Go Crazy
 

Young Money’s latest signee, Jay Jones delivers his 2000 Hollygrove standout “Go Crazy” featuring fellow New Orleans native and mentor Lil Wayne. The Swede-produced (of 808 Mafia) collaboration, finds the seasoned rap veteran and the rising rap authority trading some top-tier bars for just over three minutes.

Stream the single as well as the project in its entirety below and purchase it via iTunes here.

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Back in 2016, Common revealed that he was working on his new album with jazz and soul maestro Robert Glasper and Stones Throw drummer/producer Karriem Riggins. While Glasper and Riggins did indeed produce Common’s Black America Again LP, that isn’t all the trio have been collaborating on.

Today, Common, Glasper and Riggins have announced they’ve teamed up to form a new band called August Greene. With a little help from Brandy, the hip-hop/soul supergroup are making their official debut with “Optimistic,” a cover of Sounds of Blackness’ 1991 gospel song of the same name. And yes, it’s as bright, soothing and soulful as you’d expect.

“Optimistic” will appear on August Greene’s self-titled album, dropping March 9 via Amazon Music.

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Queensbridge singer/songwriter Ilham is “Stuck In The Past” on her latest leak. The follow up to “Say Less,” the song showcases the seasoned vocalist polished pipes and is yet another example of why she’s one to watch in 2018.

Stream the soulful selection after the jump and expect an accompanying visual to drop soon.

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Migos member Offset caused a stir on social media this week after the release of YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life” music video. While the song came out last year right before the Christmas holidays, it wasn’t until its accompanying visual dropped online that listeners caught an offensive lyric in the song. Offset, who is featured on the track, rapped the line “I cannot vibe with queers.” The Atlanta hitmaker soon faced backlash over the line and on Thursday (Jan. 18), Offset issued an apology.

I didn’t write the line about gay people,” says Offset in a statement posted on his Instagram. “I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people around me who I have mad respect for and we are very cool so I’m not in a place where I’m hating like that,” he later continued. “I M S O R R Y, I A P O L O G I Z E, I’m offended I offended anybody.”

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Hardaway
 

Morocco Vaughn directs the official visual for Derez Deshon’s London On Da Track-produced single “Hardaway.” The viral bound track got an added boast following a quick strike rework from Toni Braxton over this past weekend and is showing no sign of slowing down. Cash Money head honcho Birdman, Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Envy all make cameo’s in the coming of age clip.

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Dreezy is set to make a big splash in 2018. The Chicago spitter is readying the follow-up to her No Hard Feelings debut album, that dropped two years ago. The 23-year-old closed off last year by putting out the politically-charged “Spar” with 6LACK and Kodak Black, and “Can’t Trust a Soul” featuring PnB Rock. Dreezy now starts the campaign off for her sophomore LP, enlisting 2 Chainz on her new track “2nd to None.”

Produced by Southside of 808 Mafia, get the song on iTunes at midnight in North America (out now internationally).

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Ty Dolla $ign delivered one of last year’s well-rounded projects with his Beach House 3 sophomore LP. One of many standouts on the album was the 112-sampled “Ex,” featuring YG. The long-time friends show viewers how they get down in L.A. for the song’s official music video. Directed by David Camarena, Ty $ and YG 400 get their two-step on at a party and pull out some classic lowriders with crazy hydraulics.

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Skyzoo serves up the first single off his upcoming album In Celebration of Us. Inspired by D’Angelo’s “Devil’s Pie,” “Baker’s Dozen” finds Sky addressing the gentrification of his native Brooklyn with the level of sharp lyricism that we’ve come to expect from the sorely slept-on MC. The song features Raheem DeVaughn and was produced by Apollo Brown.

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Always repping his hometown and giving back, Drake is now playing a part in developing potential future basketball stars. On Wednesday (Jan. 17), the 6 God and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri attended a press conference at the Air Canada Centre to announce the Welcome Toronto program, in partnership with the Canadian NBA franchise. Giving back to the city and the game of basketball in Toronto, the partnership will see the Raptors host a total of six ‘Welcome Toronto’ and OVO-themed home games this season, where the team will wear their new black and gold OVO-edition uniforms and home court this season. Drake and the Raptors are also donating $1 million to refurbish local community basketball courts and another $2 million to Canada Basketball, to help the development of potential future stars.

As this team and Toronto continues to grow, we have seen how much we can do together,” said Drake, who serves as the Global Ambassador for his hometown team. “Welcome Toronto is about celebrating our team and our city, but also working together to give back to the community and creating a place where the youth of our city can come together to play. These same courts could also potentially shape the next generation of Canadian basketball superstars.”

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Migos are set to headline the Broccoli City Festival 2018 this spring. Taking place at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., this year’s event is lead by the Atlanta group, whose CULTURE II album is set to drop on Jan. 26. Cardi B, Miguel, Daniel Caesar, Nipsey Hussle, H.E.R., Rich the Kid and more also make up this year’s lineup, announced on Thursday (Jan. 18). Tickets for Broccoli City 2018 go on-sale this Friday (Jan. 19) at 11 a.m. EST time on the festival’s official website.

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