.tv reader to MissInfo.tv contributor. Hi, we’re Eric and Jeff Rosenthal and — for the past seven years — we’ve been making fun of (and with!) the rappers you know and love as the hip-hop sketch comedians ItsTheReal. Maybe you’ve seen our videos or listened to our podcast or retweeted our tweets or read our articles or heard our songs.

Or, maybe you’ve seen some of our interviews! After chopping it up with Chinx, Childish Gambino and Nipsey Hussle at Hot 97 Summer Jam last Sunday, we tracked down Mack Wilds to ask him the hard questions. Like, “did you kill Bodie?” And, “did you kill Bodie?” Mack also played a game of “Parking Lot Pimpin’ or Parking Lot Simpin,” and did an impression of Drake. Which was amazing.

After closing out the Festival Stage with a killer performance, we managed to nab fellow ladies’ man August Alsina for his own “perfect interview,” which involved a 106 & Park history lesson, a review of Sister Act 2 and a #SummerJamSelfie. Because that’s the rules. Weirdly, August told us he’s just as much a rapper as fellow XXL Freshman Macklemore. His words, not ours. We swear.

Watch ItsTheReal’s “perfect interviews” with Mack Wilds and August Alsina below…

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