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Another artist has parted ways with Cash Money Records. Singer Jay Sean has split with the label, six years after signing with the home of Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj, Drake, and others back in 2008.

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The British-native has released two albums under the label in 2009′s All or Nothing and 2013′s Neon.

Ending amicably, Jay Sean spoke with Billboard on leaving and maintaining a relationship with label CEO Bryan “Birdman” Williams. “I had and still maintain a great relationship with [Cash Money CEOs] Slim and Baby. They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success.” Aiming for pop success took its toll, as the 33-year-old wants to return to his R&B roots.

Jay Sean joins a list that includes Busta Rhymes and Mystikal who have left the label this year. Another artist possibly adding to that list is Tyga, who earlier this month vented frustrations with YMCMB. Now independent, Jay Sean also debuts the video for his new song “Tears in the Ocean,” off his upcoming Mistress II mixtape, below.

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Jaren Evan and Statik Selektah’s collaborative Still Blue (Boom Bap & Blues 2) LP arrives in four days. Leading up to its release, the singer-songwriter and DJ-producer debut their latest visual “Scene.” Directed by CK, Jared finds himself tied up and in some deep trouble from a gang of clown-masked culprits, lead by one attractive woman. On the run and eventually tied-up in an abandoned warehouse, watch the story unfold below.

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Queens duo CNN made their way across the pond for some shows and, of course, to stop by Tim Westwood’s crib. During their freestyle portion, Capone & Nore rapped over Tupac’s “Street Dreams” and Jay Z’s “Where I’m From.” The longtime friends are definitely soundng in sync again and their album is on the way.

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mr green asap ferg live from the streets

Producer Mr. Green recently kicked off the third season of his Live From the Streets series, in which he samples the work of various street performers around the world to create a unique piece of music. In the latest episode, Green records a couple of OGs playing the Erhu — a traditional Chinese bowed instrument — to cook up a trap beat for the Trap Lord, A$AP Ferg. Throw in some bike sounds from pro BMX’er Nigel Sylvester and voila! You’ve got one fresh crack rock, straight from the streets.

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Ty Dolla $ign was the latest recruit set up for Noisey’s The People Vs. series. Reading down a the list of Youtube comments of “Or Nah (Remix)” video, Ty had a grand ol’ time laughing at all the idiotic and outrageous things people said about his clip. Mostly, the West Coast crooner threatens to substitute peoples’ girlfriends in for some of things suggested.

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THEPARTYNEXTDOOR is currently in the middle of making his solo headlining debut in New York City. On his own PNDLive tour, the OVO rep is shutting down SOBs as we speak. Previously, PARTY was in the Big Apple on Drake’s Would You Live A Tour? and opened at the Barclays center. Tonight, though, the kid from Up Top is the star the show, and brought Drizzy out to perform “Recognize.”

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While down at Howard Homecoming for his first performance at the annual party weekend, Dom Kennedy caught up with HNHH and gave a quick update on his next project. The Leimert Park rapper assured us that he has been in the studio recording new music ever since he dropped Get Home Safely.It’s still too earlier for him to give up a title or tentative release date, but he is working, people.

“Man I been working on new music, man, for real. I been working non-stop,” Dom tells our host Baker during the interview. “I put out a little groundwork for my new project before I actually went on road and then immediately after the “Get Home Safely” tour we was just kicking back and working.”

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For his latest mission, Complex sent The Kid Mero out into the streets of Manhattan to ask the question that has bugged people all summer: what the hell is Young Thug saying on “Lifestyle“? Shit, I couldn’t even tell you that without sneaking onto Rap Genius (and then immediately feeling guilty about it because I should probably already know), but pat on the back for these people for even trying. Shouts to dude at 1:55 for saying eff Thugga and getting his struggle raps off.

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So, the previously released XXL x G-Unit documentary wasn’t actually the full thing. Today (Oct 23), the rap mag released an all new 25-minute documentary video with the entire G-Unit family. Shot live at Fif’s mansion, his “lil brothers” — Banks, Yayo, Buck and Kidd Kidd really open up about what it’s like to live altogether. From their fallout to how they managed to put it all back together, The Unit holds little back as they let you that it’s really blood in, blood out.

“You’re young and you make mistakes in life,” Buck says in the documentary, reflecting on his attitude back in the day. “I’m my own man, I’ma do what I want to. I’ve always been the real compulsive one. And being that one helped and hurt me.”

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mary j blige right now

Even as the undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige has reinvented herself lately with help from some of the UK’s brightest young talents. In the official video for “Right Now,” MJ cruises through the dark streets of London in royal fashion before setting a club on fire with her silky, Disclosure-produced single. The track is taken from Mary J. Blige’s upcoming album, The London Sessions (out November 24), which also features collaborations with Sam Smith (“Nobody But You“), Naughty Boy, Emile Sandé and more.

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