Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Nicki Minaj traveled home to Trinidad to shoot the visuals to "Pound The Alarm," the latest single from her sophomore album Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. If you're in a fist pumping mood or if you're just feeling a little festive, this one's for you.
Previously: Birdman ft. Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne - Born Stunna (Remix)
Leaders of the Romantic Movement, Jesse Boykins III and MeLo-X have teamed up to release their first full length collaboration, Zulu Guru. If the lead single "Black Orpheus" is any indication of how the rest of the project will sound, I suggest you keep your eyes and ears locked for Zulu Guru's release on October 15th.
Click HERE for more information regarding Jesse & MeLo's Zulu Guru.
DRE Films and Jon J have outdone themselves with this one. Just as the description says, the video to Rick Ross's "3 Kings" is a visual piece. Watch below as the, God Forgives, I Don't favorite is complemented by a cleverly compiled assortment of clips of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, the Bawse, and even a young Beyoncé.
The album's in stores now! Go get it!
I'm not sure how well it's faring in the rest of the states, but Future's "Turn On The Lights" is one of the biggest songs in Atlanta right now. The Pluto single is bound to get more popular now that the video is out, which show him finding his one, true Astronaut Chick. Reality show idea?
Previously: Future ft. Diddy & Ludacris - Same Damn Time (Remix) [Music Video]
After impressing with their singles "Day Dreaming" and "Heartbeat", Nina Sky finally delivered their album Nicole And Natalie this morning absolutely FREE of charge. Download and Stream the album in full below, which I'm stamping d(^_^)b Guaranteed. Enjoy!
Previously: Nina Sky - Heartbeat [Music Video]
Iggy Azalea, officially free from Interscope Records, presents Glory, her first project since joining T.I.'s Grand Hustle earlier this year. Stream or download the six track EP below, which features her Grand Hustle brethren B.o.B and Tip, along with guest appearances from Pusha T and Mike Posner.
Previously: Iggy Azalea ft. Mike Posner - Flash
Miguel's shifted to high gear in promotion of his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, and he's following the release of his Water Preview EP with the full music video to the album's lead single "Adorn.
Previously: Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream: Water Preview [Free EP Stream]
Monday, July 30, 2012
Ryshon Jones continues where "Cousin" left off as he spits the loose track "Humble Nigga In A Benz" and crosses off another accomplishment on his rap bucket list. Humility's nothing new for Ryshon, who dropped the track "Humble&Dedicated" last year.
Directed and Edited by @ONLYJOHNNYG & @MIXEDBYJAIRO
Life In Reverse is out now!
Previously: Ryshon Jones - EvilEmo B*tch [Music Video]
Hit-Boy made his official debut as an emcee back in June with "Jay-Z Interview" and he gives us a second track to bump with "Old School Caddy. Stream and download the track below, which also features his G.O.O.D. Music compadre KiD CuDi.
Vegas emcee Sean Rose and radio personality Bootleg Kev have joined forces to create Desert Of Dreams, a project well worth the x amount of MB on your hard drive. With production from TDE's Tae Beast, Cam, and more, the smooth vibe of Desert Of Dreams is a great addition to Sean Rose's résumé, which already includes the popular mixtape OVERDRIVE.
Download: Sean Rose x Bootleg Kev - Desert Of Dreams
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Phonte and Median spread the gospel of Foreign Exchange Music in the music video for the Charity Starts At Home standout "Eternally." I've got my copy. Do you?
STS found the perfect track to flip as he remixes "Gold Rush" by UK singer Ed Sheeran. We sure are waiting on GOLDRush II, but thankfully there are only two more days left until Slim blesses us with the full project.
Directed by Kyle "Young Yle" Lloyd
I just got hip to Ed Sheeran's album + a few weeks ago, and I encourage that all my well versed gangstas check it out!
Previously: STS - Make Some Noise [Music Video]
Ludacris makes his second music video appearance of the day. When Luda drops a video you know it's bound to be outrageous, and the visuals to "Jingalin" DO NOT disappoint. Watch below as Da Internz, Ne-Yo, Wee Man and more Disturb Tha Peace.
