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Now free from Cash Money, the focus for Lil’ Wayne and his hardcore fans has been the myth that is Tha Carter V. Weezy F. Baby’s long-awaited album has been locked away since it was first announced in 2012. After his much publicized legal battle with Birdman and Cash Money Records, the New Orleans superstar has been waiting for the right time to unleash C5 to the world. On Tuesday (Sept. 25), the Young Money general announced the much anticipated C5 will arrive on his birthday of September 27 (Thursday at midnight, technically Friday). In a three-minute trailer on the newly launched thacarterv.com, Lil’ Wayne reveals the release date while walking through his Miami studio compound.

Since y’all stuck with me and hung in there anyway…I will be releasing Tha Carter V on my birthday,” said Wayne. “If you don’t know when my birthday is, Wikipidia does. Wiki me bi**h.” Fans can also pre-order Tha Carter V on the website, available in various digital bundled packages.

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The countdown is on for Logic’s new album YSIV. The project is now four days away, releasing everywhere on Friday (Sept. 27). Before it arrives, the Maryland MC reveals the full track list. The 14-song LP includes the singles “One Day” featuring Ryan Tedder, “The Return” and “Everybody Dies.” For YSIV, Logic recruits quite the supporting cast as Wale, Jaden Smith, Big Lenbo, Hailee Steinfeld, and The Rat Pack all make guest appearances. The biggest feature of them all comes from the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, as Logic gets all nine living members on the song “Wu-Tang Forever.”

See the credits below.

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J. Cole’s inaugural Dreamville Festival was set to take place last weekend on September 15. Sadly, due to Hurricane Florence impacting the Carolinas, the event had to be cancelled. A week after delivering the bad news, a new rescheduled date has been announced.

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Ella Mai is ready to bring the masses into her world. On Friday (Sept. 21), the R&B singer announced her self-titled debut album. Along with unveiling its album cover, the U.K. native reveals Ella Mai will drop on October 12. Available for pre-order now on iTunes, the 16-track LP is lead by the smash-hit “Boo’d Up” and its successful follow-up “Trip.”

Fans can catch Ella Mai as supporting act on Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic World Tour” finale, performing on select dates starting Oct. 4 in Brooklyn, NY.

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A news report broke on Friday (Sept. 14) that Frank Ocean was suing Travis Scott over his vocals on their ASTROWORLD collaboration, “Carousel.” TMZ reported that the Grammy Award-winning singer’s legal team filed a cease and desist to remove him off the song. Ocean apparently did not approve of the way his vocals were used. The story also said that Scott allegedly had no plans to remove Ocean from the record.

Hours after that news surfaced online, Frank Ocean took to his Tumblr page to release a statement. In the post, Frank reveals that he approved the use of his vocals before the album came out. The singer did note there was a a cease and desist for a separate issue, but it was resolved with the Houston rapper. The use of the emojis lead many to believe Ocean was referring to transgender model Amanda Lepore, who was removed from the ASTROWORLD album cover after originally being included on it.

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This week’s episode of Open Late with Peter Rosenberg is dedicated entirely to Mac Miller, who tragically died last Friday (September 7) from a suspected overdose. Rosenberg sits down with Smoke DZA, Eric and Jeff Rosenthal (aka ItsTheReal) and Craig Jenkins, who penned an excellent profile on Mac that was published shortly before his passing, to share their favorite memories of the beloved rapper.

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Swizz Beatz’ last studio album, One Man Band Man, came out eleven years ago. Back in May, the legendary producer announced its follow-up, Poison. Since the news, Swizzy has been tirelessly working in studio putting finishing touches on his third studio album, and filming music videos for a handful of songs off the project. On Wednesday night (Sept. 12), Swizz Beatz unveiled the album artwork designed by Cleon Peterson.

In a new interview with VIBE, Swizz revealed the album is set to feature appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Nas, Lil’ Wayne, Jim Jones, Pusha T, Giggs, Young Thug, and 2 Chainz. “I handed all the creativity on the album to the artists, in their comfort zone. I didn’t make it about Swizz. It’s my album, but I’m a producer, and it needs to be about the artists that are on it,” said Swizz. Fans can pre-order Poison this Friday on iTunes, where the new single featuring Lil’ Wayne will also be available. UPDATE (9/14): Swizz Beatz announces the album, executive produced by J. Cole, drops Nov. 2. See the full track list below.

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Drake and Cardi B’s domination this year continues. The Canadian superstar and Bronx rapper lead the 2018 American Music Awards nominations. Announced on Wednesday (Sept. 12), the 6 God and Bardi each received 8 nods for this year’s AMAs. Drake will face-off against Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift for the night’s biggest award – “Artist of the Year.” Cardi B’s long list of nominations include “New Artist of the Year,” “Collaboration of the Year” and “Video of the Year.”

Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Post Malone and Taylor Swift also lead this year’s nominees. Hosted by Tracee Ellis Ross, the 2018 AMAs takes place on Oct. 9 live on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Voting begins now here. The major three categories can be voted on starting Sept. 24 here. See the full nominations list below.

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Last night, a vigil for Mac Miller was held at the Blue Slide Park section of Frick Park in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Fans gathered in their thousands to mourn the 26-year-old rapper, who tragically passed away from a suspected overdose last Friday (September 7). Music was played, weed was burned and candles were lit in memory of the beloved MC.

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J. Cole’s inaugural Dreamville Festival was set to take place this Saturday (Sept. 15) in Raleigh, NC. Headlined by Cole, the one-day event also featured a loaded lineup that included SZA, Big Sean, Young Thug, Nelly, Teyana Taylor, Rapsody and more. After working tirelessly to try and keep the festival on schedule, Cole World and Dreamville announced on Monday (Sept. 10) that the festival has been cancelled due to Hurricane Florence set to impact the U.S. east coast and Carolinas later this week.

Mannn. Due to this Hurricane heading to NC, we have to cancel Dreamville Festival. We’re working to get another date, but right now safety is most important,” tweeted J. Cole. “I appreciate everybody that was headed to rock with us. 30,000 + were expected.” Fans who purchased tickets for the 1st ever Dreamville Festival will receive a 100% refund via their point of purchase. See the announcement below.

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