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Vince Staples took over Beats 1 airwaves earlier today and debuted his new Prima Donna EP in full ahead of its official release tomorrow. The Long Beach rapper spun all seven songs off his latest project, including collaborations with A$AP Rocky, Kilo Kish, James Blake, DJ Dahi and No I.D.

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Usher is switching things up. The R&B icon is getting ready to drop his 8th solo LP next month. Originally titled UR, the album was called Flawed in recent months until it leaked on iTunes the album is now called Hard II Love. Due September 16 via RCA Records, Hard II Love includes the singles “Crash” and “No Limit” featuring Young Thug.

Along with the new album title, artwork and release date being revealed, fans who pre-order now on iTunes will get an instant download of a new track “Missing U.” The record switches back and forth from mid-tempo to a slow ballad, with a mixture of hard drums, chopped and screwed ad-libs, and classic 80s R&B.

Catch Usher in Hands of Stone, the Roberto Duran biopic where he portrays boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, hitting theatres this Friday (Aug. 26).

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RZA and Paul Banks aren’t the kind of guys to bow to pop trends or commercial pressure, so you know it was nothing but organic when they announced themselves as an official duo (“I love Paul,” RZA told Rolling Stone. “Me and Paul, we play chess together and just hang out”). On the eve of the release of their first album as Banks & Steelz, Anything But Words, the Wu-Tang Clan and Interpol maestros sit down for a “Back & Forth” conversation about their upcoming project, RZA’s Wu-Tang Hummer, Brooklyn gentrification and what it means to be a New Yorker.

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Cashmere Cat was on social media last night teasing fans about the full version of his The Weeknd and Francis and the Lights “Wild Love.” Abel also joined in on the action and posted a “preview” clip to his Instagram page. The song is officially slated to hit streaming services on Friday (Aug 26), but the Spotify stream is available for certain regions in the world.

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After staying silent in recent months, Tink is back with the fourth installment of her Winter’s Diary mixtape series. Following last year’s Winter’s Diary 3, the Chicago rapper/singer gives fans a 15-track free project hosted by DJ Reese.

Timbaland, Jahlil Beats, Cookin’ Soul, 1500 Or Nothin’ and C-Sick handle the production duties, while Lil’ Durk serves as the only guest appearance on WD4.

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Dave East is fresh off a studio session with one of his rap idols. But he doesn’t even have a spare second to dwell on it. With his Kairi Chanel mixtape on the way, East drops “All Summer” for everyone determined to keep the summer festivities going for another few months.

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In between performing sold-out shows on “The High Road” tour with Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa always takes time to hit the booth to bang out records. Young Khalifa comes through with a new offering from the Taylor Gang collective, as labelmate Chevy Woods and L.A. rapper Casey Veggies rep their sets over the smooth production of Big Jerm and Sayez on “Gang Gang.”

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Rowdy Rebel’s team unearthed a video they recorded while the rapper was still a free man. Chicago’s Lil’ Durk joins the brooklyn rapper in the “Figi Shots” music video. Free the Hots!

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The countdown is on for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, taking place this Sunday live from New York City. With four days until the big show kicks off, the star power just got bigger as Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, and DJ Khaled have been added to this year’s VMA lineup.

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Leave it to Juicy J to explore the nature of people and how they change their minds. Even his own. On “One Minute,” he talks about how folks go from one thought one minute to the next and gives examples of his own flip flopping. In the video for the Lit In Ceylon track, he can be seen turning up in the studio and on stage.

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