April 2013

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Roc Nation’s British sensation Rita Ora has been fairly quiet on the music front these past few months — being the face of Superga’s new campaign, a Twitter spat with Azealia Banks and concerts all around the world have kept her occupied — but today she returns with a hot new video for “Facemelt.” It’s part of Hunger TV‘s Dirty Video series, which films visuals for album cuts that wouldn’t normally get the video treatment. Rita’s debut album, Ora, is out now on iTunes.

Watch “Facemelt” after the jump…



For a June release, Killer Mike and El-P are prepping a free album through Fool’s Gold. Yesterday they broke us off with a preview of the collaborative album to come with “Get It.” The track is a menacing ride of back and forth rapping. Looking to extend the high-notes of 2012’s R.A.P. Music, the frequent collaborators have taken on the moniker of Run The Jewels for their new project.

Listen to “Run The Jewels” after the jump…



To quote J. Cole, “It’s just one of those nights.” Riding off the success of “Power Trip,” the Dreamvillain claims this season is his with “Cole Summer.” Sampling Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo’s 1998 collaboration “Nothing Even Matters,” the Roc Nation MC delivers a soulful record displaying his keen skill for storytelling.

J. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner arrives June 25. UPDATE: Truly Yours 2 EP arrives tomorrow.

“I’m just a Born Sinner, the opposite of a winner. Cole Summer, I predict another winter.”

Stream “Cole Summer” below…..



We get our second dose of Chris Brown today. After appearing in Sean Kingston’s “Beat It” video with Wiz Khalifa, Breezy treats fans with a new song titled “I Can’t Win.” Brown croons with some help of auto-tune, reflecting on the ups and downs of relationships many face to this day.

Along with a new record, Chris reveals his upcoming sixth solo X album will arrive on July 16. The follow-up to 2012’s Fortune is lead by the single “Fine China,” currently No. 4 on Billboard’s R&B charts.

Listen to “I Can’t Win” below…..



Pusha T has been busy on the road with his co-headlining “Life Is So Exciting” summer tour alongside Fabolous. The G.O.O.D. Music MC took some time to appear on BET’s 106 & Park on Monday afternoon to promote his North American road show, perform a few past hits, and make a big announcement.

The Virginia native announced his My Name Is My Name debut album will arrive in stores on July 16. Expect appearances and production from Kanye West, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, The-Dream, The Neptunes, 2 Chainz, Swizz Beatz, Hudson Mohawke, Future, Nottz, and Rico Beats. Before then, expect a visual for “Numbers on the Boards” to debut next week. Pusha recently filmed the video in Paris, France alongside Kanye West.

Check the announcement on 106 & Park below…..



Like one big happy family, XXL’s 2013 Freshmen class sat down for a roundtable discussion after their cover shoot. Rappers Trinidad Jame$, Angel Haze, Logic, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, ScHoolboy Q and more take some time to talk about what’s important about their music, fans, and the impact they hope to have on hip-hop. The crew also talks about what kind of fan props they truly appreciate the most.

Watch the roundtable after the jump….



While we wait on the forthcoming Ghostface and DOOM album that Tony Stark promised would drop this year, here’s an appetizer to wet our appetites. Producer Clams Casino linked up with the mysterious rapper for “Bookfiend.” You probably know him best for his work with A$AP Rocky. We can’t say for sure when DOOM record his verse but the outcome is hypnotizing. Where’s my backpack?

Listen to “Bookfiend” after the jump…



This morning Pittsburgh’s Mac Miller faced off with Ebro, Rosenberg, and Cipha Sounds for another trip through the ringer. Diving right into the bait and switch tactics, the Hot97 crew tried their best to start some “White rapper” beef. Target one: Macklemore. However, Mac isn’t a new kid on the block anymore. He avoids the drama and explains that he has nothing but love for Macklemore and isn’t interested in beefing with white rappers or any rappers for that matter.

watch the interview after the jump…



We’re not sure how Jay-Z feels about Kim’s single, but she’s definitely getting some clicks out of confusion. No, Hov is not on the song or in the video, and it’ll probably take some viewers until the end of this flick to figure that out. Overall, the ladies are trying let everyone know they feel as powerful at Jay on this track. Is it a hit or miss?

Watch the video and more after the jump…


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Juicy J is hardly one of hip-hop’s freshest faces, but his club bangers (and not to mention party antics) give him a pass with the younger generation. Just ask Casey Veggies, who gives Taylor Gang’s most turnt the guest spot on his new track, “Young Ni**as.” Casey’s Life Changes mixtape is out now, while Juicy’s debut album, Stay Trippy, is due in stores July 2.

Listen to “Young Ni**as,” plus view the dates for Casey Veggies and Travi$ Scott’s PNCXX tour, after the jump…


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