July 2014


Thursday is here, which means a stroll down memory lane with Raekwon. For the seventh week of his “Throwback Thursday” series, The Chef drops some bars over the late Luther Vandross’ 1988-cut “For You To Love.” Listen to “Flawless” below.

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Here’s something different from the Doggfather. For the upcoming Stax Records/Concord Music Group album release, Take Me To the River: Music From The Motion Picture, on September 9th, 2014, William Bell with STAX Music Academy Students teamed up with Snoop Dogg for a revamped version of “I Forgot to Be Your Lover.”

The companion album to Martin Shore’s award-winning soulful documentary features 12 tracks from the film’s all-star ensemble cast: rappers Snoop Dogg, Yo Gotti, Frayser Boy, 8 Ball, MJB, soul legend William Bell and more. Pre-order the album here.

Listen to the track below…


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Bobby Shmurda may be the new name to watch in NYC right now, but Troy “Restorer of the Feeling” Ave jumps on the Brooklyn kid’s scorching anthem, “Hot N***a,” to build his own case as the rotten apple of New York’s eye. Catch this on Troy’s upcoming BSB 5 mixtape, hosted by L.A. Leakers.

Listen to Troy Ave’s remix below…


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Wiz Khalifa will no doubt be chronicling his tour antics in his DayToday vlog, but Jeezy, who’s one of the many star names on the bill, gives us a first look at what goes down on Taylor Gang’s blockbuster roadshow in his new Under the Influence tour vlog. With an appearance from Rich Homie Quan, episode one recaps the opening show in Scranton, PA before taking us to Camden, NJ and then down to Virginia Beach.

Under the Influence of Music tour rolls through Wantagh, New York tonight. Check out the full schedule here.

Watch the first episode of Jeezy’s new vlog below…



The rowdy Queens crew Onyx invaded the HOT97 studio this week to chop it up with Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg. Leading the convo, Stickty Fingaz and Fredro Starr discuss how they tranformed from street kids to top barbers in nyc to rappers. When Queens needed some goons, these guys came calling.

Peter Says:Fredro Starr and Sticky Fingaz talk about the original Onyx origins (all the way back to the Profile Records days), Red Alert fronting on them, their chance meeting with Jam Master Jay that changed their lives, stepping to The Fat Boys over a sample clearance, Fredro Star being a legendary barber, and how they were originally gunning for Das Efx’s spot.

Listen to the interview below…


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Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was showered with praise when it was released in 2010, and is still considered by many as the man’s magnum opus. Even four years later, the album continues to rack up accolades as it tops GQ‘s list of “The 21 Albums From the 21st Century Every Man Should Hear.” OutKast’s Stankonia, Frank Ocean’s channel ORANGE and Jay Z’s The Blueprint also appear in the list, but here’s why Ye’s fifth LP ranks at No. 1:

BECAUSE: It could’ve been any one of the seven albums West released this century, as fascinating a catalog of celebrity, triumph, love, loss, terrible puns, pretty decent puns, that was ever fucking put together by a single artist. MBDTF was just the record where he talked about all those things at once—a portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art. Anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living—or do both at the same time—should be forced to listen to MBDTF first. The rest of us are free to enjoy it for the bloody, hard-won, titanic achievement that it is.

Check out the full list here, and be sure to read GQ‘s cover story on Mr. West, in which he talks about Drake, his new album and finally finding happiness.

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Jamie Foxx has reportedly landed another huge role to play Mike Tyson in an untitled biopic. According to insiders, Terence Winter will write the script while Rick Yorn, Foxx’s manager, will produce the movie.

In a past interview, Tyson said:

“Listen, me and Jamie Foxx are in discussions and within a year or 18 months we’re going to do the Mike Tyson Story,” the former fighter said when asked where he’d like to go with his film and television career next.

“I think that Martin Scorsese is going to be involved in it as well,” Tyson said. “I’m never going to watch the movie of course because…Or I’ll probably watch it alone,” he added, noting how challenging it would be to relive one’s mistakes onscreen.

via EW

Beyoncé, Jay Z, Jamie Foxx, Swizz Beatz & More Attend Super Bowl XLVIII

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Egypt is about to have a little brother or sister. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz announced early this morning that they are expecting a second child together. To make it even more special, the couple shared the news on their fourth wedding anniversary.

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!!,” Ms. Keys wrote on Instagram with a picture showing off her new baby bump. Swizzy shared another photo of him kissing his pregnant wife with the caption, “Love is life & life is love and we’re so excited for another GIFT from up above.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Check out photos of Alicia Keys’ baby bump below…



Only something really major could inspire Nicki Minaj to delay the debut of her new single “Anaconda“…especially after driving her male fans into cold showers with that much-debated thong pose…but just as Nicki hinted on twitter, she has good reason.

Our colleagues at HipHopWired hinted at the reason, so it looks like the cat is scratching it’s way out the bag…here’s what folks are buzzing about: Beyoncé and Nick Minaj have teamed up for the remix of Bey’s song “Flawless”…and to make the power collabo even more special…it’s possible that Beyoncé is spitting (not just singing) her verse.

It’s not the first time we’ve heard Bey rapping (she did it on her ode to H-Town too), and being married to one of the most famous MCs in the world has to rub off, but what if we get an actual Queen Bey x Nicki bar-for-bar duet? Curtains! Let’s hope the rumors are true.

If our sources are right, we won’t have to wait too long to hear the end result. Beyoncé and Nick Minaj, “Flawless (Remix).” Stay tuned.

Check out Nicki’s tweet below…


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To warm us up for his performance at Lollapalooza in his hometown of Chicago on August 3, Chance The Rapper releases this new jam called “Wonderful Everyday: Arthur,” a majestic reinterpretation of the famous Arthur theme song, which Chance has made a habit of performing at his shows. Jessie Ware, Elle Varner, Wyclef Jean, Francis and The Lights, Eryn Allen Kane, Peter Cottontale, Donnie Trumpet and The O’My’s all give the Social Experiment frontman a helping hand on the vocals. Enjoy the song below and be sure to stream Chance’s performance this Sunday on redbull.tv.

Arthur the Aardvark

Listen to the song below…


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