Ludaversal coming soon!
Nothing like singing with a little something something in your system. Trey Songz and a few friends put a country, bluesy twist on Drake's "The Motto" while taking a little time off on a private yacht. Did he do Drizzy's hit justice?
Previously: Trey Songz - Bag Of Money (Remix)
Big K.R.I.T. enlists the help of director Decatur Dan once again for a captivating visual as he and Ludacris perform Live From The Underground favorite "What U Mean." Go cop the album now if you haven't! Well worth the coins.
Not sure what project (if any) this track will land on, but laProfecy and DJ Five Venoms dropped off Wale's new track "Cake." The MMG golden boy shares the mic with Fabolous and French Montana on this The Renegades production.
Update: This track is actually Fab's and is titled "Dance Move." Enjoy the CDQ version below!
Fabolous ft. Wale & French Montana - Dance Move
This video may have been banned by BET, but one monkey won't stop no show. Rick Ross gives VEVO and MTV2 the greenlight to premiere the visuals to "Hold Me Back" shot in the heart of New Orleans.
God Forgives, I Don't hits stores this Tuesday!
Previously: Rick Ross & Gunplay - Same Damn Time (Remix) [NSFW Music Video]
Nina Sky is all set to release their album Nicole And Natalie this Tuesday on July 31st, and to further the anticipation, they get an outdoor party started in the visuals to "Heartbeat."
Previously: Nina Sky - Heartbeat
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Jarren Benton wakes up to a surprise for his weekend in the music video to Freebasing With Kevin Bacon standout "Lean." Watch below as he and his new best styrofoam friend have a night for the history books, and be sure to have one yourself. It's Saturday, ho!
Directed by Mike Cooke
Previously: Jarren Benton - Freebasing With Kevin Bacon [New Mixtape]
Trey Songz already has three singles in rotation, but he decided to go over MMG's "Bag Of Money" just for fun. You think we'll get another mixtape before Chapter V drops in August?
Previously: Trey Songz - Simply Amazing [Music Video]
Friday, July 27, 2012
If you thought the song was graphic, prepare yourself before watching the music video 8Ball's new single "Lucky's Theme Song." Life's Quest is in stores now. Support the legend!
Previously: 8Ball ft. 2 Chainz - Don't Bring Me Down
Wiz Khalifa's sophomore album O.N.I.F.C. hits stores on August 28th, and he's giving us another preview of what he has in store as he's accompanied by Game and Stat Quo on "Far From Coach." Nice to see Stat Quo make the album!
Rick Ross and Gunplay just brought us the street banger "Real Ni**as," but the MMG duo was generous enough to serve up a viral visual for their freestyle over Future's "Same Damn Time." Careful opening this one around your family/co-workers.
Don't say I didn't warn you! NSFW.
Stream the single below, and be sure to hit the comments with your thoughts on this versus Alicia Keys' original.
This definitely put a smile on my face. ScHoolboy Q gets a special cameo from his daughter and his Black Hippy brothers as he let's the world know what this TDE movement is all about. Habits & Contradictions is out now!
Directed by David M. Helman | Visuals by RuffMercy | Cinematography by Trevor Wineman
Previously: The Alchemist ft. Danny Brown & ScHoolboy Q - Flight Confirmation
The Nipsey Hussle - MMG rumors are sure to spread even more as he and YG take on the Self Made 2 favorite "All Birds."
Originally created for Radiolab's Colors episode, Queens emcee Homeboy Sandman lets loose of "Brown," produced by Jonti. You need this in your life.
Read more at The Well Versed!
If you thought the Art Dealer Chic EPs were the last projects before Miguel releases his sophomore album, guess again. On October 2nd, Miguel's second LP Kaleidoscope Dream will hit stores, but first, he will digitally release two "preview" EPs on iTunes to introduce us to new songs from his sophomore effort.
The first EP, Kaleidoscope Dream: The Water Preview is set to hit iTunes on July 31st while the second, Kaleidoscope Dream: The Air Preview is set for release on September 11th.
