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Jessie Ware breaks us off with a little preview of her forthcoming LP, Tough Love. Previously, she performed “Want Your Feeling” at London’s Barbican in August during a show. Fans can purchase the studio version when Jessie’s albums drops on October 6.

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While Meek Mill continues to be state property by the powers of Philadelphia, his fans on the outside patiently wait his return. Originally scheduled for a Sept. 9 release date, Meek’s sophomore album, Dreams Are Worth More Than Money, will likely be pushed back now. Last night, a few album leftovers made their way online, and it’s still #FreeMeekMill.

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Last week, I met young Makonnen and his team of two, Pres and Adrian, at the station. Little did he know, the conversation that directly preceded his arrival was one that I’m sure jaded industry cynics have been having about Makonnen ever since Drake shoved the Atlanta-based singer-rapper-songwriter into his sphere of influence. “What’s the big deal with this kid? Why are you repping for him? He must have some famous team behind him? What’s in it for you?”

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The Labor Day holiday weekend means A-Trak and Fool’s Gold Records kick off their annual Fool’s Gold Day Off Festival in New York City. The 2014 edition featured a bill that included A-Trak, French Montana, The LOX, Danny Brown, Brenmar, araabMUZIK, Nick Catchdubs, and more hitting the stage on Sunday night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. An outdoor bash, which brings hip-hop and dance music together, saw some surprise guest appearances from Cam’Ron and Dame Dash, Smoke DZA, Remy Ma, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, Travi$ Scott, A$AP Mob, the newly signed ILOVEMAKONNEN, and the trio of French Montana, Bobby Shmurda, and Rowdy Rebel, who performed their “Hot Ni**a” remix for the first time live.

Check out photos and footage below, as Fool’s Gold Day Off 2014 will be hitting the road this year in Toronto, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Miami.

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Recently in NYC on a promo run introducing his new artist Royce Rizzy’s “Gah Damn” single, Jermaine Dupri spent some time with HOT 97′s own Juan Epstein. An in-depth 75-minute conversation, the legendary rapper/producer/entrepreneur spoke on his storied career which has spanned over two decades. Starting with the early days, Dupri spoke on his beginning as a break dancer, hitting the legendary Fresh Fest tour at a young age, the overnight success with Kris Kross’ 90s-hit “Jump,” discovering TLC before their first deal with LaFace Records, and fashion risks such as backwards clothing in the 90s.

The Grammy Award-winning producer would move further into the history of his So So Def label, discovering such acts like Da Brat, Jagged Edge, and Xscape. JD talks about his relationship with The Notorious B.I.G., love for battling as a DJ, creating “Money Ain’t a Thang” with Jay Z, and The Jacksons. Listen to the interview below and click here for Jermaine Dupri’s new single “Pull-Up” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Migos.

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Grand Hustle’s own DJ MLK is set to release his Clubs Studios Airports mixtape in the near future. Among the records featured on the project is a remix by T.I. over Norwegian-duo Nico & Vinz’s “‘Am I Wrong” single. Listen below and click here for TIP’s previous remix over Jeremih’s “Don’t Tell ‘Em.”

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When he’s not busy accompanying pop star Katy Perry to the MTV Video Music Awards, RiFF RaFF is still busy making records. For his latest release, RiFF RaFF provides the soundtrack for the holiday long weekend in “Rookies of the Future.” Backed by a smooth backdrop produced by The Alchemist, the song features a guest verse from Action Bronson.

UPDATE: Official artwork and CDQ version added, available now for purchase on iTunes.

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Drake and Lil’ Wayne’s summer battle tour pulled into Atlanta’s Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood on Sunday night. Staying true to the southern city, it was only right that 2 Chainz made a guest appearance, joining Lil’ Wayne first for “Rich As F*ck.” Soon after, the artist formerly known as Tity Boi, assisted Drake with their Nothing Was the Same collab “All Me.”

During the DJ battle intermission between Future the Prince and DJ Q45, ILOVEMAKONNEN popped up on stage to perform the song “Tuesday.” Drake, who is featured on the official remix to “Tuesday,” has signed the 25-year-old to his OVO Sound label.

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The third annual Made In America Festival came to a close at Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway and L.A.’s Grand Park on Sunday. Along with artists such as Danny Brown, Girl Talk, and Freeway rocking the various stages in Philly, YG brought his My Krazy Life debut album to the main stage. Performing hits such as “My Hittas” and “Who Do You Love?,” the Compton rapper took time to tribute the currently jailed and hometown favorite Meek Mill, playing his “Dreams & Nightmares Intro” while holding a “Free Meek Mill” t-shirt. Pharrell Williams closed Day 2 in Philly, going through records off his latest album G I R L, plus chart-topping hits he’s given his platinum touch to ranging from Jay Z to Daft Punk.

Over in L.A., John Mayer, Steve Aoki, Rita Ora, Nipsey Hussle, SZA, and Chance the Rapper held down west coast concert-goers until Kanye West gave another exciting final performance. Just 24 hours after closing Day 1 in Philly, Yeezus brought his theatrics to the “City of Angels” as wife Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Kris Jenner watched on. Also spotted was Beyoncé and Jay Z, who were spotted having drinks, laughing, and dancing enjoying Kanye’s 80-minute set.

L.A. the people have spoken! No major incidents just GREAT music. 70k 2 days,” Jay Z posted in a rare tweet. “Philly 3x Made in America. In the heart of both cities! 90k” he continued. Check out photos and some full performance sets below.

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A new month is here, which means Cam’Ron delivers a new installment of his 1st of the Month EP series. Now into volume three, the six-track project features appearances from Estelle, Hell Rell, and his girlfriend JuJu. Available on iTunes now, you can stream the EP in its entirety below.

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