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Previously, we only heard a snippet of this unreleased T-Boz, Lil Wayne collabo, and it was probably for the better. Sampling the same Billy Idol ’80s hit from which it borrows its name, the Rock-ish sounding song was likely left in the vaults for its lack of musical harmony. According to LilWayneHQ, it was recored back in 2009.

Listen to “Rebel Yell” below…

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The latest scene from the upcoming Lose Yourself documentary by Beats, Eminem breaks down the original demo version. An unreleased version stashed in the vaults for years, the Detroit MC mentions he has no memory of recording the powerful single. The untouched recording will soon come to light as it will appear on the second disc of Eminem and Shady Records’ Shady XV compilation LP due November 24.

Listen to Eminem’s comments and check out a one-minute preview below.

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The European leg of Drake’s “Would You Like a Tour?” is winding down with four shows remaining. For the second of two nights at Birmingham NIA Arena in England, Drake debuted an unreleased song many are calling “Call on Me.” The timid ballad, backed by piano keys, features the Canadian star putting the rapping to the side, serenading women with his singing.

The tour moves to Liverpool on Saturday night, finishing with three shows at London’s O2 Arena next week. UPDATE: Drake performed the unreleased song in Liverpool last night, revealing the song’s title is “Days in the East,” produced by PARTYNEXTDOOR. Check out fan captured footage/audio from that show below.

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Alicia Keys is also in the giving mood on this Valentine’s Day. A little while ago, Swizzy’s number 1 woman unearthed a unreleased song from her secret stash of music. It’s definitely funky number with an alternative vibe. Someone like Solange should actually ask Alicia if they could purchase it. Enjoy this while you reminisce about your first love.

Listen to “Zebras and Airplanes” below…

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Dom Kennedy is definitely known for that Summer time, ride with the windows down music. Althought “For the Homies” dates back to March of 2010, we’re sure OpM fans will enjoy this one for the vaults. The SMKA-produced track was supposed to land on a Closed Sessions mixtape, but for unknown reasons, it didn’t make the cut.

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Having amassed both critical and commercial success — most recently earning the singer a Grammy and a BRIT award — to call Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE a masterpiece is basically a factual statement. As if the original 17 tracks weren’t enough for you, an unreleased cut reportedly from the album sessions has surfaced online today. Entitled “Eyes Like Sky,” this is a charming, acoustic number on which Frank beautifully explores his faith and spirituality.

In other good news, Ocean recently told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe that he is “10, 11 songs” into his next album, which he describes as “another cohesive thing, bordering on a concept record again.” We can’t wait.

Listen to Frank Ocean’s “Eyes Like Sky” after the jump…

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The cover for Alicia Keys forthcoming album Girl On Fire has just been revealed. In a sleek, asymmetrical bob, Alicia strikes a fierce pose for the album art.

Alicia spoke candidly about the conception of the album, and how it reflects her personal growth as an artist. On her website, Alicia documents the progress of her album in diary form, and in a previous post, she metaphors the release of Girl On Fire to being freed from a confined cage.

“In some ways I felt like a lion locked in a cage,” she writes. “I felt like a girl misunderstood that no one really knew, I felt like it was time to stop making excuses for any part of my life that I wanted to change. Once I made that choice I became a Girl on Fire, the lion broke free!!”

Alicia has also accompanied this sentiment with a video released on her personal Youtube channel.

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In anxious anticipation of Madden 13 to drop, Complex Media Network matched up Pusha T and 2 Chainz to preview the game in a head-to-head showdown. The promo video features the G.O.O.D. rappers in good-natured trash talking and video game jargon.

While Complex has only offered us a brief teaser, the full video will be released on August 28, the same day Madden 13 is scheduled to hit stores.

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Here’s some rare unreleased footage of the Notorious B.I.G. and Puff Daddy at the “Warning” video shoot. The clip which surfaced yesterday, features B.I.G. speaking on the success of his Ready To Die album, his newborn daughter, the name change from Biggie Smalls to Notorious B.I.G. Great stuff, check it out.

Props to RapRadar

Previously: The Notorious B.I.G. 15th Anniversary on Hot 97: Mister Cee’s Rare Gems And Memories

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We always question youthful hip-hop movements by drawing out the similarities to previous successful examples. Sometimes I feel in hip-hop, we tend to concentrate on measuring “buzz” on new artists compare to who was “hot,” last year. Essentially, we’re blinding ourselves behind the fact that young rappers like the Flatbush Zombies don’t want to be like somebody, they want to be somebody…

Hit the jump to see a behind the scenes video from their Irving Plaza Show (w/ A$AP Rocky), debuting a snippet to their unreleased track, “Snorting Coke Off A Strippers Ass.”

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