Spin.com has an exclusive free stream of The Water Preview which showcases the songs "Adorn," "Don't Look Back," and "Use Me." Check out the songs HERE.
Previously: Miguel - Adorn (Full Version)
I've been vibing to this so much this morning, I've hardly been able to get any work done. Cali bred emcee Shawn Chrystopher delivers easily one of the best tapes of the year so far with lovestory., a project which features the likes of GLC, Dom Kennedy, Phil Adé, and more.
Don't believe me? Just take a listen.
I'm a little late on this one, so my apologies to all my fellow TiRon & Ayomari lovin' gangstas. A Sucker For Pumps is still one of the best albums out, and they deliver another ridiculously clever video in the form of the Jason Madison-directed "Thing Go Right."
Previously: TiRon & Ayomari - ®ADIO (Prod. by D.K.)
Send your condolences to Jhené Aiko who recently lost her brother Miyagi from cancer. She turned to music to help her cope, and in return created "For My Brother." Prayers up for her and her family.
Previously: The FADER & Captain Morgan "Step Into The Black" With Jhené Aiko [VIDEO]
It'd been a while since J. Cole dropped off some new music, but it was certainly worth the wait. Mr. Cole World serves up "The Cure," a lengthy freestyle over Jay & 'Ye's "Lift Off" where he vents and addresses everything from being snubbed on MTV's 10 Hottest MC's list to being compared to Memphis Bleek.
Download: J. Cole - The Cure
If you need another serving of this Cole medicine, hit the jump to watch him perform a verse from a never before heard track called "Chaining Day."
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Lupe Fiasco Breaks Down On MTV RapFix After Watching Old Footage Of His Chicago Neighborhood [VIDEO]
The murder rate in Chicago is out of control, and while thousands have been affected, seeing how the senseless crimes have affected Lupe Fiasco makes the impact even more real. Yesterday, during his stop through MTV's Rap Fix Live, Sway played 2006 footage of My Block: Chicago, which showcased Lupe giving the reporter a tour of the hood where he was raised. After the clip ended, Lupe couldn't contain his emotion and disappointment knowing that six years later, things had not gotten any better.
Come on world.
Previously: Lupe Fiasco Freestyles On Funkmaster Flex; Talks Blogging, Pete Rock Situation
Ever since Frank Ocean came out as bisexual on the fourth of the July, there's been a lot of talk surrounding what his statement means for his future and also for the black and hip hop communities themselves. His Odd Future brothers Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt could care less about his preferences, and they explained this (sort of) when they sat down with MTV News and added their signature humor to the entire situation.
Make room in your heart for another R&B star! Impressing the likes of LA Reid, Deon Young has gained a spot as one of Epic Records' main priorities under the direction of accomplished music exec Sylvia Rhone.
Watch the visuals to the Harlem bred singer's covers of "Drank In My Cup" and "Cashin Out" below, and hit up the comments with your thoughts on his potential to blow!
Well, this makes sense. 2 Chainz just revealed the artwork to his debut solo album Based On A T.R.U. Story and it gets right to the point. The Def Jam release is set to hit stores on August 14th.
Update: Deluxe Edition after the jump!
Update #2: The deluxe edition tracklisting is now available, courtesy of Best Buy
03. Dope Peddler
04. No Lie (Feat. Drake)
05. Birthday Song (Feat. Kanye West)
06. I’m Different
07. Extremely Blessed
08. I Luv Dem Strippers (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
09. Stop Me Now
10. Money Machine
11. In Town
12. Ghetto Dreams
13. Wut We Doin?
15. Like Me
16. I Feel Good
(There may be more features, but the only ones posted are the only ones confirmed.)
Previously: 2 Chainz ft. Kanye West - Birthday Song
Tito Lopez reveals the lead single to his forthcoming debut album with the visuals to "The Blues." If there's any new rapper in the game I'd want to hear over a track by Organized Noize, it's Tito.
Hit the jump to find out when he and his Mississippi brother Big K.R.I.T. will be rolling through your city!
