After joining forces with MF DOOM on last year’s Czarface Meets Metal Face, Czarface — the supergroup consisting of Inspectah Deck and 7L & Esoteric — forge an alliance with another legendary MC, Ghostface Killah, on their latest album, Czarface Meets Ghostface Killah. It’s a collaboration of comic book proportions as Rebel INS, Tony Starks and Esoteric sharpen their lyrical swords over 7L’s face-melting boom bap beats.

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After dropping one of the best albums of 2018 with Care For Me, it appears Saba’s now looking to share some of that spotlight with his crew, Pivot Gang, in 2019. Named after that famous couch-moving scene in Friends, the eight-man Chicago collective (nine before the passing of his cousin John Walt) consists of Saba, his brother Joseph Chilliams, MFnMelo, Dam Dam, Frsh Waters, and producers daedaePIVOT, Daoud and SqueakPIVOT.

Anyway, I’ll go ahead and let the group introduce themselves on their new song, “Jason Statham, Pt. 2.” Clearly these guys like their TV/movie references. Pivot Gang album on the way.

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Lucki has dealt with depression, anxiety and drug addiction since he dropped his debut project Alternative Trap (under the name Lucki Eck$) in 2013, but he’s managed to bounce back while pouring his pain into his music. Nothing exemplifies that better than the release of his long-awaited album Freewave 3.

Arriving three years after Freewave II, the 15-track project “focuses on a year in Lucki’s life as he navigates love, heartbreak, and struggles with addiction, all while acclimating himself to new surroundings in New York City,” as Pitchfork puts it. No guest features, but the album does boast production from Earl Sweatshirt, ChaseTheMoney and more.

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In the latest episode of their Deconstructed series, Genius revisits a classic hip-hop song with a legendary hip-hop producer. Ahead of its 20th anniversary later this month, Mannie Fresh breaks down the making of Juvenile’s 1998 hit “Back That Azz Up,” walking us through each individual element while explaining how Ice-T, UGK and The Showboys influenced the song. Despite sounding relatively simple, Mannie actually went through a meticulous process to make the beat — and the result was nothing short of magic.

“20 years ago, ‘Back That Azz Up’ coming out, that was the introduction to bounce music to the world,” Mannie says. “A lot of people don’t know, it was met with, ‘Nah, maybe the world not ready for it.’ Like, we get it. This New Orleans, we get it.’ Fast forward 20 years later, it stood the test of time.”

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21 Savage has broken his silence following his troubling run-in with ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement). The Atlanta rapper sat down for an interview with Good Morning America which aired this morning. In the seven-minute interview, 21 talks about his arrest, being held in a detention center and his immigration status.

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John Legend takes us to church on his new single, “Preach.” Featuring punchy production from Grammy-winning hit maker Greg Kurstin (Kendrick Lamar “LOVE,” Adele “Hello”), the G.O.O.D. Music crooner spreads the gospel of love. However, he also urges to turn these words into action: “I can’t just preach, baby, preach.”

“I grew up in the church and one of the things we talked about was loving our neighbors as we love ourselves,” John Legend explained on Instagram. “My preacher told me that our neighbor wasn’t just the person that lives next door to you but other people whom you might not even know.”

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True to his name, The Alchemist has chemistry with countless rappers: Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, Action Bronson, Evidence, Prodigy (RIP). Meyhem Lauren definitely belongs in that category, too. After linking up on cuts like “No Mystery God,” “Dragon VS Wolf” and “Four Fifteens,” the pair cook up another heater with “Still Playing Celo,” a classic Queens dope boy anthem punctuated punctuated by ALC’s grimy, piano-laced production. And no, that’s not a typo. If you know, you know.

Catch The Alchemist and Meyhem Lauren on Action Bronson’s White Bronco tour, which continues in Philadelphia tomorrow night (Feb. 16).

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With his new album Rap or Go to the League set to arrive this year, expect to see plenty of 2 Chainz in 2019. Aside from dropping his own singles and starring in television commercials, the Atlanta rapper is back in remix mode, recently appearing on Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings.” Tity Boi continues his remix run, this time adding a verse on Kash Doll’s “Ice Me Out.” The original came out last year shortly after the rising rapper signed a deal with Republic. Stream the updated track produced by FKi1st below.

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After the Commissary last summer, Casanova is back with his new project Free At Last. In collaboration with producer 30 Roc, the six-track EP serves as a prelude to the Roc Nation rapper’s forthcoming debut album. Tory Lanez and Davido make guest appearances, featured on the lead single “2AM.”

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Grammy Award-winning producer Salaam Remi is set to drop a compilation album entitled Do It for the Culture 2, later this year. Known for his impressive résumé working with many greats in music over two decades, Remi drops off a new song with two of his closest collaborators. On “Find My Love,” Remi unearths vocals from the late Amy Winehouse, plus a fresh guest by Nas. Winehouse, who worked closely with Remi throughout her career, passed away in 2011. The vocals come from a session recorded with Salaam prior to her passing.

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