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“im not into the idea of interviews anymore cause theyre ugly and…..i rather do it myself ya know,” Tyler, The Creator tweeted this morning. So, Tyler decided to sit down with friend and comedian Jerrod Carmichael for an intimate, in-depth conversation about his GRAMMY-nominated album Flower Boy.

In the hour-long interview, Tyler breaks down the making of his latest — and arguably best — project, explaining how the song ideas started with honest and vulnerable emotions, studying pop and club music to challenge himself, and making “I Ain’t Got Time” (which he tried to get Nicki Minaj on) at Kanye’s studio during The Life of Pablo sessions. If anyone is still doubting that Tyler is a true genius, just press play below.

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Between producing Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.” and “DNA.” and dropping his Ransom 2 LP, Mike WiLL Made-It had a monster 2017. By the looks of it, he’s plotting an even bigger year in 2018.

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From Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” and Lil Wayne’s “You Song” to J. Cole’s “High For Hours” and SZA’s “Doves In the Wind,” Cam O’bi has been blessing us with beautiful beats over the last few years. Now, the Chicago native is stepping in front of the mic and gearing up to drop his debut album, Grown Ass Kid. For the project’s first single, “TenderHeaded,” Cam drafts in the delightfully dexterous drawl of Smino while showcasing his own smooth vocals — and, of course, production.

No word on when Grown Ass Kid is set to arrive, but you can expect it to include the finished version of Cam’s collaboration of the same name with Chance The Rapper, Mick Jenkins and Alex Wiley.

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TDE are taking over in 2018. This morning, the West Coast collective announced The Championship Tour, a blockbuster North American tour featuring seven of the label’s eight stars including Kendrick Lamar, ScHoolboy Q, SZA, Jay Rock, Ab-Soul, SiR and Lance Skiiiwalker (Isaiah Rashad is, unfortunately, not on the bill). The 30-city trek kicks off in Vancouver on May 4 and wraps up in Pittsburgh on June 16, with stops in Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, New York and Toronto along the way.

In addition to The Championship Tour, TDE are also curating and producing the upcoming Black Panther album, which includes Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars” and Jay Rock’s “King’s Dead” featuring Kendrick, Future and James Blake. The label have also released SiR’s debut album November and are planning to put out projects from Jay Rock and ScHoolboy Q later this year.

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The U.K. is the place to be this summer for fans of live music, as the 2018 Wireless Festival lineup has been revealed. The three-day event, running from July 6-8, takes place at North London’s Finsbury Park this year. J. Cole, Stormzy, and DJ Khaled will serve as headliners for the three days.

Rick Ross, Migos, Big Sean, Post Malone, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Rae Sremmurd, Lil’ Uzi Vert, French Montana are some of the big names making this year’s festival. Newcomers like Cardi B, 6LACK, Lil’ Pump, Playboi Carti, GoldLink, and A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie are also on the bill. Music lovers planning to take part in the festivities can purchase tickets now on Wireless’ official website. Click below to check out the full lineup.

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Jhené Aiko released one of last year’s underrated albums with her TRIP sophomore LP. A standout track many fans gravitated to was “Sativa,” a track featuring Swae Lee. The record now serves as the next single off Aiko’s latest project, now updated with the addition of Rae Sremmurd’s Slim Jxmmi for the official remix. Out now on iTunes, the remix also has an accompanying music video set to debut at 4:20 p.m. local time in various cities across the world.

Stream the remix below. UPDATE: Watch the official music video, premiered by VEVO below.

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Fabolous and Jadakiss’ Friday On Elm Street project dropped late last year during the Thanksgiving holidays. The veteran New York MCs start the new year off right, with the first visual in support of their joint LP. For the “F vs. J” intro, Fab and Jada keep the spooky theme going, ready to strike at any victims that comes across their paths. Watch the bloodshed below and get the album on iTunes.

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The rap community is mourning as news has surfaced early Saturday morning (Jan. 20) that artist Fredo Santana has passed away. Rising Texas rapper Maxo Kream made the sad revelation on social media. Artists like Drake, Lil’ Durk, Joey Badass, Lil’ B and more confirmed the rumors while sending their condolences in various posts on Twitter and Instagram. Born Derrick Coleman, Fredo Santana was 27-years-old at the time of his death. Currently there’s no confirmed reports as to the cause of death. Santana previously has been hospitalized for a seizure, along with liver and kidney failure.

The Chicago native is one of the key artists responsible for the city’s Drill music scene along with Chief Keef, Lil’ Durk, King Louie, Young Chop and Lil’ Reese. UPDATE: TMZ reports Santana died Friday night (Jan. 19) from a fatal seizure. His girlfriend arrived at his L.A. home around 11:30 p.m. PST, where she found the rapper dead on the floor. He leaves behind an 8-month old son, Legend, who was born in June 2017.

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JAY-Z will be honored by The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards this spring. The Roc Nation mogul/rapper is set to receive a special recognition award for his 4:44 song “Smile,” a record where he opens up about his experience finding out his mother Gloria Carter is a lesbian and being accepting of her sexuality.

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/ Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian,” he raps on the song. “Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/ Society shame and the pain was too much to take.” The 2018 GLAAD Media Awards takes place in Beverley Hills on Apr. 12 and New York City on May 5.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap debut album arrives on February 16 via Atlantic Records. The Crenshaw rapper just released his new single and music video, “Last Time That I Checc’d” featuring YG. Neighborhood Nip decides to keep the visuals coming, going back to last year’s No Pressure mixtape with a dual video for “Grinding All My Life / Stucc In The Grind.”

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