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Ab-Soul paid a visit to Statik Selektah’s Showoff Radio mixshow on Thursday night. During the appearance, the TDE MC and DJ-producer decided to debut a record they recording during the “Smokers Club” tour called “To The Max.” Dedicated to the currently incarcerated rapper Max B, listen to a radio rip of the song that didn’t make Soulo’s These Days…LP.

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The lavish things don’t matter to Ne-Yo in “Money Can’t Buy,” the lead video in support of his forthcoming Non Fiction LP. Directed by Chris Robinson, everyone’s favorite gentleman gives his undivided attention to a special woman from sunrise to sunset. From walks in the L.A. streets, to attended a kid’s birthday party, Ne-Yo and his on-screen love interest display there’s more to a relationship than pricey items.

Ne-Yo’s sixth solo album Non Fiction is due this fall. Watch the VEVO premiere below.

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Keyshia Cole shows off a sensual side in “She,” the new video in support of her DJ Mustard-produced single. The R&B singer teases an on-looker with quite a striptease. Dressed in all-white including racy lingerie, Cole moves things to the bedroom in the glamorous clip. Once Keyshia moves in for a kiss, her unknown partner’s identity is revealed, which might be shocking to some.

Due later this year, Keyshia Cole’s Point of No Return album features appearances and production from R. Kelly, Future, Wale, Juicy J, 2 Chainz, Mike WiLL Made-It, Stargate, and RedOne. Check out the album cover here and watch the VEVO premiere below.

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It’s all about girl power, on set of the upcoming video for Jessie J., Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj’s “Bang Bang.” “BANG BANG INTO THE ROOM” #onset #bangbang #videoselfie AGHHHHHH! I can’t wait for you all to see it! Is this life? Am I dreaming? @nickiminaj @arianagrande,” said Jessie J on Instagram with our first look of the Hannah Lux Davis-directed shoot.

Jessie J is a stunning class act. And Ariana is a cute liddle lady bug. #BangBangOniTunes BANG BANG,” said Nicki when posting the same photo on Instagram, also throwing up a picture with director Benny Boom, who she calls “one of my favorite directors n friends.”

Currently at the top of the iTunes charts, “Bang Bang” will appear on Jessie J’s upcoming new album and on the deluxe edition of Ariana Grande’s My Everything LP due August 25.

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Drake and October’s Very Own unveil their 2014 OVO Fest collection, days ahead of the two-day festival this weekend. Modeled by OVO Sound singer-producer PARTYNEXTDOOR, the special edition line includes t-shirts, zip-up and pullover hoodies, shorts, and a snapback, all branded with logos synonymous with the label-clothing line.

Locals and visitors can purchase the collection at the OVO pop-up shop in Toronto, which opens from August 1-9. It will also be available at The Molson Ampitheatre in Toronto during OVO Fest 2014 on August 3-4. This year’s event is headlined by Drake and OutKast, with special guests making appearances. Check out photos of the full collection below.

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(Fat Joe with Jennifer Lopez and his wife Lorena at J.Lo’s 45th birthday party last week in the Hamptons)

Tonight, Funk Flex opened up the show with a series of Bronx classics, Fat Joe with Big Pun, Fat Joe with Remy Ma, and more…giving listeners a history lesson and instant mood-enhancement at once. Then he premiered in a brand new song from Fat Joe that fit in just fine with the classic. The song, “Stressin’,” may features some sparse vocals from Jennifer Lopez but it’s definitely not the usual J.Lo pop song…sounding grittier and harder and, frankly, more Bronx, than what you may have expected recently from the pair.

Flex played it at least 6 times in a row…and we weren’t mad at all.
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With his blockbuster Drake Vs. Lil Wayne tour kicking off in just over a week, and not to mention his massively awaited Tha Carter V LP on the horizon, Lil Wayne graces the cover of XXL‘s August/September issue. In Jeff Weiss‘ cover story, the seasoned YMCMB soldier opens up about his forthcoming album, signing Drake and Nicki Minaj, and the lack of authenticity in hip-hop today. Yep, Weezy’s got a few things to get off his chest.

On authenticity in hip-hop:

I know I’m authentic because I’m 35 million years in the game. I don’t know where the authenticity is in the game anymore. Today everyone sounds alike, they looking alike, they acting alike, they dressing alike. I came out when everybody was super different. You had an ODB. You had a Busta Rhymes and then you had a 2Pac. You had a Biggie. And everybody was different. Biggie was talking about Mob and Mafia shit. 2Pac was wylin’, talking about West Coast this and that. You had niggas like Meth and Red talking about how high they got and making people laugh. And then now, you got them, them. You got the categories and then everyone falls under it.

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Kendrick Lamar is bringing his critically-acclaimed good kid, m.A.A.d city LP to film. The Compton rapper and award-winning director Kahlil Joseph will debut m.A.A.d, a 14-minute short-film based on Lamar’s platinum-selling 2012 album, at the first-annual Sundance NEXT Fest. The mini-film festival, which showcases fresh new upcoming directors and rising artists, will take place in Los Angeles next month.

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m.A.A.d stars a fresh-faced cast plucked from L.A. corners, and is described as “a kaleidoscope of storylines and ideas that defy typical categorization to explore new languages and new forms.” Kendrick and Joseph will be on site for a panel discussion, followed by a screening of Sundance winner Imperial Dreams and a performance from Tinashe.”

Tickets can be purchased here, while you can check out the event flyer below.

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Brooklyn’s most rugged duo, M.O.P., are currently putting the finishing touches on an EP entitled Street Certified for release later this year. Thanks to Statik Selektah, we have a new leak from the project. On “187,” Womack and Danze rip through a piano heavy track, upholding their Brownsville roots.

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Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot N***a” has not only swept the masses — URL and IRL — but it’s catching the attention of the celebrity world, too. Chris Brown was the latest star to be spotted hitting the BK kid’s Shmoney Dance during his vacation in St. Tropez, even replacing the line “Free Greezy, though” to “Free Breezy, hoe.” I mean, what better excuse to do the dance when you’re partying on a yacht just weeks after being released from jail?

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