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Ice Cube will celebrate his classic 1991 LP Death Certificate with a special 25th Anniversary edition, set to release this summer. Announced on Thursday (May 25), the legendary West Coast MC and mogul revealed Death Certificate: 25 Anniversary Edition will drop on June 9. The album re-release will include three bonus songs: “Only One Me,” “Dominate The Weak,” and “Good Cop, Bad Cop.”

Available for pre-order on June 2, the album will be released via Interscope Records, who Ice Cube has signed a new artist deal with. “We are thrilled to announce that Ice Cube has joined the Interscope family,” says Chairman and CEO of Interscope John Janick in a press release. “He’s obviously one of the legendary figures in hip-hop…that’s a massive statement on its own, but he’s so much more than that. Cube has an incredible body of work, and as a fan I’m honored to welcome him to the label.”

The multi-platinum selling Death Certificate released in October 1991, debuting No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Check out the album cover below.

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Statik Selektah has joined the Roc. The Boston-native, who has worked with the likes of Eminem, Nas, Action Bronson, and Joey Bada$$, has signed a management deal with Roc Nation. The DJ/producer has been a cornerstone in hip-hop over the past decade, collaborating with rap’s biggest stars and more recently working closely with Joey Bada$$ during his successful rise.

A lot of the people up there was familiar with what I was doing. I played some music and it just all came together really good,” Statik tells Billboard, speaking how the deal came together. “The whole staff up there is exactly what I need for my movement to go to the next level. I think I bring my own flavor of what I do as well.”

Along with preparing his new album 8 set to drop later this year, Statik reveals he has a project with 2 Chainz on the way. The two previously worked on the song “Smoke Break” released last year. Click below where Statik speaks on that project, his own album, and more.

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SZA Season is about to begin. The TDE songstress took to Twitter on Wednesday (May 24) to announce the release date of her long-awaited new album, CTRL. In a video trailer posted by TDE CEO Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith, SZA poses in a group of old, thrown out computers on a grassy field. The voice of Wu-Tang Clan legend RZA is heard, as the album’s release date of June 9th is unveiled.

Serving as a follow-up to her last full-length release, 2014’s Z, CTRL includes the singles “Drew Barrymore” and the Travi$ Scott-featured “Love Galore.” UPDATE: Album cover added. Pre-order CTRL now on iTunes and watch the announcement below.

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After teasing us with loosies like “Coachella” and “Drop Top Wizop Freestyle” over the last couple months, Gucci Mane has announced that his new album, Drop Top Wop, will arrive this week. Produced entirely by Metro Boomin, the project clocks in at a concise 10 tracks and includes collaborations with 2 Chainz, Offset, Rick Ross and Young Dolph. “May 26 last year I walked outta prison! May 26 this year I’m dropping #DropTopWOP” writes Gucci on Instagram.

Set your alarms because Drop Top Wop drops on Friday at 10:17am, naturally.

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2 Chainz’ new album Pretty Girls Like Trap Music was originally set to drop last month on April 7. The Atlanta rapper’s third solo LP and follow-up to 2013’s B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time was delayed shortly before its release date. Fast forward to this past weekend, when a fan on Twitter asked the artist formerly known as Tity Boi for an update on Pretty Girls. “It’s done! Turned in to @DefJamRecords last week,” said 2 Chainz in response.

On Tuesday afternoon (May 23), 2 Chainz announced fans can expect the album to hit stores this summer on June 16. It includes the laid-back “It’s a Vibe,” featuring Jhené Aiko, Ty Dolla $ign and Trey Songz. Watch the announcement via a trailer which features cameos by Drake and Pharrell Williams below.

UPDATE (5/25): 2 Chainz drops the Gucci Ghost-designed album cover.

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With the project exactly a month away from release, Bryson Tiller has revealed the tracklisting for his upcoming album, True to Self. The Louisville crooner’s sophomore LP clocks in at 19 songs, including the recently released “Somethin Tells Me” (neither “Honey” nor the Young Thug-assisted “Get Mine” made the cut), which appear to be divided up into five acts. Unless he’s hiding a few surprises up his sleeve, it looks like Tiller is riding solo on this album, just like he did on 2015’s T R A P S O U L.

True to Self drops June 23 via RCA Records.

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Ja Rule Say's Fyre Festival Was False Advertising, Not Fraud
 

Things are continuing to go a awry in Ja Rule’s Fyre Festival debacle. According to the NY Times, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a criminal investigation into the failed event and it’s proceedings. The handful of charges the Queen native and Fyre-co founder Billy McFarland have received include “possible” mail, wire, and securities fraud.

The amazing event was not a scam. I truly apologize as this is NOT MY FAULT. But I’m taking responsibility. I’m deeply sorry to everyone who was inconvenienced by this. It wasn’t fraud. False advertising, maybe—not fraud. – Ja Rule

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Local police and emergency services have rushed to Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom following an Ariana Grande concert. According to concertgoers, reportedly two explosions went off inside the concert venue where the pop singer was performing.

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T.I. Reveals Upcoming Joint Project w: Trey Songz
 

T.I. recently stopped by XXL’s NY offices while squaring away some other business endeavors. During his time at the hip-hop publications headquarters, the Grand Hustle head honcho discussed everything from his imprint’s upcoming compilation to his next studio LP Dime Trap in a exclusive interview. The most interesting take away from his candid discussion with the online magazine’s staff was the announcement of a joint project with Trey Songz.

Entitled The Lady Killers, the fitting collaboration has no official release date at this time. Last heard together on songs like “Strip” and the more popular “Two Reasons,” a joint body of work from the talented pair will be a problem on the Billboard charts.

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Chad Hugo is hanging it up. The Virginia-native took to Twitter on Sunday afternoon (May 21) to announce his official retirement from the music industry. “I resign from the music business. Thanks again, people, for your support throughout all these years. Good luck/God bless!,” said the 43-year-old in a now deleted tweet. Hugo is best known as 1/2 of the production/songwriting duo The Neptunes, alongside Pharrell Williams. The iconic production team is known for delivering smash hits for nearly two decades, working with the likes of Justin Timberlake, JAY Z, Britney Spears, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, and more.

Hugo (and Pharrell) also was a member of N.E.R.D., the funk rock band that gave us classic projects like In Search Of… (2002), Fly or Die (2004) and Seeing Sounds (2008).

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