Lupe Fiasco mazinger

Another Friday, another freebie from Lupe Fiasco. Combining his rapid rhymes with his love for manga, the Chicago rapper gets on his Revenge of the Nerds ish on this latest offering, “Mazinger,” which features singer PJ. Forget a bar or a hook; Lupe jacks Migos’ flow for a full three minutes on this one. Expect his upcoming mixtape Lost In the Atlantic to make a splash soon, followed by the long-awaited Tetsuo & Youth LP on January 20, 2015.

Listen to “Mazinger” below and don’t miss Lupe’s previous releases, “Lilies” and “Haile Selassie.”

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robin thicke pharrell marvin gaye

Robin Thicke and Pharrell have been embroiled in a heated dispute with Marvin Gaye’s estate over the similarities between their smash hit, “Blurred Lines,” and Gaye’s 1977 song, “Got to Give It Up,” and the pair have lost the first round in this legal battle.

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Respect Magazine’s new issue features 2 of the most recognizable members of the Rich Gang crew. Bossman Birdman shares the spotlight with his new wunderkid Young Thug. Shot in Atlanta in the wee hours of the morning, Bird and Thug talked to EIC Datwon Thomas about their working relationship, not paying attention to the rumors and more.

“I don’t entertain no ho shit. It only lasts for the moment, or you can extend it by entertaining it. So I just hear no evil, say no evil,” Birdman says about avoiding controversey

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As a friend of Chris Brown since his very first showcase in New York City when he was still a young teen. Ebro has been in Breezy’s corner through all the ups & downs. Though, they haven’t had a radio interview in quite some time, their relationship has always been a 100. This morning (Oct 31), however, Chris finally returned to the morning show to discuss all the hot topics with HOT97’s Morning Show.

“For a while I was really just like lead a stray. Just with the wrong crowd — a while bunch of gang members. Just doing a gang of stuff I wasn’t supposed to be doing, ” says Chris about his string of erratic behavior and arrests earlier this year.

Chris says it was his family members that helped get him back on the right track. There was a period of time where the singer admits he was with all the wrong people.

Ebro: The drugs were a issue, too
Chris Brown: “Oh yea. I was turning up. I was off the syrup, the xanax. Turnin’ up
Ebro: At the same time?”
Chris Brown: Yea, you know… that’s the hood cocktail right there. And, I’m not ashamed to talk about it. A lot of our youth is doing it now, thinking it’s the cool thing to do. And I don’t knock anyone’s hustle but I just feel for me it wasn’t conducive to me. I was falling asleep on video sets, cussing people out, crazy stuff.

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flying lotus ready err not

After delivering one of the best videos of the year for his collaboration with Kendrick Lamarm, Flying Lotus brings in Halloween with this nightmarish video for “Ready Err Not.” Tapping the twisted talents of David Firth (one of FlyLo’s “favorite animators of all time” and the creator of Salad Fingers), the creepy clip begins with FlyLo getting decapitated by a Sloth from The Goonies look-a-like, before a whole series of disturbing and downright indescribable scenes take place. Yep, you should probably wait until after work to give this a watch.

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Kanye West, Madonna, Riccardo Tisci

Cultural figures in music, art, fashion, philanthropy made their way to the 11th annual Keep A Child Alive Black Ball in NYC on Thursday night. Held at the Hammerstein Ballroom, Keep a Child Alive co-founder and event host Alicia Keys lead this year’s gala, sharing the stage with rock legend David Byrne. Keys, who is expecting her second child in December, was glowing during black carpet arrivals with husband Swizz Beatz, as they held their baby bump for the cameras.

Other big names who attended the event included Madonna, Kanye West, Diddy, Aretha Franklin, Clive Davis, Russell Simmons, Gayle King, Estelle, Marina Abramovic, and more. Nas was another artist who entertained the crowd with a performance, including the song “N.Y. State of Mind” with Keys, plus rapper Angel Haze. Givenchy Creative Director Riccardo Tisci was honored for his anti-discriminatory efforts by the non-profit organization that provides treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS.

Check out photos from this year’s gala below.

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Power 105.1's Powerhouse 2014 - Show

The best in R&B and rap made their way to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center for one jam-packed concert on Thursday night. Chris Brown, J. Cole, Ne-Yo, French Montana, Trey Songz, Migos, Remy Ma, Bobby Shmurda, and Tinashe were some of the major acts to rock a crowd of thousands at the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. Closing the night was none other than Jeezy, who used the location to his advantage for a special moment. Jay Z joined the Snowman on stage to perform their “Seen It All” collaboration for the first-time.

Getting into the Halloween spirit wearing an Off White flannel and a Friday The 13th Jason Ski Mask, Jay was all smiles on stage, posing for pictures backstage with Atlanta’s Migos and GS9 rapper Rowdy Rebel. Until full video is available, check out photos and some quick video clips below.

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Just a week after taking over Fader Fort’s CMJ Festival in Brooklyn, Willow Smith celebrates her birthday by releasing a new EP titled 3. The now 14-year-old “Whip My Hair” singer partners with Google Play, giving fans three new songs including “8,” “9” featuring TDE songstress SZA, and “Flowers.” Available now for free download, the EP will arrive at other retailers on November 17.

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Chief Keef gets into the Halloween spirit by releasing his Back From the Dead 2 mixtape. Boasting 20 tracks, BFTD2 mainly features solo cuts from the GBE leader, with contributions from Gucci Mane, Young Chop, and 808 Mafia. The second mixtape is under 12 hours, click here for Keef’s Big Gucci Sosa project with Gucci Mane.

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Cleveland Cavaliers & Turner Sports Home Opener Fan Fest

All eyes from the sports world are focused on Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday night, as LeBron James is set to make his season debut with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Before tip-off against the New York Knicks, TNT and Samsung held a Coming Home Concert outside of the Quicken Loans Arena. Kendrick Lamar, whose new record “i” serves as the official theme song for the 2014-2015 NBA season and NBA on TNT broadcasts, performed the record live on television in front of thousands of eager Cavs supporters.

Watch the performance and NBA on TNT’s new promo commercial, featuring Kendrick Lamar’s “i” below.

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