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The countdown is on for A$AP Ferg’s upcoming Ferg Forever Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama. Arriving on Black Friday (this Friday), the A$AP Mob member known for chaotic street anthems, turns into reflective mode on “Talk It.” Produced by Clams Casino, the refreshing new record finds the Harlem MC rapping on various subjects including oppression and the death of St. Louis teenager Michael Brown.

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Back in October, Chance the Rapper announced a new free album titled Surf with Social Experiment band comprised of himself, Donnie Trumpet, Peter Cottontale, and Nate Fox. For the first release “Sunday Candy,” The Social Experiment and singer Jamila Woods offer an uplifting record, in tact with the sound of Chi-town’s soul and eclectic Bop scene.

This song specifically is a great representation of [The Social Experiment’s] collaborative efforts,” Donnie Trumpet tells FADER, who premiered the song. “It’s my curation, but then bringing it to the table with all these beautiful people and including them in their own way. Jamila sang on that hook, then I brought it to the collective. Peter added some great layers of texture and helped produce, Nate added a bunch of drums, tons of our friends from Chicago played instruments and added their ideas.”

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Common kicked off his “Nobody’s Smiling” tour with Jay Electronica last week in Las Vegas. The third stop of the U.S. tour was L.A.’s House of Blues on Monday night. When it came time to perform his Like Water for Chocolate classic “The Light,” Com Sense called on a British soul legend in Seal to join him on stage.

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With his new album Hood Billionaire out now, Rick Ross celebrated the release of the project with a special #HOODBILLIONAIRE Google Hangout on Monday. Hosted by Sway Calloway and Rob Markman, MMG’s biggest boss spoke about everything about his seventh solo LP, interacting with fans across the world face-to-face via live stream. At the 28:35 mark, Rozay spoke for the first-time on the album version of “Movin’ Bass” with Jay Z and the alternate version which features Chicago artist Tink.

Timbaland, who produced the song, leaked the alternate version during a radio appearance last week. It was lead to believe Tink’s version was the original, which Rick Ross says is not true. The Miami rapper expresses disappointment in Timbaland for letting the alternate version release, and confirms again the album cut was recorded first.

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The anticipation continues as fans are eagerly awaiting the release of Rihanna’s 8th solo album. Slowly, small details are being revealed about the follow-up to 2012’s platinum-selling Unapologetic. The pop star took to Instagram on Tuesday afternoon, to give fans a 15-second preview of a new record. “Phuckin roun in da studio,” RiRi said in a caption with the dark clip. “Ain’t none of this shit promised, ain’t none of this promised,” sings Rihanna, as sirens blare in the background.

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After treating us to the first taste of his upcoming Concrete Skulls project, Asaad revisits his super slept-on Flowers II for some fresh visuals. With spliced footage from classic video games like Doom, the Philly rapper hits the corner with King Louie and A$AP Bari in the video for “Block Boy,” directed by Slick Jackson.

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After making its debut at Sundance’s NEXT Fest this past summer, m.A.A.d, the short film from Khalil Joseph inspired by Kendrick Lamar’s platinum selling album good kid, m.A.A.d city, is getting a public screening.

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In addition to releasing his self-titled album today, which is essentially a revamp of his debut EP with eight new tracks, Your Old Droog takes it back to the single that put his name — and, of course, his voice — on the map. Hitting the corner with his hoodie up, the Coney Island spitter cooks up a quintessential NYC video for his super grimy “Nutty Bars.” Oh, and for the last time, Droog is not Nas.

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Jordin Sparks returns to the music with her first-ever mixtape, #BYEFELICIA. Hosted by the L.A. Leakers, the 9-track project includes her remix of Drake’s “How ‘Bout Now,” a shot at ex-boyfriend Jason Derulo, and an appearance from 2 Chainz on “Double Tap.”

Her first project since 2009′s Battlefield, download and stream below.

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We’re just a week away from the US release of Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions, but today she’s made her new album available to stream. The 12-track project marks a reinvention for the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul as she taps into the well of UK talent including Disclosure, Sam Smith and Emeli Sandé, all of whom help give MJ’s seasoned vocals a fresh new sound. Get an early listen of the album below and pre-order your copy on iTunes.

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