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After popping up on the remix to alt-J’s “Every Other Freckle” earlier today, Big K.R.I.T. debuts the first episode in his new vlog series, The Making of Cadillactica, which gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at his eagerly awaited forthcoming album. Part one takes us down to Miami where K.R.I.T. cooks up his latest single “Pay Attention” with the help of Rico Love and Jim Jonsin. As Krizzle finally branches out with his sophomore LP, he’s able to receive key advice from these established hit makers.

UPDATE: Check out part two below, as K.R.I.T. and DJ Dahi take us behind the title track, “Cadillactica.”

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While breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s infamous “record-setting” claim to fame, Too Short transforms into a hilarious animated dog in his “19,999” video. While entertaining a pack of b*tches, hitting the Maury show, and jet setting on private planes, the K-9 Short Dog proves he knows the game just as well as the OG.

Purchase “19,999” on iTunes.

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Hoops, rhymes and life. From The Cage to Kaiser Park, barrel brothers™ Skyzoo and Torae take us on a tour of a few classic NYC street ball courts in the video for “Memorabilia,” taken from their joint album. You already know Torae had to pull out the Shuttlesworth throwback for this one.

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Symbolyc One, who cracked the lid on both Kanye and Kendrick’s upcoming albums earlier this year, shared some interesting tidbits about one particular Yeezus track during a recent interview with DJ Booth. The G.O.O.D. Music collaborator, who crafted “Power” and “Murder to Excellence,” revealed that “Guilt Trip” was originally intended for Watch The Throne (which makes sense: the song is cut from that same shiny cloth, while 2011 was around the last time Kid Cudi recorded with Kanye).

What’s more, Hov loved the beat so much he even recorded a “freestyle” verse for it. Whether we’ll ever hear that is another question entirely (but if there’s three things you can rely on, it’s death, taxes and the rap Internet leaking songs).

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In case Pinata isn’t already at the top of your end-of-year list, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib will be dropping a friendly reminder with the Knicks Remix EP on November 18. The project includes a couple of bonus tracks and instrumentals, as well as an updated version of the album cut “Knicks,” featuring New York’s own Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$ and Ransom. Secretly, I’m more excited for that new collaboration with BJ The Chicago Kid, especially after playing “Shame” nonstop for the last two years.

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I’ll be honest, I haven’t really felt compelled to give Google Glass a go (I’m fine just staring down at my iPhone and avoiding awkward, inadvertent eye contact, thanks), but if there is one person who could sway my decision, it’s probably FKA twigs. The British songstress puts Google’s optical technology to bizarre use in this self-directed concept video titled “#throughglass.”

The two-minute clip sees twigs showing off some serious dance moves (she was a backup dancer before breaking out as a solo artist) in front of a set of full-length mirrors, while she watches her favorite dance videos straight off YouTube in the corner of her eye. Things get even weirder when a group of FKA twigs look-a-likes invade her private dance session. Who knows what it all means exactly, but it sure as hell looks good.

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Spoiler alert: Sean didn’t actually answer that question (or, at the very least, tried his best to dance around it). “I feel like it’s an anthem. The song ain’t about one person,” the G.O.O.D. Music rapper told Cipha Sounds when quizzed whether his new single, “I Don’t Fuck With You,” was aimed at his ex-fiancée, Naya Rivera. “A lot of people think I’m super salty or it was a super diss record to one person. Yes, I did touch on that, obviously, but that’s what I do — I rap about what I go through.”

Still, that hasn’t stopped Sean from firing more shots at Naya during his recent performances, tweaking the lyrics on “All Me” to “My old girl is on ‘Glee’ and shit/Probably making less money than me and shit.” Ouch.

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Like a younger version of The Alchemist, Thelonious Martin has his finger — and fingerprints — firmly on the pulse of what’s cool. The Chicago producer’s long-awaited project, Wünderkid, is set to feature a who’s who of indie rap, from Ab-Soul and Domo Genesis to Curren$y and Smoke DZA. But in case you’ve been hitting the snooze button on Thelonious and his many dope beats these last few years, then allow this groovy new cut “Her,” featuring the soothing vocals of Mac Miller, to gently wake your ass up (kinda like that Sleep Cycle app, for my fellow insomniacs).

The track is just a loosie to warm us up for the release of Wünderkid on December 2, but you can still expect to hear Mac on the album — hopefully on something half as good as this.

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South Central’s Cozz just dropped his very impressive debut, Cozz & Effect, but don’t forget about Dreamville’s other budding star, Bas. Getting his “Fiendiana Jones” on, the Queens representative embarks on a curious adventure out in the desert in his video for “Mook In New Mexico.” Be alert and download Bas’ Last Winter EP here.

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Today (Oct 20), GQ made its new Nicki Minaj esposé readable in full on the Interwebs. The mag’s newest correspondent attempted to shadow Nicki during a busy run through New York’s Fashion week to talk shop about her Anaconda video, the magnitude of her power and influence and her toned down look. As you read, you’ll realize it wasn’t exactly a walk in the park to jump into into the mind of Nicki — while she has a million things to do. Oh, and, do not ask about her a$$.

“I always thought that by the time I put out a third album, I would want to come back to natural hair and natural makeup,” she told me. “I thought, I will shock the world again and just be more toned down. I thought that would be more shocking than to keep on doing exactly what they had already seen.”

Read what Nicki’s “Anaconda” video really stands for below…

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