nicki-minaj

Sheesh! Ms. Nicki Minaj is currently on Instagram just showing out for the thirst buckets. Earlier today (Jan 27), she let out a burst of 3 flicks that have our mouths wide open. Now, this is worth sharing.

Sidebar: Meanwhile in the Cash Money saga.

Check out more photos from Nicki’s IG show below…

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dr dre justin night

Dr. Dre is arguably rap’s greatest mentor, having helped to mould Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and — to a lesser extent — Kendrick Lamar into bona fide superstars. Far away from Long Beach, Detroit, Queens or Compton, however, it appears The Doctor may have found his new secret weapon.

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little-dragon

Little Dragon heads down to H-Town today with an exclusive Chop Not Slop mix of their album Nabuma Purple Rubberband. With the help of Adult Swim, they commissioned chopstar’s OG Ron C and DJ Candlestick to turn their album into a slowed down mix that DJ Screw would be proud of.

Stream and download the mixtape below…

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Gucci

After exploring the impoverished neighborhoods of Chicago, Noisey is set to bring the world into the underworld of Atlanta. Starring familiar rap faces like Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Future, Migos, Young Thug, Trinidad James, Rich Homie Quan, Young Scooter, Waka Flocka, PeeWee Longway and more, Noisey gives us an uncensored tour of the ATL slums. With a focus on the drugs, trap houses, gangs, problems, and solutions behind one of hip-hop’s most successful states in recent years, Noisey aims to shed light on the community’s harsh realities.

UPDATE: Parts 1, 2, and 3 have been added.

Watch below…

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The men of Jodeci decided to jump back in the studio in 2014, but we weren’t really sure what they had planned for the new year. Although it now sounds like the guys are really in full swing with an upcoming LP. Harmonizing together on “Every Moment,” DeVante, K-Ci, JoJo and Dalvin do what they do best.

Listen to the new song after the jump…

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money-violence

Money & Violence is a new web series picking up steam online, and there’s definitely a huge amount of support coming from the hip-hop community. The Youtube show follows two young men in Brooklyn who are trapped in a life of crime and are desperately trying to survive while dodging bullets and prison. Though, the content is coated in ultra graphic scenes that rival The Wire, the show’s creator Motivation says his ultimate goal is to teach youth about what really happens when you try to live street life.

This morning Ebro In The AM welcomed the cast onto the show to discuss their movement.

Check out the official Money & Violence’s official website.

Watch the interview below…

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fashawn the ecology

Long-suffering Fashawn fans can rejoice today as it looks like The Ecology is finally on its way. The Fresno, CA rapper has not only locked in a release date (February 24) for his long-delayed sophomore album, but shared a new single titled “Guess Who’s Back,” as well as the project’s tracklisting. Serving as the follow-up to 2009’s Boy Meets World, The Ecology boasts guest appearances from Dom Kennedy, BJ The Chicago Kid, Aloe Blacc and Fashawn’s new label boss Nas, plus production from the likes of Exile, The Alchemist and Beewirks.

Two days after the album hits stores, Fashawn will embark on a 26-city North American tour alongside Exile, EarthGang and SonReal. Those who pre-order The Ecology bundle set also receive a free download of “Guess Who’s Back.”

Listen to “Guess Who’s Back” and peep the tracklisting and tour dates below…

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twitter group dm

Direct Messages have by far been the most, um, interesting addition to Twitter in recent years (word to J.R. Smith), and today they announced they have upgraded the feature to allow private group conversations for up to 20 people. The new function is pretty straightforward and will be familiar to those who already DM on the regular, but here, users don’t need to be following one another in order to chat. Just don’t get caught sliding into the wrong DMs, fellas.

In addition to group messaging, Twitter has also introduced its new native video player on iOS and Android apps, which allows users to capture, edit and share video clips up to 30 seconds long.

Watch an explanation of the new features below…

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N.E.R.D.

The upcoming Spongebob Squarepants movie is just the gift that keeps on giving for N.E.R.D. fans. Pharrell, Chad and Shay contributed two additional songs to the OST — in addition to the already released, “Squeeze Me.” The fellas give two characters their own theme songs on “Patrick Star” and “Sandy Squirrel.”

Listen to the new songs below…

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kanye west king louie

Worried that Kanye West’s new album will be full of soft ballads with Paul McCartney? Fear not, because Yeezy was spotted in the studio with Mr. Drilluminati himself, King Louie, last night. As Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber pointed out a few days ago, King L was invited to Kanye’s Hollywood home (where Consequence is currently staying), presumably to work on his forthcoming LP. Of course, King Louie lent his gruff vocals to the Yeezus cut “Send It Up,” so it wouldn’t be crazy to hope for a second collaboration on this new project.

In the meantime, you can catch Kanye on Ellen this Thursday (January 29), where he’ll be talking about his new album, amongst other things.

Check out a screenshot of King Louie’s invitation from Kanye below…

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