Jon Connor's been WORKING. If you haven't noticed, maybe all of his moves have been happening While You Were Sleeping. His new mixtape consists of 17 original new tracks (sorry, no freestyles on this one!), which feature Bun B, GLC, Killa Kyleon, Kid Ink, and more. Enjoy!
Jet Life meets MMG as Chicago's finest Sir Michael Rocks and Rockie Fresh come together on "Can't Hide It," the latest single from Mikey's forthcoming solo album Lap Of Lux.
Hit the jump to stream Lap Of Lux's first single, "Now You Do."
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Mateo delivers "Looking You Up," the first leak from his forthcoming mixtape Suite 823 to give us a nice splash of R&B on the site. The ballad, which features fellow G.U.E. favorite Stacy Barthe, is produced by Alicia Keys' long time collaborator Kerry "Krucial" Brothers along with Zeke MacUmber.
If you're interested in hearing more about Suite 823, be sure to catch Mateo's live Ustream session tonight at 6pm PST.
Another week, another video from my man Ryshon Jones. Life In Reverse is available for free download NOW!
The video connects to a previous video I released before as well as a video that isn’t released yet. In the video a girl is having a nightmare of being rejected from Heaven and I appear to her in her dreams. She struggles to understand what’s real and what’s not real, and when she wakes up it’s unclear if she’s alive or not.
Directed by MixedByJairo
Previously: Ryshon Jones - Karma Jones [Music Video]
I just posted "Midget Cough," an exclusive from Mick Boogie and HYPETRAK's mixtape Represent The Stripes, but there are 17 other tracks deserving of equal attention. Slum Village, Chip Tha Ripper, Boldy James, Thurz, Fly Union, Rapper, and Big Pooh are just a few of those lending their tracks to the adidas Originals inspired, U.S. Olympic Team dedicated project.
BTW, the Olympics officially kick off on Friday! Here's the full schedule.
Download: Mick Boogie x HYPETRAK - Represent The Stripes
Previously: DJ Jazzy Jeff x Mick Boogie - Summertime Vol. 3 [New Mixtape]
Action Bronson and Party Supplies join forces once again on "Midget Cough," a track present on Mick Boogie & HYPETRAK's new mixtape Represent The Stripes.
Previously: Action Bronson x Party Supplies - Steve Wynn [Music Video]
Rapsody gives us another peek into her forthcoming album The Idea Of Beautiful with the 9th Wonder produced "NonFiction." She's clearly putting in work for her debut, and she controls the pace alongside Raheem DeVaughn and Ab-Soul. August 28th!
Click HERE to read Rapsody's recent interview with Life + Times!
Before Slaughterhouse releases welcome to: OUR HOUSE on August 28, they're dropping a Gangsta Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama, which includes their "Nasty" freestyle "Weight Scale." As usual, Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9'', Joell Ortiz and Joe Budden leave the beat for dead.
Previously: Slaughterhouse - LA Leakers Freestyle
Another God Forgives, I Don't surfaces today, courtesy of atrilli. Rick Ross, Wale, and Drake cater to the ladies on "Diced Pineapples" and I'm not mad at this one bit. Do yourself a favor and preorder GFID on iTunes before it hits stores on July 31.
LA Profecy, DJ Diggs, DJ Lust, and DJ 5 Venoms got their hands on a Meek Mill exclusive, which I'm not certain was supposed to see the net yet. Nevertheless, check out "Maybach Curtains" below, which shows off the more serious side of the MMG hitmaker and is set to appear on the DJs' Sour Hour Pt. 2 mixtape.
Meek Mill - Maybach Curtains (Tags)
Download: Meek Mill - Maybach Curtains (Tags)
Previously: Maybach Music Group - Self Made 2: NYC Takeover [Documentary]
Rick Ross and Andre 3000 shun the traditional way of spitting just a sixteen bar verse as they go for over 8 minutes on "Sixteen," the latest leak from God Forgives, I Don't. Preorder the album HERE on iTunes or wait to cop it when it hits stores on July 31st.